Transformers—Armada: More Than Meets The Eye

    (Dreamwave, 2004)

This is less a comic book and more Dreamwave’s equivalent of Marvel’s old Handbooks. With only three pages of story and 45 pages of character bios, it’s a good reference tool for those following Armada and unsure of the difference between Sonar and Star Saber. For the rest of the audience, it’s page after page of pin-ups, character descriptions, and weaknesses. Taken out of context, it’s pretty meaningless.

The artistic team is consistent from artist to artist; all draw in the anime big-robot style favored by Dreamwave since its first Transformers comic book. Several of them are quite good and would make wonderful posters or computer desktop backgrounds.

The $4.95 cover price seems high, but, with 48 pages and no ads, it’s actually a better deal for the money than a standard-size comic book. It’s a shame that there’s nothing here to draw in anyone but the most hardcore Armada readers. A reference to each character’s role in the series, his importance, and even whether he’s alive or dead would be more interesting than whether the Transformer is rude to his fellow robots.

— Steve Horton

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#1

  3/1/2004
  $4.95
  $3.00
8 copies available from $2.21
Triptych coverAdam Patryk, Brad MickPatrick Lee, James Raiz, Joe Ng, Andrew Froedge, Guido Guidi, Ke Jiang, Jong-Im Lee, Alex Lin, Marcelo Matere, Alex Milne, Rob Ruffolo, Sigmund Torre

#2

  4/1/2004
  $4.95
  $6.50
2 copies available from $6.50
Triptych coverAdam Patyk, Brad MickPatrick Lee, James Raiz, Joe Ng, Andrew Froedge, Guido Guidi, Ke Jiang, Jong-Im Lee, Alex Lin, Mercelo Matere, Alex Milne, Rob Ruffolo, Sigmund Torre

#3

  5/1/2004
  $4.95
  $4.50
2 copies available from $4.50
Triptych coverAdam Patyk, Brad MickPatrick Lee, Don Figueroa, Andrew Froedge, Guido Guidi, Ke Jiang, Jong-Im Lee, Alex Lin, Marcelo matere, Alex Milne, Rob Ruffolo, Sigmund Torre, Hassan Godwin