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Transformers: Armada Omnibus Paperback – Aug 31 2010
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The story is drastically different from the cartoon, but I find myself liking both the art and story. You really can't go wrong with this series. While the humans do take up a few pages that could've been used for giant robot battles, we'll just say it was for plot development. The first two chapters also include some useful insights to the Mini-Con's past history and what Cybertron was like before they all came to Earth. However, once it hits the later chapters, like the Worlds Collide ark, things seem more rushed, although there is much more robot action and plenty of G1 homages for you hardcore fans out there. The overall story is brilliant, but toward the end they seemed to have rushed to include Unicron. Another slight gripe is that Unicron was never actually shown in robot mode. (This was probably due to the rushed production when it came out.) Also, for you purists out there, WATCH OUT. The dialouge on page 384 is completely incorrect; it's replaced by the dialouge on page 389. This is a minor annoyance, and most readers can do without it, but if you're looking for absolute profection, consider this a warning.
The actual book is nice and thick. It feels sturdy, and everything is printed on nice, high-quality gloss paper. The cover is also pleasingly neat and uncomlicated. That's not to say it's perfect, though. First off, be really careful when handling this book. I would never really call a book "delicate", but I think it applies here. I had one of my pages fall out because the binding became a little loose. (This was actually easily remedied by gluing it back in; you can't even spot a difference!) There are no extras to speak of, other than a small piece of artwork on the last page.
Overall, this is a beautiful collection of the Armada series's comics, which are greatly underappriciated. It certainly has its flaws, just like any other book, but they're all rather minor and can be easily overlooked if you handle it with care.
This series ran for 18 issues (all in this release), along with a "preview" (also in this release), and an issue released on Free Comic Book Day after issue #5 (NOT included in this release). As the cartoon led into the sequel cartoon "Energon," so too did the Armada comic become re-named to Energon starting at issue #19, which then ran until #30. Sadly, after that, Dreamwave went bankrupt, IDW later getting rights to their TF titles, and putting out this great reprint.