The nostalgically styled mini-series, Transformers ’84: Secrets & Lies, reaches an abrupt and anti-climactic end with issue #4 (actually the fifth issue of the series, seeing as the opening chapter was labelled as #0 for no obvious reason).

With Megatron revived, Grimlock has quite a fight on his hands – and the newly-formed Wreckers have to face a big threat of their own.

Intended to slightly reboot the origins and set the tone of the Transformers conflict in a way that fits the tone and style of the original animated series, this last issue really does just seem to peter out in its final scene. It’s all very odd, though that epilogue does come after a sequence which sets up the events of the saga quite nicely.

Guido Guidi’s pencils and John-Paul Bove’s colouring are again the true stars of the show and the real selling point of the series, however, with the classic G1 Transformers designs, in all their colourful, blocky glory, on full display here.

It’s been a fun series, but without the nostalgic visuals it wouldn’t be anywhere near as satisfying to read. It’s a good read for fans of the original cartoons and comics, but more recent concerts to the saga might be both disappointed and confused by the events of the series.

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