The second of IDW/Hasbro’s unlikely crossovers – featuring two of their biggest 80s toy lines, and which I’ve now reviewed in their entirety – comes to an end in this […]
The second of IDW/Hasbro’s unlikely crossovers – featuring two of their biggest 80s toy lines, and which I’ve now reviewed in their entirety – comes to an end in this issue, which continues with the multi-story format.
The first tale sees good friends Spike – young dragon from Equestria – and tough but kind-hearted Dinobot Grimlock introducing their friends to each other, before having to deal with a mind-controlled giant Combiner in the form of the Autobot Superion. It’s beautifully colourful, well written and, frankly, adorable.
For the second and final story to wrap up the Cybertron-set series, we have the aptly titled ‘Finale’, which sees the evil Sombra’s plan revealed and lots of Cybertronians teaming up in unlikely ways against their common foe, with Equestrians, Autobots and Decepticons all battling it out. There’s even a Cybertronian twist given to our Ponies and their friends; it’s great fun.
Though I felt this series took a little while to hit its stride after the much stronger, more consistent first crossover, it definitely ends on a high note with this issue. With readers having been treated to one series set on Equestria and another on Cybertron, it’s not easy to see where the concept would logically go next – but it’d be a shame if this was the last we saw of the two properties coming together.
Despite the obvious commercial motive for crossing over the two massive franchises, My Little Pony/Transformers has proven to be a well crafted, beautifully produced pair of mini-series; as unlikely as the pairing of the two toy lines was, it’s been handled really well – and has been a lot of family-friendly fun.
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