This is the fifth and final issue of the miniseries at the heart of Revolution, the recent IDW crossover event. Revolution is in interesting premise – it brings together an entire group of toy-based comics from the 60’s/70’s/80’s – GI Joe, Transformers, ROM, M.A.S.K, and the Micronauts. They are combined against common enemies both in our universe and from the Microverse.
This is the final battle. At this time, everybody finally realized (pretty much) who the bad guys are and who the good guys are. One thing that makes this easier is the fact the Baron Karza (kind of the Darth Vader of the Microverse) is now a Wraith Hybrid.
One thing that is interesting is that a lot of franchises are going to be changed by this event. This is something that some of the ‘Big Labels’ do. Marvel and DC have major events (Brightest Day, Fear Itself, etc.) that change multiple characters/series within a shared universe. This is done in the same vein. Many characters and franchises are being seriously altered by the events in this series.
Bunn and Barber are showing that they are at the top of their form as storytellers. This is a complex event, with most of these franchises having dozens of major and supporting characters, complex team dynamics, and complicated villains. They are in a continual exposition mode, just due to the inherent complexity of their task.
Fico Ossio is demonstrating great versatility as an artist. Not is only is he dealing with a vast and diverse group of characters, he is also dealing with many different artistic challenges – keeping relative sizes in perspective – from subatomic Micronauts to enormous Autobot City, size and perspective are spot on. He has to deal with maddeningly complex battle scenes and close-ups to show emotion and nuanced change in characters, attitudes, alliances, and relationships.
Somehow, he makes it look easy.
Bunn and Barber are deliberately leaving many questions unanswered, with one particular group being in great peril at the end of the series – all of these are openings for changes in the various series that have been a part of Revolution.
Revolution has been an interesting event, and it will be interesting how the different creative teams at IDW handle these changes in their respective franchises.
Written by: Cullen Bunn & John Barber
Illustrated by: Fico Ossio