Transformers Spotlight: Ramjet
IDW Publishing (November, 2007)
WRITER: Stuart Moore
ARTIST: Robby Russo
COLORIST: Josh Burcham
SELECTED COVER COLORIST: Kieran Oats
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITORS: Chris Ryall & Andrew Steven Harris
Set during the time of Escalation (and possibly after the events of New Avengers/Transformers, making that placement in continuity even more confusing…same writer by the way), Ramjet has come up with a plan to seize control of the Decepticons and of Earth. We follow him as he sets up a huge plan…only for him to be destroyed by Megatron and his remains scattered around the world. Short synopsis I know, but most of the issue is setting up the plans.
What they got right: And I have to admit, while I don’t know if it would work since there already problems during the set-up (in universe) the plan seems solid, or at least you can see why Ramjet sees it as a solid plan. The Mini-Constructicons succeed where Michael Bay’s Skids and Mudflap failed. Moore continues his Ramjet from the Avengers crossover and makes him interesting.
What they got wrong: The Mini-Constructicons had a cute design and all but part of me wishes they went with the mini-sized Constructions from Transformers Universe. The ending is rather abrupt. Moments before Ramjet puts his plan into operation after all this set-up Megatron shows up out of nowhere, and without saying a word blasts the daylights out of him, rips out and crushes his spark with his bare hands, and then scatters the pieces at all the locations, thus exposing their existence before they’re supposed to be ready. I think it’s supposed to be funny but it doesn’t work for me.
Recommendation: A neat little story that’s worth checking out. I think I need to alter it’s place in my pile considering when it’s set but that’s a different project.