Transformers #9 Review

Transformers #9 Advance Review

Transformers #9 will be picking up after the big hook ending of Shockwave making an appearance of the previous issue. The way things have gone thus far the addition of Shockwave can alter the war to return to the Decepticons favors. With the Autobots still trying to figure out how to maximize their resources and living on Earth how will things go for them next? We’ll we got the chance to find out by checking out an early copy of Transformers #9 from Image Comics and Skybound. Find out how it went with our advance review below.


Writer: Daniel Warren Johnson

Artist: Jorge Corona

Colorist: Mike Spicer

Letterer: Rus Wooton


“The wars on Cybertron and Earth converge in ways the Autobots and Decepticons never expected…” – Image Comics & Skybound


To say that Transformers #9 starts off with a bang would be an understatement. Daniel Warren Johnson and Jorge Corona wasted no time making sure that things kicked off in the most chaotic way possible. And if you check out the preview for Transformers #9 you’ll know how explosive things kick off.

As we saw throughout the first story arc, whenever the Autobots and Decepticons are sharing the same space it is on sight for both groups. There are no peace discussions to be had between the two warring groups. They are both on a mission to win and to achieve that it does mean destroying the other. At least that is how it feels right now with the Decepticons seemingly in control of the tone each battle takes thus far.

It’s a credit to Johnson, Corona, and Spicer’s chemistry as a creative team that the sense of concern is at a high from the very start. Their chemistry is such that they know when the dialogue or artwork should be the emphasis of what is going on. The balance that they strike makes the fight have a controlled chaos tone from the creative team.

Transformers #9 Interior Preview
Preview of interior pages for Transformers #9 by artist Jorge Corona, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Rus Wooton. Credit: Skybound and Image Comics

It makes the pacing deliver several surprises as the Autobots do their absolute best to turn the battle around. Because of that you can’t help but wonder how Optimus Prime can use his leadership and battle prowess to help his team. It leads the way Elita-One and Ultra Magnus sub-plot set-up in the previous issue adds greater intrigue to how things go.

Johnson and Corona also find a great way to make sure the developments with Spike and Carly keep the interest high for the humans’ side of the conflict. There isn’t much time spent on the humans, but it is honestly just enough to keep them a factor in the story. This is thanks in large part to Carly’s part in this issue goes. What she, Arcee, and Wheeljack appear to accomplish could bring in the bigger Energon Universe elements into the story.

Similarly, Transformers #9 is the best appearance from Spike. Thus far his presence in the story has been more limited compared to Carly. That is due to the sever injuries he suffered early on in this series. Which we see that there is a bigger plan for Spike with the choices he makes because of where the situation he finds himself in.


Transformers #9 was a banger of a comic book. Daniel Warren Johnson, Jorge Corona, and Mike Spicer waste no time in delivering a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that had a controlled chaos energy to it. Every issue of this series has been must-read and Transfomers #9 was no different.

Story Rating: 10 Night Girls out of 10

Art Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10

Overall Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10

Check out the full preview of Transformers #9 ahead of its June 12 release by clicking here.

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