And so all good things must come to an end. Luckily, it looks like bad things come to an end as well. I figured since it's all over now, I may as well make this a thread about looking back not only at #5, but the series as a whole. Here's my thoughts to kick us off. I'm going to attempt the impossible and start with the good. The Good I know not everybody was into them, but I personally loved the new Visionaries designs. I know not every single one was spot on, but on the whole, I really liked the whole space-viking thing they had going on. Leoric was a complete and utter badass. Didn't care much for anyone else, but I wouldn't mind seeing more Leoric. I'm always excited to see a new property being assimilated into the Hasbroverse collective. I know not everyone feels that way, but I say the more the merrier. I really enjoyed the art. I wasn't a big fan of Fico Ossio's art in Revolution (too cluttered and messy), but he's come a long way since then. His work on Revolutionaries was fantastic and his work on this series was no different. I hope we get to see more of his work post-reboot. Some genuinely great Wheeljack moments. I don't know, maybe I'm the only one who smiled at "Alright Waspy my boy" in #5. Classic Wheeljack. This series had some really cool covers, if you look past all of the Ironhide mutilation. THRUSTINATOR!!! I know he was pretty underused, but considering he's a character I never expected to see in IDW at all, I'll take whatever I can get. The Bad Who was this series written for? It assumes knowledge of the Visionaries that people like me who've never seen the original cartoon simply don't have. If that's the approach you're going for, why do it as a Transformers crossover? If you're going to go that route, you have to assume that your reader knows nothing about your property. And to make matters more confusing, I understand that they changed heaps of stuff from the original Visionaries so that even lifelong Visionaries fans had trouble following what was going on. Seriously, who was this written for? The writer clearly hasn't read First Strike, and it really shows. For example, in First Strike, Merklynn creates the barrier around New Prysmos to keep the Cybertronians out. In this series though, it's suggested that the Cybertronians created the barrier to keep the Visionaries in. Plus the fact that the Talisman has to dig its way to the core, despite being activated right next to it in First Strike. Kup's death was pure shock factor, included for the simple goal of getting people to read this series. Had something been done with his death, that might have been okay, but nothing was. Kup dies and then that's just sort of it. His head gets carried around a bit at the start of #2, then he's never mentioned again. One of the franchise's most beloved characters was killed off for absolutely no good reason. He didn't even get to say goodbye to Action Man. Who was everyone? So Leoric is the good leader, Virulina is the bad leader, Merklynn's the chaotic neutral dude, Cryotek was the guy who wasn't a big blue dragon robot, blonde woman was the generic female lead, and generic cowardly villain was the generic cowardly villain. I didn't know who anyone else was, and quite frankly, I didn't care. It was just generic wizard #37, generic wizard #38, generic wizard #39, etc. They didn't take the time to explore these characters, and actually get the reader invested in any of them. Honestly, Leoric was the only one I even remotely cared about. What did the cover artists have against Ironhide? Quickswitch was a completely pointless addition, and a particularly poorly used deus ex machina. The writer suddenly realised as they were writing #4 that they needed a drill, so they suddenly brought in Quickswitch and acted like he'd been there all along. Then used him for a couple of pages to fulfil the task they needed him for, before promptly killing him off because they had no room for him in #5. That's just lazy writing. It did give me an excuse to write that fun eulogy on last issue's thread though, so that's something I guess. What was that ending? Everyone who betrayed Leoric suddenly decides to side with him again for some random reason that was never really explained. It was implied that they had problems with Virulina's leadership, but what had she really done since declaring war on the Cybertronians, which they all seemed in favour of at the time? Was Leoric really such a good speaker that he convinced them all to rejoin him with just a few choice words? Then we suddenly learn that Merklynn was playing everyone, and then before anything can be done with that revelation, something happens and suddenly it's the end. Then it's a week later and Cybertron's gone all Beast Machines on us. Can we just stop and take a breath and talk about what's going on here? It was just poorly written. I don't know what else to say. I almost feels like I need to congratulate the writer for taking a comic book about a bunch of space wizards fighting a bunch of robot alien war machines and making it so thoroughly uninteresting. It takes a special kind of skill to do that. Don't assume that because some glaringly obvious problem is missing from this list, I didn't think it was an issue. There were just so many problems with this series that it was a struggle to try and remember them all. So in a nutshell, this was a bad series. In fact, I'd go as far to say that this was the worst Transformers series that IDW has put out, a title that, in my mind, previously belonged to Heart of Darkness. It was just awful, and I say that as someone who genuinely enjoyed All Hail Megatron. My standards are that low, and I still didn't enjoy this series. I'm all for the shared Hasbroverse, and as mentioned earlier, I'm always happy to see new properties join the family, but not like this. Never like this. Please Unicron, just eat them all now and be done with it.