Love, love, love this book! One of my favorite artists, from Till All Are One, takes the reigns on this little tale. It's about what others do while Prime is on Cybertron, trying to make peace with the humans. When there's an explosion and no one can hear anything from Cybertron - including Soundwave - then Aileron has to lead those left on Earth to find Jazz, even as they wonder why they wouldn't try to get the Cybertronian weapons away from humans as a first priority.
It's deep, it's amazing character development, and I'm just absolutely loving this series.
Moon Girl is so new and has so little backstory that this made more sense. Even the older creation - Devil Dinosaur - has had relatively few cameos and showings so it was easier to go over his history within these couple of pages.
Still not enough to really nail why this comic series works so well, so I'm knocking down one star.
3.75 stars, rounded up
Death, depression, cancer (side character)
I wouldn't classify this as a romance, though there is a love story. It's more about two boys becoming friends and helping each other through some tough times. Well, it's more Adam helping Ryan through some tough times, but they both fulfill something that's missing in the other's life, as Ryan provides Adam with a surrogate family. Their friendship is wonderful and often put a big grin on my face.
It's first-person POV and present tense, which I know some readers may have issues with. I'm not one who cares about that normally, and while it mostly doesn't bother me here, I did find myself often wanting to see Adam's side of things. This was especially the case in the one brief scene we have with Adam's foster father.
The fact that Adam was in one foster home for three years should tell him that his foster parents are dedicated to him, because that's not very common. And his foster father seemed almost desperate to get to know one of Adam's friends and find out more about him. So why exactly was Adam keeping his foster parents at such a distance when he so readily accepted Ryan's family? And also, why did he so quickly go from "I don't like being touched" to initiating hugs with Ryan?
It almost felt like there was something else going on there than the brief explanation that we got, so the choice to do this in first-person does limit how much we get to know about Adam. I also wanted Ryan to figure out his feelings for Adam a lot sooner than he did.
I was not prepared for the turn this story made at about the halfway mark. It was very emotional and while I hated what happened, it was beautifully written. The writing throughout the story flowed nicely and I liked seeing how these characters cared about each other and how they "adopted" Adam to their family and helped each other when things got rough.