Transformers #31

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January 21, 2013
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The Decepticons' most evil scheme yet – CLEANLINESS FOR VEHICLES!

(Linkara is studying the battery chamber of a Transformers toy, that of Soundwave. He then looks up to see he's on camera)

Linkara: Oh! Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn. Well, it's finally time for us to get into an issue from Marvel's regular "Transformers" series, and it's the one that everybody wants me to do: "The Car Wash of Doom"!

(Cut to a montage of shots of "Transformers" comics)

Linkara (v/o): Well, okay, if you count my live show a few weeks ago, this is the second Marvel "Transformers" comic I've reviewed, but I don't count the live shows as part of the actual series. There's really not much more I can say about "Transformers" that I haven't brought up in the Dreamwave] or "Generation 2" comics I've reviewed. The only thing left to say is, buy the Marvel series! Sure, it was goofy as all hell; the fact that this comic is called "The Car Wash of Doom" is evidence enough. But it honestly was really damn enjoyable, with twists and turns that never really happened on the cartoon.

(Cut to a closeup of "The Car Wash of Doom")

Linkara (v/o): For example, this robot on the cover? He's called Ratbat.

Linkara: Ratbat was a cassette tape Transformer that emerged from (points to Soundwave) this guy, Soundwave. Well, not exactly this guy. This is a Chinese knockoff that looks like him because I couldn't find the original at an affordable price, and while the MP3 player remodel is, um, um... Anyway, Ratbat, for a time in the comics, was the leader of the Decepticons!

Linkara (v/o): Yeah, the comics had constant power struggles on both sides, and the balance would often shift, as we'll see in this comic, too. But if it can get insane enough that a cassette tape Transformer got to have Megatron's job, isn't that incentive enough to find out how the hell that happened? Hell, if you haven't seen the live show review of "Transformers #24", Optimus Prime is not the leader of the Autobots right now. Dude got killed because of his own bottomless stupidity by playing a video game with Megatron! Seriously!

Linkara: So let's dig into (holds up today's comic) "Transformers #31" and see what makes "The Car Wash of Doom" so infamous.

(AT4W title theme plays, and title card has Rose Royce's "Car Wash" playing in the background. Cut to a closeup of the comic's cover)

Linkara (v/o): The cover is pretty good, with a very eye-catching image of Ratbat attacking two people in the titular Car Wash of Doom, which seems to have all the car-washing action in the background. Hey, any of you familiar with the Tumblr, Escher Girls? It chronicles artwork, usually comics, that features malformed women, whose upper bodies are twisted around so the artist can show off both their chests and asses at the same time, despite how extremely uncomfortable that is and, in some case, improbable. Well, here, we have an odd case of the reverse: the woman is drawn from normal angles, but the guy seems to be twisting himself into uncomfortable poses, seeing as his torso is off to the side from where his legs are. I guess he just doesn't have the bone structure that women do to pull that off completely. Also, the Transformers logo has this odd striping pattern for it, almost as if this was the Barber Shop of Doom.

Text: It's wet! It's wild! It's...

Linkara: (dramatically) ..."Transformers on Spring Break"! Yes, see the hottest robots without their chassis!

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