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Transformers #12 [UK]: Rules of Engagement
Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Issue Review
As with the last few issues both the plot and the Autobots remain deeply dull (Springer especially is just IDW Kup without the Cygar). Unfortunately this time the Decepticons are unmemorable as well. Tankor doesn't really do anything and Dirge just shows up to fly off.

There's something entertainingly stupid about the Alamo situation, but other than that there's really nothing to see here, nor to talk about in this review. Despite continued good art this is probably the most instantly forgettable issue done by the comic yet.

Notes
Jolt and the others continue their training here. Springer seems to have taken over the training role Sideswipe had previously.

NEST have at least one secret armoury under the Alamo. Secret bases under famous landmarks is the sort of thing UNIT do in Doctor Who.

The NEST soldier outside the Alamo may be supposed to be Lennox (and is identified as such on the wiki), but if so he's gone for a David Beckham haircut and dyed his hair darker.

The price goes back down to 2.50.

Goofs
Even NESTsoldierboy points out having a secret weapons base under a major landmark is stupid.

Tankor suddenly changes from from being green to blue halfway through the issue.

Fantastic Free Gift!
Disc Blaster.

Extras
Winners announced for the design a Transformer contest;
Way Past Cool covers more computer games;
Bumblebee's Guide to the Solar System, new feature where Bumblebee gives his guide to the planets (like all the cool kids he doesn't count Pluto);
Competitions for Ben 10 Lego, Optimus Prime voyager class toy, Merlin books, Tripwire books and the Mutant Insect game for the DS;
Cover based poster;
Law and Disorder, including Starscream's Stars.

 
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