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REVIEW: King Grimlock #2


REVIEW: King Grimlock #2

Book Title: King Grimlock #2

Book Description: In the first installment of King Grimlock we saw a wizard’s spell transport Grimlock from Cybertron to the world of Menonia. Menonia is a magical land where one would find mythical creatures like a cyclops or dragon.

The humans on Menonia are ruled over by a being referred to as the Golden One. They pleaded with Grimlock to help bring them freedom; but it fell on deaf receptors. A young woman named Arko is determined to get the Dinobot’s help.

In the second issue of King Grimlock we start the issue with Grimlock being attacked by some cyclops that are holding weapons bearing the Autobot insignia. Grimlock dispatches these opponents with relative ease. That’s when the real trap is sprung.

A ridge worm uses its tentacles to ensnare the Dinobot leader and pull him into its intestinal cave. Before Grimlock can be pulled into the ridge worm’s stomach where its acid will corrode the Dinobot’s components . Arko appears and cuts him free. At this point they are trapped. Arko explains that with ridge worms “you do not get out the way you get in”.

After a messy ordeal the pair is out of the ridge worm and has the opportunity to talk. They come to an understanding. Grimlock isn’t familiar with some of the hazards on Menonia. Arko wants to learn to be a warrior. A pact is formed and they carry on.

They see the fishing village of Angloria being raided by the red wizard’s wood bots. The beings are far more than the fishermen can handle. A Dinobot charging into battle levels the playing field quickly.

After the battle Grimlock talks to Arko about the wood bots. He learns that they are liches, undead beings made by the red wizard. with no will of their own. Grimlock wants justice for the wood bots… Just like the Golden One planned.

Book Author: Steve Orlando

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing

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Illustrator: Agustin Padilla

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


If you’re looking for action, King Grimlock #2 will be right up your alley. From the first page we see Grimlock right in the thick of things. Aside from a couple of pages with dialogue that helps move the story forward we get a lot of what Grimlock does best.

I like that Arko is imploring Grimlock to be a better version of himself. He truly could be a great leader with more empathy and less hothead. She knows it. Now she has to find a way to make him see it.

I liked this cover. Grimlock battling the tentacles from the ridge worm was relevant to the story while not giving us any spoilers.

The interior artwork is spot on. I’m loving all of the detail. My personal favorite panel was the one with the cyclops trying to explain why the trap didn’t work.

As a geek on a budget I’m still all in on King Grimlock.  There’s plenty of action coupled with a great plot. My biggest complaint is that I have to wait another month for the next issue to come out.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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