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Business Really Picks Up In This Review Of Void Rivals #10

In this review of Void Rivals #10, as Springer continues to push back on Proximus’ attack, Darak feels Solila’s life is slipping away. Is there anything to help her?

 

This Review Contains Spoilers

 

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Void Rivals #10 main cover by Lorenzo De Felici

Void Rivals #10
Writer:  Robert Kirkman
Art and Main Cover by:  Lorenzo De Felici
Colors: Patricio Delpeche
Variant Covers:  Cory Walker, André Lima, Jason Howard, Marcio Takara, Annie Wu
Release Date: June 25, 2024

 

If there was ever an issue that would bring the entirety of the Energon Universe together, it would be Void Rivals #10. Follow what I’m saying here and by the end you’ll really see what I’m talking about (but like me, you’ve probably read the issue). Granted, the sheer appearance of the Transformers in every series within the universe should be enough to convince a person, right? But there’s more. There’s a lot more.

Void Rivals #10 begins back at Zertonia, where Darak’s father, Dulin has paid Premier Zalilak a visit. He’s checking to see if the situation with his son has been taken care of. Instead, he learns something differently. Not only is his son still alive, he and Solila have both escaped. The two leaders clearly have a long, but strenuous relationship as they’ve work to keep a secret from their peoples. Whatever this secret is, it is great enough that he is willing to let his son die to keep it.

Back in the Wastelands, Springer is continuing to have a rough time keeping the much smaller Proximus at bay. He does everything before deciding to transform into a vehicle. The tide turns somewhat before Springer ultimately has had enough. He transforms back into his robotic form before driving his sword into Proximus. It appears to be game over.

While the warriors clashed, Darak is looking over Solila body before he recognizes the device she’s been carrying since their escape. He doesn’t do much, however, as Solila gathers just enough strength to attack him before passing out again. Darak pleads to Springer to help her. Springer goes to collect the remains of Proximus only to find him gone. Springer gathers his two new friends and brings them into his self-built lab.

Once settled inside, Kirkman provides some revelations that truly begin to bring things together about the Energon Universe. As Darak removes his helmet, he reveals his mind eye. This astonishes Springer as he refers to it as an “Energon Port,” something he’s seen before. Although it is of a different shape, he shows Solila’s as well.

Solila finds herself floating in some sort of astral form. Zerta speaks to her. Zerta tells her she as one of her strongest children, will be responsible wake others to the truth and the unity can begin. She tasks Solila with finding her. And with the difficult trials ahead of her, Zerta has already given Solila a key to assist her.

Solila awakens and finds Darak and Springer staring at her. She realizes she’s glowing. Springer reveals that he used Energon to heal her (using the Energon Port). Not only that. He explains that the Sacred Ring is an engine that creates Energon. He also explains that at a cellular the Zertonian and Agorrians are CYBERTRONIAN in origin. Springer then tells the legend of one who broke away from his kind on Cybertron. Her name — ZERTA Trion.

 

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There’s more to Solila than meets the eye. (Credit: Skybound/Image)

I could spend the rest of this review of Void Rivals #10 to describe just how taken back I was about these pages in the issue. Throughout the entirety of Void Rivals and the other titles of the Energon Universe, we knew there was a connection simply through the presence of the Transformers and other characters from within their universe. What Kirkman does here, however, is he brought things together — particularly as it pertains to this series — at a much deeper level. Is it possible that the Agorrians and Zertonians are evolved or descended relatives of the Transformers?

But the trio don’t have much time to talk about the past. Premier Zalilak is concerned that all might be lost after they lost track of Proximus. He orders an entire squadron to the wasteland to track the escapees down.

Void Rivals #10 is easily the best issue of the series thus far. In this twist of reveal, Robert Kirkman has blown the doors open as to where this universe can go next. There’s still a connection to the Transformers. However, Void Rivals #10 brings it to a whole new level. There are so many ways things can go now and that’s not even before I think of crossovers. Void Rivals continues to be a great series that deserve more accolades than it receives.

I have been a fan of the artistic work from Lorenzo De Felici from the start. However, the colors over the past two issues from Patricio Delpeche has made everything just perfect. The way Delpeche depicts color no matter the environments is a perfect complement to De Felici’s pencils. The action one each page just comes to life. I hope to see more of this with the creative duo as the series goes on.

If there was ever an issue that brings the entirety of the Energon Universe together thus far, it is Void Rivals #10. Yet, I still can’t believe it took me this long to give an issue in this series a perfect score. At least the wait is over.

 

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Void Rivals #10
Final Thoughts
If there was ever an issue that brings the entirety of the Energon Universe together thus far, it is Void Rivals #10. Yet, I can't believe it took me this long to give an issue in this series a perfect score.
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