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September 12, 2008

Book review: Graphic novel parodies those other robots

‘Incredible Change-Bots’

By Jeffrey Brown

Two guesses what this graphic novel parodies — the catch phrase is “More than Just Machines;” the characters have fun and telling names like Stinky (who incredible changes into a garbage truck) and Tredz (who incredible changes into a tank); and within the Incredible Change-Bots’ society rages an epic battle between good and evil (though in this book, we’re not 100 percent sure which is which).

The Incredible Change-Bots live on the planet Electronocybercircuitron and have two political parties: The Awesomebots run by Big Rig and the Fantasticons run by Shootertron. Things are running peacefully on Electronocybercircuitron until Shootertron decides to subvert the democratic process, steal governing power from Big Rig, and become ruler of Electronocybercircuitron. This, of course, angers the Awesomebots tremendously and they decide to fight back — with firepower!

A war erupts on Electronocybercircuitron that lasts for years and only ends when both parties realize that their planet is now uninhabitable. They call a tenuous truce and climb aboard a spaceship to find a new home, but the Awesomebots and Fantasticons can’t keep the peace long enough to have a flight plan, much less land without incident, so it is no surprise that they find themselves crashing in an American desert.

Spaceship crashes and flying robots who change into various vehicles cannot go unnoticed by humans (or the government) for long. The Fantasticons ally themselves with the shady General Deeyer and his army while the Awesomebots befriend only two humans, Monkeywrench and his son Jimmy Junior. Fighting among the Incredible Change-Bots continues as spies are discovered, Awesomebots are betrayed by one of their own and a leader is exiled. Will the Incredible Change-Bots destroy Earth as they did Electronocybercircuitron or will they learn the error of their fighting ways before it is too late?

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