Megatron has conquered Israel and China. The worlds plot against him, while his troops are restless. Elsewhere, the Autobots are trying to keep their faith intact as its the only thing that can keep them united. Will faith be enough?
I haven’t read a Transformers series in months. I must admit that I don’t like the limited series format and I have problems understanding where this story fits with the other stuff I’ve read recently. However, the characters are quite interesting. I like the quip by the Insecticon to Skywarp that the seekers really have no personality, but to be Megatron’s elite soldiers. This is a new approach to the seeker jets that makes a lot of sense. Now, if McCarthy could only explain why Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust are somewhat different from Star Scream, Thundercraker and Sky Warp, he would make my day!
There’s a philosophical debate about conquest and troop loyalty going on between Star Scream and Megatron in this issue and it’s probably one of the best exchanges that I’ve read about the two characters so far. I kept waiting for Megatron to blast Star Scream but it didn’t happen. Instead, they discussed like equals and Star Scream, although not in command was able to point to his leader’s weaknesses marvellously.
There were equally interesting characterizations with the Autobots. It really added a new dimension to Jazz and Prowl’s relationship. It’s all stuff that was always there, but McCarthy finally spells it out in the open. It makes for good drama, and will entice me to add this series to my regular list.
Why is it that great Transformers’ artists can never quite render humans properly? Oh well... At least, Guidi makes for complex and detailed Transformers where each has his individuality. For example, Hot Rod’s knee articulation is totally different from Megatron’s. Guidi’s work has a manga feel that is appropriate for the Transformers. I’m not sold on the colouring though. It’s too painterly and not stark enough.