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Transformers Generation One #04

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2004
By: Kelvin Green

Writer: Brad Mick
Artists: Don Figueroa (p), Elaine To (i)

Publisher: Dreamwave

Now, this has gone a bit awry. The pseudonymous Brad Mick has rather impressed me so far with an original and interesting take on the Transformers mythos. It was like Simon Furman was writing ďproperĒ Transformers again, which is ironic, because over on Energon and War Within, Furman is doing an excellent job of making Transfans wonder what we saw in him in the first place. AnywayÖ

Mickís strengths are not on show here. Most of the comic concerns a rather dull fight between Omega Supreme (although itís nice to see this underused character in action) and the weird Starscream-Jesus-clone-thing thatís been flitting about, so the only time he gets to do a patented Brad Mick Clever Reinterpretation is when he brings in Wreck-Gar, but this is over and done with in a couple of pages, and in a back-up story to boot. The big fight scene, as well as being rather uninspiring, takes up so much room that the other subplots completely fail to develop properly. Prowl seems to have given up on being a politician and is now analysing Transformer ďDNAĒ, which seems odd not only because he wasnít doing anything like that last time we saw him, but also because itís not his job. Suddenly the Autobots are badly damaged and stuck at the bottom of a swamp, which is a bit of a surprise as last we saw them they were all up and about and no worse for wear. Since Mick wastes so much time and space on the fight scene, the reasons for the Autobotsí change in fortune is relegated to a tiny bit of expositionary dialogue. Thatís not really a very good writing technique, and isnít helped by the creative teamís inability to keep track of whoís doing what and where.

Itís all fairly readable, faults aside, but only just. What helps immensely is the art, which really is top-notch stuff. Figueroa is probably the best penciller Dreamwave have working on the Transformers titles and he does a great job here, although some of the storytelling is a bit confused due to his occasional clunky panel layouts and compositions. That said, this issue is better than previous issues in terms of those flaws, and Iím being overly picky to be honest, as this really is good work. I also have to mention Espen Grundetjernís colouring which portrays the pyrotechnics of the big fight and the murkiness of the other scenes equally well.

This isnít a bad comic, but Iíve come to expect better from this creative team and this is a bit of a let-down to be honest. That said, this is still the best Transformers title Dreamwave are currently publishing.

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