Megatron’s back! The president declares Cybertronians as weapons of mass destruction. As fears concerning the robots run high, humans are stocking up on weapons to protect themselves, as the Decepticons look to cash in on the paranoia..
If you didn’t know, the continuity of the Transformers over the years has been pretty confusing. Between relaunches, UK comics, Japanese manga, the movies, and every single cartoon continuity, you’re better off picking and choosing your favorite Transformers world than wasting your life mapping out a timeline tougher than some high falootin’ math problem. That said, the Transformers current ongoing series does a pretty great job of merging some of these different worlds, albeit creating a new tangled branch off the family tree. In this world, the classic Generation One style intermingles with the Michael Bay movie style, to create a slightly less humanized interpretation of your favorite Cybertronians. It’s a good in between for people who either think the original cartoon designs too chidish or those who find the movie designs too far flung.
Fans of Transformers Animated may find it interesting that Megatron’s new form in this issue very cloesly resembles the design from that movie, again illustrating how this book seems to be a solid melting pot of Transformers history. Sure, it’s the same old characters, with a bit of a different look, but Costa’s writing holds this robotic boat together via small twists on classic Decepticon plots. They did what with Megatron’s old body?? Pretty damn awesome and ingenious. Worth it for this devious plot alone.
As a fan slightly less of the storylines and more the aesthetic qualities of these giant transforming robots (that just never stops sounding cool, does it?) I’m always quite blown away by the kind of dedication that goes into Transformers art. But as much hard work is put into large scale mechanical detail of complex transforming machines in this issue, it seems that much less attention is paid to those tiny human creatures we so often forget about. Figueroa really does a whiz bang job on the robots, but seems to pass over on the people a bit too quickly, all in all a minor flaw in an overall killer performance.
I’m not too picky about my Transformers, but when they’re written and drawn exceptionally well, that sure helps. If you’re a stickler for only the classic designs and refuse to try an updated version, that’s your loss, pal.