Writer: Simon Furman
Penciler: Guido Guidi
Inker: Stephen Baskerville
Colors: John-Paul Bove
Letters: Shawn Lee
Editor: John Barber
With the comic ending on the 100th issue, Transformers: Regeneration One #95 finishes up the second to last storyarc on the book. It's a hell of an ending, too, as the war between the Autobots and Decepticons comes (somewhat) to a conclusion. Well, at least a big ol' battle is over... with foreshadowing that an even larger conflict will fill the last five issues of the series.
While the issue is jammed with action and very good pacing, it's not Simon Furman's best work as a writer. That would be a hard accomplishment to earn, considering that Furman is responsible for some of the greatest Transformer comics in his long history on Transformers related properties. Still, I get the sense that a lot of this is retreading old ground. The fight between Omega Supreme and Monstructor echoes a similar fight that occured in the Furman penned Transformers Spotlight: Optimus Prime while the fight between Soundwave and Blaster seems like a grudge match set up in Transformers Spotlight: Blaster (also written by Furman), both of which take place in a different continuity (IDW's Transformers universe instead of Regeneration One's Marvel Transformers universe).
Adding to this are the overabundance of easter eggs and references to... pretty much every other Transformers continuity. I expected references to the original Marvel series because, well, that's the continuity we're dealing with. What I am more surprised at are the nods to Beast Wars or the Japanese continuity. Rodimus' use of Optimus Primal's catchphrase ("That's just PRIME") was particularly noticeable.
All that said, all nits picked, this is still a pretty fun comic that, while not changing the world, is still worth the read. The fight between Bludgeon and the Wreckers if great. The battle for Cybertron is well played out, with believable tension right up to it's conclusion. That conclusion is very satisfying and gets me excited for what's coming next.
Much of that excitement is probably due to penciler, Guido Guidi, turning in the work of his career. Guidi's style has always lent itself more to the classic designs of the original Transformers series and he is seriously knocking the pages right out of the park. The art is that good. Guido Guidi captures the style of the original series, including the crosshatching and metallic shine details that you'd expect in an eighties Transformers comic. Inker Stephen Baskerville helps to bring this look home with colorist, John-Paul Bove selling us on an updated color palette that still brings out the nostalgic goodness of the art.
Now, if only Guidi had drawn Blaster with his Marvel Comics approved visor, everything would have been perfect. ;)
It's really never been a better time for fans of Transformers comics. Not only do we get two stellar IDW-verse comics with Robots in Diguise and More Than Meets the Eye but we also get this fun callback to the original comic book series. Regeneration One #95 sells me on some of the best robot fighting action I've seen in a long while and impressive, period appropriate art. Seriously, I could look at this thing all day. The final issue in this series (#100) is going to come too soon.
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