Writer: Mairghread Scott
Art: Sarah Stone
Letters: Chris Mowry
Editorial Assistance: Rebecca Huard
Editor: John Barber
Last issue's story led things down into a narrow corridor where one specific Transformer was responsible for doing every bad deed brought up in this mini-series. Now, I've watched enough police procedurals to KNOW better than to believe that the good guys have pinned down the bad guy half-way through the story... but I've read enough bad stories to know that sometimes a tale starts out strong and then loses all the fun before we're even half through. I was cautiously optimistic but not familiar enough with the creative team to know for certain whether things would amp back up for the second half.
Things amped back up. In a big way.
Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone have happily surprised me on the direction issue three has taken. Every character continues to show their own distinct personalities and they mix together in fun, interesting ways. It doesn't matter if it's an Autobot or a Decepticon, everyone in this comic is a joy to watch. We even get a fascinating villain monologue that turns out NOT to be a villain monologue... well... not THE villain monologue.
Aside from a few confusing panels (Blurr and Slug's "battering ram?"), the art is as fantastic as it's ever been. Stone is shaping up to be an impressive Transformers artist, providing a distinct art style that breathes new life into old favorites and newcomers alike. Seriously, this thing is beautiful.
It turns out that Windblade's fresh (and naive) perspective on Cybertronian culture is a fascinating read. She and Chromia are showing up right after the conclusion of a four million year war, finding a people that are just worn out from all of the fighting. It's a pretty good backdrop for a story and this is turning out to be a well crafted adventure. We've got one more issue for Windblade's questions to be answered. If the first three comics are any indication, we're in for one hell of a treat.
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SuperginraiX is the biggest sap on The Outhousers' payroll (wait, we get paid?). He reads every issue of every crappy Marvel crossover so you don't have to. Whats worse is that he pays for his books, thus condoning Marvel's behavior. If The Outhouse cared for his well being at all, they'd try and get him into some sort of rehab center. But, alas, none of us even know how to say his name. For a good time, ask Super why Captian America jumped off the Helicarrier in Fear Itself. Super lives in the frozen wastland that is Minnesota with 15% of the state's population living under his roof: a wife he makes wear an Optimus Prime mask, two gremlins, and his mother-in-law.
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