Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Andrew Wildman
(covers by Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi and Geoff Senior)
Summary: The Wreckers are on Earth--and their fates rest in the hands of a human? A very particular human--Spike Witwicky, the Circuit Smasher! The AUTOBOTs learn what MEGATRON's been doing the past 20 years and OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to come to a decision about the future!
Comments: We learn quickly about what's happened in the intervening twenty years on Earth. Megatron was accidentally reactivated and then laid waste to the planet, while using their nukes against them, reactivating a bunch of zombie Decepticons and taking out the remaining resistance (Fortress Maximus, the Neo Knights). Meanwhile, Optimus Prime loads up a force to go to Earth and get Megatron. We learn Bludgeon has a War World (G2, anybody?) and is in communication with Soundwave, who wants to retrieve the pieces of the ruined Thunderwing.
I'm not sure why they're bothering to try and resurrect Thunderwing. He's dead and gone. Frankly, I didn't need every single character resurrected for no apparent reason. We also get a strong hint Shockwave is still alive and in Megatron's employ... so, is Galvatron the only one who stayed dead this time? (Or should we expect him to appear at some point too? :) I also wonder how on a revitalized Cybertron that Optimus Prime taking a strike force somewhere means that the entire planet will be unguarded against the Decepticons dastardly plan. Has he only got fourteen Autobots? It just seems like a bit of a stretch.
I also wonder about why Optimus suddenly sees so much potential in Hot Rod (although I guess one could argue that there were aspects of it in the old series too). It feels a bit ham-fisted to me...does Optimus think he's going to die soon? Or perhaps retire somewhere and leave Hot Rod in charge? It could also just be set-up for Hot Rod leading the resistance against the Decepticons on Cybertron now that Optimus has left for Earth.
Minor nitpicks aside, I've been mostly liking the series so far and can't wait to see where it goes from here.
Verdict: Very Good.
|Cover "A" by Andrew Wildman|
|Cover "B" by Guido Guidi|
|Retailer Incentive Cover by Geoff Senior|