Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Andrew Wildman (pencils), Stephen Baskerville (inks)
Covers: Andrew Wildman (A), Guido Guidi (B), Geoff Senior (RI)
Summary: TOO LITTLE—TOO LATE! As Scorponok’s Dark Reign comes ever closer to spreading right across Cybertron, Grimlock launches a desperate counterstrike, in the face of almost innumerable odds. Does the Dinobot commander really have one last ace up his sleeve, or does his “plan” amount to a glorious—but doomed—last stand?
Comments: This is still my favorite TF comic at the moment.
This issue wraps up the Scorponok storyline by undoing the damage he's done and having the seemingly final confrontation between Grimlock and his nemesis. I still think they could've done a bit more with this storyline (I feel the need to package each storyline neatly into a TPB worked against the artistry of the story here) but the wrap-up is reasonably good as it is.
We also get a bit more about Hot Rod and his sub-plot with the under-dwellers. He believes they are to be destroyed as this is what Primus wanted. But it's not what he is willing to do. I look forward to seeing how this plot thread turns out.
The art is mostly good although, as mentioned before, Pounce and Wingspan--the clones--still look different. This issue seemed to have a few less anamolies this time around though overall. (Apparently, Guido Guidi will be taking over the art duties at some point which I'm torn on. He's a great artist--but it will be strange if Wildman doesn't complete this run).
Verdict: Excellent! A must-buy!
|Cover "A" by Andrew Wildman|
|Cover "B" by Guido Guidi|
|Retailer Incentive Cover by Geoff Senior|