Writers: John BarberArt: Andrew GriffithColours: Josh Perez & Thomas DeerLetters: Tom B LongPublisher: IDW
Spike Witwicky and Prowl make a deal that looks almost destined to end poorly, Galvatron tries to convince Arcee to join him in a battle to prevent the greatest threat the Transformers have ever known and we finally find out just what the humans have been hiding underground.
This issue does not waste any time in jumping directly into the action and the moniker of the arc, “Day of Deception” is truly earned during the course of this book. Between the machinations of Galvatron and his attempt to bring Arcee in line, and the interaction between Spike, Prowl and the Constructicons, you would think that would be more than enough but there is a fourth party that really earns their place this time around.
It is kind of heart breaking to see Spike and Prowl work together when we know their partnership is likely to turn sour as soon as either one of them gets what they want from it. We have not seen the Transformers and the humans work together for so long and everytime they do it ends in disaster, the final few pages of this issue only cement that fact. Galvatron is as manipulative as he is a brilliant warrior and it just goes to show how he was able to endure for so long from the Transformers distant past, to the current day. His ability to tell the truth and follow it up immediately with a fabrication making both sound completely reasonable is just astounding. Barber has truly earned his keep this issue and I almost feel bad now for not seeing the bigger picture earlier when the series had just started out, everything is connected and everything matters!
Andrew Griffith runs solo again this issue and his art is just as good as it was in the last issue, his humans still look a little strange but his Transformers, who are the stars afterall, look great. Josh Perez and Thomas Deer help give them their very spark with glowing eyes and the usual assortment of neon laser shots to spice up the action sequences. Every explosion and energy blast whether it be from a flying Transformer or a hand cannon are given the usual eye popping visuals we have come to expect from the now flagship title.
Now that we can see the pieces fall into place it is much easier to just sit back and love this book for everything that it does correctly. Unlike the other books in the series, this does not focus on political issues or racism but instead, it concentrates on being a more personal piece. With pretty much everyone in this issue looking to kill everyone else and the question of forgiveness and vengeance being front and centre, this book has more than earned its place amongst the monthly ongoings. It is also worth remembering that as the main book in the series, the events in the last few pages will not only have lasting effects, they will penetrate the other books and other stories so definitely be reading this arc if you are reading any of the other Transformer books.