Writer: Mairghread Scott
Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
In the last issue we saw Starscream’s steady descent into madness continue to gather speed as he searches desperately for Swindle, Windblade realising she may have been outmanoeuvred and the Combaticons doing some manoeuvring of their own.
Scott has a unique talent for making Transformer politics interesting and has quickly established herself as a character writer. It is good to see Windblade and Chromia get the time in the spotlight along with classic G1 autobot Ironhide. The story feels a lot like an old detective show where the viewer has all of the pieces already but we wait for the main characters to catch up and slot them together and though we are not quite there yet by the end of the issue we have gotten a good bit closer. We spend most of the book in discussions between all of the main players and I feel that we are better for it, each of our heroes and villains are deeply flawed but all working towards what they feel is the greater good and all of them are equally right and wrong in what they are doing.
Sara Pitre-Durocher once again gives the Transformers their distinctive and emotive looks with every character looking perhaps a little too perfect in places. Often we see the Decepticons portrayed with angular and frankly ugly features yet it feels like Durocher is unable to draw anything that is less than perfect, Starscream has never looked so handsome! Of course her work on the body language of each of the main players and the stunningly emotive facial expressions are at the top of their game as always.
This issue Joana Lafuente brings her colours to the book and coupled with Durocher’s pencils they are a formidable team. Lafuente’s colours are sharp and full of energy bringing life and soul to each panel she touches. With the Combaticons all being very similar in colour scheme and shape it is a god send having such a talented colourist on board allowing them to easily stand out from each other which is most welcome.
This is the book running in the background that is likely to have a large scale effect on all of the other connected books, it may not be the most action packed book but it is making it up in character development and world building. Windblade continues to become a larger player in the world of the Transformers and watching her match wits with the scheming Starscream is a joy to behold, I look forward to seeing how the story progresses.