Writer: Mairghread Scott
Pencils: Livio Ramondelli
Letters: Tom B. Long
This issue is part of the book spanning event Combiner Wars and focuses on the discovery of the Enigma of Combination which allows virtually any Transformer to join with another to form a bigger and infinitely more deadly Autobot or Decepticon.
This issue feels a little strange in a way, it has Windblade in the title but like the book before barely features her at all and focuses more on almost everyone else. Prowl and the Constructicons take centre stage which can really only mean one thing, large scale Combiner battles and on that note this book does not disappoint. In part two of the story we saw Superion take on Menasor and this issue ups the stakes with Superion returning to battle, this time against Devastator and a new Combiner is formed mid fight.
Surprisingly the issue although action packed does feature a full narrative and we get a little more insight into the forming of the Cybertronian council and Starscream’s attempt to twist it to his biding. Scott highlights the often mentioned unrest between the Autobots and Decepticons as they help the Camiens rebuild their city and we see once again that its the former Decepticons that are most willing to render aid. Perhaps a little social commentary on our own world though perhaps not, but it does make for some interesting reading and makes you really ponder if Megatron was in the wrong afterall.
Livio Ramondelli takes over on art this issue and once again creates an epic looking book in which his skills are made full use of as the battles commence. Every scene featuring a Combiner is as dramatic as it is explosive with some truly brutal punishment being dealt to Superion. Ramondelli’s colours added to his own pencil work gives the whole book his trademark dark future vibe that resonates with the plot in every panel. It helps to highlight that even though the return of a lost tribe to Cybertron should be a happy occasion, there are dark forces at work and tragedy looms.
A fun chapter to an already action packed series which is both spectacular and full of fan service. Huge robots transform into even larger Robots as they lay waste to their surroundings whilst they do battle. As part of a mini series this is far from an ideal issue for a new comer but given its weekly schedule the other chapters are bound to be easy to find. The only thing I would call into question is why this is a Windblade titled issue since she is so scarcely featured, I am hoping that this will lead to the series continuing after this event allowing Windblade to have her own series. Definitely a worthwhile and exciting read if you are already following the story, if not you will need to get the previous books or wait on the trade being released.