If you’ve seen the previews for Spotlight: Metroplex you know this issues big gimmick, emphasis on big. Conveying the sense of scale visually is the task of excellent IDW artist Marcelo Matere, and he’s got plenty of room to do it. With the exceptions of the first and last pages, by necessity, all of Spotlight: Metroplex is told in full two page spreads.
All I can say about this stunt is… It works. Metroplex feels big. It rules. Not only is the art phenomenal, it’s well thought out. There are more than a few clever visuals and fan shout outs in here, to accompany the eye popping moments of the ginormous Metroplex in action.
The story, told to us by Andy Schmidt, is unusual for a Spotlight issue. Normally Spotlights are “An intimate look at Metroplex”, “An formative moment for Metroplex”, “A great battle of Metroplex”. This issue is more like, “HOLY $#*% IT’S METROPLEX!”.
The story more prominently features the Autobot’s Throttlebot team. Narration is provided by the Bumblebee autonomous Goldbug. Sixshot makes his first appearance since Revalation,, he drops some exposition about his return, and about where Megatron acquired his space bridge tech for events in All Hail Megatron.
This issue kind of feels like a teaser trailer, it poses more questions than it answers. Clearly three is a lot of set up for things to come. Trying not to spoil to much, it is appreciable that useful characters are not mortally squandered in this issue. These are robots, they can take a serious injury and live, it’s amazing how much exposition and retconing a last panel finger twitch here and there can spare you.
Over all, very fun issue, well written, excellently drawn. It’ll be interesting two see where the stories this is setting up go.
|Date||June 30th 2009|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|