The official (comic) sequel to the blockbuster lackluster Revenge of the Fallen continues this week. The good news is that Nefarious is consistently better written and more enjoyable than it’s source material, the bad news is that isn’t really saying much.
Nefarious #3 greatest asset is a dedication to believable, compelling character. We’ve seen plenty of Prime and Soundwave behaving in well motivated fashion in the earlier installments of the series, but Issue 3 actually had me interested in Bumblebee (who’s bad R2-D2 impression is circumvented by thought bubbles) and even more surprisingly, Galloway.
While I praise Simon Furman for his ability to inflate these 2 dimensional characters, it should still be noted that this is not the paramount of Transformers fiction. Furman has replaced the walking dry toast from the film with real characters, but don’t expect them to knock your socks off.
Story wise issue 3 seems to spend most of its time undoing what it did last issue. Besides the cliffhanger involving a new character (which is a cool one), there’s not a whole lot happening to move the story forward.
Also, the more we see of the, Initiative and it’s wheelchair bound leader, the harder it is not to feel like this is Maximum Soundwave (and the Cassettes). The Machination… I mean The Initiative just seems a little two familiar. Not that the occasional recycling of a G1 story for use in the movie-verse is necessarily bad, but… It’s too soon, Simon! Too soon!
The highlight of this issue is Bumblebee and his squad, if future issues can give the kind of character to the Cassettes that ‘Bee and his squad enjoy, this could turn out to be a fantastic series. Right now they look cool, but there’s not much to them.
The look of this issue is disappointing, There doesn’t seem to be any downturn in Carlos Magno’s art, which has been doing a good job of representing these designs which were never meant to fly in two dimensions. However the coloring, by Kris Carter, really fails this issue. It feels flat and textureless, and it just kills the movie bots.
Overall this comic just feels like fill, this series needs to back off the mystery and get it’s story moving out in the open.
|Date||May 3rd 2010|
|Score||(6 out of 10)|