After the cliffhanger ending last issue we find Megatron on the hunt for the survivors of the nuked ship. This is a good scene, really shows just how much Megs has changed since we last saw him, going from being fuelled entirely by rage, to embracing insanity! This issue also reveals a change in Megatron's motivations, where originally he intended to drain earth dry of it's energy resources, now it seems Megatron's only ambition is to piss off Optimus Prime enough to get him to come out in the open. Apparently being stranded on a desolate planet with nothing but lobotomized henchmen takes it's toll on a person! One can only imagine how the rest of the Decepticons on Cybertron and spread out through space will react to Megatron's new loyalty incentive program (at least until later issues). One could say that this Megatron has embraced the part of himself that Galvatron constantly attempted to reject.
On to Kup, character development for Kup in Regeneration One is much better (since beforehand every time Kup spoke in the comics he came off as kind of a dick) it's interesting to see Kup as the one vocalizing the Autobots responsibility to "clean up the mess" the war left behind.
And since it is Dinobot month it wouldn't be complete without a Dinobot, So Grimlock is up front and center in a sub-plot that takes him to Nebulos in order to find a cure for Nucleon (and probably the former headmasters as well) Grimlock does make it to Nebulos, but the greeting is far from warm as he's almost immediately attacked by mind-controlled Nebulans, and knocked out of commission by something that appears suspiciously like Scorponok. (On a side note, Grimlock can't transform, and no other Dinobots make an appearance in this issue, so does it really fit in with Dinobot month?)
And the final page cliffhanger, who is Circuit-Smasher you ask? Why he's Spike Witwicky of course (as revealed in Simon Furman's blog) How did he end up this way, and what happened to Fort Max's body? Gonna have to wait and see.
All in all a good issue, didn't advance the story as much as we'd like, but an enjoyable read nonetheless (and with zombie Skywarp awesomeness). Like any good book with the conclusion still so far ahead it leaves me with questions like:
Where is Twintwist?
Will we be seeing Galvatron again, either still alive and well after being buried in ice by Fort Max, or as a pile of spare parts next to Megatrons throne?
And what of Shockwave? I expected to see either a lobotomized cyclops, or Shocky's mono-eyed head on a pike in Meg's camp, either way I'm still hoping to see both Shockwave and Galvatron pop back up very soon.
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