ReGeneration One #95 - Generation 1 - IDW Comic Book

The Autobots are overrun, the Warworld is living up to its name, and the Wreckers are no match for Bludgeon. Bludgeon is winning, but he's not getting the one thing he wants. Maybe Rodimus Prime can help him with that. "Destiny (Part Five)" is written by Simon Furman with pencils by Guido Guidi, inks by Stephen Baskerville, and colors by John-Paul Bove.

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Blugeon's siege of Cybertron continues. Monstructor and Omega Supreme do battle, as do Blaster and Soundwave. The Warworld obliterates the Autobots' air defenses. Bludgeon's fellow Pretenders decide to go out and have some murderous fun, but Bludgeon elects to remain on the ship and let the party find him. Which it's in the process of doing, as Kup and the Wreckers sneak aboard the Warworld with the help of Jetfire. Below the surface, Grimlock comes to and is himself again. Nobody knows where Hot Rod was taken, but that's the least of their worries as the Demons rush in to deal with the Dinobots. With a divinely-inspired roar and a stomp, him Grimlock once again king. Aboard the Ark, Starscream and Auntie/Shockwave argue whether to attack the invading forces or not. Starscream is of course on the side of leaving. Bludgeon wrecks the Wreckers and is about to end Kup when out of nowhere, Rodimus Prime appears. And the tide turns.

The "Destiny" storyline wraps up here, though it has the same problem that Regeneration One's first story arc had of being very abrupt and not feeling particularly like an end, even in the episodic sense. Most of the individual confrontations wind up well, with Blaster's battle with Soundwave being a fun one in particular. If you caught issue 0, or looked at the standard cover for this issue, or read any of ReGen One up to now, you know or guessed that the resolution of this chapter of the book involves the arrival of Rodimus Prime. Bludgeon's final battle- if this indeed is it -is nowhere near as epic or elaborate as he hoped. Which is poetic justice, but adds up to another note of anticlimax. I hedge my bets on this being the end of the master of Metallikato; while what happens to him feels fairly conclusive, we don't actually see the scene that Bludgeon himself foresaw back in issue #93- and you don't put premonitions in something unless they're carried out or you make a point of not carrying them out, neither of which is done definitively. We end the issue looking forward to the next story arc, as usual; I'm hoping that next issue when we begin the final arc and there's nothing left to look forward to, the book will finally have its mind on the present.

The sad thing is that from Furman's own descriptions of issue Zero and its role in the story, this issue is proceeding exactly as it would have if the extra issue had never happened. Which makes it kind of sad that my favorite issue of the series so far is a completely inessential fill-in issue. In terms of dialogue and narration, it seems like Simon Furman has decided that if this is the coda to his run on Transformers then he's just going to go all out in terms of writing like himself. In this issue the Furmanisms are frequent, common. We even get a "can we do less?". The other thing that's pronounced in this issue are riffs on Transformers: The (1986) Movie. If you'd told me 15 or 20 years ago I'd be tired of seeing that movie referenced, I would not have believed you. And yet, here we are.

On the other hand, this is the best issue of the regular book so far in terms of art. Guido Guidi continues his excellent Andrew Wildman impression- there's a Kup face in the battle with Bludgeon where he absolutely nails Wildman's style. But more of his own sensibility is shining through here and that is absolutely a plus for the book. Also credit is due to John-Paul Bove, whose coloring on this issue seems a bit more refined than some of the pre-issue #0 work. And my compliments to him for the super-brief reference to his virtuoso coloring work in that issue on the final page of the comic. For four minor panels he needn't have gone to that kind of trouble, but I'm really happy that he did.

Great crop of covers this month: we have a particularly strong cover by Andrew Wildman depicting Rodimus fighting Bludgeon, Guido drawing the fight between Soundwave and Blaster in the style of the comic I wish was happening (complete with corner box Rodimus looking appropriately model-sheety for the era), and a solid Geoff Senior cover depicting Grimlock fighting one of Bludgeon's drones along with the Demons/Original Cybertronians. There's no losers here, but Guido is once again my favorite. When all of this is done, I'd love to see him get a Marvel-G1 sidestory series to himself. He can draw and color in that style like it's second nature.

And now we're heading into the home stretch! One final five-issue story arc remains. We're running out of time to be gazing towards the horizon, so hopefully the book will get its head in the game and start dealing with the here and now- before we run out of now.

DateOctober 21st 2013  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  

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