Transformers: Regeneration One #85
IDW Publishing (November, 2012)“Loose Ends” part 5 WRITER: Simon Furman PENCILER: Andrew Wildman INKER: Stephen Baskerville COLORIST: John-Paul Bove LETTERER: Chris Mowry EDITOR: John Barber SELECTED COVER ARTIST: Guido Guidi
It’s Optimus and Megatron to the death, only this time Megatron dies–at least after Kup shoots Ratchet (something he’s been longing to do since Marvel US #70, really). Meanwhile, the others along with Spike/Circuit Smasher succeed in taking out the Ark computer and stopping the missile launches. Back on Cybertron Soundwave is going after Thunderwing’s remains and on Nebulos Scorponok is somehow alive and has taken over the planet, trying to convince Grimlock to join his side.
What they got right: The art was pretty and it would be a satisfactory ending if the whole story didn’t stink.
What they got wrong: Oh, sweet Primus here we go. Furman true to form. Way too many plotlines going on at the same time, dark for the hell of it, and frustrating all the way. Furman was the one who brought back Megatron in the Marvel years even though there was no toy. Also, Furman seems to love torturing Ratchet between the Marvel run and here. Then he brings in UK concepts like Soundwave leading the Decepticons and the Ark computer having a name that was used once in the original 4-parter and never again (but was used in the UK stories). And why does Kup need a Scraplet inoculation? All you have to do is pour water on the guy and he’ll be fine. If this is the Marvel G1verse this has already been established!
Recommendation: I hate saying avoid a Transformers comic but IDW full on reminding me why I hate his version of Transformers means I can’t say anything else. I wish Bob Budiansky had been given more than re-adapting the animated movie. Or find Brad Mick/James McDougal and Adam Patyk. They wrote some good stuff for Dreamwave before Pat Lee screwed everything up. I’ve had my fill of Simon Furman, but I know I’m going to follow this train wreck if only to chart the continued destruction of my #1 fictional multiverse. I honestly think I could do better and if I had time and someone who can draw decent Transformers I’d consider a fancomic to prove it. Even my deflated ego thinks it would be better than this.