Transformers: Generation One #5
Dreamwave (August, 2002)WRITER: Chris Sarracini PENCILER: Pat Lee INKERS: Rob Armstrong & Erik Sander BACKGROUNDS: Edwin Garcia COLORISTS: Ramil Sunga, Gary Yeung, & Alan Wang FLATS: Kenny Li LETTERING: Dreamer Design
Spike is broken out of the prison by the janitor, who tells Spike the full story. “Lazarus” was actually Adam Rook, who was hired by Hallo to create their own Transformers. When that failed, Hallo decided to put the captured Decepticons under human control. Realizing the Autobots wouldn’t stand for it, it was Hallo who set up the explosion of Ark II, killing the humans and causing the Transformers to crash back to Earth. However, Rook took the program as part of his plan to auction them off for rental, and we know how that went. So Hallo was the big bad the whole time. Because that’s what I want in a Transformers story, human political intrigue. That was sarcasm, by the way. Tom Clancy’s Transformers is not what I came for, people!
Meanwhile, a group of Autobots fights the virus. Unfortunately, Wheeljack’s cure has to be powered by the Autobots themselves, which weakens them. And then the Canadian army shows up. (By the way, it took this long to find out they were in Canada and not Antarctica or some other Arctic region that I didn’t know was Canada.) Naturally, they think the Autobots are bad because now we know why Hallo was keeping everybody in the dark and then the garbage Rook/Lazarus pulled. Wait, why did Adam Rook change his name to Lazarus? Nothing about being dead is part of his backstory. At best you can stretch to say he was causing the resurrection of the Transformers, although he actually wasn’t and Lazarus is supposed to be the one being resurrected. As code names go, I think Sarracini just really wanted to use a Biblical reference.
Then we get into the city, and the part that bugged me the most. Megatron just has to spout out the typical “humans are actually all bad people so let’s wipe them out” speech. Not only does Megatron not care enough about humans to worry about their morals, but I am so sick and tired of villains spouting this speech I want to go to Japan just to slap every action anime writer upside the head for overusing it. Actually, Japanese writers who want to make a statement about war or environmental stuff or whatever never give a counterpoint, as Optimus will do next issue, but the point stands that I’ve heard this speech so many times I’m sick of it.
So there’s still nothing convincing me to care about this first miniseries. Just avoid it.