Transformers: Evolutions #3 Hearts Of Steel
IDW Publishing (August, 2006)
WRITER: Chuck Dixon
ARTISTS: Antonio Vazquez & Luis Czerniawshi, Sulaco Studios
COLORISTS: Jay Fotos & Josh Burcham
COVER ART: Guido Guidi
LETTERER: Robbie Robbins
EDITORS: Chris Ryall & Dan Taylor
Starscream forges a new alliance with a human looking to advance science (for profit of course…Swindle would love him). He also sends Ravage to track down Tobias but it’s Mark Twain who actually stops him. Now convinced the Decepticons are real, Tobias’ backer informs the army, but the ‘Cons have left. The Autobots go to pursue, and John Henry and his team volunteer to join them. Meanwhile, what do the Decepticons plan for New York?
What they got right: The Autobots working with humans almost immediately? Still not the military or whatever, so time will tell if they gain allies beyond these three. John Henry made friends quickly because even he can tell Bumblebee is awesome! Dixon also used Squawkbox as one of the Decepticons. Who knows who Squawkbox is? Nice use of a more obscure character instead of sticking with the usual suspects.
What they got wrong: Mark Twain seems to be enjoying himself like he’s David Tennant’s version of the Doctor. It was kind of odd to see. I also want to see more of these retro-train alt modes and bot designs.
Recommendation: It’s too bad IDW never did one of these again because so far it’s interesting. Next week is the conclusion.