Transformers Spotlight: Mirage
IDW Publishing (March, 2008)
WRITER: George Strayton
ARTIST: Guido Guidi
COLORIST: Josh Burcham
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITOR: Andrew Steven Harris
The Decepticon Mirage brokers a deal with Megatron to help his army finish off Optimus Prime and his team, who have found a potential new form of energy. Disguising himself as Bumblebee he is able to get into their base and leave the door open for his fellow Decepticons to break in. While Mirage thought he was collecting prisoners of war, Megatron wants them dead or the deal is off, and Mirage wants his profits. At least that’s the vision he’s having while driving down an Earth road as an Autobot.
What they got right: The art is good but that’s no surprise with this art team.
What they got wrong: What the heck did I just read? Strayton seems to be banking on people knowing who Mirage is to make this some kind of what if story or something. However, we don’t know what Mirage is like in this continuity. Also, I don’t remember him having the power to cast holograms like Hound does. He usually just turns himself invisible, so he didn’t even get that part right.
Recommendation: I don’t have a problem with other writers spotlighting Transformers that Furman wasn’t planning to use. Every Transformer is someone’s favorite, even Vroom I’m sure has a fan. But this not an interesting story nor is it one that is important to the IDW continuity. It’s okay to avoid this issue and miss nothing.