True Colors (Spoilerfree)
If you've been following Transformers comics as of late, then you would have noticed that there has been a resurgance in the Robots In Disguise camp. No longer More Than Meets The Eye's little-kid brother, the RID series is picking up heat and is becoming a well polished and refined Wednesday read. In recent issues, the political powder keg in Cybertron has been foaming over of the top. With a year full of comics in the books, and a new year ahead of us, it's fair to say that RID #13 is the trigger that starts it all.
While some may argue that it isn't Transformers if there aren't Autobots vs Decepticons, in IDW's Transformers, we've had our fair share of clashing between the factions. Ultimately peace was found through a controversial Ongoing series. However when the peace consists of the Autobots acting as sovereigns, and the other factions, the NAILS and Decepticons, being oppressed, then the peace is far from ideal.
Enter Megatron. With his return in RID #11, the cohibitation between 'bots, 'cons and NAILs set up by Bumblebee and friends is slowly evaporating. Old habits return, and old factions are revisited. One of the biggest flaws in the Autobots' reign over the reborn Cybertron is that they were content with playing politics, which slowly allowed their enemies to regain their strength in the shadows.
Prowl has been an intriguing character - some argue that he's not being written as he should be - some believe he's a gimmick in this series. I think Barber and Roberts have done a great job in writing him, they've molded him into something real - his actions in issue #13 certainly explain his actions ever since Ongoing split into RID and MTMTE.
RID #13 is really good - Barber and co. have evolved their game. It's worth the price and just, wow, it's a shocker.