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Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review

Transformers News: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 6:03AM CDT

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Posted by: Va'al   Views: 22,679

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New Look
(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis

BATTLETIDE! Opposing factions and forces meet head on, as the battle for
Cybertron (and indeed the future) begins in earnest. BLUDGEON, SOUNDWAVE, GALVATRON, STARSCREAM, and—caught in the middle—the Autobots, most crucially their greatest warrior ULTRA MAGNUS! And HOT ROD meets his maker. Literally.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
Or even legen...


Story

In issue 92, Hot Rod and the Dinobots were headed towards Cybertron's core, as the surface was under the attack of Soundwave and the Decepticons, with the Wreckers and Ultra Magnus defending their home planet. Meanwhile Bludgeon and Galvatron are on their way too, and that's where we start with issue 93.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
Insert obvious joke here


And it's a Furman-tastic issue at that: major players play major roles, with favourite characters becoming really really interesting and the plots seeding what might develop with issue #0, too. And, finally, we're getting closer to the heart of the events, with everyone almost on Cybertron.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
Gettit? Heart? Core?


The Bludgeon aspects of the story are only briefly worked on, but the multiple strands do seem to be converging into one single narrative. Same with Galvatron, though there are some twists, albeit predictable.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
We all know what happens when you monologue like that


The stories all seem to blend really well, here, and the narrative is becoming more and more cohesive and unified, without losing a degree of originality. And old-time readers and fans will get several kicks out of references, subtle and explicit, to some previous work in the franchise!

Art

This issue marks Guido Guidi's debut on the ReGeneration One artistic team, at least for the interior art (as he provided all B covers in the run so far). And it's good. Real good. There's one panel in particular which I personally adored, working amazingly well with Furman's 'timey' script, and that I'll leave for readers to discover.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
What? What can you see?!


Not all the credit goes to Guidi, though: Baskerville's inks make the pencilwork as similar to the previous style as possible, while still keeping their original take on it, and JP Bove's colours, always the highlight of these issues, really help in the effect, retaining their usual eye-sparkling qualities.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
That's space, and it looks mouth-watering


The artistic continuity, which seems to be the new fan-thing, is kept beautifully intact, and Guidi, Baskerville and Bove do a great job of making everything blend gorgeously together. Mowry's lettering is consistent if not overly creative, but everything just works.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This is Furman at his best. The characters are there, the plots are there, the references are there. It's all there. There are hints at several continuities that have been explored, or might still be, and it all works so nicely with the new artistic team.

Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review
The old-style editorial notes are there, too!


Definitely pick this one up, even if it's just for the one panel that I still will not spoil. Or the other one. Or that one. Though that one's cool too. Oh, and that one's nice as well. I think you know where I'm going with this..

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Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al
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Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503642)
Posted by fenrir72 on July 16th, 2013 @ 9:20am CDT
Love him or hate him..........Furman really dishes out TF stories unlike any other.
Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503659)
Posted by Va'al on July 16th, 2013 @ 10:10am CDT
It looks like Guidi is actually a lot closer to Wildman by himself than I originally thought!

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Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503684)
Posted by Mkall on July 16th, 2013 @ 12:09pm CDT
The TF Universe needs more Rack 'n Ruin focus.
Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503720)
Posted by gothsaurus on July 16th, 2013 @ 2:50pm CDT
Wow. So this issue starts the artist switch? Pretty seamless. Wow. Kinda shocked. And have to say, that opening spread looks amazing. Beautiful work.
Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503753)
Posted by Neurie on July 16th, 2013 @ 6:00pm CDT
Va'al, was you as shocked as me about some ones fate?

Solid issue over all.
Re: Transformers: ReGeneration One #93 Review (1503844)
Posted by Va'al on July 17th, 2013 @ 4:36am CDT
I knew they'd be around, but was not expecting this.
Though it is Furman. :D
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