THE TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY #3: Remember a while ago, when I reviewed a trashy action adventure story about the Dinobots from the past? I said it was a waste of time, because the writer could have explored why the Dinobots—who should be Decepticons, by right—chose to be Autobots instead. Well . . . we finally have a writer (two, actually: Chris Metzen and Flint Dille) willing to step up to the plate on that one. This is the issue we get our answer. And a lot of other cool shit happens, too, like a dying Megatron vs. the Terrorcons (and Pentius, the guy with the five revolving faces, is thrown in, too). And how about Scoponok’s batshit crazy scheme, revealed in the last pages? It’s also nice to see the non-partisan Transformers leaving Cybertron, and the mess everyone has to go through in order to make this a reality. Not only that, but the artwork is fucking amazing! Livio Ramondelli should do more work in this series! He lends everything a cold, stark reality.
THE TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #20: Here, we finally get to see King Starscream in action. I’ve always wanted to see this, since I was a kid. I don’t mean like the three seconds of power he had in the animated movie; I mean power, for real. And it’s a wonder to behold, not because he wants to lord over people, but because he actually wants to rebuild this society. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not being altruistic. He really gets off on being in charge, but like all politicians, he wants to keep his position. Hence, he goes through a great deal of lying and misdirection. Of course, there’s a pretty Machiavellian move he pulls on a poor fellow by the name of Scoop . . . . And it’s really weird seeing Starscream feel remorse for some things. I didn’t think he was capable of it. Seriously, this book keeps getting better and better.
FATALE #16: I’m really digging the new story arc. It reminds me of Ed Brubaker’s oldest work, LOWLIFE. In fact, the group of friends living in the house that Josephine has stumbled into really remind me of the characters from that other book. Unless memory serves me poorly, I could also swear that LOWLIFE featured these nobodies pulling off an armed robbery, too. Then again, it’s an easy connection to see, since this takes place in Seattle, post-Kurt Cobain, much like LOWLIFE did. It’s easy to feel a bit of nostalgia for this one, the perfect feeling to experience while reading FATALE.