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TransFormers: Generation One (2004 Series) #3

March 27, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Skyfire

Jetfire returns to the Autobots just in time to face off against Sunstorm.

Writer: Brad Mick
Pencils: Don Figueroa
Inks: Elaine To
Colors: Espen Grundetjern & Rob Ruffolo
Letters: Ben Lee
Cover Art: Don Figueroa
Publisher: Dreamwave

Brad Mick is marking the 20th anniversary of the TransFormers franchise in style – with the return of Jetfire, one of the most popular Generation One characters, and the introduction of Sunstorm, the best new character in the Generation One line in probably at least a decade.

Last issue Sunstorm, Starscream’s nastier brother, appeared to wrest control of the Decepticons away from his brother. This issue Jetfire returns to do battle with the would-be leader and strikes an uneasy alliance with Starscream.

In addition to the new character and old returning character, we get to play with some of the regular cast as well. We see how little Bumblebee functions as a leader in Optimus Prime’s absence, and also how some of the other Autobots resent taking their commands from one so small. If Mick’s writing has any fault, it’s that it still seems overly wordy, overly expository. So much of the story depends on knowledge of a continuity that is, to a large degree, a piecemeal creating, blending elements of the cartoon show and the old Marvel comic as is convenient and leaving the reader, even a longtime reader, unsure of exactly what parts are still valid. The result is tons of word balloons that exist to bring everybody up to speed but, tragically, may cost them impatient readers in the process.

The artwork, by Figueroa and To, continues to impress. The TransFormers are great-looking characters to begin with, but not everybody can draw giant robots and make them look cool (in too many artists’ hands, they just look sort of silly). There’s a lot of action in this issue, and the battle scenes really stand out powerfully. The coloring team deserves credit here as well, keeping the action from looking muddy and helping Sunstorm and Starscream, identical except for their color scheme, stand out from one another individually.

The reliance on TransFormers minutia hurts this title, but it’s something die-hard fans will be able to get through. If you’re willing to go through all that stuff, it’s a fun read and one of the best-looking comic books on the racks.

Rating: 7/10

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