TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE #83
Written by Simon Furman
Art by Andrew Wildman
Release Date: September 5, 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One is a throwback to a time gone by in comics, and the nostalgic part of me loved every minute of it. This is not the best ‘crafted’ book by today’s standards, but it is exceptionally true to the series it is continuing, with Furman picking up right where they left off, yet still making this series extremely accessible. If you know who the Transformers are and read the preamble page, you can pick up this issue and get the jist of it, which I appreciated very much. Furman is obviously comfortable with these characters, his Prime is stoic yet cautious, his Megatron an egomaniacal lunatic hellbent on destruction. This is the way it should be, and I applaud Furman for writing these characters as simply as they should be. They are polar opposites, and that what makes them great. This comic is no more complex than it needs to be, and is a straight up good-robots-versus-bad-robots situation that we have all loved the Transformers for. With this book being issue three of the arc, Furman is obviously building toward something bigger so there is not a lot of resolution at any point, but the tension heightens as the book goes by.
The art by Andrew Wildman is very 90s, for lack of a better term, which fits the original series very well. Being that this is a continuation after an extremely long pause, Wildman has done a great job of making this book visually feel like it could have come immediately after the Marvel run. I am curious to see how Wildman pencils some more full-on action sequences, as this book was filled with a lot of talking, but his Megatron is as menacing as I’ve ever seen. These robots are fueled with fire and rage and he does a good job showing emotion on these Transformer’s faces. That is no easy feat, and Wildman does it with ease. The colors are muted, which does make this book feel somewhat dated, but also fits what this book is supposed to be perfectly.
This issue was a great continuation of the vibe of the Transformers: Regeneration One series. It may be tought to swallow paying $3.99 for what is essentially a 90s book, but for Transformers fans looking for a fix or resolution from the old storylines, this should be right up your alley. Issue #83 isn’t the best comic I’ve read this year, but it did impress me enough that I’ll come back for more, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else.