Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Review

Think back, think back to Transformers: The Movie. Remember the epic battle with Optimus Prime and Megatron? Remember the emotion that took place afterward? That was the peak of the golden era for our transforming friends. Regeneration One is blast from the past for fans of G1 and the movie. The look of it, the writing, it’s just fun. Even if you’re not a fan, it’s still a good read that will turn you into a fan for life. This issue is the big one, this is the payoff. Yes, Optimus and and Megatron battle for the millionth time, and it’s awesome. This is definitely one of their finest battles yet with an ending you won’t see coming. This is definitely the best issue of Regeneration One yet.

Here’s the official description from IDW:

ONE WILL FALL! As the first Regeneration One arc concludes, two Transformers legends clash-for the last time! This one’s so packed with triumph, tragedy and everything in between, we can’t say much more. If you’re a fan of titanic, all-out action, this is the one for you. If you’re of a sensitive disposition-look away now!

Right from the opening page with an enraged Optimus smashing Megatron to the ground you know things are going to go down. Obviously the main point of this issue is the fight, and it delivers. Each blow is felt, this isn’t an empty battle to bring in the bucks, it’s a battle filled with satisfying action and great dialogue to back it up. We see Optimus in rage mode which we rarely see and Megatron explaining how without one another they’re incomplete. It’s just really good stuff for longtime fans of the franchise. If the live action films had writing like this we wouldn’t have a problem. Besides those two characters, not many others get devoted screen time. Kup plays an important role later on, shaping the fate of the story in the issue. Starscream doesn’t do anything surprisingly. Thankfully, both the Soundwave and Grimlock side-plots return. Even if not much happens regarding them, it’s good to see they haven’t been forgotten.

The artwork doesn’t disappoint. Admittedly after watching Prime it’s a bit strange to see the more thin versions of these guys. (Plus I can’t help but smirk at Megatron’s ‘buckethead’ look now.) But the art really shines here, the facial expressions especially. Megatron killing an Autobot with a look of fake grief was amazingly done, as was Optimus holding a rock about to crush him with lightning in the background. Regarding the covers, the main one is truly eye-catching, showing Optimus about to drop a rock on Megatron. The second is definitely something longtime fans will want to get, it’s truly classic, showing the back of Optimus holding a defeated Megatron in his arms. The RI is the weakest, but still not bad.

Overall, this is by far the best Regeneration One comic yet and one of the best Transformers comic I’ve ever read. The Optimus/Megatron battle is obviously the main reason why it’s so good, it delivers everything you want. It’s the end of an era. I’m a little surprised by the outcome, I’m not quite sure how the series will continue now, we shall soon see. Even if you haven’t been reading Regeneration One, this is still a comic to pick up, it’s going to go down one as one of the iconics


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