Regeneration One is back with perhaps its biggest issue since the battle between Optimus and Megatron. Here’s what’s happening currently…Scorponok has unlocked a gene making Autobots go berserk Grimlock has made a deal with him, but deals with villains never go well, do they? That’s the main thing, but there are a few other plots going on at the same time. A minor complaint I’ve had in the past is that a plot will start but disappear for a few issues, that’s nonexistent here. Somehow this issue balances pretty much everything Regeneration One is all about.
Here’s the official description from IDW:
WAR IN THE CITY!
Anarchy reigns on the streets of Iacon as SCORPONOK’s grip tightens further, and those AUTOBOTS still willing and able to resist look to their absent leader-who is on an endangered list all of his own.
Beneath the surface of CYBERTRON, HOT ROD runs for his life, locked on a collision course with his maker, PRIMUS!
This one starts out with Scorponok attempting to recruit some Decepticons for the cause. One of them states that Soundwave is the one in charge, which Scorponok doesn’t take kindly to. Meanwhile Soundwave himself meets up with Bludgeon, the latter has a very interesting plan to execute. At the same time, Galvatron is using Shockwave while Hot Rot has to run for his life. And how about Grimlock? Andrew Wildman somehow manages to juggle pretty much all of the plots currently happening. Scorponok, Grimlock, Soundwave, Hot Rod, Galvatron, this is a pretty big issue. That’s not to say each part feels rushed, it’s quite the opposite. There’s a lot of really good stuff in the dialogue for Transformers fans. The scene with Scorponok and the Deception saying Soundwave was in charge was one of the most intense scenes of this series yet. Speaking of my favorite Decepticon, Soundwave finally returns with Bludgeon. The dialogue between the two is great, though their roles still aren’t that clear. Hopefully that plot will get some clarification soon.
The highlight, however, is Grimlock. The later part of the issue has him in a very interesting situation for the reader. You know deep inside he won’t do it, but at the same time you know there’s a slight chance, it’s really good stuff. Hot Rod’s plot comes back and it has him on the run. Right now this series is having him being anything but a leader like Optimus, it’s interesting to see how the Autobots think of him as leader. The ending of the last issue I will admit had me really hyped. Once you really think about it, Wildman is really putting together something interesting. At the moment the main villain is Scorponok, but at the same time both Galvatron and Bludgeon are making plans to become the main villain. It’s amazing how everything interconnects yet everyone is at different places. Simon Furman’s art is strong throughout. I could point out small things, such as Soundwave’s shoulder canon being drawn way too small in some shots, but that’s minor. The three covers are once again very diverse. The main one by Wildman is very glossy and dynamic, showing Scrorponok paralyzing Grimlock. The second one is a throwback, very retro. It showcases Scorponok’s head in the background laughing maniacally while his followers blast away.The third one isn’t quite as good, but still pretty cool, showing Hot Rod in his vehicle form being caught by the creatures.
Overall, this issue of Regeneration One was just great. It brings back all of the major plots, almost everyone gets some page-time. There are many fantastic moments throughout, such as Grimlock’s big descision. What’s amazing also is that this issue proves you don’t need Optimus to make a good Transformers comic, he doesn’t make a single appearance in this one. I’ll be eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
My name is Daniel (@Destroyer_199), the main guy for comic reviews here at Unleash the Fanboy. I was born in 1995 in the Big Apple, spent my formative years in Staten Island, and currently reside in the awesome state that is New Jersey.