Hard to believe we’re one whole arc (and the FCBD #80.5) into Transformers: Regeneration One already, and now into our second (of four) arcs. As usual, when an issue is about to hit stores (in this case Wednesday December 5th), I precede it with a few insights and teases (as spoiler-free as possible) into the thought processes that went into it, and so, without further ado, let’s talk Transformers RG1 #86. [Stop reading here if you’d rather go into the issue without any hints whatsoever] Right, some of this issue (inevitably) had to deal with the immediate fallout/aftermath of #85’s shocking/traumatic conclusion. So one strand picks up on Earth, after the final (ever) Prime vs Megatron battle. I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t read #85 yet (and if not, why not?), but any kind of victory is hollow and pyrrhic here, and no one’s doing anything but counting the cost, gritting already well-gritted teeth and doling out the recriminations. Certainly not celebrating here are Spike, G.B. Blackrock and the other human survivors. Far from happy, they’re downright hopping mad. But the bulk of the issue focuses on Cybertron and Nebulos, picking up on the section of #82 that dealt with Grimlock’s quest both to regain his ability to transform and find a way to combat (the negative) effects of Nucleon, the wonder-fuel he uses to revive fallen Autobots… and Dinobots (we flash back 3 years to see the spur that pushed Grimlock over the edge and out on his own). Last we saw, he was attacked on Nebulos when he broke quarantine and landed on the planet, keen to see if the Nebulans’ experimental process to reunite the original heads of the Headmasters with new bodies could be adapted for his purposes. It’s a case of be careful what you wish for, as Grimlock’s heart’s desire is dangled enticingly in front of his eyes, but at a price! And boy, what a price. What else? Well, there’s more on the Hot Rod-Soundwave-Thunderwing stand-off, plus a certain future Decepticon. Trust me, the momentum we’re gathering here, as we rush towards our 100th climactic issue, goes into overdrive now. It’s like a mantra: nothing will ever be the same again, nothing will ever be the same again… (UPDATE – IDW Preview can now be viewed here.)
And yet another UPDATE: my commentary on the first 5 pages, courtesy of the official TF Facebook page. You can view here.