Then in 2003 a company called Dreamwave acquired the license to produce Transformers comics and for the first time in over ten years, new stories would be on the shelves. If you were a fan during those days then you know what a debacle that turned out to be. From accusations of not paying the artists, complaints about the art and delays upon delays Dreamwave ultimately folded. Like most people I was really excited when I first heard about the comics coming out, but as time went on I saw that the quality just wasn't there. Some of the stories were good, but mostly it was a forgettable experience.
|Impressive, but ultimately flawed.|
Then the news came of changes yet again. The series would wrap up with the Chaos storyline, then end with the final issue: The Death of Optimus Prime. After that it would split into two monthly storylines: More than Meets the Eye and Robots In Disguise. The first thing through my mind was more reboots? But this wasn't a true reboot, it was the start to a new chapter. And oh what a chapter it has been. I went in expecting the same old same old, and have come out forever changed. This is truly some of the finest storytelling in the Transformers Universe ever.
First off, taking Optimus Prime and Megatron out of the equation was a stroke of brilliance. So long the story has been these two bashing it out with no end in sight. Unable to kill each other, it was like some sick stalemate. But finally with these two gone other characters are given the chance to shine. I don't want to throw out too many spoilers for anyone who hasn't read these books yet, but we are finally starting to get some memorable characters with real dimensions. Cyclonus, Swerve, Rewind, Ratchet, Prowl, Metalhawk...the list goes on. These characters are finally getting some real personalities without Prime and Megatron coming in with their 'epic battle' to screw it up. And the World Building. Finally we are getting a sense of the scale and scope of the Transformers Universe, and it is rich! Personally More Than Meets the Eye is my favorite of the two, but I am eagerly looking forward to both books each month.
Needless to say I am a dedicated fan. And it gets even better this summer when the original Marvel series will be picked up yet again by the original team as Regeneration One. Boy, I am going to have a lot of reading to do very soon!