Friday, May 7, 2010
Review: Marvel G1 #52: Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?
The cover is a mixed bag. Landmine battles some bizarrely-designed toothy monsters with multiple legs, standing on some kind of mechanical web. The Mecannibals look great, I have to say. But Landmine seems off. His pose looks like it should be dynamic, but there's no energy to it. It also looks like Delbo couldn't decide if he's standing on a web or leaping. There's no sense of vertical motion, which argues for the former, but he doesn't actually seem to be standing on the web either. The decision to color the background under the web whit similarly robs the image of any sense of depth. "Menace of the Mecannibals!" it tells us.
The Pretenders leave with their microchips, then go back for Berko. This is when things start to fall apart a bit. Berko won't trust them, because they're 'humans.' They grab him and take him to a back alley, where they reveal themselves to him to get them to trust him. Unbeknown to them, Throttle and Hi-Test are tailing them. Once they know that those two are robots, they arrange for them to be chucked out an airlock at the bar the issue opened with. When they go back to settle Berko's tab (how could Throttle and Hi-Test know they'd do that, anyway?) out they go. Soon the combined form of the Decepticon Powermasters, Darkwind, blasts them and they're subdued. When they wake up, they're back in the layer of the Mecannibals! Of course, it's to be continued from here. Sadly, while most of the logic of the issue is solid, at the end the characters have to drop a few dozen IQ points to fall back into the Mecannibals claws.
Next month, "The Main Course!" We'll see if that manages to weld the many elements present together in a more coherent way. Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner? is included in IDW's Classic Transformers Volume 4, available for purchase.