Friday, October 1, 2010
Review: Marvel G1 #69: Eye of the Storm
I've got mixed feelings about the cover. On the one hand, it's perfectly thematically appropriate to the issue, itself an odd collection of vignettes. On the other, though, it's not a very appealing image in and of itself. There's not much composition. The eye is drawn to the question mark in the center of the page, and it's not at all clear even after reading the issue what the question is. I suppose the first thing that springs to mind is what ties these characters together... that's not it, though. The narrative threads introduced in this issue won't converge until issue 75, half a year away. Still, it can't have been all bad, as this issue was what got me into Transformers way back in the 1990s. I guess just knowing that all my favorite characters were in it was enough for me. On reflection, this is a bad image, but a good cover.
The issue itself just moves from strength to strength. Given the many disparate narrative threads begun here, I won't attempt to go page by page. The main backdrop is the Autobots on the ark, recuperating after their recent trials. The title of the book, Eye of the Storm, is particularly apt. We've had some momentous events in the past, largely the Matrix Quest, and we're about to head full-bore into the Unicron War. The main plot points of the issue include:
Page twenty arrives all too soon. The pacing is such that, even though almost everything that happens is set-up, you can't stop turning pages. There's one last twist, though, and it's the most shocking of all. Nightbeat's probe has found something... the horrid twisted fuzed form of Ratchet and Megatron, and amalgamated horror that should never have come to be. The eye of the storm has passed, and the torrent begins!
This issue, more than any other, was what got me into the Transformers comic. After getting it at a newstand while I was waiting for a ride from my dad, I hit comic shops and got up-to-date on the latest issues (I think that 70 was already out and 71 was just a week away) and started tracking down every back issue. This issue works on nearly every level, and sets off the events that will end with Unicron's arrival with aplomb. It's one of the best there is, and heralds more strong stories moving forward.
Next issue, The Price of Life! Don't you dare miss it, the last page declares. It's not exaggerating, you won't want to miss it. Eye of the Storm is available for purchase in IDW Publishing's Classic Transformers, Vol. 5 , and comes highly recommended.