With Megatron and Shockwave missing, the Decepticons have a power vacuum that several key players are keen to take advantage of. Falling over themselves to seize control, the brutal regime […]
With Megatron and Shockwave missing, the Decepticons have a power vacuum that several key players are keen to take advantage of. Falling over themselves to seize control, the brutal regime continues to assert dominance over the struggling Autobots, who themselves are reeling from the loss of a large chunk of their best soldiers.
With another explosive set of battle scenes, plenty of underhanded behaviour and cleverly retro-styled art, Transformers ’84: Secrets & Lies #3 heads towards its final issue without once letting up its lightning pace. Simon Furman again writes with some smartly old school touches (such as Decepticons referring to themselves as evil – these days, the bad guys tend to be a lot more nuanced than they were in the 80s) and Guido Guidi’s art again shines with brilliantly blocky old school characters. John-Paul Bove’s retro colour scheme is the unsung hero though, with a gorgeous pallette of limited hues, topped with warmly nostalgic Ben-Day dots.
It’s not doing anything new, but that is surely the point of a comic like Transformers ’84: it’s new material, filtered through the rose-tinted glow of nostalgia – comics as we remember them from our childhood, at least if you’re as old as I am of course. It’s not groundbreaking but it’s a clever concept delivered with style – just a nicely old-fashioned throwback to simpler times. And sometimes, that’s all we need.
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