When we last saw everybody, an army of undead Titans was destroying Cybertron and Starscream had swallowed his pride enough to ask Elita One for help. And she refused. You’d have expected Starscream to suggest doing something sneaky and unethical at this point, but it was Windblade who volunteered to sneak behind Elita’s back, to interface with the Titan Carcer and convince him to help. This issue we get to see how successful (?) that plan was. See below for a quick look at Transformers: Till All Are One #7.
(Minor spoilers follow)
One of the things I really liked this week was Starscream’s conversation with Bumblebee. In case you’re tuning in for the first time, Bumblebee is most definitely dead. And Starscream knows he’s dead, but he’s comfortable with having a conversation with him anyway. It’s not a new thing for him, he used to talk to Metalhawk all the time, both before and after he died.
But I liked how Bumblebee was suggesting that maybe Starscream shouldn’t have been such an underhanded jerk towards Windblade, they might have worked well together. Starscream responds by saying oh yes definitely, it would have made her a lot easier to manipulate. Bumblebee says you don’t mean that, Starscream begs to differ…he’s clearly having an argument with himself. I’m curious to see who wins.
I also like Elita more and more every time we see her. She’s a lot of unpleasant things, but she’s not dishonest. She’ll tell you right to your face that no, she’s not helping, she doesn’t care, and if you go against her she’ll destroy you. And you can believe every word. It’s both her attitude, as written by Mairghread Scott, and the art by Sara Pitre-Durocher and Joana Lafuente, that make her deliciously threatening.
Seriously, I’ve run out of ways to say it: the art is gorgeous. And I loved how Elita’s poses go from the regal “oh ho hum, there you are, I promised to destroy you and here you are anyway, let’s get this over with shall we?” to “You little worm I WILL BREAK YOU INTO PIECES.”
I would tell you to get off my ship…but we’re well past that.
And the faces, the faces you guys. I can’t think of a single character who isn’t just perfect in their G1-but-even-better design.
Okay, I’ll quit with the fangirling. But one last thing: we get a teensy bit of important information in the last page that helps to explain why Elita won’t let her Titan help. It’s a hell of a cliffhanger they leave us with; one month and counting till we find out more.