In the latest issue Starscream shows his true colors like we knew he always would but it’s okay because he’s also flirting with someone. Does that make me shallow? Don’t care, bring on the innuendo!
Ahem. See below for preview pages and a review of Transformers: Till All Are One #10.
(As always, minor spoilers follow.)
Oh Starscream, you beautiful, charming, back-stabbing little sociopath.
I think we’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. Starscream’s been making the tough decisions under pressure, and while he’s not the most caring, nurturing bot on the planet, I thought being a leader (and getting the advice of an imaginary (?) dead (?) Autobot) would have burned off some of his underhanded, conniving side. Aaaaaand nope. He is just as capable of manipulating people as he ever was, and the temptation he waves in Blast Off’s face is just plain mean. Though, I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize until this issue what Blast Off’s real motivations are.
Poor Blast Off. (And you better believe I never thought I’d say that about a Combaticon.) He never stood a chance against Starscream. I understand why he made the decision he did, but you just know it’s going to blow up in his face in the worst possible way.
As for the art, Sara Pitre-Durocher’s line work is always excellent (particularly in the faces, and I am picky about bots’ faces) but Joana Lafuente’s colors really jumped out at me this issue. There’s a panel of Airachnid’s face that’s particularly nice; it’s deceptively simple but if you look closely you’ll see this extremely precise gradient in the shading and highlights. When you combine it with the purple in her eyes and the gold on her cheekbones, it’s an excellent effect. And once you start noticing that kind of detail you can see it everywhere in the issue, it’s almost distractingly well done.
And yes, on a related note, Starscream is out and out flirting with Airachnid, I can practically hear the fanfics springing to life around that ship. I would like to see more of that please. I mean, in my heart of hearts I kind of want a Starscream/Windblade ship, but Airachnid would be so much more appropriate.
Also, the main cover is part two of a four-part series Sara Pitre-Durocher did for this arc, and boy do I need these in expensive frames on my wall.