Transformers #37 Preview and Review!
Onyx Interface Part Two: OnOffOn
Written by: John Barber
Art by: Andrew Griffith
Colors by: Josh Perez & Thomas Deer
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Prowl and Spike have a heart-to-heart. Blackrock and Marissa have a heart-to-heart. Arcee and Galvatron have a heart-to-heart. Everyone’s getting to know each other and the world is a better place for it. Of course this is Transformers so there’s punching and shooting and explosions involved, and “better” depends on what side of those you’re on.
There’s a lot of exposition in this issue, but I’m really fine with that because it answers a lot of questions that have been building up since the Autobots came back to Earth. Even better, the answers are rife with possibilities. There’s one in particular, a single line rather unrelated to the scene it’s in, that might suggest a rather extensive Barber retcon of the sort we haven’t seen since he did the movie comics.
Griffith really has fun in this issue as well. Among other things, he gets creative with some of the panel layouts (one spread in particular) and turns a shoving match between two characters into two pages of cinematic awesomeness. I’ve seen a lot of artwork in talking head scenes where it’s clear that even the artist was bored, but I don’t get that here. Every page has an energy to it that pulls me in.
Favorite Line: “Someday, after you all get yourselves killed, I’ll really miss these tete-a-tetes. For now, let’s agree to–actually, you know what? None of this is my problem. Have fun, idiots.” –Arcee
[Normally I try to avoid lines that are in the preview, but this one was so good I couldn’t help it!]