IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #12 Review
And here we are…the end of the line for IDW’s Till All Are One. Well sort of. We still have a 2017 annual to wrap things up, but this is the last regular issue.
I must admit. I was both eager and anxious going into this one. Eager to see how the narrative would wrap up in the normal “line” of issues, and anxious at the potential for truncated storylines to be unceremoniously “concluded” in as brief a manner as possible. Let’s see how the issue fared.
Thoughts and Synopsis
The majority of the book takes place in Windblade’s mindscape. Vigilem taunts Windblade, claiming his master Liege Maximo will return to wreck vengeance on Cybertron and that the City Speaker isn’t strong enough to resist him forever.
All seems lost early on until Starscream shows up. Airachnid has patched him into Windblade’s mind so that he can forcibly terminate Vigilem’s brain pattern. That turns out to be massive miscalculation though. Windblade is a City Speaker. She’s been trained to commune with Titans, and even she isn’t strong enough to hold off Vigilem. What hope does Starscream have?
Vigilem senses that too and takes the form of Megatron, who Starscream had previously confessed was the source of much of his fear, anger, and insecurity. The story then leaps from Windblade’s mindscape to Starscream’s.
The story unfolds in Starscream’s mind as both Windblade and Vigilem probe the Seeker’s mind. Starscream’s true fears, angst, and unease are brought to the surface. It’s through these revelations that Windblade and Vigilem finally end their quarrel.
In the end Windblade is able to best the Titan, calling on her training as a City Speaker and a worshipper of Solus Prime, a smith who was able to burn away impurities to bring a thing’s perfect form to life.
Windblade ends the issue, and the run of the series, by claiming that she no longer speaker for her homeworld, the Mistress of the Flame, or the Titans. She speaks only for herself.
This issue is bound to leave some people scratching their heads. “What about the Combaticons? Bumblebee? More colony stuff?” The thing to keep in mind, however, is that this isn’t the end. The Annual is still coming, and I trust that everything will be wrapped up as succinctly as possible.
This book, however, was perfect for what it had to be. Scott knew she had the Annual to work with, and so used this book to focus entirely on what Windblade’s story has been centred around. Her rivalry with Starscream and her search for her place on Cybertron. This book wraps up the Windblade/Starscream dynamic quite nicely. Windblade gets a very intimate look at ‘Screamer’s inner most hopes, dreams, fears, and anger. She uses these not to hurt Starscream, but to empathize with him. It’s an experience Starscream won’t be able to brush aside.
The book also plays with some social commentary in the best way. By being barely recognizable as such. No anvils are dropped here, dear reader. Instead Windblade, on her quest to save Starscream, touches on her theological upbringing and the issue of Cold Construction. The latter has been used by IDW writers as an allegory for racism. Scott explores the world where that concept exists displays Windblade’s reaction to it. Windblade’s own personal belief system plays a role in her reaction, but it’s ultimately empathy that shows both her and Starscream a better future.
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He also like the Primes. All of them.