When the UK comic reverted to being half black-and-white, with five or six page original stories and the occasional reprints of earlier stories when material was desperately needed, it looked like the end was in sight. And while it's true that a lot of the new UK stories did suffer (a second priority for Simon Furman, who was also writing the US comic by this point), a great many of them were far better than they might be remembered - punchy, fast-paced bursts of action, and occasionally resembling the format of the cartoon - spotlighting individual Transformers, but with little ongoing continuity from week to week.
This book features some of the best of the black and white strips, including all (save one) of them which featured the post-Movie characters whose storyline appeared to conclude with 'Time Wars'. So, what do we get in the first book? 'Aspects of Evil' itself is a compendium storyline - five seperate character studies of some of the more evil Transformers characters, told by an aged Rodimus Prime to a younger Autobot. The compendium style was used again in 'Perchance to Dream', which will feature in a later volume.
Next up comes the 'Dark Rodimus' epic, as the future Autobot leader gets tainted by the darkness the Matrix carries within it due to the absorption of Unicron in 'Legacy of Unicron'. New artists were frequently used on the black and white tales and Cam Smith's efforts here are particularly eyecatching (working a lot better in black and white than they would in colour, probably).
The two part 'Deathbringer' prologues the US 'Matrix Quest' storyline, as an alien gets transformed into the titular Deathbringer through the inquisitive powers of the missing Matrix. Notably, this story (the only one) is directly referenced in the US comic, as a panel in 'Dark Creation' features the Deathbringer...
'Out to Lunch' is a sequel of sorts of the Mecannibals storyline from the US comic, sees the Decepticon Powermasters getting drunk on oil, is the only appearance of Quickswitch, and is something of a gem (Far better than Bob Budiansky's Meccanibals stories, anyway).
The final three tales, 'Underworld', 'Demons' and 'Dawn of Darkness', look beneath the surface of Cybertron, and see the emergence of strange creatures which could well be the planet's first inhabitants. They would return in the US comic (in 'Still Life') and conclude this little collection in a stylish and creepy manner. As an introduction to the black and white strips, this book could hardly be better.