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1.0 out of 5 stars A loving reminder...of why Generation One was cancelled., 15 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Transformers: Regeneration One Volume 1 (Paperback)
Going back to the days of Generation One circa 1990, this picks up right were Simon Furman left Transformers. Heroes that agonise rather than being heroic; mythic, but silly plots and a high body count for seemingly no good reason. The tale starts off well with some nice cameos and references, but soon degenerates into Furman's worst excesses of angst, rubbish human characters, and contrived conflict against authority. Oh, and of course the reappearance of Galvatron. Reading this, it's easy to see why the readership sharply declined back in the day, and the comic unceremoniously killed off.

All of this is perfectly "complimented" by the frankly god-awful art that makes the robots look bendy and flaky, with a never ending series of constipated facial expressions. Andrew Wildman shows us that his style in the 90's was no fluke- he really CAN'T draw. But at least the colouring in this mess is top-notch. Something went right, I suppose...

If, like me, you were a fan of the old style generation one- boxy yet sleek robots, straightforward action with satisfying characters- you probably won't enjoy this. It's honestly even worse than the silly stuff the last few issues of G1 threw at us- this Regeneration One actually makes the oft-maligned "Transformers: Generation 2" look like a masterpiece.
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2013 17:12:43 GMT
Riiiiiiiiight...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013 23:41:27 GMT
Danny Boy says:
Informative and, dare I say, constructive.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2013 14:51:10 BDT
Simon Furman SAVED the US Marvel comic. It was about to get cancelled before he took over due to Bob Budiansky running on empty (his last issue was about Micromaster wrestlers, for crying out loud); but Furman's fresh injection of epic storytelling rejuvenated sales and pushed it for another couple of years until it came to a natural end due to the readers simply 'growing out' of stories based on toy robots. And that's not to mention the excellent work he did beforehand, on the UK comic, which got him the US gig in the first place. Sure enough, his storytelling might not be to your tastes, but be aware that you're very much in the minority of Transformers comic readers.
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