|Cover "A" by Andrew Griffith|
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Andrew Griffith
(covers by Andrew Griffith and Casey Coller)
Summary: TORN APART FROM WITHIN! Tensions reach a breaking point-a new arrival on Cybertron tips the scales and violence erupts! Will Bumblebee be able to stop his own allies? Plus: Ironhide reveals a secret that will redefine the future of the Transformers!
Comments: Sky Byte (of RID fame, ironically) is introduced as a returning neutral in this story. his inclusion in this story works pretty well, all things considered. During the course of the story while trying to convince him to see the merit of this new world, Ironhide accidentally gets Sky Byte put in a precarious situation. Fortunately for him, he steps in for his new comrade as well when he is almost indicted for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Barber also casually mentions how all of Galvatron's resurrected minions "started looking all alike after a while" which smooths over an art continuity issue that had previously bugged me about Heart of Darkness/Chaos (points to Barber). I have to say I appreciate his eye for these little details and actual attempts to correct these indiscrepancies, rather then his predecessor's blatant disregard for them. Hiring John Barber as Group Editor has already paid for itself.
Perhaps most important about this issue is the resolution of a major plot point since the first issue: the fate of the Decepticons and their second class state among Cybertron's citizens. I also have to give Barber points for going somewhere with his story here and not just letting it sit forever because he can't/won't do something with it.
Verdict: Very Good.