Transformers Windblade #3
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?
Transformers Windblade #3 Covers and Images
Transformers Windblade #3 Release Info
|Series||Transformers Windblade Comics|
|Story Arc||Dawn of the Autobots|
|Release Date||June 2014|
Transformers Windblade #3 Print Data
|Incentive Description||Windblade #3 features one incentive cover. One copy of the incentive cover was provided for every ten copies ordered through Diamond Comic Distributors. Comic Book stores were also able to order subscription covers, with the intention that these covers would only be provided to customers who place the issue on their "pull" lists.|
|Total # of Covers||3|
Transformers Windblade #3 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover A||(Artist: Sarah Stone)|
|Cover Sub (Subscription Cover)||(Artist: Alex Milne) (Colorist: Joana Lafuente )|
|Cover RI (Retailer Incentive)||(Artist: Guido Guidi) (Colorist: John-Paul Bove)|
|Editor||John Barber, Rebecca Huard|
Transformers Windblade #3 Synopsis
Transformers Windblade #3 Review
Review Submitted By: Mechafire
Windblade chugged along nicely last issue, picking up the plot and also giving us Starscream’s motivations by nicely tying in with the events that had transpired in Dark Cybertron. Will writer Mairghread Scott and artist Sarah Stone continue to impress us with Transformers: Windblade #3, or will this series start to lose steam?
In the previous issue, Windblade recovered from the explosive incident in the first issue, and then headed off to Metroplex to investigate with Ironhide while Starscream and his crony Rattrap plotted behind their backs. Upon discovering a clue as to who may have been responsible for the bombing, the gang headed back to Maccadam’s to find the culprit, who in turn eventually agreed to assist Windblade. Upon discovering the full extent of Starscream’s scheme, Windblade attempted to warn Cybertron and gathered the Maccadam patrons to assist her in defeating Starscream, but on their way, they were ambushed by a group of shadowy figures, and Windblade, in response, prepared to do battle.
That’s right where we open up with Windblade #3. The main characters attempt to fend off these invaders, splitting up in the process. After a somewhat lengthy struggle, our heroes are captured, and Starscream takes delight in gloating to his prisoners. Afterwards, we’re treated to a rather dark (and cool) interrogation scene with Windblade that I was not expecting to see in this comic. After some conversing, the gang is freed, thanks to a certain bodyguard. Starscream pursues as Windblade's team heads off for Metroplex’s brain after discovering a few revelations, and we’re given what is perhaps the most interesting cliffhanger of the series yet.
Mairghread Scott once again displays writing that is on par with the previous two issues. What’s here is written well, and some parts are perhaps even more interesting than what had transpired in the previous two issues. This issue starts off with a fight scene, but it really picks up when our heroes are encountered and captured by Starscream. After discovering a few revelations and escaping Starscream’s clutches, they head off for Metroplex’s brain, and a nice cliffhanger is set up in the last few pages. A few revelations occur, and the issue moves at a fine pace. The characters are still good, but Starscream is probably the one who takes the spotlight in this issue. His views on Windblade in particular are very interesting, and his dialogue consistently oozes with brilliant slime. One of Chromia's lines is also quite appreciated, letting us know she isn't quite as merciless as we had perhaps expected, despite her tough demeanor. This issue gives us the series’ first full-blown action scene, and unfortunately, I felt it was probably the weakest part of the issue. It’s a little bit hard to follow at times, and overall, just isn’t as interesting as what happens afterwards. However, the issue’s cliffhanger will definitely leave you wanting to find out what’s going on.
Artist Sarah Stone does offer up good art here, but unfortunately, like the last issue, it still falls short of the brilliant debut art that Windblade #1 brought to the table. In some respects, it even seems different (but not necessarily worse) than the art in #2, making the artwork throughout the series seem somewhat inconsistent overall. But despite that, this art is still vibrant, expressive, and assists the story in what it’s trying to get across for the most part. We now have confirmation that Stone will be working on more Transformers books in the future, and I’m eager to see what she can do after hopefully ironing out whatever kinks she may have experienced in her debut series.
One of the complaints that I think can be leveled at this issue is that, quite simply, not a lot happens. The beginning fight scene fell a bit flat for me, and the issue contains numerous large panels - this unfortunately makes it seem like space was a bit wasted, and the art is a bit rough at times too. However, I’d say the things that do happen here are quite interesting. The torture scene was unexpected, but in a good way (it should also appeal to those of us who enjoy James Roberts’ more... "gruesome" scenes). My #1 worry for the series is also dispelled in this issue, and in turn provides us with an issue cliffhanger that leaves me more interested in seeing what happens next than the previous issues’ cliffhangers did. I would still like to see more of Caminus’ history expanded upon, but hopefully that will come later. If you’ve been enjoying the series so far, you should enjoy this one too - it offers the same good quality while also bringing a few new and interesting aspects to the table. Hopefully the series will conclude with a bang rather than a whimper next month, and I’m eager to see what will entail when the sequel series, Transformers: Windblade Returns arrives.
Overall Rating: 4
Transformers Windblade #3 Additional Info
Windblade #3 is the third issue of the four-issue mini-series.