Writer: Danny Lore
Artist: Guido Guidi
Colorist: John-Paul Bove
what’s it about?
Transformers: Shattered Glass centers around “body scrapper” Blurr as he tracks down one of the last remaining Decepticon rebels and Megatron’s second in command, Starscream. Set in a world that radically alters the relationship between Cybertron’s greatest warriors, the series finds the heroic Autobots Ratchet, Optimus Prime, and Gold Bug reimagined as ruthless warlords. The fast, arrogant, and underhanded Blurr is on a mission to capture the equally arrogant Starscream. Will Blurr’s speed outmatch Starscream’s intelligence?
Guido Guidi’s depiction of the Transformers is always amazing and captivating. His incarnations of the bots make for great panels and splash pages. Danny Lore does an equally amazing job establishing the Shattered Glass universe for us, a mirror universe where good is bad and bad is good. I grew up with Generation One Transformers, so as a fan, it was fun to see traditionally heroic characters depicted in sinister ways. This issue does a good job laying the foundation for future issues that will undoubtedly explore this universe further.
As I mentioned earlier, Guidi’s art makes for great posters and splash pages, but in many panels comes across stiff and lifeless. In all fairness, breathing life into a decades-old franchise about sentient warring robot clans is a daunting task for even the most skilled artists and writers. Lore does an excellent job crafting the Shattered Glass universe, but ultimately, even for a lifelong fan such as myself, this issue doesn’t do much for me. If it were a one-shot, Iwouldn’t mind walking away from it now. I don’t see casual fans or fans that are new to the franchise picking up this series.