zandergb asked: They already did a passable Scorch using Universe Hound.
I know, but this is better.
Spoilers, I guess.
Just read the first issue of Windblade. Sarah Stone’s art is certainly a highlight and Mairghread Scott’s writing is a step up from her Prime/Beast Hunters turns. But with only one issue to judge it on I’d say it’s no better or worse than RID. I’m afraid that Windblade herself does come over to me as overly Mary-Sue-ish (yeah, I hate that term as well), with her unique ability which makes her societally vital and her personality which could best be described as “sugary sweet”, which doesn’t really mesh with the sarcastic distance that Roberts and Barber had given her. She comes over as naive and optimistic despite innerloguing her disappointment with the state of Cybertron, whereas in Dark Cybertron she felt like a take-no-shit realist, and it literally takes an attempt on her life to make her realize that Starscream of all people is actually dangerous.
That said, Stone’s painterly layouts and Prime-influenced character designs are very pleasant and refreshing, and while she does display one or two technical issues or consistency blips, it all very much meshes and blends with her overall style and I’d feel more inclined to let her get away with such issues over other artists because her final presentation just works. I’m not sure I’d like to see her style become a trend in these books, but as long as she was the one doing it I’d be more than happy to see more of it.
I’m afraid the message from Scott at the end had me rolling my eyes, though. It reeked of false humility, praising everyone under the sun for the opportunity and support and (yes, even!) making her a better person, before dropping immediately into hype blurb about how they ARE doing new and amazing things, how this WILL be a defining point of TF history, etc etc. Not that she will TRY and do these things, but that they are already set in stone. Way humble.
(I’m also pretty sure that when she had written her final draft of this she used Word to find and replace all examples of ‘female fans’ with simply ‘fans’.)
All in all, it was adequate. It was well paced with the odd moments of punchy dialogue (and just as many fanwanky examples), and was very agreeable to look at. But it’s only one issue old, and from an unbiased point of view, there’s simply not enough here yet to declare it ‘revolutionary’, ‘a long time coming’, ‘what the fans have been asking for’, or even ‘an overhyped Hasbro mandated cliche of a fan character’.
My two cents.