Windblade is the center of this story. She is a transformer whose function is not combat, but diplomacy. She is also a ‘cityspeaker,’ an Autobot with the ability to speak to Titans, ancient and gigantic Autobots like the one who is the Autobot city on Earth, Metrotitan.
Metrotitan has a message that he must share with Optimus Prime. The Autobots fear risking Optimus, for he is the last remaining Prime. They know that if they told him, he would go – possibly risking himself in the midst of the ongoing conflict called Revolution. Instead, WIndblade links with Metrotitan, to speak on his (unknowing) behalf.
Metrotitan has made contact with MIcronus Prime, the Prime Autobot who created Microspace (related to the Microverse of the Micronauts). There is much information he has that he must share with Optimus.
Windblade finds herself a prisoner of the Defense Ministry. She is interrogated by the sinister Lady Shazarella, wife of the evil Baron Karza.
Will she escape? Will she get this new and vital information back to Optimus Prime and the Autobots?
Scott is a solid action writer, but this is not the strength of the story. The strength of the story lies in her use of the events as a backdrop to a fascinating character study of Windblade. Scott’s interpretation of the Cybertonian diplomat is a fascinating mixture of pragmatism, cynicism, loyalty and faith. She is just enough of a cynic to see through the façade of politics and diplomacy. She is enough of a pragmatist to understand its value, and use it when appropriate. She has ultimate loyalty to the side of good, and faith enough to trust in her friends, even when she disagrees with them.
Tsushima has an artistic challenge here. His earlier work on Gundam and Transformers is evident here. His experience supports him as he integrates the organic beings of the Microverse of the Micronauts and their distinctive style into the already hypermechanized universe of the Transformers. Although only villains are shown in this issue, Tsushima clearly demonstrates that he has a fine grasp on the characters of the Microverse.
Many of the stand-alone stories give writers an opportunity to explore relationships between characters, or the dynamics of a team. It is interesting to watch a talented writer use the opportunity to give a character introspection. Although there are many conflicts in this story, the greatest one may be the internal conflict of Windblade. It is well worth reading, not merely as a part of the event, or as part of the ongoing Transformers saga, but as a fascinating look inside the mind of a conflicted diplomat.
Written by: Mairghread Scott
Illustrated by: Naoto Tsushima