Transformers Infiltration 04
A flash back to 3 years ago sees a younger Verity sitting through a lecture while a social worker, discusses her case.
Present day Verity is slowly lowering down a chasm in to the underground Decepticon bunker.
Before being followed by Hunter and Jimmy.
Armed with communication patches, light sticks and camera's they all 3 go their own way, to cover the maximum amount of ground possible.
Ratchet is reluctant to risk their lives, But bumblebee in a show of detached pragmatism justifies it, that if worst comes to worst these 3 are acceptable losses compared to billions.
In Dallas, Texas a man named drake meets with the leaders of Epsillon holdings which turns out to be a front for something, ...more.
More then meets the eye even.
Mr Drake is assigned a team and told to investigate the recent happenings.
They have also located the position of the ark 19, thanks to a homing device in the sm-40.
At the former command bunker, Verity deals with the situation by pretending she is a reporter, before coming across what she describes as a large tree with metal tubes.
Jimmy has no idea what he is looking for, or at, at his end. For all he knows he could be looking at the Cybertronian equivalent of snappy meal packages.
Inside one of these tubes she discovers a corpse dressed in a military uniform and almost breaks down, before she manages to compose her self insisting to Hunter and Jimmy, that she is fine.
She can do this.
Above ground Bumblebee and Ratchet wait, while Bumblebee proclaims he is bored now.
Ratchet is feeling awfully exposed.
Suddenly out of nowhere, Skywarp and Blitzwing appear bombing the base.
The Autobots order the humans to evacuate the base immediately, but Verity ignores them. Removing her communicator and digs deeper in to the base.
Above ground the Autobots take on the Decepticons. Bumblebee manages to take Skywarp down, but even though Ratchet manages to shoot Blitzwing down but
he is NOT out.
Down below, Verity comes face to face with Megatron himself.
To be continued.
Credits :Writer : Simon Furman,
Artist: E J Su,
Colors by : John Rauch,
Letters by : Tom B Long and Robbie Robins.
Editor : Chris Ryall.
And Infiltration is spinning it's wheels again.
Despite the fact that this issue brings a lot of new things to the table.
A glimpse in to Verity's emotional state.
Some of her backstory.
That her prickly attitude may or may not be a front, to cope with things.
The introduction of the facsimiles, which despite a few interesting ideas and tangents. Such as hinting that the Decepticons have infiltrated the USA government with facsimiles, unfortunately go nowhere, beyond Escalation and a few spotlights.
While Infiltration can't be faulted for this, with hindsight facsimiles are one of the balls that are being dropped.
This unfortunately is a problem Furman has always had.
A hell of a opening arc, great build up and then he fumbles it at the conclusion. ( Target 2006 springs to mind now. The War within has a awfull conclusion too. )
I can't help but feel that it's once again in a holding pattern, with the base part of the story being overlong and not adding much to the proceedings.
And I feel that with some editing and denser plotting, Infiltration issue 3, 4 and 5 could have been contracted down to two issues.
It does however end on a hell of a cliffhanger.
Verity stumbling upon Megatron, doing his own investigation as well as hinting that more is going on here.
Stormbringer which is up next, runs concurrently with Infiltration.
Bumblebee gets some unexpected characterization as well.
That of a pragmatist and concedes, that if something may happen, these three are acceptable losses.
Which coming from the once kid friendly, kid appeal character comes as quite a shock.
The Epsilon holdings part of the book is more mysterious human organisations, aware of Transformers or at least extra terrestrial activity. Which is all fine and dandy but the only new information the 2 pages give us are the names of some of the people in charge
Sending a Mr Drake out to investigate Transformers up close and our mystery sales man finally gets a name.
Must be a Dracula fan.
Other then that, these two pages tell us nothing we don't know already and are mostly wasted.
The reveal of the dead facsimile ( or donor ) is suitably gruesome, but on the whole issue 4 is still treading water.
Even Bumblebee lampshades it's extraneous length, by proclaiming, "bored now."
Followed by a fight scene between two Autobots and Decepticons, but even this bleeds in to issue 5.
Issue 3 and 4 at the very least could have been contracted together, mostly because they cover the same ground.
The fight scene it self is the usual high standard we can expect from EJ Su and the kid friendly kid appeal character is actually capable of holding his own against Skywarp. Which was unthinkable in Marvel G1 or even Dreamwave G1.
Issue 4 is a holding pattern with long dreary sections, ( the underground base parts of the issue ) repeating the same information or just stalling.
This is where the slow burn of the story starts to hurt the proceedings, especially when read in monthly installments.
It doesn't work when reading it in a TPB or one go.
It's a step up from issue 3, mostly because of the well laid out action scene and all the new information it brings to the table.
But after issues zero, one and two, it's a definitive let down.
But this last pages makes up for a lot.