A little history, a little politics, and a compelling story from Alpha Trion that ties to what's happening on Earth now. I wonder if Arcee and Galvatron are the same or different, because if the same, it doesn't track with what we know about the Arcee in this universe, I don't think.
Galvatron a little more, but...
Still, lovely art, lovely story and looking forward to more.
Although since Buster is with Marissa, I wonder if Thundercracker will show up more in the future. And yes please!
And the real problem is that as serious, and mind-bending, and tragic, and thoughtful as this book gets, the humor is really what ties this all together. It's not that Roberts can't wring a gut-wrenching story that I lapped up without the humor - but because I've seen how he handles it with humor, I know there's something missing.
The real problem for me is within all this tension? The humor broke it up. And there just wasn't as much, and it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny for me, and I kinda ached for that.
Still, the whole issue of selling grief is compelling, especially when the reality is shown to be different than the concept: it's eerie to know that even though we knew it was going to happen, we didn't know what it would look like in the end. Then again, neither did anyone in the book.
I'm sure this will be a continuing theme - and I want to see how it plays out. Soon, I'm sure. Soon.
I just didn't find this entertaining enough to be a five, or even four star, book. It seemed like a typical GI Joe story, although they're now working in the open so they have to keep public opinion of them from dropping too low.
Mostly, I hated how much they got into Cover Girl, and her backstory as a model. See, all the Joes are only known by their code name to the public. They're all supposedly dead, and yet Courtney/Cover Girl used to be a super model who was on a Top Model type show.
So, um, how does no one recognize her when she's in the field?
I spent a great deal of time mulling this over, and it's never dealt with directly so I was really unhappy with that gaping plot hole.
Although it's really about a more advanced race, living on another plane, who have their own prime directives.
Fun, but this isn't on the Enterprise, Spock and Uhura are missing, and I miss the feel of the old crew. While this says a lot about what other races might think about us, especially if they were benevolent, and in fact mirrored the Federation, the interaction between Kirk and McCoy felt less fun without Spock himself as the third balancing point.
Hope we'll see more of him soon!