And so, AHM comes to an end. Some may lament, some may say good riddance, but I think most are probably looking forward to the ongoing. On the whole, I personally liked AHM, but it did have some glaring shortcomings. So with that, I present to you my thoughts on #16. Man of Steel: Guidi is back and boy is his art awesome. For some reason, I got a WW II hospital movie-feel. Take that as you may, but the story involves Spike and mainly humans. Basically two guys named Frank Dille and Frank Shin (wow Costa, really?) ask a banged up (this has double meaning given the hottie nurses) Spike to be part of a UN/Skywatch force to hunt down remaining transformers. A few things worth noting-- Guido's art, in my opinion works best when he's dealing with robots. The human drawings are fine, but the bots have a gritty G1 feel to them. This comes out in Spike's fight with Ravage (by the dialogue we are to believe he's dead, although Spike's face is strained, perhaps lying) and Thrust. Poor Thrust, you can't help but feel bad for him, and his exposed "skeleton" is drawn to perfection. The story ends with Spike being told his daddyo will be running the new Skywatch, and Spike looks all but happy. The story is pure setup for the ongoing, but is enjoyable for its darker implications. 3.7/5. The action art is pure Guidi, but there's not much action for him to really draw. 3.5/5 Hidden: A bumblebee story, harkening to the old bee we know. Here, humans are hunting him as he tries to make contact with his fellow Autobots. I'm not really sure why he was separated from the rest of the gang after AHM 12, but whatevs. This is a character piece more than anything else, a spotlight if you will. 'Bee is willing to put himself in danger for the sake of humans-- it's a story told many times before, but not as much in the IDW-verse. Chee's art is as it was in the Starscream AHM 11 (?), so you either love it or hate it. I'm starting to come around, and again, some panels would make great wall paintings. One thing to note-- he picks up a robot's detached arm and he questions how the humans could do such a thing. The brutality of humans toward the transformers seems to be an ongoing issue, and I hope it's explored in the ongoing. In the end, Prime saves a weakened Bee from destruction, and Ratchet repairs him. Good character piece and art, 4/5 for both. Sorry for such the rush job, but I'm trying to get out of the office before being summoned for more work! On another note, I've been thinking of revisiting the -ation storyline and reading thru, giving my thoughts as I go along. If anyone would like me to do this and spur some convo on the older issues, please let me know. Anyway, enjoy everyone, I'm certainly looking forward to November!