Slightly more meandering issue this time, but still with top-notch art. I struggled to care about the Marrissa revelation, although Thundercracker was on form. Other GOOD: * Soundwave is a compelling narrator, and I enjoyed his quizzing himself about how non-telepathic beings can possibly understand each other. * Barber continues to do good work with continuity, using the segments set in the past to address how Soundwave can be a killer as well as an idealist. * The council meeting was very impressively handled, with all sides getting in some reasonable points. Mild spoiler for TAAO - it seems Windblade is injured after the events of Titans Return. Other BAD: * The part of the plot set in the past ultimately didn't move on very far at all. Lots of talking and no new leads. * Quite a lot of subplots being balanced makes the general pace pretty slow - Barber has to make heavy use of his caption identification boxes. I'm not even sure what the point in Jazz's brief scene was - he's a character at a loose end. * Generally, my worry is that after a sure-footed #1 and a cracking #2, Barber is settling into more of a trudge, with lots of chess pieces moving haltingly around the board but not building toward anything truly substantial.