Dominic wrote: ↑Thu Aug 04, 2022 5:26 pm
Never even saw a copy. I am assuming that my local shop did not order any, (Of course, they miss the one I would have bought.)
I was surprised to find a copy in my pull file since TFW2005 was reporting that it was delayed.
I don't know that I'll review everything in the book, but there's some interesting stuff in here.
Transformers Sunday Times Strips
- Simon Furman and Robin Smith (1989) - Transformers as a humor strip. James Roberts says they were intended for the Sunday Times and were never published, so this is the first printing ever. They're based around the Marvel continuity, there are six of them, and they're mostly mildly amusing rather than laugh out loud funny. I do like the joke about Pretender Grimlock coming out of his shell though.
And a random Transformer trying to explain the various Decepticon leaders from that continuity to Prime and giving up, utterly confused, is pretty good. I don't know how well this would have worked in the long run, but there was surely some humor to mine from the property.
- written by Simon Furman, art by Geoff Senior and Stewart Johnson - there's a lot of Marvel UK content in this book. I've read almost zero issues from that continuity, so it's all new to me. This finally makes sense to me of the panel in the Matrix Quest story with the Deathbringer by giving me some context as a random alien crashes his spacecraft, runs across the Matrix, and is changed into the Deathbringer. I love Geoff Senior's art, and it's great to see him at his prime, drawing Transformers. The Autobots under Optimus Prime go to stop the Deathbringer and Optimus is reluctant to fight it since he can tell it's powered by the Matrix. He ultimately decides that he has to stop it, and Nightbeat offers a solution. A Deathbringer is meant to visit planets and put those who are suffering out of their suffering, and since the Matrix power is slowly eating away at the Deathbringer himself, Prime essentially convinces him to commit suicide. Pretty grim ending. Each chapter of this story is only five pages.
The Wind of Change
- written by Simon Furman, art by Lew Stringer - A one page gag strip, and I didn't see any context in the afterward by James Roberts, so I'm not sure where it first appeared. Grimlock is going "on holiday" (yep, this is British) from the Marvel offices and has some random human named Stubbie carry his luggage. He wants to leave before Dreadwind shows up but doesn't make it, and he shuts Dreadwind up by dropping all his suitcases on top of him, leading the Decepticon to wonder if he's "suited" for the job. Har har. Okay, I chuckled at the silliness of it.
- written by Simon Furman, art by Geoff Senior - this one I had read, the only one in this book that I had seen before. It's in Generation 2 #2, but was apparently originally published in a Halloween special. It's Optimus Prime and his core Autobot cast vs. Bludgeon and his Decepticons fighting over a cache of ultra powerful weapons, which turn out to be guarded by a giant creature who runs off both groups. Hot Rod was supposed to create a fake creature to scare off Bludgeon, and at first Optimus thinks the creature is the result of Hot Rod's efforts, but when he realizes it's real he runs as quickly as Bludgeon did.
Then there are three pages of covers and original art. Some of them are unused covers, one is original pencils, and I don't know the significance of some, but it adds to the variety of offerings in the book, and I enjoy some retro Transformers art, so they're a nice addition.
That's all I have time for at the moment. More later.