001: Movie Trailers

YoshiCast LogoThe YOSHICAST is here! Thanks for checking out the first episode. If you want to comment on what you’ve heard please send an e-mail, leave a comment below, or call up  and leave a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you. (360) 610-7047.

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Now, without missing a beat lets delve into superhero movies. I’m joined by my friend Bo, as we review some the biggest movie trailers for superhero films we’ll be seeing in 2016. We check out Batman V Superman, and wonder about plot and villains. Suicide Squad, the DC movie we both are looking forward to seeing. Captain America: Civil War, and Bo lays down some Marvel knowledge on me. X-Men Apocalypse, the good and the bad. Finally, Deadpool. The black sheep of the Marvel movies. We can’t wait!

Enjoy!

Show Notes:

  • Intro: 00:00
  • Batman V Superman: 00:14
  • Suicide Squad: 16:29
  • Captain America: Civil War: 21:20
  • X-Men Apocalypse: 32:05
  • DeadPool: 36:13

Transformers Review Issue 64: Deadly Obsession

The Matrix Quest continues with issue 64 entitled, ‘Deadly Obsession’. I feel like Simon Furman is really on his A game with these Transformer stories. The way he is introducing all these new characters (toys), in a story line that has been making sense is nothing short of Amazing. Now, before we delve into this whale of an issue, let us review the cover.

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The logo at the top of the book has again replaced the faction symbol with the Matrix Quest logo. Longtooth stands, spear at the ready, on a ship. Beneath him the tale of a large mechanical whale flaps and splashes. There are two circles along the right side of the cover with other Autobot pretenders inside with a look of shock on their faces. Also written along the right side of the over, ” to save Longtooth from himself… and a race from extinction… his fellow Autobots may just have to kill him!”. The whole cover is rather busy, but given Longtooth and the whale tail are done in a solid reddish orange they pop out from the cover help you focus on at least something.

Transformers_issue64_coverOur whale of a tale takes splash on the mercury seas of Pequod with Autobot Longtooth zeroing in on a whale like monster that in this story is known has Klud. Longtooth takes aim at the sea beast while his fellow Autobot Pretenders, Pincher and Doubleheader, race to stop him from another ship.

Transformers_issue64_AimAt this point the story skips back two weeks to when this group of Autobots started their part of the Matrix Quest. From the Ark to the harbor town of Gottlieb on Pequad. The Klud were thought to have been extinct, but one has turned up and he hasn’t been friendly to other sea way travelers. The Autobots go to check it out thinking that the creature’s sudden return could be due to the power of the Matrix.

Transformers_issue64_2weeksHere the story cuts back to the present where Thunderwing has also found the sea creature and tries to stop Longtooth by opening fire on him. Longtooth tails into the water and he thinks back to the events that lead him to his quest for Klud. Longtooth was analyzing the latest ship torn apart by the sea creature when the Klud broke through the water and took Longtooth’s leg. Longtooth ended up stealing a ship and started hunting for the Klud.

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Needlenose and Spinster go after the Autobots while Thunderwing tries to make contact with the Klud. Here we see Thunderwing use some mental powers we’ve never seen before as he tries to contact the Kluds mind with his very own. With this ability he is able to see that the Klud swallowed something with the Matrix energy. This allowed the Klud to be energized.

Transformers_issue64_MindLinkWhile the Autobots and the Decepticons are fighting one another, Longtooth is ready to pull the trigger on the sea beast. At that moment, Pincher comes up and tries to persuade Longtooth not to do it. He tries to help Longtooth remember he is an Autobot and they have a code of conduct they follow.

Transformers_issue64_rememberThunderwing calls of the attack after his mind-link, believing the Matrix should be on VsQs.

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Transmission Letters This Issue

Dear Transmissions,

Transformers_TransMissions_issue64Well, you’ve done it again! I’m not surprised anymore! in fact, I’m not surprised by anything that happens in this book anymore! To what am I referring? Why, the death of Ratchet, of course! Of all the Transformers introduced in the first issue, how may are still functioning? Let’s see…we won’t count any of the new classic Pretenders, because they’ve already been destroyed once. Prime has gone the same way, Wheeljack hasn’t been heard from, and Soundwave bought the farm in issue #50. Shockwave allegedly burned up in the atmosphere, and who knows where Megatron is now!! By my count, none of the original Transformers are still alive (in their original form)! Until I see Ironhide, Cliffjumper, Sideswipe and Bluestreak together again, I shall be a very reluctant reader!

Joe Christiano
Waterbury, CT

Don’t despair, Joe-the old characters are coming! Issue #69 reintroduces four very familiar characters, and paves the way for a big change in one of the Pretender classics! And before that, in issue #68, another old favorite makes his shocking reappearance! As if this wasn’t enough, this yer sees several old and familiar faces in the Hasrbo line-up, so you can be sure they’ll be featured right here soon enough! Hey, how’s that for service?! And anyway, who said anything about Ratchet being dead…!

Dear Transmissions,

A new writer-great! A new grade of paper-wonderful! Now, a few suggestions: 1.) A few lone Transformer stories, like the Skids (issue #20) and Bumblebee (issue #16 stories. 2.) More mini-series. Either another run-in with G.I. Joe, or another TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE. Maybe even an entirely new series. I came up with an idea called worlds of Cybertron, that would tell the war from Cybertron’s side. 3.) A sequel to the great movie. 4.) Finally, some run-ins with Marvel super heroes, especially the FF or the Silver Surfer! By the way, TRANSFORMERS is terrific!

Paul Leightly
Parma, OH

         Hmmm… lone Transformers stories? Yeah, possible, very possible. A new mini-series? Doubtful, but you never know! A movie sequel? Out of our hands, we’re sorry to say. We’ve heard of no plans to make one. Super heroes? Well, yes and no. Transformers and Marvel Universes are separate from each other (what about issue 3#? can we just forget about that one? Please.), so no FF or Silver Surfer we’re afraid. But how about some super heroes of our own? We strongly suggest you check out issue #68!

Dear Transmissions,

In issue #59 there is a mistake, The first appearance of Piranacon is listed as “Right here.: This is wrong, because on page 3 of issue #49, the Seacons combine to form Piranacon to stop the Decepticon shuttle. For a No-Prize you have to come up with a solution, right? My solution is that the person who wrote the entry didn’t realize his mistake because he is a moron! Do I get a No-Prize?

Brian Sherwin
Suffolk, VA

You certainly do not! Moron, indeed! The listing “Right here” is entirely correct. Piranacon’s first appearance was in deed right here-right here in TRANSFORMERS! Even we like the occasional bit of humor(!).

Dear Transmissions,

I had pretty much given up writing to you letter column (seeing as you hardly ever print anymore), but-having just read issues #58 and #59 of TRANSFORMERS-I was so impressed I just had to write! The past few issues have had interesting plots (as usual), but also contained some genuine character development and real emotional content, harkening back somewhat to the tone of the orginal series (which, unlike some of the other clumn readers, I happen to love!) And, amid all the aforementioned, unexpected improvements you guys (in your infinite wisdom allowed (sigh) Starscream to return to the cmoic. Can it be that my constant pestering has finally paid off? You have my thanks and undying gratitude! Keep it up and I may just continue buying this comic…

Alex Jones
Whonnock, B.C.

In the words of the immortal Basil Fawity, “A satisfied customer-we should have him stuffed!” Glad to see all is to your approval, Alex. We’ll certainly try our best to keep the comic at this high standard!

Dear TransMissions,

Congratulations! You’ve regained an old fan of TRANSFORMERS! I’m fourteen and I’ve just read issue #59 of the comic. I used to collect TRANSFORMERS all the time and have all the issues from *1-30. But then I stopped collecting comics. This past summer, thought, I got back into collecting comics again, but wasn’t inspired to read TRANSFORMERS gain. Until issue #59! If it wasn’t for the cover i’d never have bought it. It was excellent! I like the way you showed Grimlock about to smash some puny Decepticons! I’m also glad Megatron is still there, hanging in as leader of the Decepticons. When I read the issue I was amazed. Never had I seen such excellent artwork in a TRANSFORMERS comic. Delbo and hunt are an excellent team! I hope you decide to keep them on the book… they make the Transformers seem real! Oh, and by the way, I loved the stats at the end of the issue for the Seacons. I plan on catching up with all the issues I missed! In the meantime, could you answer me these questions: 1.) Why does Optimus Prime look so different now? 2.) How did Goldbug become Bumblee again? 3.) WHY RATCHET?!!

Aaron Lajeunesse
(Address withheld by request)

Whoa, there-two people who think we’re the Beez-neez! We must be doing something right! Glad to have you back, Arron! As for your questions, you may remember that while you where still reading hte comic, Prime was blow to pieces and seemingly killed. He was rebuilt as a Powermaster on Nebulos (issue #42 has the whole story). Hence his new appearance. As for the Goldbug/Bumblebee question, you have but to find a copy of issue #58 to see Ratchet’s machinations and your question will be answer. As for your third question, WHY NOT?

Dear Transmissions,

What a complete turn-around! My attention has been seized for the first time in years. I’m actually anticipating each issue. Simon Furman has proved to be an invaluable addition to the TF production team. This book is going places! So Megatron’s back! And now Starscream as well, even better. How long must we wait for Shockwave to make his long overdue reappearance? Not much longer I hope! There was a time when the series could have led any way the wind blows, now there’s a definite, promising direction in sight. To the future!

Brendan Crispin
Madison, WI

Enough! Enough! If this keeps up, none of us will be able to get our heads though doorways! What happened to all the moans?

Dear Transmissions,

Your comic book is in lousy shape, and I am deeply worried. Here’s why: 1.) airwork: Jose Delbo’s artwork is boring to look at. There is no life or depth in any of his characters and locations. 2.) Plot: It is going nowhere. Every issue you introduce ten new characters which never appear long enough to develop. Please print this letter so that others will open their ears and contribute to making TRANSFORMERS a worthwhile comic!

(Name and address withheld by request)

Ahhhhh…better!

My Thoughts On This Issue

Like I said at the top, Simon Furman, I feel, is on his A game. Working in all these Characters that Hasbro requires in a solid story arc. So far anyway. I tip my hat to the man.

Jose Delbo continues his art with this issue in some really well done drawings.

Something that is worth noting is that I feel that this issue was heavily influenced by Moby Dick. It works. The whole Moby Dick feel would be hard for anyone to miss.

For me it was a visually dark issue which I think helps convey Longtooth’s state of mind.

It was also a hard story for me to follow for whatever reason. It’s solid, but just required me to read it slower and spend a little more time with it.

I want to call bullshit on Thunderwing’s mental powers. If they are never used again, I think I win.

So what did everyone think of this issue? What do you guys think of the art?

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Reflector has to be the coolest Decepticon around. Like Devastator, Superion, Predaking, and a host of others, Reflector is a combiner Transformer. Three Decepticons (Spectro, Spyglass, and Viewfinder), that combine their forms together to create a classic looking 80s camera. Unlike the above mentioned combiners, the three individual bots that create Reflector cannot transformer into anything on their own. They are individual bots or one combined camera. That’s it.

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As a kid I was an Autobot loyalist. Whenever I could buy a Transformers from the department store it was always one of the good guy Autobots.

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There was however, one Decepticon I always wanted to get. One I never saw in a store. That was Reflector. These three Decepticons eluded me throughout my childhood. It’s only as an adult that I discovered why.

Takar Reissue of Reflector.
Takar Reissue of Reflector.

Spectro, Spyglass, and Viewfinder were released and relatively easy to find in Japan during the 80s. The same cannot be said about them in the United States. Hasbro decided not to release these ‘Cons in U.S. retail even though they where in the cartoon and were present in issue 4 of Marvel Comics’ The Transformers. Its puzzling because everything I’ve read  indicates that Hasbro couldn’t make enough quantity or variety of Transformers to satisfy demand at the time.

Original Generation 1 1986 Figures
Original Generation 1 1986 Figures

It wasn’t till 1986 and 1987 that mail away promotions for Reflector started to appear. Kids in the U.S. could now start getting their hands the combiner. At the cost of $10 and two robot points (plus $1.25 for Shipping and handling), this elusive trio of Decepticons finally find homes in the United States.

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Reflector Mail Away Order Form

I can’t help but think that at just $10 Hasbro was just trying to get rid of stock. Weird.

The brochure to order Reflector was small. Just 1“ X 2”. A size that allowed it to be packaged with the sticker sheet and instruction manual of smaller toys like Mini Vehicles and combiner limbs. Even with the brochure unfolded it must have been difficult to fill out something that small.

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Reflector Directions

Today, you have options if you want Reflector in your collection.

One option is eBay. This is how I acquired my original Generation One Reflector. Prices, condition, and availability are going to very.

Another option is to look online for a Takara reissue. At $50 (give or take), you’ll get Spectro, Spyglass, and Viewfinder, all in a box that calls back to the glory days of Generation One.

Transformers Review Issue 63: Kings of the Wild Frontier

Transformers issue 63 is here and we are in for a western ride this time around. Thought it was a good issue, its clear it’s following a pattered of story telling established in issue 62. It looks like the next couple of stories are going to follow this template which, I think, will end with the Transformers finally locating the Matrix. Lets get into this review and see if I’m right. But first, lets check out this cover.

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This old west themed cover really grabbed my attention because, thanks to my older brother’s influence, I have an affection for Westerns. This cover features Thunderwing, front and center, with his  Decepticon troops propagated in the background. The background shows old western main street complete with a wooden sidewalk. There is even a shop sign at the top of the issue hanging by changes, displaying the Transformers logo. The Autobot insignia next to the logo has been painted over with a new Decepticon insignia. In the background Needlenose, appears to be holding a branding iron of the updated Decepticon insignia. Thunderwing is holding a weird four barrel gun with his hand and shoulder. “Ah’ve come fer mah MATRIX!” he says on the cover. To the left is written, “You’ll never forget the day they drifted in…” Also, written on the bottom right of the cover, “Thunderwing and the Deceitpcons hit town!” It’s a cover with a great use of color, but like most Transformers covers, not everything depicted on the cover happens in the issue.

Transformers_issue63_coverOn the planet of Cheyne, the Triggerbots search for the Matrix when they are almost run over by a group of riders then discover that these riders are pursuing an alien child. Dogfight, who has been itching to fight from the start of this issue, gets into the action and the other Autobots follow. The Autobots scar away the group of riders despite their warnings about the child. The Autobots return the child to its parents who insist the Autobots stay away and rest up before moving on.

Transformers_issue63_enoughOver to Thunderwing, we see has attached his three Autobot prisoners (Hosehead, Nightbeat and Siren), from the last issue up to a device that attempts to extract information from their heads. If the Autobots try to fight it off they are painfully punished. The point of this is so Thunderwing can learn as much about the Matrix Quest as they can before setting down on Cheyne.

Transformers_issue63_MindLeechBack on the planet, Hud and his family tell their sob story to the Triggerbots, ending with how they are now picked on by the locals who wont be happy until they have taken away their farm. The Autobots are convinced to stay over night on the farm to rest up before they leave.

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Now, the Triggerbots have been convinced to stay even longer with the Hud family and help on the farm. It’s also clear at this point their minds have been fogged and maybe even controlled. Non of them can remember the Matrix Quest.

Transformers_issue63_ImportantMr. Hud, travels to the town of Osaplam and Dogfight follows to provide protection. Soon they are confronted by Thunderwing and his Decepticons. After a quick battle, Thunderwing deduces that Dogfight’s mind is all but gone and can’t provide any new information about the Matrix. Thunderwing and the others leave Cheyne.

Transformers_issue63_nameDogfight pulls out of his mental fog. either by the Decepticon beating or the fact that Hud is not near by. Whatever the reason he is starting to remember. Dogfight is then approached by the riders he had attacked the day before and is told that mind control is the family’s evil nature. Without wasting time Dogfight races back to the Hud ranch and at gun point forces the Hud family to reveal their true form. They turn out to be Vrobian psychic vampires that have been feeding off the Matrix life-energy all of them have. A fight breaks out which snaps the remaining Triggerbots out of their mental fog.

Transformers_issue63_DogfightThe issue ends with the dispatching of the Hud family and with the Triggerbots contemplating the point of war and if they are any better than the evil doers they fight against.

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Transmission Letters This Issue

Dear Transmissions,

Transformers_Issue63_TransMissionsI have just finishes issue #57, and it was pretty rad, even if I wasn’t rooting for Megatron’s return. However, one question is very much on my mind: what is happening to Optimus Prime?? He isn’t the brave, kind, smart, etc., Autobot leader I used to know. Is it because he no longer has the Matrix of Leadership? Whats going on?

Also, when are you going to put female Autobots in the comic? I know Arcee is in the movie comic book, but that’s not enough for us girl fans. So if you’re ever going to do it, do it now!

Barbara Walker
Nazareth, PA

As you might have gathered from recent issues, Optimus Prime is going through a tough time at the moment, and even the mighty Autobot leader has feelings and emotions. He’s lost the Creation Matrix, and one of his best friends…and believe us, this is just the start of his problems! Before it gets any better for Optimus Prime, it’s gonna get a whole lot worse! Didn’t we finally sort out that there were no male or female characters—just Transformers (most of whom seem to be modeled on the male of the species)? Oh well, if we didn’t before, we have now. Okay?

Dear Transmissions,

TRANSFORMERS #57 was totally awesome! I’m sure that Megatron’s master plan is going to be very successful! Imagine: using your worst enemy, Starscream (the most traitorous, evil villain that ever existed– he’s my favorite, by the way) to destroy your other enemies is pure genius. The main reason that i’m writing this letter is to ask you why everyone is so down on Grimlock? According to his tech specs, he has an intelligence raking of 7, which would indicate that his intelligence is above average. This means he’s a whole lot smarter than a lot of other Autobots, so please keep this in mind when you use the new Pretender Grimlock. Like someone once said, “may your luster never dull, and your wires never cross!”

David Buzzell
North Bend, WA

And the same to you David (whatever it means!). We think your appraisal of Grimlock’s intelligence is right on the money. Grimlock is intelligenct, he just chooses not to show it (we also suspect his speech circuits might well be fairly basic). Friend and foe alike tend to underestimate Grimlock because of this, giving him a considerable edge. We’ll be taking a close look at Girmlock (and the other Dinobots!) in an upcoming issue.

Dear Transmissions,

For a long time I’ve felt that the Transformers series was somewhat disappointing, while at the same time being full of potential. In the last few issues I’ve perceived crucial changes that lead me to believe you’re finally tapping that elusive potential. And best yet, it’s leading somewhere! Megatron’s revival, although not captivating for me, was an essential step in your progression. And now that Megatron’s revival, although not captivating for me, was an essential step in your progression. And now that Megatron’s overseeing the restoration of Starscream–this is almost too much! Optimus Prime unleashed? Never! Really? I’d love to see Prime kick Megaton into the next time zone.

One Suggestion: I’m sure a lot of Transformers fans would like to contact others, including me. So why don’t you devote a page each issue to addresses of TF fans who’d like to correspond? Give it a try, eh?

Brendan Crispin
Madison, WI

To be honest, Brendan, the Transformers series has always been “leading somewhere.” As with all continuing sagas, the main story has many smaller tales to tell, not all of which need to be epic or cosmic to be enjoyable. At the moment, the comic is taking a very positive direction to a battle the like of which it’s never seen before, but–in the course of getting there-it will take many twists and detours. We hope all readers will enjoy both these detours and the main journey! As for a pen-pals page, we’ll let you decide. If we get enough names and address from budding corresponders, w’ll print a selection when we’ve the space. We’ve printed your full address to start the ball rolling… 

Dear Transmissions,

Why is it that TRANSFORMERS doesn’t have an annual? Is it that the Transformers are too tough for the Marvel Universe?

Daniell Patton
Big Spring, TX

Dear Transmissions,

I am writing to demand a TRANSFORMERS ANNUAL. I mean, even that no-account, organic, big-nosed alien (namely ALF), has one…and he’s had only a fraction of TRANSFORMERS’ 57 issues.

Nicholas Gustafson
Oakville, ONT

Do we detect a certain feeling out there that many of you would dearly love to see a TRANSFORMERS Annual next year? All we can say is keep those requests and demands flooding in, and who knows?

Dear Transmissions,

I am sick an dtired of you guys. Fifty eight issues have gone by and still no Rodimus Prime! I know you’re going to say the same old thing–“he doesn’t come around until the year 2005.” Ooooh! Don’t you think we get sick and tired of hearing that? Well, chew on this. Trypticon didn’t come around until after the movie (when Rod first appeared) and you had him in issue #25.

The Headmasters and Targetmasters didn’t make the scene until after the movie, and we said hello to them in issue #40! If you haven’t guessed my question yet, it’s–WHERE THE HECK IS RODIMUS PRIME?! You can’t say he doesn’t come around until 2005, because all these characters came before him!

Mike Barkhouse
Nova Scotia, BON

Let’s clear this up once and for all. Many of you seem to think that the cartoon series and comic continuities are tied up with each other. Not so. The cartoon series is entirely different from the comic in both its sequence of events and representation of characters. The closest in terms of a possible future is the movie, but even then it might not be what eventually happens. Enjoy the cartoon series by all means, but don’t think it shows what will happen in the comic. Issue #43 was the only episode that tide in directly with the cartoon series. Rodimus Prime appears in issue #67, but whether you’ll enjoy this particular appearance remains to be see!

Dear Transmissions,

I bought TRANSFORMERS #57 and loved it! I read the book so many times i have it memoriezed. Now that MEgatron is back, will he lead the decepticons again? Even though he is power-hungry, i still think he’d make a better leader than Scorponok. Another thing. My friend told me to tell you to get rid of Circuit Breaker, because she interferes too much with the Autobot/Decepticon war. Please have someone destroy her!

Ted Bucci
Y., Ohio

With the introduction of Thunderwing and a certain future Decepticon leader, it may be that there’ll be quite a bit of competition for the Decpticon leadership (and let’s not rule out a few ex-Decepticon leaders who may or may not be dead from this equation) in issues to come. Who will rule? That is a question whose answer will have dire consequences for both the Decepticons…and the Autobots! Poor old Circuit Breaker. We’re happy to say that not everyone agrees with you there!

Dear Transmissions,

I would like a Transformers cross-time saga, with Circuit Breaker starring! A ten-part series would do! Nuff Said.

Wesley Holland
Los Angeles, CA

Sheesh! Would you settle just for the return of Circuit Breaker?

My Thoughts On This Issue

Lets work our way back words. The issue ends with the Triggerbots taking the lives of the Hud Family. Even as the reader understands it was more or less a them-or-us situation, it’s still came off to me as very extreme and at the moment I don’t think I like it. Making the Autobots killers? I guess this brings to light the fact that war is messy and people die.

I want to point out that this issue marks the return of Jose Delbo and If I’m not mistaken, I would say his art has improved since we saw his work last.

The new or updated Decepticon logo doesn’t show it’s self in this issue. Not sure why it’s on the cover and if anyone knows for sure, I would love to find out.

Thunderwings four barrel gun on the cover also isn’t seen in this issue.

It’s a solid story. A little bit of a bummer regarding the ending. Thought, I guess it helps make it more real. I wonder if the remaining issues of this Matrix Quest will be more real also.

Let me know what you all thought of this book.

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Transformers Review Issue 62: Bird of Prey!

Transformers issue 62 kicks off the Matrix Quest. The Matrix may very well be the only thing in the universe that can stop Unicon and the Autobots are desperate to find it. I’m desperate to find out what happens, but before we flip open this floppy lets check out the cover art!

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The cover to issue 62 makes a whole lot of sense after you read the issue. This cover show the cover of a cheap, ten-cent, detective novel featuring Nightbeat, Siren, and Hosehead being surrounded at gun point. This plays into the fact that the three characters are involved in a bit of sleuthing within the pages of this comic. The detective novel titled, ‘Bird of Prey!’, is surrounded by items which i think are Cybertronian in nature. Keys, lighter, micro recorder, and others. The Transformers logo at the top has a slight change with the Autobot logo being replaced with the logo for the Matrix Quest. The cover is nice and there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just not a favorite of mine.

Transformers_issue62_coverOur issue kids off with the Autobot faction sending out search teams into the galaxy to find the Creation Matrix hopping they can find it and use it against the Unicron threat.

Transformers_issue62_PrimeOn the planet of Pz-Zazz, Nightbeat, Siren, and Hosehead question local mobsters as to the whereabouts of the Matrix. Nightbeat, lacking true interrogating skills, result in the headmasters punched, thrown through a window, and shot at. Am alien being is hurt in the cross fire, but passes on a bird statue to Nightbeat before death takes him.

Transformers_issue62_AlienAfter getting away from the gun fight, Nightbeat wants to follow-up on this statue, but his friends convince him to continue with their mission at hand. Still, Nightbeat feels the statue has something to do with their main mission.

Transformers_issue62_MissionThe Autobots conversation is overheard by a Miss Fatale. She shared with them the story of the ‘font of life’ and how it once sat on top of a nearby mountain. The Autobots think this might be the Matrix. In trade for Miss Fatale taking them to the mountain temple, she asked for the bird statue with the claim that it is her property. Siren and Hosehead go with Fatale to the mountain while Nightbeat retrieves the bird statue.

Transformers_issue62_FataleAt the top of the mountain, Hosehead, Siren, and Fatale come face to face with one of the local gang leaders who wants the bird statue. Nightbeat races up just then and shares that the statue is a life-giving source of power, not unlike the Matrix of leadership. He disables the gangsters and places the bird statue back within its cradle on the temple.

Transformers_issue62_birdtempleUpon placing the bird back in its proper place, the planet is restored to it’s old glory. The story ends with Thunderwing and his Decepticons shooting Nightbeat and the others in the back. He wants to find out why so many Autobots are searching this end of the galaxy.

Transformers_issue62_ThunderwingTransmission Letters This Issue

Dear TransMissions,

Transformers_Letters_62I’ve finished reading issue #57 for the second time. Congratulations on bringing Megatron back to your pages. Among some of us females, Megatron’s well-built chassis is definitely a sight for malfunctioning optics! That’s right, guys -I’m a female Decepticon. Anyway, I’m glad somebody finally had the good sense to pay attention to the hordes of angry ‘cons waiting for Megatron’s return. Now that he is fully functional, let’s see him regain his rightful place as leader of the Deceitpcons. We know Meggie is the ONLY Decepticon leader…right, guys? Besides, Megatron’s cute!

Diane Kuhn
(Nightclaw)
Secae, PA

Cute?! Sigh…and there we were thinking this was a serious critique of issue #57. By the way, Meggie sends his love (if you can’t beat ’em…!).

Dear TransMissions,

Just read Transformers #56, was not impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing the plot (as it featured the return of Megatron and was written by Simon Furman, it just couldn’t fail) or the artwork, as such. The part that I really hated, that really ruined it for me, was the eyeballs! transformers don’t have eyeballs!! Since issue #43 you’ve given them these meaningless dots in their eyes. Please get Jose to stop drawing them in. Also, please introduce Galvatron soon!

Chris Hoffman
CA

Galvatron? Soon? Yeah, okay… how does issue #67 grab you? Book your copy now! eyeballs, eh? Well, the eyeballs are gradually being phased out (you’ll have noticed that Megatron had lost his “meaningless dots” by issue #57). However, some characters simply do have eyeballs, so we’re afraid you’ll just have to hide your eyes when you see them!

Dear Transmissions,

HOW COULD YOU?! After 31 issues of TRANSFORMERS you’ve brought back the malevolent Megatron! I am a big Transformers fan, but I will stop reading the comic if Megatron is not killed by Optimus Prime… soon!

Chad Scasny
Milwalkee, WI

Will “maybe killed by Rachet” do?

Dear Transmissions,

I think you’re doing a great job with the comic. You’re finally phasing out the fleshlings (there were just too many of them!), which is good news. I just finished reading issue #57 and it was great! Op busting loose and Megaton is back… yeah!! Keep up the great work!

Brian Poelstra
Hayti, SD

Glad to see you’re happy with the direction the book is taking, Brian. What about the rest of you Transformers fans out there? Are you happer with the focus mainly on the Transformers, with humans more as supporting characters? Let us know what you think. Okay, back on issue #57’s Transmissions page we asked readers to tell us whether the idea of a time crossover story to introduce Galvatron to the storyline was desirable. Just about everyone had an opinion, so here are a few selections from those letters…

Dear Transmissions,

…my answer is yes, yes, YES! I think it’s a great idea. I’m sure you could create a lot of confusion over whos hould lead!

Mike Cordiero
Hamilton, Ontario

Dear Transmissions,

…there’s no reason why Galvatron couldn’t be introduced into the comic. Why not let Megatron assume the identity of Galvatron, or even make Galvatron a character separate from Megatron!?

Brian McElwee
Syosset, NY

Dear Transmissions,

…DO NOT bring Rodimus Prime and Galvatron into the comic! It’s bad enough to see them in the cartoon series, i don’t want to see them here too!

Tony Alouzio
New York, NY
Dear Transmissions,

…I’m writing to say GO FOR IT! A future crossover sounds like a great idea!

Scott Berkley
Bremerton, WA

And so it went, roughly 3-1 in favor of the introduction of Galvatron. Well, majority rules in this case, and Galvatron (together with a few other future characters) makes his debut in issue #67. It’s an action shocker we predict will sway the most doubting Transformers fan! Be there!

Dear Transmissions,

I have an excellent idea: why don’t you create a special issue of the all-new Transformers Universe just for me, and send it to me for free! Okay? Also, when you’re creating this special issue of the Transformers Universe, don’t forget to include each and every Transformer from A-Z. Okay? And please don’t forget to include their profiles, their abilities and their weaknesses. Okay? If you would kindly do these three simple things for me, I will be well satisfied. Okay?

Reginald Tate
Decatur, GA

No Problem! Can we gift wrap it for you as well?

Dear TransMissions,

Whoa! All right! At last -the return of Megaton! i nearly went berserk waiting for this issue after I heard about it in issue #55. Will Starscream be returning too? I hope not. Even though he is one of my favorite Decepticons, he shouldn’t come back for a long time (he’s a little mad at the moment, ya know). Now that i’ve got issue #56, I’m going to have to suffer another agonizing thirty days for issue #57, and (hopefully) the reason why Megaton is still alive!

Hey, before i forget -what happened to Bob? Don’t get me wrong- Simon is providing a great and refreshing storyline for the comic- but is this permanent, or will Bob return?

Ronald Kinion
Pasco, Wa

We’re desperately sorry for providing a great issue and putting you through all the agony, Ronald. But then again… life’s like that! Bob has his hands full right now (look out for some great new titles from him soon), so Simon will be scripting TRANSFORMERS from now on. If that’s all right with you, anyway!

Dear Transmissions,

When the Headmasters were first introduced, they were a band of Nebulans who had the ability to transform into the heads of Transformers and take control of their inert bodies. Well, this was new, interesting and straightforward enough, but then we started getting into the mixing of Nebulan (or human, in the case of Fortress Maximus) and Transformer minds -huh?!

That was my reaction to this new development. I thought that the original heads were gone for good. But when we see this mind mixing stuff, which leads us to believe there’s still a Transformers in what used to be an empty, unliving body. In issue #39, however, things are cleared up when Spike points out that the body isn’t alive, but contains several latent engrams, that in plain english are blueprints, of the Transformer that once owned the body. This way the Nebulan can better control his body and “become” that Transformer. Is this right, or is there more to it than that?

Jeff Minicucci
Toronto, ONT.

The actual details of the bonding of Nebulan (or human) and Transformer minds are unknown, but -judging by the experiences of Spike Witwicky in issue #51 -there’s quite a bit more to it than a few latent blueprints. There may even be a direct mental link between the Nebulan and the original Transformer head. Sorta’ makes you wonder what would happen if that link were suddenly severed, doesn’t it? (this courtesy of the “unsubtle teaser” department.)

My Thoughts On This Issue

This was a good story and I left out plenty in the above section for you to discover on your own if you haven’t already read the issue. It’s a good story and I feel like I got my monies worth on this issue.

One thing I really liked about this issue is, I feel like writer Simon Furman is opening a door to restore Optimus Prime back to his old psychical self. He is hinting at us that he is planning on dumping the Powermaster Prime crap as soon as he can. I hope this is true. It’s really exciting and again I’m left with wanting to dive right into the next issue.

The art in this book is good. It does make me think of Generation 2 comic art though. Not a bad thing from my stand point. Just noticed it has that feel to me.

I find myself still wishing I liked the cover. Again, nothing really wrong with it. I just don’t like it, but wish I did.

So what did everything on think of this issue? How do you all feel about the multi-issue Matrix Quest?

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Transformers Review Issue 61: The Primal Scream

Issue 61 of Marvels’ Transformers is oh so good! Thought it is not flawless, it is a great story and I can’t way to review it with you and share my thoughts on it. But before we get into the Religion and God of all Cybertronian beings, its check out this cover.

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This busy cover features Jazz, Grimlock and Bumblebee afloat or maybe falling. The background is a yellow and orange lined mess. It looks like it’s a pit underneath…. OH! It’s a face! It’s Primes’ face! I did not see that the first time over. The tag line on the cover, “The Primal Scream!!” fits now. I get it. It’s really close inline to the story within. The render of Primes’ face is very busy though and hard to understand. I get what the artist was going for, but I think the limited color palate really hurt this cover.

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Deep within the core of Cybertron rests the head of the Transformers’ god, Primus. Primus is guarded by a bot known as the Keeper. Grimlock, is the brave Autobot who questions everything the Keeper is saying which causes the Keeper to recount the origins of the Transformers.

Transformers_issue61_GrimlockLiesThe Keeper tells the story of two gods known as Primus and Unicron and their fight. A fight that ends in the two crashing into on to separate metal asteroids. Due to their weekend state they become trapped on the Asteroids.

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Over a long period of time, Primus is able to turn his asteroid into what is now Cybertron. Unicron turns his Asteroid into the planet eating bad guy we all know from the 1986 animated movie. Primus creates a race of robots called Transformers to aid in his combat of Primus. Now, deep in space, Unicron searches for Primus.

Transformers_issue61_UnicronNow reaching the end of his story, the Keeper is hit with a Decepticon blast. The Autobots fight back to the Decepticons from waking Primus, only to have Octopunch anciently ricochet a shot off of Grimlock waking Primus. He screams, sending shockwaves through out Cybertron.

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Transmission Letters This Issue

Dear Transmissions,

File_TMAfter reading the several million letters you have printed by people begging you to bring back certain characters, I feel it is time to start giving your writers some advice. They shouldn’t pay so much attention to which new toys Hasbro are producing, and -most importantly- it shouldn’t matter that Hasbro is no longer producing certain characters as toys. Just because these characters aren’t made anymore doesn’t mean you have to kill them off in the comic!

In the 55 issues so far I have seen many characters (good and bad) killed off: Shockwave, Megatron and (everyone’s favorite) Starscream, to name some Decepticons, and Jazz, Blasters and Sunstreaker, on the Autobot side. Please stop this trend before all we’re left with are Pretenders, Micromasters, Powermasters and the like!

I’d better just add this I’ve just flicked to the final page of issue #56, and seen Megatron! So perhaps this letter was unnecessary.

Mark Write
Louisvill, KY

Maybe not, Mark. Several other readers share your worry that certain characters are being permanently ditched purely to make space for new characters in the toy range. Hopefully our last few issues should have helped to convince you that the “old favorites” will crop up from time to time. One of Optimus Prime’s main aims in the upcoming “Martix Quest” saga is to recover the Autobots’ sacred life force, in order to restore his injured. Whether he succeeds, of course, is another matter altogether!

Dear Transmissions,

The Micromasters were great! I really enjoyed seeing them in issue #54 and #55. That said, I can’t believe you involved wrestlers in the comic. Please don’t do it again, Bob. By the way, Bob, I think you should do more drawing. The first ten pages of issue #55 were excellent!

I think I have a solution to your new/old Transformers problem. The key is integration! Take a few new Autobots and Decepticons, throw in some old ones for spice, and mix with action, plenty of fireworks and destruction (preferably of the bad guys!). By the way, if the Transformer coming  “back from the dead” is Megatron, I’m going to be thrilled to bits!

Brian Sherwin
Suffolk, VA

Hopefully by now you’ve pulled yourself back together again, Brian, because it certainly was Megatron. We figure -judging by out last sizzling four issues- that our writer and artist agree whole-heartedly with your solution. Stick with us for the even bigger shocks, thrills and all-out excitement we’ve got lined up for you over the coming issues!

Dear Transmissions,

YES! All right! I just read issue #56 and my faith in you guys has expanded tenfold! And no, this isn’t an “It’s about time, too!” letter. You’ve done a great job building suspense over the past batch of issues, finally bring back Optimus Prime and now featuring the return of best of the baddies, Megatron! No frills, no Head/Target/Power master feature, just the unchanged, supreme epitome of Decepticonism! I have dreamed of this resurrection! Megatron was just too cunning and powerful to have been destroyed by a space bridge! Put Megatron back in command of the Decepticons and let’s see some SERIOUS head-crackin’! Thanks, guys. You topped yourselves magnificently with this beauty of an issue!

John Talcott
Lakewood, CA

A Megatron fan, perhaps? Well, let’s hope all this euphoria didn’t dissipate too rapidly after the events in issue #59. Don’t worry too much john. It’s kinda hard to keep a bad guy of Megatron’s caliber down for long!

Dear TransMissions,

After a six month hiatus, I’m back as a regular reader of the comic. I was just a little overwhelmed with new comic books and ever-increasing prices, and so I had to cut some of the titles from my list. Why, you ask, did I drop TRANSFORMERS? I guess I was more than a little miffed because in issue #40’s Transmissions you promised to reveal -in sixty days- if we could expect an ongoing HEADMASTERS series, and you never did! I waited months and months for a verdict which never came, and decided in the end the answer was “no”.

But, as I said, I’m back. The cause of my return is the return of someone else.. Megatron! I’m sure that with him back, the series will return to its old splendor and glory. First Optimus Prime, and now Megatron! The galaxy will never be the same again!

Dr. D
Garland, TX

Welcome back! Apologies to you and anyone else out there who’s been anxiously awaiting news of an unlimited HEADMASTERS series. With the Headmasters and Targetmasters now actively involved in the regular series, it’s unlikely they’ll be getting their own comic. The return of Megatron seems to have won approval across the board from Transformers fans, and believe us…that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as momentous happenings are concerned!

Dear Transmissions,

Have you heard the great news? Marvel has done it again with the return of its all time classic comic book -WHAT IF…? At last, another comic nearly equal in greatness to TRANSFORMERS. Think of the possibilities! Good old Uatu, The Watcher, might tell us stories of the Transformers on other Earths in parallel dimensions and answer such questions as: 1.) What if the Transformers never crashed on Earth four millions years ago? 2) What if Unicron turned someone else into Galvatron? 3) What if optimus prime never died? 4) What if Ratchet never found the Dinobots? 5) What if the Transformers crash-landed in another country? 6) What if Unicron battled Galactus? The ideas could go on and on. Think about it, guys…it would be fantastic!

Brian Jelinek
Sand Diego, CA

Let’s be honest, Brian, if the Transformers never crashed on Earth four million years ago, there wouldn’t have been much of a story to tell! That said, we might just be looking in on an alternate Earth Transformers future right here in about six or seven issues’ time. Intrigued? Then stay tuned…

Dear Transmissions,

so you want us to guess who’s coming “back from the dead,” eh? Well, I know for a fact that it will be Shockwave. And then, shortly after this, it’ll be Megatron. How do I know these things? Well, have you ever heard of Marvel Comics in London? They produce TRANSFORMERS there as well, and -here’s the catch, folks- they print stories we haven’t covered yet! Not only have Shockwave and Megatron reappeared over there, but they’ve covered the future ‘bots and ‘cons from 2005 onward. Now it wasn’t enough to have all the recent battles (they reprint our stories), with the vast number of wounded Transformers resulting from those, no -they have to go and (almost) end everything! You should have seen what they did to- no, that’d be spoiling it for readers over here who might get a chance to see these stories at some point. Keep up the good work and try to shed some light on the British TF comic, please.

Liane Elliot
Tacoma, WA

WRONG…about Shockwave, but RIGHT about his return in the UK continuity. You seem to be one of those fortunate readers who has access to both TRANSFORMERS US and UK stories -unlike our next letter writer…

Dear Transmissions,

I’m a loyal fan and reader of TRANSFORMERS, and though I consider the comic to be among the best being published at the moment, I feel the comic doesn’t seem to be complete. What I think you need is a supporting comic along the lines of G.I. JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS to fill this “Comic hold.” Maybe you should follow the advice of many loyal readers, Including myself, and organize a new book reprinting the Marvel UK transformers stories!

Rondald Kinion
Pasco, WA

Whey-hay! We’ve finally don it! A whole letters page with no letter supposedly from a transformer!

Dear Transmissions,

Hi, Jazz here-

Sorry, out of space! Ha, ha, ha!

My Thoughts On This Issue

Man oh man, a lot happened in this issue. A lot of world building and understanding of the Transformers race. This was a book well worth the cover price.

With each issue it seems as if Simon Furman is giving the characters their real voice. Or a voice that mimics what we have been seeing on the Transformers cartoon program. Grimlock and Jazz are really sounding like themselves in this issue, while Bumbleebee is showing signs of being a badass and not a bad leader either.

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The Keeper!

The Keeper is a really cool looking character. I kind of hate that he looks like he died in this issue. I would have liked to see more of him.

As the reader, we don’t get the full and complete back story of Primus and how he was created. The story cuts to other happenies while the keeper explains that part. But I don’t feel cheated because what we do get is Gold. IT’s a back story I like and really enjoy. It adds depth to the Transformers and I’m ready for the next issue.

We also see the art of Geoffire Senior in this issue. It’s different then Delbo’s art, It’s good. I don’t know if it’s better, but it’s quite good.

So what did you think of this issue? How do you like the back story of Primus, Gods, and Cybertron?

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Transformers Review Issue 60: Yesterday’s Heroes!

Welcome to issue 60. This has become a love / hate thing for me. I getting so interested in these stories, but with each issue I read, I’m am one step closer to the 80th and final issue of Transformers. I guess there is not much to do other that sit back an enjoy the ride. Issue 60 is just that. A ride with some new villains and a shaken Optimus Prime. Can the Autobots get their shit back together in time to stop the Decepticons? Will find out, but first lets check out this cover!

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Bludgeon, a sword welding samurai looking figure is taking up most of the cover as he leaps down to Grimlock, Jazz and Bumblebee. The Autobots all have looks of supersize and terror on their faces. The walls surrounding everyone feel like a generic computer. Though this scene does not happen in the comic book, its not too far removed from what happens within it’s pages. “Introducing: BLUDGEON!” is written across the top above the logo. On the right side of the Transformers logo we read, “They’re Back! Jazz! Grimlock! Bumblebee! The Classic Pretenders!” and “The Autobots have three great heroes…” is written midway down the page and is finished at the bottom with, “BUT NOT FOR LONG!”. Bludgeon’s sword is on top of the logo giving it a 3D feel, but leaves me wonder if anyone really buys into a sword being able to cause any kind of damage to a Transformer.

Transformers_issue60_coverThis comic starts off with a clearly depressed Optimus Prime on board the Ark listening to the ship’s computer going over all the recent dead Autobots. When Ratchet’s name is spoken Primes guilt boils over as he tries to make sense of what appears to be a loosing war with the Decepticons. The other Autobots on board the great ship are concerned over their leader’s current state of mind.

Transformers_issue60_logicalThings are going a bit better for the Autobot cause back on their home world of Cybertron where the Classic Pretenders, Rescue Patrol and Targetmasters have completed another successful fuel raid. Things are looking so good on Cybertron that several of these Autobots will be heading to earth to assist Optimus Prime.

The Autobots success does not go unnoticed by Decepticon leader Lord Thunderwing. He orders Stranglehold, Octopunch, and Bludgeon of the Mayhem Attack Squad to dispatch the Autobot Pretenders.

Transformers_issue60_thunderwingBy now the Ark has landed on the Moon near Earth. Optimus Prime exists the ship to go on a walk so he can feel sorry for himself. The other Autobots on the ship grow increasingly concerned over their leader’s current state of mind. Hot Rod hatches a plan to snap their leader out of his current funk. The plan involves a Mark V Guardian drown going crazy, requiring Optimus to save the day. Unfortunately for Hot Rod, The Mark V Guardian actually goes crazy.

Transformers_issue60_MarkVAt this point the Mayhem Attack Squad are tracking the signal from their irradiated fuel the Autobots stole to the Council Chambers where the Pretenders and Rescue Patrol are getting ready to use the Trans-time Dimensional Portal to Earth. The Attack Squad bust in to the chambers and both the Autobots and the Decepticons are transported through the portal to an unknown location.

Transformers_issue60_PortalBack on the Moon, somehow Hot Rod’s horrible plan to snap Optimus Prime out of his defeated state actually worked. Prime destroys the Guardian bot and in the end promises to continue the good fight.

Now, as a result of traveling through the Trans-time Dimensional Portal, the Autobots and Decepticons end up in an oddly familiar tunnel. At the end of this tunnel they find themselves staring right into the face of Primus.

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Transmission Letters This Issue

Dear Transmissions,

Transformers_issue60_TransMissionsTo all you poor souls trying to follow the Bumblebee/Goldbug confusion: just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it seems the action figure folks felt left out of the confusion created by the comic book folks and the cartoon folks, and decided to bring back Bumblebee-as a Pretender! Yes, it seems we now have Classic Pretenders, namely Grimlock, Jazz, Bumblebee and even the late Starscream (pretending to be dead? Let’s see you write THIS one in, Bob!)

Not to worry, though, because this Transformerite has untangled the whole twelve mile tangle of the Bumblebee/Goldbug storyline. In the beginning there was Bumblebee, and Autobot spy from the planet Cybertron. Approximately four million years later (after crash-landing on Earth), this canary yellow (inconspicuous color!) Autobot acquires a new vehicular mode-that of a Volkswagen bug )Does this guy have taste, or what?). A little later, Bumblebee gets his chips blown out bof him by those paramilitary punks known as G.I. JOE. Still no problem up to here, because –with Ratchet’s help –he’s re-built as Goldbug. Despite this change, he still transforms into a Volkswagen! Now comes the fun part.

You might have noticed that Goldbug hasn’t been fixed since Starscream blew the living you-know-what out of everybody Well, I reckon all the Goldbug data god wiped out, and to save his life, the mechanics have to revert him to Bumblebee –only the little feela’s not to happy about this, so they compromise by making him a Pretender. Then, sometime before the movie, his outer shell gets blown into cosmic dust, and he’s just plain ol’ canary yellow Bumblebee again. There you go! As for the twenty mile Optimus Prime mess… well, that’s next week, folks!

Natalie Frank
Novi, MI

Actually, as issue #59 shows, it was far more straightforward than that (he says, filching, ready for the hordes of outraged letters from baffled readers). It seems Ratchet was very really happy with his Goldbug design, and decided –when Megatron inadvertently game him the opportunity –to change him back to Bumblebee. These surgeons are just so fickle! As for the return of Starscream, veteran TRANSFORMERS writer Bob Budiansky smiled smugly and said to new writer Simon Furman, “You can sot THAT one out!”

Dear TransMissions,

I recently read TRANSFORMERS #50, and I can sum it up in one ward –AAAAAHHH! You killed Starscream! Now I know you have to bring him back when you introduce the new Pretender Classics, but even one issue without him is one too many. I have a question for you. Why don’t you try introducing characters faster? You are behind!

Chip Calhoun
Indianapolis, IN

Actually, as issue #59 shows, it was far more straightforward than that (he says, filching, ready for the hordes of outraged letters from baffled readers). It seems Ratchet was very really happy with his Goldbug design, and decided –when Megatron inadvertently game him the opportunity –to change him back to Bumblebee. These surgeons are just so fickle! As for the return of Starscream, veteran TRANSFORMERS writer Bob Budiansky smiled smugly and said to new writer Simon Furman, “You can sot THAT one out!”

Dear Transmissions,

I recently read Transformers #50, and I can sum it up in one word –AAAAAHHH! You killed Starscream! Now I know you have to bring him back when you introduce the new Pretender Classics, but even one issue without him is one too many. I have a question for you. Why don’t you try introducing characters faster? You are behind!

Chip Calhoun
Indianapolis, IN

We can sum up the answer to your question in one word –AAAAAAAAHH!

Dear Transmissions,

From day one I know that the Transformers concept was something really big and had unbelievable potential, and yet, many issues haven’t lived up to that potential, nor have they developed the characters as much as I would have liked. This isn’t your fault. When you sit down and think about it, how could it have been done better under the very limited circumstances (stuck on Earth, Decepticons need fuel , Autobots must stop Deceipticons, case closed). Now that the limited factors are gone, please consider my suggestions:

  1. Make the Decepticons menace much larger. Consider that there may be another galaxy, full of Autobots and Decepticons! Perhaps Cybertron was only a lost moon. If this is true, then consider the kind of awesome individual leading an entire galaxy of Decepticons!
  2. There must be alien worlds that want the Decepticons stopped. Perhaps they could give Earth the technology to protect itself properly against the Decepticons. Please have more battles on alien worlds!

Greg Fitch
TOM-120, Canada

We’re not entirely sure you’ve been fair in your somewhat dismissive appraisal of the Transformers story so far. At least two of your proposals would only make matters worse, based on your own criteria. Even given that the initial conflict was as cut and dried as you say. We’re talking only about the first four or so issues: since then , the series has moved all over this planet, out to Cybertron, and to several weird and wonderful worlds. As for introducing a new galaxy of Autobots and Decepticons, wouldn’t this just make the characterization you desire that much more difficult to fit in? As for aliens assisting Earth, as yourself: why? Unless their worlds were threatened, it’s doubtful they’d bother. Somehow it seems to be introducing extra elements for their own sake. The story is about the Transformers, first and foremost. That said, though, if it’s battles on alien worlds you’re looking for, the aforementioned “Matrix Quest” has plenty

Dear Transmissions

  1. What happened to G.B. Blackrock? We haven’t heen him since issue #31
  2. What issue will feature the Pretender Classics and the Pretender monsters?
  3. On the Marvel Universe poster, how come there were no Transformers in evidence?
  4. How long will the Transformers saga last?

Andy Luke
Manteca, Co

Lessee now… 1. G.B. Blackrock’s still around, no doubt enjoying not being involved in the Transformers war quite so much. Don’t forget, he’s a businessman first and foremost, with a thriving company to look ater. 2. The Pretender Classics have made their debut, and the monsters will turn up at some point. 3. Can you imagine how big the poster would have to be?! 4. At least until the year 2005!

Hey, whatdaya know? We got through a whole letters page without one of those “Letters from a Transformer”!

Dear Marvel guys,

You are merciless! What were you trying to prove when you let the First One chop off my head in issue #53? You wanted a few laughs, is that it? I’m going into major surgery tomorrow because of this. You never fully repaired me! Who do you think you’re dealing with? I have rights too! Haven’t you ever heard of Autobots’ lib? I’m quitting as soon as my contract runs out! Well, I might reconsider if you give me a stunt double.

Cloudburts
Space.

Sight…

My Thoughts On This Issue

I feel like the cover is the best render, in this whole issue, of Bludgeon. And we’re not even seeing his front side. So it kind of makes for a kool cover, but I was kind of bummed out over the other drawings of him in this book.

In general we have a good story here. I could have gone without Optimus Prime having a pity party for himself. For now, I’m going to blame that on the fact this is Powermaster Prime and not my Optimus Prime.

I am quite interested in how Simon Furmon is going to handle God and Religion in this comic going forward. He must have through it out or he would not have brought it up. It will be interesting to see in the coming issues.

For the first time ever, I find myself more interested in whats going on with the Autobots on Cybertron than on earth. Mostly because Prime is being such an emotional wreck and not how I know Prime to be. It’s so out of character from my point of view that all the pages with him just pulled me out of the story to ask; What the fuck?

So, I want what you all thought of this issue? What did you like? What did you hate?

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