Transformers Review ISsue 75: On the Edge of Extinction!

Transformers issue 75 is here and twice as big as normal. Got love the extra content. Especially when it has such a great writer behind it. So lets find out what happens when Unicron reaches Cybertron. But first, lets check out this cover!

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Taking up most of the cover is the face of Unicron as he is holding up the planet Cybertron and pours out our main cast of Transformers directly into his mouth. The image should convey a sense of defeat and hopelessness, but some how I don’t get that. The story inside does that exceedingly well, just not the cover. Written on the cover above the logo, “Double-Sized All-Out action anniversary Issue.” Along with, “The End?! …Or The Beginning?” which gives one holding the cover some hope about the plight of the Transformers.

Transformers_issue75_coverWe open up issue 75 with Transformers fleeing for their lives as Unicron begins to claw at the planet ripping it apart. Unicron then begins to eat handfuls of the planet and comments on how good it tastes.

Transformers_issue75_UnicronXaaron, pleads with Powermaster Optimus Prime and Scorponok to calm their troops and bring them together to battle Unicron. Even Xaaron himself puts up a fight and for a moment confuses Unicron, only to be killed by him in the end.

Transformers_issue75_XaaronGalvatron, who believes like Primus that the only way to bring down Unicron is if everyone is united, must provide some inspiration for the Transformers. At full power he attacks Unicron, but is batted away like a fly. But this does provide the inspiration needed and soon the whole planet of Cybertron is fighting against Unicron. Here, Scorponok makes his last stand. The Neo-Knights also get involved, thought Circuit Breaker remains in shock.

Transformers_issue75_GalvatronThe battle doesn’t it look good. It never did. But backup arrives with the Ark and the Autobots onboard revived by the Nucleon. Grimlock uses the ship in away to punch Unicron across the face.

Transformers_issue75_ArkThis whole time Powermaster Optimus Prime has been struggling to keep his Powermaster bond from coming apart. Asking, begging, to hold out just a little bit longer. Suddenly the Creation Matrix Arrives with Thunderwing. Together they confront Unicron, but Thunderwing is torn apart.

Transformers_issue75_MatrixUnicron Transforms into his planet mode and readies to eat Cybertron. Then Unicron is blasted by Circuit Breaker, who is so enraged that she pours every last bit of energy she has into the blast. This allows Optimus Prime enough time to get the Matrix and together he flies into the mouth of the planet. Unicron is overtaken and explodes.

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Sometime later, after the battle, Battletrap and runabout are on Cybertron. Runabout goes to Check out some movement he sees int he shadows and is quickly pulled underground by a claw. HI-Q sees the bot devoured.

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My Thoughts On This Issue

My god this was a good issue. A heavy issue. A deep issue. For sure it was worth the cover price then and worth the current going price now. No doubt.

Starting with the cover, I can’t figure out what the anniversary is they are referring to. Maybe someone out there reading this can clue me in, but it seems like it should have been called something like, “75th issue spectacular.”

From page one, I got lost in this story. What I mean by that is that I forgot I was reading a comic book and I was just totally absorbed into the goings on within. Not since the ‘Man of Iron‘ story line have I been this captivated by a Transformers story.

Something my review does not speak to is the total and absolute disrepair and hopelessness I felt as a reader as a result of the Transformers facing such a monolithic opponent . With all the scenes of Unicron ripping into and eating the helpless planet of Cybertron, the heartless killing of so many helpless Transformers. The scene where the most logical of Transformers, Shockwave says, “I am 100% certain that Cybertron, and every Transformer on it, is doomed!” hit me gut wrenchingly hard. I knew that this issue would change everything.

Transformers_issue75_ShockwaveEven the death of Scorponok hit me hard. I was not expecting that for one moment. I was not expecting to be so touched by it. This issue was just filled with heartache. I tip my hat to you, Simon Furman. You got me to care about characters I originally didn’t.

Transformers_issue75_ScorponokI can’t help but think that during the writing of this issue, Simon Furman must have known that the comic was going to be canceled. Maybe I’m wrong here. It just seems like with so many deaths and so many Transformers coming back in one issue,it feels like he is getting ready to wrap this up. As a reader in the 80s, they might have been clueless to this. But as a reader now, its fun to guess when Simon Furman might have know the end was coming.

Marvel’s Transformers comic could have ended here, and I would be okay with that. But, lucky for us we still have a few more issues. So what did you think of issue 75? Do you have any insight I might not have? I’m going crazy wondering what’s going to happen next.

Transmission Letters This Issue.

Transformers_75_TransMissionsDear Transmissions,

Fanstastic! Superb! Chilling! Passionate! Frightening! TRANSFORMERS #72 was out of this world! I kept nagging the owner of my local comic store to find out when this issue was coming out, and i’m glad I did. This story has reached a new high – Decepticons vs, Deception, Optimus Prime finally getting some backbone! Top-notch work! The art-work, the story, they’re by far the absolute best i’ve seen in these pages. I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what will happen next! I actually felt the intense closeness of the sewer way when Galvatron was chasing Xaaron. I felt like a cornered fox! Top-notch again! If there was an emmy for comics, TRANSFORMERS would deserve it. I’m excited about what the Dinobots will do, what galvatron will do, what Prime will do, what Unicron will do, and what I’m going to do to pass the time until next month! The big #75 is comic up, and I have a feeling it’s going to kick some tail! I want it now! I know I sound hyper and I am! I can’t wait to find out what this will all lead to! to heck with Twin Peaks; Everyone should read this series.

Ken Sapp, Jr.

Dale City, VA

We agree totally, but we’re afraid this letter definitely merits a loud “Nurse the screens!”

Dear Transmissions,

I just have one question I need answered, and I hope you can answer it. My question is this – is issue #75 going to be the last issue of TRANSFORMERS? The reason I ask is that a friend of mine told me that Nth Man, G.I. Joe and TRANSFORMERS were soon to be canceled due to lack of sales. At first I didn’t believe hime, but now that Nth Man is gone, I’m a bit worried. I certainly hope this is not so, as over the last two years TRANSFORMERS has become my favorite book, and I will miss it al to if it goes.

Antonio Hall

Caruthersville, MO

Okay, We’re not going to pull any punches with this answer. First off, no – issue #75 is NOT the last issue of TRANSFORMERS. If we have our way, it will reach and pass #200! But, and it’s a big but, our position is beginning to look on the slightly shaky side. We’ve done pretty mcyh all we can on our end, making the stories better and giving you a great regular art team, so the rest is up to you! Get your friends to start reading the book, and badger your local comic shop to stock TRANSFORMERS if it doesn’t already. Basically, get people to see all the good things happening here, and we’ll be around for a few years yet!

Dear Transmissions,

God, Shockwave is a boring old twit, isn’t he? Scorponok was right; the job of leading the Decepticons needs fire and spirit. It hardly bears thinking about, but if Shockwave became Decepticon leader he might actually get something done! All things considered though, I’d rather see a Decepticon leader who’s a bit uncertain about whether he’s doing the right thing or not than some megaprocessing clod who can’t sen feel the most basic of emotions – anger! Interesting side plot developing here with Galvatron and Xaaron in Cybertron’s sewer system; I’d love to see this one given some more space. I’m sure we’ll see this tied up in issue #75 (Gack! Please don’t kill everyone!). Speaking of Primus, I was thinking (Shocker, eh?) that for the pomposity afforded him, he really has been a rotten god. What a deadly inheritance he’s left his children – forcing them to pick up the task of destroying Unicron, in effect discharging his own personal responsibility in the matter. It also seems odd to me that while Unicron is a totally evil creature, he always seems to do a little good through his actions. In #67, he gave the Auobots the chance they needed to fight back by taking Galvatron, and in the movie his assault on Decepticon-controlled Cybertron allowed the Autobots to retake their home world. Is this some statement about the inseparability of good and evil? The tension’s building-and we only have three issues till it snaps!

The Muse of Mecha

Portland, Or

Do our visual receptors lie, or is this an intellectual letter on the Transmissions page? Whatever next?! Seriously thought, O Muse of Mecha (shame about the name!), you do raise some interesting points. The Decepticons really do start to “get things done” after the Unicron war, but under whose leadership? You’ll have to wait and see! As for Primus, we hope you now see that his actions were well intentioned (in a goodish sort of way), and that the Transformers were created not to carry the buck for him, but to carry on after him. As for Unicron doing some good, we feel this is completely unintentional on his part! By the way, have you snapped yet?

Dear Transmissions,

I’m a twenty-year-old TRANSFORMERS fan and have been following the comic since way back in 1984. I really like the Wildman/Baskervill art, and Simon Furman is doing an outstanding job with the scripting. I thought TRANSFORMERS # 72 was pretty good, but will Scorponok and Shockwave put aside their differences now that the Neo-Knights have entered the battle? The Neo-Knights are the first super hero team to debut in the TRANSFORMERS comic and I think they are MARVELous! Will they get their own series? By the way, the cover of #72 was awesome!

Jeff Steele

Jackson, MS

Dear Transmissions,

TRANSFORMERS #72 was incredible! Shockwave, Starscream, and Ravage are three of my favorite characters. Please do not kill them again. The Neo-Knights are HOT! I never much liked mutants, but I love ‘em in TRANSFORMERS. It’s always good to see Circuit Breaker back. Simon Furman is becoming one of my favorite writers, and Andrew Wildman is the best artist TRANSFORMERS has ever had and probably ever will! So until Unicron double dates with Galactus, make mine Marvel!

Ed Ball

Columbus, GA

Wow! Two “thumbs up votes for the New0Knights in one batch of letters! Actually, judging by the way we’ve read, several of you are beginning to war to our resident robot hunters. The actual name, Neo-Knights, has gotten a cold to indifferent reception since we asked your opinion, so here’ what you can do. Now that you’ve seen them in action, jot down a new name for the team and send it in to Transmissions. If we actually use the name you suggest (no promises here; we might just decide to stick with the Neo-Knights tag)m we’ll send you a copy of the Death’s Head graphic novel, “The Body in Question” (by Furman and Senior) by way of a thank you!

Dear Transmissions,

I LOVE TRANSFORMERS< so you can just tell Rob Tokar (issue #70 to stick his head (and his opinions) in Galvatron’s particle cannon (preferably when Galvatron is in a bad mood!).

Tanya Dean

N.S.W., Australia

It was a joke. Y’know, Rob Tokar, editor of TRANSFORMERS, writing in and saying he hated….sigh!

Dear Transmisisons,

The reason i stopped buying TRANSFORMERS was the art! Yuck! Nothing personal, but I stopped reading until I saw issue #70! Andrew Wildman is WID! I tell you, I love that man, that man answered my prayers! He gave TRANSFORMERS a whole new meaning, Actually, I love the whole creative team: Simon, Andrew, Stephen, Rick, Nel, Rob and Tom (well maybe not Tom!). Hoping you like my drawing!

Eric Allard

Quebec, G2e 1T4

We liked it, and here it is. But will Tom like it?! (check it out!>>)

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YOSHICAST #007: Coming To America

Thanks for checking out episode #006 of the YOSHICAST! If you want to comment on what you’ve heard on this episode please send an e-mail, leave a comment below, Facebook me, or call me up and leave a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you. (360) 610-7047.

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On this episode of the YoshiCast, Yoshi has one last conversation with Bo and Isaac in Juneau talking about all he will miss and not miss about Alaska. Then after the move Yoshi calls up Bo to talk with him about living in America and all the changes.

Show Notes:

  • Driving Around With Bo: 00:00:00
  • Driving Around With Isaac: 00:40:52
  • Skyping with Bo From America: 00:59:00

A Look Back At ‘As Good As Dead’

It’s been 20 years since Local H released their break out album, ‘As Good As Dead‘. The band is in the middle of tour to celebrate ‘As Good As Dead’. Even bringing back their original drummer, Joe Daniels. With a little luck I hope to see them when they come to Portland or Seattle.

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I was recently asked to share some thoughts on the 20 year old record because I’m the keeper of the Local H fan site, TheHCorner.com. A website that has changed hands from one fan to another over the years. Currently, I have the honor of hosting it.

YOSHICAST #006: Batman V Superman Review

Thanks for checking out episode #006 of the YOSHICAST! If you want to comment on what you’ve heard on this episode please send an e-mail, leave a comment, Facebook me, or call me up and leave a voice mail. I’d love to hear from you. (360) 610-7047.

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On this episode of the YoshiCast we review Batman Vs. Superman. Yoshi, along with Bo, Kathleen, and Isaac drive around Juneau, Alaska discussing the highs and lows of DC’s latest superhero block buster effort.

Show Notes:

  • Listen. Just listen.

Transformers Review Issue 74: The Void!

Issue 74, the Void!. I have experienced such a build up to the promise of an epic battle in the last few issues. Will I get my pay off with issue 74? We’ll find out, but first lets check out this cover art!

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Side-by-side, on the cover of issue 74 we find Powermaster Optimus Prime and Scorponok fighting a group of robots wearing Unicron masks. The cover even reads, “Optimus Prime and Scorponok Side-By-Side Against the hordes of Unicron!” The Autobot and Decepticon look battle damaged. Might be do to the battles they have been involved with during the last few issues. The cover doesn’t blow me away. Maybe it’s because Powermaster Prime is on the cover. Maybe it’s because the other bots that they are fighting don’t resemble any Transformers I’ve seen so far. I’m not sure. So lets jump into this issue and find out what the hell is going on.

Transformers_issue74_coverThe issue starts off with the retelling of the origins of the Transformers. The story told through Emirate Xaaron while under control by Primus. Though, not all gathered who are listening to this tail are pleased.

Transformers_issue74_XaaronThe story then cuts to the Ark. The Dinobots have returned to find the ship empty and no Transformers left on Earth. Grimlock gives the order to pump Nuclean into the stasis pods in an effort to revive the fallen bots. The effort is rushed and the Dinobots fail to see that Megatron is among those in the pods.

Transformers_issue74_PodsNow back on Cybertron, G.B. Blackrock asks Optimus Prime to have Primus return him and the Neo-Knights back to earth because Circuit Breaker can’t mentally handle being surrounded by all these Transformers.

Transformers_issue74_GB_BlackrockIn the next scene we learn that Unicron has assembled a group of mind-controled Transformers with the intent of bringing death to Opimus Prime as he has been chosen to lead the battle against the planet sized bot.

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Scorponok confides in Optimus Prime that he is afraid of dying. Prime is in agreement with Scorponok, and also expresses his concerns over Primus. Above all of that Prime still will face death honorably, like an Autobot should. While the two leaders talk they are attacked by the mind controlled Unicron Transformers.

Transformers_issue74_fearDuring the fight, Scorponok realizes that the Unicron followers are only interested in fighting Optimus Prime. He then enters the fray and saves Prime’s life. One Unicron controled minion, readies a grenade for Optimus Prime that will surly kill him. Just as he is about to lob it, Galvatron steps in and stops him, then signals for help.Transformers_issue74_GalvatronAutobots and Decepticons arrive to help and the battle turns for the better. That is until Unicron arrives.

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Elsewhere in the galaxy, The Creation Matrix has repaired Thunderwing and is now out for revenge.

My Thoughts On This Issue

So, maybe I missed something in the last issue, but the thing that caught me off guard here was that the Neo-Knights arrived with the Transformers on Cybertron. Why? That makes no sense to me. Their presences didn’t mess up the story. I just can’t understand why they are are there.

Clearly Prime is suspicious of Xaaron and Primus. It reminds me of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, where Kirk starts questioning God.

Galvatron’s motives in this issue, as they have been, are purely selfish. I feel like he is playing the role of chess master, while he moves all the other characters into position.

Nevertheless, I’m dying to find out what happens next. But before I get to issue 75, I would love to hear what you all thought of this issue. Leave me a comment and lets talk about this issue.

Transmission Letters This Issue.

TransMissions_74Dear Transmissions,

TRANSFORMERS #70 was by far one of the best issues ever! I still can’t get over the artwork. Please, please, PLEASE keep Wildman and Baskerville on this book! At last, the Transformers are getting the detail and action they deserve. Thank you for an excellent issue!

Shaun Jackson
Albuquerque, NM

Dear Transmissions,

To me, Andrew Wildman and Stephen Baskerville are by far the best artistic team in the comic field today!

Vincent Trisant
Yonkers, NY

Dear Transmissions,

I can’t believe anyone could dislike Andy Wildman’s artwork. Okay, I was a bit nonplussed at his debut, but I love it now, especially when he is paired with such talent as Stephen Baskerville, Ol’ Steve can draw excellent Transformers in his own right, and the two together are a knockout! This book has never been better!

Sir Jon Johnson
Portland, CT

And so it went. We always strive to present a balanced picture of your views on this page (if the majority verdict is negative, we’ll print a majority of negative views and vice versa), but this is one instance where we really couldn’t find a letter to offset the praise. No one had a bad word to say about our new regular art team, and we can’t say we were surprised.

Dear Transmissions,

I really liked issue #71. Who’d a’ thought the Autobots would ever surrender? Let’s just hope this turns out for the best! Keep Simon and the wild person as your writer/artist team. They’re the best! I’ve a few questions: 1. Optimus Prime has a sudden pain in his gut and issue or three back. Will we ever find out what it was? 2. Will Meggie and Ratchet be separated soon? 3.  Will you gather the new Transformers Universe entries into a collected volume? There’s a lot of people out here who’d dearly love to see it done. 4. Will Circuit Breaker ever settle down and marry a Macintosh computer?

J. Phillips

Simon and ‘that wild person’ (actually, he’s not that wild) will be staying on the book for the foreseeable future, so relax. As for the questions…1. Yes 2. Yes. 3. No 4. !!! Yes, you guessed it, it’s the dreaded return of TRUNIP (the Totally Unhelpful Replies, News and Information Program).

Dear Transmissions,

I am writing to your book in an attempt to win a No-Prize. It concerns Shockwave’s undersea headquarters. In issue #71 Mindwipe questions Shockwave, asking him where he has been and how he got this ship. Well I have an answer to that question. Remember way back in issue #1, when Megatron and his army attacked the ark after it had cleared a path for Cybertron through the asteriod field? We know they left Shockwave abord thir craft and that later he went down to Earth (where he met the Dinobots). It is logical that Shockwave would have hidden the Decepticon spacecraft, remote landing it somewhere it would go unnoticed-a contingency plan against possible disasters. Where better to hide it than on the ocean floor? So does this qualify for a No-Prise? Oh yeah, stick with Andy for the art, you’ve got a winner!

Dave Rhodes
Eria, PA

What would you like first, the good news or the bad news? The good? Okay. Well, the good news is that your explanation is pretty much spot on. The bad news is that this doesn’t qualify you for a No-Prize. The essence of the No-Prize is that you find a mistake or continuity glitch and then eplain it away. All you have done here is read our writer’s mind (what there is of it!) Still, well done anyway!

Dear Transmissions,

Or, more appropriately…

Dear Autobots: enought, ENOUGH! You miserable, self-righteous, self-preserving mecho-bunglers make me sick! I can barely forgive all the pressures you’ve put on Optimus Prime due to your lack of intelligence. If you had half a brain chip between you, Prime’s job could be made a lot easier. He might be able to devote more time to planning strategy if he didn’t have to spend so much time telling you to eat up your energon and come in out of the rain. You have the greatest entity in the Universe as your leader and you shun him! For millions of years he’s led the fight against the Decepticons without any sort of reprieve, always protecting life, always protecting you! He’s suffered more than the rest of the Autobot race combined! So what do you do when he tries to save you all from Unicron? You turn on him like Starscream might! you have no faith in your leader and no loyalty. You’re worse than the Decepticons; at least they’re not hypocrites! You discust me! I’m so sorry that Optimus is duty bound to take care of you-he deserves much better!

Shannon M. Haddad
Oceanside, CA

Erm…it’s just a comic, you know! Nurse, the screens!

Dear Transmissions,

I just finished reading TRANSFORMERS #70. At the end you said Ratchet could be repaired but this would mean repairing Megatron too. I don’t care! You can’t kill Ratchet, not after all he’s been through! In issue #5 he was the last Autobot left active and had to battle Megatron himself. In issue #26 he had to go up again the Mechanic and then in issue #56 he had to single-handedly try to reactive all the scrapped Autobots, before being captured by Megatron and forced to battle him again! And then you bring him back-fused together with Megatron! Why am I starting to get the feeling you don’t like Ratchet?

Hey, we like Ratchet! he’s just, y’know… a good target! Life’s like that sometimes!

Dear Transmissions,

RE: Issue #69 – 71 – AAAAAAAAAA! These have been the best issues to date. Awesome, stupendous (let me check my thesaurus), Nonpareil, prodigious and splendid! I absolutely adored these issues. Simon, you truly can write a story, and if Andy ‘Wild’ Wildman is not the permanent artist I’ll … Drink some of that nucleon stuff! And I thought Jose and Geoff were talented! Issue #69 finally showed us what Autobot leisure time is like, and there was some terrific character development to boot! In issue #70 (third frame of page 2) there was a touching scene where the mutilated Ratchet touches Prime’s mouth and his reflection is seen in Prime’s eyes. The extremely detailed backgrounds and characters are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Recheck page 8, second frame- this is art! Issue #71 was great as well. I thought the flashback in the beginning was very effective. Galvatron is as crazed as ever and Shockwave’s renegade Decepticons are great!

Andrew Frankel

Nonpareil? Yep, you definitely win this issue’s Hyperbole Aware with that. Nice one!

Dear Transmissions,

I think that Nel Yomtov deserves a medal of some sort. He’s been on the book since day one! Geez, Doesn’t this guy have a home to go to?

Rory, Grennan
Stillman Valley, IL

Why yes, Nel has a perfectly lovely cardboard box on the sidewalk outside the Marvel offices. Hey, we treat our freelancers well at Marvel!

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