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Transformers Review Issue 48: The Flames of Boltax!

The second part of the Underbase Saga begins with, ‘The Flames of Boltax’.

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We have a cover with issue 48 that feels very toony. It’s not actually bad. It’s just a different style then I am used to seeing. The faces are showing emotions and expressions that I don’t think we have seen on any of the Transformers before. Megatron, who has not been seen since issue 25, stands over a fallen Optimus Prime who has been shot down by Megatron’s still smoking fusion cannon. Behind them stand the Triggercons. Just beneath the Transformers logo reads, “The Return of Megatron and the end of Otimus Prime?!?” Like a lot of covers for the Transformers, this is another one to put in the misleading pile.

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We open up to a scene of Buster Witwicky being chased by alien creatures across an alien world. After taking a laser blast to the chest that does not kill him the world around him dissolves reveling Ratbat. It turns out that Buster was running around within a full-sensory holographic projection system called Realvision. Buster was being unwittingly used to test it out. With the testing complete, Starscream announces that the system is now ready to review the Autobot tapes. This statement catches Busters attention, but Ratbat has the human sent back to his holding cell.

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With Buster gone, Ratbat and Starscream fire up the Realvision system and soon find that they are being shown a holographic projection of their home world of Cybertron four million years ago at the cusp of the Cybertronian Civil war. It is here they witness the Triggerbots, a then, Lieutenant Commander Optimus Prime traveling in alt mode to High Circuitmaster Boltax. Prime hopes that Boltax’s vast knowledge of many things will help end the war before it escalates any more. The group of Autobots preserver through several traps on their mission while being completely unaware of Megatron and the Triggercons or observing their actions.

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Back in his cell, Buster escapes through an air shaft to learn more about the Autobot Tapes.

Returning to Ratbat and Starscream, we no observe Optimus Prime and Triggerbots reach the Temple of Knowledge. Optimus Prime is allowed to pass through to Boltax, but only alone. The Circuitmaster himself does not offer Optimus Prime any real help, but does instruct him to seek out what he is looking for inside the Underbase. It is learned that each Transformer carries a DATAbase within each other. The Underbase is said to be a collection of knowledge that UNDERLies all dataBASEs.

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As Optimus Prime subjects himself to the lights of the Underbase, Buster enters just in time to see Megatron Blast his way in through Boltax and the disciples. When Optimus Prime is confronted by Megatron, he tells him that the knowledge and power of the Underbase is too much for any one being to possess. Not caring, Megatron coldly blasts Optimus Prime before heading to the Underbase. Though Injured, Optimus Prime manages to manipulate the temple’s controls and launches the Underbase into space to prevent Megatron from claiming it.

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The Realvision session ends as Ratbat and Starscream review what they’ve learned. The Underbase is not at all a myth as has been the normal thinking. Soundwave discovers that the tapes also hold course calculations that reveal that the Underbase will be passing through Earth’s solar system with in a week. Quickly the Decepticons get to work on how they will capture the Underbase.

Buster, having overheard just about everything, sneaks off in an attempt to warn the Autobots but is discovered by the Decepticons.

My Thoughts On This Issue

It’s a solid issue. It was nice to see Megatron again even if it was just a flash back. He was rendered fairly well. One of the coolest parts was seeing Optimus Prime’s alt mode back on Cybertron four millions years ago. However, I don’t believe this matches up with the first issue and how Prime was rendered.

The issue almost feels like a reunion seeing Starscream, Megatron and Optimus Prime all in one issue again.

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Transformers Review Issue 47: Club Con!

Welcome to issue 47 and the start of the Underbase Saga! I have no idea what to expect here, but I am hopeful as the last issue has a decent story. So lets get right to it and check out this cover art. Which, even though it is pretty awesome, I am worried as the Transformer on display is new.

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The cover shows of a wonderfully rendered Jesse swimming away from a Seacon, Overbite. Overbite is displaying not only his sharp teeth, but also the mechanical workings inside of his large mouth. The green color of the water in the background helps our lovingly rendered Jesse pop from the page. To a slightly lesser extent the same pop is happening with Overbite. Over all we have an exciting cover here that loses some energy by not having a Transformer anyone is really familiar with.

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Optimus Prime, looking like a Powermaster (for fuck sake), and the Autobots are watching Television commercial for Club Con. A resort for humans serviced by Decepticons. The Autobots believe the Decepticons are using their base as a place for humans to vacation to knowing the Autobots wont attack and risk human lives. So the Autobots are left wondering what the Decepticons true plan here is. After seeing an image of Buster Witwicky flash on the screen they are even more curious.

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Advancing a little bit to Portland, Oregon where Sparkplug Witwicky is working on Jesse’s car. Sparkplug is worried about his son, buster who has been missing for some time now.  Blaster, who continues to be the same badass he always has been, arrives and shares his Autobot plan to sneak into Club Con. But he needs help from A human to get him inside. After a short argument between Jesse and Sparkplug, Jesse ends up taking blaster to the resort for his mission.

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Inside the Decepticon tower that resides just below the surface of Club Con, Ratbat awaits the findings of the latest Decepticon mission that was issued to him from High Command on Cybertron.

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Jesse and Blaster, in his boombox alt mode, arrive at Club Con and are greeted by Starscream. Once on the beach, Jesse takes off for the ocean water leaving Blaster to do his surveillance work. Jesse swims beyond the safety buoys and runs into some Seacons. She secretly watches as they enter the tower underneath the island result. Jesse returns to the beach to get Blaster and show him her findings.

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Inside the Decepticon fortress, Jesse discovers a human sized door and enters it believing it might be where Buster is. Jesse’s hunch was right and the two are reunited. Buster tells to both Jesse and Blaster what he has overheard from the Decepitcons regarding their plan.  Several hundred years ago, the Autobots of Cybertron sent two mini cassettes to Earth with valuable encoded information. However, the space craft the cassettes where in became damaged before landing and the two cassettes ended up inside of a pirate’s treasure chest. The pirate ship the test was on ended up sinking in the middle of the open ocean. Ratbat was ordered by the Deceptocons of Cybertron to retrieve these cassettes believing that the information within them is highly valuable. Club Con was just setup to provide cover for the Decepticon salvage operation.

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The group realizes that they can’t free Buster without reveling  themselves. Blaster promises to return when he can. Leaving the fortress, Blaster and Jesse spot the Seacons returning from a successful operation with a treasure chest in their possession. Against Blasters advice Jesse sneaks her way close enough to swipe the cassettes from the Deceptocons. When they finally notice the tapes are missing, Ratbat discovers human footprints on the ground and sends the Seacons out to find the thieves.

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Back on the beach, Jesse wants to leave Club Con as soon as possible, but the Seacons emerge from the ocean and begin attacking the crowd to find the missing cassettes. Blaster transformers into bot mode to protect the humans. With six against one, it’s not a fare fight. Blaster spits the tapes back into the ocean, distracting the Seacons, he is able to take his alt mode shape and hide. Jesse and Blaster leave, promising to return for Buster. Blaster is aware of the information on the cassettes as well. So, he is not leaving completely empty handed.

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My Thoughts On This Issue

I’m going to say it again. It’s a beautiful cover. I just wish I cared about the bot on it. That’s the only thing I think that is hurting an otherwise really nice cover peace.

Optimus Prime is in this issue if only for a few panels and I was immediately disappointed to see him in his Powermaster form. How can Marvel, Hasrbo and everyone else how is being paid to make these kind of decisions for the story be so off base with their readers?

Blaster is still a bad ass. There is a part in the comic where he is sparing off with several Autobots in a danger room like environment. I went from Disappointment, after seeing Optimus Prime, to over joyed in seeing someone in the comic act and talk how I expect him to. It really made up for a lot.

It’s a solid story with Jesse being quite a heroine this issue. It brought a smile to my face to see a her kicking ass and taking charge to get shit done. Good on her.

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Emerald City Comic Con 2014

Prior to attending the Emerald City Comic Convection (ECCC), I had never been to a comic book convention before. Sure, I’ve attended the Penney Arcade Expo (PAX) the past few years. I even once attended MacWorld Expo back in the hight of the Steve Jobs era. But never once, in all my comic book collecting years, had I been to a comic convection. In recent years I’ve discovered renewed interest in collecting and reading old Transformers comics. I decided that it was time to change that and attend my very first comic convention.

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ECCC, if the name hasn’t given it away yet, takes place in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center. A place I have become familiar with having attended PAX in the past. The experience of attending PAX, my wife and I have a pretty solid routine down when it comes to traveling to Seattle and getting to the convention center. Will get on our two hour flight from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington. From SeaTac will hop onto the Link Light Rail System and for less than four bucks will travel down to the heart of Seattle where we’ll take a very short walk from the train station to our hotel. Generally we try to arrive a day before the start of the event and leave the day after the end of the event. We just find it helps make traveling a lot less stressful by doing it this way.

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Now that ECCC is over and I have had a few days to processes the whole experience. I would say that out of the two other conventions I have attended in the past that ECCC is more like MacWorld than like PAX. The biggest thing being how polite I found all the other attendees to be. I was honestly shocked by this. An example of this would be that if anyone ever bumped into me it was always followed with a sincere apology. In a lot of ways this made sense to me. I mean a lot of people attend comic book conventions to buy rare and expensive comics. You honestly never know if the guy you accidentally bumped into is holding a CGC graded, four thousand dollar copy of Tales of Suspense number 39 featuring the first appearance of Iron Man.

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This actually happened to me at one point. While loading up into the elevator that would take me to my hotel room, I ran into a guy who had just bought a four thousand dollar copy of CGC graded Tales of Suspense number 39 and he was kind enough to let me hold it for a moment.

The next thing I noticed that made ECCC feel more like MacWorld than PAX was all of the booths that where setup to sell you comics. And not just comics. They had booths that would sell you protector cases for your newly purchased comics. PAX is more of an event for developers to allow the public to test out betas of games they are working on. There are the couple of booths where you can buy games and shirts and what not, but most of the even is centered around games that are not out yet announcements of games that are in early development.

As I walked around the show floor I discovered booths that would sell you posters of your favorite comic book covers. They had booths setup to sell you vintage action figures, T-Shirts, vintage board games and magazines. There was honestly a little bit of something for everyone at ECCC.

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The show floor also had a section for comic book artists where you could go meet your favorite artist and have them sign your comic book or even do a quick drawing for you. They had major artists from comic book companies as well as artists from web comics and even artists who where just starting out. There was a pretty diverse group of talent at the convention.

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Unlike Macworld, the ECCC floor was littered with Cosplayers. You couldn’t look in any direction without seeing someone dressed up as Supergirl, Aquaman, Batman, Harley Quinn, Spiderman, Deadpool or Red Dwarf. There was even a super sweet older couple dressed up as Popeye and Olive Oyl.

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After three days of walking around the convention center I left with a handful of comics, action figures and art. The whole thing was a lot to take in and looking back I can see how I might have been able to plan things in away that would have allowed me to pick up a few more items. As it is, I am pretty happy with my haul and made a ton of memories I wont soon forget.

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If you are interested finding out more about how ECCC went and the items I brought back home with me check out the Transmissions Podcast. As soon as my vacation is over and I get back to recording the show, I will get into some more detail about the whole experience as well as the items I picked up.

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Transformers Review Issue 46: Ca$h and Car-nage!

With issue 46 we are introduced to new villains and bots. The human race as some new tech to interfere with the Transformers, but are the smart enough to use it wisely? Its hard to know as much examples of the humans, especially from the military standpoint, have been that they are all control hungry. Lets find out what happens, but first how about this cover eh?

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What we have here is a terrible cover. I hate saying it, but it’s true. We have a fairly well drawn muscle motorcycle man excluded by a poorly drawn and poorly colors Transformer. And mostly just the legs and lower torso of said Transformer. The actual background of black and white lines messes with my rods and cones. It’s pretty disappointing after how great the cover was for the last issue. “The Sparkabots battle the Roadjammers!” is written in a bubble on the lower part of the cover.

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In issue 46 we are introduced to several bounty hunter types through a series of pages that peek into their current lives. Burn-Out, Randy “Roadhog” Hortan, Skunge and Felix. These four bounty hunters meet up in New York City at the location of the Z Foundation’s National offices to meet with Mr. K, Mr. B and Mr. L. It is explained to the bounty hunters that the founder, Mr. Z created this foundation to eliminate the threat that all Transformers pose to Earth. Each man is offered $50,000 for any Transformer they bring in. They are also given a special tool called “Jammers” which can be used to neutralize a Transformer. The bounty hunters, as a group, are given the name Roadjammers, and set out to find Transformers.

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Our story cuts to the planet of Cybertron. We see Decepticon captured Autobots awaiting their execution when the Firecons arrive and take three of the Autobots to the space bridge. Fizzle, Sizzle and Backstreet are sent across the Space Bridge and to earth. Not far from New York city.

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Shortly after arriving on Earth, the Autobots are pursued by the Roadjammers who manage to quickly neutralized. But some of the Roadjammers are bothered by what the Autobots where trying to say to them prior to being neutralized. Like, how did the Z Foundation know where to send the Roadjammers to look for the Autobots if they had only just arrived on earth? Is it possible that this is a Decepticon trick?

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The Roadjammers return with the Autobots to the Z Foundation where Felix breaks into a locked parking garage where they find three inactive Decepticon Headmasters. Mr.K, Mr. B and Mr. L show up and reveal that they are Headmasters and join up with the inactive Decepticon bodies only to become paralyzed by the jammers. Felix and made some modifications to the Jammers allowing the, the ability to neutralize three additional Transformers.

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We now see Mr. Z enter the garage and he presents himself as Lord Zarak, Leard of the Decepticons. Scorponok is called, but Felix is able to use the single from the Jammers to have all six Transformers, three Autobots and Three Decepticons, attack the large Scorponok.

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In an act of desperation, Zarak activates a prototype Anti-Jammer that results in freeing the Decepticons and the Autobots from the Roadjammers. The Autobots quickly get the Roadjammers to safety before the Decepticons have a chance to attack.

This book ends with the Roadjammers free and Felix telling his crew that he things he can recreate the Jammers. Soon, they will be back in Business.

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My Thoughts On This Issue

Originally, and now, this cover was never interesting to me and I actually dreaded reading this issue because of that one fact. Yeah, I judged this book by it’s cover and thankfully, I was presently surprised by the comic’s contents. The story is pretty decent and the way the panels where played out where, at times, impressive.

The humans where draw very well and the bots were poorly rendered. It’s a shame. But since it is a human focused story, you don’t see the poorly drawn bots on every page. But when you do, it sticks out like a sore thumb. I think even the panels where drawn really well.

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It’s a decent read. We have a new set of villains and i am actually quite excited to see what they do next.

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Transformers Review Issue 45: Monstercon from Mars!

So whats next for Optimus Prime and the Autobots? Will we learn their fate in this issue? Will we get some of the Autobots Vs. Decepticon battles we have been waiting for? Lets find out. But first, lets check out this comic book cover art!

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At times I hate writing about cover art. This is only my opinion and I know not everyone agrees. On the cover of issue 45 we have Circuit Breaker fighting Skullgrin. It’s very nice, in a nostalgic way, to see Circuit Breaker back again. Sparks are radiating from her hands as they not only interact with the Transformers logo at the top of the book, but also are used to attack Skullgrin. A great big arrow pointing at Circuit Breaker reads: The Return of Circuit Breaker! I think my problem with this cover has to do with the background. It’s just so busy with it’s line art. The characters are done so well and they do pop off the page which helps. But the background reads very busy to my eyes. Anyway…

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Marvel Comics’ Transformers, Issue 54 starts off on the set of a B monster movie where the robotic monster star of the film shorts out and explodes. Rollie Friendly, the movie’s directory is upset because this explosion will be setting his movie back weeks and cost a lot more money to complete. That night Friendly is talking with this PR expert Mitch Keno and Keno has him tun into a newscast about Transformers.

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Sky Lynx returns to earth with the human children passengers. After landing at a pre-arranged location, Sky Lynx release the children to their parents. When asked to stick around for some interview questions, Sky Lynx reluctantly agrees. Its only when anti-robot protests interfere with the interview that Sky Lynx flies away.

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Keno advises that Transformers would not be good for the movie business, bur rather thinks Rollie should check out a bigfoot sighting as noted in The Inquisitor. Since Rollie can’t do anything for a few weeks do to the earlier robot malfunction, he grabs a camera crew and his two human stars, Jake Colton and Carissa Carr, and heads out to the location of the last Bigfoot sighting. Upon their arrival in North Carolina, the group picks up a local guide and slip past the National Guard check point. After about an hour or so they run into Skullgrin!

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After a quick, shall we say, altercation, Rollie talks Skullgrin into working for him on a movie. At this point Skullgrin remembers that he was sent to Earth by his Decepticon commander to establish a secret fuel depot for his comrades. So with this in mind, he gets Rollie to pay him in fuel for his work. Skullgrin is taken back to Hollywood to work on films.

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In Hollywood, Skullgrin is adjusting to his new role in the movie business. He is being prepared for his first press conference when things go a wrong during his interview. The actress, Carissa manages to calm him down.

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At the end of the press conference, Carissa meets a wheelchair-bound women who clams to be depressed about not seeing more of Skullgrin. Carissa reveals to the women that the film will be moving production to the Grand Canyon soon.

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We cut to the Grand Canyon. Rollie has just called for a break in filming so Skullgrin and Carissa go off to chat. Carissa confides in Skullgrin her real name. Ethel Stankiewicz. Skullgrin confides in her that he is a Pretender and removes himself from his shell for the first time this whole issue. At this point we learn that the wheelchair bound women shows herself to be Circuit Breaker.

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Skullgrin and Circuit Breaker engage in a fight. Rollie catches this and begins filming right away. During the battle Skullgrin saves Carissa’s life which allows Circuit Breaker pound him with electro-bolts. She is about ready to put an end to Skullgrin when Rollie yells at her to kill him on screen and he will pay her twice as much as he normally would an actor. Circuit Breaker is appalled that Rollie would suggest such a thing resulting in her zapping the directors equipment and leaving. Skullgrin is left alive, but injured.

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My Thoughts On This Issue

What is with all these side stories. Like every other issue is a side story. Is marvel just throwing darts in the dark hoping to strike a positive note with readers like they did with with issues 33 and 34, the UK stories?

Skullgrin’s portrayed is in such a way that I am sympathetic to him. First time that I can recall hoping that a Decepticon makes it out alright. He does not seem like an evil bot. Just blindly following orders. Perhaps that will change in the near future.

It’s a decent story. Human heavy. Arts is alright. But, I don’t need it. It just feels like a side story. Almost a filler, but more like they are trying something out to see how the readers will react.

I am also noticing a lack of Transmissions Letters in the last couple of issues. Wonder why?

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Transformers Review Issue 44: The Cosmic Carnival

Now that we are done with whatever the hell issue 43 was about, we return to the main story line of Transformers. Back to Optimus Prime and the Steelhaven and their future. But first, lets check out the cover to issue 44.

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This cover is solid. Which is great because we need one after issue 43. Optims Prime, in truck mode is front and center on the cover, along with Sky Lynx on top of his cab. The two Autobots are fighting off a large lizard while in the background a Trapeze artist who is hurling fire and a rocket motorcycle are attacking from behind. The art is top notch in my opinion. “Comic Carnival!” is displayed in blue writing  inside yellow word bubble. This issue is looking good from the cover.

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On board the Steelhaven, Optimus Prime and his crew are headed back to Earth when they observe a Laser-beamed advert for “The Cosmic Carnival”. Prime has no interest in seeing the show until the advert displays images of Sky Lynx as one of the shows many attractions. Cautiously, Optimus Prime changes course to check out the carnival.

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Inside the Carnival ship, Optimus Prime and Goldbug start searching for Sky Lynx when they fine four children from earth being displayed as a sideshow attraction. When Goldbug attempts to rescue the children an energy field around them throws the Autobot back violently. At this point Optimus Prime demands that Berko, the children’s handler, take him to see the carnivals owner. Prime and Goldbug are taken to meet Big Top, who refuses to release the children due to the contract they signed which makes them pretty much slaves until their debit is paid off. A debt they uncured when they the children and Sky Lynx stopped to see the carnival.

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Big Top is not a total jerk. He gives the Autobots two free passes to view the main event of the carnival. It is during this even that the Autobots see Sky Lynx for the first time during his act. After the show they meet up with him back stage where Sky Lynx tells his story about how the kids wanted to stop off at the cosmic carnival after escaping from the Dinobots a few issues back. When they could not pay for their tickets, Sky Lynx signed on as a performer to pay off his debt. The kids and himself have been suck in the carnival ever since.

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Optimus Prime and Goldbug are unable to think their way around the contract so they reluctantly say their good-byes to the children of earth. Berko confronts them again and tells his back story. He is an abductee, brought on board the carnival. Eventually he became trusted by Big Top and work his way out of the side show attraction. It comes down to, as long as the kids are in the side show, Berko stays free.

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Berko, who has been on his own most of his life, is taken aback when Optimus Prime offers to help free him and take him back to earth. With this Berko changes his stance with the carnival. He helps arrange to free the children while Optimus Prime is sent out to collect Sky Lynx from the arena just as his next act is starting.

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As prime and Sky Lynx try to escape, Big Top sends out other performers to block their way. They make their way past jugglers and rocket powered motorcycles, and through the exit.

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By this point Goldbug and Berko have freed the children. Goldbug and Big Top get int a fight that results in Goldbug ramming Big Top into a cage. This leaves Big Top as a sideshow freak attraction and the Autobots and children leave for Earth.

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My Thoughts On This Issue

I honestly didn’t think this was a bad issue. Not my favorite, but also not my least favorite. It felt like a villain-of-the-month issue that also helped get the story back on track of tying up some loose ends.

Berko is a questionable name for a human male. I have never heard it before and seems overly obscure for no reason. The art was so much better than issue 43.

Prime looked like himself and not Powermaster version we saw int he last issue. Which I am not complaining about. But, one has to wonder where the hell his trailer was this whole time. Regardless, its so nice to see old school prime back and kicking ass.

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Transformers Review Issue 43: The Big Broadcast of 2006

What is going on here? We just get Optimus Prime back (Granted it’s Powermaster Optimus Prime, but it’s still Optimus Prime) and we jump ahead in time almost 20 years to 2006 for what appears to be a random one off story. Really, what is going on here? I guess I’ll just have to keep reading to find out. But first, lets check out this cover art.

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The brown cover features Rodimus Prime and Galvatron fighting each other around exploding rocks. “Rodimus Prime. Vs. Galvatron – - Deadly Duel in the Promised Land!” is written above their heads with a yellow (ick) background. At first glance this is an exciting cover for a couple of small resins. For Transformers fans you are seeing Rodimus Prime and Galvatron fighting it out. The first time these two characters have been seen in comic book forum. I can imagine a fan following along seeing “Rodimus Prime” written on the cover thinking what?!? We just got Optimus Prime back, now we are in the future with Rodimus Prime. Does Optimus Prime die again like in the movie? urgh! It’s all very confusing and a little frustrating.

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On second look at this cover it quickly falls apart for me.  Both Rodimus Prime and Galvatron are rendered poorly. I can’t understand why drawing Transformers continues being an issue for Marvel. I mean animators have been creating the cartoon for years. The movie came and left the cinema a while ago. How can there still be issues drawing these characters? Yet, here we have it. A cover that shows two poorly rendered, well known characters. What gives?

Ok, so, lets jump right in because that’s what this issue does to you as a reader. A race known as the Quintessons are sending out a squad of Sharkticons to the planet of junk in search of a mysterious container. The Sharkticons locate this canister and quickly lose it while be chased off by the Junkions.

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The Quintessons, who are not ready to give up yet, start to monitor the Junkions in hopes of figuring out a new plan to get the canister. They learn that the Junkions’ life revolves around Earth broadcast television and organizing their planet of junk. It is here that we also learn that at one point in history the Quintessons where once the rules of Cybertron.

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The Autobots, here lead by Rodimus Prime and helped by Ultra Magnus, hear of a disturbance on Junkion and investigate. The Decepticons, lead by Galvatron and aided by Cyclonus and Scourge hear about happenings on Junkion, but Galvatron whats no part of it.

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The Arielbots battle the Quintessons and despite being told not to go to Junkion, witness this event. The Quint transmitter becomes damaged and the Junkions are instructed to share the broadcast with the galaxy causing an all out war resulting in the galaxy coming to the source of the signal.

Galvatron ends up traveling to Junk because of the signal and fights Rodimus Prime. It is Blaster who defeats the signal. Galvatron continues to try to not only fight the Autobots now but the Junkions. In the end he ends up running away on Blast Off.

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The Quintessons locate the Canister and try to tractorbeam it up to their ship when a stray blast hits it sending it far off into space. The Quintessons go off looking for it before every being in the galaxy turn against them.

My Thoughts On This Issue

Such a random issue. I have no idea how it’s going to fit in with anything. I am assuming it’s a filler issue, but you can’t just leave the story unfinished like that. Can you?

So many characters that we know from the TV show or movie where in this issue with no real introduction. We just accept them as common place.

Why are the drawings so off? I mean by this point the cartoon has been out for years, the movie is no longer in the cinema. How come a bunch of animators can draw transformers so well but the comic book arts seem to still be struggling?

Basically, I don’t get it. Unless Marvel comes back to this to finish the story this issue was a waste of time.

Transmission Letters This Issue

Transformers-43-TransmissionsDear Marvel,
I’ve been reading TRANSFORMERS since it first came out, and I’ve been wondering about a few things.
1) Do the Transformers have internal organs, like humans do?
2) what is their organic structure like?
While I was in science class, I thought about how the Transformers related to all living things. I learned that all living things 1) breath in oxygen, 2.) grow at some time, 3) reproduce, 4) need energy, 5) have protoplasm, 6) are made of cells, 7) have a definite life span.
Jeffrey Brace
Red Bank, N.J.

Transformers are living things, Jeffery, but they aren’t exactly the same as humans (a bit taller, slightly stronger, that sort of thing…). They do have internal organs, but if you opened one up, it would look more like a car’s engine than the insides of someone’s body. Transformers need air, too for air-conditioning and ventilation purposes, but they don’t always need to breathe oxygen. Of course, the Headmasters are a bit different, but Transformers in general are living machines, not human beings.

Dear Trans-Missions,
My favorite Autobots are Hot Rod and Optimus Prime. I like Hot Rod because of his “Life on the line” personality (it reminds me of myself), and I like  Optimus’ skillfulness at everything.
My favorite Decepticons are Scrapper and Megatron. Scrapper is very modest and is extremely skillful. Megatron is very powerful and he isn’t absurd like Galvatron. ‘Nuff said, except… Make Mine Marvel!
Nathan Powell
Montgomery, AL

Dear Marvel Magicians,
I think killing off Optimus Prime was a terrible idea. I mean, Prime is a true leader: no Autobot has his compassion, wisdom, and all-around ability.
Prime may not have been the first leader of the Autobots, but he was the first one we humans saw, and he was the best. You can’t replace him. One person Prime always reminded me of was John Wayne. The way they talk is so similar, and their leadership is so apparent, I can’t believe it! Remember: you may try to replace Prime but it just can’t be done. There is no Autobot like Optimus Prime.
James Keller
Coleman, TX

Tell you what, James. Since we can’t possibly replace ol’ Op, how ’bout if we improve him?!? Maybe a bigger, better Prime…? Who knows, you might even
like it.

Dear Trans-Missions,
I know you get zillions of letters, but I wanted to tell you that I love the TRANSFORMERS. I started reading the comic at issue #23 and I’ve been reading ‘em ever since. I’ve seen the cartoon and think the comic is better.
My favorite Autobot is definitely Blaster. I was so worried when you squished his body! I like him best because he really cares about people. My favorite Decepticon is Ratbat ’cause he’s so mean and nasty. I know he’s evil, but I still like to see what he’ll do next. Keep up the good work, and don’t crush my favorites guys, O.K.?
Natreena Waters
East Lansing, MI

Thanks for all the praise, Natreena. We hope you keep right on reading, and if we do anything you don’t like, just write in and let us know.

Dear Trans-Missions,
You guys are terrible. I hate you and so do all my friends. We all wrote to ask you to bring Optimus Prime back, and do you listen? No! Well, I’ve had enough. My friend John is still reading the TRANSFORMERS, and he’s keeping an eye out for Op, ‘Cause I won’t read another issue until you bring him back. So there.
David Chin
New York, NY

Unh, Dave, Dave, you can come back now. Optimus is back, O.K.? We did make a few teensy little changes, but that’s no problem, right? Dave…?

Dear Marvel Comics,
I collect the TRANSFORMERS comics, and I really like them a lot. May a friend and I start a Marvel Universe Club? We really want to.
Matthew Hutchison
Honolulu, HI

Go right ahead and start that club, Matthew, and be prepared to get lots of letters from other TRANSFORMERS fans who like your idea.

Dear Don and Bob,
I’ve just finished TRANSFORMERS issue #38 and it was great. I do wish you’d put Starscream in more often. He’s my favorite Transformer, and you could say that I’m a robot at heart. My friends love them, too. and, like me, some of them are girls. Well, till Cybertron blows up, Make Mine Marvel!
Rosemary Ward
Lakemore, OH

Irrefutable logic, Rosemary, We’re glad you’re with use, and all your friends, too!

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