You fool, Sam! You should've stopped the Evil Leapers at 1986's Marvel offices whispering ideas for a Joe crossover!
I feel really dumb that I never, ever got the link between Quantum Leap and this story. Doh!
It's like when it turned out JFK had to die. Same can't fix everything!
The twist this time is that the Transformation page actualy promotes a comic that came out after many previous tissues of lies! The first run of Knights o Pendragon is fab. Pendragon II...less so.
Is it sad that I recognised the title quote straight away?
I loved Quantum Leap. It was an essential part of my "Doctor Who" methadone in the early 90s, along with Red Dwarf and TNG.
Nice that the TF take on Quantum Leap also featured an 'evil Leaper' - and two years ahead of the TV show too!
I loved Quantum Leap also. I liked that it was time travel, but into recent history. I found it especially good doing stuff around the Watts riots and whatnot. Season 5 wasn't all bad ( although that terrible 12" remix of the theme tune didn't help) - it's got the superb 'Killin' Time' in, for one and the final episode is fantastic. Although I'd love to see it brought back, I kind of don't. It'd probably be some uber-serious grim dark show and that would make me sad.
Oh, Transformers? Yeah, still haven't read the Joe corssover, so no idea about that, so I am learning about that through these critques. I have learnt I was right not to by that '92 or '93 Summer Special that Marvel reprinted just before the G2 comic.
As for Flashback, it's got the Seacons in! And I love the Seacons, so this story is a WIN for me. Even if the 'butcher of the bogs' is possessed by Megs, so its not really full on Seacon funtimes.
I didn't spot this one either, but I don't think I was aware of Quantum Leap at the time. (A glance at the Radio Times archive shows it was initially up against the Nine O'Clock News so even if I were still up on Tuesday evenings then I wouldn't have been able to see it.) Quite a good little story and I wonder if this was the last of Hasbro UK asking for help to clear out old 1988 stock in toy shops, *if* the Seacons were still hanging around. (The Collected Comics reprint the previous autumn would support this theory)
Interesting to see that whoever's writing Dreadwind just doesn't know about the cartoon. War Dawn was certainly released on VHS (along with the Key to Vector Sigma) but that would have been a few years old by now and probably not the (assistant?) editor's viewing of choice. I can't remember if the letters page will be more relaxed about the cartoon for the rest of the run now that it's no longer a major force and "Dreadwind" isn't the one writing stories that are contradicted by it.
The G.I. Joe crossover is really showing the problems of a writer who doesn't know the developments in Transformers. I'm guessing that Higgins was still working off the whole "Robots in Disguise" hidden war idea that had largely dropped away in the comics by 1986.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe