I don't recall the Flame saga ever specifically mention the engines were at the centre of Cybertron, Ultra Magnus said the zombie signal was hundreds of feet below, which isn't that much in Transformers terms.
The Into the Future sidebar seems to contain a reference to Alberto Semprini. Which I can almost guarantee is the only time you'll see that phrase on this blog.
Hey, ain't nothing wrong with the #65 cover! It's from the artist of #1 cover!
That doesnt make this cover any good.
That cover of Bumblebee standing at the window is cool and atmospheric.
And now the first rumblings of what will be a very sad time in “Transformers” comics, the saga of Grimlock going on the Nucleon quest and bringing back the Dinobots.
I never minded that Action Masters were Transformers who didn’t transform. I went out and bought the ones I could find, which were Shockwave, Bumblebee, and Skyfall. I liked Action Masters because they were the closest thing we’d had to cartoon-accurate toys (at the time—Heroes of Cybertron was in the far future).
For some characters this wasn’t a big deal. For example, Shockwave’s original toy wasn’t too far off from his cartoon and comics self. But in other cases it was a huge improvement. For example, Action Master Bumblebee looked great and did justice to his fictional character.
So it’d be a shame if Simon Furman objected to the idea of Action Masters and tried to delay using them as long as possible. In fact, older characters getting released with new toy gimmicks means we got to see those older characters again in fiction while still fulfilling the job of promoting current toys.
If Jazz and Bumblebee hadn’t been Classic Pretenders we never would have seen them again after the Underbase.
And as much as I’m not into Andrew Wildman’s art, that splash page with the shiny new Action Master Optimus Prime in the last issue really made me feel good.
I agree: I love Thunderwing’s entrance in this issue, from the indistinct silhouette, then the concentric circles of realisation, and then the window crash. Also agree that the scene with Grimlock punching Thunderwing as hard as he could, Thunderwing’s comment, and Grimlock looking perturbed was very nicely done.
The original cover with Classic Pretender Grimlock agape in fear of the xenomorph is OK. It’s a little cartoony but so were a lot of covers. Was that the main objection to it?
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe