Firstly, great idea for a blog, will follow this project with interest.
Regarding the first half of the issue being given over to the power plant theft - while it's clumsily done, this is presumably to give the Cons some exclusive marketing time, introducing their individual "powers" out of the shadow of the plot-driving, and traditionally better-selling, good guys? While Salicrup has taken over scripting duties, i think i've read somewhere that Budiansky plotted the whole thing and, due to the sheer quantity of hands-on involvement required in guiding the scripters, probably acted more as a co-writer than editor.
Re: the "recap of things we already know" - Jim Shooter, ed in chief, enforced some strict rules at marvel during his tenure in the 80s regarding style, structure and layout, one of which was that every issue should include a recap so any kid picking up the issue on spec would know what the hell was going on. Considering the unfamiliarity of the set-up, the thumping amount of plot in US issue 1, and sheer size of the cast, it's perhaps unsurprising that there's a lot of recapping going on in this issue. You might have already seen this, but there's a wealth of interesting info on 80s marvel, and some specific TF related stuff, here:
Well, it's great to have Robot Master himself following the blog.
The difficulty of steering the Transformers ship and the sheer amount of work Bob put into it is something I'll talk about when we return to the US stories. As much as he may have gone off the boil later on he really is the closest person we have to a "creator" for the franchise.
I've read the Shooter thing before, but it is interesting stuff.
from the looks of it i was here right from the start ( judging from the comments on issue 2 )
i am here to say that verity's last name is carlo not carlos
( and i am surprised nobody caught that yet )
and i rather like her ( so does uncle magnus it seems )
verity hunter and jimmy are so far the best human characters we have seen in transformers fiction
outside of buster
because unlike his grinning loon counterpart buster was actually smart enough to realise that his life is in perpetual danger around the autobots and stay out of their way !
trouble usually finds him not the other way around
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe