Is it me or was Cybertron: The Middle Years the only time the original G1 comics made any attempt to fill out the four million year gap?
Oh and Galactus's travel ship has been around since the character first appeared in the 1960s. Since Darth Vader was reportedly based on Doctor Doom, maybe George Lucas got some more inspiration from the same source?
I guess Galactus's counterpart may have revived Stascream but it's a point left ambiguous. And a minor point but Cyclonus has found his toy colours at last - most earlier issues used the prototype with a silver head. However his earlier fate has been transferred to Nova in the Hercules strip where she's depicted in her Earth form rather than her space one.
But yes this is the big reveal moment and I'm another who first read the issue knowing it in advance. Is there anyone reading this who was there at the time who can share their memories?
I was there at the time, but have re-read so many times since that it's difficult to recall my initial reaction. But I'm pretty sure I was shocked at the reveal.
As for Starscream's revival, the teaser two issues ago establishes how everybody missed the alarms that he was ready to wake up (they were too busy gearing up to take out Galvatron). As for the cause, I think the implication was that there was some kind of glitch in the system that caused him to revive and that if there had been proper supervision of the CR tubes, it would have been spotted and stopped before it woke him up. But yes, that one is left somewhat ambiguous.
I was there at the time too, but I think my mate at school brought in the Ladybird TF:TM book frequently so I knew the Megatron/Galvatron reveal. This is still an excellent story though, I think the art is particularly potent when combined with whoever did the colours for this issue.
That Ladybird book was magical, I didn't get to see TF:TM till Christmas '87 and the artwork, dynamic poses and shading in the movie made it look like... the greatest thing ever. Of course I hadn't even heard the music at that point!
It's rather sad that despite two other attempts the Ladybird book is by far and away the best adaptation of the film by far isn't it?
Up until now I’ve only seen Geoff Senior’s art from the last 20 issues of the American comic. The scans here show an earlier Senior, not quite as solid, as seen by Scourge’s too-oval face, but even this early he had a strong clear line in his inking, and a confidence in his choice of how to draw the blend of metal and organic that the Transformers really are when it comes to drawing them.
I don’t think he ever got the hang of humans, as shown by Miss Fatale, GB Blackrock, and the Dragon’s Claws, but then I can’t think of any artist outside of the original TV series animators who was good at drawing both humans and robots. (Oddly enough, though, he was good at drawing the “humans” that were the Pretender shells of the Classic Pretenders!)
Anyway, it’s great to see Geoff Senior art in these reviews, as he definitely raised the bar. :-]
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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