Target: 2006 Part 9
Transformation 87: Skyscream.
Not much of a preamble this week as I'm down the both a bad back and the nergy (luckily I'd already done most of the work for this earlier in the week or else it'd just be an essay in pain). So Galvatron goes home in my look at:
Target: 2006 Part 9
10/1/2014 03:39:10 pm
A lot of the confusion over time travel may be rooted in the inconsistent way Marvel US have treated it over the years. The idea that travel back in time just creates an alternate timelime and it's impossible to alter your own had been established at least as early as Marvel Two-in-One #50 in 1979 when the Thing's attempt to cure himself at an early stage of his mutated development just explained the point. I don't know if that particular story was reprinted in Marvel UK's title "Big Ben" that starred the Thing in the early 1980s.
10/1/2014 03:49:23 pm
I always found the ending a bit if a let-down, myself. Galvatron flees back to 2006 because he thinks he's witnessing an alternate reality in which Starscream dies 20 years to early.
10/1/2014 05:16:16 pm
I don't think he's using "alternate reality" with the same meaning as you. Rather he was assuming a single timeline and his changes to the past would impact on his own time. Crudely he's assuming the "Back to the Future" rules apply (and the explanation/diagram in the second film is really really misleading on this) whereby changes in the past ripple through to the present and can even change the record of the future such as negating the time traveller. However because the destruction of "Starscream" has not negated him, he's concluded that instead the "Marvel Two-in-One #50" rules apply and nothing he does in *this* 1986 will have any impact on his own 2006.
11/1/2014 01:59:30 am
I think the alternate reality thing is the one Furman was going for. In a few weeks time (can't remember the exact issue number), a reader asks Grim Grams why Galvatron doesn't already have foreknowledge of this adventure, having already lived through these events once, when he was Megatron.
11/1/2014 07:29:05 am
Though Furman isn't Grimlock between roughly the end of Target: 2006 and when he takes over as full editor around the early 100's, so whichever assistant editor has replaced him may not be as well informed (plus, knowing Prime and Megatron were about to killed and with no 100% certaintly either would ever come back, Grimlock could have been trying to stave off the "How can prime die in 1987 and 2006?" letters).
11/1/2014 11:49:42 am
I dunno, you guys are probably right and I'm just nitpicking. But there's still one thing that bugs me:
11/1/2014 02:16:10 pm
In addition to the Ultra Magnus thing, Galvatron is kneeling by Starwarp's remains...and the paint is coming off on his hands....surely that would have been a bit of a giveaway too...?
11/1/2014 11:45:38 pm
i am also going to chime in that the ending is limp and fizzels out
12/1/2014 12:58:17 pm
In terms of Magnus, that's easy enough for Galvatron to rationalise as it being a visit the Decepticons never knew about (indeed, due to the vanishing and reappearing nature of Laserbeak and the Constructicons I'm not sure any of the present day 'cons ever found out he was there).
13/1/2014 02:44:26 pm
One of my issues with Target: 2006 is the way Furman turns Jetfire into the whipping boy. I know its only to serve the story & make Magnus & Galvatron look good, but it's done at the expense of Mr. Most Technologically Advanced 1985, ultra scientist supersonic jet mega-impressive robotech Transformer dude.
17/11/2020 08:51:50 pm
Taking the time going through your wonderful blog of the comics I am finding myself compelled to comment (despite being several years late to the party)
17/11/2020 09:14:14 pm
Well according to the Decepticon himself (back in issue #80) Cyclonus was made from neither Skywarp nor Bombshell but "Life Spark". It's one of a number of points where the comic hints at the big events turning out a little different from on screen. The year 2006 is perhaps the most obvious. (Much of this stems from Furman not having the final movie to hand when he wrote the story.)
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