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UK #301 - #310

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#301 - "Rhythms of Darkness!" Part 4

[cover]
Cover: John Marshall, Stephen Baskerville & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 22/12/90

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: José Delbo
Inks: Danny Bulandi
Letters: Jim Massara
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 16-20 of US Transformers #67, dated June 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "Legacy of Unicron" was reprinted. It was split into twelve parts and ran from #290 to #301. #301 contained the second half of #151.

Synopsis: Cyclonus kills Guzzle, while Getaway and Scourge have finished each other off. Chainclaw is about to kill Cyclonus, when Galvatron saves him. He then destroys Cyclonus for being bested by an Autobot, and charges down to the main battle. Jazz keeps him busy, while Spike raises an American flag. This causes the European Crisis Coalition to abort the nuke attack. Galvatron is about to destroy Spike when Hook, Line and Sinker arrive, knock the Decepticon out and take him to Unicron. This fuels the Autobots' fires.

Notes: Hook says it's a different Unicron to the one who gave Galvatron Earth. The ECC is based from Geneva.

Errors: How the Hell did these Autobots live so long when they die so stupidly? Would Galvatron really obliterate Cyclonus for simply being taken by surprise by Chainclaw? On page 2 Jazz' red disappears. Where are those cameras the ECC are watching the battle though? Those can't possibly be satellite pictures. By page 5, Jazz' chest wound seems to have healed.

Most glaringly, why do the ECC think an American flag is some sort of victory? They abort the strike before Galvatron's even gone. By the end there are a grand total of three Autobots [Jazz, Prowl and Inferno], still massively outnumbered [it's fair to presume]. Add into this that the Autobots sacrifice more than half of their number for this gesture...

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Getaway [killed], Scourge [killed], Cyclonus [destroyed by Galvatron], Guzzle [destroyed by Cyclonus], Chainclaw [destroyed by Galvatron], Birdbrain, Wildfly, Jazz, Inferno.

Notable Others: Spike, Hook, Line, Sinker.

Back-Up Strips:
GI Joe: The Action Force - "Divided We Fall" Part 4
Combat Colin [back in colour]

Review: And it totally self-destructs. The fine set-up work is totally undone. It suffers from a Marvel alternate universe problem as seen in many a 'What If...?' - our heroes, having survived some catastrophe, instantly turn into lemmings. The woeful Galvatron/Cyclonus sequence and the diabolical 'secret weapon' add up to a stupid mess.

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#302 - "The Human Factor!" Part 1

[cover]
Cover: Stuart Johnson & John Burns

Cover Date: 29/12/90

Script: Simon Furman
Art: Dwayne Turner
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 1-5 of US Transformers #68, dated July 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #302 contained the first half of #74.

Synopsis: At GB Blackrock's Washington DC offices, he shows two people a video of an attempted Decepticon raid at a Louisiana Oil Refinery. There, a mysterious human with superpowers takes out the Air Strike Patrol. Blackrock is trying to form an anti-Decepticon taskforce to protect humans from Decepticons.

Notes: Since #256, the Decepticon Air Strike Patrol have been rogue, it would seem, rampaging across America. They are possibly deactivated by the mysterious human. RAAT [Rapid Anti-Robot Assault Team] are now defunct, the security council admitting they had been hampered by being unable to tell Autobot from Decepticon. Lee Gruber is a former freak show star, while Katrina Vesotzky was a down-and-out. Blackrock now has heart problems.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Tailwind [flashback], Stormcloud [flashback], Nightflight [flashback], Whisper [flashback].

Notable Others: GB Blackrock, Lee [first appearance], Katrina [first appearance], 'Mister X' [first appearance].

Extras: The Trans Formation page has a short text story about Dreadwind's Christmas [as in the former letters answerer], based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Back-Up Strips:
GI Joe: The Action Force - "Alliance of Convenience" Part 1
Combat Colin

Review: An interesting change of angle, though it's rather dull overall. Blackrock's good fun, but again there's a feeling that Furman's getting too distracted from the main plot. Dwayne Turner's art is utterly diabolical - there's a vague stab at Bill Sienkiewicz-esque expressionism, but Turner really doesn't have the goods to pull it off, and it just looks muddy and drab.

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#303 - "The Human Factor!" Part 2

[cover]
Cover: Stuart Johnson & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 05/01/91

Script: Simon Furman
Art: Dwayne Turner
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 6-10 of US Transformers #68, dated July 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #303 contained the second half of #74.

Synopsis: Starscream is also tracking the human, wanting him as a Powermaster engine for himself. Unknown to Starscream, Shockwave is following him. Blackrock has identified 'Mister X' as Hector Dialonzo, and has arranged a meeting with him in a bar at Matacumbe Bay, taking Lee and Katrina for security. However, Circuit Breaker has got there first. Before she can recruit him to her crusade against all Transformers, Starscream arrives, tearing the roof from the bar.

Notes: Circuit Breaker has presumably been laying low since #191.

Errors: Shockwave's job of finding out what Starscream's up to is helped by Starscream walking around spouting his plans. Turner completely buggers up Starscream's back design.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Starscream, Shockwave.

Notable Others: GB Blackrock, Lee, Katrina, Hector, Circuit Breaker.

Back-Up Strips:
GI Joe: The Action Force - "Alliance of Convenience" Part 2
Combat Colin

Review: The attempted intrigue isn't hugely interesting, and the reader is left willing both Shockwave and Furman to get on with it. Add into this the deeply irritating Lee and faceless Katrina, plus some horribly rendered and ludicrously over-inked art from Turner, and you've got a very poor episode.

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#304 - "The Human Factor!" Part 3

[cover]
Cover: John Marshall, Bambos [Georgiou] & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 12/01/91

Script: Simon Furman
Art: Dwayne Turner
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 11-15 of US Transformers #68, dated July 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #304 contained the first half of #75.

Synopsis: Circuit Breaker takes out Starscream, but Shockwave guns her down before she can finish him off. Starscream doesn't know who saved him, but returns to trying to capture Hector. Blackrock arrives, and sends Katrina, now code-named Rapture, in. She sends him into a dream state, and Lee, code-named Thunderpunch, knocks the Decepticon out.

Notes: Starscream and Circuit Breaker met in #34.

Errors: Starscream's wings and those shoulder-things disappear intermittently.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Starscream, Shockwave. Scorponok is seen in Starscream's fantasy.

Notable Others: Hector, Circuit Breaker, GB Blackrock, Lee, Katrina.

Back-Up Strips:
GI Joe: The Action Force - "Alliance of Convenience" Part 3
Combat Colin

Review: Finally the story lurches into action. Sadly, Josie's just as she's always been, babbling about all robots being evil, and the two new characters are no more engaging.

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#305 - "The Human Factor!" Part 4

[cover]
Cover: Richard Fisher

Cover Date: 19/01/91

Script: Simon Furman
Art: Dwayne Turner
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 16-20 of US Transformers #68, dated July 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #305 contained the second half of #75.

Synopsis: Circuit Breaker intervenes to finish Starscream off, but Hector uses his powers to stop the fighting. GB Blackrock, Circuit Breaker and Starscream all plead with Hector to join them. He chooses to go with Blackrock, who also talks Circuit Breaker into joining his team. When Starscream revives, he is met by Shockwave, who offers an alliance to take command of the Decepticons.

Errors: Shockwave's arms are totally different lengths on the last page.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Starscream, Shockwave.

Notable Others: Thunderpunch, GB Blackrock, Circuit Breaker, Hector, Rapture.

Production Notes: The cover is taken from the calendar printed in #29.

Back-Up Strips:
GI Joe: The Action Force - "Alliance of Convenience" Part 4
Combat Colin

Review: A tedious end to a very tedious story. It's also highly derivative, being something of a rip-off of X-Men storylines when a new mutant emerges - especially Blackrock's speech to Hector.

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#306 - "Eye of the Storm!" Part 1

[cover]
Cover: Stewart Johnson & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 26/01/91

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Andy Wildman
Inks: Harry Candelario [pages 1-6], Bob Lewis [page 7]
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 1-7 of US Transformers #69, dated August 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #306 contained #76.

Synopsis: Onboard the Ark, most of the Autobots are trying to relax following the Matrix Quest. However, Waverider finds Grimlock smashing up part of the Ark. He tries to calm him down, but Grimlock storms out, muttering about having his Dinobots back. Meanwhile, Prime continues to worry about Unicron, while also suffering internal pain. Nevertheless, he meets up with Nightbeat, who puts forward a theory that Ratchet might still be alive, having jumped though the portal before the explosion in Megatron's base.

Notes: Chromedome was badly damaged by Thunderwing and the Matrix in #296. there's also what would appear to be a Transformers version of chess - Quarg is one piece, a Vig would seem to be equivalent to the King, and Fullstasis parallels checkmate. Some time has elapsed since #297, with the Autobots having recovered Grimlock, Jazz and Bumblebee from VsQs. The Ark has life-support pods for deactivated Autobots. Ratchet sacrificed himself in #256.

Among the things on Nightbeat's desk are a fedora and a magnifying glass.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Hot Rod, Chromedome, Fixit, Getaway, Highbrow, Joyride, Nightbeat, Siren, Waverider, Grimlock, Jazz [flashback], Hosehead, Bumblebee [flashback], Optimus Prime, Kup [flashback], Cloudburst [flashback], Megatron [flashback], Ratchet [flashback].

Production Notes: A slight format change - the 'new' content from the American series is upped slightly to seven pages, while the UK reprint material goes up to eleven pages. GI Joe: The Action Force is dropped.

Back-Up Strip:
Combat Colin

Review: An effective scene-setter, with the atmosphere of the more relaxed Autobots juxtaposed nicely with Optimus' taunt behaviour and Grimlock's directionless rage. Wildman's art adds to the emotion in several sequences, and he captures Nightbeat's casual demeanour perfectly.

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#307 - "Eye of the Storm!" Part 2

[cover]
Cover: Andy Wildman & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 02/02/91

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Andy Wildman
Inks: Bob Lewis [page 1], Harry Candelario [pages 2-6]
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 8-13 of US Transformers #69, dated August 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "In the National Interest" was reprinted. It was split into six parts and ran from #302 to #307. #307 contained #77.

Synopsis: Nightbeat sends out a probe into unspace to find Ratchet. In deep space, Galvatron confronts Unicron. His creator sends him to Cybertron to disrupt the Autobots' preparations for his coming. Back on the Ark, Kup finds Grimlock taking the Dinobots from the Medi-Lab life support systems. Grimlock claims he's found a way to revive them. Kup listens to his case briefly, but is given no choice when Grimlock knocks him out, and leaves with the Dinobots.

Notes: Snarl, Slag, Sludge and Swoop were deactivated in #208.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Optimus Prime, Nightbeat, Galvatron, Grimlock, Kup. The bodies of Snarl and Swoop are seen.

Notable Others: Unicron, Hook, Line, Sinker.

Back-Up Strip:
Combat Colin

Review: There's a real feeling of an epic building, with the story unravelling nicely. Across six pages there are three plotlines, all interesting. Best of all, though, is Grimlock's impassioned plea for his comrades' lives, and Kup's reaction to this.

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#308 - "Eye of the Storm!" Part 3

[cover]
Cover: Stephen Baskerville, Leslie Dalton & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 09/02/91

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Andy Wildman
Inks: Harry Candelario [pages 1 & 4-7], Bob Lewis [pages 2-3]
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 14-20 of US Transformers #69, dated August 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "The Enemy Within" was reprinted. It was split into seven parts and ran from #308 to #309, then continued in #313 to #317. #308 contained #13. The full colour version from Collected Comics #4 was used.

Synopsis: Optimus Prime announces to the crew of the Ark that he intends to surrender to the Decepticons to build an alliance against Unicron. On Earth, Mindwipe and Triggerhappy both desert, unhappy with Scorponok's leadership. They're attacked by Starscream, Ravage and Shockwave, and forced to join their bid for leadership. Back on the Ark, Grimlock has hijacked a shuttle, and set course for Hydrus Four in the Styrakon system. There he hopes to harness the Nucleon power source to revive the other Dinobots. Just then, Nightbeat's probe finds something and beams it aboard - a horrifying mix of Megatron and Ratchet.

Notes: Ravage has returned to Earth at some point since #244, and appears to have lost the ability to speak [has Shockwave reprogrammed him? It's hard to see Ravage siding with Shockwave and Starscream otherwise]. Shockwave's role in the Time Wars would seem to have gone unnoticed by most of the Decepticons. Prime dismissed Nucleon as a power source due to its' unpredictability.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Optimus Prime, Nightbeat, Waverider, Getaway, Highbrow, Joyride, Chromedome, Hot Rod, Scorponok, Mindwipe, Triggerhappy, Starscream, Ravage, Shockwave, Cloudburst, Megatron/Ratchet [fused together].

Back-Up Strip:
Combat Colin

Review: Gloriously paced and rendered, the story turns the screw once more, with more plotlines jostling with each other, and each leaving us desperate for the continuation. A superb story is capped by the unforgettable Ratchet/Megatron hybrid.

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#309 - "The Price of Life!" Part 1

[cover]
Cover: Frances Farmer

Cover Date: 02/03/91

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Andy Wildman
Inks: Stephen Baskerville
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 1-10 of US Transformers #70, dated September 1990.

NB: For the other Transformers strip, "The Enemy Within" was reprinted. It was split into seven parts and ran from #308 to #309, then continued in #313 to #317. #309 contained the first half of #14. The full colour version from Collected Comics #4 was used.

Synopsis: Optimus tries to talk to the Ratchet/Megatron hybrid, but Kup attacks it. Nightbeat stop shim, and explains that the dimensional portal must have somehow fused them together. The hybrid knocks them both out, and heads off into the Ark. Kup argues with Prime over whether to kill the creature, or try to save Ratchet. Prime sets off to find the creature. Down on Hydrus Four, Grimlock heads to the Medicentre where his guide has said the Nucleon is, but first has to fight his way past a decayed robot defending it.

Notes: The Ark's crew numbers 'thirty or so', with [approximately?] sixty deactivated Autobots stored on stasis pods onboard.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Megatron/Ratchet [fused together], Optimus Prime, Nightbeat, Waverider, Kup, Grimlock.

Production Notes: Another format change. The comic is reverts to being fortnightly, and is now 28 pages, with each US issue now split in half again, plus the UK reprints and Machine Man [it's possible that reprinting Machine Man (it's the second series which was reprinted in #27 to #42) was cheaper than continuing with the GI Joe: the Action Force storyline, which may have required a licensing payment to Hasbro].

Extras: A free Megatron/Ratchet hybrid bookmark. The Thundercracker/Thrust A-Z from #283 is reprinted, this time in colour.

Back-Up Strip:
Machine Man - "He Lives Again" Part 1
Combat Colin

Review: An excellent character-driven piece of work. The claustrophobic scenes aboard the art are enhanced massively by Andy Wildman's humanised art, which really draws out the emotions present. Also Grimlock's on good form, which is never a bad thing.

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#310 - "The Price of Life!" Part 2

[cover]
Cover: Stewart Johnson & Robin Bouttell

Cover Date: 16/03/91

Script: Simon Furman
Pencils: Andy Wildman
Inks: Stephen Baskerville
Letters: Rick Parker
Colours: Nel Yomtov

Originally Printed In: Pages 11-20 of US Transformers #70, dated September 1990.

Synopsis: The Ark is nearly in Earth orbit, but the Megatron/Ratchet creature is still at large, attacking Autobots and smashing equipment. Kup is furious at Prime's priorities, and persuades him to destroy the creature. However, when Prime disables the hybrid, the Ratchet part begs him to kill it. On Hydrus Four, Grimlock gets to the Medicentre on the island of Farooth, having fought his way past more half-dead robots. There, a small, pathetic robot warns him the Nucleon is a cure, not a curse. Grimlock ignores him, and tests the solution on himself. He feels more powerful, and decides he will use it on the other Dinobots. Back on the Ark, the hybrid is unconscious, and in the Autobot Medi-Lab Fixit diagnoses he can separate them, but both halves will have to live. Prime orders him to do it.

Transformers featured [in rough order of appearance]: Highbrow, Getaway, Siren, Kup, Sureshot, Fixit, Megatron/Ratchet [fused together], Grimlock. The bodies of Slag and Sludge are seen.

Production Notes: The page-count drops from 28 to 24, and the "Enemy Within" reprint is briefly put on hold.

Extras: A free A2 poster by Jeff Anderson, featuring a group of Autobots and Decepticons facing up. Also an updated A-Z profile on Optimus Prime.

Back-Up Strip:
Machine Man - "He Lives Again" Part 2
Combat Colin

Review: Another highly-charged piece, which has wonderful development for Optimus Prime and Kup. The latter shouting at Optimus on the first page is one of Transformers' most emotion-driven moments. The bullishly determined Grimlock also hits the right notes, and it's all perfectly captured by Wildman, whose pencils enhance the nuances of the script.

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