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THE TRANSFORMERS: COMICS, BOOKS AND MANGA

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Transformers [UK] from Titan Magazines, Year One

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Transformers #1 [UK]: Optimus Prime

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back-up strips of IDW material; Pages 1-7 of issue 1 of the Official Prequel Comic, and pages 1-6 of issue 1 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Geoff Senior.

Colours by Robin Smith.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: On Cybertron, a desperate Optimus Prime prepares to launch the Allspark into space in an attempt to stop Megatron from getting his hands on it. As Prime continued to internalize the morality of his decision (in light of a debate with his assistant Arctus), a Decepticon drone attacked the general base. Having traced Prime through the Energy Matrix of his Spark, the drone was now intent on killing him.

Though Prime puts up quite a fight, the struggle inadvertently revealed the location of the Allspark to the drone, who then altered its priorities and raced off to retrieve the cube. Prime makes a suicide run for it, resulting in the drone’s destruction and him being thrown clear of the building. As he recovered, Prime had a vision of the Transformer war reaching a new world of strange, fleshy, creatures, causing him to reevaluate his plan to loose the cube, but it's too late - his assistant has already fired it into space...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Arctus.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #2 [UK]: Megatron

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back-up strips of IDW material; Pages 8-15 of issue 1 of the Official Prequel Comic, and pages 7-12 of issue 1 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Nick Roche.

Colours by Liam Shalloo.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis:On Cybertron Megatron sees the Allspark launch and realises his current battle with Bumblebee is just a diversion Prime has set up to trick him [see the Movie Prequel.] He sees the Allspark is heading for the Alkaris Anomaly -- a wormhole that could shoot it anywhere -- and so he quickly sets off in pursuit in order to catch it before it enters the event horizon.

Just as his victory seems assured, a tractor beam from Cybertron grabs him. Enraged, he smashes the projector, but fearful of losing the Allspark he chooses not to rain retribution on the Autobots operating it. Instead he summons Devastator to deal with them whilst he continues his pursuit. But the delay was long enough, and Megatron is forced to follow the Allspark into unknown space.

Back on Cybertron, Ratchet, Jazz and Ironhide are shocked to see Megatron has left Devastator with an illegal Foldspace Warhead. Sadly the Decepticon is too dim to care that he is in the weapon's range, and activates it, leaving a smouldering Crater and the Transformers... where?

Megatron emerges from the wormhole with no idea where he is in relation to either Cybertron or the Allspark. But he's determined to find that which he pursues, and sets off at full speed.

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Megatron, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Jazz, Devastator.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #3 [UK]: Lost in Space, Part 1: Ratchet

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back-up strips of IDW material; Pages 16-22 of issue 1 of the Official Prequel Comic, and pages 13-22 of issue 1 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Andrew Wildman.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: The Foldspace Warhead explosion [see last issue] has scattered the four Transformers within its range through space. Ratchet finds himself on a world where war wages between the A'Ovan and the Thraal, with the former on the brink of utter defeat. Ratchet attempts to keep his view on the conflict a dispassionate one while focusing on the issue of pinpointing a “level seven” signal beacon, with which to both locate where Jazz and Ironhide were sent and to find his own way home.

But upon seeing Thraal leader Dirguth lead an vicious attack on a A'Ovan village, the Autobot medic steps in to challenge the despot, having learnt that their culture will accept his leadership if he wins. Easily disabling Durguth's battle suit, Ratchet wins, but rather than becoming the new leader he decides to help negotiate a ceasefire, warning the Thraal that he would return if the war were to start again, with unpleasant consequences.

This then leaves the Autobot to ponder exactly how he can get home...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Ratchet, Megatron [Flashback], Jazz [Flashback], Ironhide [Flashback], Dirguth.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #4 [UK]: Lost in Space, Part 2: Devastator

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back-up strips of IDW material; Pages 1-7 of issue 2 of the Prequel comic, and pages 1-7 of issue 2 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Don Figueroa.

Colours by Robin Smith.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Having also been flung across the universe by the foldspace bomb, Devastator finds himself on a uninhabited planet ravaged by war. After traveling through numerous ruined cities with no one to fight, Devastator’s already slim grasp on sanity is slipping as he finds himself randomly smashing stuff even though he knows he's depleting the energy he needs to get off the planet.

After finally locating a potential energy source and setting off to retrieve it, he is confronted by a hologram that claims "The Flame" up ahead will destroy him, as it did their race, by consuming him with anger and rage. Uncaring, Devastator still proceeds.

He is then shocked to be confronted by a mocking Starscream, who he promptly destroys in a fit of rage. Barricade and Bonecrusher promptly follow and, in the same manner, swiftly dispatched. Devastator is left uncertain if any of what has just occurred really happened or if it was The Flame getting into his mind. Ultimately however, Devastator decides he doesn't give a damn, takes the energy, and blasts off in an attempt to get home...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Devastator, Starscream [hologram/hallucination], Barricade [hologram/hallucination], Bonecrusher [hologram/hallucination].

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #5 [UK]: Lost in Space, Part 3: Ironhide

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back-up strips of IDW material; Pages 8-15 of issue 2 of the Prequel comic, and pages 8-15 of issue 2 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Guido Guidi.

Colours by Jason Cardy.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Having picked up Ratchet's signal (see issue 3), Ironhide sets out to rendezvous with him when he is suddenly captured in a tractor beam by a huge spaceship.Taken inside he is confronted by huge aliens that tell him that the Allspark was in fact theirs and that they wanted it back. Attacking him with a mind probe, Ironhide is able to resist it by focusing on his memories of an attack on an automated Decepticon prison to rescue a comrade.

With the extra time to think, he concludes that the aliens were all holograms and not real. Blasting through them he finds the real aliens, who upon discovery, are salvage hunters who'd found the ship abandoned with a device capable of finding the Allspark on board. However, instead of leading them to the cube it brought them to Ironhide, thus causing them to change their plans; they were to use him in order to locate the Allspark for their own exploitative purposes. Taking his leave, Ironhide wonders who really built the ship and what their connection to the cube really was...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Ironhide, Skyblast [Flashback], Signal Flare [Flashback], Strongarm [Flashback], Bumper [Flashback], Slipstream [Flashback], Swindle [Flashback].

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #6 [UK]: Lost in Space, Part 4: Jazz

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted back up strips of IDW material; pages 16-22 of issue 2 of The Prequel comic and pages 16-22 of issue 2 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Marcelo Matere.

Colours by Liam Shalloo.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Jazz has picked up Ratchet's signal [Issue 3], but has chosen to ignore it as the Foldspace explosion has taken him to a place with everything he's ever wanted - a planet with an "Information Highway" full of knowledge about countless alien cultures.

But as he lands on the surface to rest, he is attacked by the planet, which acquires its knowledge by draining the minds of its visitors. As it plunders his memories, including a time his vanity got a fellow Autobot killed by Bonecrusher, Jazz realises there is no escape and launches a warning buoy to keep others away, before blacking out.

Awakening sometime later, he finds Ratchet and Ironhide have followed the signal and come to rescue him, which they achieve by Ironhide threatening to blow up the intelligence if their comrade isn't released. Fleeing the sentient planet, the reunited Autobots head for Cybertron.

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Jazz, Bonecrusher [Flashback], Clocker [Flashback, killed by Bonecrusher], Ratchet, Ironhide.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #7 [UK]: Starscream's Militia

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 1-7 of issue 3 of the Prequel comic, and pages 1-7 of issue 3 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Boo.

Colours by Robin Smith.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Present Day L.A: Having seen Megatron defeated by Prime, Starscream flees the battle. He realises he is now Decepticon Leader by default, but ironically he has no troops to command.

Deciding to rectify this he takes the Spark energy from several Transformers created during Sam's run through the City and places it within his deceased comrades in order to reanimate them as Zombies.

Engaging the Autobots they initially have the upper hand, until Ratchet realises what they are and has everyone destroy them by firing at their Allspark energy. Despite the seeming victory Starscream escapes with three bits of energy left to use...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Blackout [Zombie], Barricade [Zombie], Brawl [Zombie], Starscream, Optimus Prime, Megatron [Dead], Popbot, Ironhide, Ratchet.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #8 [UK]: Scorpion Sting

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 8-15 of issue 3 of the Prequel comic, and pages 8-15 of issue 3 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Staz Johnson.

Colours by Kris Carter.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Qatar: Ironhide leads a group of American soldiers in a mopping up exercise, hunting down the Decepticon Scorponok. However, it quickly turns out Scorponok is in fact stalking them rather than the other way round, when the Decepticon pounces on Ironhide, linking into the back of his neck.

No longer in control of his body, the Autobot goes on a massive destruction spree that takes out most of his army escort. Finally, Sargent Gale is able to get a clear shot at Scorponok's head that breaks the link and allows Ironhide to finish the job and destroy the creature.

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Ironhide, Scorponok [killed], Captain Cartwright, Warrant Officer Marcus Holt, Master Sergeant Darius Gale, Sergeant First Class William Oates, Operations Sergeant Jim Moon.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #9 [UK]: Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 1

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 16-22 of issue 3 of the Prequel comic, and pages 16-22 of issue 3 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Simon Williams.

Inks by Lee Bradley.

Colours by Kris Carter.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: In a alternate reality Megatron won his fight for the Allspark, defeated Optimus Prime and used it to subjugate America. Now, within the City of Denver, the mighty Decepticon Command Bunker stands triumphant over the City.

Bumblebee and Mikaela are on a mission to retrieve someone from Decepticon hands, whilst a team of surviving Autobots on the Moon prepare to fight back, unknowingly observed by Scorponok.

The world's remaining nations have told the Decepticons that they will use the nuclear option if they do not surrender. A smug Megatron sends Starscream and Dreadwing to give them his short sharp answer.

Bumblebee and Mikaela are able to bypass both Swindle and the security systems by the entry tunnel to their target, but not without setting off alarms that alert Megatron, who decides to deal with the intrusion personally.

Inside the Autobot and the human find their target -- a new Ice Man, the frozen form of Optimus Prime.

Characters Featured [all alternate timeline unless stated]: Megatron ["Our" universe plus AT], Optimus Prime [Our universe plus AT], Sam ["Our" universe], Mikaela ["Our universe plus AT], Ironhide ["Our" universe], Ratchet ["Our" universe], Bumblebee, Dreadwing drones, Dropkick, Arcee, Strongarm, Longarm, Elita-One, Armorhide, Scorponok, Starscream, Swindle, Dreadwing.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #10 [UK]: Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 2

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 1-7 of issue 4 of the Prequel comic, and pages 1-8 of issue 4 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Script by Simon Furman.

Art by Jeremy Tiongson.

Colours by Jason Cardy.

Letters by Jimmy Bentancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Bumblebee and Mikaela are in trouble; they hadn't counted on Optimus being frozen nor on Megatron being the first Decepticon to deal with their intrusion. Tom Banachek is able to help Mikaela with defrosting Prime via her radio headset, but time is running out.

In a burning Paris, NATO decides that as the deadlines have passed they have no choice but to use the nuclear option. But as ships off the coast of Newfoundland and within the Bay of Biscay prepare to launch they are destroyed by forces led by Starscream and Dreadwing. As Dreadwing goes to Paris and destroys the Palais Bourbon Starscream leaves him to go fry some bigger fish.

Twelve miles west of the city of Savannah in Georgia Ironhide and Ratchet fight and destroy some Payload drones. They then turn their attention to their main target, a massive deception built tower.

On the moon, the Autobots are worried about the lack of contact from their Earth allies, when Starscream arrives to deal with them...

Characters Featured [all alternate timeline]: Megatron, Optimus Prime [Frozen], Bumblebee, Mikaela, Tom Banachek, Frenzy, Starscream, Thundercracker Drones, Dreadwing, Dreadwing Drones, Ironhide, Ratchet, Payload Drones [Killed], Arcee, Strongarm, Longarm, Elita-One, Armorhide.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #11 [UK]: Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 3

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 8-12 of issue 4 of the Prequel comic, and pages 9-13 of issue 4 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Written by Simon Furman.

Art by Fabio Makoto Ono.

Colours by Ryan Button.

Letters by Jimmy Betancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: The moon base Autobots come under attack from both Starscream and Scorponok. realising their cover has been blown and that their comrades on Earth may already be dead they decide to flee to the planet to do what little they can as they have nothing left to lose. However, this was all part of Starscream's plan, and he gloats at having driven them in Megatron's direction.

Within the bowls of Hoover Dam, Megatron realises Bumblebee must have brought a human with him and taunts the Autobot out by promising to kill them. As they fight, Frenzy sneaks up on Mikaela, but recognises the sound of his blades and avoids them, before confronting the small Decepticon with a axe.

In Georgia Ironhide and Ratchet trans-scan two of the defeated drones in order to assume their shape, then using their stolen codes they sneak into the Decepticon base. Thinking themselves lucky they prepare to destroy the machine that will use All Spark energy to transform Earth. however, they are confronted by Bonecrusher who reveals the codes became useless as soon as they were copied, he just let them into the base for some sport...

Characters Featured [all alternate timeline]: Starscream, Elita-One, Strongarm, Skyblast, Arcee, Armorhide, Longarm, Scorponok, Megatron, Optimus Prime [Frozen], Bumblebee, Mikaela, Frenzy, Thundercracker, Swindle Drones, Payload Drones, Ironhide, Ratchet, Bonecrusher.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #12 [UK]: Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 4

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 13-17 of issue 4 of the Prequel comic, and pages 14-18 of issue 4 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Written by Simon Furman.

Pencils by Paul Ridgon.

Inks by Andy Lanning.

Colours by Jason Cardy.

Letters by Jimmy Betancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Ironhide and Ratchet fight Bonecrusher, but quickly realise that without help they will soon be overcome.

Within Hoover Dam, Mikaela tricks Frenzy into smashing the liquid nitrogen canisters, which not only begins the process of defrosting Prime but also traps the Decepticon in an icy prison. In the next room Megatron is about to finish Bumblebee when half of the moon based Autobots (the other half having joined Ironhide and Ratchet) arrive. However, even their combined might is not enough to slow down an All-Spark-powered Megatron. Just when all seems lost a revived Optimus Prime joins the fray.

Outside the Dam, Starscream gloats that his time has come.

Characters Featured [all alternate timeline]: Bonecrusher, Ironhide, Ratchet, Swindle Drones, Mikaela, Frenzy [Frozen in liquid nitrogen], Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Skyblast, Arcee, Strongarm, Longarm, Elita-One, Armorhide, Tom Banachek, Starscream.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Transformers #13 [UK]: Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 5

Note: This issue also consists of two reprinted strips of IDW material, pages 18-22 of issue 4 of the Prequel comic, and pages 19-22 of issue 4 of Beast Wars: The Gathering.

For the original strip...

Written by Simon Furman.

Art by Marcelo Matere.

Colours by Hi Fi Design.

Letters by Jimmy Betancourt/Comicraft.

Edited by Steve White.

Synopsis: Megatron and Optimus fight, but the Decepticon's Allspark-fuelled power is too strong for Prime to make much impact. Mikaela arrives with a computer chip taken from the secure room, which Bumblebee plans to "deliver" himself. From the rafters a watching Starscream gloats that soon he will be the real victor.

At the Allspark Ratchet and company are outgunned and outnumbered with no way of penetrating the forcefield protecting the Allspark. However, the Autobot medic notices that the ore being smouldered to create New Cybertron from has to pass though the barrier to reach the Cube, and synchronises his weapon firing with the system and triggers an explosion that destroys the building and Allspark, which his team barely escapes.

Back within Hoover Dam Megatron is about to deliver the killer blow when Bumblebee attacks him and infects him with a virus on the computer chip developed by Sector 7 as a last resort. The more Megatron tries to draw on the Allsparks power the more he is drained, eventually seemingly killing him. As the Autobots reflect on Earth's restored freedom and the power vacuum left by Megatron's death, Starscream grabs a last remaining shard of Allspark power from his ex-leader's remains...

Characters Featured [all alternate timeline]: Optimus Prime, Megatron [killed by virus], Bumblebee, Strongarm, Elita-One, Skyblast, Starscream, Ratchet, Ironhide, Arcee, Armorhide, Longarm [blasted], Bonecrusher, Payload Drones [exploded]

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

 

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