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Titan Transformers Prime #3
Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Notes

The second Titan Christmas issue, the “Teach me about this Earth holiday” aspects of the plot, and the decking out of the Autobot base with decorations and a tree seem to be inspired by the fist Marvel UK holiday story Christmas Breaker (#41).

The first present day appearance of named Decepticons in the comic and the Ground Bridge.

McMurdo base is, in keeping with the random appearances of places picked on Google Earth in previous issues, a real location.

Once again the cover is larger than usual to accommodate a face mask.

Bulkhead has made some mince pies. The size of Fowler's head.

Fowler is married.

Goofs

The increasingly frequent spelling mistakes appear. A cup of coffee is “lukwarm” and Jack at one point asks Raf “What did you have nin mind”. Bulkhead's name manages to get spelt wrong twice (once in his profile and once in the episode guide) and Miko once again becomes Mika in the Christmas wordsearch.

Fowler is only able to produce a black and white photograph of Megatron and Starscream on the boat, has he come from the 1950's?

Ratchet can seemingly only see what the reader can see when he walks into the base at the end of the issue, completely missing the large impromptu ice rink in front of him.

Fantastic Free Gift!

A Prime Disc Blaster.

Extras


Bulkhead Profile;
Photo Mash Up quiz;
Episode Guide Volume 1: Darkness Rising Part 3;
Competitions for (yet another) Nerf gun, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas DVD and a X-Ray model kit;
Kre-O Transformers, a one page comedy photo-story made using software from the Cartoon Network site;
A double sided poster of Prime and Bumblebee, the later in car mode on one side and robot on the other;
Starscream's Stumpers!;
Mega-Mouth!;
Raf's Codebreaker game;
Miko's Christmas Wordsearch.

Issue Review

Well, it's Christmas isn't it? We know we're going to get light frothy stuff and this doesn't confound expectations. Though some of the darker tone from last month is carried over (Prime expects all the humans on the boat to have been killed and Megatron is unashamedly attempting genocide) it's rather like stuffing too many mince pies in your mouth. The “Cute” attempts of the humans to get Bulkhead and Arcee to become friends are especially sickly.

Also, the art is unusually poor. I've no idea what Prime actually does with the static lance to Megatron and Starscream, though the area the sound effect emits from makes it look as if Megatron has been spanked on the bottom.

Though it would be harsh to call this any more than harmless, it's also firmly for the target audience and will make older fans feel... well old.

 
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