Transformers UK: Issue #16
Story: The Enemy Within (Part 4)
Back-up strip: Machine Man
Cover date: April 20th, 1985
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Mike Collins/Jeff Anderson
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Adam Hogg
The Autobots have come to retrieve Brawn but it is clear that he won't be going quietly!
The trial by combat between the treacherous Starscream and the Autobot Brawn (who has now recovered from his spell of madness) begins in earnest. Although a seemingly unfair battle, Brawn manages to avoid Starscream's volley of fire from above, and almost tricks him into colliding with a cliff - but is it enough? As the Autobots and Decepticons both watch the battle from video screens, the on location neutral observer from each side has secret orders from their respective leaders.
With the last of his strength, Brawn throws himself of a high ledge and lands on Starscream's jet mode, but the brief mid air battle is over as Brawn plummets to the hard ground below. With the last of his energy Brawn stands up and appears to surrender, but Starscream soars in for the kill - unleashing everything at the helpless Autobot.
Only six pages unfortunately after the original material had to be split up to cover two issues, but we still get a decent cliff-hanger - and does Brawn's life flash before his eyes? Robo Capers, the long-running cartoon favourite by Lew Stringer, started last issue and there are litterally stacks of back-up features making up the space. There is a two-page strip called the Chromobots and Planet Terry as well as Robot Round-up and a calendar featuring Sideswipe. I suspect fans would have preferred more Transformers and less back-up but IS material must have be pretty low at this point.