Transformers UK: Issue #20
Story: Raiders of the Last Ark (Part 3)
Back-up strip: Machine Man, The Chromobots, Planet Terry
Cover date: June 15th, 1985
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Mike Collins/Jeff Anderson
Rating: Art / Story
First appearance: Guardian
Synopsis:By Adam Hogg
Ravage and Windcharger are forced to become uneasy allies as they embark on a mission to deactivate Auntie.
With the ships computer brain - Auntie, disabling every Transformer within the the Ark, it is up to the unaffected Ravage and Windcharger to form an "unholy alliance" to save the day. Both Transformers carefully walk the long corridors of the Ark in search of Auntie's core while neither particularly like the idea of teaming up with the other. They first come up against a laser barrier which Ravage expertly avoids, and then disables for his unlikely team mate to pass. Suddenly auntie projects a huge electrical build up which stuns Windcharger, but Ravage manages to defend against it.
Elsewhere, the trial for both leaders is not going well after Auntie appears to be malfunctioning. Optimus Prime manages to convince Megatron that Auntie will destroy both of them whatever happens, and that she is just playing games with them. Ravage meanwhile decides to help his unconscious ally, and it proves the right choice as the two use teamwork again and again to reach Auntie's core. Eventually they stand before the huge door, and the last line of defence - Guardian!
Guardian is non-speaking, semi-intelligent drone used by the Autobots to carry out everyday tasks. Guardian units don't transform (as answered about 100 times in the letters page), and show-up quite a few times mostly in the UK stories. There are also several different models for Guardian, all of which seem equally unstable! The advert for the Decepticon jet toys on the back page has mixed up all the names. Dirge's is named Starscream by the blurb, Ramjet is called Dirge, and Starscream is called Ramjet! What a mess. It looks like the person who prepared the ad didn't have the first clue who was who and didn't bother to check. The fans spotted it though and I seem to remember a letter being published in Soundwaves to rub it in!