Transformers UK: Issue #58
Story: Plight of the Bumblebee (Part 2)
Back-up strip: Rocket Racoon
Cover date: April 26th, 1986
Script: Len Kaminski
Artwork: Graham Nolan
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Adam Hogg
Prime is desperate to retrieve his missing comrade Bumblebee before the Decepticons do.
As the Autobots join in the search for the Decepticon pursued Bumblebee, Optimus Prime decides that they should split up to find him. Elsewhere, Bumblebee and his two would-be captors are causing all sorts of commotion uptown. Bumblebee seems all too happy to help his unaware passengers show off, and by doing 200 leaves all challenges in his dust. After a while though the true extent of the damage received last issue becomes apparent, with Bumblebee embarrassingly coming to a spluttering halt. With his transforming ability still disabled, Bumblebee stays silent by the roadside while one of the two men tries to make head or tails of his damaged alien engine. As luck would have it, one of his new friends manages to fix him, so they continue their ride through town unaware though that the Decepticons are closing in on their target. The small town is then once more turned into a war zone as laser blasts rain down on the streets below. While the two men try to work out exactly why the Air Force is after them, Bumblebee has no choice but to take over the controls. Speeding away from the town centre also brings him to the attention of the law, who also take up the pursuit. Meanwhile, the real US Airforce jets are being scrambled to deal with these unidentified intruders. With the Jets soon in the skies, Optimus Prime picks up on one of their radio messages, the Autobots are also on their way.
With Bumblebee still being blasted at below, the US jets warn the Decepticons to stop their hostile actions. Trying to figure out exactly what Shockwave is, they soon realise these are not real jets, but not soon enough to save them from being attacked and shot down. As the Decepticons attention turns to the now helpless Bumblebee, he decides to make a final stand and spare his Human friends. Just as his end looks in sight however, Jetfire soars into view, taking out Buzzsaw in the process. Unfortunately his actions prove futile and he too is shot down, but by crashing into the flyover he puts the two humans lives in jeopardy. True to his Autobot nature, Bumblebee is forced to put the Humans live ahead of his helpless comrade but while Shockwave moves in for the final attack the Autobots arrive with the Human authorities. Shockwave decides that logically it would be a good idea to retreat, and disappears along with the other Decepticons. With a final parting, the two Humans have a lot of questions to answer with the police, while Bumblebee accepts that he will always be an Autobot.
The US version of this issue was followed by the first of the Return to Cybertron series, UK readers however are now treated to "Robot Buster". Buster's re-introduction means he is to play a major part in the next seven issues. With long stories such as "Dinobot Hunt" and "Crisis of Command", it has been 18 issues since UK readers last saw Buster, but while it has not been as long for US readers, they will not see him again for even longer (Buster Witwicky and the Car wash of Doom" (UK#128-129, US#31).
Check out the free McDonalds advertising on page 1, and I wonder how Bumblebee feels being referred to as a "Her" on page 5. Its odd that on page 8, the USAF man says that the enemy planes don't comply to US or Soviet design, even though they are based on the F-14, he could be referring to Shockwave, Laserbeak or Buzzsaw however.