Transformers UK: Issue #60
Story: Robot Buster (Part 2)
Back-up strip: Rocket Racoon
Cover date: May 10th, 1986
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Barry Kitson
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Adam Hogg (aka Crespo'99)
Buster has dared to attack Shockwave and there is a terrible price the pay!
Buster runs, but there is no escape. He sets traps, but they fail. He fights fire with fire - but there is no escape from Shockwave. Inside his giant exo-suit, Buster is cornered as Shockwave closes in, but he sees a chance - grabbing a fist full of sand he swipes a tonne into the face of the unsuspecting Decepticon, temporarily blinding him (Shockwave has obviously not been watching too many films, this has to be the cheapest trick in the book!). Shockwave holds his eye in pain and begins shooting at random, meanwhile Buster makes a run for it. Buster curses his decision to go against Prime's order not to use the suit, and then deciding to prove its worth by heading towards the old deserted Decepticon base. He didn't reckon on bumping into any Decepticons, but after defeating Frenzy it was just his luck that Shockwave showed up.
Elsewhere Shockwave also thinks, about an age trapped beneath tons of rubble, then sinking into a dark swamp - as his vision returns his logic dictates that it would be a waste of time and fuel to pursue the human - but his emotion says otherwise! The sun begins to rise as Buster remain out of sight, while in the distance he can hear the terrain being reshaped as Shockwave rages - he is getting closer. Buster realises he has no choice but to face the Decepticon, and by channelling all power into one blast he might just have a chance. Shockwave has found him, and jumps in blasting just as Buster fires everything at full power. The exo-suit is a smoking wreck, and with the last of his strength Buster climbs out of the cockpit - but Shockwave was hardly dented. Picking up the young boy, Shockwave prepares to crush the life out of him when suddenly Optimus Prime and the Autobots arrive. Shockwave is given the offer to escape if he releases the Human, which he does - but promises he will get his revenge. Buster is a little shaken, but surprisingly healthy despite this incident. He is sorry for what he has done and jokingly resigns from the ranks of the Autobots. Shockwave meanwhile thinks to himself, he can take advantage of the feeling the Autobots have for this human - he will soon exploit this to strike a damaging blow...
Shockwave's head has been drawn way out of proportion to his body this issue, as the pic above shows. A few issues ago we were promised an explanation of how Shockwave escaped the swamp, but in the event it is not as exciting as I imagined. He simply thrashed about for a few weeks until his feet touched solid ground. Considering that Shockwave must be about 32 feet tall this must be a deep old swamp!