Transformers UK: Issue #84
Story: Target: 2006 (Part 6) Trios!
Back-up strip: Hercules
Cover date: October 25th, 1986
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Geoff Senior (story), Phil Gascoine (cover)
Rating: Art / Story
New characters: Springer, Sandstorm, Broadside, Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr
By Omega Steve
Three triple changers rough-up Impactor but is there more going on than meets the eye?
On Cybertron Impactor leader of the Wreckers is not having a good day. He's been attacked by three Decepticon Triple Changers, with a lot of raw power between them. They have crippled him with an inhibitor claw, preventing him from transforming, and forced him to fall back on his close combat training - it isn't enough. Impactor knows he cannot afford to die here, his role in Operation: Volcano is pivotal and should the campaign fail it won't be because of "third rate scum" like Broadside, Sandstorm and Springer! He fights back and almost escapes, but Springer leaps into his path and sends Impactor sprawling. Rather than finish him off two of his attackers transform and take to the skies - Springer tells Impactor he will see him at Debris (the Wrecker's secret base) and hands him a communicube before departing. Impactor is puzzled as to what it all means, when Emirate Xaaron's face appears in the cube. He explains that Impactor has just met the Autobot triple changers and they'll be filling in should Ultra Magnus fail to return. Further the Decepticon disguises were purely for Impactor's benefit, to convince him that the new recruits are up to the job. Xaaron signs off, Impactor crushes the cube. He hates being outfoxed by the wily Autobot leader!
On Earth in 1986 all of Galvatron's days are good ones. After claiming to be the future incarnation of Megatron (last issue) he now decides to tell Jazz more about his origins. The story begins twenty years in the future when Megatron and his oldest foe Optimus Prime had fought each other to a standstill. Megatron was beaten and gravely injured, but he would have survived had not his traitorous lieutenant Starscream cast him into space. Along with a few other injured Decepticons, Megatron had drifted into the path of a Cybertron sized planet, which turned out to be a living being known as Unicron! Megatron was given a simple choice, serve Unicron or die, and he chose the former and was reconstructed as Galvatron. However Unicron monitored his servant's every move, and the slightest indiscretion was instantly punished. Galvatron fled to the past, where he is beyond even Unicron's reach, and free to build a weapon of unimaginable power. When the Decepticon returns to his time the weapon will be triggered and Unicron will cease to exist! Galvatron is about to reveal the significance of the site he has chosen to build the weapon when Cyclonus arrives with news. Starscream has been sniffing around hoping to join the winning side, and Cyclonus has learned from him that Megatron is free and has teamed up with the Autobots! Galvatron cannot believe what he is hearing, and as Jazz breaks into hysteria, violently renders the Autobot unconscious.
Over at the Decepticon coal mine base Shockwave wants answers. He has arrived to find the place deserted, apart from Frenzy and Thundercracker who are unable to explain how they got there, much less where Megatron, Soundwave and the Constructicons have got too. Twenty years in the future three Autobots prepare to timejump. Hotrod worries that 1986 seems an awfully long time ago but Kup assures him "it's only yesterday lad". Blurr is anxious to get on with their mission, stopping Galvatron! As the trio timejump, in 1986 Shockwave, Frenzy and Thundercracker are suddenly engulfed by antimatter and are violently torn from existence, leaving behind three charred spots where they stood. Their displacement makes room for the future Autobots who now arrive in spectacular fashion. A haunting, malevolent laugh stirs their subconscious and echoes off the deserted coalmine, reverberating off the surface of Cybertron and finally reaches Galvatron. The sudden chill he feels owes nothing to the climate.
Galvatron does not finish explaining what his weapon will be hidden under in the future, although it is later implied that it will be Autobot City. It seems unwise for him to be so candid with Jazz, who could easily tell others if he escapes. Perhaps Galvatron plans to destroy him, but if so why go through with the prisoner exchange next issue? A great little origin story, and Unicron looks awesome. Significantly there is no suggestion that Prime will die in the Movie because he is still standing after his battle with Megatron. The timejump of Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr establishes what we had guessed already, that future visitors deposit counterparts somewhere when they arrive. Some kids wrote in to suggest that mass substitutes ended up in the future but we later find out it is the Limbo dimension. That is Unicron laughing by the way on the final page, he is partially in control of the future Autobots' actions.