Transformers UK: Issue #86
Story: Target: 2006 (Part 8)
Back-up strip: Spitfire and the Troubleshooters
Cover date: November 8th, 1986
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Geoff Senior (story) Robin Smith (cover)
Rating: Art / Story
By Omega Steve
The readers demanded it and here it is - Ultra Magnus versus Galvatron! Hanging in the balance is the fate of Optimus Prime and the Autobots of Earth and Cybertron.
Galvatron came from the future to build a weapon that would insure his supreme rule in the year 2006. Many have tried to stop him and failed; his henchmen, Cyclonus, Scourge, the opportunist Starscream, and his remote controlled puppet Jazz, have dealt with all opposition. Now just one being stands between Galvatron and total domination of two planets and two eras...
Ultra Magnus thunders down the highway in car transporter mode with Galvatron hanging on to him and out for blood! The Autobot crashes through a stop sign and on to an unfinished motorway bridge - Galvatron thinks he is mad, he will surely kill them both. But Magnus throws on his brakes at the last possible moment, sending Galvatron flying through the air and creating a giant crater as he crashes to the ground. The short silence that follows finally allows Magnus to think about the madness he is now involved in. After challenging Galvatron last issue, the battle was not going well. Despite giving a fair account of himself, Magnus was holding back his true pain. During the battle he had received an internal communication from the three future Autobots, asking him to get Galvatron clear of his weapon and buy them some time to put a plan into motion. Transforming, he had begun to drive off only for Galvatron to dig his fingers into Magnus' steel skin and clamber on his to trailer.
The motorway floor on which the dreaming Ultra Magnus now stands suddenly crumbles as Galvatron destroys it. Magnus has carelessly underestimated his foe's resilience and ability to recover. He plummets to the ground and into the firing line of Galvatron's cannon mode. Magnus manages to dodge the blast, as the battle moves to a small industrial estate. He throws a petrol tanker at Galvatron as the Decepticon opens fire, engulfing both Transformers in a giant fireball. For long moments the inferno rages unabated, punctuated occasionally by smaller explosions as other construction vehicles surrender to its molten embrace. Finally a victor emerges from the conflagration... and it is Galvatron!
Fast moving high-octane action this issue, all brillantly depicted through the art of Geoff Senior. When Galvatron emerges victorious at the end I doubt too many people were surprised because it probably would have made a lousy cliffhanger having the good guy win. There is still time for Magnus to get his revenge later. This is a good solid Target: 2006 instalment but the action scenes do mean that the 11 pages fly by a little quicker than usual.