Transformers UK: Issue #172

Story: Wrecking Havoc (Part 1)
Back-up strip: Action Force
Cover date: July 9th, 1988
Price: 35p
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Bryan Hitch (story) Jeff Anderson (cover)
Rating: Art / Story


Synopsis:

By Adam Hogg

Cyclonus becomes the meat in a car sandwich, as the Wreckers battle to take-down Galvatron!

A small mid Western town, or rather what is left of one. Springer is catapaulted backwards into a building after taking a blow from Cyclonus, this mission is not going to plan! The Wreckers had arrived via the dimensional portal expecting to battle Galvatron, but they did not anticipate his two lieutenants being there. Worse still they had arrived in the middle of a human settlement putting innocent lives, and the mission, in peril!

Springer moves to avoid Cyclonus' next attack and throws rocks into his eyes, allowing a valuable moment to survey the battlefield. He realises he has had better days! Springer picks up a heavy duty weapon and blasts Cyclonus square in the chest. Acting quickly to disarm the Decepticon, Springer is startled as Nightstick transforms at disappears into another building. The mission is going from bad to worse! As well as two extra Decepticons and a townload of Humans, they now have opponents with guns that can run away! As the other Wreckers keep Galvatron occupied, Springer's attention is drawn towards Sandstorm who is trying to keep the humans clear of the chaos. To them, Sandstorm is just another giant robot, and he is having little success in preventing a panic.

Rack 'n' Ruin charges towards Galvatron, meeting him in hand to hand combat, while Broadside attacks him from behind. As they both sucumb to their opponent's superior strength, Springer overhears Galvatron gloating that if they had waited a little longer, Cyclonus and Scourge would have tried to do their job for them. Springer hears Galvatron confess that his time travel device no longer exists and he begins to formulate a plan.

Closeby Scourge is battling the Wreckers and realising that the mission here is doomed to failure. He orders Fracas to find Cyclonus and prepare to get out of here. When the Autobots have softened up Galvatron they will return to pick up the pieces. Cyclonus is still busy with Springer, but with a human life in danger, Springer must act quickly. Sandwiching Cyclonus' head between two cars, he rushes to the man's aid, this has gone far enough!

Rushing over towards Galvatron, he pretends to grab the time jump device and vault away from the small town boasting loudly about his acquisition. Cyclonus and Scourge promptly pursue leaving Galvatron to marvel at his ex-lieutenants' stupity. As the Wreckers regroup Galvatron offers them a choice; stay and fight or help Springer. Cyclonus and Scourge will not be pleased when they learn they've been tricked, and Galvatron will be gone when the Wreckers return. So its either him or Springer!

Moments later, Cyclonus discovers the painful truth that he and Scourge will not be returning to the future! Springer didn't have the device after all and they are not pleased. The Wreckers arrive to rescue their leader and Cyclonus and Scourge transform and fly off. They Autobots help a grateful Springer to his feet, realising that Galvatron will have got away this time. The Wreckers will return to Cybertron to plan a new and next time Galvatron's head will be theirs!

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Comments:

An action packed issue with some of the comic's most popular characters (Galvatron and the Wreckers) doing battle. Without their boss to provide the brains, Cyclonus and Scourge are easily manipulated and seem to make one bad choice after another.

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