Transformers UK: Issue #202
Story: Time Wars (Part 4)
Back-up strip: Action Force
Cover date: January 28, 1989
Writer: Simon Furman
Artwork: Dan Reed (story) Andy Wildman (cover)
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Omega Steve
Megatron may be the less powerful opponent, but he is still a handfull for the Wreckers!
Twins of evil Galvatron and Megatron now fight side-by-side against the best crack troops Cybertron's Autobots and Decepticons have to offer. Never the most stable of minds anyway, Galvatron and starts to experience d�j� vu at the sight of Carnivac and the Mayhem Attack Squad (probably remembering the battle as Megatron) and is showing early signs of the madness that has so often plagued him. In seconds he is ripping into Battletrap and propelling the Duocon into a wall and putting him out of action. Flywheels is enraged and runs forward - only meet Galvatron's fist - while Chopshop (who debuted last issue) is blasted up already.
The Wreckers round on Megatron and Topspin takes the full blast of the Decepticon's fusion cannon to the head. He drops like a stone, quite probably dead. Springer and Carnivac squabble over who's to blame for the rout and Scourge and Ravage enter the fray. Springer tells Scourge to wise-up and realise that the presence of the future Decepticons on Earth is the catalyst for the environmental disaster unfolding around them. Scourge remembers the wrenching sensation he felt when Cyclonus died and starts to think.
Twenty miles above ground an uneasy alliance of present day and future Autobots and Decepticons is forming. Rodimus Prime uses the Matrix to project an image of Optimus from Limbo who tells everyone that Cyclonus and Scourge has damaged delicate balance of time with their presence on Earth 20 years before their creation. They have arrived without paying heed to the normal rules of mass substitution and something serious must have happened to one of them to create the time storm that now threatens everything.
Meanwhile Scourge is still weighing up his options when Springer launches a surprise attack. Ravage leaps and is blasted by Carnivac, then the surviving Autobots and Decepticons retreat. Megatron is pleased with the victory but Galvatron wants to avoid the mistakes of last time and insists they pursue their uninvited guests. In the skies above a nearby city the rift has arrived and a panic ensues on the ground. It is the end of the world!
Up until now characters who were part of the Hasbro toy range could never be permanently killed off but in this story all bets are off. It looks like Topspin (no longer on sale) has bitten the dust as well as Chopshop and possibly Battletrap. When you add Cyclonus into the equation it looks like the bodycount is really mounting. This issue is well drawn, despite the dodgy depiction of Megs as a vampire on p6, and this and the next issue are my favourite Time Wars instalments. The epic battle between Galvatron/Megatron and the Wreckers/Mayhems is dramatic and adult in its violence. Threads are developing, in particular Scourge unravelling the mystery of the rift and Carnivac planning to kill his Autobot allies, while all the cast members are now on the scene.