Transformers UK: Issue #291
Story 1: Legacy of Unicron (Part 2)
Story 2: Matrix Quest: Dark Creation (Part 2)
Back-up strip: GI Joe The Action Force
Cover date: 13th October, 1990
Writer: Simon Furman
Artwork: Geoff Senior, Stewart Johnson (cover)
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Omega Steve
Thunderwing absorbs Grimlock's best hit then orders his troops to attack!
Note: The Legacy of Unicron story is a reprint so please check out issues 146-151 (in the 1988 section) for the original reviews.
The Pretender Classics have found evidence of the Matrix on Cameron's third moon. It appears that Prime's funeral barge crashed here and some humanoid scientists came to investigate. They were attacked by a strange creature and are now laying dead in their deserted moon base. Bumblebee is fearful that the Matrix may somehow be involved in all of this, and wonders if it might be better staying lost. Jazz disagrees, pointing out that they have scoured the galaxy looking for it to stop now, and what of Unicron? Grimlock just wishes he had his Dinobots back.
The Matrix spawn, lurking in the shadows above, extends a tentacle to seize Bumblebee - then quickly recoils as it spies a figure rapidly advancing. The incoming Transformer turns out to be Decepticon leader Lord Thunderwing - who crashes in and demands to be told where the Matrix is!
Back on the Decepticon ship, Ruckus is frustrated that he has been left to guard the three Autobot prisoners. He is sure this happened because he lipped off to Thunderwing and reflects on how the boss has become obsessed with the Matrix. Out of sight a short circuit begins to travel along the cable leading to the mind leach equipment currently holding Nightbeat, Siren and Hosehead captive.
Inside the moon base Thunderwing is throttling Bumblebee and not listening to Jazz's reasoning. Grimlock weighs in and decks the Decepticon, sending him flying into a wall. Thunderwing absorbs the hit then orders his warriors - Spinister, Needlenose and Windsweeper, to attack. Grimlock separates from his shell, transforms into dinosaur mode and locks his jaw on the Decepticon commander's arm.
Some good character development this issue, particularly with Bumblebee and Grimlock. A few issues ago Bumblebee revealed that becoming a pretender had done wonders for his confidence. He now seems to be moving towards a leadership role in the Pretender Classics team. Its like he's a focal character with Grimlock on one side pulling him in the direction of violent solutions and Jazz on the other as the voice of restraint. Grimlock is also feeling different these days, but being a Pretender is having a negative effect on him, because he feels uncomfortable with his human shell and out of place among the other two. Grimlock feels a strong personal obligation to revive his Dinobots and I get the feeling he could do something stupid to realise that aim. The only time he seems to forget his dark moods is when he's in the thick of battle, taking on Thunderwing - then he is his old self.
I am still enjoying the restoration of the full colour format, albeit with reprints still opening the comic. The Dread Tidings page is disappointingly half-arsed this time though. There is an unnecessary square of empty space which could have been filled by a letter, an overly long letter which should have been cut. One reader poses the question of whether Man in the Machine took place after Time Wars or before. The reason being that Fortress Maximus still has his head in Time Wars and Spike quit as his binary bonded partner during Man in the Machine. Dreadwind replies it must have been a different Witwicky, which is a total cop out, then answers questions like "Where is Trypticon" with "As far away as possible". Obviously a few jokes are expected on this page but for goodness sake answer some of the questions too.