Transformers Armada #15
Story: Worlds Collide (Part Two)
Release date: September 2003
Cover variants: One cover
Cover price: $2.95
Writer: Simon Furman
Artwork: Don Figueroa (pencils) Elaine To (inks) David Cheung (colors)
Rating: Art / Story
First appearance: Scourge, Thunderwing, Dirge, Jetfire, Blurr, Spinister
Synopsis:By Ian Arrowsmith
The menacing figure of Bludgeon lies in wait for any Autobot who comes near the space portals!
Dark Skies cloud the Decepticon headquarters on Cybertron. The area is in ruins with fallen warriors lining the corridors. The nexus is secured, all the space bridge portals are activated, and for Bludgeon, Scourge and the others who are there to wreak havoc, phase two has begun.
On Earth, Hot Shot questions Over-Run on the whereabouts of Optimus Prime. He cannot help but Astroscope can. He explains that the space/time horizon is in turmoil and a clash of realities is occurring. If the Autobots launch a temporal probe they may find Prime and Over-Run could reach him using the device that transported him to the Armada universe. Trouble is, that device is now in Decepticon hands at their Silveridge HQ. Starscream and Demolisher have no idea what its function is and Megatron is furious; he sent them to gather answers and all they did was get floored by a mystery opponent and retrieve a mystery object that raises more questions than it answers. Leader-1 enters and reveals the Autobots have dispatched a probe to search subspace for Optimus Prime!
On a Cybertron several realities from this one, Armada Optimus demands to know why the planet is in a state of total desolation. The only other living soul is the Decepticon Spinister, and he explains in prophetic terms that a dark being pronounced judgement on their world and is arriving imminently to destroy it. Prime can't accept that a single being could be powerful enough to do all this, but he is about to see first hand as the massive form of Unicron closes in on the planet. On Armada Cybertron Jetfire and Blurr are wondering what is going on, as space bridge after space bridge opens up. Jetfire, having heard that the source is Decepticon Command HQ, thinks it is a bad idea for them to investigate, at least go in with an assault team. The mysterious arrivals in the command centre confident of repelling any attack, but their first priority is to deal with this reality's Megatron, Scourge, Thunderwing and Dirge head through a portal to Earth leaving Bludgeon with orders to kill any intruders.
Back on Earth Astroscope and Over-run leave for a mission to the Decepticon base to recover the stolen dimension-hopping device. Just as they leave who should be coming the other way but the Decepticons. The base takes a pounding and the Autobots are swiftly overcome by Megatron and his forces. This gives the Mini-cons free reign to enter the deserted Decepticon HQ.
At Autobase Hot Shot tries to shield the Mini-cons as they search for Optimus Prime, but he is no match for the power of Megatron. The same cannot be said of Megatron's fellow Decepticons who try to radio him for help and get cut off abruptly. Wondering who's attacking them Megatron goes to find out and comes face-to-face with Galvatron!
There is no shortage of action as Furman tries to squeeze enough material for a six-part series into four issues. I felt that more could have been made of certain scenes, like for example the battle at the end which lasted a few panels and next thing the Autobots were on the floor. It would have been nice to see some signs of resistance from them. Other than that though the story is starting to come together, while still leaving you guessing as to what will happen next. One would assume Galvatron is about to trash Megatron in the next instalment on the basis of how little resistance he has had so far.
One thing Furman has managed to do so far is bring out the personalities of the characters, particularly the mini-cons he has granted speaking roles. Don is doing a good job with the art too. I like it when he adds extra details and cracks to the characters faces, they end up looking more weathered and like a battle worn robot should be. One criticism I have is that in some drawings, Bludgeon, Galvatron and the other 'heralds' look too soft, curvy and friendly. It makes them look much less mean then I remember them in the original comics.