The Transformers #11
Marvel Comics (December, 1985)“BRAINSTORM” WRITER: Bob Budiansky PENCILER: Herb Trimpe INKER: Tom Palmer LETTERER: Diana Albers COLORIST: Nel Yomtov EDITOR: Michael Carlin
Buster tries to struggle with his powers as much as telling his dad about them and that he did one more favor for the Autobots in violation of his dad’s wishes. However, despite Optimus Prime’s plan, Shockwave discovers that Buster has the Creation Matrix. Luckily the Autobots, thanks to G.B. Blackrock, are able to listen in and rush out to protect Buster from the unliving Transformer Jetfire. Fans of the Friday Night Fights may remember I posted that fight.
What they got right: The art jumps up from last issue as everyone, human and robot alike, come off pretty good. We even get Bumblebee partially transforming like his toy, even though they use his cartoon model for the robot mode. We also get a great fight scene between Bumblebee, Bluestreak, and Buster vs. the drone-like Jetfire (you may remember this from one of my Friday Night Fights).
What they got wrong: It’s around this time in re-reading these stories that I start to question Buster’s powers, since the only power Optimus seems to have Is the ability to give life to Transformers. There’s never an explanation as to why Buster also has metal telekinesis.
Other notes: While O will never be seen again, Jessie returns and will be connected to the Witwickys in pretty much all their future appearances. There are questions about the Creation Matrix in light of changes Furman made, which I brought up in another article. The Jetfire toy is based on one of the Valkyries from Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, which many US Robotech fans will remember as the Veritech fighters from the first war. Due to the series being imported to the US and the toy in Japan not coming from Takara, thus leading to copyright issues in both countries, the design was changed in the cartoon model (and for some reason the name changed in the cartoon—I’m not sure how that’s related), and like the other Transformers the character model changed as well. Decades later, as part of the “Transformers Universe” like, we would finally get a Jetfire toy that matched the cartoon model.
Recommendation: One of the best of the early stories that’s worth a look at least.