Transformers: Headmasters #3
Marvel Comics (November, 1987)“Love And Steel!” WRITER: Bob Budiansky’ PENCILER: Frank Springer INKERS: Ian Akin & Brian Garvey COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Pat Brosseau EDITOR: Don Daley
After the Autobot Headmasters lay another beatdown on the Decepticons, Zarak is able to convince Scorponok to become Headmasters as well. Meanwhile, the Council has decided to follow the Autobots on what everyone thinks is a rescue mission of Zarak’s people from the Decepticons but turns out to be a trap. Mindwipe even uses his hypnotic powers on Llyra, Zarak’s daughter and Galen’s love, to trick the Council into a machine that traps people in bubbles to send them into space, but the Autobots shoot them down, with the Decepticons using the distraction to shoot the Autobots. Llyra, confused by the trance, believes the Autobots were trying to kill them.
But why does the rest of the Council go along with that thought? They weren’t mind controlled! Plus Llyra seemed aware as to whom was bragging about sending them into deep space! In bubbles! I like the fight scenes, but Zarak’s thinking still confuses the heck out of me and it seems Budiansky is trying to too hard to have Nebulos go against the Autobots as much as the Earthlings do. Also, sometimes the word balloons point to the wrong people/Transformers, making it hard to follow who is saying what.
If Simon Furman can surprise me with a good Transformers story then it stands to reason that Budiansky can disappoint me with a bad one…and this is from a guy who LIKED “Car Wash Of Doom“. However, it’s a rather important moment in the series so it’s hard to tell to avoid it as much as I want to.
Also, if you’re using my reviews as a timeline guide, I’m thinking this should have been placed before issue #37 instead of after. I thought the message sent then ended up being received this issue, but it’s the next issue, so time may flow better putting this before #37 and next issue after.