The Transformers #53
Marvel Comics (June, 1989)“Recipe For Disaster!” WRITER: Bob Budiansky PENCILER: José Delbo INKER: Dave Hunt COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Jade Moede EDITOR: Don Daley
To get past the Mechaniballs, Cloudburst talks them into letting them retrieve ingredients for basting robots. On Femax they find a matriarchal society and Cloudburst accidentally becomes the target of the leader’s affections. When she learns he’s really an Autobot Pretender…well, you see the cover. Surprisingly it’s Landmine to attempts to reason with the leader and she apologizes for letting her emotions get the better of them. As the Autobots leave as friends they encounter Darkwing and Dreadwind, whom Sky Lynx (having followed the groups hoping to find a way to rescue Berko) exposes as the Mechaniballs’ robot spotters. Guess who the Mechaniballs’ next meal is going to be.
What they got right: I like how we have the “women in charge, men are nothing” story that isn’t the typical “show men and women can be the same by flipping the ruling gender” story. It’s just an amazon culture, end of story. And the males really aren’t that bright, although we have no proof genetics are involved. Cloudburst and Landmine made a great team and it’s too bad there weren’t more stories of their adventures.
What they got wrong: Last issue we saw Cybertronian-sized beings and for some reason that didn’t bother me. Cybertronian-sized humans, however, for some reason do. Also I couldn’t be the only one groaning over the female-run planet being called Femax. It’s a bit obvious but how it affects me varies. I’m also not sure how a simple fleshling sword could decapitate a Transformer like Cloudburst that easily. These are all minor complaints, granted.
Other notes: As far as I remember this is the last we see of Sky Lynx and Berko. One wonders what they did after this and if other Autobots had to keep bailing them out of trouble. Speaking of buddy stories I want to see more of.
Recommendation: A good two-part adventure that I enjoyed much better than anything in IDW’s More Than Meets The Eye. Well worth picking up.