The Transformers #64
Marvel (March, 1990)“Matrix Quest” part 3*: “Deadly Obsession” (somebody messed up and this is listed as part 4) WRITER: Simon Furman PENCILER: Jose Delbo INKERS: Al Williamson & Dan Reed COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Jim Massara EDITOR: Don Daley
On the planet Pequod Longtooth, Doubleheader, and Pincer investigate reports of a dead animal come back to life causing destruction on the high seas. Thinking the Creation Matrix is involved they investigate, a thought shared by Thunderwing, whose Decepticon comrades are losing faith with, thinking the quest has become an obsession. A chance encounter with the whale-like “Khud” damages Longtooth and he becomes a Captain Ahab, with his own obsession to eliminate the Khud. Pincer talks him out of it, and Thunderwing learns the animal met with a spaceship that may have come from the actual resting place of the Matrix.
What they got right: Longtooth’s obsession mirrors the ‘Cons thinking Thunderwing has become obsessed with the Matrix. It’s an interesting take on the Moby Dick story right with the first words in the story: “Call me Longtooth…”.
What they got wrong: Longtooth got hit in the chest while in his Pretender shell. (In fact he never leaves it.) How does that mess with his head? It’s a very forced way to set up the idea.
Recommendation: You know, this arc isn’t as good as I thought it was. It’s not bad and certainly better than what’s coming but it’s not that great except in concept. I can’t really recommend getting this one.