The Transformers #65
Marvel Comics (April, 1990)“Matrix Quest” part 4: “Dark Creation” WRITER: Simon Furman ARTIST: Geoff Senior COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Jim Massara EDITOR: Don Daley
On the planet VsQs (or maybe that’s where the exploration team came from) is the final resting place of Optimus Prime’s original body. Here the Classic Pretenders are sure they’ve found the Matrix. However, the Creation Matrix has given new life to some bad creatures, including the one currently guarding it. Thunderwing arrives to seek the Matrix for itself and take it from either the Autobots or the creature. The end sees the shuttle return to the Ark with the new Matrix holder–Thunderwing!
You know, I like the idea of doing a sci-fi alien stalker story, ala Alien, but that’s tossed out as soon as Thunderwing literally smashes his way into the story. I still don’t know where Thunderwing got his Pretender shell or why he’s in it all of the time. We have yet to see his true robot self, and the toy’s shell could actually transform and combine with him, which we also haven’t seen and never will. Aren’t they trying to sell Transformers here?
But the part that gets me is the Creation Matrix, the big maguffin of this story and that’s what it turns out to be. However, it’s worse than the remake into the Matrix of Leadership I’ve already complained about. Now it gets tainted with evil, and it apparently has a form of intelligence and refers to itself as “we”, like Venom from the Marvel Universe or possibly a royal “we”. Either way it’s annoying and this will come back to haunt me.
The sad part is that if you’re really going to follow Furman’s run this is a must-read issue, even if the rest of the arc might not be. (They’re still recommended as you watch Thunderwing fall to madness and his troops losing interest in his well-being.) Then again, I’d discourage reading any of the US Furman if at all possible.