The Transformers #69
Marvel (August, 1990)“Eye Of The Storm” WRITER: Simon Furman PENCILER: Andrew Wildman INKERS: Harry Candelario & Bob Lewis COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Rick Parker EDITOR: Don Daley
As the Autobots recover from Thunderwing’s assault Optimus is worried they’ve forgotten about the threat of Unicron, who has sent the time-displaced Galvatron along with Hook, Line, & Sinker to make sure they stay unprepared. Grimlock, learning of Nucleon–a form of energy that could restore the Dinobots if it doesn’t drive them insane first–grabs his teammates and heads there against Optimus’ orders. As for Optimus, he is planning to surrender to the Decepticons, in the hopes that he can form a union against Unicron. However, Starscream and Shockwave are recruiting to start a Decepticon civil war! Back on the Ark, Nightbeat’s probe into the “unspace” that the dimensional warps connect through has found Ratchet…grotesquely merged with Megatron!
As soon as I typed “what they got right:” I realized I’ve got nothing to say there. More of my issues with Furman come up here and if you’ve read my reviews of ReGeneration One you already know what they are. Look up there. Five–count them, five–plotlines going on at the same time. There’s the horrible torture of Transformers with what’s done to Ratchet and Megatron and it’s only going to get worse next issue. As for Optimus surrendering as a way to get the Decepticons on board with fighting Unicron…two issues from now will be the catalyst for my next “Furman Files” article.
There is nothing about this issue I can support but it set up the next few story arcs. If you want to follow what Furman does that kind of makes this important. Otherwise, it’s probably best to avoid it.