The Transformers #71
Marvel (October, 1990)“Surrender!” WRITER: Simon Furman PENCILER: Andrew Wildman INKER: Stephen Baskerville COLORIST: Nel Yomtov LETTERER: Rick Parker EDITOR: Rob Tokar
Optimus surrenders to Scorponok, hoping it will lead to an alliance against Unicron. Instead, Zarak sees an opportunity to rally his troops to his side. However, Prime forces the issue and even Zarak relents in the face of Unicron…just as Shockwave’s faction attacks. The Decepticon civil war has begun. Meanwhile, Galvatron invades Cybertron and Xxaron is on the run from him. But while Galvatron follows Unicron’s orders, he’s looking for a way to get payback for pulling him from his time period.
Folks, I had to force myself to do this review. I was planning to do another Furman Files in connection, but I can’t bring myself to. I’m not enjoying these stories. Prime is a caricature of himself in a flashback about not surrendering, attempting to show how desperate Optimus has become. However, the same old Furmanized Optimus is on display. One who questions every judgement, who is supposed to be strong and compassionate but is actually quite weak. Furman does not understand how to write Optimus Prime, and it will only get worse from here. Wildman and Baskerville making the Transformers look like people in costumes isn’t helping.
Please, someone who like Furman…explain to me why? I don’t get it and I don’t want to read anymore. I’m doing this to myself because I set myself upon a mission to review every Transformers comic in my collection, but I’m not enjoying reading these. I hate this take on the Transformers and I wish Budiansky didn’t get burned out. After I finish this book (#74) I’m jumping to something else before coming back to this story. This is the opposite of fun.