Transformers: The War Within #6
Dreamwave (March, 2003)WRITER: Simon Furman PENCILER: Don Figueroa INKER: Elaine To COLORIST: Rob Ruffolo COLOR ASSISTS: David Cheung & Elliot Kravghik LETTERING: Dreamer Design GRAPHIC DESIGN: Kevin Lee & Matt Moylan ASSISTANT EDITOR: Matt Moylan
Optimus might not have killed Megatron (or he wouldn’t have been in the regular series) but he did…something to damage his memories before taking off to stop Starscream from destroying the planet. Optimus comes up with the plan where Wheeljack is able to take out the generator powering the cyberforming. The Decepticons will return, but after all that’s happened Optimus now realizes they need to stay and contain the Decepticons’ evil as best they can.
What they got right: A Simon Furman-written Optimus Prime that actually gets BETTER by the end of the arc? Amazing! This sets up what could have been some interesting adventure on Cybertron in the early days of the war. That’s not what we got, as you’ll see in the next miniseries in the timeline, but it could have been.
What they got wrong: We get a flashback of a golden disk (nod to Beast Wars I’m betting) given to Optimus which contains the wisdom of the past Primes. At the end of the story, Optimus throws it away. Never mind the fact that it seems to fly off into space while he’s still planetside at the ruins of Iacon, but wouldn’t it be a GOOD thing to have that? Furman seemed to stuff that in at the last minute to make some comment about forging their own path but under the circumstances and knowing the planet has at least one, if not more, dangerous secret(s), wouldn’t that knowledge actually be important?
Recommendation: The first The War Within is actually a good Transformers story and shows that Simon Furman can create such a thing. So what the heck happened with the next chapter? I’ve already done an overview for Scanning My Collection when Revenge Of The Fallen hit theaters. Now it’s time to revisit to see how the early days tales fell apart.