Transformers: Generation One vol. 3 #7
Dreamwave (August, 2004)
WRITER: James McDonough & Adam Patyk
PENCILER: Don Figueroa
INKER: Elaine To
COLORIST: Espen Grundetjern
LETTERER: Ben Lee
The EDC ask for the Autobots’ help in investigating a mysterious energy signature of Cybertronian nature, in a small town where the people have vanished and the soldiers Fairborne sent to investigate joined them. Sideswipe isn’t too trusting of these guys, partly helped by catching a glimpse of Scourge on a monitor. During the investigation Bumper’s group are attacked and he’s taken away. The Autobots learn by whom when they and the surviving EDC soldiers are surrounded by Insecticon clones. Meanwhile, Starscream returns to his Earth base, but what’s with Soundwave, Rumble, and Frenzy?
What they got right: There’s a nod to the classic cartoon as a movie theater is playing a robot martial arts movie featuring Nightbird. It’s even named Enter The Nightbird, which was the name of the episode she appeared in. One soldier also almost namedrops the GoBots (with the dash, so either they’re getting the spelling wrong like so many do or the reference is actually to the Go-Bots from the Generation Two line, but I’m betting the former).
What they got wrong: I barely know who Frick and Frack are (and I still had to look them up on Wikipedia to fully understand the reference), so I don’t care how connected Jazz is to Earth culture, there’s no way he knows the reference. And since this was in reference to Sideswipe and Sunstreaker, what is with Sunstreaker’s attitude? All he wants to do is argue and insult everyone. As paranoid as Sideswipe is being, at least there’s a good reason behind it given or at least hinted at.
Recommendation: This continues to be a good story and you Transformers fans out there should be keeping an eye out for this volume.