Transformers: Stormbringer #2
IDW Publishing (June, 2006)
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: Don Figueroa
COLORIST: Josh Burcham
LETTERER: Robbie Robbins
EDITORS: Chris Ryall & Dan Taylor
Bludgeon is the one who has captured the Autobots, forcing the Technobots in his “care” to become raw materials for some kind of grafting process, presumably the one that led to Thunderwing’s creation. Jetfire is trying to convince him not to activate Thunderwing, but Bludgeon believes a sacrifice is needed to appease the planet…of other worlds of course. (Is this Cybertron or Unicron?) He also insists that Thunderwing is now a blank slate that Bludgeon cannot control but can nudge where he chooses, and where he chooses is the planet Nebulos. Optimus calls in the Wreckers (because of course Simon Furman is going to introduce the Wreckers…they’re his creation and fan favorites from his UK Marvel stories) to meet him on Cybertron, while Nosecone and Afterburner, having survived in an escape pod, deal with sentry robots and the toxic planet.
What they got right: Looks like Nosecone and Afterburner survived after all. Good to see, and hopefully they’ll keep the others from being torn apart. We get a little more about Thunderwing’s history.
What they got wrong: Although there’s still a lot I don’t know due to the story being rather vague at this point considering Thunderwing. He got uberpower, went insane, nearly trashed the planet, and it’s connected to some kind of grafting process. That’s all we know at this point. And while we will get Headmasters as a concept (I’ll go more into that when we get to that storyline) we’re shoving Nebulos out of the story so unless there was some retcon after I stopped reading the IDW run the Nebulans, the race created for the Headmasters, are dead and gone. I know Furman in the Marvel run seemed to ignore Head/Target/Powermasters and Pretenders whenever he could, but this is starting to come off as Furman making sure these gimmicks from later in the Transformers toyline don’t make it into IDW continuity, which as of 2017 he doesn’t work on. I like the idea of the Autobots and Decepticons coming up with new technologies like the Combiners (we’ll be ruining that soon as well), the Masters, Pretenders, and whatnot. So I’m disappointed to see it being forced out of this continuity.
Other notes: In the comments for last issue’s review I was asked about my problem with non-Earth Transformers using Earth curse words. It’s a personal preference I grant you, but it’s a review and even I am not free of personal bias in my choices. I just try to be as unbiased as I can because I’m trying to see what others might like in it to make myself a better writer. My problem here is one of world-building. Once Cybertronian swears were added to the Transformers multiverse (mostly due to Beast Wars, but there were a few from the G1 cartoon and comics), seeing any Transformer who hadn’t lived on Earth and thus not been influenced by Earth culture is just a bit strange to my mental ears. Cybertronians should have their own culture because it’s an alien world and an alien (to us) form of life. It would be like a character in Dragon Ball using curse words created for The Pirates Of Dark Water if we pretend they’re the same universe. It just sounds strange to me. I’m not saying you have to share that belief and not everything in the “got wrong” or even “got right” section is a deal breaker or deal maker. These are my opinions based on my perspective, the same as everyone else. You’re welcome to disagree of course but that’s why I brought it up, especially since Jetfire was the only one NOT using Cybertronian replacement term like everyone else. Nitpicky perhaps but world-building is one of those things I think about as a creator.
Recommendation: Most of my issues are nitpicky fanboyism. While this isn’t grabbing me the way the last storyline did I never judge stories based on past or future stories. I take them on their own merits (even sequels) and this is a pretty good story.