Transformers: Stormbringer #4
IDW Publishing (October, 2006)
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: Don Figueroa
COLORIST: Josh Burcham
LETTERING: Sulaco Studios
EDITORS: Chris Ryall & Dan Taylor
As Razorclaw reluctantly prepares to destroy Cybertron, the Autobots make one last stand against Thunderwing. Jetfire learns of the Ultra-Energon power source for Thunderwing and how to use it against him, and Optimus risks his life to make it happen. Ultimately Optimus is victorious and Razorclaw doesn’t have to scrap the planet. Jetfire looks through more of Bludgeon’s files and finds a connection to Earth, the planet Prime was contacted about earlier in this issue (during the events of Infiltration and decides it’s time to check in with Prowl’s unit. Personally!
What they got right: It’s quite the action finish. The Wreckers and even the non-animal Predacons have to team up to give Thunderwing a beat down. Nobody wants to destroy Cybertron but Thunderwing in this continuity is too dangerous to be let out. I do understand that.
What they got wrong: But there’s so much I don’t understand. I’m not sure what Optimus did exactly, but maybe I’m too tired to follow that part. (It’s rather late at night as I write this given the time I got up today.) Did Thunderwing need an “ultra mode” that isn’t a nod to his Pretender gimmick, which I remind you Furman has ruined for the IDW continuity if anyone wants to use it for whatever reason. And Combiners are going to be ruined at some point as well in a later storyline. And I’ve been waiting all miniseries to say this and maybe I missed it, but how did they stop Thunderwing the first time if he’s supposed to be this all-powerful, unstoppable engine of destruction?
Recommendation: I’m not sure if you need this story or not. We don’t need to see Jetfire go into the files to know he decrypted some old Decepticon files of Shockwave’s that will be important later, and despite a good fight the conclusion wasn’t worth the build-up unless I missed something. I wouldn’t chase you off but I can’t recommend hunting hard for this either.