Transformers Spotlight: Galvatron
IDW Publishing (July, 2007)
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: Guido Guidi
COLORIST: Eric Burns
SELECTED COVER ART: Alex Milne
SELECTED COVER COLORIST: Josh Perez
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITOR: Dan Taylor
A vessel exploring the Benzuli Expanse, a strange anomaly in space, is suddenly attacked by a previous explorer of the anomaly, namely Galvatron. Before the Autobot/Decepticon war, Galvatron was part of a voyage supposedly to open trade routes and exploration but the Prime at that time felt himself being called to the Expanse, as did Galvatron, convinced it was tied to his destiny. There’s still a lot we aren’t told about what happens next. Meanwhile in present day, Sideswipe is part of the group commanded by Hound that was left to protect Thunderwing’s remains and Bludgeon’s old lab but he wants to get back into the action, like helping find his brother Sunstreaker on Earth. He’s about to get more action than he bargained for when Galvatron arrives and kills Leadfoot, driving Sideswipe to shoot to kill on Galvatron. However, Galvatron doesn’t stay dead and manages to escape with what he came for…Thunderwing!
What they got right: My problem with Furman is not from his ideas, because he has some good ones like this, but the execution and having too many storylines at once. However, the Dark Universe storyline is a rather interesting one, pretty much replacing Unicron yet if memory serves tied to him. I could be wrong. It’s been a while. Galvatron shows himself to be a serious threat, and he isn’t simply Megatron 2.0 but his own character.
What they got wrong: Otherwise he’s still Furman’s take on Galvatron, a reluctant herald who rebels by only killing Leadfoot while leaving the others incapacitated. His function on the toys is supposed to be “city commander”, namely Trypticon, but he has never had that job. Even Ultra Magnus showed signs of being commander of Metroplex in the movie before becoming leader of the Autobots and later Rodimus Prime’s advisor. It’s also sad that Hound, one of the Autobots who really liked Earth in most G1-based continuities, has never been there in this one, and that Sideswipe and Sunstreaker didn’t get to work together by this point despite being brothers. These are admittedly personal gripes, but there’s still the whole multiple storyline problem here. (The Machination, the invasion of Earth, and now the beginnings of the Dark Universe.)
Recommendation: It’s a good story, and worth checking out if you want to look into the “Dark Universe” storyline since this is one of the tales setting that event up.