Transformers Spotlight: Grimlock
IDW Publishing (March, 2008)
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: Marcelo Matere
COLORISTS: Zac Atkinson, Liam Shalloo, & Andrew Elder
LETTERER: Amanda Osorio
EDITOR: Andrew Steven Harris
After having lost control of the Decepticon cassettes they had under control and public knowledge of the Transformers existing, Skywatch plans to send Thunder-Lizard 1 (alias Grimlock) into action. However, an agent for the Machination put a virus in the control program and Grimlock ends up waking up, his vocal system damaged. He escapes and Skywatch has to abandon the base. Scorponok and his Earthling Headmaster partner, Abraham Dante, attempt to bring Grimlock over to their side, but Grimlock isn’t ready to switch teams and decides to take him down on his own. Scorponok turns out to be too much for Grimlock, who manages to activate his old ship’s teleporter, bringing him to the Arctic-sunk vessel to find his friends. However, they’re still with Skywatch and the Machniation still wants them.
What they got right: Simon actually let one of his pet characters be defeated? I’m rather shocked at that. I’m also shocked that Furman was willing to do the Headmaster bit properly, even if it’s with the wrong partner. The fight was also pretty good, and seeing Grimlock dealing with what he believes to be a betrayal of his fellow “Dynobots” shows some potential.
What they got wrong: And yet we have yet another storyline on the pile already. What are we up to at this point, six or seven? You end up smothering good stories with this many subplots going on at one time. It remains my biggest issue with Furman as a writer, personal story preferences aside.
Recommendation: A good story and possibly important to future events. It’s worth checking out but can this be the last plot for a while?