Transformers Spotlight: Cyclonus
(Revelation part 1)
IDW Publishing (June, 2008)
WRITER: Simon Furman
ARTIST: E.J. Su
COLORIST: Kris Carter
SELECTED COVER ART: Nick Roche
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
Cyclonus was a member of Nova Prime’s (now going by Nemesis Prime) journey to the stars in the days long before the Autobot/Decepticon war. Now he is here, looking into the fate of Cybertron. In his rage, Cyclonus attacks the nearest Cybertronian ship he could find, which happens to be Hound’s team. Between the arrival of Ultra Magnus and his limited time outside of the Dead Universe, Cyclonus retreats, with the Autobots following. They arrive at the place where the Nova Core is, and Cyclonus activates the guardian, which turns out to be a controlled Thunderwing, before heading to the nearest access point to the Dead Universe. Optimus has them remain in stakeout position but not to challenge Thunderwing. Meanwhile Nightbeat finds his recording of his time on Gorlan Prime and contacts Hardhead for help while Arcee tortures Decepticons to find the Monstructor Combiners. [continues in Transformers Spotlight: Hardhead]
What they got right: At least this issue the subplots are interconnected (except for Monstructor). We get a good look at Cyclonus’ personality in this continuity, wanting to follow Nova/Nemesis Prime’s dream to bring peace (messed up as it will turn out to be) but being a warrior at his core.
What they got wrong: Just send Sideswipe to Earth already? Hot Rod could use the back-up and wanting to find his brother makes him a distraction to any mission Hound is sent to.
Other Notes: “Revelation” is a storyline that takes place through the Spotlight issues and serves as a set-up for the Dead Universe storyline.
Recommendation: A pretty good story that shows what Furman can do with a little more focus. Worth looking into.