Transformers: Movie Prequel #3
IDW Publishing (April, 2007)
WRITERS: Simon Furman & Chris Ryall
ARTIST: Don Figueroa
COLORIST: Josh Burcham (assisted by Mark Bristow)
LETTERER: Robbie Robbins
EDITOR: Dan Taylor
In the past, Archibald Witwicky has a vision of the battle in Monument City between the Autobots and Decepticons from the first movie. Meanwhile, one of his crew who was part of the cover-up and watched the “Mega-Man” is about to retire just as they prepare to move him to Hoover Dam. In the present (well, 2003 anyway), Bumblebee’s arrival on Earth has not gone unnoticed by the government. They send an expert, Agent Simmons, to set a trap for him as he tries to learn what happened to Megatron and the All-Spark. At the Witwicky household a young Sam Witwicky is introduced to the remnants of Archibald’s journey and he’s unimpressed, especially after seeing the news articles about him being put in an asylum. But now he has those important glasses. However, the Decepticons have made their own arrival on Mars, and they’re prepared to drop by.
What they got right: Simmons brief appearance is already better than any appearance he made in the movies. He has the appearance of competence that he just didn’t have in the films. The origin of Bumblebee’s vehicle mode is fine. There are also some nods to the original Autobot vehicles, specifically Optimus Prime’s G1 truck and trailer, Bumblebee’s VW Beetle, and I swear I saw “Trailbreaker” next to “Optimus” on the highway. Archibald sneaks in the tagline of the first movie: “their war, our world”.
What they got wrong: This is on the movie but I’ll have plenty of other things to complain about when I get to the actual movie adaptation so I’ll say this here. I hate when science fiction tries to credit all our technological advances on aliens, either directly or reverse-engineering alien tech like in this continuity. The fact that they basically raided Megatron for all kinds of tech is also a bit suspect considering Megatron can’t represent everything from space rockets to smartphones, can he? Him and the All-Spark is all they have and they haven’t been able to figure out the All-Spark cube.
Recommendation: A step up from the movies but it’s the Bayverse Transformers. It’s hard to recommend anything from this group.