I remember as a child that i won a competition on a T.V show called 'Splash' i believe with Gazz Topp (Don't quote me on this i was about 5) and recieved two Transformers annuals. The exact same one. Twice!
The annuals were fantastic. My personal favourite was the 1986 annual which, if I'm not mistaken contained the 'There shall be a leader' strip. It's a wonderful look into the deep history of Cybertron.
What does everyone think of the 'Altered Image' story that appeared in the 1988 annual? I recall several people in the letters page criticised it as a cynical move to encourage regular readers to buy another publication to read the ongoing Galvatron saga. I always received annuals for christmas, so I had no opinion on the matter.
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If you are going by year then it's 86 but I always class it has 85 - we didn't start the advance numbering until the last annual 1991 being 92 annual. But I never liked the feel of #3 1987. I like the stories in with continue #120 but that Headmaster text story throws it after we had the comic.
I shall be reading the second annual on Christmas day, as I read the first a year ago, as part of my 30th anniversary re-read. The odd thing is that I know the stories in this annual of old, State Games obviously and the super Geoff Senior art in Victory, but until I bought a copy off ebay last year I don't seem to have ever owned it. Can't figure that out.
I may have had a bottle and a half, but fuck me 'To A Power Unknown' is a good story. Totally pre-furman UK style, robots as robots old school storytelling, and this is the best Will Simpson art going. You could put this between Man of Iron and Enemy Within and it would fit right in. The awe and wonder period before everything began to be defined.
It it does! One sentence to clear up the problem and boom! Heilmann is toast!
I don't ever remember reading this. I must have done, at least recently in the IDW classics book, but it's a great story.
The James Hill text story 'Return of the...' is top too. It's very carefully woven into the narrative of the comics, not only referring back to earlier comics and the last annual but working in the Aerialbots in a story that must have been written in early 86 around the time of the special teams insert. So downbeat too. It's the kind of story you'd only ever get in a British book. This is a fantastic annual.
Post by Grand Moff Muffin on Dec 26, 2016 16:21:21 GMT
'To a Power Unknown' is great. Really treats the TFs as robots. I'd love the idea of humans hacking into TFs to have had more time in the comics. We got Professor Morris and Swoop, we got Brawn's accident in 'The Enemy Within', we got Floppy Prime in Multiworld... Was there much else in terms of properly treating TF minds as sentient computer programs that could be hacked or corrupted? Oh, yeah, the Road-Jammers! Why did they have to spoil that story idea by making them Hell's Angels? Ho hum.
I was really impressed with it. Every story in that book is excellent, text or strip. Even the simple story about Jazz rescuing Hoist is written in the style that distances the reader from the Transformers to keep them feeling alien. If I've read that before I don't remember it at all.