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Probably the best Transformers tale of them all!,
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This review is from: Transformers: Target 2006 (UK Collected Edition 1) (Paperback)
Back in the 1980's the early issues of the UK based Transformers comic series originally simply reprinted those tales seen in the US based series for the benefit of UK fans, however it soon became apparant that the monthly US series could not provide enough material to sustain a UK weekly comic book which lead to Marvel UK having to provide original content.
'Target 2006' wasnt the first of this original UK content although arguably it was the best and was the first time that the title provide an epic story running over a number of consecutive issues. Additionally, whilst the US series was a slave to the wishes of Hasbro (the creators of the toys to which the comic was related) and so was obliged to feature whatever toys Hasbro were releasing that season, meaning that 'last seasons' toys were rarely seen in the comicbook, Marvel UK was under no such obligation and so continued to feature fan favourite Transformers such as those from the cast of the animated movie that were rarely seen in the US comic after 1986. It is the cast of the animated movie that largely features in 'Target 2006'.
The story weaves together three seperate strands into one epic tale. In 2006 (20 years in the future back then!) Galvatron, no longer wishing to be a slave to his master Unicron, uses time travel technology to transport him an his subordinates Cyclonus and Scourge to Earth 1986 where he plans to build a superweapon capible of destroying Unicron in the future (it has been stated that this occurs at the point in the movie when Galvatron yells "Decepticons, to Earth!"). Learning of Galvatrons plans the Autobots Hot Rod, Kup and Blurr also travel back to 1986 from the future in order to stop him.
Back on Earth 1986, coinciding with the arrival of Galvatron and his cronies, Autobot leader Optimus Prime asw ell as Ratchet and Prowl suddenly dissappear in an explosion. Meanwhile on Cybertron in the year 1986 the 'Matrix flame' flickers and dies, suggesting that the holder of the Matrix (Prime) is dead or otherwise out of reach. This prompts Autobot resistance leader Emirate Xaaron to send the current day Ultra Magnus to Earth to investigate. However Magnus travels to Earth on a strict time table due to the fact that on Cybertron 'Operation Volcano' - an attempt to wipe out a number of Cybertrons most vicious and deadly Decepticons is shortly due to start and can only be a success if Magnus is there to lead it.
'Target 2006' was the first of almost a dozen such epic tales that only appeared in the UK comic series are were largely denied to US fans, containing a stellar cast of some of the most popular characters - such as Magnus, Galvatron, Hot Rod and the first appearence of the Autobots 'special forces' squad The Wreckers - and is filled with action, intrigue and tradgedy from start to finish.
I cant recommend 'Target 2006' enough, either to fans of the original comic series who are now adults, to fans of the current Transformers comics published by IDW, to fans of the 80's US series not lucky enough to have been able to read these UK produced stories at the time or to fans of comicbooks in general.