Perchance to Dream

Author: Simon Furman
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: 5.99, US $8.95
ISBN 1 84576 062 X
Available 24 February 2006

The heroic Autobots! The evil Decepticons! Caught up in an endless conflict that threatens to consume the Earth, this is the Transformers as you've never seen them before.
What do robots dream of? The answer lies in the minds of several Autobots, including Prowl and Silverbolt... and in their mysterious manipulator. And go from one "big sleep" to another, as Nightbeat stars in a hard-boiled homage to Raymond Chandler...

Perchance to Dream is Titan's fifth collection of black and white reprints to be culled together from Marvel UK's later output from 1989/1990, by which time the Transformers title had long since passed it's peak.

Writer Simon Furman tries to inject a dose of humour into the brisk, bland strips but the result is a collection of decidedly lightweight material (the first instalment is literally a car chase stretched out to five pages!) which really isn't going to stimulate the mind of any reader over the age of seven.

It's been asked before exactly which target audience Titan are trying to capture with these frankly odd uninspired reprints of the later and much weaker Transformers material, but with a new movie in development for 2007 (reportedly with Tom X-Men Desanto on board as producer, and Steven Spielberg as executive producer), perhaps Titan are shrewder than we think...

For now though, the comic strips collected here didn't exactly set the world on fire on their first release, and couldn't be any more irrelevant fifteen years on.

Danny Salter

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