Cybertron Redux

Author: Bob Budiansky
Artists: Graham Nolan & Don Perlin
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 657 4
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The balance of power shifts again in the ongoing battle for Earth... and Cybertron. The civil war between the Autobots and the Decepticons rages on two fronts. On Earth, Optimus Prime must face the twin threat of Megatron and Shockwave, as the former and current Decepticon leaders make their respective power plays. On Cybertron, Blaster and the Autobot resistance must break the hold of current Decepticon overlord, Straxus. But Staxus's megalomania cannot be contained by a few billion light years of space... and Earth is squarely in his sights...

Cybertron Redux is not for the comic novice. Nor is it for anyone who still laughs at The Beano (oh, actually having thought about it there was a very funny Dennis the Menace strip last week.) This will appeal to one of two markets: The 20-30 something who remembers the toys, cartoons and comics from the 80s or to a younger generation who wants a little more from their reading material than naughty teenagers with water pistols and stink bombs.

The art work is dated, and the dialogue is corny in a few places, but this collection is still very readable. Oldies out there (me included I'm afraid) will have problems telling the good guys from the bad (although thankfully they didn't resort to having the good guys one colour and the bad guys another) thanks to the fact that all robots look the same.

This collection is just above average and certainly doesn't hold up to the quality of today's more mature comics. But, for a trip down memory lane this does the trick.

One last thing. Is it me or is Robot Master the funniest threat to the human race that has ever existed?

Nick Smithson

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