Trial by Fire

Author: Bob Budiansky
Artists: Jose Delbo and Frank Springer
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 950 6
Available 24 September 2004

Tired of the seemingly endless civil war on Cybertron, Fortress Maximus leads a group of like-minded Autobots in search of another world to call home. They reach the planet Nebulos, but Scorponok and his Decepticons are in hot pursuit... bringing with them war, and prompting the strangest team-up of all...

Trial by Fire is the latest Transformers graphic novel to be released by Titan Books. I've said this before, and I'll say it again... this is really only a collection for those who want to relive their youth. It's not really going to appeal to the younger, new generation of comic readers - there are just way too many other much better collections out there.

What it does do though is take the reader back to a simpler time. A lot of the art work not only brought back happy memories for me, but I also noticed how this is very much a product of its time - a lot of the illustrations looked a lot like they were from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

While this is an intelligent and well illustrated collection, you might want to have a quick flick through it before you purchase it. You may discover that this is a collection well worth picking up, or you may realise that maybe your childhood should stay exactly where it is - in the past.

Pete Boomer

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