GRAPHIC NOVEL
Transformers

Target 2006

Author: Simon Fuman
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 510 1
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Ultra Magnus, Autobot leader in 2006, is torn between two missions - to help his fellow autobots in a last-ditch strike, or to help rescue a vanished Optimus Prime - and to confront Galvatron, who has returned in time to 1986, with deadly plans for the future...

Target:2006 is a collection of the UK comic of the Transformers comic. Despite the problems that they had in production (as the UK comic was originally intended to reproduce the US comics but as that was monthly and the UK version was every two weeks - later switching to weekly - there was a lack of material coming out of the US) the stories were engaging. However because of the UK writing filler stories to make up for the US copy it meant that the stories must always allow for the US material to slot back in once the UK story had been told - not an easy task.

Just why these stories are being reprinted is beyond me. Who is the target audience? Transformers were a huge 80s phenomenon so will these stories appeal to the young or old comic collectors who want to relive their youth? Can we expect He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to appear in the near future? Or maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja (Hero) Turtles? Let's hope not.

The stories are also a little on the dull side for most of the kids of today. While Titan Publishing have done a wonderful job in reprinting this collection I can see it ending up in remainder bookstores by Christmas.

A great look back at how Marvel took an American comic and made it their own, but not really worth owning.

Pete Boomer

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