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MarvelUK-046
Generation One (Marvel UK) > 45–46
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Professor Morris goes fishing and shocks the Autobots with what he catches.

SynopsisEdit

Professor Morris believes that the Transformers rampaging across Oregon are not warring aliens, as they claimed, but rather automatons, controlled by oil tycoon G.B. Blackrock. When he presents his theory at a meeting at Roxxon Oil (where he is employed) in Portland, he is shot down by Hemmings. Enraged, he retires to his laboratory, where he takes out his fury at both Blackrock and Hemmings by destroying dummies with his antiquated robots, which he can control through a device he has invented.

The next day, the Professor goes fishing in Lake Dena, bitterly thinking about how he cannot get financial backing. Suddenly he gets a bite. Morris has found something he can control, and he practices controlling and flying the robot he has found. But when a guard discovers him and tries blackmail, Morris accidentally kills him. Wrestling with his conscience, he decides he must finish his plan and destroy Blackrock's robots at all costs.

At the Ark, the Autobots realize they are coming under attack from a flying Transformer and prepare for battle. The unknown enemy gets the first strike in with rockets, and as the Autobots are trying to re-group, from out of the smoke comes Swoop. Optimus Prime quickly realizes that Swoop is being controlled and orders the Autobots to restrain him without using lethal force. This is easier said than done however.

Prime remembers that Swoop used to hate taking orders from him on Cybertron, and orders him to stop his attacks. This causes Swoop to fight the mental control and return to Morris's lab to confront him. An Autobot group led by Prime follows Swoop's signal and arrives in time for Swoop to start attacking them. Morris helps the Autobots disable Swoop before destroying his control device. Back at the Ark, Ratchet examines Swoop and finds his primary cybo-dendrons have burnt out, probably because the insulation that protects them has been eroded by 4 million years submerged in a tar-pit.

Ratchet doesn't understand Prime's rising concern at first, until Prime mentions that there were four other Dinobots in that tar-pit that are probably having the same issues. Prime realizes that the Autobots will temporarily have to forget the war with the Decepticons and capture the other Dinobots before they can harm any humans.

CreditsEdit

Writer: Simon Furman
Art: Barry Kitson
Colours: Gina Hart (#45), Stuart Place (#46)
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Editor: Ian Rimmer

  • Originally published: January 25, 1986 – February 1, 1986

Featured charactersEdit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Humans

ErrorsEdit

  • Morris must be very strong, being able to reel in and pull Swoop from the lake on his own.
  • Several colouring errors.
  • Jazz is drawn without his visor and Brawn with his toy's face.

Items of noteEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Bumblebee was injured in #44.
  • Swoop fought guardian in #32
  • The Dinobots' fate in the tar pit was told in #28.

UK printingEdit

  • Issue #45 contains the back-up strips: Iron Man — "Night of the Octopus" Part 3, Robo-Capers, and Matt and the Cat.
  • Issue #46 contains the back-up strips: Iron Man — "Night of the Octopus" Part 4, Robo-Capers, and Matt and the Cat.

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