A Message From Outer Space

An image of the book's cover.

Story by Suzanne Weyn
Art by Frank Springer

This book was published by Marvel Books with a copyright of 1985. ISBN 0-87135-036-X.

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This book starts by recapping the "origin story" so to speak, with the war on Cybertron, space chase, crash on Earth, volcanic eruption awakening the ship's computer, etc.. In the present, Ratchet has finished building a "space communicator" to try to reach any nearby space ships. The Decepticons learn about this and plot to send a fake message luring the Autobots away from their camp. While the other Autobots are out on patrol, Bumblebee receives the prank email and falls for it, heading out and leaving the camp unguarded. Bumblebee finds his friends in time to warn them of the occupation, and Prime decides to give Megatron a taste of his own medicine: sending a message from "Martians" warning that they're about to blow up the camp. This scares the Decepticons outside, right into the Autobots' ambush. Big Fight At The End. Cons run away. Happy ending!

Artwork notes

This book was drawn by Marvel veteran Frank Springer who also drew the original four-issue miniseries of the TF comic. Everyone is drawn in their standard models except for Bumblebee, who has his common-for-coloring-books blockhead design.

Story notes

The "Autobot camp" depicted here is NOT the crashed Ark at the volcano. This is very clearly established by the fact that the Decepticons' fake message asks the Autobots to go "to the volcano area", which will leave the camp empty and ripe for the picking. Also, when Bumblebee arrives at "the volcano", there's tropical foliage there as if it's NOT set in the Pacific northwest???

Like a lot of ancillary media from these years, the story focuses heavily on Bumblebee and his relateable vulnerabilities while still showing him to be a courageous and valuable member of the team. In this book he's both homesick and naive, but does the right thing when he realizes his mistake and is still able to save his friends.

The good bits

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