In what seems to rapidly be becoming an annual 'tradition' for me, I began rereading the entire Marvel (US&UK) TF saga last week right from the beginning. Now just read "Crisis of Command" (dang, that's a great story). Anyway, as I was reading those early issues, I was reminded once again of the huge contribution Bob Budiansky made to the franchise, as well as just what an engaging, entertaining, fun, pacey (take note of all of these, IDW) tale he could pen as well. The arc that ran from "New Order" to "Prime Time" really is a fantastic Transformers story. Bob deserves so much praise and appreciation from TF fans, and it always annoyed me that for years he was basically dismissed and insulted. Fortunately, that's changed recently (going hand-in-hand with the 'revelation' that - gasp! - Furman ain't the comics writing God many assumed either). Of course, Budiansky isn't perfect, and some of his stories were plain daft (though I like some 'daft' TF stories...the franchise has a tendency to take itself, particular its G1 incarnation, far too seriously) but really - he created the definitive characterisations for Ratchet, Shockwave, Blaster and the like, as well as introducing the Matrix, and other assorted TF elements we all now take for granted. Heck, beyond the comics themselves, he created a lot of the backstory and a whole heap of characterisation profiles for the toys. The man's contribution is unequalled. So, thanks Uncle Bob. Sorry that when IDW brought you back all they gave you to work on was a silly adaptation of a 20+ year old animated movie.