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|Marvel U.S. > Issue # 9|
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The Autobots, now restored, strike a deal with G.B. Blackrock. But one of his former employees has other plans.
G.B. Blackrock plans to unveil a new weapon designed to destroy the Transformers, and visits Josie Beller in her hospital room to update her on the situation. She, in turn, shows Blackrock some technology she's been working on from her hospital bed, causing Blackrock to worry that she may put herself in another dangerous situation in her desire for revenge against the robots who crippled her. These fears are warranted when Josie escapes from her hospital room, and shows up in Blackrock's office as Circuit Breaker, wearing a metal suit designed to compensate for her damaged nervous system and granting her offensive capability against any mechanical form. The Autobots, revived from their imprisonment aboard the Ark, seek a new solution to their fuel shortage, and Jazz strikes a deal with G.B. Blackrock to provide him with protection from the Decepticons in exchange for fuel. The unveiling of Blackrock's secret weapon is sabotaged by Circuit Breaker, in an effort to get him to announce her as his intended weapon. When the Decepticons attack, the situation is made even worse when Autobots Jazz and Wheeljack appear to make good on their promise to provide Blackrock with protection. Circuit Breaker, unable to discern between Autobot and Decepticon, severely injures Wheeljack as the Decepticons escape. Although Circuit Breaker spares Jazz at Blackrock's pleading, she severs her ties with him.
- Originally published: October, 1985
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- On the cover, Starscream appears to be wearing some kind of funny hat, possibly a misinterpretation of the toy-form jet nosecone behind his head.
- Sloppy coloring of some Autobots on page 4.
- On page five, Optimus Prime's headless body is colored white instead of red, and no, it's not Ultra Magnus. Also, Ratchet speaks as if he's in command of the Autobots. This was likely meant to have been said by Prowl, who started the sentence.
- The UK printing attempted to correct the error, replacing "As long as I am in command" with the slightly clunky "And no matter who's in command".
- Buzzsaw is miscolored as Laserbeak in 2 panels on page 6.
Items of note
- Jazz likes Madonna.
- Blackrock seems to grow and shave off his mustache every other issue.
- In a panel at the bottom of page four, all the Autobots are shown finishing their performance examinations. However, Sunstreaker is absent from this group. He was apparently destroyed by Shockwave in "The New Order". In fact, he is seen badly damaged in the next issue.
- U.S. cover: Circuit Breaker and Starscream by Mike Manley
- UK issue 33 cover: Circuit Breaker, Wheeljack and Frenzy by John Higgins
- UK issue 34 cover: reuse of art from U.S. cover
- None yet identified