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|The Transformers: Escalation > Issue # 3|
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In the former Soviet breakaway state of Brasnya, rebel leader Georgi Koska assures his subordinate Alexi that they will be taking action against the Russians soon. Koska drives off alone to rendezvous with his real master, Megatron. The Decepticon leader transforms and, with the help of Ore-13, reveals his new alt-mode of a human-sized handgun. In Koska's hands, Megatron orders his facsimile construct to fire at the Russians' primary oil pipeline, therefore agitating Brasnya's political enemies. Megatron then orders Skywarp to take off and Blitzwing to engage his chameleon mesh, which renders him invisible. The trap is baited and set.
On the Ark-19, Optimus Prime lets his troops know that he's calling in reinforcements. The situation on Earth has escalated to a point that requires more force. Prowl disagrees, but Prime overrules him. At this point, Ironhide breaks the chain of command and asks Prime if he can search for Sunstreaker, who is still missing. The Autobot leader says no without giving an explanation and walks off. Prowl orders everyone else to their duties, and then gets into Ironhide's face for going over his head, again.
In Brasnya, Koska's rebel forces attack a Russian convoy, further escalating the tensions between nations, which is exactly what Megatron wants.
Back at Autobot HQ, Ratchet walks in on Verity and Jimmy looking over the faked remains of Sunstreaker. Jimmy uses his mechanic's expertise to find a possible clue to the people behind the kidnapping. He suggests that they investigate further for clues in cyberspace, but Ratchet isn't sure. He mulls over bringing this evidence to Prowl, but decides to do the work himself with the humans since Prowl will likely ignore him. However, someone is eavesdropping on this conversation.
Russians roll into Brasnya where Koska's forces and the Decepticons are waiting. The previous battle between the humans catches the attention of the Autobots, mainly due to the power of Megatron's blasts. Prowl pinpoints Megatron's location in the hands of Koska, and Prime comments on the rarity and energy requirement needed for this method of mass displacement, hinting that he's using Ore-13. He and Prowl agree on their next course of action: head to Brasnya to confront the Decepticons.
A convoy of Brasnyan tanks arrive in the area and the soldiers hold positions. They do not expect a battle and hope that the politicians will settle the conflict. However, Megatron has other plans. Blitzwing attacks this convoy and the Brasnyan commander interprets it as a Russian attack. The fight between the humans has begun.
Prime, Prowl, Jazz, Wheeljack and Prime's trailer arrive in Brasnya via orbital bounce. Their plan is for Prime to draw Megatron out while the others capture Koska, the Decepticon facsimile. Blitzwing sights Prime driving through the countryside and alerts Megatron, who calls in Skywarp and Astrotrain to assist.
Ratchet, Jimmy and Verity are searching auto supply records and find the lead they need to search for Sunstreaker and Hunter. But Ironhide steps out from the shadows and says they can't go anywhere...without him.
- Originally published: January 24, 2007
- Continuity: IDW continuity
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- Skywarp is colored like Thundercracker throughout the entire issue.
Items of note
- This issue marks the first official use of the term mass displacement.
- The "Decepticomments" section has readers' mail answered by Dan Taylor and an ad for Escalation #4.
- Cover A: Blitzwing by E. J. Su
- Cover B: Megatron holding globe by Klaus Scherwinski
- Cover RI-A: cover A, uncolored