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As the Decepticons relocate to a new base, Shockwave plays a gambit to finally destroy Megatron.


Synopsis

The United States army prepares to invade the Decepticon base. Unknown to them, the Decepticons are already planning to abandon this base for a new one off the Florida keys, intending to make better use of the stolen hydrothermocline to meet their energy needs. Megatron has other concerns on his mind. He is preoccupied with the death of Optimus Prime, unable to fully believe that his enemy is, in fact, dead. This uncertainty drives him mad (as well as the fact that it was a human that did the actual killing, rather than himself).

As the other Decepticons abandon their base, Shockwave and Soundwave stay behind to arrange for the Predacons to attack and destroy Megatron. To further Megatron's confusion, the Predacons have been fitted with Autobot symbols, to make him think that they have been sent by Optimus Prime.

The Predacons locate and attack Megatron who, despite being outnumbered five-to-one, is able to defend himself (although not unscathed by any means). Finding Megatron too strong for them to defeat in their individual forms, the Predacons combine into Predaking. However, Predaking just proves to be a bigger target, and Megatron defeats him with one blast of his fusion cannon.

When the Decepticons arrive at their new base, a Decepticon soldier (it is unclear who) locates a laser disk inside Predaking, which Soundwave then plays back to reveal Shockwave's attempt to have Megatron killed. As Megatron threatens to destroy Shockwave, Shockwave explains that he recorded major portions of his personality on the disk he gave to the Predacons: "I controlled the Predacons. I was with them as much as I am with you now!"

This revelation causes Megatron to reflect on Optimus Prime's death. He now knows what he did not see at the time: that Optimus Prime's personality had been saved on a computer disk. This awareness drives him mad once again, and he blows up the space bridge to Cybertron with himself on it. Both disappear, and Shockwave reflects that it was not he himself who destroyed Megatron, but "a memory did!"

Credits

Script: Bob Budiansky
Pencils: Don Perlin
Inks: Ian Akin and Brian Garvey
Colors: Nelson Yomtov
Lettering: Janice Chiang
Editor: Don Daley

  • Originally published: February, 1987

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans


Regulars

Guests

Errors

  • On page 8, the caption reads that Megatron "commands Drag Strip to carry him to their destination," and the coloring is consistent with this. The art, however, shows Megatron entering Dead End. Later on the car he's in is drawn, colored and referred to as Dead End.
  • When Dead End finds the laser disk in Predaking,Shockwave is drawn with only one arm.

Items of note

  • Brawl is seemingly killed in this issue. Don't worry, though. Even though his head is crushed, he later gets better.
  • It would appear that the American army is incapable of distinguishing between an artillery bombardment and a shower of flying debris.
  • This issue was reprinted as issue 8 of IDW Publishing's Generations series.
  • This would not be the last time a Megatron goes into a deep funk when his nemesis is killed.

References

  • The hydrothermocline was stolen in "Afterdeath," the previous story.
  • Page 4 consists entirely of flashbacks to "Afterdeath."
  • In the U.S. version of this story, Shockwave instructs Soundwave to radio Cobra, a reference to the alliance they made in the original Marvel G.I. Joe and the Transformers mini-series.
    • This was edited out of the UK printing, see below.

UK printing

  • This story is probably the most edited of any U.S. story printed in the UK comic.
  • The Dead End mistake mentioned in the errors section was fixed for the UK printing. Dead End was recolored in red, and the caption box was corrected, referring to him by his actual name.
  • Page 11 of the US comic was edited to make a better cliffhanger for UK issue #107. Megatron was given new dialog, replacing a speech bubble of Dead End questioning his leader's sanity.
  • Megatron and the Predacons had met before in UK continuity. In the story arc beginning with "Prey!" Shockwave employed the Predacons to hunt down and kill Megatron. However he was so deranged (and befuddled), that he didn't remember this first encounter. To reflect this previous meeting a lot of dialog was changed for the UK version of this issue.
    • On US page 9, Shockwave gives Razorclaw his assignment on Earth. In the UK version, Razorclaw worries that Megatron will recognize him. Shockwave quickly allays those fears.
    • On US page 12, the Predacons lament having to change into Earth forms. In the UK version, they lament having to stay in those forms since their last visit.
    • Some caption boxes on page 12 were changed to reflect the Predacons' previous visit. In particular the caption The Predacons have arrived! on was changed to The Predacons have returned! for the UK version.
    • On US page 13, Razorclaw says Megatron doesn't know the Predacons. In the UK version, he says Megatron doesn't remember them.
Note: Considering the theme of memory and its importance running through this issue, these changes to the UK story almost seem appropriate.
  • US page 2 was also edited, but this time to reflect the fact that the G.I. Joe and the Transformers story was not 'in continuity' for the UK comics (and wasn't printed until years later). In the US version, Shockwave suggests contacting Cobra and telling them about the Decepticons' moving base. In the UK version, Shockwave talks instead about Megatron's mental instability.
  • According to issue #107's letters page Grimlock considers the 23rd of August 1986, his birthday. That's the date he took over the Transformers letters page. He also thinks he could take out Soundwave in a fight.

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