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|The Transformers: Infiltration > Issue #0|
A young woman steals an item from a businessman that turns out to be more than meets the eye.
At a bus station, young Verity Carlo is picking her marks when she spies a high-end palmtop PC in use by an anonymous businessman. Unknown to all, he's being tracked by someone, or something, in the guise of a black sports car.
Using a stolen ticket, Verity hops onto the same Los Angeles-bound coach as the businessman and while he's napping she lifts his palmtop. Helped along by a rancid bagel, Verity feigns illness and is left at the side of the road. The coach takes off, followed close behind by two seemingly normal sports cars.
Verity sticks out her thumb at the next car and is picked up by an intense young man, Hunter O'Nion, who is rather self-conscious about his last name. Hunter takes a sudden detour and the pair discover that Verity's coach has been run off the road by two sports cars. Everyone's okay, except that the businessman whose palmtop Verity stole is missing.
After lots of prodding by Verity, Hunter reveals he's an internet alien conspiracy theorist tracking down reports of giant machines in the area. She just finishes a laugh at his expense when the two are scanned and attacked by a blue fighter jet.
Hunter's van is destroyed, but he and Verity are saved—by the smiling driver of a suspiciously well-armed ambulance...
|Writer(s): Simon Furman|
|Art: E. J. Su|
|Colors: John Rauch|
|Letters: Robbie Robbins|
|Editor(s): Chris Ryall|
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- After identifying herself as "Verity Carlo" in the narrative text, the character identifies herself to Hunter as "Verity Carter". An internal justification could be that "Verity Carter" is an alias she uses to prevent Social Services tracking her down, but when Ratchet asks for her name in issue #1 she answers with "Verity Carlo".
- When Verity points her knife at the duffel bag on the bus, her right hand has six fingers. Also, when Verity whips out her dual mace spray attack, she has six fingers on each hand.
Items of note
- Cameos: bus passengers and driver
- With Ratchet's appearance, it's established that the Transformers have concealed heavy artillery in their alternate modes. This will be often used in subsequent issues — the fight scenes in the next two issues are primarily done in vehicle mode.
- Ratchet's holomatter driver states, "If you want to live, come with me," is a reference to the T-800's similar statement to Sarah Connor in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Verity made fun of this in issue #1. Simon Furman would later be the author on a Terminator-based comic series called Terminator 2: Infinity.
- The issue features a welcome page by Chris Ryall (as ChrisCharger), a 3-page interview with author Simon Furman, and 2 pages of sketches from artist E. J. Su, including a 1-page writeup.
- At one point while looking for the palmtop, one of the Battlechargers mentions an "infradatabase". Since "infra" means "below", this may be a homage to the Underbase from the Marvel Generation One comics.
|Specifics: alternate covers|
- Cover A:Autobots by E. J. Su
- Cover B: Decepticons by E. J. Su
- Cover C: Megatron in city by James Raiz
- Cover D: Optimus fighting Megatron by Milx
- BotCon 2005 Exclusive cover: Optimus Prime sketches wraparound cover by Aaron Archer and assorted Hasbro artists
- Gatefold Incentive cover: Shockwave wraparound cover by Ed McGuinness
- Retailer Summit Exclusive (Boston) cover: Optimus Prime face by E. J. Su
- Retailer Summit Exclusive (Fort Wayne) cover: Megatron face by E. J. Su
- Infiltration #1
- Angel: Old Friends comic (back interior cover)
- Optimus Prime wants YOU: The Transformers and IDW Publishing (back cover)