|The Transformers: Infiltration > Issue # 1|
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Hunter, Jimmy and Verity discover that their pursuers are robots... in disguise!
Mechatopia.com shows Hunter's recent theories regarding an invasion of Earth by alien mechanoids. And while his theories sound preposterous, he believes.
Verity and Hunter are speeding through the desert of Southern California inside an ambulance with a perpetually smiling, blond driver. Hunter realizes that not only were they being attacked by one of the disguised mechanoids Hunter has sought—but that the ambulance they're sitting in is also one of them.
Suddenly, two sports cars—one white, one black—join the jet in pursuit of the ambulance. The driver asks if the two humans can be trusted as the steering wheel and instrument panel transforms into a sophisticated holographic 3D map. The ambulance rams the cars and fires at them from hidden gun ports. Badly damaged, the cars end the chase, but the jet is still after them. The ambulance deploys a smokescreen and drives away.
Verity logs onto her palmtop and finds the fugitives a place to hide—the automotive workshop of Jimmy Pink. Jimmy and the ambulance driver get to work on the repairs while Hunter and Verity have a chat. She reveals that she and Jimmy are both net-hikers, members of a community of drifters who use the Internet to maintain their mutual-assistance network.
Meanwhile, the jet and sports cars are back on patrol, but can't find their targets. They do have a lead on the palmtop signal; all they need is for someone to activate it again, which Hunter does covertly as he tries to discover the device's true origin.
Jimmy has finished the repairs to the ambulance, and marvels at its sophistication. Hunter then throws around accusations: the ambulance is an alien robot in disguise, Verity's palmtop is stolen and it's the very item that the jet and sports cars are trying to recover. He confronts the ambulance driver with a picture stored on the palmtop of a robot in mid-transformation. To Verity's surprise, the ambulance driver says that Hunter's theories are true. Sick of conspiracy paranoia, she takes the palmtop back from them and walks outside.
Within a second, she's back inside, babbling frantically about Decepticons. The garage door is explosively ripped from its mount, sending debris everywhere, and smothering the smiling ambulance driver. But suddenly he's in the driver's seat of the ambulance, demanding the three of them get in.
Too late. The side of the building is ripped away, revealing two giant robots—one black, one white—who demand they hand over the palmtop.
|Writer(s): Simon Furman|
|Art: E. J. Su|
|Colors: John Rauch with Josh Burcham|
|Letters: Robbie Robbins|
|Editor(s): Dan Taylor|
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"Actually - it kind of tickles."
- —Jimmy starts tinkering with Ratchet.
"Ohh... ignore him. He's have you believe this ambulance is some kind of alient robot in disguise!"
- —Verity Carlo, with tongue firmly in cheek.
- Prowl is miscolored as Ironhide on page 12.
- If Ark-19 is at the bottom of Lake Michigan, why are there sharks in the water? Sharks are predominantly a saltwater fish.
Items of note
- Cameos: family missing bus ticket, Stoker (both in flashback)
- The first page shows Hunter's website, which mentions "dinosaur-variant mechanoids" found at Eureka, Nevada and the eruption of Mount St. Helen in 1984. While the 1984 eruption was considered a nod to fans at the time, it actually ties into Spotlight: Soundwave; the Eureka dig site first appears in Spotlight: Shockwave.
- The "Decepticomments" section featured mail answered by Chris Ryall and a contest to win a full set of covers from issue #0.
- Cover A: Ratchet by E. J. Su
- Cover B: Battlechargers by Andrew Wildman
- Cover C: Verity and Hunter, with the Battlechargers in Ratchet's reflection by James Raiz
- Cover D: Bumblebee by Guido Guidi
- Cover RI-A: Gold foil version of cover C
- Cover RI-B: Gold foil version of cover D
- Cover RI-C: Battle wraparound cover by Andrew Wildman
- New Dimension Comics cover: Devastator vs Grimlock, Springer, Arcee and Optimus Prime by Don Figueroa (cover is homage to Fantastic Four #1). The back of the comic had an area to draw for the convention.
- Graham Crackers Comics Exclusive Cover: Starscream and Thundercracker by Nick Roche
- Ruppsworld Comics Exclusive Cover: Starscream pile driving Ratchet by Don Figueroa