|The Transformers: Stormbringer > Issue # 4|
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Thunderwing is coming home...
As Thunderwing speeds through hyperspace toward Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the Wreckers frantically prepare for his arrival. They're not the only ones; under Megatron's orders, the Predacons aboard the Decepticon warship Thanatos prepare to bombard Cybertron from orbit in order to destroy Thunderwing once and for all, though Razorclaw harbors reservations. As the Autobots engage Thunderwing, Razorclaw orders Divebomb to take a group of Decepticons and fight alongside the Wreckers.
Jetfire finally uncovers an item in Bludgeon's files; if Thunderwing is subjected to a massive assault, he will drain his supply of Ultra Energon ever faster. Dogfight reprograms Bludgeon's remaining Centurion drones (of which there are many), adding to the combined Transformers' firepower. As the drones are destroyed and Razorclaw orders his Decepticons back, Optimus Prime moves in, blasting Thunderwing until he runs out of Energon. Razorclaw cancels his warship's bombing run at the last second.
Returning to the Autobot command hub aboard Ark-27, Optimus receives a communique from Jetfire, who has uncovered further information in Bludgeon's files — a Decepticon plan involving a planet called Earth. Connecting this information with the update he received from Prowl's unit, Prime orders a change of course.
|Writer(s): Simon Furman|
|Art: Don Figueroa|
|Colors: Josh Burcham|
|Letters: Robbie Robbins|
|Editor(s): Chris Ryall and Dan Taylor|
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"I'm all for pan-galactic colonization, but let's face it, there's no place like home."
- —Razorclaw, feeling homesick.
"Of all the unnatural...
- —Megatron does not like Pretenders.
"That thing's its own personal ground zero!"
- —Roadbuster on Thunderwing.
This ends NOW!"
- —Optimus Prime, preparing to unleash a speech/salvo on Thunderwing.
- None yet identified.
Items of note
- The Thanatos, like the Autobot orbital command station, features a large number of background cameos. Among them are all five Predacons, Windsweeper, Carnivac, Blast Off, Triggerhappy, Spinister, Barrage, and Quake.
- The A covers of each issue can be combined into a giant image which was later shrunken down for the trade paperback.
- Cover A: Battle against Thunderwing wraparound cover by Don Figueroa. This cover can be combined with similar ones from the other three issues to form a giant battle scene.
- Cover B: Optimus Prime sketch cover by Don Figueroa
- Cover RI: Cover A uncolored
- Optimus Prime Alternators toy
- Transformers: The Animated Movie
- G.I. Joe with Kung Fu Grip toy
- Escalation, including a 3-page preview
- IDW trade paperbacks (Infiltration, Stormbringer, The Gathering, Prime Directive, War and Peace, Generations)
- The Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD
- Transformers posters
- ??? (back of cover B)