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The Gathering issue 1

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Magmatron initializes his plans to build an army to conquer Cybertron, and the Maximal Razorbeast must stop him.

Synopsis

Magmatron and his Predacons set down on prehistoric Earth, in the midst of the Beast Wars. Razorbeast sets up a transmitter array which will activate the Axalon's abandoned stasis pods. Magmatron sends his troops to report on the results.

Depth Charge suddenly appears, but Magmatron reminds Drill Bit that his team has been chronally displaced, rendering them invisible to the rest of the beast warriors.

Flashing back to Cybertron, Magmatron has gathered a group of disenchanted Predacons. He promises victory over the oppressive Maximal regime as well as the stagnant Tripredacus Council. Tripredacus Agent Ravage sends tactical planetary scans to Magmatron, presumably of ancient Earth. Razorbeast seeks to go undercover to learn what Magmatron is planning.

Back on Earth, in the "present", Razorbeast sends the signal, waking up the multitude of Maximal stasis pods scattered across Earth. Most of Magmatron's troops report in, confirming that the new Transformers are indeed Predacons. Spittor, however, is attacked by a newly-roused Maximal, Polar Claw. This reveals Razorbeast as a traitor, and the Maximal rushes off to gather his own troops. Magmatron, eager to complete his plan, sends his Predacons into battle.

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Maximals Predacons Others

Autobots

Decepticons

Errors

  • None yet identified

Items of note

  • Many scenes and lines of dialog are recycled from the script written for Dreamwave's Beast Wars miniseries [1].
  • The main story takes place early in the third season Beast Wars cartoon. The flashback sequences take place on Cybertron sometime after the Tripredacus Council dispatched Ravage to Earth.
  • The "Decepticomments" section featured mail answered by Chris Ryall and advertisements for Infiltration #3, The Gathering #2, Generations #1 and War and Peace.

Covers (10)

  • Cover A: Cybertronian mode Magmatron by Don Figueroa
  • Cover B: 3 versions of BW Megatron by Don Figueroa
  • Cover C: 3 versions of Optimus Primal by Don Figueroa
  • Cover D: Gatefold wraparound battle cover by Don Figueroa
  • Cover RI-A: foil stamped cover A
  • Cover RI-B: foil stamped cover C
  • Cover RI-C: foil stamped cover B
  • Graham Crackers Exclusive Cover: Sexy Blackarachnias by Nick Roche
  • ND Comics Exclusive Cover: Maximals by Don Figueroa (also used for the manga cover)
  • Bonus Gate-Fold Out Cover: Larger fold out version of cover D

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