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Prime finds that Cybertron is not the home he once knew.

Generation One (Marvel UK) > Issue # 98
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Marvel UK issues #98Edit

Writer: Simon Furman
Art: Geoff Senior
Lettering: Annie Halfacree
Colours: Steve White
Editor: Ian Rimmer

  • Originally published: 31st January 1987


Optimus Prime is on Cybertron. He wanders the desolate streets, shocked at what has become of his beloved home planet. Finding a Decepticon holding an Autobot at gunpoint, he challenges the bully, only to find that his foe is powerful. Only a stroke of luck allows Prime to triumph. The Autobot, Outback, thanks Prime for the help; when Prime heads off alone, Outback follows discreetly.


And it was all going so well...

Megatron is also on Cybertron, and congratulates the current Decepticon leader -- Lord Straxus, now reduced to a head in a jar -- on having pushed the Autobots back and crushed their spirit. Straxus is furious at Megatron for bringing Prime to Cybertron. Megatron explains that he had little choice: the Predacons betrayed him, attacking him and leaving him vulnerable to a follow-up attack from a fighting-mad Optimus. Desperate to escape, Megatron summoned the Space Bridge, only to have Prime hurl them both through the portal before it was stable.

Megatron has already put out word through certain networks that the Decepticons have created a fake Optimus Prime and set him loose on Cybertron. Prime, meanwhile, despairs at the ruins of Iacon. He doesn't have long to lament, however; the misinformation campaign has done its job, and Prime soon finds himself under attack, imprisoned, and sentenced to execution by the Autobot band known as the Wreckers!


Items of noteEdit

  • Straxus's body was destroyed in "The Bridge to Nowhere!". The US comics left him for dead, but the UK series uses him as a major player for quite some time to come.



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