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War and Peace is a six-part miniseries published by Dreamwave Productions, set in the main G1 Dreamwave continuity and following up on the successful Prime Directive miniseries. The plot follows the Earth-bound Transformers as they return to Cybertron, where Shockwave has united the Transformers.
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An Autobot-Decepticon battle on Earth ends when Shockwave arrives and announces that the war is over. Most of the Earthen Transformers are eventually captured and returned to Cybertron, where both factions are united under Shockwave's ostensibly peaceful banner. But the Decepticon leader's machinations run deep, and soon open war emerges again.
The series seems to repudiate some of the perceived mistakes made by its economically successful but oft-criticized predecessor. An early sub-plot with Optimus Prime having some kind of visions appeared in previews, but was dropped. Wheeljack's somewhat perfunctory "death" is retconned as a near-miss, and the overall story veers in a completely different direction.
While not as economically successful as Prime Directive, sales were still high enough to lead to an ongoing series.
Items of noteEdit
- The series was originally to be penned by Chris Sarracini, who wrote the previous volume. When "Brad Mick" came on board, he took the book in a different direction.
- War and Peace contains many references to 1986's The Transformers: The Movie—Starscream throws an injured Megatron out into space; Scourge, Ultra Magnus, Hot Rod, Springer, Kup, Blurr, Arcee, Wheelie and the Sharkticons are featured; the Matrix and Unicron are seen; even Wreck-Gar makes an appearance in the epilogue.
- The series also makes reference to the cartoon with Shockwave's capture of Alpha Trion and Vector Sigma.
- A "Volume 2 preview" was planned, but did not see print until the trade paperback volume was published. It was based on the plot planned by Sarracini, with a shuttle craft crashed in the ocean and Prime passing out from some kind of vision.