The Dinobots raid a shipment looking for credits to get off Cybertron, but the shipment does not adequately cover the cost of the flight. While giving his inaugural speech, Optimus gets heckled by those uncertain of his leadership abilities. Look for a cameo from Bulkhead from Transformers Prime animated cartoon, making an appearance on the printed page.
In a scene cribbed from the animated movie, some Decepticons drop the dying Megatron from Astrotrain to the planet of Junkion, and not Unicron. The dialogue comes directly from the 1986 movie, by the way. But I guess none of the Michael Bay generation saw that, huh? He takes on the Junkions.
Back on Cybertron, the Dynobots continue to raid for the needed fare off world. Scorponok claims himself leader of the Decepticons, an act that touches off a battle among the others.
These plotlines escalate.
I enjoyed this collection. Of particular interest was the inclusion of Japanese Transformers like Dai Atlas. While the overall plot felt a little too familiar, *cough *cough, I found the plot threads to be a fun way to include a whole lot of familiar faces. The only persistent problem plaguing all manner of Transformers comics was the overabundance of dialogue and lack of action. I am so used to it that I feel it an inherent part of any Transformer comic.
Writers: Chris Metzen and Flint Dille
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: 6/19/13