Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Don Figueroa
(covers by Don Figueroa and Andrew Wildman)
Summary: Spike and Optimus Prime talk in Prime's prison. Prime tells him how he is lost and how humanity is so much stronger and smarter then his own kind. How he has learned from humanity's adaptability so much more then humanity has learned from his own kind... Spike seems startled by this revelation. Elsewhere, Bumblebee's Autobots are approached by Ultra Magnus who tells them he needs their help to capture Hot Rod's rogues and their Decepticon allies. Spike drives Breakdown and wonders about Prime's words... suddenly he is attacked by Drag Strip and Dead End. He fends them off long enough to escape Breakdown and hide. He watches as Motomaster retrieves their comrade and the Stunticons leave. Later, Hot Rod and his rogues watch as the other Stunticons repair Dead End. Just then, Ultra Magnus and company arrive and attempt to arrest them all (again). Hot Rod tells him to give them a break... Swindle comes up then and tells them the truce is over! The Stunticons combine into Menasor and begin to attack!
Comments: First off, let me say I was shocked upon my first reading of this comic--something actually happens in it! Shocking! At long last, the Decepticons reveal they're up to no good. It's kind of a mixed blessing though. We all knew they'd do this sooner or later--why couldn't they have been honestly pursuing peace for once? This just demonstrates that the Transformers (and the Decepticons in particular) are total imbeciles with an inability to think beyond "destroy and conquer". Interestingly, even Costa is addressing this in the story with Thundercracker last issue and Prime this one. That after millenia of war neither side is capable of stopping it for good and living amicably. It will be interesting to see where he goes with this (if anywhere). As for the action quotient, I'm glad something has finally happened. I hope we get a lot more action ASAP and don't have to wait another five issues for the story to move along. I hope everyone leaves Earth soon frankly... All in all, a good issue.
(cover "B" by Andrew Wildman).