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CLUB AND CONVENTION TRANSFORMERS COMICS

The Wreckers & Primeval Dawn

The Wreckers #1: "Departure" / "Primeval Dawn" Part 1

This comic was only initially available at BotCon 2001.

Written By: Glen Hallit
Art By: Dan Khanna
Letters By: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Edits By:Rob Gerbracht, Jon Hartman & Dan Khanna
Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future, Arcee, Wheelie and a grown-up Daniel Witwicky face off against a swarm of Nightbirds. Wheelie is mortally wounded by the Nightbirds and Daniel is left behind as the other Autobots forcibly evacuates Arcee out of the battlefield. Daniel and Wheelie self-destructs to kill the Nightbirds. After Pax Cybertronia, Sprigner and Rodimus talk about undergoing the Maximal upgrade. Arcee, meanwhile had fallen into depression because of Daniel’s death.

Centuries later, at the era of Beast Machines, Optimus Primal and Nightscream escape from Vehicon drones whilst carrying the Deployers. The Vehicons overwhelm them, but they are rescued by Ramulus, who is very angry at Optimus Primal. Primal Prime arrives, crushing the Vehicons for good. Optimus thanks the two for their help, but demands answers. Apelinq arrives, recounting the battle against Shokaract. However, the timeline had since righted itself, causing Optimus Primal to forget the incident. Apelinq informs Optimus Primal that Ramulus is angry at him for leaving him behind along with the other protoforms.

The three Wreckers take them to the Oracle, where a large amount of Transformers had gathered. Namely, the mutants (Megatron’s experiments that were discarded), the Dinobots and the Wreckers (who had apparently returned from the Beast Wars era). Optimus insists that with all their help, they could retake Cybertron easily. The Oracle suddenly takes Optimus Primal and Nightscream in a flash of light and wipes their memories of the encounter, saying that they had witnessed too much, despite Tigatron and Apelinq’s protests.

The Oracle tells Apelinq to return Optimus and Nightscream, whilst giving Primal Prime orders. Meanwhile, Megatron, detecting the Mutants and the Wreckers, creates three new generals—Spy Streak, Quake and Blastcharge—to hunt them down. Rodimus, Primal Prime, Spittor and Fractyl track down Arcee, who had been reformatted into a new body. Rodimus and Primal Prime’s attempts at recruiting the ex-Autobot were met with refusal. While the others leave, Fractyl remains behind, trying to convince Arcee, saying that he understands. Blastcharge and Quake arrive, kills Fractyl and leave their drones to clean up. Arcee kills the two drones and reformats Fractyl with the power of her spark.

The rest of the Wreckers arrive in a hangar bay where they see an old Autobot shuttle. Tigatron expresses his concerns about Optimus Primal’s single-mindedness. However, an army of Vehicon drones lie in ambush, and a battle begins. Apelinq calls in their backup—former Decepticons Cyclonus, Skywarp and Rotorbolt—and they begin to wreck and rule.

The Wreckers slowly but surely take out all the drones. Primal Prime knocks out Blastcharge with an uppercut, while Tigatron unleashed the powers of the Vok, obliterating Quake completely. Arcee and the reformatted Fractyl arrive. Fractyl bisects Blastcharge into two while the other Wreckers board the shuttle, while Spy Streak is killed by a Decepticon bomb left behind. Megatron lets the Wreckers leave, instead focusing on the subjugation of Cybertron.

Soon afterwards, the Wreckers find out that they have a stowaway, the bounty hunter Devcon, who had taken out several of the weaker Wreckers in a fight. The Oracle watches as the various teams move out, and it contemplates to bring Alpha Trion back.

Featured Transformers: Arcee, Wheelie (killed), Sky Garry, Crosshairs, Hot Spot, Sureshot, Rodimus, Springer, Tank Drones (killed), Rav, Dillo, Optimus Primal, Nightscream, Mol, Ramulus, Primal Prime, Apelinq, Shokaract (flashback), Grimlock (flashback), G1 Soundwave (flashback), Optimus Prime (flashback), G1 Megatron (flashback), Sandstorm (flashback), Windrazor (flashback), Razor Claw, Icebird, Soundwave, Poison Bite, Striker, Magmatron, Rapticon, Dinotron, Airraptor, T-Wrecks, Triceradon, Terranotron, Fractyl, Sonar, Packrat, Spittor, Tigatron, Spy Streak (killed), Spy Streak Drones (killed), Quake (killed), Blastcharge (killed), Megatron II, Blastcharge Drones (killed), Quake Drones (killed), Scavenger Drones (killed), Mirage Drones (killed), Rotorbolt, Cyclonus, Skywarp, Devcon
Notable Others: Nightbird Army (killed), Daniel Witwicky (killed), Dr Fujiyama, Pinpointer, Spoilsport, the Oracle

Primeval Dawn Part 1
Story By: Bob Forward
Art By: Dan Khanna
Letters By: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Edits By: Rob Gerbracht, Jon Hartman & Dan Khanna

Synopsis: The Vok sense disturbances in the timestream. They arrive on Earth at a time after the Beast Wars ended, arriving on the Ark where only traces of the Beast Warriors remain. Using the Transmetal 2 Driver, the Optimal Optimus bodysuit donned by Quickstrike previously and the Matrix from within Optimus Prime, the Vok create a new champion of the Matrix, Primal Prime.

Meanwhile, the Vok’s other emissary, Tigerhawk’s binary spark, arrives and splits into two. Airazor is as a Transmetal reborn from a blank protoform, while Tigatron’s spark uses Ravage’s destroyed body as his own. The three heroes meet each other in the Ark, stating that they knew a great evil is preparing to rear its head. Meanwhile, Tarantulas monologues as he observes the Maximals, saying that he had absorbed the power of the Vok. Ravage, rebuilt in a new body, watches from behind him.

Featured Transformers: G1 Megatron (deactivated), Optimus Prime (deactivated), Prowl (deactivated), Primal Prime, Airazor, Tigatron, Tarantulas, Ravage, Razorclaw (Beast Wars, inactive), Iguanus (Beast Wars, inactive)
Notable Others: the Vok

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Blackjack

The Wreckers #2: "Betrayal" / "Primeval Dawn" Part 2

This comic was initially available at BotCon 2002, then available as a mass-market comic distributed through Diamond.

Written By: Rob Gerbracht, Glen Hallit (only credited in original)
Art By: Dan Khanna
Inks By: Chuck Gibson, Terry Pallot & Hi-Fi Design (Director’s Cut), Dreamwave (original)
Colours By: Hi-Fi Design (Director’s Cut), Dreamwave (original)
Letters By: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Edits By: Glen Hallit
Synopsis: Several months after Unicron’s defeat in 2005, Rodimus Prime announces plans to send out teams of explorers into deep space for future menaces. Perceptor, Skids and Kup warn Rodimus against it, the Autobot leader is adamant about his ‘aggressive caution’. They meet up with the researcher Glyph, one of those who are going to set off on the exploration missions. Kup introduces her to Tap-Out, her bodyguard. Weeks later, the team discovers some interesting readings in Archa Nine. But as they pass the planet, an energy burst hits it, burning the engines and sending it crashing towards the surface.

Centuries later, the Dinobots do not find any answers to their quest from the Oracle. Uncomfortable with the ruins on the silent world, Magmatron orders all the Dinobots to return to their shuttle. However, no response comes from their airborne recon team or their shuttle. As they make their way back, they are attacked by a legion of zombies, and a giant worm-like creature rears above them. Meanwhile, the Mutants have likewise arrived on their destination world, and both Poison Bite and Soundwave realise that it was a fool’s errand when they are brought before a Quintesson judge. The sentence is, of course, death.

Quintesson judge Derodomontatus watches as the Sharkticons consume the Mutants, alongside the former Decepticon Cryotek. The two argue for a bit about the value of the Transformer race, and discuss some part of their plans. Cryotek tells the Quitnesson that he has taken measures to make sure that the Wreckers will fall.

The Wreckers, meanwhile, deal with Devcon, who knocks some of the lesser Wreckers silly while generally being a jerk. Fractyl charges Devcon, but he suddenly short-circuits and collapses. Rodimus orders Devcon to stop, and the bounty hunter recognizes both Apelinq and him. Rodimus explains to Devcon how they were able to make the new Wrecker crew. Devcon tells them that he is the only Cybertronian Peace Marshall to have survived Megatron’s purge. Devcon is unhappy about working with the thief Packrat and the Decepticons, and the whole situation in general.

In the repair bay, Arcee, Apelinq and Ramulus try to save Fractyl. The ship diagnoses that the Predacon’s laser core has become misaligned because of Arcee’s reformatting job. The ship, however, is unable to carry out operations, only to issue instructions. In desperation, Apelinq uses his transfer interlink (his ability to download digital images into reality) to make the bodyframe of an old comrade, and downloads the program into it. The medic immediately begins to repair Fractyl.

Meanwhile, in the ship’s rear hold, Spittor and Sonar are still recovering from their encounter with Devcon, when an explosion suddenly tears through the section. Devcon recognizes the explosions as internal, meaning that someone sabotaged their ship. Despite Primal Prime and Rotorbolt’s concerns, Packrat ejects the rear section of their ship, sending Spittor, Sonar and the Deployers to their deaths as the rear section explodes. Rodimus is furious, but Primal Prime orders Rodimus to stand down, while sending Cyclonus and Devcon to get Packrat off the bridge.

Primal Prime enters the medbay, to see Apelinq’s new medic walking around like a newborn child, exploring his surroundings and his capabilities. Apelinq remarks that the medic could not be dissolved, since it has taken a life of its own. Ramulus is eager to beat Packrat up, but Primal Prime restrains the eager Maximal. Abruptly he sees a vision of Alpha Trion, saying ‘Your destiny awaits. Seek the future—recover the lost. Beware the theft of your trust’.

As they go in course of the Oracle’s directions, Skywarp and Rodimus picks up an Autobot homing signal. Apelinq and Rodimus recognize it as one of the Autobots’ lost survey missions. Rodimus explains the missions to Primal Prime and others, and regretted his decision to do so. Prime orders Skywarp to take the ship down, despite Skywarp’s warnings. All through this, Tigatron has been meditating, recovering from the effort of killing Quake. Ramulus rouses him. Cyclones and Devcon converse with each other, in which the latter reveals that he plans to bail as soon as he can.

The Wreckers land. After a little bit of miscommunication due to Rotorbolt’s rotors drowning out his words, Primal Prime divides the team into two, one to go on a recon survey (including the medic, now dubbed CatSCAN) while one organizes a base camp. Packrat is told to stay out of the way. The thief becomes bitter and goes to mope around, while Cyclonus prepares himself for treachery.

Night arrives, and after Ramulus tells CatSCAN to stop calling himself ‘this unit’, they are attacked by aliens trying to defend their sacred ground. CatSCAN defends himself, and is attacked by Tap-Out, defending the natives. The others arrive to back CatSCAN up, but the natives continue to attack until Glyph arrives and calms both sides. Glyph apologizes for the Akalouthans’ behaviour, and introduces Tap-Out and herself as the sole survivors of their crash. Prime tells them of their vague mission (to which Apelinq is uncomfortable about) while Glyph explains about an enigmatic energy source called the Divine Light.

Glyph tells the Wreckers that the aliens’ culture show numerous references to Protectors that would defend the Divine Light against the ‘five faced demons’. Glyph thinks that the Wreckers are those Protectors. Glyph takes the entire team to the Divine Light, a crystal-like object. Packrat considers stealing it, while Cyclonus assigns Rotorbolt to monitor Packrat. Apelinq identifies the thing as a power battery, while Devcon goes off to find the missing Packrat and Rotorbolt.

Devcon finds a mangled Rotorbolt impaled onto a wall, mumbling about a traitor. Devcon gathers the others, only to find out that Cyclonus had killed Packrat and stolen the Divine Light for himself. Cyclones escapes, and Devcon swears vengeance. Prime regretfully informs Glyph that they had failed. Prime blames his single-mindedness to the Oracle’s cause for this.

Soon, CatSCAN reconstructs Devcon back into his original form. Devcon parts ways with Rodimus and Apelinq, flying off to hunt Cyclonus. Cyclonus, meanwhile, contacts Cryotek to report success. Cryotek tells Cyclonus that he had planted Cyclonus among the Wreckers in anticipation of Vector Sigma’s interference. He laughs at the Quintessons, who are playing around with the Oracle and Vector Sigma, while Cryotek himself has taken the first step in conquering time itself.

Featured Transformers: Unicron (head), Rodimus Prime/Rodimus, Perceptor, Kup, Skids, Glyph, Tap-Out, Crosscut (presumably killed), Windmill (presumably killed), Striker, Dinotron, Rapticon (killed), T-Wrecks, Magmatron (killed), Icebird, Poison Bite, Allicons, Soundwave (killed), Razor Claw (killed), Sharkticons, Hammerstrike Sharkticons, Cryotek, Spittor (killed), Devcon, Arcee, Fractyl, Primal Prime, Apelinq, Ramulus, Packrat (killed), Skywarp, Rotorbolt, CatSCAN, Sonar (killed), Cyclonus, Alpha Trion’s Ghost, Quickmix (flashback), Rad (flashback), Tigatron,
Notable others: The Dweller, Quintessons, Derodomontatus

Primeval Dawn Part 2

Written By: Simon Furman
Art By: Dan Khanna
Inks By: Chuck Gibson, Terry Pallot & Hi-Fi Design
Colours By: Blond
Letters By: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Edits By: Glen Hallit

Synopsis: Primal Prime, Airazor and Tigatron reactivate a downed stasis pod. Primal Prime expresses concern about visions of apocalypse. Ramulus emerges on the pod, and nearly attacks them. When he realizes that Optimus Primal had abandoned them, he goes into a tantrum. Primal and Airazor manages to calm Ramulus down with the prospect of battle.

They approach another pod, but its occupant (Spittor) had been reprogrammed by Ravage and the new Predacons Razorclaw and Iguanus. A battle ensues. Primal Prime is confronted by Tarantulas, who now wields the power of the Vok. Despite Primal Prime’s efforts, Tarantulas easily overwhelms him and tears the Matrix out of Prime.

Featured Transformers: Primal Prime, Airazor, Tigatron, Unicron (vision), Ramulus, Spittor, Iguanus, Ravage, Razorclaw, Tarantulas

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Blackjack

The Wreckers #3: "Disclosure" / "Primeval Dawn" Part 3

This comic was initially available at BotCon 2004, then available as a mass-market comic distributed through Diamond.

Written By: Rob Gerbracht
Art By: Guido Guidi
Inks By: Vince Russell & Chuck Gibson
Colours By: Blond
Letters By: Simon Bowland
Edits By: Glen Hallit & Dan Khanna
Synopsis: In a war journal text entry, Apelinq worries about Primal Prime’s lack of experience and the vagueness of their mission. Ramulus and Tigatron confront Apelinq lamenting the loss of many of their members. Tigatron tells Apelinq to accept their destiny, while Ramulus just wants payback against Cyclonus. Apelinq, meanwhile, notes that there is no peace ahead of them. Meanwhile, the rest of the Wreckers are helping the local aliens recover from the loss of the Divine Light. Arcee remarks that her precognitive powers have disappeared since reviving Fractyl.

CatSCAN reports that both Rotorbolt and Fractyl are stabilized. Meanwhile, Primal Prime feels the burden of leadership and the loss of the Wreckers under his command. However, being made of the Matrix, he urges himself to have faith, and that the Oracle would guide his path. Later, Primal Prime tells the Wreckers that the Oracle had given him their next destination. Apelinq and Rodimus demand answers and explanations, but Primal Prime insists that the answers would be on the planet they’re visiting.

The next morning Glyph announces that she would stay behind to help the locals. Tap-Out refuses to leave her alone, but when CatSCAN offers to remain behind, Tap-Out reluctantly parts ways with Glyph. The Wreckers then take off to an unknown planet. Rodimus and Arcee, while having doubts about their mission, say that they owe Prime this chance, while Apelinq is losing his patience with their mysterious mission.

On the Quintessons’ temporary homeworld, the Quintessons and Cryotek meet in a techno-organic garden. Cryotek remarks that the Quintessons’ ‘Oracle’ no longer function, and that Cyclonus had obtained the Divine Light. Cryotek also remarks that the reformatting of the planet would allow them to take over easily.

The Wreckers land on an icy world. Despite Apelinq’s insistence on caution, Primal Prime leads Rodimus, Arcee, Ramulus and Apelinq out. They find a Quintesson named Al-Badur. The Autobots are ready to fire, but Primal Prime manages to talk them down. None of the Wreckers bar Primal Prime trust the Quintesson, but they agree to listen to Al-Badur’s story.

The Quintessons were once minions of Unicron, searching the galaxy for Primus’ ‘dimensional landing’. The Quintessons planned to take control of Primus for themselves, and attempted to create various barriers between Primus’ core and the ‘children’ Primus sought to protect. Their first attempt was the plasma energy chamber, a manufacturing facility used to ‘reprocess’ the first Transformers. The next attempt were the disastrous creations of the Dweller and the Technoorganics.

Later on, the Quintessons discovered the supercomputer Vector Sigma, the ultimate physical embodiment of Primus. They created a shell program to distort Vector Sigma’s guidance from the Transformers, and used Cybertron as a deterrent against Unicron and to mass-produce Transformers. Al-Badur was among several Quintessons who warned their brethren about the dangers of controlling Primus and forewarned the Transformers’ rebellion, but was banished.


Al-Badur is morbidly pleased that his warning had come to fruition, while Apelinq realizes that the Oracle is the shell program created by the Quintesson. Primal Prime is shocked, but Apelinq tells Primal Prime that the one that guided them there was Vector Sigma, having slowly breaking through the shell program. Rodimus and Ramulus scoff at the Quintesson, who offers to tell them about the origin of the Divine Light in exchange for getting him out of the planet. However, Apelinq and Prime relents.

A horde of Sharkticons arrive and attack, but are easily repulsed by the Wreckers. Al-Badur is brought to the ship, and he is disgusted by Tigatron, who reeks of the Vok’s powers. Al-Badur tells them that the Vok’s existence is an ‘aberration’ to both Quintesson and Transformer alike, warning Tigatron that the Vok would turn on them. Al-Badur is surprised to find a Decepticon among the crew, and Skywarp tells the Quintesson that he’s returning the favour as Decepticon honour dictates. Al-Badur then explains that the Divine Light is a prism that grants direct access to Primus’ power, channeling Primus’ power into whomever wields the crystal.

Meanwhile, on a bar at the other end of the galaxy, Devcon asks for help to hunt down Cyclonus from the remnants of T-Wrecks’ Dinobots.

Featured Transformers: Apelinq, Tigatron, Ramulus, Arcee, Rodimus, Glyph, CatSCAN, Tap-Out, Primal Prime, Skywarp, Poison Bite, Cryotek, Unicron (flashback), Alpha Trion (flashback), Dark Guardian (flashback), Sharkticons, Devcon, T-Wrecks, Dinotron, Terranotron, Triceradon
Notable others: Derodomontatus, Quintessons, Al-Badur, Dweller (flashback), Technoorganics (flashback)

Primeval Dawn Part 3

Written By: Simon Furman
Art By: Makoto Ono
Inks By: Vince Russell & Chuck Gibson
Colours By: Glass House Graphics
Letters By: Simon Bowland
Edits By: Glen Hallit & Dan Khanna

Synopsis: Primal Prime had shut down after the forced removal of the Matrix, and is suspended in a repair apparatus. Ramulus wants to pay back the Predacons, and is unhappy with Tigatron and Airazor’s restraint. Tigatron and Airazor leave to consult with the Vok.

Prime’s mind drifts on another plain, speaking with the Vok. The Vok explain their origin as ‘a swarming mass of hungry instinct’ until the Matrix granted them knowledge, understanding and purpose. Sensing the rousing of the enemy, they had created Primal Prime to protect the Matrix, but the Vok regret that by doing so they had unwittingly played into the enemy’s hands.

Tarantulas and the Predacons are working on a Transwarp portal to return to Unicron. Spittor is unhappy about abandoning the fight, but gets a lesson in discipline from Ravage. The Vok’s power is weakened since two of them are consumed by Tarantulas, and the amalgamate themselves into an energy force to rival the Matrix, using Prime’s body as a vessel.

Tarantulas’ troops attack the Ark. Tigatron and Airazor, themselves unable to contact the Vok, attack. Meanwhile Tarantulas himself has nearly completed the Transwarp portal. Ramulus has disappeared, and as the Predacons force their way in, the Vok-empowered Primal Prime arrives.

Featured Transformers: Ramulus, Primal Prime, Tigatron, Airazor, the Vok, Tarantulas, Razorclaw, Spittor, Iguanus, Ravage

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Blackjack

The Wreckers: Finale Part 1, #4 script

This comic remained unpublished following the dissolution of 3H and the transfer of the convention license. In 2007 its script was released through the Allspark fan site here.

Reviews & Commentary: TBA

The Wreckers: Finale Part 2, club comic

In 2007, the official Transformers club released an online-exclusive comic drawing a line under the whole sorry mess but also leading directly into their own Balancing Act storyline.

Reviews & Commentary: TBA

 

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