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2012-09-23, 08:01 PM
Transformers Prime 9.

The Novo Incident.

Script: Chris Cooper.
Art: Dario Brizuela.
Lettering: Comicraft.

Synopsis:

Deep within a MECH base Silas receives a message from Agent Novo in China, where, after following Cybertronian activity he's found the neuron refractor (see last issue) and worked out its mind swap purpose.

Before MECH can come and collect it Bumblebee and Bulkhead arrive and transport it back to Omega One, unwittingly bringing Novo with them.

Novo's attempts to contact MECH and have them come bomb the base are thwarted by the shielding system. Instead he takes Miko hostage and forces the Autobots to use the Ground Bridge to return him to China, from where MECH come and collect him and the download of the refractor design he's made.

At their base, a scientist is able to recreate a rough copy of the machine using Earth equipment. Silas decides to use it for Project Chimera- the placing of a human mind in a mechanoid body- and assigns Novo for the task.

Back at the Autobot base Ratchet has used Miko's phone to trace her, and the Autobots go in hot pursuit. Meanwhile the mind transfer has worked, but some of Silas' comments about not really caring if Novo makes it when he thinks he can't hear him piss off the soldier and make him turn against MECH.

Destroying the laboratory Novo goes and rescues Miko from her cell and delivers her to the just arrived Autobots outside. Though Miko offers Ratchet's help he declines and instead returns to the MECH base to destroy it.

Back at their own headquarters the Autobots use a satellite to study the area and discover the MECH facility is now a large crater. But what they don't know is Novo has survived and is also watching the crater from a safe distance...

Characters Featured: Silas, Agent Novo ; Bumblebee; Bulkhead; Miko; Ratchet; Optimus Prime.

[B]Notes:

A direct sequel to the last issue, it's the first proper multi-part story we've had since the end of the second volume. Things are clearly set up at the end for a third sequel, but at the time of writing it's uncertain if we'll see Novo again with the books change in publication schedule.

Novo's fate is very like that of Professor Morris in the original Marvel comics. Novo's mechanoid body even had a similar- albeit darker- yellow colour scheme as Centurion. He also looks like a fat Iron Man.

Another larger than usual cover to accommodate the cut out targets for the free gift to shoot at.

Goofs:

Why didn't the Autobots take the refractor with them when they left China the first time? Or at least leave someone on guard with it? There was always the risk of Knock Out coming back for it.

Fantastic Free Gift!

A Spin Shooter!

Extras:

The Trans Files: Classified Silas, a new “top secret” feature covering the leader of MECH and mentioning the events of Issue #5 as well as the TV episode Convoy;
Episode Guide Volume 1, #9: Convoy;
Starscream's Stumpers;
Ratchet's Joke Page;
A double sided poster of Ratchet and Soundwave;
Dark Energon... Hunt!, game;
Mega Mouth;
MECH Spy Maze! game;
Competition for Deluxe and Voyager class toys.

Review:

Cooper's second story for the title continues the strong run the book is currently on, and nicely adds a sense of continuity and a bigger universe by following up on previous events.

Agent Novo thankfully isn't the dull military baddy he initially seems to be, and actually winds up a rather fun pissed off character, even if his robot design is a little generic. Silas is nicely over the top as well.

With so much focus on the guest cast the Autobots don't get much chance to shine and Optimus letting a stranger take care of destroying the MECH base is slightly odd. However, the art is a considerable improvement on the last few issues and overall this is another solid instalment.

[Three cubes]