History Comicbook / TheTransformers

28th Apr '16 10:38:03 PM CaptainTedium
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* StrawFeminist: The 234th issue of the UK version of the comic established that Arcee was built to appease complaints from feminists that whined about the Autobots all identifying as male even after being told that Transformers were technically genderless. Even after her creation, the feminists continued to complain over the fact that there was only one female Autobot on the team and also objected to her looking weak and being colored pink.

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* StrawFeminist: The 234th issue of the UK version of the comic established in the story "Prime's Rib" that Arcee was built to appease complaints from feminists that whined about the Autobots all identifying as male even after being told that Transformers were technically genderless. Even after her creation, the feminists continued to complain over the fact that there was only one female Autobot on the team and also objected to her looking weak and being colored pink. Their ire increased when Hot Rod stated his approval for female Transformers after inadvertently colliding into Arcee.
24th Apr '16 11:59:53 AM Tightwire
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[[caption-width-right:350: One side makes you bigger, the other makes you smaller...]]
30th Mar '16 4:54:40 AM CaptainTedium
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** The UK series' "City of Fear" storyline ends with the zombified Impactor sacrifice himself to prevent Cybertron from being destroyed.

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** The UK series' "City of Fear" storyline ends with the zombified Impactor sacrifice sacrificing himself to prevent Cybertron from being destroyed.



** The Unicron cultists wield sais and have [[Franchise/TeenagedMutantNinjaTurtles prominent three-toed feet.]] This is almost certainly a deliberate artistic choice.

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** The Unicron cultists wield sais and have [[Franchise/TeenagedMutantNinjaTurtles [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles prominent three-toed feet.]] This is almost certainly a deliberate artistic choice.
30th Mar '16 4:52:24 AM CaptainTedium
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** Can be applied to the comic itself by some fans, who preferred the early storylines- naturally evolving robots who are noticeably alien and at war- to the later stories of robots who talk far more like humans, alien worlds that even Star Trek would shy away from, and the whole quasi-religious / mythical origin and clash of destinies thing that Simon Furman ran with.
30th Mar '16 4:15:32 AM CaptainTedium
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* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".

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* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating the comic book actually predates [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".
30th Mar '16 4:14:29 AM CaptainTedium
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* {{Antivillain}}: Circuit Breaker, very much.
* AnyoneCanDie: Underbase Saga.

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* {{Antivillain}}: Circuit Breaker, very much.
much. The only reason for her vendetta against the Transformers is because Shockwave severely injured her.
* AnyoneCanDie: AnyoneCanDie:
** A whole assload of characters are killed off by Starscream in the
Underbase Saga.Saga, though some of them are eventually rebuilt.



* AxCrazy: While several Decepticons could certainly fit this bill, special mention goes out to Megatron. In the wake of Optimus Prime's death-from-video-game, Megs is so obsessed with not having personally destroyed his foe that he crushes Brawl's head in for trying to console him. And when Brawl, the most AxCrazy of the Combaticons, is trying to be the voice of reason, you ''know'' Megatron has lost it.

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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While several Decepticons could certainly fit this bill, special mention goes out to Megatron. In the wake of Optimus Prime's death-from-video-game, Megs is so obsessed with not having personally destroyed his foe that he crushes Brawl's head in for trying to console him. And when Brawl, the most AxCrazy of the Combaticons, is trying to be the voice of reason, you ''know'' Megatron has lost it.



** BadassNormal: Ratchet. He bests Megatron twice despite being a weak, non-combat-ready medic through wits and force of will, and saves all the Autobots from Shockwave (save for Optimus Prime).

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** BadassNormal: BadassNormal:
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Ratchet. He bests Megatron twice despite being a weak, non-combat-ready medic through wits and force of will, and saves all the Autobots from Shockwave (save for Optimus Prime).



* CallBack: See the Brick Joke

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* CallBack: See the Brick JokeCallBack:



* CanonDiscontinuity:
** The miniseries adaptation of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] is ignored by the US version of the main series.
** An interesting case is given in the adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006", which obviously can't fit into the continuity of the US comic due to the aforementioned disregard of the movie. While the US run of the comic dismissed the story as taking place in an alternate timeline, the reprint in the UK version of the series edits the story so that it was a fabrication Wreck-Gar told to the Quintessons.



* CerebusSyndrome: Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.
** G2 is definitely this even to the original US run.

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* CerebusSyndrome: CerebusSyndrome:
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Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.
** G2 is definitely this The ''Generation 2'' comic manages to be even to the original US run.darker in tone, with death being more prevalent than ever.



* ClingyCostume: Circuit Breaker

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* ClingyCostume: Thanks to the injuries she received from Shockwave, Circuit BreakerBreaker regains her mobility using a revealing suit of electronic armor that she apparently can't remove.
* ComicBookAdaptation: While predating [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the cartoon]], there was a three-issue miniseries that adapted [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] (which is only accepted as canon by the UK version of the comic series) and one issue was an adaptation of the cartoon episode "The Big Broadcast of 2006".
30th Mar '16 4:00:47 AM CaptainTedium
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** BigBadDuumvirate- Megatron and Shockwave from US #14-19, operating separately until #19, at which point Shockwave is relegated to TheDragon; Shockwave and Ratbat from #31-#39; Ratbat and Scorponok after that, up to #50.
** BiggerBad: Unicron, obviously, in both Legacy of Unicron and Issues 60-75 of the Marvel Run. In fact, Simon Furman's Marvel run was what established Unicron as more than simply a big robot or worse still, a fish-monkey's pet.

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** BigBadDuumvirate- BigBadDuumvirate: Megatron and Shockwave from US #14-19, operating separately until #19, at which point Shockwave is relegated to TheDragon; Shockwave and Ratbat from #31-#39; Ratbat and Scorponok after that, up to #50.
** BiggerBad: GreaterScopeVillain: Unicron, obviously, in both Legacy of Unicron and Issues 60-75 of the Marvel Run. In fact, Simon Furman's Marvel run was what established Unicron as more than simply a big robot or worse still, a fish-monkey's pet.



* BigGood: Usually Optimus Prime, Emirate Xaaron or both, although a few other Autobots take turns, notably Grimlock and Fortress Maximus.
** Rodimus Prime in Marvel UK's post-movie stories.

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* BigGood: BigGood:
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Usually Optimus Prime, Emirate Xaaron or both, although a few other Autobots take turns, notably Grimlock and Fortress Maximus.
** Rodimus Prime is the leading force of good in Marvel UK's post-movie stories.



* CerebusSyndrome- Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.

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* CerebusSyndrome- CerebusSyndrome: Largely averted in the UK stories. In the US stories however, Furman's arrival marks the entrance of darker, more mature storylines.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ultra Magnus in the UK comics. He's left behind on Cybertron and never seen or mentioned again, not even when the characters return there. (The post-movie version of Magnus may well have had a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on him]], since he is last seen being carried away injured after having a trio of Decepticons tear into him, but he isn't mentioned again either so it's hard to be sure.)

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
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Ultra Magnus in the UK comics. He's left behind on Cybertron and never seen or mentioned again, not even when the characters return there. (The post-movie version of Magnus may well have had a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on him]], since he is last seen being carried away injured after having a trio of Decepticons tear into him, but he isn't mentioned again either so it's hard to be sure.)



** Haha, Continuity ''Snarl''
* CrapsackWorld: Modern day Cybertron is this for the Autobots.

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* CrapsackWorld:
** Haha, Continuity ''Snarl''
* CrapsackWorld:
Modern day Cybertron is this for the Autobots.



* {{Crossover}}: A notable one with ''GIJoe''

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* {{Crossover}}: A notable one {{Crossover}}:
** There was a four-issue miniseries that crossed over
with ''GIJoe''''Franchise/GIJoe'' that was exclusive to the US version of the comic. The only changes that carried on to the main comic were Dirge being destroyed and Bumblebee being rebuilt as Goldbug, the latter of which was given a different explanation in the UK comic and was eventually undone in both versions of the comic.



** Don't forget Spider-Man in issue 3. (Though Marvel and Hasbro probably both wish you could, due to the licensing snarl.)

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** Don't forget Spider-Man Franchise/SpiderMan makes an appearance in the third issue 3. (Though Marvel of the US version (reprinted as issues 5 and Hasbro probably both wish you could, due to 6 in the licensing snarl.)UK version), though this was subsequently ignored by the remainder of the series.



* DeathIsCheap: Optimus Prime. But then, [[LateArrivalSpoiler that's a given]].
** Megatron too.

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* DeathIsCheap: DeathIsCheap:
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Optimus Prime.Prime gets killed, but survives thanks to having his mind preserved on a floppy disk before he can get a new body built. But then, [[LateArrivalSpoiler that's a given]].
** Megatron too.appears to get killed when he makes a space bridge explode while he's still on it, but he later returns unscathed.



* DependingOnTheArtist: Jose Delbo draws Soundwave with an actual face. Nel Yomtov colored him purple, though the UK artists kept him his proper blue.

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* DependingOnTheArtist: DependingOnTheArtist:
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Jose Delbo draws Soundwave with an actual face. Nel Yomtov colored him purple, though the UK artists kept him his proper blue.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Poor, poor Ultra Magnus.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: DroppedABridgeOnHim:
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Poor, poor Ultra Magnus.



* EldritchAbomination: Unicron.

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* EldritchAbomination: Unicron.EldritchAbomination:
** Unicron is larger than any of the Transformers and is also the most powerful villain.



* FirstNameBasis: Impactor with Emirate Xaaron.

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* FirstNameBasis: FirstNameBasis:
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Impactor with Emirate Xaaron.



* GladiatorGames: Popular on Cybertron before the Decepticon uprising. Megatron himself started off as a gladiator.

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* GladiatorGames: GladiatorGames:
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Popular on Cybertron before the Decepticon uprising. Megatron himself started off as a gladiator.



* GodzillaThreshold: After Optimus mysteriously vanishes, three nigh-invincible Decepticons turn up and kick everyone's ass, with one of them (ole' Galvy) just literally laughing off the Autobots' full prowess. Ironhide despairs enough for him to free Megatron and ask for his leadership to stop the 2006 Decepticons.

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* GodzillaThreshold: GodzillaThreshold:
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After Optimus mysteriously vanishes, three nigh-invincible Decepticons turn up and kick everyone's ass, with one of them (ole' Galvy) just literally laughing off the Autobots' full prowess. Ironhide despairs enough for him to free Megatron and ask for his leadership to stop the 2006 Decepticons.



* GutPunch: Xaaron's death in ''On the Edge of Extinction!'' indicates that yes, major characters can and will die.

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* GutPunch: GutPunch:
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Xaaron's death in ''On the Edge of Extinction!'' indicates that yes, major characters can and will die.



* HonorBeforeReason: Optimus Prime asks a human to destroy him because he endangered bystanders in a ''video game'' fight against the Decepticons... even though Megatron was cheating at the time. ItMakesSenseInContext, but Optimus' action was still stupid.

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* HonorBeforeReason: HonorBeforeReason:
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Optimus Prime asks a human to destroy him because he endangered bystanders in a ''video game'' fight against the Decepticons... even though Megatron was cheating at the time. ItMakesSenseInContext, but Optimus' action was still stupid.



* HopeSpot: Various through the Wanted: Galvatron arc, first with Galvatron's temporary defeat at Magnus' hands, then his temporary KO after Rodimus Prime frying him with his own siphon's power. Problem is, Galvy is easy to knock down but taking him out is a whole 'nother story....

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
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Various through the Wanted: Galvatron arc, first with Galvatron's temporary defeat at Magnus' hands, then his temporary KO after Rodimus Prime frying him with his own siphon's power. Problem is, Galvy is easy to knock down but taking him out is a whole 'nother story....



* KillEmAll: The main purpose of both the Underbase saga and the simultaneous "Time Wars" was to slaughter old toys and bring the cast down to a more manageable size.

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* KillEmAll: KillEmAll:
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The main purpose of both the Underbase saga and the simultaneous "Time Wars" was to slaughter old toys and bring the cast down to a more manageable size.



* MoodWhiplash: The ending of the first mini.

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
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The ending of the first mini.
30th Mar '16 3:42:34 AM CaptainTedium
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* HeroicSacrifice:
** The UK series' "City of Fear" storyline ends with the zombified Impactor sacrifice himself to prevent Cybertron from being destroyed.
** The ''Generation 2'' comic has Fortress Maximus and Spike Witwicky give their lives to stop Megatron after he stole the Ark.
30th Mar '16 3:38:42 AM CaptainTedium
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Arcee is the only female Autobot in the Generation 1 cartoon to be featured in the comic, and even then, she's only included in the UK version.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Arcee is the only female Autobot in the Generation 1 cartoon to be featured in the comic, and even then, she's only included in the UK version.version of the main series and the US version regards the three-issue adaptation of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the movie]] as non-canon.
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* AlasPoorVillain: Scorponok, or more accurately, Lord Zarak. After angsting over whether or not he deserved to continue as Decepticon leader, feeling that he's only been masquerading as Scorponok all this time, he suddenly finds himself having to suck it up and help Optimus Prime rally against Unicron. He is blasted by the Chaos Bringer while ripping open Unicron's leg relentlessly alone amidst a sea of dead Transformers, and dies asking Prime if ''he did good''. His death is ultimately what gives Optimus the strength to purify the Matrix and destroy Unicron.

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* AlasPoorVillain: AlasPoorVillain:
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Scorponok, or more accurately, Lord Zarak. After angsting over whether or not he deserved to continue as Decepticon leader, feeling that he's only been masquerading as Scorponok all this time, he suddenly finds himself having to suck it up and help Optimus Prime rally against Unicron. He is blasted by the Chaos Bringer while ripping open Unicron's leg relentlessly alone amidst a sea of dead Transformers, and dies asking Prime if ''he did good''. His death is ultimately what gives Optimus the strength to purify the Matrix and destroy Unicron.



** Conversely, of course, the Underbase saga killed off dozens of characters in one go.

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** Conversely, of course, the Underbase saga killed off dozens of characters in one go.go, though some of them were eventually brought back.



* MadScientist: Flame, who suggests turning Cybertron into a mobile warworld, while looking like an absolute nut-job all the while. Amazingly, this guy's an ''Autobot''. Well, until he got kicked out.

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* MadScientist: Flame, who suggests turning Cybertron into a mobile warworld, while looking like an absolute nut-job all the while. His story arc also involves him raising dead Cybertronians as zombies. Amazingly, this guy's an ''Autobot''. Well, until he got kicked out.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're controlled by a computer.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're The Cybertronian zombies in the City of Fear storyline are controlled by Flame via computer.
* PutOnABus: The UK version of the comic had Skids phased out by having him displaced into limbo because of time travel. To avoid inconsistencies with continuity, reprints of US stories featuring him at the time (which only had him in background roles anyway) were altered by editing Skids out or replacing him with
a computer.generic Autobot.
* RecycledTitle: "The Void" is used as the title of two completely different stories, one from the US version of the comic and one from the UK version of the comic. Considering that reprints of every US story constituted roughly half of the UK series, this likely caused some confusion.



* SanitySlippage: Megatron doesn't take Optimus' HeroicSacrifice well.

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* SanitySlippage: SanitySlippage:
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Megatron doesn't take Optimus' HeroicSacrifice well.



* ShoutOut: The first four issues of the ''Matrix Quest'' storyline feature full-issue genre homages, often referencing a specific work: #62 references ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''; #63 is a SpaceWestern; #64 is ''Literature/MobyDick'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]; and #65 is an Franchise/{{Alien}} homage.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The first four issues of the ''Matrix Quest'' storyline feature full-issue genre homages, often referencing a specific work: #62 references ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''; #63 is a SpaceWestern; #64 is ''Literature/MobyDick'' [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!]]; and #65 is an Franchise/{{Alien}} homage.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Arcee is the only female Autobot in the Generation 1 cartoon to be featured in the comic, and even then, she's only included in the UK version.



* TheStarscream: OK, Starscream is in it, but Shockwave and Soundwave both pull it off much more successfully.

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* TheStarscream: TheStarscream:
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OK, Starscream is in it, but Shockwave and Soundwave both pull it off much more successfully.



* SuperTeam: The Neo-Knights
* TimeTravel: The cause of most of everyone's problems in the UK comics.

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* SuperTeam: The Neo-Knights
Neo-Knights are a team brought together to make a difference in the Transformers' war. Their members consist of Rapture, Thunderpunch, Dynamo, and recurring antagonist Circuit Breaker.
* TimeTravel: The cause conflict of most of everyone's problems many stories in the UK comics.comics are brought on by Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge appearing in present day from the future.



* ZombieApocalypse: "City of the Dead", a storyline in the UK comics revolves around one caused by a MadScientist.

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* ZombieApocalypse: "City of the Dead", a storyline in the UK comics revolves around one caused by a MadScientist.MadScientist Autobot named Flame.
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