The Transformers: Primacy is a four-part miniseries, published by IDW Publishing between August and November 2013. The final part of a trilogy, and a direct sequel to Monstrosity, it continues where that series left off, with Megatron and the Decepticons taking off to the stars on the revived Trypticon, and Optimus trying to figure out how to be a Prime.
The series is written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille, with Livio Ramondelli providing art.
- Big Bad: Megatron, as always. The Autobots have to stop him from laying waste to Cybertron.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Not in the typical sense but a more literal one, as Metroplex ends his fight with Trypticon by slamming his upper jaw into a fallen building, then stomping so hard that Trypticon's lower jaw explodes.
- Dangerous Deserter: The Predacons, Stunticons, and Combaticons all abandon the Decepticon army when Scorponok overthrows Megatron. In their time apart, all three subgroups become vicious marauders before rejoining the fold.
- For the Evulz: Not entirely clear, but Trypticon/Pentius makes it clear that his purpose is the breaking of worlds.
- Gentle Giant: Omega Supreme is huge, but wants to do what is right.
- Idiot Houdini: Optimus. By pure dumb luck, he manages to turn the tide after the initial Decepticon artillery barrage, specially considering only a few were behind Trailbreaker's forceshield, and others like Ultra Magnus and Sky Linx were completely out in the open and no worse for the wear once the smoke clears.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Megatron impales Metroplex with a cork-screw Quintesson ship with enough force to penetrate both him and Cybertron's surface.
- Jawbreaker: Grimlock gives it as a painful but non-fatal finisher to Razorclaw during their fight in issue 4.
- Mind Meld: Trypticon and Pentius become one, after Megatron revives Trypticon using Pentius' spark.
- Old Soldier: Kup and Grimlock are both soldiers with eons of experience.
- Prequel: The last of the three miniseries that take place before the events of the Hasbro Comic Universe Transformers continuity.
- Putting the Band Back Together: An evil example. In Issue 2, Thundercracker Starscream and Astrotrain track down the departed Special operations teams (Stunticons, Predacons, and Combaticons) to bring them back into the Decepticon regime.
- Series Continuity Error:
- Slinger berates Hot Rod for blowing up Nyon. In The Transformers: Autocracy, Slinger was the one that convinced Hot Rod to do it.
- A weird one. They just can't seem to make up their mind on how to spell Sky Lynx's name between the three series.
- In a dramatic scene, Omega Supreme confesses his reasons for hesitating to work with Optimus were because of Nova Prime's crimes...only Optimus isn't supposed to know about Nova's crimes until his spotlight issue, where Omega tells him.
- Thanatos Gambit: Pentius wanted to get killed in order to have his essence transferred over to Megatron and then destroy Cybertron.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite becoming more cynical in the events of The Transformers: Autocracy, Hot Rod is still quite the idealist next to guys like Kup, Grimlock and other veterans.