Transformers: Shattered Glass is a comic book from IDW Publishing released in summer of 2021. The series is written by Transformers newcomer Danny Lore, with art by Dan Khanna and Guido Guidi, and colors by John-Paul Bove. The series is a reboot of the fan-favourite Transformers: Shattered Glass universe that began with Fun Publications in 2008.
You know the story: The Autobots wage their battles to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.
But in this backwards world, it's the opposite.
Welcome to Shattered Glass, in this universe of evil Autobots and heroic Decepticons, Megatron's freedom fighters try to escape Optimus Prime and his tyrannical Autobots. Wait what?
A 5 issue mini-series titled Shards, shows us a glimpse of this backwards world.
This series provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: In the previous Shattered Glass, Prowl was basically a non-entity (until his reconstruction into the heroic Checkpoint by Unicron) while Goldbug spent much of the latter parts of the series (after the Transformers take their war to Earth) acting as The Starscream to Rodimus Prime, with about as much success. In this new version, both of them have successfully taken territory for themselves and are described as warlords in their own right.
- Adaptational Name Change: A Zig-Zagged version is implied; Optimus Prime's territory is referred to as Pax, suggesting that his original name in this continuity is Orion Pax; while Orion Pax is Optimus' original name in many versions of Transformers including the original cartoon, the original Shattered Glass comic is stated to have been Optronix, an alternate pre-Prime name that originated in the Dreamwave Transformers comics, before the franchise later reverted to using Orion Pax.
- Adaptational Personality Change: The comic borrows a number of ideas from the original Fun publication stories but comes up with its own narrative and characterization. Most characters share the fundamentals with the old Fun Pub series (Starscream's loyal, Ratchet's a Mad Doctor, Blurr's a Blood Knight) but their personalities are tweaked (Starscream's a narcissist, Ratchet is more serious and less whimsical, Blurr's much more of a troll).
- Adaptational Wimp: In the first issue, Blurr is shown delivering Sixshot's dismembered corpse to Ratchet. Befitting a character normally portrayed as a One-Man Army, Shattered Glass Sixshot is easily killed. He's even coloured like a Red Shirt!
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Blurr is portrayed as being supremely confident in his skill and super-speed. He looks down on most other Transformers and laments the fact that the only Decepticons left to hunt are wimps.
- Bounty Hunter: The bodyscrappers are these. Since the Decepticons are pretty much finished as an organised resistance and the Autobot Warlords (Goldbug, Prowl and Optimus Prime) are busy skirmishing with each other over territory, it's fallen to them to hunt down the few surviving Decepticons. Blurr has taken up this profession following the end of the war, since his original function of scout became redundant once the Autobots won.
- Crapsack World: The Decepticons have lost The Great War here by the start of the series with the survivors being hunted down by Bounty Hunters. Cybertron meanwhile has been split between warlord states run by Optimus, Prowl, and Goldbug with the rest of the Cybertron outside of their borders being a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
- Dead Guy on Display: Like in the previous Shattered Glass continuity, Optimus Prime puts his victims up on display.
- Deadly Dodging: How Blurr meets his end, Starscream moves out of the way of one of his attacks which causes Blurr to run straight into some molten metal coming from an erupting volcano, trapping and engulfing him.
- Decoy Protagonist: Blurr kicks off the series with the first issue centering on him (his toy was even the first of the 5 part SG set of reveals). However, the issue ends with him losing to Starscream and melted to death with the story instead shifting towards the other major players.
- The Dragon: Ratchet appears to serve this role to Goldbug, as Blurr brings Sixshot's corpse directly to him and Ratchet is also the one to inform him on the new bounty on Starscream.
- The Dreaded: Of the three Autobot Warlords, Prowl is described with more fear and awe than even Optimus Prime. Several characters mention entering his domain is basically taking your life in your hands.
- Egopolis: Goldbug's seat of power is Gold City.
- If Optimus Prime named his fortress-city "Pax" after his original name (in many continuities, Optimus originally has the name Orion Pax before becoming Optimus Prime), then that may count as well.
- Enemy Civil War: Following the defeat of the Decepticons, Goldbug and Prowl broke away from Optimus and managed to claim territory of their own.
- Eyepatch of Power: Blurr's left eye was lost long ago and he's got a metal eyepatch over the socket with bits of the scar still visible around it.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Starscream outright calls himself vain and takes great pride in his looks but he's shown to be a very competent and intelligent warrior.
- Forbidden Zone: The Static Zone, an unhospitable area of Cybertron created by the destruction caused by the Autobot-Decepticon War. It acts as border between the warlord states run by Optimus Prime, Goldbug, and Prowl.
- Good Is Not Dumb: At first it seems like Starscream believes Blurr's phony sob story but it turns out that Starscream wasn't fooled for a second and was only waiting for him to drop his guard. He also makes sure to spend at least a night to make sure Blurr is well and truly dead before leaving.
- Great Offscreen War: The Great War in this continuity is over by the time of the start of the series with the Decepticons having lost and Cybertron being divided between Optimus Prime, Goldbug, and Prowl.
- Internal Homage:
- La Résistance: By the start of the series, the Decepticons have lost the Great War and have been reduced to a small rebellion led by Starscream. Most of the planet is almost entirely under Autobot control.
- Mad Doctor: Who else but Ratchet? His first appearance in the series is him performing some form of surgery/experiment on a still alive-Transformer. All while having a casual conversation with Blurr.
- Mirror Universe: The Transformers franchise's take on the concept.
- Motor Mouth: Blurr does this but in a twist on the usual concept, he can actually talk at normal speed. His internal narration implies that he has to put effort into slowing his speech down and dislikes having to do it.
- Mythology Gag: In issue #1, Blurr manages to snag Sixshot out from under the noses of a quartet of silhouetted figures that resemble Ultra Magnus, Kup, Springer and Roadbuster, all of whom have been members of the Wreckers in other Transformers media (but not, as far as we know, the original Shattered Glass).
- Also in issue #1, Blurr has a brief flashback of other bodyscrappers: Chromedome, Hardhead, Brainstorm and Highbrow, who were the original four Autobot Headmasters under the command of Fortress Maximus. The quartet are pictured in front of what is recognisably Fort Max's base mode, but whether or not it's actually him is uncertain.
- No One Could Survive That!: Averted. After Blurr is melted by the volcano, Starscream stays with his body all night to make sure he's dead before leaving.
- Standard Post-Apocalyptic Setting: The Autobot-Decepticon War has left Cybertron devastated with much of the planet outside of the domains run Optimus, Goldbug, and Prowl being inhospitable.
- Wasteland Warlord: Optimus, Goldbug, and Prowl have become this following the end of the Great War with them splitting control of Cybertron between themselves as much of the rest of Cybertron is unhospitable.
- With Us or Against Us: As part of his sob story, Blurr claims that he doesn't really like or believe in the Autobot cause, but he has to wear the sigil because there's no such thing as a neutral. You're either an Autobot, or you're scrap.