OPTIMUS PRIME 02
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 2016
Series: Revolution - Optimus Prime Series
Issue Number: 02
The mixed Earth Defense Command lead by Chinese agent Talon, but including Spike Witwicky and GI Joe’s Flint all investigate a newly arrived Transformer ship. The ship arrived from Junkion a world destroyed millions of years ago by Megatron. And Optimus Prime is taking the lead on dealing with the Junkicons much to the dislike of the Earth Defense Command.
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Notes of Interest
First appearance of GI Joe's in the Optimus Prime series.
The return of Chameleon aka Erika Le Tene, a major character from the different Cobra series.
First Appearance of Hi-Tech who from India
Hi-Tech was originally killed in Revolution #1 by ROM, the name has now been transferred to Sanjay Bharwaney of the Earth Defense Command when the EDC become part of GI Joe.
The Earth Defense Command is a cast of human characters from the Transformers series which includes Talon aka Zilong Qian , Spike Witwicky, Sanjay Bharwaney aka Hi-Tech and Marissa Fairborn mixed in with the GI Joe characters. Read the history of the EDC at tfwiki page on the Earth Defense Command
In the Previously Section,Optimus Prime is talking to the President of the United States about representing the entire Earth with a Wolverine in the background.
GI Joe: Flint, Chameleon, Mainframe, Hi-Tech
Earth Defense Command (EDC): Talon, Sam Witwicky,
Transformers: Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Arcee, Victorion ( Pyra Magna, Jumpstream, Red Dust, Dust Up, Stormclash, Skyburst), Aileron, Jetfire, Sky Lynx, Oiler, Slide, Gimlet, Bump, Roulette, Sideswipe, Midnight Express, Junkions - Wreck-Gar and Rum-Maj, Metrotitan and Thundercracker,
Others: D.O.C., Buster, Marissa Faireborn
"New Cybertron Part 2: A Lonely Pillar on the Plain"
Written by: John Barber
Art by: Kei Zama
Colors by: Josh Burcham
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Publisher: Ted Adams
Cover A: Art by Kei Zama, Colors by Josh Burcham
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Full Summary can be read at Transformers Wiki tfwiki.net. See Issue Optimus Prime #2
Editor’s Note = (info in parentheses) is in comic character descriptions, [Info in brackets] are my comments
Optimus Prime (Autobot Leader), Soundwave (Decepticon Ally), Arcee (Not sure about this plan), Victorion (Their combined form), Aileron (Young Idealist), Pyra Magna (Leader of the Torchbearers) and the rest of the Torchbearers arrive in Europe near the Matterhorn Mountain to investigate a recent very long skinny ship that landed in the Alps.
The door opens a several Transformers walk out expressing their joy at finally landing on Earth. Optimus Prime does not know them but Soundwave does. The new arrivals are Junkicons lead by Wreck-Gar and Rum-Maj they have arrived to trade technology for ORE-13. Optimus Prime is continuing to protect Earth and trying to prevent too much Cybertronian technology from getting in the hands of humans.
As Optimus Prime is negotiating, the Earth Defense Command (EDC) lead by GI Joe arrives. Talon (Zilong Qian, GI Joe Field Commander), Flint (Dashiell Faireborn, Warrant Officer), Chameleon (Erika Le Tene, Intelligence) [One of the main characters of the Cobra series], Mainframe (Blaine Parker, Computer Specialist), Hi-Tech (Sanjay Bharwaney, Operations Specialist) and Spike (Steven Witwicky, Special Warfare) all arrive in Joe vehicles the Tomahawk and Skyhawk. Talon points out to Optimus Prime that he not the official representative of Earth. The EDC is only partially in charge of dealing with the Transformers and anything that arrives from space.
After what appears to be an aggressive action by the Junkicons, the Skyhawk fires on one of them damaging them but it doesn’t bother the Junkicons good humor. Optimus Prime suggests they leave the area to talk more in private. Sky Lynk (Transportation) arrives to get all of the Transformers back to Autobot City, the Cybertronian Embassy on Earth in Monument Valley, Utah.
Leaving the Joes behind with no ability to monitor the talks, Optimus Prime consults Soundwave about his knowledge of the Junkicons. He explains that a long time ago when he was a Decepticon working under Megatron they arrived on the Junkicon's world and ended up destroying most of the planet which was the reason their ship was sent to Earth. The Junkicons ship ran out of energy and coasted to Earth taking millions of years to get here.
At the Junkicons ship, the EDC is setting up a base. Flint, Talon and Spike all debate how the EDC should be run. But Talon is the ultimate boss of the team, even if Spike used to be the main person in charge of EDC and Flint runs his GI Joe intelligence team. Inside the computer center, Mainframe and Hi-Tech [in the IDW continuity he is from India and former member of the EDC] are working on analyzing the ship. Talon walks in asking for a sit rep.
Back in Autobot City, Arcee is asking Jetfire (Warrior/Scientist), who is watching over Sideswipe (Injured and comatose) with D.O.C. (Drone), how she can be effective with all of the confusion happening on Earth. The Junkicons are amazed to see a living titan in person. [Autobot City is actually a massive Transformer Titan called Metrotitan]. Optimus Prime walks them past Sideswipe as Wreck-Gar moves close to see if he can help. He uses a technology that Jetfire isn’t even familiar with to analyze Sideswipe. This technology points out why Sideswipe is in a coma and how to fix him.
Back the Matterhorn base, Talon meets Chameleon for the first time, she gives him some advice about working in GI Joe. Talon, who used to run the Chinese version of the Earth Defense Command, is very conflicted on everything being American centered with the GI Joe team in charge of the EDC. Chameleon points out it took her a long time to feel comfortable as part of the team. The GI Joe team is a very hard group. Hi-Tech interrupts saying they have had a break through on the Junkicons ship. Mainframe has isolated a wavelength that should let them see what is inside the ship.
Talon approves the action and walks out. Spike says they should be contacting Optimus Prime. But Flint and the Joes along with the EDC want to keep as much from the Transformers as they can. Spike knows of another they can contact.
In Egypt, literally sitting leaning against the Sphinx, Thundercracker (Gone native) takes a call and listens and in a whisper agrees to help. But standing nearby is Marissa Faireborn (Ex-Head of the Earth Defense Command) with Buster (Dog) she asks who he is talking to. Thundercracker says its wrong number, Marissa doesn’t believe him at all.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen