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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: January 2017
Series: Revolution - Optimus Prime Series
Issue Number: 03

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Marissa Faireborn AND Dashiell Faireborn meet up so Flint can recruit her to the GI Joe team to help run the Earth Defense Command. Optimus Prime, on Cybertron, meets with the Council of the Worlds regarding annexing Earth and their potential membership.

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Alternate Covers

Cover B is part of the January IDW Artist Edition theme for all the IDW comics .

Notes of Interest

For the ever first time in Transformers and GI Joe history. Flint (Dashiell Faireborn) is confirmed to be Marissa Faireborn’s father. The mother is still yet unconfirmed; the woman pictured on cover C (Sub B) is Chameleon (Erika Le Tene), who cannot be her mother. In the IDW continuity, Chameleon (Erika’s) back history is told in the GI Joe Special #2.

The only confirmation before this panel was from the creators of the Transformers cartoon on the 20th Anniversary DVD Commentary.
From Wikipedia:
"When abducted by the Quintessons in the animated series episode, "The Killing Jar", Marissa is duped by a hologram of her father—Commander Faireborn. For a long time, fans have suspected the G.I. Joe character Flint (Real Name: Dashiell R. Faireborn) as being Marissa's father. He is never actually identified by name in the episode, but aside from the obvious connection of sharing a last name, he is voiced by the same actor, Bill Ratner, and is visually designed to look like an aged version of the character. Consequently, it is theorized that Marissa's mother could be Flint's paramour, Lady Jaye. The 20th Anniversary edition DVD of The Transformers: The Movie provides a commentary that confirms this fact—Sunbow's writers had indeed always imagined her as the daughter of the two G.I. Joe characters."

Previously Section: The Junkicons with Wreck-Gar and Rum-Maj arrive on the Earth and are met by Optimus Prime and the Earth Defense Command lead by the GI Joe Team. And Thundercracker accepts an offer to help out.

Major Players

GI Joe: Flint, Chameleon

Earth Defense Command: Talon, Spike Witwicky,

Transformers: Optimus Prime, Arcee, Aileron, Cosmos, Jazz, Thundercracker, Soundwave, Wreck-Gar, Rum-Maj, Pyra Magne, Jetfire, Starscream, The Mistress of Flame, Buzzsaw, Laserbeak

Others: Marissa Fairborne, Buster

Creative Team

"New Cybertron Part 3: Behind My Bleeding Back"

Written by: John Barber
Art by: Kei Zama
Colors by: Josh Burcham
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Publisher: Ted Adams

Cover Credits
Cover A: Art by Kei Zama, Colors by Josh Burcham
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B (Subscription A): Art by Casey W. Collier
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Subscription B): Art by Andrew Griffith, Colors by Josh Perez
Cover Company: IDW

Cover D (Retailer Incentive): Joana Lafuente
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

Full Summary can be read at Transformers Wiki tfwiki.net. See Issue Optimus Prime #3

Long Summary. Editor’s Note = (info in parentheses) is in comic character descriptions, [Info in brackets] are my comments

In Autobot City. Soundwave (Decepticon Alley) and Jetfire (Warrior/Scientist) are analyzing the ship the Junkicons arrived on. It is proving to be difficult to get the answers they are hoping for. Arcee (Cautiously Optimistic) points out the Junkicons are a different version of the Transformers and their technology is more advanced, so scans should be different. Soundwave tasks Cosmos (Disgruntled Observer), Laserbeak & Buzzsaw (Birds) to do continued recon of the ship.

Cairo, Egypt outside a cafe, Transformer Thundercracker (Gone Native) is sitting working on a problem with Buster (Dog) his beloved dog who is eating next him. Chameleon (Intelligence) [Erika Le Tene] has just fed Buster and asks Thundercracker about Marissa Faireborn. His answer is he has just known her a little while. Thundercracker makes a joke about how he is screen writer. Her answer is I got a good story it’s about “A life of espionage, betrayal and a guy in a Hawaiian shirt.”

Inside the café, Marissa Faireborn (Ex-Earth Defense Command Commander) is sitting with Flint (Warrant Officer) [Dashiell Faireborn], he is trying to persuade her to return to the Earth Defense Command [EDC]. They need people with lots of experience dealing with the Transformers. Marissa asks if Scarlett is still in charge. Flint points out she saved the world so yes Marissa would be working under Scarlett’s leadership. Marissa turns the conversation to Chameleon, who is just outside. She says “That your girlfriend out there?” His answer is “What? No. Good Lord, She’s” Marissa says “Barely older than me?” Flint says “I was going to say “not quite a sociopath”. And Marissa’s response is “Jesus Dad, You never change.” [Marissa’s statement confirms the 30 year vague reference that Marissa has been Flint’s daughter; see the Notes of Interest section for a lot more on this big reveal.]

On Cybertron, Optimus Prime (Trying to be a diplomat), Starscream (Ruler of Cybertron), The Mistress of Flame (Camen Religious Leader), and several others are sitting at the council of Worlds table with Earth on display in the middle. Optimus Prime reminds them that they have colonized Earth. And certain rules apply for it to have been annexed. The Mistress and Starscream are in favor of spreading Cybertronion technology to Earth. Prime is against it. According to Starscream, the Junkicons should be able to sell their technology to the humans. Starscream points out there are no Earth representatives at the meeting in fact there is no representative at all for the entire Earth to even talk to. So Optimus Prime’s action with Earth is possibly treason.

In Mexico City, Jazz is talking to a pissed off woman through her window. He is asking polite questions in order to get her opinion of Transformers.

Back in Cairo, Flint walks out of the café scratching his head. Thundercracker informs Flint he is writing a new screenplay called The Chuckles Story. Flint pissed doesn’t care, all he wants is Thundercracker to do the calculations that he has requested. Part of the deal for the calculations was Flint to invite Marissa into GI Joe. Flint reveals to Thundercracker that Marissa is his daughter. Thundercracker laughs saying “I assume she said yes. I’ll send my calculations to your guys.”

Matterhorn Mountain, The Alps [at the place the Junkicons ship landed], Talon (Field Leader), Mainframe (Computer Specialist) and Hi-Tech (Operations Support) are working on analyzing the ship when Thundercracker’s calculations come in. They immediately make a difference. They now suspect that there could be millions of Junkicons inside the ship. Soundwave has arrived and is talking to Spike (Special Warfare), when Mainframe walks up. He references saving the world together See Revolution #5 and that he intercepted Thundercracker’s message.

On Cybertron, Optimus Prime has left the meeting, Aileron (Aide-de-Camp, for the moment) with Arcee are asking what is going to happen to Earth. His response is that Earth no has a clear path to become a full member of the Council of Worlds.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen