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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2016
Series: Revolution - Transformers (On Going) Series
Issue Number: 0

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No direct GI Joe or Revolution connection.

"Secret Raiders: A Revolution Prelude"
a 8 page story explaining the history of GI Joe, Cobra, Transformers, Action Man on Earth. Miles Manheim, Colonel Scarlett and General Joe Colton talk about the history of the Adventure Team as it encountered the Transformers in disguise, which later leads to stories of the battles on Earth between Autobots and Decepticons that killed billions allowing Cobra to rise out of the shadows. Earth joins the Council of Worlds and Colton gives Miles "Mayhem" Manheim an assignment to disrupt Optimus Prime's plans on Earth.

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Alternate Covers

Cover C was released at the 2016 San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) in 2016 at the IDW booth.

Cover D can be purchased from AcmeComics.com

Notes of Interest

Road to Revolution, part of the Revolution, IDW Hasbro Comic Crossover Universe

Revolution Prelude, a 8 page story connecting GI Joe, Transformers, MASK, ROM, Micronauts and Action Man together is included. This is the complete Prelude story.

Major Players

Titans Return No GI Joe

"Secret Raiders: A Revolution Prelude"

GI Joes: General Joe Colton, Scarlett
Joe Appearances: General Hawk, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Roadblock, Flint, Duke, Snake Eyes, Helix

Cobra Appearances: Cobra Commander aka Krake, Destro, Firefly, Baroness, Storm Shadow, Xamot, Red Ninjas

Adventure Team: Joe Colton, Miles Manheim, Atomic Man, Bulletman, Tom Stone, Mike Power

Action Man (Original) & Action Man (Ian Noble)

Earth Defense Command: Marissa Faireborn, Daniel Witwicky

Transformers: Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide, Hot Rod, Metrotitan

Transformers: Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Thundercracker, Runabout, Runamuck, Skywarp, Devastator, Galvatron,

Micronauts: Oz (Pharoid), Biotron, Acroyear, Microtron, Larissa (Orbital Defender), Phenolo-Phi (Space Glider) & Baron Karza

ROM & Agent Dubosky

Creative Team

"The Last Autobot"

Written by: Mairghread Scott, James Roberts and John Barber
Art by: Livio Ramondelli
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: John Barber and Carlos Guzman
Publisher: Ted Adams

Cover Credits: Cover A: Art by Livio Ramondelli
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B (Subscription): Art by Priscilla Tramontano
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Convention Exclusive): Art by Livio Ramondelli
Cover Company: IDW (San Diego Comic Convention)

Cover D (Retailer Exclusive - ACME Comics): Art by Chris Giarusso
Cover Company: ACME Comics

"Secret Raiders: A Revolution Prelude"

Written by John Barber,
Art by Fico Ossio
Colors by Sebastian Cheung
Letters by Tom B. Long
Edited by David Hedgecock

Full Details

Full Summary can be read at tfwiki.net. See Issue The Transformers Titans Return

"Secret Raiders: A Revolution Prelude"

General Joe Colton is talking to Scarlett in the The Pit with Miles Manheim sitting in the corner listening and commenting.

In flashback: Joe Colton is leading his Adventure Team, which includes Miles Manheim, Atomic Man, Bulletman, Tom Stone and Mike Power in the desert. After the battle, Colton and Manheim are meeting with the original Action Man. Many years later, an aged Joe Colton is giving the thumbs up to the current Joe team members which include General Hawk, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Flint, Duke, Snake Eyes, Roadblock and Scarlett.

Miles Manheim points out that the world has changed dramatically since all of their Adventure Team missions and that is why he is sitting in The Pit.

In flashback: Transformer Ratchet is fighting in his robot form Runabout and Runamuck. Starscream is holding a ball of Energon with Blitzwing standing next to him. Optimus Prime with Bumblebee, Prowl, Ironhide, Ratchet, and Hot Rod are standing against the Decepticons Megatron, Soundwave, Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker.

Manheim explains the Cybertronians where very good at hiding in disguise; they were here seeking a material only found on Earth called ORE-13, which can be refined into Energon – their fuel as well as powerful weapon.

In flashback: Optimus Prime arrived with his Autobots to protect the Earth from the Decepticons but Miles and Colton are not too sure about him. Optimus Prime ended up leaving Earth letting Megatron caused massive damage to Earth killing nearly a billion people. Optimus Prime returned to defeat Megatron. Optimus then leaves again and refuses to share his technology with Earth’s scientists. Miles Manheim reminds them of when Megatron and Soundwave returned feigning friendship and the Earth Defense Force with Marissa Faireborn and Daniel Witwicky negotiated a deal. It was a deal based on trust but the Earth ended up being betrayed. Optimus Prime brought Earth into the Council of Worlds, which has opened Earth to all kinds of new problems including the Micronauts team of Oz (Pharoid), Biotron, Acroyear, Microtron, Larissa (Orbital Defender), Phenolo-Phi (Space Glider) & bad guy Baron Karza

At the same time, a new organization came to be known worldwide called Cobra. They arrived out of centuries of being in the shadows into a full scale shooting war which leads to a nuclear strike on the country of Nanzhao.

The Cobra leadership of Cobra Commander (aka Krake), Baroness, Destro, Major Bludd, Firefly, Storm Shadow and Xamot is shown on screen as Scarlett, Colton and Manheim continue the conversation. Also video footage of Snake Eyes and Helix fighting Red Ninjas is shown. Scarlett has now been promoted to Colonel and The Pit is filled with covered vehicles in the dark.

Optimus Prime raised a titan out of Monument Valley called MetroTitan which has made him a Robot Messiah. Manheim has been brought in by Colton to help. Next to him a voice says “Please.” He screams at it to “Be Quiet.” He then begins to tell Colton what he knows about the new UK Action Man named Ian Noble. And the recent events in Northern California where ROM, the Space Knight landed on Earth. He killed several Dire Wraiths, who where members of the Earth Defense Force in disguise, but Agent Dubosky, a human, survived. (See See ROM #1)

General Colton opens a box and pulls out a shiny purple glowing crystal which is ORE-13. Scarlett informs them that they believe that ORE-13 is becoming fissile all over the world and could cause a nuclear inferno. Colton gives it to Manheim who is happy to receive it and accepts Coltons offer to help disrupt Optimus Primes plans. He laughs saying “you remember why you called me Miles Mayhem. Next to him is Transformer Decepticon Blitzwing, alive but in pieces saying “Please let me die.” Mayhem just tells him to hush up and be quiet.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen