#1 BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1987
Series: G.I. Joe and the Transformers
Issue Number: 1
The U.S. Government has created an energy prototype vehicle called Power Station Alpha; it is the Joes current assignment to protect it. A few Congressmen and a Congresswoman are there to oversee the launch; it appears the project is a controversial one.
Other eyes are watching, including, Cobra, and both the Autobots and Decepticons. All three factions send out scouting parties a battle ensues and Bumblebee encounters the G.I. Joe Team with poor results.
Notes of Interest
Hawk drives right past three well known Dreadnoks.
Bumblebee is called a master of stealth by Optimus.
There are parallels of leadership between good factions and evil factions i.e. Hawk is like Optimus and Cobra Commander is like Megatron.
Joes: Hawk, Mutt and Junkyard, Roadblock, Beach Head, Scarlett, Snake Eyes
Cobras: Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Cobra Commander, Zartan, Zarana, Dr. Mindbender, Baroness, Serpentor
Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Superion
Decepticons: Megatron, Dirge, Bombshell
Others: Senator Barbara Larkin, Anthony
Writer: Michael Higgins,
Artist: Herb Trimpe,
Inker: Vince Colleta,
Letterer: Joe Rosen,
Colorist: Nel Yomtov,
Editors: Bob Harras, Don Daley,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter,
Cover Artist: Herb Trimpe
We see a protestor and her son, Hawk in a limo, and three Dreadnoks at the gate to a military base.
The limo pulls up to a large shuttle-like vehicle created as a possible solution to energy problems. The occupants of the limo discuss the pros and cons of such a device and the name Blackrock is tossed out. Hawk and a lovely senator named Barbara Larkin are talking about the potential of the station. Two other Senators are also present Senator Garcia and an unnamed portly Senator. It seems that Senator Larkin may be romantically interested in Hawk. Guarding the station are: Snake Eyes, Scarlet, Mutt and Junkyard, Roadblock and BeachHead.
Cut to the Ark, home of the Autobots, Optimus Prime is watching the situation on Teletran 1. He decides to send Bumblebee on a scouting mission, hoping it will boost his confidence level.
Meanwhile, the Dreadnoks, Buzzer, Ripper, and Torch, take it upon themselves to attack the launch. The attack quickly goes downhill when they find that the Joes are the ones guarding the station. Finding themselves under attack the Joe team does its best to protect the V.I.P's. Hawk personally protects Senator Larkin. The battle is short and the Dreadnoks are losing until Buzzer takes the slower Senator hostage. Having no choice, Hawk agrees to let the three flee.
Cobra Commander, Zartan, the Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, and Serpentor watch as the Dreadnoks botch things up. Cobra Commander, not pleased in the slightest, has Zartan order Zarana to go pick them up.
It seems the Decepticons are watching as well. Megatron dispatches Dirge and Bombshell to the scene. Megatron tells Bombshell to take over the station with a modified "cerebro-shell".
During their flight the Dreadnoks tear up the interstate. By chance they run into Bumblebee who dodges an attack from Buzzer by partially transforming. The Joes are stuck in traffic. The Dreadnoks meet up with Zarana driving into the back of what looks to be a normal truck. Now out of sight of the Joes, the group tells of their run-in with the strange car with legs. Oddly Zarana doesn't seem surprised. Not having any luck finding the Dreadnoks, the Joes return to the base.
Bumblebee arrives at the base where he parks outside the fence and waits, admiring the station. In the morning he finds himself being given a parking ticket and laments that it wouldn't happen to an Aerialbot.
The Joes prepare for the launch. Power Station Alpha itself transforms into a land mode, its wings fold down and long rocket pods extend from its fuselage.
Mutt sends Junkyard ahead. Soon the pooch finds Anthony who promptly begins to play Frisbee with the friendly dog. While doing so the boy is attacked by Bombshell who implants a cerebro-shell in him. Under Bombshell's control Anthony starts to walk towards the station's giant treads certain to be crushed, Junkyard bites the boy's pants leg trying to pull him away.
Bumblebee spots Bombshell buzzing away and calls Optimus who sends out the Aerialbots to assist. Seeing the boy in danger Bumblebee has no choice, he transforms, which in turn scares the crowd. Bumblebee rescues Anthony as Snake eyes stops the giant station. The Joes only see the aftermath, a dazed child in Bumblebee's hands. They surround him.
Senator Larkin and Hawk arrive, before Bumblebee can explain, the order is given to stop him by Senator Larkin, Following her orders Hawk has the Joes open fire, destroying the little Autobot. At the same time Bombshell enters Power Station Alpha. Now the Joes have a much bigger problem however, the combined form of the Aerialbots, Superion has arrived. The story is continued in G.I. Joe and the Transformers # 2.
Summary by Ted Jacobson (Skinny)