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 Ok, this has been touched on briefly before as 'grim-and-gritty' Transformers, which is odd considering that it's the original Marvel series, continuing past 80.  The art style evokes the character designs of that series, and the 80's cartoon. This week #85 came out, and this is the first page...

So what lead up to it?  For 20 years, the Autobots have known peace on Cybertron, but they didn't know that Megatron was active on Earth.  It's not a happy place.  Megatron has created an army of... Zombiecons. (2 pages from #82)

Yeah, he melted down his own soldier's minds and turned them into automatons.  They don't think, they don't feel, they just follow orders with brutal efficiency. Except for these two poor bastards that is.  They're investigating Autobot escape pods that just landed on-planet.  A small crew was checking out Earth and got shot down in space.  So, what happened to earth?  Let's have a native fill in those blanks. (5 pages from #83)

Spike Witwicky, now Circuit Smasher.  He's been modified by G.B. Blackrock, using technology pioneered by Circuit Breaker. They still can't use her, but she gets a nameless cameo and a roundabout mention as a 'former employee'.  Remember, in this series, Buster was the Autobot's primary human contact, along with Sparkplug.  Spike shows up much later in his series (brothers). Now, about that Armageddon I mentioned...

Fast-forward to the here-and-now.  Springer's been sending a distress signal back to Cybertron, and the Autobots there also find this transmission.

Ok, back on Earth, things aren't going well for one of the Autobot teams.  The forces that were there have split up.  Some are going after the Ark, and some are going to rescue Kup (who has been moved to Washington DC and infected with Scraplets.) Springer here was with the rescue team, and we continue on... (the last 3 pages from #84)

All three lines of Transformer comics are BAD-ASS! The fight in issue #85 is the *whole book*.
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