Friday, April 25, 2014

Case Study No. 1390: Optronix/Optimus Prime

Transformers - Shattered Glass Comic
The first issue of Shattered Glass. If I find the rest, I'll upload 'em too.
Enjoy! :)

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[the first panel shows a small light shining in a dark cave]
NARRATOR: In the beginning, it was dark ...
[the second panel shows the light growing larger]
NARRATOR: And then there was light ...
[the third panel shows Cliffjumper emerging from the light]
NARRATOR: And just as it is with birth, it began with a scream!
CLIFFJUMPER: Aaaaaaaaahhh!
[the fourth panel shows Cliffjumper hitting the ground after emerging from the light/portal]
[the fifth panel shows Cliffjumper slowly getting up]
CLIFFJUMPER: What the heck happened? One minute I'm following those three red and blue 'bots back on Earth and now I'm on--
[the sixth panel shows a closeup of Cliffjumper's face, as a car is driving towards him in the background]
CLIFFJUMPER: Cybertron? What is going--
[the seventh panel shows the car transforming into Ruckus]
RUCKUS: Oh nooooo!
[the eighth panel shows Ruckus staring at Cliffjumper in shock]
RUCKUS: N-No! It can't be you, you're ... Look, I'm sorry! I didn't see you, just let me go and I'll--
[the ninth panel shows being shot by energy blasts from something off camera]
RUCKUS: Gaaaahhh!
[the tenth panel shows Rodimus standing over the fallen Ruckus]
RODIMUS: Well, whad'ya know. Ol' Ops said there was a strange energy build up down there. Didn't think I'd find anythin' like you, though. You oughta be more careful, old mech. That Triggercon Megatron sent to snoop it had you cold. One of Optimus's favorites, jumped by the trash ... hah! Sweet paintjob, by the way. But hey ... ain't you dead?
[the eleventh panel shows Cliffjumper staring up at Rodimus]
CLIFFJUMPER: Paintjob? You're one to talk! And did you say "dead?" I just saw you a few hours ago and--
RODIMUS: Jumper, you are seriously defective! I last saw you three stellar cycles ago on the way to the Darkmount massacre. You split and never came back. We figured you'd gotten axed.
[the twelfth panel shows a closeup of Cliffjumper]
CLIFFJUMPER: Your circuits shorted, kid? There was this portal and some crazy lights. I must have been out a long time 'cuz now I'm back on Cybertron and you're talking crazy! ... And what's with your face?
[the thirteenth panel shows a closeup of Rodimus' face (with what appears to be a mustache)]
RODIMUS: You like? Added it a cycle back ... Makes me look distinguished, y'know? Me, distinguished. It's a laugh, right? Anyways, all this, it's no big. Don't matter. Our glorious leader's gonna be de-fraggin-lighted to see a big noise like you again. Let's cruise topside.
[the fourteenth panel shows an exterior shot of the Cybertronian capital city, Iacon]
RODIMUS: Ops is gonna meet us at the door. I'm impressed actually, he's interrupting his downtime to meet you in the metal ... and you know how much he enjoys his hobbies.
[the fifteenth panel shows an over-the-shoulder shot of Optimus Prime watching while Rodimus and Cliffjumper walk down the hallway towards him]
RODIMUS: Here he is, Optimus. Just like I told ya, one sharpshooter, alive and kickin'!
[the sixteenth panel shows Optimus Prime putting his hands on Cliffjumper's shoulders]
OPTIMUS: Cliffjumper?! By the Imperium, it is you! I thought we had lost you! Come, walk with me, my old comrade, this is an event worthy of celebration!
[the seventeenth panel shows Optimus leading Cliffjumper past rows of glass tubes filled with destroyed Transformers floating in some type of liquid]
OPTIMUS: Beautiful, aren't they? I thought these wrecks would make a nice way to decorate the hallway.
[the eighteenth panel shows Cliffjumper looking around in shock as Optimus stands behind him]
OPTIMUS: They keep morale up, showing that even the strongest of the Decepticons cannot stand up to the might of the Autobot Imperium! Hah hah ha!
CLIFFJUMPER: What in the--
[the nineteenth panel shows a closeup of Optimus' face]
OPTIMUS: Ah, here we are ...
[the twentieth panel shows a giant pit, as flames leap out]
OPTIMUS: The smelting pool!
[the twenty first panel shows another Transformer, tied up and standing on a platform suspended above the smelting pool, as Optimus look on]
OPTIMUS: Rumble, you have been found guilty of crimes against the Autobot Imperium, including vandalism, assassination, theft, espionage, sabotage, sedition, and disturbing the peace. How do you plead?
RUMBLE: Blow it out your exhaust pipes!
OPTIMUS: Oooh, I'm sorry, the correct answer would have been "On my knees!" Very well, you are--
[the twenty second panel shows Cliffjumper standing next to Rodimus]
CLIFFJUMPER: What the slag is going on here?!
[the twenty third panel shows Optimus talking to Cliffjumper]
OPTIMUS: What do you mean ... Of course! I had forgotten how much you enjoyed executing the prisoners. Heh, remember that time we put the anit-gravity unit on that Decepticon's feet and tossed him into the pit, but stopped him in mid-air and kept inching him closer and closer to the bottom until the heat destroyed the anti-grav and he fell in screaming? Oh, how I loved that sound! Please old friend, I want you to have the honor of this execution in celebration of your return to us. The Autobot who saved me during the Torus Heights battles deserves no less!
[the twenty fourth panel shows Cliffjumper staring off into space]
CLIFFJUMPER: N-No. This isn't right! I c-can't!
[the twenty fifth panel shows Optimus standing next to Cliffjumper]
OPTIMUS: I am not sure what you are saying. Granted, Rumble here is not pleading for his life, but either way it is still enjoyable to watch.
[the twenty sixth panel shows Cliffjumper yelling at Optimus]
CLIFFJUMPER: Enjoyable?!? He may be a stinkin' Decepticreep but as a prisoner of war, he has rights under Autobot law. You know I despise the 'Cons more than most, but we can't just destroy him like this for entertainment! It goes against everything we stand for, what you stand for. I can't believe I'm the one telling you this! This isn't justice, Prime, it's murder! This isn't how we do things, and I'm sayin' you need to stop this!
[the twenty seventh panel shows a closeup of Optimus]
OPTIMUS: Oh, so unwise ...
[the twenty eighth panel shows Optimus shooting Cliffjumper point-blank several times]
[the twenty ninth panel shows several Transformers standing over Cliffjumper's charred body, laughing at him]
[the thirtieth panel shows Optimus standing over Cliffjumper (who is still alive)]
OPTIMUS: I only let you live because you were once one of my closest aides. But what to do with you now, I wonder? You seem to have forgotten what being an Autobot means.
[the thirty first panel shows Optimus looking up at the Transfomer corpses hanging above the smelting pool]
OPTIMUS: What do you think? Shall he join you all in oblivion?!
[the thirty second panel shows Optimus cupping a hand to his ear (as if the dead Autobots are "talking" to him]
OPTIMUS: What? Dispose of him? Hope he gets his wits back?
[the thirty third panel shows Optimus kicking Cliffjumper's body]
OPTIMUS: So be it! Dump him in the Rad Zone. Let us see if the empties who live there finish him off. If he makes it back to us in one piece ...
[the thirty fourth panel shows Cliffjumper lying at the bottom of a large ravine]
OPTIMUS: [from off camera] Then perhaps he will again be worthy of the Autobot symbol he wears!
[the thirty fifth panel shows Cliffjumper's unconscious body, as someone off camera says "Looks like we picked a good day to scrounge for supplies. Look what we have here!"]
[the thirty sixth panel shows a Transformer's hand reaching out towards Cliffjumper, as someone off camera says "It's him alright. One of Prime's favorites ... Cliffjumper!"]
[the thirty seventh panel shows Cliffjumper's POV, as two Transformers stand over him]
SCRAPPER: I just radioed Megatron. He says he wants him brought in alive.
LONG HAUL: Let's get him stabilized so we can move him, then. I'm going to put him into stasis lock.
[the thirty eighth panel shows what appears to be an electrocardiogram monitor, as someone off camera says "There ... "]
[the thirty ninth panel shows Cliffjumper bolting upright from what appears to be a hospital bed]
[the fortieth panel shows Cliffjumper jumping out of the bed and pushing aside the two Transformers that were working on him]
CLIFFJUMPER: Out of the way, 'Cons!
[the forty first panel shows Cliffjumper running away]
CLIFFJUMPER: No Decepticon death-camp can hold me! See you 'round, losers!
[the forty second panel shows him running into another Transformer (since he was looking back at his "kidnappers" and wasn't paying attention to where he was going)]
[the forty third panel shows him on the ground, looking up at two Transformers]
MEGATRON: Are you alright?
SIDESWIPE: I'm guessing "no."
[the forty fourth panel shows Cliffjumper pointing an accusatory finger at the two]
CLIFFJUMPER: That voice ... Sideswipe?! Why do you look like that? What are you doing with these Decepticon scum?!
[the forty fifth panel shows Megatron standing next to Sideswipe]
MEGATRON: Whoa there now. We were just trying to help. I brought Sideswipe here since he is one of your former comrades.
[the forty sixth panel shows a closeup of Cliffjumper]
CLIFFJUMPER: What do you mean by "former?"
[the forty seventh panel shows Megatron and Sideswipe]
MEGATRON: I think his time in the Rad Zone may have damaged his memory circuits. We should have Shockwvae take a look at him.
SIDESWIPE: Hm. Could be ... Let me talk to him. Alone, please.
[the forty eight panel shows Megatron walking away]
MEGATRON: Very well, Sideswipe. I have planning to do before Optimus Prime attempts his Ark launch. Hook, Scrapper, let us leave our friends for now.
[the forty ninth panel shows Cliffjumper and Sideswipe standing together]
SIDESWIPE: You're not him. You look just like him. Except for the colors. It's like seeing a ghost.
CLIFFJUMPER: Look, Sideswipe, or whoever you are. I'm tired of being shocked, confused, and generally angry here. Tell me what you are talking about or so help me, I will beat it out of you!
[the fiftieth panel shows a closeup of Sideswipe]
SIDESWIPE: Heh, you even talk like him ... You see, everyone else thinks you are Cliffjumper, Optimus Prime's crack shot sniper, possibly his most trusted friend and ally. Except you aren't! The thing is, I saw the real Cliffjumper die right in front of me during an ambush. I felt his ember fade out and disappear into whatever the Transformer afterlife is. Prime doesn't know this, since I never got to tell him. So that means you are something else entirely.
[the fifty first panel shows Sideswipe and Cliffjumper looking at some computer readings]
SIDESWIPE: We've already ruled out your being a clone or a surgically altered double. Hook and Scrapper found that your frame was rife with energy and radiation readings while they were repairing you. These lines represent a new type of energy matrix. It appears to be a mixture of temporal and tachyon particles combined ... except the polarities are all backwards. We've never seen anything like it before. That, and your ember is charged with positrons, not electrons like ours.
CLIFFJUMPER: Embers? Tachyon particles? This is all real fascinating, but what does it mean to me?
SIDESWIPE: News flash, CJ ... You are a long, long way from home.
[the fifty second panel shows a flashback to the early years of the planet Cybertron]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] You want answers, so I'll try to sum up everything you need to know now. It appears you are from a universe that is fundamentally divergent in both time and space than our own. Our Cybertron was once a world at peace, a jewel on the crown that is the universe. Our progenitors lived in pursuit of knowledge and harmony.
[the fifty third panel shows a Transformer (Optimus Prime in his original form) sitting at a row of virtual computer monitors]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] A librarian named Optronix was one of the most obsessive researchers in the great Cybertronian Archives. Not satisfied with his station in the hierarchy, through time he schemed and backstabbed others to reach one of the highest echelons of Cybertronian society.
[the fifty fourth panel shows Optronix addressing a crowd of rabid followers]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] He began to preach intolerance for Cybertron's then current state of affairs. His new code was one of advancement through conflict. Many who had grown bored with Cybertron's peaceful culture adopted his philosophy.
[the fifty fifth panel shows Optronix having armor plating added to his frame (transforming him into his current form of Optimus Prime)]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Philsophy soon turned into action, and his followers declared themselves autonomous from the rest of Cybertron's population. Calling themselves "Autobots," they enhanced their bodies and created weapons to prepare for their campaign of terror. Optronix reserved the most powerful weaponry and enhancements for himself. He was the first to undergo the modifications he designed and thus changed his name to Optimus Prime.
[the fifty sixth panel shows Optimus leading a group of Transformers into battle]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] One day, without warning, Optimus' armies attacked. Each attack was preceded with an offer to join him. Those who refused were quickly destroyed.
OPTIMUS: Strike, my Autobots! Strike with all the power at your disposal! Let those who see our wisdom join us, and those who choose to stagnate be cut out like the rotting cancer they are!
[the fifty seventh panel shows a closeup of Optimus' face]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] And as his thirst for more power and control grew, so did his thirst for knowledge. One day his cold calculatiosn stopped and he became vicious and erratic. Rumor has it that he had discovered something so terrible that it destroyed his very sanity. To this day no one, not even his closest lieutenants, knows what that was.
[the fifty eighth panel shows a firefight against the Autobots]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Now, despite all of his ruthlessness, there were those who opposed Optimus Prime, and in time they formed a loose resistance. Using weapon designs stolen from Optimus, a war against the Autobots was fought, though without leadership, the resistance had no hope of winning.
[the fifty ninth panel shows a closeup of Megatron]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Then, from the fires of the great city Polyhex came a champion who united the scattered resistance fighters into a cohesive army ... Megatron!
[the sixtieth panel shows more Transformers fighting in silhouette]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Megatron had firepower matched only by Optimus Prime's. Through his leadership, the Decepticons managed to retake several key strongholds.
[the sixty first panel shows Megatron transforming into a jet and firing on Optimus]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Through his own research, Megatron discovered a way to alter Cybertronian bodies so they could convert into other forms. Now able to disguise themselves as vehicles and every day objects, the resistance fighters took on the name "Decepticons." They used their newfound capabilities to deadly effect in combat.
[the sixty second panel shows Optimus transforming into his truck form]
SIDESWIPE: [in voice over] Optimus Prime is a genius, however, and it did not take long for him to replicate the transformation technology and bestow it upon his forces.
[the sixty third panel shows Sideswipe back at Deceopticon headquarters]
SIDESWIPE: Without that advantage, the Decpticon cause has begun to falter. Optimus had a huge head start and eliminated a lot of Cybertronians before the Decepticons were even formed. We've managed to achieve a few victories since that time, but not enough to overthrow Optimus without a major victory happening soon.
[the sixty fourth panel shows Cliffjumper with his back to Sideswipe]
CLIFFJUMPER: So, you're telling me that Megatron's a good guy and Optimus Prime is loonier than Straxus? Last week, I'd have told ya that you had a cracked cylinder. But ... I've seen some crazy things lately. Dimension hopping, time travel, alternate realities. What I wouldn't give for a simple war with good guys and bad guys!



Transformers Timelines #3 - Shattered Glass
Released by Fun Publications on January 1, 2008

On a world known as Cybertron, a ruthless and cruel tyrant prepares his army for an all-out attack on a planet rich in resources. Their destination - Earth! Only a small band of rebels stand between this evil warlord and his plans for universal conquest. If these brave soldiers are unable to stop the attack then there will be nothing to prevent the Universe from falling victim to the maniacal Optimus Prime and his legion of Autobots! This fall, the Mirror Universe comes to Transformers, as the battle lines will be drawn and a new champion will emerge. A young and noble Decepticon named Megatron will stand up and fight for freedom, the freedom that is the right of all Transformers! Along with his fellow Decepticons, they will fight to the very last to stop the spread of Optimus Prime's tyranny!

Alex Milne
inker, penciler

Benson Yee

Brian Savage

Don Figueroa
inker, penciler

Espen Grundetjern

Jesse Wittenrich

Pete Sinclair
editor, writer



Optimus Prime is the leader of the evil Autobots from the Shattered Glass continuity family.

Long ago, he was a librarian named Optronix who cheated his way up through Cybertronian society. He formed the war-loving Autobots and initiated a war against the complacent, but it wasn't until a crucial, yet undocumented moment that he truly turned insane. He suspends the corpses of his enemies and would-be usurpers on the walls, talking to them as if they still lived. He is completely unhinged, prone to deadly outbursts against even his most loyal followers.

Comic synopsis
"Optimus Prime is the sadistic, tyrannical leader of the evil Autobots, a cruel and ambitious villain whose plans fall nothing short of universal conquest. First stop: Earth! The only thing standing in Prime's path to domination is Megatron, a young and noble Decepticon willing to lead a small band of rebels in a fight for freedom."

Dangerously obsessive, Optronix worked as a librarian in the Great Cybertronian Archives. Backstabbing his way up the ranks, he soon amassed a following of like-minded Cybertronians who believed in his code of advancement through conflict. Suddenly, his armies attacked, sweeping through cities and killing those who refused to join them. When the scientist Starscream turned down Optronix's offer, he ordered Starscream's Crystal City home to be destroyed in front of him. With their spoils, his "Autobots" began arming themselves with more complicated weaponry, but Optronix, now named Optimus Prime, saved the most advanced upgrades for himself. His hunger for power and knowledge ended one day without warning; he discovered something terrible that destroyed his mind, and in place of his cold calculations was now an unhinged mind bent on random, indiscriminate violence. He strung up his countless victims along the walls of his headquarters in Iacon and began talking to them, asking them mockingly for advice.

But Megatron, a young champion from Polyhex, gathered an army to oppose him. Megatron's forces also had a way to counter Optimus Prime's military superiority: the ability to configure their bodies into alternate forms. It did not take long for Optimus Prime to steal this "Decepticon" technology for himself.

At some point Optimus Prime's brother Ultra Magnus staged a coup. It ended unsuccessfully, with Ultra Magnus losing his face and being imprisoned on Paradron.

When the Decepticons destroyed all but one of the rogue mercenary group named the Wreckers in the battle of Praxus-Delta, Optimus Prime welcomed their leader, Rodimus, into his ranks. Increasingly paranoid, Optimus Prime began suspecting his subordinates of treachery. He killed the leader of his elite Seeker unit, Drench, and when he learned of Seeker Sideswipe's dissatisfaction with his leader's assassination, Prime staged an ambush to kill him. However, not only did Sideswipe narrowly escape and join the Decepticons, one of Optimus's few friends and savior at the Torus Heights battles, another Autobot, happened to be at the location of the ambush and did get killed. Optimus never learned of this though, and assumed Cliffjumper had died in the battle at Darkmount. Optimus chose Rodimus in place of Sideswipe and Bumblebee to take Drench's place as the Seeker unit's new leader, having him rebuilt into the fearsome Goldbug.

Optimus began looking elsewhere. He targeted the distant planet Earth for conquest, had several of his Autobots reconfigure their bodies to transform into the machinery native to the planet, and began construction of an Ark. However, he requested so much weaponry to be built onto the starship that the integrity of the launching platform was in question. He dismissed these concerns.

Close to the Ark's completion, Cliffjumper appeared to return from the dead. At first, he was readily welcomed back into their ranks, but they quickly learned that he was not their Cliffjumper at all, but a Cliffjumper doppelganger. Prime shot him and ordered his body dumped in the Rad Zone. This backfired, as Cliffjumper was recruited by the Decepticons, and during a subsequent full-scale Decepticon attack, his glass gas weaponry was used in an attack on the Ark launching platform. Prime's plans to conquer Earth were stopped for the moment.

After a later Autobot ambush at the recently rediscovered Arch-Ayr fuel dump, the Cliffjumper doppelganger angrily rushed Optimus Prime, followed by the combined forces of the Mayhem Suppression Squad. Despite it all, Optimus Prime kept on his feet, though his rage was growing with every blow. No one, however, was expecting the sudden arrival of an army of Dinobots led by the exiled mad scientist, Wheeljack. Optimus Prime ordered the rampaging Dinobots to destroy the Decepticons, but instead the beasts attacked each other. During the chaos, both sides withdrew.

Optimus Prime was furious at the Autobots' failure. At Side Burn's clever suggestion, Prime ordered Wheeljack be put in charge of rebuilding the Ark, a task that the mad scientist felt was beneath him. Also, he demanded that the Dinobots be hunted down and gathered for the Autobots' purposes.

Blurr and Rodimus returned triumphantly with eight Dinobots, though Rodimus had lost his hand in the process. Optimus Prime stood over Rodimus as he awoke from Ratchet's table: the traitorous Seeker now had a buzzsaw in place of where his hand used to be. A suitable punishment! Prime told Rodimus he should be grateful he let him live at all. Perhaps he should use the saw to remove that ridiculous thing from his face? Though Blurr and Rodimus thought Grimlock had died during their search for the Dinobots, sure enough, Grimlock appeared, alive and strangely very intelligent, within their base. Optimus Prime was about to punish Grimlock as well, but Grimlock pointed out a fuel system error in the blueprints of the Ark. The evil Autobot leader let the Dinobot leader go, but demanded someone be brought to him he could destroy.

When Optimus Prime ordered the Ark fixed, he knew that the Decepticons would try to follow the Autobots into space. Jazz mentioned that Ricochet had taken care of the Decepticons. Optimus's eyes filled with rage as he learned that Ricochet had captured Megatron. Prime immediately left to reprimand Ricochet for stealing the honor of destroying Megatron. Upon his arrival at the Temple of Knowledge, Optimus and Ricochet were attacked by a group of Decepticon Micromasters, allowing Megatron to escape. After a few turnabouts, Megatron won the day. The Ark launched without Optimus Prime (due to Rodimus' treachery), so Prime ordered a retreat. Once back at the launch site, he learned from Blurr that Rodimus had thrown the Autobots loyal to Prime off the ship. Optimus Prime ordered Ricochet to the Agonizing Rehabilitation Chambers for his impudent plan of capturing Megatron. He also promised that Blurr had failed him for the last time.

In one of Aquarius' explanatory flashbacks to Breakaway, Topspin, and Landquake, Optimus Prime asked Ironhide how progress was coming on Omega Doom. He was pleased to hear that it was going well, and gloated that once the behemoth was finished, the galaxy would be his for the taking.

In the present day, Rodimus promised that his assassins would take down Optimus Prime at the same time Alpha Trion's agents took down Megatron, thus paving the way for their own conquering.

Or not.

After the assassination of Megatron, Hound and Remote Patrol Six made their move, surrounding Optimus Prime and Ricochet as they discussed Megatron's death, intending to kill Optimus and install Rodimus in his place as Prime. Hound's rally cries failed to impress Optimus, and the Autobot leader proceeded to use Ricochet as a living shield against a blast from Warpath's chest-mounted cannon, before crushing Kup's head with his bare hands, destroying Warpath's chest cannon, taking out Hound by flinging Warpath into him, and cannon-blasting Camshaft in the head.

However, the battle was not over yet, as Alpha Trion, Sky Lynx and Nightscream had arrived to kill Optimus themselves. However, Prime introduced the trio to a completed Omega Doom, who reduced Alpha Trion to a distant smear on the ground, before going off to destroy the Decepticons while Optimus dealt with Sky Lynx and Nightscream.

At some unspecified point in time, a team of Autobots somehow under the command of both Rodimus Prime and Optimus Prime fought Thundercracker and Ravage in the Transformers' greatest battle on Earth, "Digital Doom on the Highway to Destruction." According to Ravage, anyway.

Optimus Prime was destroyed and left to die during an important battle in Sector 17 of the Mirtonian Quadrant. After Prime was abandoned by his troops, he dragged himself into a nearby CR Chamber, and with the help of a local tech, he was upgraded into a new body with a sword made out of a mysterious "G-Metal." Optimus Prime returned to Polyhex and murdered many of those who had abandoned him.

Some time after Prime returned, his brother Ultra Magnus and the Junkions were sprung from the prison planet of Paradron by Wheeljack and Tracks. Optimus Prime watched over a viewscreen as Magnus killed several of his most loyal warriors. After Magnus and his new army escaped via the Stellar Spanner into an alternate universe, Optimus Prime activated a distress beacon, knowing that Magnus's rival Treadshot would do his dirty work for him.

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