War Within Volume 3 4
War Within Volume 3 The Age of Wrath Issue 4
Cancelled when Dreamwave folded in 2004, Issue 4 of The Age of Wrath places a focus on Turbomaster Flash, who fleeing from dozens of Sharkticons and Allicons finds himself within the headquarters of Megatron’s mysterious allies and learns the shocking truth – Megatron did not conquer Cybertron, he merely spearheaded an invasion. Meanwhile, an Autobot strike team consisting of the Triggerbots, Blaster and his cassette-bots make for Cybertron’s core in an attempt to free the enslaved Autobots and stop Megatron’s plot to remove Cybertron’s core for his new allies. But their plan is stopped dead in its tracks when Megatron himself takes to the field…
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|Series||War Within Volume 3 Comics|
|Story Arc||The Age of Wrath|
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We pick up where we left off last time, with Turbomaster Flash stranded on an alien world, pursued by hordes of Sharkticons and Allicons. Panels of him fleeing are mixed with panels of the remaining three Turbomasters and Perceptor arguing about Flash's disappearance, culminating in the realization that - as the Dimensional Interface Assembly was still in search mode - the Kaon Space Bridge Optimus Prime and Megatron fell through in War Within the Dark Ages issue #1 was interrupted by some external force that left a "kink" in space time - which Flash has now also been drawn through! Unfortunately, Perceptor concludes Flash is on his own, because the development of a stable reusable Space Bridge ended at Kaon, and Perceptor does not have the time or the means to construct an interim mechanism. Plus, with the arrival of the dormant Aerospace Extermination Drone captured by the Autobot strike team (from last issue), Perceptor claims he has more pressing matters to attend to - the Air Warrior may hold the key to their very survival!
On Quintessa, Flash flees from a horde of Sharkticons and Allicons, fleeing into a citadel. As he passes into the courtyard of the citadel, he notices the Sharkticons refuse to pass the portcullis, leading him to conclude that he should feel lucky - or noticing the skulls that adorn the battlement's spikes - very concerned. He continues onward.
Beneath Cybertron, Blaster, the Triggerbots and Slamdance make their way toward core of Cybertron - their destination, the excavation shaft and their enslaved friends. Blaster sends out his cassettes to gather intel and find out what the Decepticons are up to.
Within Perceptor's lab, Perceptor makes a discovery about the Aerospace Extermination Squad - they are powered by pure Cyberstatic Energy, of the kind seen in issue 1 at the ceasefire ceremony, an energy unique to Cybertronians.
But this discovery may come too late. Shockwave shows Megatron the fruits of his research. He has successfully created a new variant of the Aerospace Extermination Drone, one that will follow Megatron's orders - and Megatron's alone!
Megatron departs and communicates with his mysterious allies - a conversation that Flash manages to overhear. Megatron owes his return - and his victory - to the Quintessons. In return, he is to give them the core of Cybertron. But the Quintessons are displeased by Megatron's attitude toward their alliance, and the delays in delivering the core to them. Megatron makes excuses, stating that the core has numerous roots extending throughout the structure of Cybertron. The Quintessons question Megatron's ability, especially given the eight Autobot signals located near the core. Megatron immediately breaks off communication, swearing to deal with it - personally.
The Quintessons briefly discuss Megatron and their plan, still unaware that Flash is listening to them. Their conversation drips foreshadowing of future events -
"If we are to survive destiny's dark judgement..."
"Better he (Megatron) is tamed now than later, when his Spark is fully unbound. Though him... We will control Cybertron and its almost infinite bounty."
"To think... the power to enslave the universe was once ours for the taking... and we never knew."
The overheard conversation leads Flash to the inescapable truth - Cybertron was not invaded by Megatron - it was invaded by the Quintessons!
Within the excavation shaft, Ultra Magnus and Springer consider their situation. Ultra Magnus has not given up hope - he is waiting for the right opportunity to present itself - or if it does not, better to destroy the core and Cybertron than let Megatron have his way.
Above, the Triggerbots and Blaster observe. Their plan is to take out the Decepticon transmitter, which will disable all the locking clamps restraining the other Autobots - and then all the freed Autobots will hit the Decepticons with everything they've got!
Unfortunately, Megatron chooses this moment to make his entrance, with the line "It's an excellent plan - bar one, small detail!" Megatron proceeds to throw the Autobots around like rag dolls, beating them into the ground over several pages. The Autobots do not stand a chance against Megatron, who absorbs a blast from Backstreet's cannons by grabbing them with his bare hands, before blasting Dogfight and then turning on Blaster, telling him how his memorial will bear the epitaph "He unwisely led fools on a fool's errand."
Meanwhile, in Shockwave's lab, a horrific creature appears beside Shockwave. It grabs Shockwave's head with one mutated hand, slamming it into an instrumentation panel. Shockwave tries to fight back, but is blasted by multiple close range impacts and left in a smoking heap on the floor. The horrifically mutated creature is what was once the prototype Aerospace Drone loyal only to Megatron. But now it is monstrous and with massive arms seemingly too heavy to support upright, barely recognizable as what it once was.
And then it speaks.
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The mutated Seeker clone is described as having a grotesquely mutated version of Grimlock's War Within face, as though it tried - and failed horrifically - to mimic Grimlock's features.