IDW comics continuity
A police officer investigating the death of a man in the desert reported to Dante that their agent Stoker was dead. Soon afterwards, two of the visitors began a heavy-handed "clean up" operation by destroying all traces of Stoker's investigation, so Dante called in Drake to move up their plans to procure one of the visitors. Serving under a shadowy mechanoid, Dante reported on the progress resulting from the abduction of Sunstreaker and Hunter O'Nion. He was especially pleased to relate that the conspiracy theorist had taken the Headmaster implantation process like a trooper. When the mechanoid expressed his lack of patience over the slow progress, Dante reminded that they must proceed carefully to avoid setbacks. Later, he showed the mechanoid the results of Hunter's upgrade, pleasing the machine. When Hunter asked what did the Machination want with him, Dante stated that the young man had served his purpose, but supposed he could be reconditioned to be part of their new world order.
After the first batch of Headmasters proved to be a rousing success, Dante underwent the process himself, binary bonding with his Cybertronian master. The human commented that he had a new lease on life, perhaps implying that he was terminally ill prior to the process. Combined, Scorponok lived again!