This article is about the comic issue. For the Headmaster character, see Brainstorm (G1).

"Run! He wants revenge for the way we drew him so hideously off-model!"

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Buster Witwicky is in danger because of his special "gift" from Optimus Prime.


Buster is still confused by his new powers, but conceals the secret of them from his father. At the Blackrock Aerospace Assembly Plant, Shockwave, realizing that Optimus Prime no longer possesses the Creation Matrix, sets about discovering what has happened to it. This inquiry leads Shockwave straight to Buster. Thankfully, the Autobots are able to listen in on this discovery, and send Bumblebee and Bluestreak to protect them. While the Autobots are successful in locating the humans, this unfortunately leads the Decepticons right to their location as well, and Shockwave dispatches a remote-controlled Jetfire (intended to be the latest Decepticon jet given life by the Creation Matrix, but denied life by Prime's machinations) to retrieve Buster. While Jetfire makes short work of the Autobots, Bumblebee realizes that Jetfire is not alive, and that Buster can control the Decepticon jet. Revealing his secret, Buster disassembles Jetfire with a thought. Bumblebee and Buster make plans to use Jetfire to aid in the rescue of Optimus Prime, while an Autobot convoy is already on the way. They only hope they are not too late.


Script: Bob Budiansky
Pencils: Herb Trimpe
Inks: Tom Palmer
Colors: Nelson Yomtov
Lettering: Diana Albers
Editor: Mike Carlin

  • Originally published: December, 1985

Major characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans



  • The cover seems to have Bluestreak and Bumblebee miscolored as Hound and Gears, respectively.
  • It seems impossible to believe that Rumble's sight is of such low resolution and thus incapable of discerning a human.

Items of note

  • Although this issue features Jetfire as its centerpiece, he is still not a sentient being, but rather just a lifeless construct.
  • In UK issue #37's letter page, Soundwave revealed that Transformers use various types of droids, including Mechodrones for menial tasks and Combat Droids for guard duty. Guardian was one such combat droid. He also suggested that makers of knockoff Shockwave toys might be in for an unpleasant visit by the then Decepticon leader. (But was it simple jealousy, or remold-induced trigger envy?)
  • On page 4, some of the jets being built resemble Ramjet, Thrust and Dirge.

Covers (3)

  • U.S. cover: Jetfire attacking the miscolored Autobots by Herb Trimpe
  • UK issue 37 cover: Buster and various story events by John Ridgway
  • UK issue 38 cover: reuse of art from U.S. cover

Buster Witwicky is the Messiah.

38 cover


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