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Escalation TPB

"This is gonna hurt!"

The Transformers: Escalation is a 6-issue mini-series from IDW Publishing, set in the main IDW continuity. It directly follows the previous mini-series, as the Transformers' cold war on Earth continues to heat up.

It is issues #11-16 in the IDW overarching "sub-numbering" (shown by a number in an Autobot-sigil shaped shield beside the bar code on each issue).

Escalation issues:
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6

Preceded by: Stormbringer
Followed by: Devastation


The story centers on two plot threads: the activities of the human group known as the Machination, and the Decepticons' attempts to exploit the Ore-13 energon discovered by Starscream in the previous series. The Machination kidnaps Sunstreaker, and Ratchet and Ironhide violate orders to try and find him. The Earth-bound operations of the Autobots and Decepticons come into direct and open conflict as the Decepticons initiate Phase Two and the Autobots attempt to counter it, with Megatron and Optimus Prime going toe to toe in battle. What was, not so long ago, just another skirmish in the cold war between the two alien forces heats up very rapidly.

Creative teamEdit

The creative team from Infiltration (writer Simon Furman and penciller E. J. Su) reunited for Escalation.


Bonus material includes images of each cover. It wields the number #3 on its side.
Includes Infiltration, Stormbringer, Escalation and the contents of the first Spotlight collection.
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