Escalation 6a

Come on baby, light my fire.

The Transformers: Escalation > Issue # 6
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If Optimus Prime could not defeat Megatron... then what chance do the Autobots have?


In Brasnya, Megatron (in his best General Zod impersonation) gloats over Optimus Prime's dead body and orders the Autobots to kneel before him. Furious, Jazz, Hardhead and Wheeljack instead attack him but accomplish nothing thanks to Megatron's enhanced Ore-13 power. Elsewhere on the battlefield, Hot Rod wants to join the others in attacking Megatron but Prowl orders him to stay with Georgi Koska and wait for Nightbeat to teleport them back to the ship. Prowl joins the battle himself, hoping Prime isn't really dead. Prime is indeed alive, having downloaded his mind into his Combat Deck module. While in this transition, known as infraspace, Prime has a strange vision of a unidentified Transformer calling his name.

In Fort Wayne, Ironhide and Ratchet attempt to rescue Verity and Jimmy. Ratchet cuts a hole while Ironhide's holomatter driver grows in size and lifts them up through it. Ratchet clears the shop just as the countdown reaches zero and the building explodes, but Ironhide is not as lucky. Clutched in Verity's hand is the Machination's calling card.

In Brasnya, Hot Rod and the facsimile are attacked by Skywarp and Thundercracker before Nightbeat can beam them out. A disembodied Prime contacts the Autobots and explains the weakness of Ore-13, having experienced it while battling Thunderwing. Prime reconnects with his battered body and blasts Megatron in the head at point blank range, wearing out his Ore-13 instantly and causing his retreat. Unfortunately, the Facsimile was destroyed by the Decepticons' attack and Hot Rod was badly damaged.

In Machination's headquarters, Dante brings Hunter to the damaged Transformer from the previous issue and explains that the procedure is now a success. Hunter's purpose is now served, and Dante ponders if perhaps he could be part of their New World Order, which involves several headless Sunstreaker duplicates.

In Washington, Skywatch leader Joshua Red learns of the Brasnya incident and while the archaeological dig at Eureka won't net anything useful for the moment, the long captured and chained up Ravage and Laserbeak are ready and raving to go.

At the Decepticon base, an angry Megatron declares that if Prime wishes to summon reinforcements, then he will as well. Wasting no time, Megatron orders Astrotrain to summon Sixshot. Astrotrain panics upon hearing this, saying that it's not the proper phase for his level of devastation to be used on a world, but Megatron refuses to budge. Observing the exchange on Mumu-Obscura, the Reapers prepare to follow him to Earth... to devastate whatever is left in Sixshot's wake.


Script: Simon Furman
Art: E. J. Su
Colors: Zac Atkinson
Lettering: Robbie Robbins
Editors: Chris Ryall & Dan Taylor

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

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  • When Skywarp turns back to pick up Megatron, he's once again mistakenly colored as Thundercracker for one panel.


"Unfortunately, Megatron, the power you have harvested...comes at a price!"

Optimus Prime shows Megatron the weakness of the latest EI/AD.

"I did not invite debate. Let there be...Devastation!"

Megatron summons Sixshot and sets up the next series.

Items of note

Covers (4)

Escalation 6b

I'm Prowl, and I'm better than you.

  • Cover A: Seekers vs Hot Rod by E. J. Su
  • Cover B: Autobots and Hunter by Klaus Scherwinski
  • Cover RI-A: cover A, uncolored
  • Cover RI-B: cover B, uncolored


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