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The '''Sentinels''' were a type of robot warriors used by the [[Decepticon]]s during their control over [[Cybertron]].
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'''Written By:''' [[Chuck Dixon]]<br>
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'''Pencils By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Inks By:''' [[Aaron Leach]]<br>
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'''Additional Art By:''' [[Antonio Vasquez]], [[Luis Czerniawski]], and [[Sulaco Studios]]<br>
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'''Covers By:''' [[Guido Guidi]]<br>
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'''Edits By:''' [[Chris Ryall]], [[Dan Taylor]]<br>
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'''Colors By:''' [[Jay Fotos]]<br>
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'''Letters By:''' [[Robbie Robbins]]<br>
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'''Additional Colors By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Design By:''' [[Josh Burcham]]<br>
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'''Collection Edits By:''' [[Justin Eisinger]]<br>
   
They appeared as bipedal domed headed machines capable of speech and made use of energy pistols. They possessed a chest screen that would open up allowing them to report to their commander. Unlike their masters, they did not possess the ability to transform. They were also in charge of leading [[Guard Decepticon]]s.
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* ''Series:'' The Transformers: [[Evolutions]], [[Hearts of Steel]]
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* ''Original release date:'' ???
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* ''Preceded by:'' [[Hearts of Steel, Part 3]]
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* ''Major Characters (in order of appearance):'' [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]], [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Mark Twain]], [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], [[Jacob Lee Bonaventure]], [[Mister Vanflint]], [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Brawley]], [[Cletus]], [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]], [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]], [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]], [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]].
   
''The true nature, ranking and capabilities of the Sentinels were never explored and its entirely possible that they are simple programmed machines rather then a sentient construct like the [[Transformer]]s.''
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==Synopsis==
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On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As [[Astrotrain (G1)|Astrotrain]] approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.
   
==Fiction==
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Elsewhere, [[Tobias Muldoon]], [[Stanford Merriweather]], [[Kitty Merriweather]], and [[Mark Twain]] are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the [[Decepticons]]. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront [[Bumblebee (G1)|Bumblebee]], [[John Henry]], and the [[Autobots]], but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, [[Jacob Lee Bonaveture]], with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that [[Starscream (G1)|Starscream]] has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and [[Mister Vanflint]] watch, [[Scourge (G1)|Scourge]] deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his [[altmode]] of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the [[Autobots]].
===Generation 1 cartoon===
 
After [[Spike Witwicky]] along with [[Carly]] arrived on Cybertron and managed to escape [[Shockwave]], the guardian of Cybertron dispatched a Sentinel to deal with the [[Human]]s. The Sentinel would locate the pair along with the [[Dinobot]] [[Swoop]] and stunned the [[Transformer]] taking them to the [[Cybertonium Pit]]. After a fight broke out between [[Grimlock]] and Spike within the Pit, the Sentinel requested instructions from Shockwave on what to do and was told to remove the Humans. After lowering the energy, the Dinobots attacked and the Sentinel was melted by [[Slag]]'s fiery attack. {{Storylink|Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 2|DotD2}}
 
   
The next point the Sentinels were encountered was when Shockwave deployed them in military manevuers and used holograms for target practice. A sizeable army of Sentinels were present when an asteroid arrived which carried the banished [[Combaticon]]s. The Sentinels were forced to defend Cybertron from this threat which combined into [[Bruticus]]. The Sentinels were decimated with many destroyed and others confined within the detention area until freed by a [[Megatron]]'s Decepticons who were briefly allied with [[Optimus Prime]] and the [[Autobot]]s who worked together to defeat the giant Bruticus. {{Storylink|The Revenge of Bruticus|TRoB}}
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Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until [[Cletus]] notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when [[Sideswipe (G1)|Sideswipe]] partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.
   
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As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. [[Prowl (G1)|Prowl]] and [[Ratchet (G1)|Ratchet]] direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.
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[[Category:Mechanoids/Drones]]
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Later, John Henry, [[Brawley]], and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.
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==Quotes==
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"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"<br>
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:'''-Anonymous soldier,''' re: '''Astrotrain'''<br>
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"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending ''genesis'' of gears and engines and devices."<br>
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:'''-Jacob Lee Bonaventure'''<br>
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"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."<br>
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:'''-John Henry'''<br>
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==Errors==
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* Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
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* And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
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* The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and ''two'' boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, [[Ironhide (G1)|Ironhide]], Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.
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==Items of Note==
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*This issue was available with three covers.
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**Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
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**Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
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**Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
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Written By: Chuck Dixon
Pencils By: Guido Guidi
Inks By: Aaron Leach
Additional Art By: Antonio Vasquez, Luis Czerniawski, and Sulaco Studios
Covers By: Guido Guidi
Edits By: Chris Ryall, Dan Taylor
Colors By: Jay Fotos
Letters By: Robbie Robbins
Additional Colors By: Josh Burcham
Design By: Josh Burcham
Collection Edits By: Justin Eisinger

Synopsis

On a railway in Arizona, the Army has set up a blockade. As Astrotrain approaches, the commander gives the order to fire. However, Astrotrain is moving too fast for them, and barrels right through the blockade.

Elsewhere, Tobias Muldoon, Stanford Merriweather, Kitty Merriweather, and Mark Twain are driving Merriweather's private train as fast as they can, to intercept the Decepticons. They pull into a station to take on coal and water, and spot "one peculiar-looking locomotive". They confront Bumblebee, John Henry, and the Autobots, but they all quickly realize they are on the same side, and the two teams join forces. The telegraph operator at the station, seeing the mechanized giants, telegraphs his boss, Jacob Lee Bonaveture, with the news. Bonaventure is aboard Astrotrain, but isn't worried, as he has faith that Starscream has plans for this eventuality. And, indeed, As Bonaventure and Mister Vanflint watch, Scourge deploys from one of the boxcars, taking on his altmode of a armed blimp, and sets off to intercept the Autobots.

Aboard Merriweather's private train, Merriweather and Twain commiserate about the joys of fatherhood while shoveling coal into the engine. Aboard Bumblebee, Henry and Muldoon talk about the difference between Autobots and Decepticons (while shoveling coal), until Cletus notices Scourge approaching. Scourge begins to drop bombs, so the two trains speed toward the protection of a tunnel. Muldoon runs back over the tops of the Autobots, concerned about Kitty on the following train, but is halted when Sideswipe partially transforms out of boxcar mode, and shoots holes in Scourge. The two trains make it to the tunnel (and Tobias makes it to Kitty) just as Scourge collides with the cliff above the tunnel, and explodes. Merriweather states that he now fully approves of Tobias' interest in Kitty.

As Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots emerge from the tunnel, a shell strikes the cliff overhead, blocking the tunnel entrance with boulders. Merriweather's private train and its passengers are trapped inside. The Autobots set to work clearing the rubble. Some distance away, Starscream orders another salvo of artillery. Prowl and Ratchet direct the debris-clearing work, mentioning that there are humans and Autobots inside. The next round strikes several of the Autobots directly, temporarily incapacitating them, and John Henry and Bumblebee set off alone to stop the Decepticons. Astrotrain resumes its progress, but Bumblebee manages to catch up on an adjoining track. He gets ahead of Astrotrain, and Henry uses his hammer to flip a switch, directing Astrotrain, the Decepticons, Bonaventure, and Vanflint over a cliff, presumably to fall to their destruction.

Later, John Henry, Brawley, and Cletus clear enough rocks to free the Merriweathers, Muldoon, and Twain. The Autobots have already left, to return to their slumber, and to resume their war in the future.

Quotes

"It's a devil train outta Perdition!"

-Anonymous soldier, re: Astrotrain

"The inventiveness of these Decepticons is limitless. A never-ending genesis of gears and engines and devices."

-Jacob Lee Bonaventure

"Now them Decepticons is headin' for the Yampah in a hurry. An' I hope they hit ever' rock on the way down."

-John Henry

Errors

  • Ratchet states that there are Autobots trapped in the tunnel, but the Autobots later leave without clearing enough rubble to free anything Autobot-sized.
  • And, hey, it would have been nice if they'd helped some more with that rubble-clearing, y'know?
  • The Autobot train is shown as consisting of Bumblebee, Prowl, and two boxcars between them, which is not enough to account for the presence of Ratchet, Ironhide, Sideswipe, and at least one other Autobot.

Items of Note

  • This issue was available with three covers.
    • Cover A, montage of Tobias Muldoon, Astrotrain in train mode, and (possibly) Astrotrain in robot mode.
    • Cover B, Ratchet sketch.
    • Retailer incentive cover, sketch of cover A.
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