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Arise, Ghyrikius Prime!

Generation One (Marvel UK) > 182–187
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Death and destruction reign supreme as the Quintessons embark on their master plan to eliminate the Transformers species.


The Quintessons are not having a good year. Space-time itself has been seriously ruptured due to the continuing presence of Galvatron, Cyclonus and Scourge in Earth's past, and the feedback from the disruption has altered the orbit of the Quintessons' homeworld Quintessa, such that it is in imminent danger of falling into its sun.

The Quintessons' original plan of response to this crisis was to find an alternative homeworld to move to; to that end, Quintesson spies/explorers surveyed a number of machine worlds (including Cybertron) and recorded their findings in the Quintesson Journal. Unfortunately, the journal fell into the hands of Wreck-Gar, who withstood all attempts to wring its location from him. The Big Broadcast of 2006!


Um, Mr. Ghyrik, the capture of the hero comes before the "Villain's Exposition"...

As such, the Quintessons move to Plan B — direct conquest of Cybertron and elimination of the Transformers. Fear of the Matrix of Leadership has made them hold off to this point, but without any other option, they proceed.

The plan they execute is two-pronged: simultaneously, a Quintesson fleet commanded by General Ghyrik assaults and occupies Autobot City on Earth, killing many Autobots, while the remainder of the Quintesson army ambushes the massed forces of the Decepticons on Cybertron, commanded by Soundwave.

Rodimus Prime and a contingent of Autobot warriors are ambushed at Autobot City when they arrive to investigate why the facility has gone silent; the Matrix is stolen by General Ghyrik.


I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I'm all out of bubble gum.

Then the plan begins to fall apart. In his juvenile form of Hot Rod, Prime manages to reactivate Metroplex, the giant Autobot sleeping within Autobot City, who unloads a can of whoop-ass on the occupying Quintessons.

Meanwhile, on Cybertron, acting-commander Soundwave sends a distress call to the remaining Autobots there, commanded by Ultra Magnus, who reluctantly come to the aid of their ancient foes.

Their combined forces overwhelm the Quintessons on Cybertron, and Soundwave even briefly considers the notion of a truce — but the two factions have been through too much to ever resolve their differences.

On Earth, Hot Rod manages to recover the Matrix by using a child's trick, and throws Ghyrik off a rooftop, thus winning the battle there.

Meanwhile, Wreck-Gar manages to escape Quintesson with the help of Wheelie, and makes his way to the Quintesson Journal's hiding place, where he transmits its contents to the galaxy at large. A large number of robotic species discover their worlds had been slated for potential colonisation. As a result, those Quintessons who managed to escape the death of their world will be galactic fugitives, hated and hunted by the machine races of the galaxy.

I love it when a plan comes together.


Writer(s): Simon Furman
Art: Dan Reed (#182–183), Lee Sullivan (#186–187)
Pencils: Dougie Braithwaite (#184–185)
Inks: Dave Harwood (#184–185)
Colours: Euan Peters (#182–186), Steve White (#187)
Letters: Glib, Annie Halfacree (#183 only)
  • Originally published: September 10–October 15, 1988

Major characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Others


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UK printing[]

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  • Parts 1 - 3 were reprinted in Collected Comics #17 in July 1990. However Collected Comics #18 did not appear for another ten months and moved onto reprinting "Time Wars" with no explanation.
  • The full story was reprinted in the Titan Books trade paperback "Space Pirates".