Battle For Cybertron Part 1
Story by Scott Siegel
Art by Earl Norem
published by Marvel Books 1984.
A terrible war between good and evil raged on the planet Cybertron. But this was no ordinary war. And the fighters were not ordinary men. In fact, they were robots!
The peaceful Autobots were nearly destoyed by the evil and powerful Decepticons. The Decepticons planned to rule Cybertron and then make war upon the entire universe!
But the Autobots fought back. They, too, were mighty warriors, and they battled bravely. They refused to give up.
A thousand years went by, but the terrible war continued. The damage had become so great that Cybertron was shaken loose from its orbit. It was now hurtling through space out of control. Soon it would be smashed to pieces.
Optimus Prime, the largest, strongest, and wisest of all the Autobots, wanted to save their world.
"Who will go with me out into space?" he asked the Autobots.
"I’ll go!" the smallest of the Autobots cried out.
"For a little one, Bumblebee, you show great courage," laughed their leader. Then he turned to the others and challenged, "Who else among you is as brave as Bumblebee and will join me?"
"Take me!" yelled Jazz.
"I’ll go" called out Prowl.
And then all the others shouted that they wanted to go, too.
When all was ready, the Autobot space ship soared away from Cybertron to clear a path for their planet through the asteroid belt. But they were not alone. A Decepticon war ship was lurking in ambush and attacked!
The Decepticons chased them across a million miles of space until they were close enough to beam a landing party aboard the Autobot ship.
The Autobots were in trouble. Optimus Prime quickly set the controls of the ship so that their vessel would crash at full speed into the sun’s third planet - Earth!
The ear-shattering sound of the Autobot ship smashing into the Earth sent the mighty dinosaurs running in terror.
Then all was quiet for the next four million years.
The eruption of a volcano finally awakened the Ark, the Autobot ship’s computer.
The Ark studied the surface of the Earth. When it picked up the familiar whirrrrr of machinery, its light glowed bright with joy. “Now I’ll go right to work repairing the crew,” it decided.
But the Ark was too damaged to realize the difference between the Autobots and Decepticons inside the ship and it began changing the shape of every robot on board. It rebuilt them to look like the machinery it detected on Earth. As part of the repair work, the Ark gave the robots the ability to transform themselves back into their original robot shapes.
The first to be assembled by the Ark were the Decepticons. And even after four million years, they still remembered their main goal: destroy the Autobots!
"Sparkplug" and his son, were looking at the damage done by the volcano when they suddenly stopped dead in their tracks.
"Dad! Look at that!" Spike cried, pointing down into a deep crater.
What they saw were jet planes flying out of a strange, battered space ship. The jets landed on the far side of the crater and transformed themselves into huge, frightening robots.
"Hide behind that boulder!" Sparkplug said, pushing his son toward safety. "It doesn’t take a genius to know that something weird is going on here."
While Sparkplug and Spike watched, the Decepticons gathered in battle formation and aimed their combined firepower on the ship with the Autobots still inside. But as they were about to fire, the Ark sensed the danger. “Better put up the defense shield,” it said to itself. When the blast was deflected, the Ark blinked its lights and sighed, “Whew, that was just in time.”
The Decepticon leader, Megatron, angrily turned to the others and scowled, “Our power levels are too low. We must search out new sources of fuel on this planet. Then we’ll come back and crush the Autobots!”
"Hey, whoever they are, they’re leaving,” Sparkplug said. “That’ll give us a chance to take a look at that big blinking contraption they tried to blow up. Come on.”
"Uh…you think that’s a good idea, Dad?" Spike said hesitantly.
"You ever see a machine I didn’t understand?" Sparkplug demanded. "I didn’t get the name ‘Sparkplug’ for nothin’, boy. Come on, it’s time you had a little adventure!"
"A little adventure?” Spike cried. “With what we just saw? Are you kidding?”
As they came up to the Autobot ship, a little yellow Volkswagen rolled down to meet them.
"Look out!" yelled Sparkplug as he grabbed his son and pulled him out of the way. "There’s nobody drivin’ that thing!"
The little VW stopped immediately.
"What are you?" it asked in a thin, squeaky voice.
Sparkplug looked around for the voice.
"It’s the car, Dad," Spike said. "It’s talking to us!"
Realizing Spike was right, Sparkplug explained, “We’re humans. What are you?”
"I’m an Autobot. My code name is Bumblebee. Will you help us?" Bumblebee explained about the Autobots and the Decepticons.
"We saw those Decepticons," said Spike. "They turned from jets into robots and then they tried to zap your ship. They didn’t look too friendly."
"You’re right," said Bumblebee. "And their attack damaged the Ark — our ship’s brain. We’re in desperate need of help."
"You’re talkin’ to the right man," said Sparkplug. "Let’s get at it!"
Wait, why is Bumblebee so tiny