Transformers UK: Issue #15
Story: The Enemy Within (Part 3)
Back-up strip: Machine Man
Cover date: April 6th, 1985
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Mike Collins/Jeff Anderson
Rating: Art / Story
First appearance: Red Alert, Earthquake, Tornado
Synopsis:By Adam Hogg
The Autobots have come to retrieve Brawn but it is clear that he won't be going quietly!
The madness-stricken Brawn is none too impressed about the Autobots ultimatum to surrender peacefully (last issue), and promptly lays into his shocked former colleagues! With the Autobots apparently easily beaten, Brawn walks off in semi triumph, but is quickly ambushed by Red Alert? We are later told that Red Alert was one of the original arrivers on Earth and that he just spends most of his time deactivated, but the better of us know that he shouldn't be here at all and that it was just an easy excuse (so just pretend its Sideswipe getting his revenge from earlier). After Ratchet gives him a neuro-tranquilliser, the Autobots return to the Ark with the deactivated Brawn.
Elsewhere, Starscream's plan for the Decepticon leadership went drastically wrong after the other Decepticons discovered his treachery. Now pursued by his two former wingmen - Skywarp and Thundercracker, he is eventually shot down in the desert and confronted by Megatron. Starscream's last attempt for self preservation sees him beg for a trial by combat - something which the other Decepticons feel it is within his rights (since when did the Decepticons care for such things?).
Back at the Ark, Brawn has quickly recovered from his madness, but Optimus Prime is not so sure. Back with the Decepticons sees Megaton checking up on an ancient recording featuring two warriors on Cybertron who fought a trial by combat and were both destroyed - the perfect outcome, but who could be Starscream's disposable opponent? Ravage has a perfect solution after monitoring recent human broadcasts, and sure enough - the Decepticons contact the Autobots with the offer to square the two traitors off against one another. Optimus Prime listens to the invitation, and just as Megatron suspected - Brawn jumps at the chance to redeem himself or die, rather than live in disgrace. With an observers chosen from each side to ensure fair play, the battle begins in a remote area of the desert.....
The next issue preview states that it will be the final instalment but something must have happened in those two weeks because the final part ended-up being split over two issues! We also learn of two Decepticons, Tornado and Earthquake, who fought a trial by combat on Cybertron with the outcome that both were destroyed. Red Alert's inclusion was probably a mistake because the Who's Who that is published many issues later doesn't include him at all. Red Alert will be featured in the future epics of 1987 onwards as Rodimus Prime's security chief.