Transformers UK: Issue #147
Story: The Legacy of Unicron (Part 2)
Back-up strip: Iron Man
Cover date: January 9th, 1988
Script: Simon Furman
Artwork: Geoff Senior (story) Anderson/Baskerville/Burns (cover)
Rating: Art / Story
Synopsis:By Omega Steve
Times up for Shockwave as Death's Head comes to assassinate him on Unicron's orders.
Cybertron, Earth-date: 2008, and within the Decepticon's forbidding stronghold Shockwave prepares to receive a visitor. Death's Head has returned seeking compensation for the abortive hit on Rodimus Prime. Shockwave recalls how he had initiated the hit (UK#133) and Cyclonus and Scourge had interfered and messed things up. The duo had been trying to prove their worthiness to lead the Decepticons and have apparently been killed as a result. On reflection, Shockwave thinks, things have worked out rather nicely. Even so he orders Soundwave to monitor the proceedings as he goes to greet Death's Head.
The bounty hunter is in no mood for pleasantries and complains that Cyclonus and Scourge (whose bodies lie at his feet) cost him 10,000 Shanix. As Shockwave was their commander that means he's ultimately responsible for their actions. Shockwave goes to his throne and sits down. Death's Head's argument is logical, he says. And anyway he may have need of the mercenary's services in the future so it is worthwhile keeping him happy. But before he pays Shockwave wants to be sure that Cyclonus and Scourge are dead and orders Soundwave to initiates a mind scan of the room. Soundwave is about to report that the murdered Decepticons still function when Death's Head turns and opens fire on Shockwave's throne. He sees no sign of his target in the wreckage and realises he must have moved while Death's Head had his back turned. Shockwave (returning fire from the other side of the room) warns the trio that they will be utterly destroyed by Soundwave's reinforcements, before escaping. Death's Head orders Cyclonus and Scourge to remain while he goes after the Decepticon leader.
Elsewhere Smokescreen, Inferno and Wreck Gar arrive on Junk to find the planet deserted. The Junkion leader had expected some kind of welcome from his people and is worried that something may have happened to them. The trio detect concentrated life-signs some distance away and set off in the direction. After a while they scale a huge pile of debris and look over into a large clearing. There they are shocked to Unicron being slowly rebuilt by hundreds of Junkion slaves! The demi-god seems to be preoccupied relaying his orders to Cyclonus, Scourge and Death's Head. Unicron wants Shockwave dead and orders Death's Head to do it. The bounty hunter can still think for himself but faces terrible punishment if he dares to disobey.
He pursues Shockwave deeper into the Decepticon base on Cybertron and finds himself in some kind of target range. Autobot mannequins line the hallways and Death's Head wonders whether the real Rodimus would be laughing if he could see the galaxy's most feared bounty hunter killing for free. Suddenly the Rodimus Prime dummy falls forward catching Death's Head by surprise. Shockwave (who launched it as a diversion) follows with a full-scale attack which Death's Head barely escapes. He curses Unicron for dulling his reflexes as he nurses a damaged leg. Shockwave senses his enemy is wounded and moves into the open. He sees an Autobot dummy rolling towards him on rails and thinks it's a trick. But Death's Head is hiding behind it and blasts Shockwave at close range! Circuitry and molten components spew from his gaping wound and he is powerless to avoid a second devastating impact. The defeated Shockwave sinks to his knees and Death's Head's blows him to pieces. Praising him as a worthy adversary, and promising to avenge both of them, Death's Head reaches into the Decepticon's skull and crushes his brain module.
Meanwhile Cyclonus and Scourge have been overwhelmed and are about to be put to death by the Stunticons. Death's Head walks in and announces that Shockwave has been executed in the name Cyclonus and Scourge, the new Decepticon leaders. Soundwave wants to know what is to stop him killing them all and taking over himself? To which Death's Head replies that he is holding a detonator and will wipe-out everyone in the room if his terms are not met. Soundwave thinks it could be a bluff but has no wish to chance it. He hails Cyclonus and Scourge, Shockwave's successors. On Junk Unicron's eyes glow as he realises the first phase of his plan has been achieved. Soon Cyclonus and Scourge will instigate a suicidal attack on the Autobots which few will survive. Then when Unicron is complete Cybertron will perish!
It's not often we see a major character destroyed in Transformers (with the exception of Optimus Prime, obviously!!) but Shockwave has only been killed in 2008, meaning that he can continue to appear in 'present day' stories as normal. I had thought that Transformer brain modules were circularly, certainly Skids' is when we see it in issue 94. But Shockwave's is rectangular, proving that internal components can obviously vary from robot to robot. Also Menasor shouldn't be here because Wildrider is executed by Megatron in an upcoming story (set in 1990 or 1991). Perhaps they constructed a new Wildrider?