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TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE


Issue #4 (of 4)

PAGE ONE


PANEL ONE
The wreck of the Cybertronian Empire Control Ship lays smoking on the surface of Cybertron. It has left quite a trail of debris as it came down. Smoke billows from the engines.

PANEL TWO
Rattrap jumps from a large crack in the side of the vessel. He has a look of glee on his face.

1 RATTRAP
Yeh-hey!

PANEL THREE
Rattrap lands on the ground, with arms and legs spread, as if giving the planet a hug. He’s still smiling.

2 RATTRAP
Home, sweet-

PANEL FOUR
Rattrap suddenly looks up. Standing over Rattrap is a small squad of Maximals and Predacons with their weapons all pointing straight at him.

3 RATTRAP
... home?

PANEL FIVE
Optimus Primal and Rhinox push through the twisted metal on the side of the ship to make an exit.

4 OPTIMUS PRIMAL
Stand down.

PAGE TWO

PANEL ONE
Lyo and Prowl push their way to the front of the group of Maximals and Predacons. Both are looking battle-damaged but still functional.

1 LYO
You heard him -- Stand down!

PANEL TWO
Optimus Primal and his crew stand proudly before Lyo, Prowl and the others.

2 OPTIMUS PRIMAL
Reporting a successful mission.

3 PROWL
The battle is indeed over. But as for the war…

PANEL THREE
Rattrap and Cheetor look skyward as the scene suddenly gets darker in an eerie twilight.

4 RATTRAP
Is it me, or did it just get darker in here?

PANEL FOUR
Unicron bears down on Cybertron. His body has partially eclipsed the sun.

5 RATTRAP
If there was a time for one of your ‘We Can Do It’ speeches, Optimus…

PAGE THREE

PANEL ONE
From an angle above, Maximus Prime and Magmatron stand stoically, side by side, and stare upwards.

PANEL TWO
From an angle below and behind the two figures, we can see what they are looking up at. Bearing down on Cybertron, directly above the two figures, is Unicron, whose gaping maw is open, and his horns primed to tear into the planet.

PANEL THREE
Maximus lowers his gaze and steps forward while Magmatron’s eyes remain skyward.

1 MAXIMUS PRIME
We’ve got company.

PANEL FOUR
Approaching Maximus and Magmatron are three figures -- the Blendtrons: Elephorca, Rartorata and Drancon.

2 RARTORATA
Praise be the Lord of chaos and destruction.

PANEL FIVE
Maximus readies his cannon. Magmatron looks at him with the smallest of wry smiles. Magmatron has placed a hand on one of the wings on the side of his head (part of Skysaur).

3 SFX
TSH-SHK

4 MAXIMUS PRIME
Well I’ve heard enough. Which one do you want?

5 MAGMATRON
One?

PAGE FOUR

PANEL ONE
Quick as a flash, (the two remaining pieces of) Magmatron hurls the transforming portion of Skysaur towards Drancon.

1 SFX
SHOOOOOO

PANEL TWO
Skysaur collides with Drancon and knocks him to the ground. Skysaur soars off after the attack, banking to return for another pass.

2 SFX
KRRRM

PANEL THREE
The Seasaur portion of Magmatron (chest and arms) is launched forward from the legs, transforming.

3 SFX
CHOOM

PANEL FOUR
Mid-flight, we see the fully transformed Seasaur portion. Its tentacles  have electrified, with streaks of electricity coming off them.

4 SFX
KZZZZZ

PANEL FIVE
Seasaur latches on to Rartorata and begins to electrify him. Rartorata cries in pain as he tries to rip the tentacles off.

5 SFX
KZZT-KZZT-KZZT

6 SFX (RARTORATA)
RUURRHHH!

PANEL SIX
Landsaur (the final component of Magmatron) has transformed into a tank, and accelerates forward, firing its blasters. Maximus Prime charges forward beside Landsaur, firing his cannon.

7 SFX
DVW-DVW-DVW

8 SFX
BWWWV-BWWWV

PAGE FIVE

PANEL ONE
A low angle from behind Tripredacus, looking up into the smoke filled sky. The body of Unicron sits threateningly in orbit. Tripredacus calls to it.

1 TRIPREDACUS
Unicron! Hear us now!

PANEL TWO
From the top of the tower, we look out to the shattered landscape. Cybertron’s skies burn. Thick smoke fills the air. Buildings are torn asunder. A streak of bright exhaust flame erupts up into the sky and heads straight for the tower, as if it were a missile honing in. Tripredacus still looks skyward.

2 TRIPREDACUS
We know the secrets of your long exile. You know the power that we hold. Bow to us!

PANEL THREE
A giant form lands in a crouched position on top of the tower. He is outside the TransWarp Shunt device but inside the ring of Unicron Cultists bordering the top of the building.

PANEL FOUR
The figure stands, slowly uncoiling. It has an unsettling smile on its face.

3 TRIPREDACUS
Corvus.

PANEL FIVE
Corvus begins to walk around the TransWarp Shunt device, taking in the scene. Tripredacus watches him carefully. The Cultists still have their heads bowed.

4 CORVUS
Brothers. When last I saw you, you were fleeing in fear. It seems nothing has changed.

PANEL SIX
Corvus places a hand on one of the TransWarp Shunt’s upright pillars.

5 CORVUS
But Time will offer you no refuge. He is everywhere and in everything.

6 TRIPREDACUS
Time offers us an opportunity -- the same opportunity we now offer you.

PAGE SIX

PANEL ONE
Corvus draws a sword and moves towards Tripredacus, stepping onto the TransWarp device.

1 CORVUS
What could you possibly offer me that would rival the gifts of a God?

PANEL TWO
Corvus and Tripredacus lock swords.

2 TRIPREDACUS
Freedom.

PANEL THREE
The two large figures break their deadlock. Tipredacus gestures towards Unicron in the sky.

3 TRIPREDACUS
Look, Corvus! Look to your Lord! He will destroy you, us, this world and every other! None can share in his vision.

PANEL FOUR
A close-up of a Unicron’s Cultist’s face, whose eyes suddenly glow to life with an eerie red.

4 TRIPREDACUS (OS)
Stand with us! We can return and ensnare the weakened deity -- bending him to our will!

PANEL FIVE
A wider shot, showing part of the circle of Cultists, whose eyes are all now glowing red. They are all looking towards Tripredacus, who continues his plea to Corvus. Corvus has allowed his sword to lower, and grasps his head with one hand, as if he’s in pain.

5 TRIPREDACUS
With his power, we can forge a greater Cybertronian Empire than even Jhiaxus could have envisioned!

PAGE SEVEN

PANEL ONE
Corvus has dropped his sword and cradles his head with both hands. He’s in greater pain now. He gets the red streaks over his mind, like Galvatron being tortured in Transformers: The Movie (1986).

1 CORVUS
No! NO!

PANEL TWO
Corvus continues to writhe in pain. Tripredacus steps closer to Corvus. The Cultists have stood up and now stand two each at the pillars of the TransWarp Shunt device. They speak in unison.

2 TRIPREDACUS
Fight him! Fight him, Brother! Free yourself!

3 CULTISTS
Proceed…

PANEL THREE
Tripredacus notices the Cultists, who grab hold of the pillars and begin to electrify them. Their bodies glow, as if about to explode. Tripredacus makes to move towards two of them to stop them.

4 CULTISTS
… on your way…

PANEL FOUR
Tripredacus is grabbed from behind by Corvus, whose eyes are completely black.

5 CORVUS
... to oblivion.

6 TRIPREDACUS
NOOO-

PAGE EIGHT

PANEL ONE
Full-page splash. An enormous TransWarp explosion rips through the night sky, emanating from (what was) the Tower, which is vaporised in the explosion. The light from the wavefront casts eerie shadows across the battle-scarred Cybertronian landscape.

PAGE NINE

PANEL ONE
In the Void, Unicron and Primus are engaged in combat, wielding large swords. The Vok Entity watches on.

1 UNICRON
The Swarm was an entity I could admire. Left to struggle on, alone, in a blinding universe it did not understand -- it was more akin to me than to you, Primus. And with no guiding hand, what did it become?

2 UNICRON
A force of destruction -- mimicking that which it saw around it in every spectrum.

3 PRIMUS
Only because of you! You, who has tainted reality!

PANEL TWO
Unicron is on the attack, clearly having greater skill.

4 PRIMUS
It was this taint that the Swarm mirrored. It was this taint, this darkness, that I tried to remove, to reveal the imbalance not only in the Swarm but in the very fabric of the Universe!

5 UNICRON
You stripped it of autonomy, deigning it with false purpose.

6 PRIMUS
And what is its purpose, Unicron?

PANEL THREE
Unicron delivers a heavy hit. Primus grips his sword with two hands trying to fend off the strike.

7 UNICRON
To be consumed!

PANEL FOUR
Maximus Prime battle Elephorca as Magmatron (injured) battles Drancron. In the background, Rartorata is impaled with Magmatron’s sword and lies lifelessly on the ground.

8 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
The universe expands in fear of me, stretching ever outward in hope of something to cling to. But each succumbs, slowly, silently, to its fate.

9 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
Balance. Purpose. They are nought but the cruellest of lies, peddled by a desperate god.

PANEL FIVE
Maximus Prime blows the head and chest of Elephorca away with his canon. Drancron delivers a heavy strike to Magmatron with his dual-bladed arm, but Magmatron is crushing the herald’s head with his bare hands.

10 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
The children of Primus are bound by destruction. Even now, having lost so much, they fight -- they die.

11 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They fight against you, as they have always done!

PAGE TEN

PANEL ONE
Maximus Prime holds his hands before his chest, which begins to open. A bright glow emanates from between his chest panels. The Matrix is shiny brightly inside him. In the background, Magmatron and Drancron are on the ground. Magmatron is on top, poised to deliver a final heavy strike to finish it.

1 DIALOUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They have the capacity for good, but their progress has been impeded by war.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
A war of their own making!

PANEL TWO
Maximus Prime stands with the Matrix in his hands, holding it aloft. It is glowing brightly. He is ready to light the darkest hour.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
They were created as soldiers. With that burden gone, they will be able to move forward -- to evolve.

PANEL THREE
A close-up of the Vok Entity. Streaks of the Astral Plane break through the Void.

4 VOK ENTITY
To create their own purpose.

PANEL FOUR
Primus and Unicron have their swords locked together, but both are looking at the Vok Entity. Primus smiles with relief. Unicron’s face is curled into a snarl. The Void has vanished and they have returned to the Astral Plane.

2 PRIMUS
Yes...

PANEL FIVE
Unicron swings his sword, leaving a diagonal gash of darkness in Primus’ body, which is thrown back from the attack. Primus’ helm threatens to fall from his head.

UNICRON
No!

PAGE ELEVEN

PANEL ONE
A shot from space, showing Unicron’s horns as they dig in to Cybertron’s surface.

PANEL TWO
As Primus falls backwards from Unicron’s attack, his helm flies off.

PANEL THREE
Mirroring Panel Two, Maximus Prime’s body loses all power and falls backwards. The lights in his eyes go black. The Matrix has also lost all light and now appears empty. It slips from Maximus’ grasp.

PANEL FOUR
Primus’ body hits the invisible ground of the Astral Plane.

PANEL FIVE
Mirroring Panel Four, Maximus’ body hits the ground on Cybertron.

PANEL SIX
Primus’ helm comes to rest a short distance away from his body.

PANEL SEVEN
The empty Matrix comes to rest a short distance away from Maximus Prime’s body.

PAGE TWELVE

PANEL ONE
Unicron looks down at the stricken form of Primus lying on the ground before him. Unicron casts his sword aside.

1 UNICRON
The Light flickers and will soon pass into Darkness.

PANEL TWO
A close-up of Unicron’s hands. He has bent down to pick up Primus’ helm.

2 UNICRON
And there to usher you into oblivion...

PANEL THREE
Unicron tears Primus’ helm in two, triumphantly gesturing to the sky with arms wide open.

3 UNICRON
Cybertron and the parasites that infest it!

PANEL FOUR
The stricken Primus holds out a hand to the Vok Entity as Unicron stomps a foot on Primus’ chest.

4 PRIMUS
This is your time. Your time to choose.

5 UNICRON
It is too late, Primus.

PANEL FIVE
On Cybertron, the bodies of Maximus Prime, Magmatron and other Cybertronians are being sucked up into Unicron’s maw. The empty Matrix is sucked up with them.

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)
You cannot destroy my destiny!

PAGE THIRTEEN

PANEL ONE
With a foot still on Primus’ chest, Unicron looks angrily at the Vok Entity.

1 VOK ENTITY
That was never his task. But it is mine.

PANEL TWO
An extreme close-up of Unicron’s eyes, glaring and bristling with anger.

2 VOK ENTITY (OS)
The One’s passing gave rise to you. Your passing will give rise to-

3 UNICRON
My passing? Sacrilege.

PANEL THREE
Unicron’s hand wraps around the hilt of his discarded sword.

4 VOK ENTITY (OS)
You believe yourself to be above all other creation, Unicron. This is a delusion.

PANEL FOUR
Unicron charges at the Vok Entity with his sword raised and ready to strike. The Vok Entity stands unmoved. Reality seems to twist, distorting the scene, emanating from around the Vok Entity.

5 VOK ENTITY
Everything has an end.

PANEL FIVE
Reality is distorted by a twisting vortex but we can see Unicron delivering the lethal strike to Primus once again.

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (VOK ENTITY)
Even you.

PAGE FOURTEEN

PANEL ONE
An image reminiscent of Page 12, Panel 2, but this time, it is the hands of the Vok Entity that is picking up Primus’ helm.

1 UNICRON (OS)
The Light flickers and will soon pass into Darkness.

PANEL TWO
A close-up as the Vok Entity holds the helm aloft, poised to lower it on his head.

2 UNICRON (OS)
And there to usher you into oblivion...

PANEL THREE
A shot of Unicron and Primus, who are looking towards the reader at something shining brightly. Unicron shields his eyes from the light with his hand, but Primus looks on without harm.

PANEL FOUR
The Vok Entity has been transformed into Xivus. On his head is Primus’ helm, and in his hand is Unicron’s discarded sword. This is the main image of the page.

3 UNICRON (OS)
What are you?

PAGE FIFTEEN

PANEL ONE
On Cybertron, Maximus Prime’s eyes glow blue. He is back online.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
You knew us...

PANEL TWO
Maximus Prime crawls towards the glowing Matrix.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as the Swarm.

PANEL THREE
Maximus Prime reaches the Matrix with one hand. He looks over the Matrix and sees Magmatron. Magmatron’s hand is gripping one side of the Matrix’s housing with every last ounce of energy he has. Magmatron is falling offline.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
You sensed us...

4 MAGMATRON
... Pull.

PANEL FOUR
Magmatron finally falls offline. His eyes go dark. But his hand still firmly grips the Matrix.

5 SFX
TZZOOOO

6 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as the Vok.

PAGE SIXTEEN

PANEL ONE
Maximus Prime gives a yell as he pulls and opens the Matrix. Light pours out of it and obscures most of the panel.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
But I

2 MAXIMUS PRIME
AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH…

PANEL TWO
Xivus, glowing brightly, delivers Unicron a deadly blow, cleaving him in two.

3 XIVUS
… am Xivus.

PANEL THREE
The halves of Unicron’s body are evaporating into nothing as the dark god twists and coils in pain.

PANEL FOUR
The beautiful tapestry of the cosmos stretches out in all directions.

4 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
Extraordinary.

PAGE SEVENTEEN

PANEL ONE
Primus lies stricken on the ground. The great wound on his chest remains, but he is smiling. Xivus kneels down beside him.

1 PRIMUS
After so long trying to right it, it’s now my presence throwing out the natural balance of things.

2 XIVUS
Perhaps the Universe is owed some time in the light, however brief.

PANEL TWO
A closer shot as the two figures look at each other.

3 PRIMUS
As the Vok, you created a home from the body of the Swarm. With Nexus Zero now sitting idle, may I suggest that its power be used to recreate another -- one whose scars run deep.

4 XIVUS
It will be done. Your sons have earned their peace.

5 PRIMUS
Thank you.

PANEL THREE
Xivus stands formally at Primus’ head.

6 PRIMUS
With order restored, and to the symphony of a Universe filled with countless other voices singing in celebration -- I ascend -- and seek an answer to the only question left to me…

PANEL FOUR
Primus explodes and his particles zoom off as tiny specks of light in every direction.

7 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)
What lies beyond existence...

PANEL FIVE
Xivus is alone, standing like a sentry, surrounded by the glorious starry backdrop of the cosmos. All trace of Primus has disappeared.

8 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
Cybertron, hear me.

PAGE EIGHTEEN

PANEL ONE
Vector Sigma shines brighter than usual. From between the yellow orb’s cracks, beams of light erupt out.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
The war longest fought is over. A new era begins.

PANEL TWO
A shot from Space, looking at the two darkened worlds. Unicron’s horns are still dug into Cybertron’s surface. A bright wave sweeps over the surface of Cybertron, reformatting it.

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
The Lords of Light and Darkness have ascended. The old divisions of mind and body are washed away.

PANEL THREE
We move down onto the planet and chase the reformatting wavefront as it streaks over the horns of Unicron and onto his body.

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
Step boldly into the future…

PANEL FOUR
A panel of pure white light as we’re enveloped in the reformatting wavefront.

7 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)
... as one.

PAGE NINETEEN

PANEL ONE
From an angle above and behind the newly reformatted Maximus Prime, he stands before a great audience of fellow Cybertronians. The entire population of Cybertron, as well as the planet itself, has been reformatted. What were Unicron’s horns are now coiled bridges interconnecting the two planetoids, forming one home. It is a ceremony and celebration to mark the new beginning, held in a large open expanse with the feel of a war memorial. Nothing gaudy. Understated architecture.

1 MAXIMUS PRIME
Long has the cry rung out -- ‘til all are one. Today, that dream has been realised. In our darkest hour, Cybertron stood as one.

2 MAXIMUS PRIME
Of one mind, of one Spark and of one purpose.

PANEL TWO
A shot of Maximus Prime from the front, revealing his new form.

3 MAXIMUS PRIME
Throughout our history, only five have been called upon to open the Matrix. Primus chose me to be one of that number, but I couldn’t open it alone.

PANEL THREE
Blackarachnia and Silverbolt stand hand in hand amongst the crowd. Cheetor is beside them. They’re all listening to Maximus speak.

4 DIALOGUE PANEL (MAXIMUS)
When Cybertron needed him, Magmatron stood bravely, proudly, prepared to do everything in his power to protect this world and all who call it home. He epitomised the potential for greatness that lies within all of us.

PANEL FOUR
A shot of the war memorial from above. The crowd is enormous. This panel takes up the majority of the page.

5 MAXIMUS PRIME
In memory of his sacrifice, and those of the countless others lost in our long struggle against the darkness, we go forth, united, in a new age of peace.

PAGE TWENTY

PANEL ONE
Full-page splash. From high atop a newly reformatted building, we look out at the vast reformatted metropolis over the shoulder of Beast Wars Megatron in a new TransTech body.

1 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
A new Cybertron

2 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
A new future

3 DIALOGUE PANEL (MEGATRON)
New possibilities

PANEL TWO (INSET PANEL)
A close-up of Megatron’s eyes. He stares hungrily back at the reader.

4 MEGATRON
Yes.

--- End of Issue #4 ---
--- End of TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE ---

--- Beginning of TransTech ---
TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE

Issue #4 (of 4)

Part of the Transversal Continuity :icontf-tvc:

So here it is. The final part of the DEICIDE story, and the final piece in the Transversal Continuity.

Read on, comment and enjoy!

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LemniskateHobbyist Traditional Artist
3-4 It's Rattata!

Page 4: Hahaha! Also, it's really confusing that something called "Landsaur" transforms into a fully-mechanical tank (and "Skysaur" into a jet, I assume, as "Seasaur" into a submarine).
5-6-5 Will this often-talked-about Mr or Ms Time also appear in person in this comic? ;P

9-4 No! Not Roto-Rooter! D: :D
9-4-8 The univers expands because it fears Unicron? Wow, that's a big ego.

So the Vok had basically the ability to turn back time and change it?

I'll have to let this sink in before I know what I think about it.
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Rh1n0xHobbyist Writer
3-4 It sure is. He's even spouting his motto.

Page 4 They call Maximus Prime the 'one bot army' but I think the title better reflects Magmatron. He's fantastic!

Those 'saur' designations come from Magmatron's toy bio from memory. There are design sketches by Don Figueroa floating around that show what the three individual components look like for his Cybertronian body. I'll see if I can track them down.

5-6-5 "Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment... because they'll never come again."

9-4 He had it coming.

9-4-8 He's eaten countless universes. He's entitled to be a bit cocky.

Vok: The power over time is something The One didn't grant Primus or Unicron. The Vok came to understand it, wield it for a "greater good", though that "good" in Beast Wars is up for debate. However, with a few final lessons from Primus, the Vok came to truly understand the power it had and the purpose it had to fulfill. The Vok had a narrow focus on what they wanted to achieve. Xivus has a much broader perspective.

You're good enough to sit down and really look at my work and I'm incredibly grateful for it. However, I do get the impression that I've never written a story you actually like ;p
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LemniskateHobbyist Traditional Artist
So this time manipulating ability of the Vok was shown in BW?

Obviously you get this impression because I have a strong tendency to accentuate the negative. Sadly I have very much internalised the Swabian mindset of "Net gschumpfa isch globt gnug", meaning "[me] not having scolded/criticised [you] means [I've] praised [you] sufficiently". This, then, is in stark contrast to the ubiquitous US approach found here on dA of hollowly praising everybody and everything, even though they didn't earn it while fearing to voice even the slightest amount of critique, epitomised in the aweful saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", creating all those self-entitled douchebags. Screw that!
Just so that you know, of the three TF fancomic writers I've collaborated with here on dA (okay, overly narrow superlative, but still) I think you're the best. Your characterisations work, the flow of your stories work, the mix of humour and drama works. You respect the source material; of course you leave your stamp on it, but you don't distort it into your singular vision of how it should be and what it's supposed to be. Others are still able to take your view on the TF universe and make it work with their views and expectations. The fan takes a backseat for the writer with you, you're not unbearably self-indulgent, and that can't be taken for granted with every writer.
So if I don't always agree with the exact, concrete materialisation of your writing work, that doesn't mean that I don't think that you're working with a meaningful, reflected, useful and fruitful (professional?) approach.

I also like and admire your restraint. In writing such an end-of-an-era-story, a writer can succumb to the allure of hyperbole. That's what I saw both in Furman's ReGeneration #100, where he quite obviously burned all his favourite toys so that no-one could ever play again in his sandbox, and in Scioli's TF vs. G.I.Joe, which was more a grand and magnificent experiment in form (yes, comics can be used in spectacular ways) than a story aimed at the heart of the reader (I really didn't care about any of the stuff actually happening after issue 4 or so). Much better is "The Death of Optimus Prime" which is also a game-changing end-of-an-era story, but very much understated. The formal difference between ReGeneration and TF vs G.I.Joe on the one side and The Death of Optimus Prime and your Deicide on the other is that the first ones were also the end of their respective series and a stand-alone story, respectively, while Death of OP and Deicide are conceptualised as launching platforms for other series. Thus while changing the status quo, they (have to) produce a new, workable status. A lesser writer might not have realised this and created an overblown ending for their Deicide from which no stories could be reasonably spun. So what your story set out to do, it does well. That I personally am more a sucker for understated, everyday stories that show the inner workings of alien societies is a wholly different kettle of fish.
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Vok: The short answer is no, not in the show. But the long answer is yes.

From the wiki:
The Beast Wars Universe book, working off interviews and notes from the series writers, says that the Vok's experiments on Earth were part of an attempt to further evolve Humanity, as the Vok had destroyed the human race while existing as the Swarm, and they wished to rebuild all the races they'd destroyed. It states that the energon crystals were seeded so that they would become energon cubes by the time Humanity came about. This would give them a reliable fuel source which wouldn't harm the environment, as energon actually provided nutrients to the soil of the planet and didn't harm its animals. The Vok also attempted to play the role of God for humans, intending to guide their development and reveal their true nature once the Vok felt the humans were ready. It also states that the Vok had been forced to destroy and recreate Earth several times before the events of "Other Voices, Part 2", all the while subtly manipulating the timestream after they did. Only contact with Tigatron made them unsure if this was a good idea.

This is hinted at but not expanded on in the show. In "Other Voices Part 1", the Vok say: "We are not interested. The experiment will be sterilized." So it's kind of there, but kind of not. Add to that, the Vok send Tigerhawk to Earth to remove BW Megatron because he's been disrupting the timestream (I'm paraphrasing). So again, hints there that the Vok have some connections to time and the protection (use?) of it, but it's not explicit. Because it was so wibbly-wobbly, it allowed me to use the Vok in the way I did.

The Vok. The Tripredacus Council. Fantastic story devices that BW established but never got used (well) again.

Mate, I'm genuinely flattered.

You've read everything I've written. You probably know my writing better than anyone else. I figured you were sticking around because I was doing something right but the nervous writer in me was never really sure. My work has never really gained traction within the TF fan community. I'm jealous of artists. You look at a piece of artwork and you know within a second if they're good at what they do or not. I can't get that instantaneous response, which is why I'm always incredibly grateful to people like your good self who take the time to sit down and read, and in your case, give blow by blow feedback.

I can't lie -- I was waiting for the day when you pulled your mask off and revealed yourself to be John Barber or Chris Ryall in disguise, and the doors to IDW would open. Call it the curse of an over-active (but currently idle) imagination.

This year's BotCon comic hurt. It hurt to read it. I'm not an arrogant person, I have a quiet belief in my own work, but to see something that I knew was inferior to my own work get published really hurt. In a sense, I'm glad I'd finished writing all the TVC stories before that came out, because I honestly haven't looked at a pen the same way since. Eukaris is the only thing I've written since (read into that what you will...)

But in all sincerity mate, I'm humbled by your words. Thank you.
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Vok: Wow, that is extrapolated from obscure sources. Cheers for tfwiki!

I do not agree completely with you concerning gauging artists' competence from one look: dynamic poses, bombastic colours can distract from deeper problems with composition and anatomy. But yeah, if artwork is good, it generally will scream it into your face.

Sorry to disappoint :) I'm really only a guy thinking his thoughts, doing his stuff, having no connections whatsoever to the comics industry.

It saddens me that one comic (and its publication context) hurt you to the point of draining your will to create. I am familiar with the feeling when a comic or other creative product smothers you because it takes away the niche into which you placed yourself. In this case it comes handy that I have so many different projects that I simply focus on others for a time.
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Some diverse sources indeed, but together, they paint a bit more of an outline of the Vok, allowing us to kind of make out what Bob and Larry were thinking.

Ok, maybe two looks ;p

But a good guy nonetheless.

The only solace I can take from the whole thing is that the fandom at large also detested the comic, tearing it to shreds on the forums. The TFWiki also took issue with it. If you read the wiki page, the notes section is extensive with all the continuity problems and things that just plain don't make sense.
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Bob and/or Larry, as tfwiki suggests...

That's a quantum of solace :P
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Yes, Bob and Larry had their own ideas on the Vok. They weren't given the time to bring them to full fruition. Why those two gentlemen weren't contacted by Hasbro or IDW to do something for the 20th Anniversary is beyond me. I've had more contact with Bob than them! (I emailed him earlier in the year and we had a chat. Really nice guy)
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