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Transformers: Deicide - Issue #4 (2021 Edition)

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PAGE ONE


PANEL ONE

The wreck of the Cybertronian Empire Control Ship lays smoking on the surface of Cybertron. It has left 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 SFX

KNK


3 RATTRAP

Home, sweet-


PANEL FOUR

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


4 RATTRAP

... home?


PANEL FIVE

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


5 OPTIMUS PRIMAL

Stand down.


PAGE TWO


PANEL ONE

Lyo and Prowl push their way to the front of the group. Both are looking battle-damaged.


1 LYO

You heard him -- stand down!


PANEL TWO

Optimus Primal and his crew stand proudly before the group.


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 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. His maw is over a over a spot in the distance.


5 RATTRAP (OP)

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. Directly above them is the gaping maw of Unicron. His horns are primed to plunge 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

The Blendtrons (Elephorca, Rartorata and Drancron) approach.


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.


3 SFX

TSH-SHK


4 MAXIMUS PRIME

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


5 MAGMATRON

One?


PAGE FOUR


PANEL ONE

The Skysaur portion of Magmatron’s body launches 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 is launched forward, transforming.


3 SFX

CHOOM


PANEL FOUR

Seasaur coils its neck around Rartorata, who tries to wrestle it.


4 SFX (RARTORATA)

RUURRHHH!


PANEL FIVE

Landsaur and Maximus Prime charge forward. Maximus fires his blaster.


5 SFX

DVW-DVW-DVW


PAGE FIVE


PANEL ONE

A low angle from behind Tripredacus, looking up into the smoke-filled sky and the body of Unicron beyond.


1 TRIPREDACUS

Unicron! Hear us now!


PANEL TWO

From the top of the tower, we look out to the shattered landscape. 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

The giant form of Corvus 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.


3 SFX

GRRNNKK


PANEL FOUR

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


4 CORVUS

When last I saw you…


PANEL FIVE

Corvus begins to walk around the TransWarp Shunt device. Tripredacus watches him carefully. The Cultists still have their heads bowed.


5 CORVUS

… 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.


6 CORVUS

But time will offer you no refuge. He is everywhere and in everything.


7 TRIPREDACUS

Time offers us an opportunity -- the same opportunity we now offer you, Corvus.


PAGE SIX


PANEL ONE

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


1 SFX

SHHHING


2 CORVUS

What could you possibly offer me that would rival the gifts of a god?


PANEL TWO

Corvus and Tripredacus lock swords.


3 SFX

KKRRSSHH


4 TRIPREDACUS

Freedom.


PANEL THREE

The two large figures continue to battle.


5 TRIPREDACUS

Look, Corvus! Look to your god! 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.


6 TRIPREDACUS (OP)

Stand with us! We can return and ensnare the weakened deity!


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. Corvus has allowed his sword to lower, and grasps his head with one hand, as if he’s in pain.


7 TRIPREDACUS

With his power, we will forge a greater Cybertronian Empire than Jhiaxus 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 stand two each at the pillars of the TransWarp Shunt device. They speak in unison.


2 TRIPREDACUS

Fight him! 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 Predacon Citadel, 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 your meddling, what did it become?


2 UNICRON

A force of destruction!


PANEL TWO

Unicron is on the attack, clearly having greater skill.


3 UNICRON

Now, as you did then, stripping it of autonomy, deigning it with false purpose.


4 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.


5 UNICRON

To be consumed!


PANEL FOUR

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


6 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.


7 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.


8 DIALOGUE PANEL (UNICRON)

The children of Primus are bound by destruction. Even now, having lost so much, they fight -- they die.


9 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 your 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 beautiful cosmos 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.


5 PRIMUS

Yes...


PANEL FIVE

Unicron swings his sword, leaving a diagonal gash of darkness in Primus’ body, which is thrown back from the attack.


6 SFX

SSHHAAAAA


7 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 dark. The Matrix has also lost all light and now appears empty. It slips from Maximus’ grasp.


PANEL FOUR

Primus’ body hits the invisible ground.


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 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 (OP)

The One’s passing gave rise to you. Your passing will give rise to-


3 UNICRON

My passing?


PANEL THREE

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


4 VOK ENTITY (OP)

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 13, Panel 2, but this time, it is the hands of the Vok Entity that is picking up Primus’ helm.


1 UNICRON (OP)

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 (OP)

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 (OP)

What are you?


PAGE FIFTEEN


PANEL ONE

On Cybertron, Maximus Prime’s eyes glow blue as he comes back online. He is lying on the ground.


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 SFX

SSHHAAAAA


4 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.


5 DIALOGUE PANEL (PRIMUS)

Extraordinary.


PAGE SEVENTEEN


PANEL ONE

Primus lies stricken. The great wound on his chest remains, but he is smiling. Xivus kneels 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.


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

They have earned their peace.


5 PRIMUS

Thank you.


PANEL THREE

Xivus stands formally at Primus’ head.


6 PRIMUS

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.


PANEL FIVE

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


7 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.


4 DIALOGUE PANEL (XIVUS)

… as one.


PAGE NINETEEN


PANEL ONE

Maximus Prime, in a TransTech body, stands before a great audience of fellow Cybertronians. It is a ceremony and celebration to mark the new beginning.


1 MAXIMUS PRIME

Long has the cry rung out -- ‘til all are one. Of one mind, of one spark and of one purpose.


2 LINK PANEL (MAXIMUS PRIME)

Today, in our darkest hour, that dream has been realised.


PANEL TWO

Amongst the crowd, Silverbolt stands behind Blackarachnia, his arms around her. Cheetor is beside them. They all have new TransTech forms.


3 DIALOGUE PANEL (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

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


4 DIALOGUE PANEL (MAXIMUS PRIME)

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 from space of the reformatted planets. What were Unicron’s horns are now enormous bridges interconnecting the two planets.


5 DIALOGUE PANEL (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 building, we look out at the reformatted planet over the shoulder of Beast Wars Megatron in a TransTech body.


1 MEGATRON

So, a new Cybertron.


2 LINK PANEL (MEGATRON)

A new future.


3 LINK 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 ISSUE #4 ---

--- END TRANSFORMERS: DEICIDE ---

The script for Issue #4 of Transformers: Deicide.

I first wrote this story back in 2014-2015, and pitched it to IDW as a 4-issue miniseries to celebrate the Beast Wars 20th Anniversary in 2016.

I reworked the story and pitched it again this year, but IDW already had plans for a Beast Wars story to celebrate the 25th Anniversary underway.

So rather than it sitting in the bottom draw gathering dust, here it is for you to enjoy.

Be sure to read the accompanying 4-page story: Gathering Darkness

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