crosspost from the other personal canon thread but
a while back I thought of a "Crisis on Infinite Earths" for Transformers. Revisiting that, I wrote Issue Outlines for a 6-parter.
- Optimus Primal (Beast Machines, Prima)
- Soundwave (G1Toon, Alpha Trion)
- Steeljaw (RiD2015, Liege Maximo)
- Sky-Byte (RiD2000, Onyx Prime)
- Bumblebee (Movie, Optimus Prime)
- Ironhide (Energon, Nexus Prime)
- Starscream (Armada, Micronus Prime)
- Cy-Kill (Go-Bots, Quintus Prime)
- Override (Cybertron, Vector Prime)
- Arcee (Prime, Solus Prime)
- Prowl (Animated, Amalgamous Prime)
- Heatwave (Rescue Bots, Alchemist Prime)
- Rhinox (Beast Wars)
- Galvatron II (Megatronus)
Issue 1: The Optimus Prime of Axiom Nexus wakes with a start from a Matrix-enhanced dream, right as Megatron calls him to alert him to a MASSIVE object at the edge of their Solar System, one matching Unicron’s shape but far larger. Acting on a hunch, he asks Rhinox to check if the Shroud has lifted. Rhinox heads to his laboratory and confirms yes—as well as that Unicron is on the move in EVERY universe.
Optimus gives one final speech to Axiom Nexus: they will have to die to give Rhinox time to form a resistance, as this isn’t just Unicron, it’s THE Unicron (think Superman: Brainiac). And only the powers of the Primes, collected from 13 “pillar” realities, can stop him.
Rhinox, meanwhile, releases Axiom Nexus’ most dangerous prisoner in order to help him. He is someone who has manipulated and even destroyed realities. He is a madman who would always fight and die rather than live with the knowledge he ran. And he is someone who hates Unicron with a burning passion, for he was the greatest Herald since Megatronus. He is — GALVATRON II!
Issue 2: Galvatron collects some of the greatest figures of the pillar realities, though he inexplicably cannot access that of the Beast Wars-era cartoon. The last on his list is Optimus Primal of post-Universe, who muses on how many times they’ll have to fight Unicron. He brings them aboard a dimensional shuttle, and they head to a pre-programmed location back in the universe of Axiom Nexus. However, when they arrive, they’re greeted not by steel and circuitry, but by plants and dirt. After a moment, Rhinox appears to explain: this is the Earth of the Axiom Nexus timeline, an Earth where humans never existed.
Issue 3: Rhinox leads them into a secret base and further reveals that this was an emergency resort should Axiom Nexus be thrown into war between Autobot and Decepticon that he set up. Galvatron asks where the usual TransTech arrogance is with regard to the war, and Primal asks why no one is here from the Beast Wars. Rhinox smiles sadly, and reveals that he is not the Rhinox original to Axiom Nexus, that that Rhinox died years before. Panicking over losing the most capable manager of the universal streams, and taking inspiration from the Bulletbike incident, they transplanted the spark of another Rhinox into his frame. This Rhinox is the one who was once Tankor, and has been traveling the universes to make up for his past crimes, becoming the opposite of Galvatron II. As such, he is the representative of Beast Wars. He and Primal share a brief hug, before Rhinox explains their mission. They must use their considerable influence in their native realities to collect the various MacGuffins, as well as their Matrices, which in turn can merge to form the “core” of a Prime. If inserted into Matrix shells and used simultaneously in each stream, Unicron will die...at a potential price. The Thirteen will be utterly reborn, and the simultaneous death and rebirth of such multiversal powers has a high chance of potentially fusing every stream, and Rhinox has no idea what could happen as a result of that. However, they’re out of time. The last signal from Axiom Nexus has gone out. The Cybertron of this universe is dead, and Earth is inevitably next.
Issue 4: The New Thirteen, as they’ve dubbed themselves, collect their artifacts. Some have it easy, like Override, who is happily reunited with a vision of Vector Prime when she collects the Cyber Keys and Omega Lock and fuses them with the Matrix. Others have more difficult time: Cy-Kill notably kidnaps and removes the brains of Leader-1, The First Renegade, and The Last Engineer. Rhinox is accompanied by Galvatron, for when his artifacts are linked, Megatronus appears. Megatronus and Galvatron battle, but ultimately the latter emerges victorious after a heavy fight. Rhinox begins coordinating, but finds out that there’s a dimensional lag - in some realities, Unicron is already starting his assault, while in others, he’s still out of range of the Matrices of the Primes!
Issue 5: hinox directs those under assault to hold out and potentially even fall back to their Earths (where Gaia could provide a redoubt) while he calculates how to counter the dimensional lag. He has little time though, as Unicron encroaches on the Beast Wars-era universe. Galvatron, still wounded, is unwilling to give up, so he tries to take on Unicron himself to buy Rhinox some time, the Maximals and Predacons following suit. The heroes of universes where Unicron is more distant take their opportunity to help those where he is already attacking by harnessing transwarp energy in a way similar to the TransTech. Galvatron is finally killed by his own master, but Rhinox manages to figure out the exact timing needed. Everyone returns to their own universes, and activate the Matrices. Everything goes white...
Issue 6: The history of the Cybertronian race is shown. Naturally occurring technoevolution produces the trio of Primus, Gaia, and Unicron. Gaia stays in the center while Primus and Unicron leave to explore opposite directions. But Primus knows his brother cannot be trusted, and produces Thirteen Transformers to counter Unicron. One, Megatronus, eventually is corrupted, but the others defeat him and Unicron. Knowing that Unicron will come back, the Thirteen (including an imprisoned Megatronus) merge their sparks with a sliver of Primus’ own to form the Matrix. Life on Cybertron continues to form, first into the Transformers who colonize the stars with Cyber Keys. Those who stay on Cybertron become the Autobots and Decepticons, who go to war as per usual, with Mini-Cons acting as a third party. At the war’s end, the Maximals and Predacons emerge, the Predacons emerging first with time travel technology, though serious misdemeanors led by Gigatron are stopped by the Autobots. The Beast Wars inevitably occur, as does Megatron’s lordship over Cybertron. The blend between organic and robotic occurs over countless years, until Transformers are cyborgs known as Guardians and Renegades, and believe themselves to live on a planet called Gobotron. Unicron returns several times, but each and every time the Transformers stop him. He will never win again. At the end of the universe, it resets once more, always the same.
In a secret lab on Earth, Rhinox and the New Thirteen watch all this through leftover Axiom Nexus tech, the one static point in all of this. Override asks what next, and Rhinox replies that he could either give them places in this new timeline...or there’s a whole new world out there to explore. The New Thirteen agrees to journey out together and discover the mysteries of this new world. However, as they turn away, they miss a shot on Rhinox’s screens of the Galvatron of this universe holding Galvatron II’s head. Sky-Byte eulogizes as ever with a haiku:
Will it ever end?
Story of the Transformers
Until all are one.
Edited by zephyrX9, 30 March 2018 - 02:18 AM.