James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Alex Milne x 2 (c)CHAOS Prelude! Last issue, you discovered the first ever meeting between Optimus Prime and Megatron. And if the surprises there weren’t enough—you won’t believe what happens just hours later! Optimus Prime recounts the fascinating end of their introduction as he decides the fate of the jailed Megatron. This one’s a keeper, folks! Now let the CHAOS BEGIN!*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratioFC • 32 pages • $3.99*Variants: • Black & White wraparound Alex Milne coverBullet points:• TRANSFORMERS goes bi-weekly!• The origin of the Autobots!• Fan-favorites James Roberts and Alex Milne team-up for the first time!
Cover by Alex Milne WWW.IDWPUBLISHING.COM � $3.99 Cover by Alex Milne WWW.IDWPUBLISHING.COM � $3.99 ISSUE#23CREDITS Writtenby:jAmEsRObERts Artby:AlExmilnE Colorsby:jOAnAlAFUEntE lettersby:shAWnlEE Editor:CARlOsGUzmAn COVERChECKlist: COVERA ARt byAlEx milnE COlORs by jOsh pEREz COVERb ARt byAlEx milnE COlORs by jOsh pEREz COVERRi ARt byAlEx milnE stORysOFAR: megatronhassurrendered,andislockedinacellonboardOmegasupremeastheAutobotsracetoCybertrontoconfrontGalvatronandhisarmy. AutobothighCommanddecidesthattheDecepticonleadershouldbetriedforcrimesagainstthespecies.Underintergalacticlaw,aguiltyverdictwould resultineitherexecutionorlifeimprisonment:itisfortheprosecutingpartytodecide.Optimusprimerefusestomakeadecisionwithoutfindingout whymegatronsurrendered,andsoconfrontshiminhiscell.thetwoarchenemiestalkabouthowtheyfirstmet. beforethewar, megatronwasapoliticalactivistwhoworkedintheenergonminesanddreamedofpeacefulrevolution. butafterbeingwrongfully arrestedandbeatenupinhiscell,hissenseofinjusticeandpowerlessnessmadehimrealizethatamoreforcefulapproachwasrequired.hewasreleased byOptimusprime--thenknownasOrionpax--anewly-appointedpolicecaptainwhowasimpressedbymegatron'searnestpoliticalwritings. backinthepresentday,megatrongoadsOptimusintotorturinghim,leavingOptimusshakenandashamed--andnoclosertofindingoutwhymegatron surrendered... Special thanks to Hasbro's Aaron Archer, Michael Kelly, Amie Lozanski, Ed Lane, Michael Provost, Val Roca, Erin Hillman, Jos Huxley, Samantha Lomow, and Michael Verrecchia for their invaluable assistance. Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher Greg Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer Robbie Robbins, EVP/Sr. Graphic Artist Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Matthew Ruzicka, CPA, Chief Financial Officer Alan Payne, VP of Sales Become our fan on Facebook facebook.com/idwpublishing Follow us on Twitter @idwpublishing Check us out on YouTube youtube.com/idwpublishing www.I DWPU B LI S H I NG.com THE TRANSFORMERS #23. AUGUST 2011. FIRST PRINTING. HASBRO and its logo, TRANSFORMERS, and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. � 2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Editorial offices: 5080 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109. Any similarities to persons living or dead are purely coincidental. With the exception of artwork used for review purposes, none of the contents of this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Printed in Korea. IDW Publishing does not read or accept unsolicited submissions of ideas, stories, or artwork. 1 2 3 5 6 7 In-Stores August 10, 2011! Transformers: Ongoing #23 Visit us at: idwpublishing.com facebook.com/idwpublishing twitter.com/idwpublishing