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ISSUE #23 CREDITS Written by: jAmEs RObERts Art by: AlEx milnE Colors by: jOAnA lAFUEntE letters by: shAWn lEE Editor: CARlOs GUzmAn

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megatron has surrendered, and is locked in a cell on board Omega supreme as the Autobots race to Cybertron to confront Galvatron and his army. Autobot high Command decides that the Decepticon leader should be tried for crimes against the species. Under intergalactic law, a guilty verdict would result in either execution or life imprisonment: it is for the prosecuting party to decide. Optimus prime refuses to make a decision without finding out why megatron surrendered, and so confronts him in his cell. the two arch enemies talk about how they first met. before the war,  megatron was a political activist who worked in the energon mines and dreamed of peaceful revolution.  but after being wrongfully arrested and beaten up in his cell, his sense of injustice and powerlessness made him realize that a more forceful approach was required. he was released by Optimus prime—then known as Orion pax—a newly-appointed police captain who was impressed by megatron's earnest political writings. back in the present day, megatron goads Optimus into torturing him, leaving Optimus shaken and ashamed—and no closer to finding out why megatron 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

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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.


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