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RISING STORM #3 STORY BY
JOHN BARBER ART BY
CARLOS MAGNO COLORS BY
ABuRTOv AND GRAPHIkSLAvA LETTERS BY
SHAWN LEE ASSISTANT EDITOR
CARLOS GuZMAN EDITOR
THE STORY SO FAR: Shockwave, the deadliest of all Decepticons, has arrived on Earth— leaving a trail of carnage behind him. While his henchman, Astrotrain, builds something in a secluded forest, Shockwave—working under the command of the Decepticon leader, Megatron— violently persuades the rogue Starscream to send his forces after a drone called Brains. Seeking protection, Brains makes his way to the human Sam Witwicky and his Autobot friends Bumblebee and Wheelie, who are attacked by Starscream’s forces. Autobot leader Optimus Prime responds to Sam’s distress call, sending in the Autobots Wheeljack and Mirage to help, while the rest of the Autobot forces—as well as the human NEST squad, an international military unit—assemble. But Prime has another plan in motion—mistakenly believing that Brains escaped from Starscream’s base, Prime sees an opportunity to end Starscream’s operations. Against his better judgement, his estranged friend Elita-One and her psychically-linked sisters, Chromia and the injured Arcee, volunteer for the mission. As Prime’s assault squad heads toward Philadelphia, a small unit of Autobots remain with NEST’s Director Galloway, to guard a group of shell-shocked Autobot refugees and a recentlycaptured Decepticon prisoner…
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ART BY CARLOS MAGNO COLORS BY ABuRTOv AND GRAPHIkSLAvA
ART & COLORS BY BRIAN ROOD
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John Barber (w) • Carlos Magno (a) • Brian Rood (c)It's all out war in Philadelphia, as Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots roll out...