Saturday, August 27, 2016

11. THE LEGENDARY SUPER SAIYAN

Megatron and the Decepticons were carrying out the invasion of Cybertron. To do this successfully, they sent Insecticons, some giant robotic insects, and Stunticons, specialists in spectacular vehicular stunts, against L4, one of Nootra’s secret bases. The Autobots and agents occupying the base stood up to defend it, preparing themselves against all contingencies regarding the city.

To frustrate Decepticons’ plans, some Autobots under the leadership of Optimus Prime, launched for Cybertron. They took along Noah, Ryan, Alan, Zach and the Saiyans Trunks and Goten. The crew was constrained to make an abrupt stop on Cybertron’s moon Agnam, as Megatron and his comrades blocked the way. These were with the strongest super villains of the galaxy, namely Magneto, Thanoseid and Galactus, the planet eater.

After hearing news that Decepticons launched several attacks in different parts of the city, the space team was fortified by the super mutants Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Archangel of the X-Men. Superman also strengthened their ranks for a settling of accounts with Thanoseid. Infuriated because of the sudden rebellion of his herald the Silver Surfer, Galactus laid his hands on the Saiyans. After defeating Trunks, he went on to crushing Goten. As Goten screamed out in pain, his cry went to distant horizons and penetrated the heart of a fallen villain.

The battle opposing the Decepticons to Nootra Security Forces continued on Agnam, near Cybertron. But the heroes and their foes were not prepared for what was coming. The course of the battle changed with the arrival of the most dreaded super villain of their world. The cry of Son Goten provoked his deadened heart and reanimated him. He followed the signal of the sound and it didn’t take long before he reached the battle site.

The unforeseen fighter had appeared on Agnam. At the sight of him, the warriors, friends as well as foes, stopped fighting as his presence immobilized all. Many were terrorized on considering that it was actually him and his matchless strength. As for him, he was too glad to be in the place he excelled the most - a battlefield. He gazed at the many warriors around with a wide smile on his face, revealing his thirst for battle. He started stretching his body, preparing to enter into action.

Alan: “No way; it can’t be. This is impossible.”

Noah: “Don’t tell me he too is here.”

Zach: “Now who can defeat Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan?”[1]

Ryan: “Why are you so alarmed? You forget that the Agape is with us and that Son Goku and his friends overpowered him more than once.”

Trunks had recovered from his setback and he joined his companions, and enlightened them more on the situation.


Trunks: “I guess Goten’s cry brought him here. He still holds that grudge against Son Goku. It’s what keeps him coming back no matter how many times he’s defeated.”

Noah: “This is insane. How can someone live his whole life for revenge?”

Bumblebee: “Goku is his motivation for living. If Goku is not, Broly is suppressed. Destiny can be cruel sometimes; one was accepted, the other wasn’t. So he tries to take revenge on the one who was luckier than him. If you want to get rid of Broly, get rid of Goku first.”

Ryan: “There’s no room for any more sacrifices in this world Bumblebee. The Agape did the last one and nobody needs to sacrifice himself again to save the world.”

Bumblebee: “I wasn’t serious Ryan. Besides, it’s not Goku who brought him here but Goten; and I’m not letting down my Goten for anything.”

Zach: “If everyone joins forces, we might have a chance against him. But we have to rescue Goten from Galactus’ claws.”

Bumblebee: “I don’t think the devourer will harm him any further. He too is overtaken by the present situation. Crushing Goten isn’t a personal matter to him as it is to Broly.”

Trunks: “Broly must be weakened by the blow he received three years ago. It was something like a cosmic bomb we unleashed on him and I still can’t imagine how he survived it.”

Bumblebee: “Watch out children; there’s going to be an explosion of energy at any moment.”

Noah: “Where’s Son Goku? We need him now.”

Galactus freed Son Goten when he saw Broly, and Ratchet took the little Saiyan and gave him treatment. Galactus turned to the Decepticons to clarify things given the recent developments.

Galactus: “Megatron, I will take my leave for the moment. I won’t afford losing any more energy fighting these pathetic insects, especially when the great hunger is upon me. The clash with my Silver Surfer consumed much of my energy. Broly shall take care of the Nootrans. Once he finishes the job, I’ll devour all the planets of this galaxy as I please.”

Megatron: “You mustn’t leave unless I say so Galactus. By entering into alliance with me, you agreed to follow my instructions until I overthrow Cybertron and gain access to the Living Laboratory. The technology it harbours will enable me to create the ultimate Decepticon robot that shall crush all forces of the galaxy and give me limitless power to rule the cosmos.”


Galactus: “Don’t overstep your limits Megatron. It’s not because I entered into alliance with you that you’re going to boss me around. I am Galactus and I’m afraid of no one. I can crush you as well as your entire band on the spot.”

Megatron: “I wouldn’t venture into this game of threats if I were you Galactus. I assure you, you have no idea of what I’m capable of, especially when it concerns your hunger. But we’re allies; no need for us to get that far. Don’t forget you have a benefit in this as well. Cybertron shall supply the technology you need to reach the Hidden Dimension, the paradise of energy. If you turn back, you’ll miss the delights awaiting you there.”

Galactus: “I’m not withdrawing from our alliance Megatron. I only reasoned that it was obvious Broly would destroy the Nootrans. And once he has done that, I shall come to have my share of the loot. He’ll facilitate the task for us. If you’ll excuse me, dinner has been prepared for me by my loyal heralds; not like that traitor of Silver Surfer whom I trusted and loved above all.”

Megatron: “You may go Galactus. After all, it’s thanks to you Broly is here and will be giving us a helping hand. I thought you didn’t want to fight but your action was the most profitable. Make sure you’re here once the ear chip tinkles.”

Galactus departed, leaving Megatron with his fellow Decepticons and allies. The leader of the Decepticons then rejoiced in their midst.

Megatron: “Yessssss. Starscream, this is my day of luck. Broly will do everything for us. What an amazing twist of fortune!”

Starscream: “It serves them right. NSF will regret standing in our way.”

Thanoseid: “Let Broly crush them all. We will have a better world when all of Nootra’s forces are destroyed. I too will take my leave the time Broly deals with them.”


Superman: “Where do you think you’re going Darkseid? You and I haven’t finished yet.”

Thanoseid: “You take things too personally Kal-El. Don’t you care Broly will annihilate your people? Or is it only me you care about?”

Superman: “Both of you are criminals of the worst sort. Thanos, you’re insane and you Darkseid, you’re just a maniac. You think I’ll let you have access to Cybertron? You’ll be sorry for yourselves once I finish with you.”

Thanoseid: “Your insults are out of proportion. Maybe you haven’t understood whom you’re dealing with. I’m neither Thanos nor Darkseid. I’ll show you that Thanoseid is invulnerable.”

Superman: “I’ll hear you say that after this.”

Superman and Thanoseid continued from where they stopped. Superman stretched out a hand and punched Thanoseid mightily in the stomach. This pushed the villain far away from the battlefield. When Thanoseid regained control of his body, he and Superman engaged each other in single combat some distance away from the rest.


[1] Broly is a Saiyan who makes his debut in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993), the eighth Dragon Ball Z feature movie.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10. BATTLE IN SPACE 2

Once the commandos were set, NSF’s agents went in full force against the villains who had come together under the direction of Megatron, the Decepticon. But Galactus remained still. Suspended in space, it appeared he didn’t want to fight. The Autobots who were charged to engage him let him be and went after the Decepticons. Yet one warrior remained unnoticed to the fighters. He watched the scene from within a wire of Galactus’ armour and when the fighting began, he moved out. He went down on one knee on his board as he floated by Galactus’ right hand.

It was the Silver Surfer;[7] the man Galactus turned into an energy being. The Silver Surfer was disturbed on watching the scene. His human emotions emerged as he pondered on the action of Nootra. The agents of NSF were fighting the villains at their own peril. It was obvious they were no match for Megatron and his powerful allies, yet they still believed in their victory. The Silver Surfer couldn’t pretend he didn’t know in the depths of his heart that Megatron and his friends were wrong. But Galactus, his master, was on their side and he dared not go against him. At least, not until Galactus had fulfilled the promise of taking him back to his beloved.

Alan was watchful enough to notice the unseen warrior. The Earthling knew he was there since he was Galactus’ herald. The Silver Surfer was one of Alan’s favourite heroes and he wanted to meet him. He sought his champion and found him. While observing the Silver Surfer, Alan perceived his indecision and he asked Cliffjumper to allow him to go and talk to him.

Cliffjumper: “I can’t let you go kid. Optimus asked me to watch over you.”

Alan: “I know the Silver Surfer and I’m certain he’ll listen to me. We need all possible strategies to win this battle. Only the Silver Surfer can help us out against Galactus. He’ll be a valuable ally and more, a good friend. Trust me Cliff.”

Zach: “I hope you know what you’re doing Al.”

Ryan: “He knows Zach; he perceived it in his spirit: the Silver Surfer is one of us. Cliff, there’s no danger. You can let him go.”

The Earthlings persuaded Cliffjumper and he permitted Alan to carry out his plan. Alan moved towards the Silver Surfer and as he approached, the Silver Surfer, without making any brusque movement, turned his head in his direction. When the Silver Surfer looked at him, Alan spoke out.


Alan: “Silver Surfer, you have to help the Autobots and their friends. Galactus is using you for his greedy purpose but you’re not obliged to serve him. You can choose to fight for the good cause right now Surfer.”

Silver Surfer: “Who are you? Why do you say these things to me? Do you know me?”

Alan: “What I know is that Norrin Radd is a good man who sacrificed himself to save his world. He was forced to serve Galactus to prevent his native planet from being devoured. I know he may be afraid something bad might happen to his people if he disobeyed Galactus. But I also know that if it depended on fear, nothing would be accomplished in the world. Acts of justice and love need no compensation – they’re recompense in themselves. I know you Silver Surfer and I know you don’t fight for the evil cause.”

Silver Surfer: “You’re right; but I’m confused about everything. I used to justify myself for serving Galactus though I knew his ways were wrong. I’ve been lying to myself all these years. I longed so much for Shalla-Bal[8] that I did everything Galactus asked me to do without consulting my conscience. Shalla-Bal wouldn’t like the man I’ve become. I have lost all honour.”

Alan: “It’s never too late to make a new beginning Norrin. Man’s story isn’t only about his fall, but much more about his rising. You too can do it Surfer because you’re a man.”

Bowing his head in a few moments of reflection, Silver Surfer raised it again with another expression on his face; one devoid of fear and full of determination to serve the people of his world. A fire kindled in the all-white eyes of Norrin Radd as he took the noblest decision of his cosmic life.

Silver Surfer: “I’ve made up my mind come what may. Right now, I choose not to serve this glutton anymore.”

The Silver Surfer stood his ground and used his Power Cosmic against Galactus. He formed a lightning bolt from his energy and shot it at him. This stirred Galactus and he turned his head to see what happened.

Galactus: “This indeed is beyond reasoning! My Silver Surfer attacks me, his master, with my Power Cosmic?”

Silver Surfer: “I was blind to have worked for you all these years Galactus. You go about devouring worlds and you use me as herald for that. You have caused harm to countless planets and made me accursed in the universe. Today, I free myself from your rule. I know I can’t be redeemed but this act shall be a sign of plea for forgiveness from all the peoples I have wronged.”

Galactus: “Traitor! You’re doomed. You can’t prevail against the mighty Galactus, your maker.”

Alan: “He may be mighty but we have the Almighty on our side, and He alone is our maker. Do it silver head.”

Standing up erect on his board, the Silver Surfer went in for a frontal confrontation with his former master. Before this fight began, the X-Men had already started engaging Magneto.

Wolverine: “Always with the bad guys Magnus? What won’t you do for the cause of evil? And Xavier said you’ve changed.”

Magneto: “Always irrational Wolverine, and never using your head? You’re slow to understand what business is all about.”

Cyclops: “Business? And you said you were fighting the mutants’ cause.”

Magneto: “Cybertron has a recording of the entire history of this dimension. The bargain I have with Megatron will grant me access to mutants’ history and developments of all times, and enable me to find all unidentified mutants dispersed across the galaxy. Cyclops, don’t you want to know your origins? Ask yourselves this question apprentices of Xavier: why would they hide our history from us if not because of some bad thing they did to our ancestors?”

Storm: “There has been injustice towards people throughout history. It’s deplorable yet we can’t do anything to change the past. In Nootra, we have the possibility of preventing such things from happening to people again. As for me Magneto, I do know my origins as a mutant: it is in Nootra. Nothing about my origins can qualify me apart from what I am in Nootra.”

Archangel: “Besides, where will that knowledge take us to if not to more hatred and strife?”

Magneto: “Because you think there can be justice without truth angel?”

Jean Grey: “But the truth you can’t deny Magneto is that Nootra is hiding nothing from us. Yet if you’re so keen on knowing the contents of the archives of Cybertron, you should tell Xavier. He won’t refuse you something as dear to your heart as that knowledge.”

Archangel: “Yes, the professor would have done that for you but you instead chose to ally yourself with Megatron, whose aspirations are always evil.”

Wolverine: “Stop trying to reason with him. He must have something fouler in his mind besides what he says. I’ve learnt to trust nothing coming from him. So why not stop this diplomacy and go for the hard way?”

Thanoseid: “Somebody is talking at last. Who shall I smash first?”

That was when the iconic superhero of all-time made his entrance into the Battle of Agnam. He didn’t hesitate to answer Thanoseid accordingly.

Superman: “You mean, who shall smash you first?”

Storm: “Superman? What are you doing here? J’onn said you had to remain in the city with Cap to protect citizens now that Decepticons have deployed their troops everywhere.”

Jean Grey: “You came purposely for Thanoseid, didn’t you?”


Superman: “Don’t worry X-Men; I’ll be done with these two in no time and get back to Nootra to assist Cap. Leave Thanoseid to me and concentrate on Magneto.”

Wolverine: “I won’t mind taking him down myself but if you say so.”

Cyclops: “Be careful man; Thanoseid is no angel.”

Superman: “Neither am I.”

Archangel: “But I am one. What have you guys got with angels?”

Superman engaged the battle with Thanoseid while Wolverine, Archangel, Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey fought Magneto. To review their invasion plan, the Decepticons entered a force field before the Autobots attacked them. This hid them temporarily from their adversaries.

Megatron: “We won’t succeed if NSF’s agents keep on coming. Now it’s Superman; next Captain Nootra will be here, and if they use the fusion, they’ll certainly dispose of Galactus. It would be better for us to retreat to Cybertron and keep them away with the dome before our whole plan falls through.”

Starscream: “Retreat? I wonder how you became leader of the Decepticons with your lack of insight, your zero strategy, and especially your shameful defeatist attitude.”

Megatron: “Wonder well Starscream, yet it’s I leader of the Decepticons, and not you. Listen comrades, we’re not here to prove anything to the Autobots; it’s obvious we’re stronger than them. We must lay pride aside and ensure we attain our objective.”

Soundwave: “Megatron is right. We must fight with caution. They’ve called for help. Rumble, Ravage and Laserbeak[9] can’t stand up to them.”

Starscream: “Caution is no option Soundwave. There’s no strategy here. Now just tell me how Rumble can be useful in a space war.”

Megatron: “Enough of you Starscream. I can’t afford losing what I’ve worked for these last few years. Remember how long it took us to put this plan together. Nootra is relentless and if we play, they’ll defeat us like in the past. I’ve vowed Cybertron will be mine this time. That’s why I didn’t act alone but allied with these ruthless villains whom I’ll deceive once I achieve my goal. And when I speak of me, I speak of the Decepticons. We must retreat and find a way to hit Optimus Prime and the Autobots hard and leave them down. Astrotrain, activate Retreat Mode 2.”

The Decepticons tried to call back their allies but these were only fully engaged in hostilities once they had started. Then some heroes started falling. It didn’t take long for Galactus to crush the Silver Surfer and send him many light years away from Agnam. Still, Galactus’ anger wasn’t quenched and he went for Trunks and Son Goten.

Galactus: “Dare you tamper with my insatiable hunger and the energy Cybertron will give me? See where the madness of my Silver Surfer took him? Your fate won’t be different from his.”

Galactus was too swift for his size. He instantly got hold of Trunks and flung him towards Bumblebee who was coming to help him. Trunks fell on the Autobot and both went crashing into the surface of Agnam. Galactus turned to Son Goten and grabbed him before he got away. He pressed him hard and Goten screamed out in pain.

Optimus Prime, Ironhide and Bluestreak hurried to the spot and attacked Galactus to free Son Goten from his grip. Optimus Prime opened fire on the cosmic giant from his handgun but he could make no breach in his armour. Ironhide and Bluestreak fired from all angles yet their blasts didn’t penetrate the devourer’s helmet. Though they strove hard, the Autobots didn’t succeed in getting Goten out of Galactus’ hand. Meanwhile Galactus continued to squeeze the young Saiyan and this one screamed out louder and louder.


As Son Goten howled in pain, his cry was heard millions of miles away. It travelled to distant horizons and reached an uninhabited planet to awaken someone who had been in a coma for three years. The influence of that sound over him was so strong that it revived him from oblivion. That cry meant something profound to him. It was associated with his rage, his very motive for living. He opened his eyes and looked at the sky. Memories started rolling over his mind. The old grudges came to the surface and pervaded his soul. He opened his mouth and repeated the one word he held responsible for all his troubles:

“Kakarot, Kakarot, Kakarot.”[10]

When he got up, his power returned to him in full force, and being replenished, he followed the coordinates he captured. Travelling at the speed of light on invisible wings, he moved in the direction of the cry. He traversed stars and planets instantaneously and in no time, arrived at the battle space.



[1] Menasor is the combined form of the Stunticons in The Transformers.

[2] Thanoseid results from the fusion of DC’s Darkseid and Marvel’s Thanos in Amalgam Comics (1996), a publishing imprint shared by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters into new ones. Darkseid first appears in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby. Thanos first appears in Iron Man #55 (Feb. 1973) and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin.

[3] Magneto (Magnus) appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the central villain of the X-Men comics. He first appears in X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

[4] Galactus appears in comic books and other publications published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character debuted in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), the first of a three-issue story later known as ‘The Galactus Trilogy’.

[5] For Professor Xavier, see the next reference.

[6] Cyclops (Scott Summers), Jean Grey (Red), Storm (Ororo), Wolverine (Logan), and Archangel are members of the X-Men. The X-Men are a superhero team founded by Professor Xavier in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963).

[7] The Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) is a Marvel Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby. He first appears in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), the first of a three-issue arc fans call ‘The Galactus Trilogy’.

[8] Shalla-Bal is a character from Marvel Comics. She first appears in Silver Surfer #1 (Aug 1968) and was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema.

[9] Rumble, Ravage and Laserbeak work in tandem with Soundwave in The Transformers.

[10] Kakarot is the Saiyan name of Son Goku in the Dragon Ball franchise.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

10. BATTLE IN SPACE

The Insecticons, a faction of Decepticon robots transforming into giant devastating insects, and the Stunticons, five Decepticon robots merging to form Menasor,[1] an even gigantic robot, attacked the northern secret base of Nootra. The assault on L4 was carried out simultaneously with the Decepticons’ invasion of Cybertron. This combined attack of Decepticons was a means of destabilizing Nootra’s forces and rendering them ineffective in stopping the invasion of Cybertron. Cybertron was home planet to both Autobots and Decepticons and an integral part of Nootra.

When Nootra Security Forces received knowledge of the invasion, J’onn J’onzz, commander of NSF, dispatched some Autobots to Cybertron. Brawn, Bluestreak, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Ironhide, Jazz and Wheeljack, under the leadership of Optimus Prime, left for Cybertron on board Skyfire. They took along Zach, Ryan, Noah, Alan, Trunks and Goten. Once in space, on Moon Agnam, the Autobots were compelled to face off their all-time enemies the Decepticons, who were led by Megatron. By his side were Starscream, Soundwave and Astrotrain. So the never-ending battle opposing Autobots to Decepticons was about to resume.

Megatron: “Isn’t that my old enemy Prime? You’re late as usual for in a few astro-hours, my invasion of Cybertron will be complete. You and your band will stay here until the Decepticons take over Cybertron.”

Optimus Prime: “Get this right Megatron: Cybertron will never fall into your hands. The Autobots and NSF shall vanquish you for good this time.”

Megatron: “I see you never tire of being defeated each time we meet Optimus. Your stand is with the weak and none of such ever wins. You’ll lose this one as you lost the others.”

Ironhide: “Always presumptuous mega nuts? I can see only four losers here: you and your three sorry deceptive creeps.”

Starscream: “Look who they brought with them this time, kids.”

Astrotrain: “They may be out of their minds bringing children to fight us. I thought they used to say something like ‘protect children first’.”

Starscream: “Looks like their civilization and its immoral values have started to collapse. We’ll give them a hand and foster their fall.”

Skyfire: “Shut up Starscream. I can’t believe a scientist like you could sink this low.”

Starscream: “I can’t believe it myself Skyfire. I’m the first to be impressed by my sinking. And it’s better than anything I ever imagined.”

Optimus Prime: “Megatron, that folly has gone too far. Stand down now and we might reconsider your punishment. You’ll never get through the many of us.”

Megatron: “Don’t underestimate me Prime. You think I came unprepared? You’ll swallow back your words for it’s certain I’m winning this one. You brought kids with you, but look who we have on our side.”

Thanoseid,[2] the being resulting from the fusion of Thanos and Darkseid, and Magneto,[3] master of magnetism, made their entrance as Megatron’s allies. On seeing the startling look on the faces of his opponents at the arrival of his backers, Megatron let out a loud guffaw. His three companions joined him and they howled with laughter.

Megatron: “If you could see your faces! You’re surprised, aren’t you? That’s normal since you never predicted this scenario. Now Optimus, get out of my way before my men tear you apart!”

Cliffjumper: “We’re not impressed mega freak. You’re still outnumbered.”

Optimus Prime: “Megatron, I don’t know how you managed to win over Thanos, Darkseid and Magneto but the Autobots are determined to stop you. Give up right now.”

Megatron: “You haven’t seen anything yet Optimus. And stop making useless imperatives when addressing me. You won’t use those words again once you know this special friend of mine.”

The Autobots and their friends were consternated on seeing rising from behind Megatron, Galactus,[4] the cosmic being who was as big as no other in the galaxy. Galactus was an enormous colossal living form of cosmic energy. An armour, serving to contain his energy, shielded him. Also known as the planet devourer, Galactus’ habit was to consume entire planets by emptying them of their energy.

Ratchet: “We must admit it Prime; Megatron is good. How did he convince Galactus to join him?”

Megatron: “Look at their sorry heads Astrotrain. It’s too much for them.”

Astrotrain: “The Autobots shall automatically surrender after this; unless they’re too foolish to want to fight Galactus.”

Starscream: “I think they’re too foolish and that’s what pleases me about them. I’m going to see Galactus crush them one by one and I’ll finally humiliate them by placing my foot on their necks.”

Meanwhile, the Autobots were confused because of the intervention of these four super villains. They were forced to review their strategy.

Optimus Prime: “This doesn’t look pretty Autobots. We’re here in a bad situation. J’onn saw this coming but I took it lightly. We won’t pass through them if we don’t call for backup. Wheeljack, put me through to Central.”

Wheeljack: “You can go on Optimus.”

Optimus Prime: “J’onn, do you read me? We need reinforcement right away. Megatron has our dreaded enemies with him. Send us some of your best cards.”

J’onn J’onzz (through receiver): “Negative. Everyone has been dispatched to the field. Decepticons sent their troops to a number of our bases. You sure have something in mind.”

Optimus Prime: “Call Professor Xavier[5] of L1 South and tell him to teleport his team immediately.”

J’onn J’onzz (through receiver): “Hang on Prime; you’ll have them in a moment. J’onn out!”

Optimus Prime: “Friends, help is on the way. Let’s do everything so that Cybertron doesn’t fall in the hands of Megatron again.”

In the enemy camp, there was visible impatience to engage the battle. The super villains were waiting for Megatron’s orders to start the hostilities.

Magneto: “These metallic men will be trapped under the control of my magnetism. That will be a piece of cake for me.”

Megatron: “They’re no fools Magnus. They have activated the anti-magnetic wave, which makes them invulnerable to your magnetism. Try something else.”

Thanoseid: “I’m not here to play. I want one third of Cybertron under my command. Its technologies will give me dominion over the multiverse. I’m going after the machines right now.”

Megatron: “Take down any of them but leave Optimus Prime to me. He and I have unfinished business.”

Starscream: “Skyfire betrayed me and I’ll settle scores with him today.”

Astrotrain: “What about Galactus? He’s standing there doing nothing. Why did you hire him in the first place Megatron?”

Megatron: “To impress the Autobots. And it’s better to have Galactus on our side now than to risk Cybertron being devoured by him once it falls to us. A true leader must use diplomacy and not be foolish as to minimize important threats, which may bring about his downfall. This is something others don’t possess.”


Starscream: “Was that remark directed at me? I told you Megatron; you’ll fall one day and I’ll be there to replace you. Then the whole world will see Starscream as the true leader of the Decepticons.”

Megatron: “In your dreams Starscream.”

Thanoseid: “Why don’t you robots stop talking and start fighting?”

Soundwave: “Megatron, more heroes have come to help the Autobots. There are five of them.”

The reinforcement was teleported from L1 South Nootra and they appeared on Agnam. The squad comprised Cyclops, Jean Grey, Archangel, Storm and Wolverine of the X-Men.[6] They landed in space and some had anti-gravitational devices fixed around their members. At their arrival, the mutants were completely overwhelmed by the situation.

Archangel: “This is great. Anybody told us we had to face Galactus?”

Cyclops: “Prime, what do you have as strategy here?”

Optimus Prime: “We too have been taken totally unawares.”

Jean Grey: “They’ll attack us anytime. Let’s sort out something fast.”

Wolverine: “You bobs want to look for strategy, that’s your business. I’m taking down Magnus on my own.”

Cyclops: “Wait up Wolverine; we’re a team. We must be orderly if we’re to be effective. Optimus, the X-Men know Magneto and we have a chance against him. We’re taking him. Skyfire, Ironhide, Brawn, Jazz, Wheeljack, you engage Galactus.”

Optimus Prime: “Ratchet, Bluestreak and Bumblebee, your opponents are the Decepticons. I’ll personally take charge of Megatron. Now, who’s left for Thanoseid?”

Wolverine: “If you bobs are afraid of him, I’ll handle him my own way; if nobody finds any inconvenience with that.”

Wolverine said this to Cyclops’ face, directing it to him personally.

Storm: “We’ll fight him together Logan. What about the children?”

Optimus Prime: “Trunks, Goten, you’re the reserve team. Watch carefully. If any man or robot is in danger, come in to the rescue. Cliffjumper, I charge you not to let the enemy approach the Earthlings.”

Cliffjumper: “Understood Prime. They’ll be safe under my watchful eyes.”

Cyclops: “Well companions, you know your tasks. Good luck everyone.”

Optimus Prime: “This is operation ‘Liberty Cybertron 11’. Nootra, attack the invaders!”

Once the commandos were set, NSF’s agents went in full force against the villains who had come together under the direction of Megatron, the Decepticon. But Galactus remained still. Suspended in space, it appeared he didn’t want to fight. The Autobots who were charged to engage him let him be and went after the Decepticons. Yet one warrior remained unnoticed to the fighters. He watched the scene from within a wire of Galactus’ armour and when the fighting began, he moved out. He went down on one knee on his board as he floated by Galactus’ right hand.


[1] Menasor is the combined form of the Stunticons in The Transformers.

[2] Thanoseid results from the fusion of DC’s Darkseid and Marvel’s Thanos in Amalgam Comics (1996), a publishing imprint shared by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters into new ones. Darkseid first appears in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (Nov. 1970) and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby. Thanos first appears in Iron Man #55 (Feb. 1973) and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin.

[3] Magneto (Magnus) appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the central villain of the X-Men comics. He first appears in X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963), and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

[4] Galactus appears in comic books and other publications published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character debuted in Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966), the first of a three-issue story later known as ‘The Galactus Trilogy’.

[5] For Professor Xavier, see the next reference.

[6] Cyclops (Scott Summers), Jean Grey (Red), Storm (Ororo), Wolverine (Logan), and Archangel are members of the X-Men. The X-Men are a superhero team founded by Professor Xavier in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963).

Saturday, August 6, 2016

9. MEETING THE AUTOBOTS 2

Optimus Prime: “What is it, Ratchet?”

Ratchet: “Green Lantern[3] of L4B1 says the Insecticons and Stunticons[4] have come in their numbers and are forcing their way into the base.”

Optimus Prime: “So that’s what the Decepticons had been planning all along. Sorry children; we’ll have to put this race for another day. Gears, call the defenders to back up Iron Man at the gates. Sunstreaker, take a commando with you. Decepticons mustn’t penetrate.”

Another alarm sounded and this one carried news far weightier than the first.

Optimus Prime: “What again? Mirage, report.”

Mirage: “We have an emergency coming from NSF commander. He’ll have to speak with you.”

Optimus Prime: “I’ll take it from here. Optimus Prime to J’onn J’onzz: come in.”

J’onn J’onzz (on screen): “Prime, the news isn’t good. Megatron[5] finally made his move. He’s carrying out an invasion of Cybertron at this very moment. We just discovered his dome over the planet. It was meticulously shielded so that not even a probe of level 5 could detect it. He succeeded in distorting data for the past twenty hours so he has been there for quite some time now. He has set up machines for extraction and has already amassed considerable energy in hundreds of Energon cubes. Get your men ready and sorry to say this Prime but you’ll have to move right away.”

Optimus Prime: “We’ve been prepared for this; little did we know it would come on two fronts. L4 is presently under assault. The Insecticons and Stunticons have attacked the base and are trying to breach.”

J’onn J’onzz (on screen): “Leave the defence of the base to the commanders and their men. If they only sent the Stunticons and Insecticons, your commanders will know how to keep them away. Prime, I knew Megatron would riposte someday but from what I’m seeing, it’s certain he and the Decepticons are experimenting something despicable. Cybertron harbours a wealth of energy and I imagine the worst if it’s at Megatron’s disposal. You understand only the Autobots are qualified for this mission?”

Optimus Prime: “We’ll be in Cybertron in a few astro-minutes.”

J’onn J’onzz (on screen): “Be prudent and call for reinforcement if you deem it necessary.”

Optimus Prime: “Thanks J’onn. End of transmission.”

Wheeljack: “You spoke a little too fast about the safety of the Earthlings Prime.”

Skyfire: “The Decepticons have begun their game again and I think this one is serious. Doesn’t Megatron ever tire?”

Ironhide: “What I know is that Decepticons are losers and this case won’t be different. We’ll demonstrate to them this time that we’re the strongest and it will cease from Megatron to attack Cybertron again.”

Ratchet: “Megatron should be arrested and confined in the Frightful Forest. That may calm him down for some astro-years, and why not forever?”

Mirage: “I don’t see the ruthless Megatron enlightened but we can still try.”

Optimus Prime: “Time is running out comrades. Jazz, let the Autobots assemble.”

Jazz gave the signal for the grand assembly and the Autobots gathered in their numbers. They aligned in ranks, one next to the other. Zach, Ryan, Noah and Alan were delighted to see many of them at the same time. Those present were Bluestreak, Brawn, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Gears, Hauler, Hound, Huffer, Ironhide, Jazz, Mirage, Prowl, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Trailbreaker, Wheeljack, Windcharger, and the three Dinobots.[6]

Zach: “Awesome! What an imperial view!”

Alan: “Stop taking things lightly Zach. They’re here preparing to go into battle.”

Zach: “How could you of all people say that? Al, it’s you who’s always ‘wow’ at anything of this kind.”

Alan: “But it’s Megatron and Skyfire said it was serious. As much as I want to see the Decepticons, I’m afraid the Autobots might find it hard to defeat them, like in the show. The Decepticons used to appear stronger than the Autobots and so far, everything is like in the cartoons.”

Ryan: “What got into you Al? It’s no time to play the scared. The Autobots need your faith, not your fears.”

Ironhide followed the debate of the children and he intruded.

Ironhide: “Alan pal, don’t fear. Decepticons only appear to be stronger but in reality, they’re not since Autobots win in the end. So allow your friends to admire us and when you get back to Earth, tell your people how awesome we are.”


Alan: “Count on me Ironhide. Zach, what was that again?”

Zach: “Yea Al. I want to hear it from you this time. It sounds better when you say it.”

Alan: “Majestic is what was on my mind. Seeing the Autobots like this is like regaling myself with the delicious desserts of Aven.”

Noah: “Alan...? It’s nothing compared.”

Optimus Prime gave these instructions to the Autobots and his colleagues of L4 at the hearing of Green Lantern and commanders of the various units of the base.

Optimus Prime: “Decepticons are up for the unprecedented. Attacking L4 and Cybertron at the same time is nothing amateurish; they planned it scrupulously. We also must respond with utmost diligence.

’These are your tasks Autobots: Grimlock,[7] take the Dinobots and go reinforce Sunstreaker and the teams at the gates with Iron Man; you’re at the forefront. Do everything so that Stunticons and Insecticons don’t enter. Gears, Hound, Huffer: go to Block 11 and be at the disposal of its commanders. Sideswipe and Prowl: be alert to defend the LZone in case Decepticons break in; the enemy mustn’t lay their hands on its constituents. Trailbreaker, Windcharger, Hauler: assist the various teams from other divisions; you’re our joker.

’Mirage, I charge you to take command of this unit while I’m away. Assign the Autobots according to subsequent developments. The remaining Autobots: follow me to Cybertron. We’re rescuing our planet from the hands of Decepticons. These children here are coming with us. They’re our guests and must be protected at all cost.

’I delegate the command of Secret Base L4 North to Green Lantern of L4 Block 1. The rest of the commanders, you follow his instructions. Green Lantern, I don’t have time to assign the various units their tasks. Make sure you position them according to your expertise so that we get no more surprises from the enemy. Robots, machines and men: everyone to work.”

Green Lantern: “Copy that Prime. Mirage, transfer the command line of the base to L4B1. Officers, any development from NSF and all units of combat should be reported to me instantly. I envisage they could attack other parts of the city. We at L4 are NSF’s trump card and we must deploy special units for this eventuality. Commanders, come out with Plan J and report when your commandos are ready.”

Jazz: “The space team is in position Prime.”

Optimus Prime: “Good luck Green Lantern. Keep L4 and Nootra safe. I count on you.”

Green Lantern: “Good luck Optimus Prime. Keep Cybertron and Nootra safe. I count on you.”

Optimus Prime: “Now Autobots: transform and roll out!”

Though the atmosphere was tense, the Earthlings couldn’t hold back their joy as they witnessed the transformation of the Autobots before their very eyes. It was total exhilaration to see this mechanical manoeuvre, which turned the giant human robots into different types and shapes of vehicles. They counted themselves lucky to be part of the joint operation of saving L4, Nootra, and Cybertron.

Noah: “This world; it’s a paradise.”

Zach: “Not a paradise; not when villains still lurk around.”

Alan: “Yet what do we expect from a world of comics? How is a cartoon without a villain?”

Noah: “If Nootra can be this great, what more of heaven?”

Ryan: “Heaven is what you make of your world. Nootra without villains acting wickedly and Earth without evil is heaven.”

Noah: “You know what guys, heaven is here and now. The Agape is in me and the Autobots are here. I’m filled with joy unspeakable ’cause I’m with my cartoon heroes and I’m going to see Megatron soon. I know something will happen in this battle that shall change everything. This is history we’re making. I ask for everything to turn out good and for the villains to stop playing wicked.”

Zach: “Now, who’s ready to kick out evil from the villains in Nootra and wipe out evil from Earth and dispense heaven everywhere?”

Autobots (in a chorus): “We, the Autobots, are.”

One behind the other, the Autobots started rolling out towards Skyfire, who had transformed into a large shuttle to take them in. Brawn and Optimus Prime came to pick up the Earthlings and Saiyans.

Brawn: “Are you ready to go to space kids?”

Alan: “All our lives Brawn; though it isn’t new. We’ve become used to it lately.”

Noah: “Optimus, what about Iron Man? He was out there alone.”

Optimus Prime: “Iron Man will be fine. He says he doesn’t want to fight but trust me kid, some action will do him good. Besides, the defenders and other Autobots are with him, but I don’t think he’ll need them.”

Alan: “Hey Noah, it’s Iron Man. Remember, he’s invincible. Now let’s go find Megatron and stop him.”

Noah, Zach, Ryan and Alan with Trunks and Son Goten rode the Autobots and went aboard Skyfire in the company of Brawn, Bluestreak, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Ironhide, Jazz and Wheeljack. With Optimus Prime as head, this team launched for space. The remaining Autobots and the rest of the agents stayed behind to defend L4 from the Insecticons and Stunticons.

Optimus Prime intended to leave the Earthlings and the two Saiyans as their protectors on an asteroid beyond Nootra’s atmospheric boundaries. He didn’t want his guests to be exposed to battle. It was safer for the children to be neither in Nootra nor in Cybertron given the present situation. Unfortunately, on reaching the asteroid, Skyfire found it impossible to land.

Skyfire: “Prime, we have a problem.”

Optimus Prime: “What type of problem?”

Skyfire: “One with four heads. Come see for yourself.”

The whole crew trembled at the sight of Firelord, Stardust, Nova[8] and Terrax, heralds of the planet eater. These cosmic beings were setting up conduits to extract energy from the asteroid for their master to devour it and drain it of its nutrients.

Ryan: “So that’s why Terrax didn’t finish his fight with Spider-Man in the Forest.”

Ironhide: “Let’s not mess with these guys; we don’t even have time for that. Allow them to prepare their dinner in peace.”

Ratchet: “This asteroid isn’t inhabited anyway, and our primary concern is Cybertron.”

Optimus Prime: “Let’s proceed to Agnam and there we’ll drop the Saiyans and Earthlings before getting to Cybertron. Skyfire, fly on.”

The crew continued on their journey until Agnam, Cybertron’s largest moon. Situated between planets Nootra and Cybertron, Agnam was the biggest spatial body between the two. Contrary to what had been planned, the whole crew was forced to stop there. This was because the enemy blocked the way and allowed them to go no further. The atmosphere was suddenly filled with the aura of an impending battle, which would be decisive to Cybertron and Nootra.

Wheeljack: “Brawn, get the kids some wings; there’s going to be some action in the air.”

Zach: “Only for Alan and Noah. It’ll be fine with Ryan and me.”

Alan and Noah received anti-gravitational gadgets, which permitted them to move on their own. These were fixed around their wrists and ankles. The four Earthlings also got some minute chips to place in their nostrils to enable them to breathe in outer space. Then the passengers went out of Skyfire, who retransformed from a space shuttle to a human robot. The other Autobots had taken their usual human shapes as well. Optimus Prime turned to one of his peers and gave him an assignment.


Optimus Prime: “Cliffjumper, our guests are under your protection.”

Cliffjumper: “Affirmative Prime. I won’t take my eyes off them; not even for a second.”

Ryan: “Prime, Zach and I want to participate in watching the backs of the heroes. We learnt a lot from our intense training at L4 with the Saiyans, not so Trunks?”

Trunks: “Absolutely Ryan.”

Optimus Prime: “I don’t permit you to endanger yourselves, but look after your two friends if you’re so eager to help. Cliffjumper will protect you four. Now everyone take position and charge at my command.”

The Autobots stood their ground to face off their nemeses of all-time the Decepticons. These were led by Megatron. He was accompanied by three of his peers, namely Starscream, Astrotrain and Soundwave.[9]



[1] Optimus Prime appears in The Transformers franchise. He’s leader of the Autobots, a faction of transforming robots from planet Cybertron. The Transformers (1984) is an animated television series by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions depicting a war among giant robots who transform into vehicles, other objects and animal-like forms. Written and recorded in America, the series was animated in Japan and South Korea. The entire series was based upon the line of transforming toys originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, developed into the Transformers line by American company Hasbro.

[2] Ratchet, Mirage, Wheeljack, Cliffjumper, Jazz, Ironhide, Bluestreak, Skyfire, Bumblebee, Gears and Sunstreaker are Autobots in The Transformers.

[3] Green Lantern is the shared primary alias of several superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell and first appeared in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).

[4] The Insecticons and Stunticons appear in The Transformers storyline. They’re Decepticons. The Decepticons are usually depicted as the antagonists in the universes of The Transformers.

[5] Megatron appears in The Transformers franchise. He is the primary antagonist and leader of the ‘evil’ faction, the Decepticons, in most of the various Transformers universes.

[6] From Bluestreak to the three Dinobots: all these are Autobots in The Transformers.

[7] Grimlock appears in The Transformers. He’s leader of the Dinobots, a faction of the Autobots.

[8] Firelord was created by Gerry Conway and John Buscema and first appeared in Thor #225 (vol. 1, Jul 1974). Stardust was created by Michael Avon Oeming and Andrea Di Vito and first appeared in Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill #1 (March 2005). Nova, as Frankie Raye, was created by Roy Thomas and George PĂ©rez and first appeared in Fantastic Four #164 (Nov. 1975). As Nova, he was created by John Byrne and first appeared in Fantastic Four #244 (July 1982). The above are characters appearing in Marvel Comics.

[9] Starscream, Astrotrain and Soundwave are Decepticons appearing in The Transformers.