Written by Donald F. Glut
"Only you can save the world now, Grimlock."
The Autobots and Decepticons are engaged in a ferocious battle on a barren planet, but during the fight, all of the animal Transformers present mysteriously stop fighting and leave together. They have been summoned by an unknown caller for a most important task...
Meanwhile, a cloud of living energy is traveling from planet to planet, draining the energy dry from stars, planets, and their unfortunate inhabitants. This being, called Tornitron, attacks the planet and drains the Autobots and Decepticons, then Cybertron--changing shape into a new creature each time.
The primitives are drawn towards the center of the galaxy, finally coming to a truly ancient world. Sky Lynx believes he should command the group, but this meets with some resistance from the Predacons and Terrorcons. Leaving Trypticon outside, the primitives enter a cavern to find the caller, in the form of a glowing portal.
The caller explains that he was the assistant of an inventor, Primacron. Primacron built many robotic creations, which became progressively larger, until he created Unicron (see: The Transformers the Movie). Unicron had rebelled and attacked Primacron, then went off on his own. Injured but alive, Primacron was determined to make an even more powerful creation, but this time, it would be composed not of matter, but of energy--Tornitron. It is the hope of Primacron's assistant that the pure, simple animal instincts of the primitives can defeat the infinite complexities of Primacron's plans.
Just then Tornitron itself arrives on the ancient world and drains Trypticon. The primitives flee, but Grimlock lags behind and Trypticon falls on him. Once Sky Lynx is drained as well, the terrified Transformers run, but Tornitron hunts down the primitives. Even when they split up in four different directions, they cannot escape; Tornitron simply splits into pieces and catches each group individually. Not before long, Tornitron's mission is complete and it returns to Primacron.
Grimlock, however, has survived Trypticon's fall. Primacron's assistant urges him to press on, and he follows Tornitron straight to Primacron's outer space lair.
Meanwhile, Tornitron--like Unicron--decides to rule himself, despite Primacron's best efforts to control it. Primacron tries everything he can think of to deactivate the creature, but once Grimlock arrives, he simply presses the "reverse" switch on Tornitron's controls. With its energy dissipated and the galaxy restored, Grimlock performs a victory dance--inadvertently ruining a very angry Primacron's lab in the process.
First Appearances: Overkill, Slugfest.
Primacron's assistant notes that Primacron created some of the primitives (but he does not mention which ones).
When Primacron's assistant explains that he escaped Primacron's lab after Unicron attacked, there is a scene of what appears to be the Matrix of Leadership emerging from a broken robot body, and floating off into space. The creators may be suggesting that the Matrix was the one thing that could destroy Unicron because it was the essence of Primacron's assistant, who may have worked closely with Primacron when Unicron was created.
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