I've always wondered about this guy. In the glut, and I mean GLUT of characters introduced in the TF universe in 1987, I always wanted to know more about the individual Headmasters who served under Fort Max. Hardhead especially. The cartoon portrayed Hardhead as tough guy, end of story, yawn. Except when he started holding hands and flying in circles with the other Headmasters, which was, um, not very tough guy. So I was happy to see Hardhead wind up on Earth in the IDW universe. The Autobot infiltration team needed some muscle and Hardhead abided. But the characterization never went beyond that. To keep the action moving, we cut away to the other fronts of the Revelations story: the fallout from Cyclonus putting Thunderwing on guard duty for a Nega-Core on Corata-Vaz; the Wreckers engaging Thunderwing in an attempt to thwart what Nemesis Prime calls The Expansion; Arcee hot on the trail of Monstructor and beyond him, Jhiaxus, seeking vengeance for a forced gender reassignment surgery (I'd be crazed too!!); and finally the Autobot Pretenders and Dealer entering the action. But what the Spotlight series is for is plumbing the depths of an individual in this vast universe. There's a real challenge in making a guy like Hardhead interesting, but Furman delivers. Here's the introduction: Thick-skinned, uncompromising, by the numbers, his remit is to clean up the messes, see to damage limitation. Where others may balk or prevaricate, he steps up ready to do whatever needs doing... to whomever. A realist, he understands that 'bots like him have a shelf life, that the future is a big black hole just waiting to swallow him. His name... IS HARDHEAD! I really liked this story, of Nightbeat's return to Gorlam Prime, now with Hardhead in tow and under orders to eliminate Nightbeat if he loses control. Nightbeat realizes the gap in his memory means he has likely been tampered with, and intends to retrace his steps, but suspects he may be a danger to the Autobots. Hardhead's response? A panel where he pauses, then says "sure." Hardhead's inner narration is great. He keeps Nightbeat ahead of him, in his sights, and says he'll do what's necessary. And that it won't be the first time he's had to kill a comrade. He's a soldier, very aware of his mortality, and as their adventure progresses, Hardhead feels his options becoming fewer and fewer, until only his destiny remains. Shades of BW Dinobot meets Captain Willard from Apocalypse Now. This planet has stopped. People are frozen in mid-stride, cars are parked in the road. Nightbeat observes the people here are in a state of sped-up evolution, and they sport techno-organic features. Hardhead finishes the thought: the people of Gorlam Prime are being turned into Transformers. The Autobots meet the finished product in just a few pages: Micromasters! I'll leave the rest unsaid for now to avoid too much spoiling. Great action, very nice art, a lot more meat than All Hail Megatron has yet delivered!