Transformers: Core Crisis

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    The time has come to make good on my threat of making a Final Fantasy VII-inspired Transformers photo comic. This is a mostly-serious story that is very different from my other comic, The Ballad of Sunstreaker, so even if you don't care for that one, you might consider giving this a try. This comic uses mostly WFC figures and thus has a G1 aesthetic, but is set it in it's own continuity and draws inspiration from other incarnations as well as G1. It will be divided into Chapters, each of which consists of episodes of varying length.

    Core Crisis takes place on Cybertron over a thousand years after the end of the Great War between the Autobots and Decepticons. A group calling themselves the Wreckers fights against a corrupt Cybertronian government to stop the extraction of energon from the planet's core, which according to a leaked document known as the Alpha Trion Report will lead to the devastation of Cybertron and eventual extinction of the Cybertronians themselves. In the opening chapter, Wrecker Cell 7 stages a daring raid on a Core Energon Extraction Plant. With them comes a "hired gun" - a former Elite Guard officer named Optimus.

    This initial post is to introduce the comic and provide bios for the cast of Chapter 1. In the spoiler tags below are the full length intro and bios. You don't need to read the full intro if you don't want to (the paragraph above should provide enough info to follow the story of Chapter 1), but I highly recommend you read the Character bios, as there some substantial differences between these characters and the G1 versions.

    The Great War that divided Cybertron and plunged it into centuries of chaos is over. Megatronus Prime and his High Council preside over a united world where the conflict is nothing more than a distant memory. The energy crisis that fueled the war ended thanks to discovery of Core Energon – an enormous deposit of raw energon in liquid state located in the center of the planet – and the development of a means to extract it. Autobot and Decepticon are no longer factions, but rather lineages. The Expeditionary Force has defeated the Cybertronians’ ancient enemies, the Quintessons, and occupied their home-world. Trade with other planets, including Earth, is booming. The exploration and colonization of other worlds is underway.

    Cybertron is a now a flourishing civilization with a bright future.

    Or at least, that’s the official story. In reality, though things are certainly better than they once were, social and economic inequality is widespread, and old grudges die hard, especially for a race that can live for millennia. The Treaty of Kaon may have ended the Great War and disbanded the Autobot and Deception factions, but the Deceptions were responsible for solving the energy crisis and in a better position in general at the War’s end. They and their descendants were able to exploit this and now hold most positions of importance as well the majority of the wealth, while the Autobots and their descendants are mostly an under-class. It is often said that if an Autobot wants to move up in the world, most likely their only chance is in the military or security sectors. Also, some believe that the High Council will not be content with the conquest of Quintessa and has set their sights on other worlds, leading to still more wars.

    As bad as all that may be though, Cybertron has a far greater problem. According to the Alpha Trion Report, named for the now deceased (some say murdered) former Director of Science and Research who authored it, the supply of Core Energon is nowhere near as much as once thought. Though the government still claims it will power Cybertron’s civilization for nearly 10,000 years, this leaked report claims that at the current rate of consumption, it will last only a matter of decades. Furthermore, many consider the planet itself to be a sentient form of robotic life along the lines of the Cybertronians themselves (though whether or not it is sentient is matter of much debate), and that the extraction of Core Energon is literally killing their world. There are rumors that the mostly uninhabited lower levels far beneath the planet’s surface are slowly going dark. While the powers that be vehemently deny all this, the fact that the birth of new sparks (and thus, new Cybertronian life) has been declining for centuries is known to all. The Alpha Trion Report claims that this is another consequence of the ever-increasing extraction of Core Energon.

    At present time, the majority of the population believe the official government line that the report was fabricated by dissidents seeking to revive the Autobot faction. Despite the High Council’s best efforts though, there are an increasing number that believe the report, and the suspicious deaths of several members of the department of Science and Research have not helped matters. There are even those who believe that to end the extraction of Core Energon, it is necessary to take up arms.

    Among them is an underground, militant, cell-based organization known as the Wreckers.


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    Links to each episode for those who don't wish to scroll through every page. Please let me know if any need fixing.

    Chapter 1

    Episode 1
    Episode 2
    Episode 3
    Episode 4
    Episode 5
    Episode 6
    Episode 7

    Chapter 2

    Episode 1
    Episode 2
    Episode 3
    Episode 4
    Episode 5
    Episode 6
    Episode 7
     

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    Compelling start so far. Cool twist on the Autobot and Decepticon conflict too.
     
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    Not gonna lie, I was expecting Optimus to come doing flips in the air with is ax.
     
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    Thank you! Glad to hear you're enjoying it.

    You mean like Cloud's intro in FFVII? I might work that in later as a homage.

    Actually, now that you mention it, I think I know a point in the story where that would work. Thanks for the idea!
     
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    Excellent start.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I forgot to put this note in the post for the first episode, and will go back and add it there for those who haven't read it yet, but although I use their real names in the dialogue, the Wreckers and Optimus are actually using code names during this operation.

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    Something tells me their good luck streak won't last long.
     
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    So, who'll be the "Guard Scorpion"?
     
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    I almost feel bad for those guards...almost
     
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    Is it wrong that I hear Optimus in FF7: Remake's Cloud voice?
     
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    I don't think it's spoiling anything to confirm this. After all, it wouldn't be much fun if the whole mission went smoothly.

    You'll see. :D 

    There will plenty more guards for you to almost feel bad for!

    I had in mind David Kaye's TFA Optimus, but I suppose an older version of FF7:R Cloud would work too. I love Peter Cullen's Optimus, but he has a nobility and gravitas about him, as well as a fatherly quality - traits that this Optimus just wouldn't have at this point in his life.

    However, I will say that though Core Crisis Optimus is has yet to become G1 or TFP Optimus, but he still has quite a bit of experience under his belt. Including leadership experience, which will be shown further down the road. He was one of Iacon's best police officers before Ultra Magnus recruited him for the Elite Guard. I guess if one wanted a make a human parallel, you could consider him the equivalent of late 20's / early 30's.
     
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    I was using Seige's voice. As it isn't exactly Peter Cullen, like it has that youngness/gritty ness to it.
     
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    I must confess I haven't heard too much of that one, as I have yet to see any of the Netflix WFC series other than a few clips. I'm waiting until the Kingdom part is out to watch it in its entirety.
     
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    I expect to hear Optimus say "Not interested" at least once throughout the series.
    That's "S.O.L.D.I.E.R boy," to you, Springer.
     
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    OH HERE IT COMES :D 
     
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    I feel I should mention that one of Subdurmal's comics probably inspired part of this Episode.

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    Someone should do a YouTube compilation of every time Cloud talks about being in SOLDIER.
     
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    I wouldn't be shocked if the real Sky Lynx wouldn't be happy about drones being made to his likeness given his ego. As for Springer's motives while I get what he's doing he should be careful not to let his goal and frustrations consume his better judgement. I mean look what happened to guys like Megatron for example that did let it consume them.
     
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