SEEDS OF DECEPTION: SHORT STORIES"THE EVIL THAT MECHS DO" SAGATHROWDOWN
Art by Koen Luyten
Story and lettering by Franco Villa
Special thanks to Ibai Canales
and Simon Reeves
Edits by J.Z. Belexes
SoD project by Peter Istyle NOTES
Original title: "Body-snatched" (a bit too spoiler-ish!).First Draft of Nova Survivor
. Inks of Nova Survivor
. Prime battle
. Nova survives
.Unused battle scene 1
. Unused battle scene 2
.The Assembly Hall
. The Citistate shot
Koen had a lot of fun in this: lots of unnamed mechs, plus some weird images in the giant screens. Are those Gobots?
And what about the miscolored Grendizer in the crowd?Panel 2.
On the left, a hint of the mysteryous storyteller, Jhiaxus. On the right, Guardian Prime.
The Citistates Assembly Palace
is of course well known to our readers: see SoD: Omega Supreme
, SoD: Shockwave/Soundwave
and Short Story: Voice Of Experience
Does the Prime have a throne, literally? Wait and you'll see.Panel 3.
"Fire of the Matrix" is a nod to page 5 of SoD: Sentinel Prime
Finally, an Anti-Prime
The name "Guardian Prime"
comes from the Dreamwave continuity. In that continuity, he was supposed to be the Prime that came before Sentinel Prime.Panel 4.
The Pagoda Supreme
is another location that has become a trademark of our saga.Panel 5.
What is the Abyss Resurgence
? Who dwells under the Sea Of Rust?
Energy-based weapons. Guardian is using an Energo-sword, in Grimlock style. Nova is using a spiked ball, reminescing of Megatron's "Morning Star" (see G1 cartoon episode "More Than Meets The Eye").Panel 8.
Nova Prime's plan is revealed, as per Spotlight: Optimus Prime
The contrast between the theoretical nobility of a Prime and the G2 feel of the fanatical supremacist Nova Prime was first raised/explored by Ibai Canales and Peter Istyle.
Jhiaxus's characterization is partially based on the novel "Spotlight: Flywheels"
by Simon Reeves (and on Simon Furman's work, of course!).
The saga continues in Short Story: Something Old, Something New
, Constant Moons: Paradise Lost
, Short Story: The Shape Of Things To Come