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After my dense commentary on the Megatron Origin story, it’s easy to believe that might be the majority of what comprises the first volume of the IDW Collection, but that’s far from the case–it’s not even a third of the book! It’s just…the most dense, by far.
As I noted then, these books aren’t in publication order, nor even chronological order, so the next chunk of story are a series of six stand-alone character one-shots under the Spotlight banner–Blurr, Cliffjumper, Shockwave, Nightbeat, Hot Rod, and Soundwave. We’ll encounter several of these over the next few volumes, as they were a concise way to tether characters to the main story, as well as introduce various plot elements that would come to be relevant later. These all appear here because they take place millennia before what we think of as the primary Transformers story; their conflict here on Earth. Read on!