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Title:         Afterdeath!
Issue:         24
Released:      January 1987
Pages:         23

Writer:        Bob Budiansky
Penciler:      Don Perlin
Inker:         Ian Akin & Brian Garvey
Letterer:      Janice Chiang
Colorist:      Nel Yomtov
Editor:        Don Daley
EditorInChief: Jim Shooter
Game Over, Optimus Prime!!

Optimus Prime and Megatron, along with the Protectobots and Combaticons get into a standoff at an experimental power plant. To prevent the destruction of the valuable facilities and equipment, the two sides agree to fight in virtual reality on the plant's powerful computer system. The catch? The leader killed inside the game will also be destroyed in real life.
After deciding on the rules, the two sides head on towards the inevitable peril of either Megatron or Optimus Prime.

"You gave me a good game, Optimus. But not good enough. You're wounded and helpless. Your game is over. Goodbye." - Megatron

Personal note:
Of all the issues of The Transformers I read as a child, this one is in my opinion the most memorable. The conclusion is something not very often seen in safe and conservative kids' comics, and the events leading up to it are not as obvious one might expect. All in all, this issue is a true classic.


Disclaimer: This is neither autonoded nor a cut'n'paste writeup. My only source material are the original comics.

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