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Transformers / New Avengers: Man And Machine

| #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | TPB |

Man And Machine #1

Originally released 4th July 2007.
$2.99 cover price.
Written by Stuart Moore.
Pencils by Tyler Kirkham.
Inks by Sal Regla.
Colours by Annette Kwok.
Letters by Todd Klien.
Cover art by Jim Cheung, Mark Morales and Justin Ponsor.
Produced by Rick Ginter.
Asst. edits by Alejandro Arbona.
Edits by Bill Roseman.

Synopsis: A team of New Avengers, lead by Captain America, were dispatched by SHIELD into Latveria in order to jointly investigate a mysterious structure emitting strange readings, and to ascertain why the local Latverian dictator, Doctor Doom, has been suddenly bombing the neighboring country of Symkaria. With Symkaria’s recently acquired status as a nuclear power, the state of affairs is further compounded, and it is up to the New Avengers stop hostilities from escalating before all out war breaks out.

Upon their arrival outside of the unidentified building, the small team of New Avengers - which consisted of Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider Man, along with Captain America - discovered numerous destroyed Doombots. With the help of Wolverine and Luke Cage, the team entered the structure via a "seam" on the outer-wall, but upon entry the team becomes strangely on edge and can't stop arguing with one another. Suddenly, in the midst of their squabbling, the team was forcibly scanned, followed by Spider-Man’s abduction by a speeding black car, forcing the remaining team to withdrawal. Back outside, Captain America calls in reinforcements from Falcon and Miss Marvel.

Elsewhere, in shadow, mysterious beings confer over the current state of events, explaining that a machine was being used to make the humans in the two neighboring nations more aggressive, and that the team of Super-Heroes were already exhibiting such behavior. Meanwhile, Spider-Man comes to find himself on an operating table, where Megatron informs him that the wall-crawler will help the Decepticons achieve their greatest triumph.

Outside, while tensions between Captain America and Wolverine ensue, they were interrupted by the arrival of the Autobots (the Autobots being the mysterious beings hiding in shadows). Optimus Prime’s attempt to explain that the situation wasn’t the Super Hero’s concern proved futile when, due to the effects resulting from the aggression inducer, the Avengers launched an attack on the giant robots...

Characters Featured: Wolverine, Captain America, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Doombots (deceased), Director Hill, Runabout, Wheeljack, Optimus Prime, Jazz, Prowl, Falcon, Ms. Marvel, Megatron, Bumblebee, and Ratchet.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Man And Machine #2

Released 8th August 2007.
$2.99 cover price.
Written by Stuart Moore.
Pencils by Tyler Kirkham.
Inks by Sal Regal.
Colours by Annette Kwok and Blond.
Letters by Todd Klien.
Cover art by Jason Pearson.
Asst. edits by Alejandro Arbona.
Edits by Bill Rosemann.
Published by Dan Buckley.

Synopsis: As the Autobots and New Avengers fight Doctor Doom enters the fray and provides enough of a distraction for Ratchet to start fitting Inhibitors to the humans that he has designed that counter the effect of the building.

With order restored Doom explains that the device Megatron is using was designed by himself- It was stolen from a nearby laboratory at the same time the building first appeared. Having now fulfilled his exposition duties Doom leaves to go to Symkaria to brook a diplomatic solution. Captain America contacts a incoming Iron Man who confirms the Autobots story as he's been aware of their presence on Earth for some time.

Within the dome Megatron starts to power up his troops with the energy taken from Spider-Man, but refuses the recently arrived Ramjet as he doesn't trust the Seeker enough with that power.

Launching an attack the Spider-cons quickly get the upper hand, until Iron Man in a giant costume turns up...

Characters Featured: Captain America, Optimus Prime, Spider-Man, Prowl, Wolverine, Bumblebee, Luke Cage, Ratchet, Ms. Marvel, Jazz, The Falcon, Dr. Doom, Iron Man, Runabout, Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Thundercracker, Skywarp, Ramjet, Runamuck. and Ratchet.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek, Reviewed by Kremzeek75

Man And Machine #3

Released 12th September 2007.
$2.99 cover price.
Written by Stuart Moore.
Pencils by Tyler Kirkham.
Inks by Sal Regla.
Colours by Annette Kwok.
Letters by Todd Klien.
Cover art by Ed McGuinness.
Asst. edits by Alejandro Arbona.
Edits by Bill Rosemann.
Published by Dan Buckley.

Synopsis: Whist Iron Man and the combined Autobot/New Avengers forces fight the Decepticons outside the Dome, Ratchet, Prowl, and Luke Cage break their way in to rescue Spider-Man and destroy the Psycho Prism. Inside, Ratchet and a tetchy Prowl disagree on the importance of keeping the humans alive, consequently going their separate ways. Prowl finds Ramjet guarding the Prism, but is ambushed by a duplicitous Dr. Doom. Meanwhile, Ratchet and Cage locate Spider-Man, but are met and arse whipped by Megatron. Outside the Dome, Iron Man, whose reserves had depleted, takes a power up from the Autobots, allowing them to finish off the competition. Megatron and Doom contact them to order a surrender, but when this doesn't happen despite Doom promising it to Megs, the irate Decepticon zaps the Latverian and leaves the Dome in order to sort things out personally...

Characters Featured: Captain America, Optimus Prime, Spider-Man, Prowl, Wolverine, Bumblebee, Luke Cage, Ratchet, Ms. Marvel, Jazz, The Falcon, Wheeljack, Thundercracker, Iron Man, Runabout, Runamuck, Skywarp, Megatron, Ramjet, Dr. Doom.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Man And Machine #4

Released 10th October 2007.
$2.99 cover price.
Written by Stuart Moore.
Pencils by Tyler Kirkham.
Inks by Sal Regla.
Colours by Annette Kwok.
Letters by Todd Klien.
Cover art by Tom Raney.
Asst. edits by Lauren Sankovitch.
Edits by Bill Rosemann.
Published by Dan Buckley.

Synopsis: Spider-Man inexplicably escapes his bonds, whilst suddenly Dr. Doom, once again, decides to switch sides and fries Astrotrain. Meanwhile, Prowl and Ratchet clarify the need to destroy the psycho-prism.

Outside, Iron Man and Megatron come to blows, but eventually the Decepticon is able to trounce the armoured human. Just as he is about to explain his odd decision not to fight Prime, Megatron realises that the remaining Autobots have vanished, who, miraculously, remembered that they have a teleportation device (i.e. orbital bounce), allowing Bumblebee, Jazz, and Wolverine to simply beam into the base.

Inside, they find that Spider-Man has agreed to let the Autobots use Megatron's device in order to give them Spider-Powers. Ratchet and Prowl power up and head back into the fray, whilst the other Autobots, Wolverine, and Doom go off to destroy the Prism.

With the battle joined, Megatron is soon badly battered. Back in the dome, the Prism is found guarded by Ramjet, who seemingly unbothered allows Wolverine to smash it. As the base explodes around them they all flee except for Doom, who for reasons best known to himself prefers to whittle on to himself instead.

Megatron orders the other Decepticons to retreat, but plans to finish off the New Avengers personally, until Spider-Man ties him up allowing Luke Cage to push him over. With that final humiliation, Megatron teleports away making "Next time Gadget" proclamations.

The Autobots slink away while the New Avengers prepare to leave, who are left with the strange feeling that their Quinjet is a Transformer... [No, it isn't.]

Characters Featured: Captain America, Optimus Prime, Spider-Man, Prowl, Wolverine, Bumblebee, Luke Cage, Ratchet, Ms. Marvel, Jazz, The Falcon, Wheeljack, Iron Man [Both in his super size suit and a normal one], Astrotrain, Dr. Doom [Killed-or IS HE?!?!] Megatron, Ramjet, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Runabout, Runamuck.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Man And Machine TPB

Released 30th January 2008.

$10.99 list price.

Publisher solicitation: It’s time to Assemble–and Roll Out! What in the world could unite Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Autobots? Maybe the Decepticons and Dr. Doom know! War is about to break out on the border between Latveria and Symkaria – unless two unique teams of heroes can unravel a dark mystery…that is, if they don’t destroy each other first! Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE, PUNISHER X-MAS SPECIAL) and Tyler Kirkham (X-MEN: PHOENIX WARSONG) bring together fan-faves like Wolverine, Megatron, Spider-Man and Optimus Prime in this all-new widescreen adventure! Collecting NEW AVENGERS/TRANSFORMERS #1-4.

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