Translation: Volcanicus Comic 3 and 4

Today’s release continues the Generations Selects storyline, with the Dinobots facing off with the combined Autobot/Decepticon forces! It’s all-smashing, all-bashing action with some really cool moments, so check it out! Story and art by Hayato Sakamoto and colours by Josh Perez, Kandagawa Gufu, Ricken, and Kamizono! Read along here and here!

Generations Selects Volcanicus comic 3

Page 1
Panel 1
MARISSA FAIREBORN, PROFESSOR HITOTONARI and SHAOSHAO LI are seriously flustered.

NARRATION
Earth Defense Command (EDC) Headquarters

MARISSA
Technobots, what do you mean you’re leaving? The Selectors are on a rampage just outside!

Panel 2
The TECHNOBOTS explain what’s up, while RODIMUS tries to be surreptitious.

SCATTERSHOT
Sorry, Director Faireborne. 

SCATTERSHOT
The Selectors are super-robot lifeforms just like us, and that makes us allies. 

SCATTERSHOT
The word just came down from Commander Convoy himself. 

Panel 3
Shaoshao catches Rodimus.

SHAOSHAO
Rodimus! Where do you think you’re going, buster?!

Panel 4
In IRAN, KING JUMAL watches the AERIALBOTS leave for NEO SCRAMBLE CITY.

CHAMBERLAIN
Your Excellency! The Aerialbots have…

JUMAL
It’s no good, you know I can’t stop them…

JUMAL
All over the world, the Autobots are leaving us… Just like this.

Panel 5
A stressed out Rodimus gives the order for the Technobots to combine.

RODIMUS
Technobots, I want you to combine into Computron and calculate humanity’s chances of winning this fight…

TECHNOBOTS
Yes sir!

Panel 6
COMPUTRON does his thing.

COMPUTRON
As it stands, with the Autobots and Decepticons having joined the rebellion, the humans’ odds of winning are…

COMPUTRON
Almost zero!

Panel 7
Rodimus is shocked, but there’s more.

COMPUTRON (offscreen)
However…

RODIMUS
!

Panel 8
Consider the DINOBOTS.

COMPUTRON (v.o.)
If we include the father of we Technobots and his men among the allies of the humans…

COMPUTRON (v.o.)
Their chances are…

Page 2
Panel 1
CONVOY presents his demands.

CONVOY
I am Convoy, one of the leaders of the Cybertron Alliance. 

CONVOY
We have but one request of humanity.

CONVOY
The freedom of all Selectors and the establishment of their own independent nation on Earth. 

Panel 2
The Dinobots arrive to foul things up.

SWOOP
Grimlock! Selectors, Autobots, Decepticons, all human’s enemies now!

GRIMLOCK
Yeah, Swoop. What you think Slag?

Panel 3
The Dinobots are, well, the Dinobots. 

SLAG
Me Slag very happy! Gonna fight a lot!

GRIMLOCK
That right! Dinobots rule! We strongest! We beat baddies no matter how many! 

SLUDGE
Me Sludge… only count to two… so all same after that…

SNARL

Panel 5
SPIKE miserably looks over a comatose CARLY.

GRIMLOCK
Carly….

SPIKE
Thanks for coming, Grimlock…

Panel 6
Carly isn’t doing well.

SPIKE
It doesn’t look like there’ll be an end to this strife between us…

SPIKE
Tell me Grimlock…

Panel 7
Grimlock clenches his fists.

SPIKE (offscreen)
Now what do we do?

Panel 8
Grimlock makes his declaration of Dinobot war.

GRIMLOCK
Me Grimlock gonna teach stupid Convoy and others big lesson!

GRIMLOCK
All Transformers now our enemies!

GRIMLOCK
There plenty to go around!

Page 3
Panel 1
The combined Cybertron Alliance vs the Dinobots.

GRIMLOCK
Dinobots, transform!

GRIMLOCK
Charge!

Panel 2
Some of the ‘84 Autobot cars show their stuff.

SIDESWIPE
Here come the Dinobots!

CLIFFJUMPER
We don’t wanna start a war with you guys! We’re just protecting the Selectors’ rights!

Panel 3
Slag shows what he thinks of Cliffjumper’s argument by melting Sideswipe’s arm off.

SIDESWIPE

Gyaaa!

Panel 4

Slag rips Cliffjumper’s arm off.

SLAG
Then Cliffjumper no need weapon! 

CLIFFJUMPER
Gwaaa!

Panel 5
TRAILBREAKER tries his forcefield as Sludge advances.

TRAILBREAKER
Forcefield!

Panel 6
Sludge’s stomps open up a rift in the earth, which Trailbreaker falls into. Nice try, buddy.

TRAILBREAKER
Waaah!

Panel 7, 8
MEGATRON deploys the RAINMAKERS against Swoop.

MEGATRON
Rainmakers! Melt them down!

Panel 9
Swoop blows the acid cloud back, stunning the Seeker trio.

RAINMAKER
Th-the acid! No!

Panel 10
Swoop grabs their weapons midair and lands on SKYFIRE. Holy crap.

SKYFIRE
Stop this, Swoop. I…

SKYFIRE
I don’t want to wage a pointless battle. Think of the Selectors…

Panel 11
Swoop, unfeeling, blasts Skyfire point blank. Holy crap. 

SKYFIRE
Gyaaaaa!

Panel 12, 11, 13
Snarl takes out a whole group with his solar lasers, only to find that Megatron’s Soundbarrier was able to easily resist the attack. 

SNARL
Solar Power Beam!

SNARL
All-Around Attack!

Panel 14
Snarl likes a challenge.

SNARL
…You Selectors not bad!

Panel 15
Megatron and Soundbarrier vs Snarl!

MEGATRON
Come and get it, Dinobot!

Page 4
Panel 1
Grimlock is challenged after taking out SOUNDWAVE and RAVAGE. 

SHOCKWAVE
Grimlock!

Panel 2
It’s Shockwave in his new super mode.

SHOCKWAVE
In order to make Lord Megatron’s ideal world a reality…

SHOCKWAVE
…I have upgraded myself!

SHOCKWAVE
You damned dinosaurs won’t get in his way!

Panel 3
Shockwave fires.

SHOCKWAVE
Double Laser Cannon!

Panel 4, 5
Shockwave gets his metal munched by Grimlock, having immediately jobbed to him. But Optimus has arrived, Grimlock blocking his axe with a tail swipe.

SHOCKWAVE
Gyaaah!

Panel 6
Grimlock transforms.

GRIMLOCK
It you and me Convoy!

Panel 7
Convoy doesn’t want to fight. 

CONVOY
You’re badly hurt, Grimlock.

CONVOY
There is absolutely no need for any of us to fight!

Generations Selects Volcanicus comic 4

Page 1 
Panel 1
Grimlock brandishes his blade, but finds that he cannot land the killing blow. 

GRIMLOCK
Me getting tired-

GRIMOCK
-of hearing that!

Panel 3
Convoy has a trump card.

CONVOY
You forget, Grimlock! There is a safety device installed within all of you! Though you may rebel-

CONVOY
-You can never take a life!

Panel 4
Grimlock remembers his birth.

CONVOY (offscreen)
It was when we constructed you. That was how much we feared your titanic strength and savage brains. Now, Grimlock, quiet down and listen to me!

Panel 5
RUNG is here, having heard everything.

RUNG
…Is this true, Commander Convoy?

CONVOY
Rung of the Selectors!

RUNG
If it is…

Panel 6
The SELECTORS are not happy to hear this revelation. 

RUNG
Then are they not your slaves?!

CONVOY
No, this is different…

RUNG
No, it’s not! You all really are-

Panel 6
Convoy once again realises how badly he’s messed up.

RUNG
Just like the humans and the Quintessons!

Panel 8
Grimlock has something to say too.

GRIMLOCK
Intelligence!

GRIMLOCK
We Dinobots not smart!

Panel 9
Grimlock lets his anger flow.

GRIMLOCK
So every day you treat us like morons!

GRIMLOCK
Do stupid bots get no freedom?!

GRIMLOCK
But Carly and humans…

Page 2
Panel 1, 2.
Grimlock affirms his feelings, leaving Convoy stunned.

GRIMLOCK
They no discriminate! 

GRIMLOCK
So we help them!

GRIMLOCK
That reason why!

Panel 3
Convoy falls to his knees, shocked at his failure.

CONVOY
I’m sorry… Grimlock…

CONVOY
I’ve made a huge mistake…

Panel 4
But it’s not over yet.

SKY LYNX
Not so fast, Grimlock!

Panel 5
SKY LYNX arrives, the unconscious bodies of the Dinobots in tow.

GRIMLOCK
Sky Lynx…

SKY LYNX
Your buddies here were no match for me!

SKY LYNX
But the Selectors remain the humans’ slaves. 

SKY LYNX
So do what you’re told and come quietly!

Panel 6
Meanwhile, Rodimus is shocked.

RODIMUS
90%?!

RODIMUS
Computron, are you sure?!

Panel 7, 8, 9, 10
Computron has finished computing, promptly flying off to help Grimlock.

COMPUTRON
Yes, if the Dinobots side with the humans.

COMPUTRON
And we Technobots will help them.

COMPUTRON
After all, there is no way we could betray…

COMPUTRON
Our father!

Page 3
Panel 1
The Technobots and Grimlock combine into a new form: VOLCAMPUTRON

VOLCAMPUTRON
Father-Son Combination Volcamputron!!

Panel 2
Sky Lynx and Megatron are flabbergasted.

MEGATRON
When the hell did that Dinobot learn to combine?!

Panel 3
Volcamputron asks Sky Lynx for help.

VOLCAMPUTRON
Sky Lynx, you dinosaur robot too! Help us out!

SKY LYNX
What the devil are you saying? I’m no Dinobot!

Panel 4
Sky Lynx is Sky Lynx.

SKY LYNX
I’m not a jumped-up fool like you!

SKY LYNX
I fight for the future of all Selectors!

Panel 5
Grimlock uses the power of the Technobots.

GRIMLOCK
Then me Grimlock get smart with help of Technobots!

GRIMLOCK
Computron Intelligence Download!

Panel 6
Within Volcamputron, the Technobots communicate with Grimlock.

TECHNOBOTS
Grimlock! We’ll return the intelligence you gave us back to you!

TECHNOBOTS
Weakness identified!

Panel 7
Volcamputron readies, aims…

VOLCAMPUTRON
Scattershot Electropulse Cannon!

VOLCAMPUTRON
Lock-on!

Page 4
Panel 1
…and fires!

VOLCAMPUTRON
Fire!

Panel 2
Sky Lynx lies defeated.

GRIMLOCK
That electropulse just paralysed your whole body. 

GRIMLOCK
You’ll live. 

Panel 3, 4
Sky Lynx apologises, and Volcamputron nods.

SKY LYNX
Sorry, Grimlock…

SKY LYNX
I had you for a fool…

Panel 5
Grimlock remembers the events of Grimlock’s New Brain.

GRIMLOCK (v.o.)
Long ago, in order to stop a berserk machine, I downloaded the entirety of Vector Sigma’s knowledge and became a genius.

Panel 6
Grimlock has a plan.

GRIMLOCK
And now the intelligence I bestowed upon Computron has returned to me! There’s still time.

GRIMLOCK
With this intelligence I can find a way for the Selectors and Humanity to live in harmony!

Panel 7
The Quintessons have a plan too.

QUINTESSON
Yes… There’s still time indeed!

Panel 8
Spike has brought the Quintesson to the MOTHER COMPUTER.

NARRATION
Deep below the Earth’s surface.

SPIKE
Mother Computer, should we join forces with the Quintessons?

MOTHER COMPUTER
The Quintessons are the creators of the Transformers. You no longer have any choice other than to join with them. 

Panel 9
Spike is grim as he realises how far they’ve fallen to ally with the Quints.

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
Exactly, Spike! We wish to save you from our own fate! Of course, being merchants, our fee will be steep, yes…

SPIKE

Panel 10
A mysterious machine comes into view.

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
Then we shall use this! Our final weapon!

Page 5
Panel 1
Bombs drop on the assembled Transformers.

GRIMLOCK
What the?!

CONVOY
This is… Transformer-corroding gas!

Panel 2
Volcamputron splits into Computron and Volcanicus. 

VOLCANICUS AND COMPUTRON
Volcanicus, Computron, split and reform!

GRIMLOCK
Combination will increase your defensive capabilities! We must defend the Dinobot’s allies!

Panel 3
Convoy gives the command for the Alliance combiners to unite. 

CONVOY
Defensive positions! In this gas…

Panel 4
Convoy struggles against the gas.

CONVOY
We won’t last three minutes!

Panel 5
Rodimus spots something.

RODIMUS
Oi!

RODIMUS
Look up there!

Panel 6
Five new warriors appear in the moonlight.

MEGATRON
What…

MEGATRON
Who are they…

To be continued. 

Translation Notes

More Dinobot dialogue! Snarl’s attack is literally written as an “Omnidirectional Blast” (全方位発射, zenhoui), a description far too verbose for the likes of him, so I rendered it as “All-Around Attack”.

The birth of a new combiner! In Japanese, Volcamputron’s name is Volcaticon, after Computron’s Japanese name, Computicon. I’ve come up with Volcamputron as an English-language alternative.

Speaking of Combiners, there are multiple occasions in this story where Grimlock speaks from within Volcanicus, referring to himself as such. This mirrors God Neptune seen earlier in the story, who also speaks as both a combined entity and converses with others and his own limbs as an individual. The difference is mostly academic, but it’s there, especially when Grimlock talks about his experiences becoming super smart. 

The word 親子(oyako), meaning “parent and child”, is consistently used to describe the relationship between Grimlock and the Technobots. However, given previous use of gendered language like “grandpa” for Wheeljack, I’ve translated it as Father-Son, which rolls of the tongue a bit better. 

Rung is referred to by the name “Selectors Rung”, which I’ve rendered as Rung of the Selectors to mirror his IDW name, Rung of the Pious Pools. Another possible translation is Selector Rung, similar to the practice of appending a copyrightable nonsense word to a name, like Autobot Jazz. 

Shockwave’s special attack is given as the Double Laser Cannon. Given that his Japanese name is Laserwave, one could perhaps translate this as Double Shock Cannon, but that’s hair-splitting. 


The story continues in Abominus comic 1!

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