Translation: Abominus comic 1

Coming far sooner than I or anyone else expected, here comes the next chapter in the Generations Selects saga, Abominus! It’s two comics in one this time (why are they only doing that now?) as the Terrorcons take on absolutely everyone. It’s the most horrific chapter yet, so make sure to read along here, perhaps while hiding under the covers. Enjoy! Manga by Hayato Sakamoto, with colours by Josh Perez, Gufu Kandagawa, Lebanon Sugi, Kamizono and Ricken! Additional inking by Tasuku Tajima!

Abominus comic 1

Page 1
Panel 1
The TERRORCONS descend on the assembled Transformers and Selectors.

CONVOY
It’s the Decepticon Terrorcons!

Panel 2
The still-intelligent VOLCANICUS asks what’s up.

VOLCANICUS
Have you allied with the humans as well? 

SINNERTWIN
You got it! You were really dragging your feet here!

CUTTHROAT
You can leave the rest to us!

RIPPERSNAPPER
All Transformers and Selectors alike are to be destroyed!

Panel 3
The Terrorcons pounce on the unsuspecting Transformers.

SINNERTWIN
So it’s all over for you!

VOLCANICUS
Uwaaaaah!

Panel 4
HUN-GURRR takes a bite out of Volcanicus.

HUN-GURRR
Gonna eat you uuuup…

VOLCANICUS
Gyaaaaaaah!

Panel 5
COMPUTRON panics as he realises what they’ve done as the other Terrorcons tear into him.

COMPUTRON
Oh no! When I transferred my intelligence to Volcanicus, he lost his beastly fighting spirit! Which also means I no longer have my super-computational powers!

Page 2
Panel 1
Hun-Gurrr moves on to menacing some Selectors.

HUN-GURRR
Me Hun-Gurrr!

HUN-GURRR
Terrorcon leaderrrr!

DOUBLEHEADER
Uwaaah!

SOUNDBARRIER
Help us!

Panel 2
Hun-Gurrr snatches a Smashdown.

HUN-GURRR
Hun-Gurrr, hungryyy!

SMASHDOWN
Moo!

Panel 3
CONVOY and MEGATRON are horrified as Hun-Gurrr chews on Smashdown.

HUN-GURRR
Beef very tastyyy!

SELECTORS
Bu!
Gya!

CONVOY
They’re monsters!

MEGATRON
Damned Terrorcons, listen to me!

Panel 4, 5
Hun-Gurrr launches a SLITHERFANG at Convoy from his mouth.

CONVOY
Uoooh!

MEGATRON
What the hell is that? What are they spewing at us?!

Panel 6
Hun-Gurrr transforms.

HUN-GURRR
Me Hun-Gurrr!

HUN-GURRR
Mmmmy new power turns my food into a new form!

Panel 7
Hun-Gurrr loves the killing.

HUN-GURRR
It’s the rrrebirth of Unicron’s power!

HUN-GURRR
Through delicious Angolmois we Terrorcons have obtained Unicron’s power!

Page 3
Panel 1
SPIKE is not happy with the QUINTESSON’s idea of assistance.

NARRATION
The Mother Computer, deep underground.

SPIKE
You didn’t say anything about your final weapon being the Terrorcons! And what on earth are those cobra-like Selectors?!

QUINTESSON
Why, those are our Quintesson-brand Selectors, Spike.

Panel 2
The Quintesson wheels out a terrified Soundbarrier, trapped in the Recreator. 

QUINTESSON
They’re called Slitherfangs, and they’re obedient slaves. We’ll be constructing them from the entirety of the Selector population.

SOUNDBARRIER
Mr Witwicky, please help me!

Panel 3
Spike recognises the Soundbarrier.

SPIKE
Wait, I know you! You’re one of the Soundbarriers from my house!

SOUNDBARRIER
I’m so sorry for rebelling, sir! I feel nothing but remorse!

SPIKE
Wait a second Quintesson, what are you doing to him…

Panel 4
The poor Soundbarrier is irradiated with Angolmois energy.

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
I’m just recreating him with the power of Angolmois. 

SOUNDBARRIER
Gyaaah!

Panel 5
There’s nothing left of the Soundbarrier but a Slitherfang. 

SPIKE
Aah… This is…

Panel 6
Spike, in tears, shouts out at the Quint.

SPIKE
He’d served me well for years… He admired Convoy, he was a good kid! Even if he was a slave!

SPIKE
Him and the rest have thoughts, feelings! They’re alive! 

SPIKE
How could we toy with a life so easily?!

Panel 7
The Quint refutes this.

QUINTESSON
Wrong! All slaves are possessions of their masters!

QUINTESSON
And if a slave rebels it is only right that they are punished!

Panel 8
Light bursts from the Mother Computer.

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
Don’t you see, Spike? You’re being driven from your home!

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
Just like we Quintessons!

Page 4
Panel 1
RED ALERT gets blasted.

RED ALERT
Uwaah!

Panel 2
INFERNO rushes to his side as RIPPERSNAPPER menaces them.

INFERNO
Red Alert, you ok?!

RED ALERT
I… Inferno…

RIPPERSNAPPER
We’re not just after the Selectors!

RIPPERSNAPPER
Any Autobot or Decepticon who opposes the humans is food for Rippersnapper and the Sharkticon Corps!

Panel 3
Rippersnapper fires off an attack.

RIPPERSNAPPER
Angolmois Ball!

Panel 4
But the Doublecrossers block it!

DOUBLECROSSERS
Selectors Defense Mode!

Panel 5
The Doublecrossers check on Inferno and Red Alert.

INFERNO
It’s the Doublecrossers!

DOUBLECROSSER
Run while you can!

DOUBLECROSSER
Leave the rest to us!

Panel 6
The Doublecrossers’ wall mode is no match for CUTTHROAT, who picks them up.

DOUBLECROSSERS
Aaah!

Panel 7
Cutthroat flies off with the Doublecrossers as Rippersnapper descends on Inferno.

DOUBLECROSSERS
Help us!

INFERNO
Doublecrosser!

Page 5
Panel 1
The Doublecrossers are fed to Cutthroat’s brood of PTERAXODONs.

CUTTHROAT (offscreen)
Eat up, babies!

Panel 2
The brood tears the Doublecrossers up.

CUTTHROAT
Grow up big and strong!

PTERAXODON
Gya!

CUTTHROAT
Multiply and envelop this world!

PTERAXODON
Gya!

Panel 3
Cutthroat gloats as his brood takes off.

CUTTHROAT
With the power of Angolmois and this stolen Energon Matrix I’ll make even more babies!

Panel 4
ORTHIA is felled by a blast from BLOT.

ORTHIA
Kyaah!

BLOT
Gonna Blot… you out!

Panel 5
The VALKYRIES are left scattered as Blot laughs it up.

BLOT
Ss… Sli… Blot’s slime gun… gonna Blot… you all out!

ELITA-1
This oil, it’s melting our armour…

Panel 6
Blot transforms and grins. What a freak.

ELITA-1
It seems that anti-electrons are present in the oil he’s discharging as a by-product of his Angolmois exposure.

ELITA-1
It looks like the metal-rotting gas from earlier is emanating from his body too…

Panel 7
Convoy struggles to stand.

CONVOY
This is… hell…

SINNERTWIN
That’s right Convoy!

SINNERTWIN
It is hell!

Page 6
Panel 1
SINNERTWIN devours the sparks of the dead. 

SINNERTWIN
And Sinnertwin guards its gates…

SINNERTWIN
The Selectors’ souls… They won’t be joining the Allspark.

Panel 2
Sinnertwin feeds the sparks into Hun-Gurrr’s base mode.

SINNERTWIN
Now, a new hell for Transformers is born.

HUN-GURRR
We’ll turn these into Hell Sparks!

SINNERTWIN
Behold the power of the Terrorcon Dread Corps!

Panel 3
Megatron and Convoy react to this new horror.

MEGATRON
Controlling our very souls…

CONVOY
The Terrorcons have all powered up through Angolmois… So this is the true power of Angolmois…

Panel 4
Meanwhile, the Quintesson continues to gloat over Spike.

QUINTESSON
Yes! The Terrorcons are our final weapon, constructed for the sole purpose of using Angolmois’, nay, Unicron’s power!

QUINTESSON
They are the ultimate expression of our Terrorbot product line!

Panel 5
Flashback to Galvatron commanding the Terrorcons.

QUINTESSON (v.o.)
We originally lent the Terrorcons to the Decepticons for a mission to harvest energy from Unicron’s head.

QUINTESSON (v.o.)
Sadly the energy was not present, and the Terrorcon’s true power could not activate.

Panel 6
The Quint continues to talk as a BAILIFF approaches.

QUINTESSON
But what a surprise! The energy was in fact buried deep in your planet!

Panel 7
The Autobots succumb to the metal-eating gas.

QUINTESSON (v.o.)
Your planet is wonderful, Spike!

QUINTESSON (v.o.)
After this is over we shall use Angolmois to cyberform it into a metallic world!

Panel 8
Spike reacts in shock as the Quintesson reveals its true goal.

QUINTESSON (offscreen)
We’ll use it to create a second Unicron and conquer the universe!

Page 7
Panel 1
Spike has had enough.

SPIKE
No more!

Panel 2
The Quint doesn’t get it.

QUINTESSON
What?!

SPIKE
Looking at you I now see where we went wrong!

SPIKE
As creators we humans lack something.

Panel 3
The Quint isn’t happy.

QUINTESSON
Yes! You lack responsibility! You must discipline and control your creations!

QUINTESSON
You’ve never had the guts to do it!

Panel 4
Spike shouts back.

SPIKE
No, it’s love!

SPIKE
If we’d shown our creations love, we could have lived togeth-

Panel 6, 7
The Quintesson shoots Spike where he stands. 

QUINTESSON
Oh, well. You’d outlived your usefulness anyway.

Panel 8
As Spike dies, he tries to figure out the last piece of the puzzle.

SPIKE
But why did the Mother Computer…

SPIKE
Side with the Quintessons…

Panel 9
The Quintesson explains.

SPIKE
Of course… it runs on Angolmois too!

QUINTESSON
Exactly! Our wicked hearts had already corrupted the Angolmois energy!

Panel 10, 11
The Quintesson laughs as pillars of Angolmois explode from the ground as RUNG watches.

QUINTESSON
Angolmois resonates with people’s hearts!

QUINTESSON
And malevolent power is the power to destroy!

QUINTESSON
Just like Unicron’s monstrous will!

Page 8
Panel 1, 2
Megatron removes his cape. He’s got a plan.

MEGATRON
Convoy, I’m leaving the rest to you.

CONVOY
Megatron?

Panel 3
The SHARKTICONS and ALLICONS gather among the Terrorcons.

MEGATRON (offscreen)
They’re being served by Sharkticons and Allicons.

CONVOY (offscreen)
Somehow the humans and Quintessons have joined forces.

Panel 4
Convoy and Megatron have come to the same conclusion.

CONVOY
But the Quintessons no doubt plan to destroy both the humans and us.

MEGATRON
Yes.

MEGATRON
That is why…

Panel 5
Megatron transforms and rolls out.

MEGATRON
Even at the cost of my life, they must be stopped!

MEGATRON
We can’t let the Quintessons get their hands on Angolmois energy.

Panel 6
The Terrorcons begin their next attack.

HUN-GURRR
If it isn’t ourrr old boss Megatron!

HUN-GURRR
Terrorcons, counterrr-attaaaack!

Panel 7
Megatron fights back.

CONVOY
Megatron, what are you planning?

MEGATRON
Remember, I’ve been rebuilt by Unicron!

Panel 8
Megatron keeps it coming.

MEGATRON
My body can hold copious amounts of Angolmois energy!

MEGATRON
I’m going to use my systems-

MEGATRON
To absorb their own Angolmois!

Page 9
Panel 1
Convoy has his concerns.

CONVOY
But with that much exposure to Angolmois…

CONVOY
You’ll turn to evil once more!

Panel 2, 3
Megatron has faith, but Convoy is distraught.

MEGATRON
Then you’ll just have to kill me!

MEGATRON
I’m counting on you, old friend!

Panel 4
Megatron uses his sword-spear to absorb the Angolmois.

MEGATRON
Come on, Terrorcons!

Panel 5
The Terrorcons panic as their energy is sucked out.

CUTTHROAT
Wh-what?

RIPPERSNAPPER
He’s sucking out our Angolmois energy!

BLOT
H-he’s Blotting us out!

SINNERTWIN
Do something, boss!

Panel 6
At the Mother Computer, the Quints receive a transmission.

BAILIFF
Incoming combination request from the Terrorcons!

QUINTESSON
Yes! Prepare the device!

Panel 7
The TERROR BREASTER is launched.

QUINTESSON
Terror Breaster! Launch!

Panel 8
The chestplate arrives.

HUN-GURRR
Here it comes!

Panel 9
Hun-Gurrr equips the armour.

HUN-GURRR
Set on! Wing Hun-Gurrr!

Panel 10
The combination begins. 

TERRORCONS
Follow the leader!

Page 10
Panel 1
ABOMINUS unites.

ABOMINUS
Monster Combination!

ABOMINUS
Abominus manifests!

Panel 2
Megatron catches Abominus’ fist.

MEGATRON
That makes two of us.

Panel 3
Abominus is shocked as Megatron assumes a familiar shape.

MEGATRON OMEGA
I’ll end this with this mode.

Panel 4
Megatron Omega glares behind his faceplate.

MEGATRON OMEGA
My final-

MEGATRON OMEGA
Form!

Panel 5
Abominus eats a mighty dive kick from Megatron Omega

MEGATRON OMEGA
I am Megatron Omega!

Page 11
Panel 1
Abominus catches Megatron by the head. He’s not the new toy anymore.

MEGATRON OMEGA
What?!

Panel 2
Abominus blasts a hole through his chest.

MEGATRON OMEGA
Nuooooh!

Panel 3
Megatron falls, lifeless.

CONVOY
Megatron!

Panel 4
Angolmois explodes out of the ground around everyone.

RICOCHET
What the?!

RODIMUS
It’s Angolmois coming from underground!

Panel 5
Rodimus takes a full dose of Angolmois head on.

RODIMUS
Uwaaah!

CONVOY
Rodimus!

Panel 6
A seared Rodimus lurches forward.

RODIMUS
The Angolmois energy… It’s gone berserk…

CONVOY
Your body…

PANEL 7
RODIMUS UNICRONUS stands in pain!

RODIMUS UNICRONUS
Commander… Help me…

Translation Notes

Some surprisingly fiddly work in this one! To start, Hun-Gurrr speaks very strangely, using Dinobot-style first person in one sentence then swapping to normal speech in the rest. I’ve tried to reconcile it by having him draw out certain syllables in his speech, just as he did in the 80s cartoon. 

Blot gets a new catchphrase in this chapter based off his Japanese name, Butto. He threatens to ブットばす (buttobasu) his foes, a pun on ぶっ飛ばす, pronounced the same and meaning “to blow away” or “beat up”. I’ve gone with “Blot you out”, which sounds suitably gross. 

Abominus’ combination phrase is 妖獣合体 (yōjū gattai). The yō sound here describes a ghostly or mysterious object, and jū means beast. This neologism has apparently showed up in one or two other things according to my research (such as the popular Touhou series), and it’s usually translated as something like “monster”, “demon”, or “beast”. I thought about going with “Abomination”, but “Abomination Combination Abominus” is a bit much. Also, I’ve translated 参上 (sanjō, lit. “arrival”) as “manifest” to stick with the occult imagery.

Sinnertwin proclaims himself 地獄の番犬 (jigoku no banken), literally “Hell’s Watchdog”, a phrase associated with Cerberus imagery. However, Japanese pop culture fans will probably know it from Mamoru Oshii’s Kerberos saga of films, radio drama and manga, or as Dekamaster’s title in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. Incidentally, the Transformers Wiki makes a joke about Sinnertwin turning into an Orthrus, a kind of Greek two-headed dog related to Cerberus. Hmm…

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