It’s the turn of Spotlight Cyclonus (part 1 of Revelation, the next main arc, in chronological terms at least, of the ‘ongoing’) to get the post-script treatment. As usual, expect spoilery stuff but as always I aim to tease rather than give away the real nuts and bolts of the issue. Anyhow, here was a challenge: tell the Revelation arc in four issues and lace a character strand (worthy of the Spotlight branding) into the mix. It was an invigorating exercise, necessitating four characters (over the course of the four issues) that a) hadn’t been a Spotlight character already and b) would propel the main story onwards in some way, shape or form. So, first job was to sort out the four characters. Cyclonus I already had in mind for one of the Dead Universe cast, so he seemed the ideal choice to kick things off. Next job was decide what sort of character he was, and how that played into the larger demands of what the issue needed to accomplish, namely alert Optimus Prime and the Autobots to the impending threat, one that’s really been well in the background so far. Things had to snowball rapidly, so that by the end of this first issue the scale of the threat was evident and a response was needed urgently. The challenge was to take Cyclonus’s ‘mission’ and somehow (believably) make it less than straightforward enough so that, instead of just coming and going without a ripple, he draws unwanted attention. But why would he deviate from his there and back? There had to be something about him, a character quirk, that made him add in a detour (to Cybertron) and then lose sight of what’s important (for a brief but telling time). This wasn’t going to be the animated movie Cyclonus. By recreating Galvatron as a new character we’d effectively recreated Cyclonus too. So who was this Cyclonus? What made him tick? What draws him, at the outset of the issue, back to the ruin of Cybertron? And then, the supporting cast: Hound’s crew (Sideswipe, Road Rocket, Skram and Warpath) and Ultra Magnus were pulled into the mix. Then, in separate but interconnected strands, Arcee, Nightbeat, Optimus Prime, Jetfire and others. All enmeshed in the same mystery but unaware (yet) of the connections, the bigger picture. Oh and there’s our first look at the full Dead Universe cast and the big (and I do mean BIG) reveal at the end of the issue. Hoo boy… that should leave no one in any doubt just how bad things are going to get and how high the stakes are! Spotlight Cyclonus ships in June with E.J Su on art. Don’t dare miss it!