And here’s the second half of #31’s outline:
Earth: and in the desert Kicker is battling five airborne foes — using his energon powers to both defend himself and counterattack. Overconfident, Kicker is caught unawares by the unexpected versatility of his attackers and only just manages to deflect the final attack. It’s an AlterEnergy training exercise, overseen by Rad and Doctor Jones (Kicker’s father). Both are concerned that Kicker is not taking the threat to him seriously. Twice now he’s been actively targeted, and though both abduction attempts were thwarted they anticipate further attempts to capture him. They need to understand more about Kicker’s powers to know why the Terrorcons want him so badly, but Kicker is tired of jumping through their hoops and stalks off.
Cybertron: Over-Run is deep in past events, and we see Alpha Quintesson urgently calling for something called ‘the Conduit’, but before it can be brought to him for safekeeping, it’s destroyed. As Alpha Quintesson’s escape ship is pulled back into Unicron, he just manages to teleport the Initiator to… someone.
Back to Kicker, who decides it’s time he hit the road. He tries to flag down a passing heavy load carrier but suddenly it transforms and attacks. It’s Demolishor!
Finally, on Cybertron, Over-Run confesses a nagging fear that someone on Cybertron is a traitor, and the unseen listener is revealed as none other than Avalon — Autobot High Councillor and Alpha Quintesson’s secret collaborator!!!
To be continued…