Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron 5 is the fifth and final of a five part mini-series by IDW Publishing.
"GHOSTS OF CYBERTRON," Part 5! Out of the frying pan and into the fire! Starscream isn't the only ghostly Decepticon in the universe-or on Earth. Megatron has manifested, he's hungry for vengeance, and he's not particular about what he has to destroy to get it! Autobots, Decepticons, and the Boys in Gray, too! The 35th anniversary celebration of TRANSFORMERS and Ghostbusters ends here!
On December 28, 2018, Tom Waltz posted more finished versions of the thumbs of the prime Ghostbusters from earlier in the month.
On May 30, 2019, Erik Burnham finished writing the script.
On June 3, 2019, Dan Schoening read the script.
On July 22, 2019, Tom Waltz posted some teasers from the issue.
On August 23, 2019, Dan Schoening finished pencils for the issue.
On October 2, 2019, Luis Delgado posted a shot of Optimus dodging Megatron.
On October 3, 2019, Luis Delgado posted panels of Ectotron being possessed.
On October 4, 2019, Luis Delgado posted panels of Megatron's new form.
On November 13, 2019, Dan Schoening posted several page thumbnails.
- The Diamond Order Code is AUG190759.
- Cover A
- Appearing on the cover are:
- Thundercracker (F-15 Eagle form; Decepticon Seeker Commander) is on the right of Slimer.
- Grimlock (Tyrannosaurus Rex form; Autobot Dinobot) is right of Thundercracker.
- Rumble (robot form; Decepticon Mini -Cassette) is between Soundwave and Grimlock.
- Wheeljack (robot form; Autobot) is on the far right in front of Grimlock.
- Egon Spengler is standing on Wheeljack's left shoulder.
- Ravage (jaguar form; Decepticon Mini-Cassette) is in front of Wheeljack.
- Kickback (locust form; Decepticon Insecticon) is on the far right above Grimlock.
- Appearing on the cover are:
- Cover B
- Cover RI
- Optimus Prime appears with the Ghostbusters.
- Page 1
- Page 2
- Shockwave refers to the offer Optimus made at the end of last issue, extending from Starscream to help all four Decepticons restore their physical bodies.
- Page 3
- Page 4
- Page 5
- Ray uses a Proton Grenade on Ravage.
- Winston mentions the G.I. Joe cartoons and its use of lasers instead of bullets.
- Soundwave curses with "scrap." The curse dates back to the Beast Wars animated series in the 1999 episode "Proving Grounds" where Optimus Primal tells Blackarachnia and Silverbolt they look like scrap. By the Transformers Prime series in 2010, it was the primary curse word used.
- Page 6
- Peter mentions his favorite flavor is orange sherbet.
- Ectotron admits it is his first real fight.
- Page 7
- Starscream alludes to Kremzeek.
- Page 8
- Megatron's mace is a nod to the Energon mace he employs against Optimus in the Transformers episode "More Than Meets The Eye, Part 2".
- Optimus alludes to Cybertron.
- Page 9
- Page 10
- In the Transformers franchise, ghost Starscream has possessed several Cybertronians over the decades.
- Page 11
- Egon mentions a theoretical autopsy on Ectotron. Incidentally, in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, realistic versions, it is revealed Egon used to be a coroner but now it's more of a hobby.
- Ray mentions the Statue of Liberty and the team animating it in Ghostbusters II.
- The error of a comma was missing before "Ray" when Peter quips "Well, thanks for that stirring defense Ray, I – Hey!" is fixed in Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron TPB.
- Page 12
- Megatron's "There is no trying" line and Peter's quip are both a nod to Yoda from the Star Wars franchise.
- Page 14
- Ectotron's vomit is Energon, the Transformers' energy source.
- Page 15
- Megatron's new form is visually based on the Megatron design from the Aligned continuity, namely the canceled Transformers Universe game.
- Megatron alludes to the fact that Optimus is a Prime. In the franchise, that has meant various things such as the leader of the Autobots, the bearer of the Matrix of Leadership, or the original thirteen Transformers.
- The throne is based on Galvatron's throne in the Transformers episode "Starscream's Ghost".
- Kneeling on the floor are Sunstreaker, Jazz, and Bumblebee.
- Page 17
- Peter mentions the Containment Unit.
- Optimus gets a feeling of deja vu from Ray's declaration about freedom. "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings" is one of his own catchphrases.
- Optimus' line "all be one again" is a nod to the rally call of the Autobots, "'Til all are one," interpreted as until all shed their affiliations or until all are one with the Allspark.
- Page 18
- Page 19
- Ray is intrigued with the notion of ghosts in space, a nod to the Ghost Smashers script.
- Page 20
- Ectotron mentioned his ship back in Issue #2.
- Ectotron's ship is visually based on the Autobot Lifepod seen in the Transformers episode "Dark Awakening".
- In panel 4, the glimmer is based on the one from the start of the season one title sequence of Transformers (1984).
- The Decepticon symbol flashing in Starscream's eye is a nod to when the symbols glimmer in the season one title sequence of Transformers (1984).
- ↑ Issue #5 Previews World page 7/26/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet #2 12/11/18
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 12/28/18
- ↑ io9 "Exclusive: The Ghostbusters Are Teaming Up With the Transformers to Save the World" 2/18/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 2/22/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 5/24/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 5/30/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet 6/3/19
- ↑ TomWaltz Tweet 7/22/19
- ↑ dannyschoening Tweet 8/23/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet #1 9/10/19
- ↑ erikburnham Tweet #2 9/10/19
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 9/30/19
- ↑ NickRoche Tweet 9/30/19
- ↑ Flickering Myth "Comic Book Preview – Transformers/Ghostbusters #5" 10/1/19
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 10/1/19
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 10/2/19
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 10/3/19
- ↑ Luis Delgado instagram 10/4/19
- ↑ dannyschoening Tweet 11/13/19
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