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    Default Choose your last stand

    In issue 4 of Marvel's comic run five Autobots are picked to defend the Ark: Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Huffer, Blue Streak and Mirage.

    Who would YOU have chosen??

    Options are:
    Optimus Prime
    Prowl
    Cliffjumper
    Hound
    Brawn
    Sunstreaker
    Mirage
    Jazz
    Huffer
    Windcharger
    Gears (recently repaired after injuries in issue #3)
    Ironhide
    Blue Streak
    Sideswipe
    Trailbreaker
    Wheeljack
    Bumblebee

    Ratchet is on a mission (I think that's everyone).

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    Well, with the hindsight of a lot of character development that Bill Mantlo and Ralph Macchio never had to work with...

    Optimus, because he is defined as being better than all the other Autobots (even though he did bugger all, and repeatedly had the shit kicked out of him...)
    Mirage is still in, because he's the cold psycho aristo. Although you still have to keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't join Megs...
    Jazz, because when else is a special ops murder-bot more needed than now?
    Trialbreaker, because a defensive last stand is perfect for those force-fields that got a lot of talk but no real use back in the 80s.
    Sunstreaker, because why leave the other murderous psycho behind?

    If it should turn out that Prime isn't all that great after all (hmmm...), then Cliffjumper instead, because this sounds like a situation for lots of really big guns and a suicidal bravura.

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    I've never questioned it before but looking at the art, they chose not to include their strongest Autobot (Brawn) or their actual "warriors" (Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Windcharger).

    Seems like the best choice would have been

    Optimus Prime
    Brawn
    Trailbreaker
    Sideswipe
    Ironhide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulbot View Post
    I've never questioned it before but looking at the art, they chose not to include their strongest Autobot (Brawn) or their actual "warriors" (Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Windcharger).

    Seems like the best choice would have been

    Optimus Prime
    Brawn
    Trailbreaker
    Sideswipe
    Ironhide
    I'd switch out Trailbreaker for Hound for the illusions (though I haven't read much of the Marvel comics so I don't know if he still had that ability or it was just holographic maps - if so then Mirage who was also pretty badass and has misdirection abilities) and possibly Sideswipe for Sunstreaker (ruthlessness vs willingness to cheat when necessary, plus slightly better arms and armor - with only 5 members every advantage counts).

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    I have no idea why Blue Streak or Huffer were chosen in-universe: Huffer has no special abilities and Blue Streak doesnít strike me as a fighter. He has to be rescued during the battle and then freezes against Jetfire late in the run.

    I would keep Optimus (naturally) and Ironhide for his experience and endurance.
    But I would have Windcharger up front behind one of Trailbreakeís forcefields and use his magnetic ability to mess the Cons up. Iím surprised we never saw more use of that ability.

    And Iíd stick with Mirage for his holo powers and fighting (he went back to fight after losing an arm!)

    So:
    Optimus
    Ironhide
    Mirage
    Trailbreaker
    Windcharger
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    Just thinking through the list, you definitely want Prime as he's strong all round and the leader of the team. Trailbreaker can support with his forcefield and has decent personal strength. For he rest of the team, I'm wanting a bit of a balance between firepower and physical strength, so I went back to the tech specs, and Ironhide is your typical all rounder.

    Otherwise the last two surprised me.

    Wheeljack sits with the third highest firepower and fourth highest strength, and high intelligence and courage to use it
    Bluestreak sits with the highest firepower of all the Autobots, he's mid tier strength but otherwise pretty well rounded - he's let down by courage, but figured his main roll is in distance work and he has the speed to support that too.


    Optimus Prime
    Ironhide
    Trailbreaker
    Wheeljack
    Bluestreak

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    Optimus
    Brawn
    Ironhide
    Hound
    Wheeljack as medic in place of the away Ratchet
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    Windcharger
    Wheeljack
    Jazz
    Cliffjumper
    Bumblebee

    All these guys have real experience defending Autobot assets from Decepticons and monster planets.

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