Detroit, Michigan – We join Bumbleebee as he rushes to the aid of a small unit of paramilitary misfits led by Ted Nugent  in a doomed-to-fail Charge of the Light Brigade-style attack  against Shockwave and Barricade in front of the Joe Louis Arena .
Members of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 are pushing south into the core of the city after their landing on the Saint Claire Shores two hours ago hoping to join with the U.S. Delta Force A Squadron who are pushing eastward on 8 Mile Road .
A few civilians have started to flee the city via the Ambassador Bridge now that Starscream has halted his sorties over the Detroit River to battle Optimus Prime.
Megatron – Haven’t you heard? This town is under martial law, and I’m the marshal! 
Megatron – Puny Autobot, you don’t stand a chance!
Megatron – No one has ever called me Megadoofus and continued to function! 
Bumblebee – And you call yourself the leader of the Decepticons?
Megatron – Impossible!
Megatron – How dare you!
Bumblebee – Laserbeak puts up a tougher fight than you! 
Bumblebee – What’s a Hertz Donut?
Megatron – Hurts, don’t it?
Megatron – What a dumbass!
Bumblebee – I’ve got to stop falling for that one!
Bumblebee – Keep talking! The more you lecture the more hits I land!
Bumblebee –There’s more…
Bumblebee – To me…
Bumblebee – Than meets…
Bumblebee – The eye!
Megatron – What’s your motivation, Bumblebee? Why do you fight for Optimus and the humans?
Megatron – Our race should be united! And the humans our slaves!
Megatron –And why do the human scum who walk the earth deserve freedom?
Bumblebee – Freedom is the right of all sentient beings! 
Megatron –Freedom is just chaos with better lighting, imbecile! 
Bumblebee – May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly – until at last, the darkness is no more! 
Bumblebee – And your head was just overshadowed by a lamppost!
Megatron – Damn it Autobot!
Megatron – I never lose! I am the strongest of the great Decepticons!
Bumblebee – Give it up Deceptidouchebag!
Megatron – Enjoy a taste of my new weapon!
Bumblebee – I don’t like the looks of that!
Megatron – The Circuit Breaker!
Bumblebee – Oh shit!
Bumblebee – My circuitry is failing!
Bumblebee – I-I-I can’t move! Optimus! Hot Rod! Ironhide! Where are you?
Bumblebee – Optimus! I will not fail you!
Megatron – Failure or allegiance are your only two options Bumblebee!
Megatron – You don’t need this anymore, do you?
Megatron – Quite the firearm you have here. Shame you didn’t try to use it sooner!
Megatron – This is your last chance – to bow down before me and declare your allegiance to Megatron and the Decepticons!
Megatron – How many of you Autobots must I destroy before you realize that resistance is futile?
Megatron –What a waste of metal!
Megatron – Scalpel! Lensmeters! Report here at once and extract the scrap metal from this dipstick! 
Megatron – Is there anyone else? Autobot or human – brave enough or stupid enough to oppose us? 
Further Reading – Dialogue and Story Notes
- Ted Nugent – American rock musician from Detroit, also known as The Motor City Madman, a staunch conservative and advocate of gun ownership rights [Wikipedia].
- The Charge of the Light Brigade – a charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War [Wikipedia].
- The Joe Louis Arena – home of the Detroit Red Wings and named after the former heavyweight champion Joe Louis [Wikipedia].
- 8 Mile Road – popularized by the movie of the same name, serves as a dividing line between the wealthier, predominantly white suburbs of northern Detroit and the poorer, predominantly black city [Wikipedia].
- Haven’t you heard? This town is under martial law, and I’m the marshal! – a modified quote by Megatron in Megatron’s Master Plan, Part 2 [Transformers Wiki].
- No one has ever called me Megadoofus and continued to function! – from the original quote, No one does that to me and continues to function. Said by Megatron in The Transformers: Fire on the Mountain (#1.15) [IMDB].
- Laserbeak is a weak mechanical bird, mini-cassette Decepticon [Transformers Wiki].
- He dinged my diodes! – from the original quote by Gears – Aw, go ding your diodes and get defunct, Megatron. I’m not helping you do zilch. [Transformers Wiki].
- The Autobots will never sacrifice freedom! – quote by Optimus Prime in Transformers: War for Cybertron [IMDB].
- Freedom is the right of all sentient beings! – Optimus Prime’s motto.
- Freedom is just chaos with better lighting, imbecile! – without imbecile added, is a quote by science fiction novelist Alan Dean Foster [Wikipedia].
- May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly – until at last, the darkness is no more! quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower during his Second Inaugural Address [PBS.org].
- Your knowledge is only overshadowed by your stupidity! – quote by Megatron in the 1984 Transformers movie [IMDB].
- Scalpel and the Lensmeters – serve as repair medics [Transformers Wiki].
- Is there anyone else? Autobot or human – brave enough or stupid enough to oppose us? – modified quote originally by Megatron in Megatron’s Master Plan: Part 2 (1985) [IMDB].
Production Notes: this is the collaborative work of two individuals – David Wood and myself. David was in charge of the set design and fight choreography while I was in charge of the story, dialogue, photography, and post production.
The Megatron and Bumblebee figures were recent promotional items at Family Marts here in Taiwan. Posing them in our office at work served as the inspiration for this project. Some poses needed the aid of putty while the airborne scenes were shot using a small stick taped to the backs of the figures. Most gobs of putty and visible parts of the stick were crudely removed using the spot-removal tool in Adobe Lightroom. The comic layout was created using a very fun program called Comic Life 2.