Okay, I had zero interest in Rom vs. Transformers until this big, sweet child showed up in the previews. Just look at this precious angel! LOOK AT THAT SMILE!

Also, worst teacher ever! Like wooooof… Guess…guess I’m going to have to get this issue next week… God damn it, Milne, how dare you make Stardrive so adorable.

Let’s talk about this lady. Stardrive is a pretty unique Cybertronian given that she was raised by the Solstar order. It was said that the Shining Armor story happens 175-180 years ago, which makes her pretty young to Cybertronian standards.

The problem is that her youth is fairly unique as well. While we don’t know how old the MTOs are, the lifespan of Cybertronians span in the millions. And the hot spots on Cybertron began to cool and fade before the war even started.

And we know from the writer, John Barber, that she comes from Caminus. But we still have a problem. The fact that it wasn’t entirely her that comes from Caminus, but rather just her spark.

Caminus has resource problems. As in they don’t have any. It is very unlikely that this is a problem that came about sometimes in the near-200 year span that separates Stardrive’s “birth” from today. Caminus’ culture is centered around the resource problem they have, with bladed weapons used instead of ranged weapons for instance, and Energon treatment to make it last as long as possible.

Which also involves just not expanding or exploring.

Except -

Why were they flying less than 200 years ago?

It’s no secret, they were carrying still-forming Camiens on their ship. But then we come down to the original problem. If Caminus has the sparks, but not the resources to make the body, where does it come from?

And why were the Autobots and the Decepticons making pre-fab bodies instead of using whatever source the Caminens use that result in forming protoforms?

To know why, we need to see what Caminus has that the Autobots and the Decepticons don’t.

The Cityspeakers are part of Camien culture. There is no other known Cityspeaker outside of them, those that can communicate with the Cybertronian Titans.

So, what does that have to do with it?

Titans can incubate sparks, making them form into protoforms. Camiens, cityspeakers, could possibly know about this particular physiology of the Titans.

And we know that there was a good number of them going around, not all of them creating colonies.

Stardrive, the only Cybertronian member of the Solstar Order and the (in-fiction) chronologically first Transformer to be part of a non-Cybertronian faction, keeps her childhood toys next to her bed. A close look reveals:

  • two Star Trek models
  • the friendly Gobot “Staks”
  • and an approximation of Amon’s mask from Legend of Korra

That’s right, she’s a Transformer who plays with Gobots.


Okay, so…originally I was just going to post a couple panels from ROM vs Transformers: Shining Armor #1, but then…. things got out of hand.

Therefore! All the images will be below the cut! There are a bunch heh…

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