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Soundwave (Transformers)
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Like much of the original 1984 cast of Decepticons, Soundwave played a much smaller role in the Marvel comic book series than he did in the cartoon.

He quietly and efficiently served loyally, first under Megatron (even sending Ravage and the Insecticons to derail talks between the Autobots and Ronald Reagan at one point in the 1985 Transformers U.K. annual), then under Shockwave, attacking an aerospace construction plant whose facilities were used to build the Constructicons, who then built a massive radio dish that Soundwave used to beam a message back to Cybertron.

Continuing to operate under Shockwave, Soundwave then moved to serving Ratbat, and co-led the defense of Buenos Aires against the Underbase-empowered Starscream alongside Fortress Maximus, only to wind up deactivated by the villain.

Unlike many of the others deactivated by Starscream, Soundwave would appear again, under Scorponok's command. Throughout the U.S. comic, Soundwave was colored purple instead of blue (presumably in an attempt to break up the large amount of blue coloration used in the comic, as it was often substituted in place of black and gray) and frequently appeared with a mouth.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic in the U.K., a sister title to the American series was also in production. It reprinted the American stories, but it was released weekly, as opposed to monthly. It soon began to run out of material to reprint, opting to create its own original stories which deftly weaved in and out of the ongoing American storyline. Under writer Simon Furman, Soundwave � colored in his correct blue hues � was a fairly major player, portrayed in a manner much more consistent with his profile � that of a manipulator and blackmailer, reading others' minds and using their secrets to his own ends, always working towards his own goals.

When Megatron and Shockwave were both briefly believed deceased, he assumed leadership of the Decepticons during Optimus Prime's Crisis of Command and then the Dinobot Hunt; manipulating events to weaken the Autobot leadership and cause maximum casualties. When the two commanders returned and vied for the single leadership, he turned the situation to his own advantage by working both sides of the field, reporting to both commanders without either knowing. He also enjoyed a rare victory in this period when he, Dirge and Kickback took over a NASA complex, attempting to contact Cybertron with the facility's deep space radio equipment. The Autobots arrived, but a series of miscommunications between Prowl and Jetfire resulted in the transmission being sent, allowing the Decepticons to claim victory.

Towards the end of the U.K. series, a break-away storyline began which separated from the regular ongoing American continuity, covering the exploits of the proactive Autobot Earthforce. In these stories, Soundwave's selling of Decepticon secrets to both the Autobots and Shockwave's group of Decepticons resulted in Wildrider getting blamed for his actions, and Soundwave silently allowed him to be killed rather than be discovered. After Starscream was successfully able to remove Megatron and Shockwave from power, he and Soundwave entered into joint leadership of the Decepticons. Notably, it was not explained how Soundwave was restored after his deactivation at the hands of Starscream - like other similarly-affected Transformers, he may have been revived with the transformation-paralyzing fuel nucleon.

Soundwave also attained the leadership position in the future world of 2008, following the death of Shockwave (who had seized power when Galvatron traveled back in time). Soundwave led his era's Decepticons back to 1989 to participate in the Time Wars when the fabric of reality began to crumble, but before as the conflict came to a head they fled back to their own time. Since it was later established that the damage done to the time stream may have resulted in their future being erased from the timeline, the final fate of the future Soundwave is unknown.


First Appearance: The Transformers (1984) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Angry Birds Transformers (2014)
Mars Attacks: The Transformers (2013)
Star Trek vs. Transformers (2018)
Tales from the Beast Wars Transformers: Reaching the Omega Point (2000)
TFcon Exclusive (2010)
The Official Transformers Generation 2 Annual (1994)
The Transformers (1984)
The Transformers (UK) (1984)
The Transformers Classics UK (2011)
The Transformers Comics Magazine (1987)
The Transformers Special (1985)
The Transformers Universe (1986)
The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014)
The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation (2017)
The Transformers: A Message From Outer Space (1985)
The Transformers: Battle for Cybertron (1984)
The Transformers: Battle for Earth (1985)
The Transformers: Best of UK: Space Pirates (2008)
The Transformers: Bumblebee to the Rescue! (1984)
The Transformers: Car Show Blow Up (1986)
The Transformers: Forest Rescue Mission (1985)
The Transformers: Regeneration One (2012)
The Transformers: Return to Cybertron (1984)
The Transformers: Search for Treasure Under the Sea (1984)
The Transformers: Target: 2006 (2007)
The Transformers: The Animated Movie (2006)
The Transformers: The Autobot Smasher! (1985)
The Transformers: The Autobots' Secret Weapon (1985)
The Transformers: The Battle At Oil Valley (1986)
The Transformers: The Great Car Rally (1984)
The Transformers: The Lost Treasure of Cybertron (1986)
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Transformers (1985)
Transformers Reflection (2014)
Transformers Robot Heroes (2009)
Transformers The Definitive G1 Collection (2016)
Transformers The Fantasy, The fun, The future (2006)
Transformers: Collectors' Club (2005)
Transformers: Deviations (2016)
Transformers: Generation 2 (1993)
Transformers: More than Meets the Eye (2003)
Transformers: The Animated Movie (2007)
Transformers: Timelines (2005)
Transformers/Ghostbusters (2019)
Woman's Day (1937)

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