Introducing the hitherto unseen (IE totally made up) G1 Decepticon known as... STORMCRY! And thus confirming that, for the purpose of this comic, the 80's Transformers and Hulk cartoons take place in the same world.
Originally, this was going to be a familiar face. I thought about maybe making the Hanger 18 Transformer Grimlock, because....are you serious? Who wouldn't want to see the Hulk fight Grimlock? But I was thinking about that character's comic book backstory rather than the one from the cartoon. In the show, Grimlock, along with the other Dinobots, was built by Wheeljack and Ratchet, so he couldn't be there in a secret bunker in 1982. In fact, even if I were to use the comic book continuity there would have been problems, because there in 1982 all the Dinobots are still buried in an ancient tarpit! And obviously all the other G1's are still in the Ark or on Cybertron too.
I could have perhaps used a character from the second wave of Transformers-- in season 2 of the show, all these new characters pop up and it's never really explained where they've come from. I guess it would be natural to assume that they are reinforcements from Cybertron, but there's space to suggest that any one of them might have been on Earth all along. After all, the Insecticons and Jetfire arrived separately from the others--why not one more? There's even a G1 Transformer called Red Alert who also just so happened to be one of my favorites as a child.
This lead to other problems, however. Firstly, the title 'Red Alert' was never intended to be a red herring. It refers to the presence of the Red She-Hulk and also a general sense of crisis-- it's not really a Transformers story, however tempting it would be to make it so. The second problem is one I can't discuss without spoiling the story!
So, long story short-- I decided to go down the infinitely more fun route of creating my own Transformer. I haven't really created anything with this comic-- virtually everything you see and every character in it belongs to someone else. Being able to bring my own toys to the party was a really exciting idea!