FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 24
Vortex, fly me - if you dare!"
Vortex always gives you a ride to remember - in your
nightmares! He takes an evil, cackling delight in
trapping Autobots inside him and taking them on a
spinning, dizzying flight of death-defying aerial stunts.
As the Combaticon interrogator, he finds it an extremely
effective - and enjoyable - way of doing his job.
Autobots are easy prey to his techniques: Vortex grabs
them off the ground, lifts them in the air and attempts
to coerce them into divulging secrets. When Vortex is
finished with the Autobots, he lets them plummet to the
ground. A free ride from Vortex is definitely not
worth the price.
In helicopter mode, Vortex can attain a speed of 300 mph.
His range is 1200 miles. He can whirl his rotor blades
fast enough to create wind funnels that spin at speeds of
200-300 mph, powerful enough to lift a locomotive off its
rails. He can suspend himself in the air in almost any
position, which allows him to direct these funnels
anywhere he wants. In robot mode, he uses a
semi-automatic glue gun. It shoots capsules of highly
adhesive liquid that will cement anything it hits to
anything its target touches. Vortex combines with his
fellow Combaticons to form the giant robot "Bruticus."
Although Vortex's wind funnels can be a devastating
weapon, its use reduces his maneuverability and leaves
him vulnerable to attack. It also subjects his rotor
blades to extreme stress and possible metal fatigue and