Shockwave makes a transmission to someone he addresses as "commander" or something like that. I'm about 99% sure.
And about the comment about Vol I having bland characterization, I was referring to Dreamwave's first volume. Marvel's series (for the most part) rocked.
EP (and everyone else), the first issue of the new "Guide to" book, More Than Meets the Eye, hits shelves next week. Hopefully it will fill in some of the gaps.