Review: Transformers: Optimus Prime #11

With Optimus Prime embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find one of their own-before anti-Cybertronian humans get to him first!

With war raging on Cybertron, the Transformers on Earth are cut off and their leader Optimus is away. Transformers: Optimus #11 allows us to focus on some of the other Transformers who don’t get much of a focus. It’s a great issue in that way. And what the issue does really well is that it brings out the various personalities allowing the characters to clash as they figure out what they should do with a void in leadership. There’s emotion here as many of the members let out their opinions without filters.

But what John Barber does that’s impressive is he uses the issue to question Oprimus Prime and the Transformers leadership itself. Through the varied characters focused on we get a cross section of opinions about Optimus and even the concept of the Primes. It’s an interesting read the lays things out as far as the various beliefs that are held and also the conflict between them. All of this is done in a simple story that’s all about searching for a missing Autobot.

The art by Kei Zama is solid. As usual, the Transformers look great that matches the solid read. In this issue there’s diverse settings, characters, it just shifts a lot. Zama is able to deliver it all so that it all looks great and consistent. No matter if it’s a small Mexican town or a high tech facility, it all works well and even the high tech guns in the hands of humans don’t look out of place.

A great issue that’ll get you to think about the Primes and the role of Optimus. All of that’s done without Optimus present. The comic is engaging and shows that IDW’s line of Transformers comics are more than meets the eye.

Story: John Barber Art: Kei Zama
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review