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Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook One-shot

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook One-shot

Larry Hama, Tommy Lee Edwards (w) • Kei Zama, Davide Gianfelice (a) • Kei Zama (c)

Recap the explosive year that was with an all-new Dawn Moreno/Snake Eyes adventure from living legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Kei Zama. Backed-up by an original G.I. JOE: ARAH short story by fan-favorite writer Tommy Lee Edwards and artist Davide Gianfelice, this special oversized issue is chock full of extras for old and new G.I. JOE: ARAH fans alike!

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Yearbook One-shot

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 5

Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 5

John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher, Kei Zama, Andrew Griffith, & Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)

End of the Road! The Autobots are faced with multiple threats, one of them a danger not only to Cybertron, but to the whole universe! Trapped between Shockwave’s attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense of what’s left of their world, as Optimus’ colonist soldiers contend with a brutal reality–they have no homes to return to. Plus, Shockwave reveals ancient truths–as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron. Collects the 2018 Annual and issues #22–25, which conclude the series.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-411-4

Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 5

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #25

Transformers: Optimus Prime #25

John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)

END OF THE ROAD! The battle is over. Heroes have fallen. Worlds have died. Now Optimus Prime faces his final ordeal—as past, present, and future collide. Who will stand with him? And when it’s all over, who will carry the mantle of “Prime?”

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #24

Transformers: Optimus Prime #24

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Kei Zama (c)

YOUTH IN REVOLT! As Unicron approaches, Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers take matters into their own hands. With Autobot forces spread thin, will anybody stand in their way? And—more importantly—SHOULD anybody stop them?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)

The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality—they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #22

Transformers: Optimus Prime #22

John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Kei Zama (c)

END OF THE ROAD! Trapped between Shockwave’s attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense of what’s left of their world. Shockwave reveals ancient truths—as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Transformers: Optimus Prime #21

With Transformers: Unicron underway the big question is how the various IDW Publishing Transformer comics will fold in to that event. Optimus is back, and so is Bumblebee, but how? Those questions aren’t answered in that event but in Transformers: Optimus Prime #21 we get a better idea of it all as well as how Shockwave is stopped and what about the Maximals.

Written by John Barber, Transformers: Optimus Prime #21 feels like it wraps some of these up a bit too quickly and the story would have been served better by adding an issue or two more to tell it. The fact the next event has already launched doesn’t help matters and it’s an issue other major comic publishers have run in to.

But, with the issue, Barber packs a lot in to it focusing on the various factions and what Shockwave’s machinations really means. There’s not just his impact on the history, but the belief system of so many. There’s a lot of dots that have been set up for years and this issue, and the arc as a whole, and things feel like they’ve come together.

The art by Kei Zama, Sara Pitre-Durocher, and Livio Ramondelli, color by Josh Burcham, and lettering by Tom B. Long is fantastic as always. The various Transformer comics always look great and this is no exception. There’s some switching in styles for Optimus and Bumblebee and the rest of the comic but it all looks fantastic.

The comic wraps things up but does feel a bit condensed and rushed in some ways. If you’ve been reading the series you’ll be happy, this is not a spot to start for new readers though. Still, for those who have read this series for a long time, it really does feel like a good pay off. The end game is coming and this is a transition for that. Here’s hoping the next big arc goes out with the bang I was expecting for this one.

 Story: John Barber Art: Kei Zama, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Livio Ramondelli
Color: Josh Burcham Letters: Tom B. Long
Story: 7.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #21

Transformers: Optimus Prime #21

John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)

“The Falling,” Part 6. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime make a last, desperate bid to return to the real world as Shockwave teams up with the Autobots! Can Optimus stop what’s coming, or has he played right into the hands of the ultimate destroyer?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #20

Transformers: Optimus Prime #20

John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)

“The Falling,” Part 5. Optimus Prime has faced defeat before and come back… but he’s never seen anything like this. Beyond life, beyond death—only the wisdom of an old friend can save him. Meanwhile, Victorion battles Devastator… and only one will survive.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 3

Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 3

John Barber (w) • Kei Zama, Priscilla Tramontano, Casey Coller (a)

What new future will the Transformers bots face? With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find their missing friend, Jazz. But anti-Cybertronian humans are after him as well, and they’re armed with Cybertronian weapons! Collects Optimus Prime issues #11–14 and the Optimus Prime: First Strike and Transformers: First Strike one-shots.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-270-7

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