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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

Review: Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

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?

Transformers: Optimus Prime #23 could have been an interesting tie-in to the current “Unicron” storyline. Instead of exploring the concept of the end of the world and what you should do, the issue devolves into a typical battle due to misunderstandings. Like the “Unicron” main series, it also has no problem killing characters off, indicating the end is near in multiple ways.

Writer John Barber gives us a pretty typical story of things getting out of hand due to misunderstandings. It all escalates in expected ways and of course there’s that moment of no return. In all of those ways, the comic is pretty lackluster for what’s presented.

What’s interesting though is the exploration of the Cybertronian history and their true nature of destruction. Even though they think they protect, they destroy. It’s a cycle that seems to play out in numerous ways over and over. It’s even manifested in the character Jazz himself. Unfortunately, the protector/destructor duality is spelled out for us. Jazz reminds us multiple times in his dialogue. So, even the interesting aspects stumble in this issue. Add in those who reject Optimus and decide to attack, it all just comes together in a comic that throws a lot into the pot but doesn’t quite make the case for any of it.

The art by Priscilla Tramontano is also a let down. The G.I. Joe characters look a bit too cartoony and their style doesn’t mix well with both their vehicles and the Transformers that surround them. It feels like two different stories mashed together in that way. Tramontano’s style would work really well for a younger reader Transformers/G.I. Joe series, or if the Cybertronians had a similar flow in their style as the humans. The color by Josh Burcham is cool and reminds me of the comics from the 80s that I love so much.

The issue has an interesting idea and set up but never quite lands things. It has to spell things out for the reader or falls into a story that we’ve seen too many times before. As far as a tie-in, this issue falls flat when so many others have been so good. It feels like a wasted opportunity to explore more of the Hasbro universe before things wrap up.

Story: John Barber Art: Priscilla Tramontano
Color: Josh Burcham Letterer: Tom B. Long
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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, 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

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime Annual 2018

Transformers: Optimus Prime Annual 2018

Story: John Barber Art: Priscilla Tramontano, Andrew Griffith
Color: John-Paul Bove, Josh Bircham Letterer: Shawn Lee
Editor: David Mariotte

THUNDERCRACKER IN: STARSCREAM: THE MOVIE! The good news: somebody finally gave Thundercracker money to make a film. The bad news: it’s Starscream, and he wants a biographical picture to win over the people of Earth. Will Thundercracker stand by his principles or… well, no, he makes the movie.

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 2

Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 2

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence, Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Alex Milne (c)

Rodimus and his Autobot crew continue their adventure as they chase the starship Lost Light—and its mutinous new captain! A witty, smart, emotional take on fan-favorite Transformers characters in a sci-fi world unlike any other! Collects issues #7–12.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-148-9

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime Vol. 2

Transformers: Optimus Prime Vol. 2

(W) John Barber (A) Casey W. Coller, Kei Zama, Livio Ramondelli (A/CA) Priscilla Tramontano
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $19.99

Explore the aftermath of Optimus Prime and his Autobots stopping an alien invasion of Earth. Diving into stories of war, peace, loss, regret, and redemption, this volume of Optimus Prime gives readers dramatic Transformers stories that spotlight the Autobots’ present and past struggles while setting the stage for future surprises! Collects Transformers: Optimus Prime issues #7-10 and the Transformers Annual 2017.

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #9

Transformers: Lost Light #9

James Roberts (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)

All sides converge on Troja Major as the race to unlock the secrets of a unique Cybertronian reaches its desperate, violent conclusion. As old secrets are revealed, Nautica must pay the ultimate price—by resorting to the ultimate currency.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #7

Transformers: Optimus Prime #7

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

With the Junkion invasion resolved peacefully, Optimus Prime takes a moment to plan the Autobot’s next move on Earth.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers Annual 2017

Transformers Annual 2017

John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)

GHOST STORIES! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron—only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra’s origin—before she was part of Victorion—is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past—the first time he met Bumblebee!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

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