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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Epiclepsy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:09 pm

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I'm looking forward to reading this. The art does look a bit... meh, though, but I mainly read it for the story, rather than the art.

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Stormrider » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:35 pm

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Has there been any talks of combining this book with Autocracy as one volume?
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Va'al » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:07 am

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It looks as though the Spotlight series will continue (Thundercracker, Megatron and Bumblebee so far) so they might collect it as a Spotlight TPB instead.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Down_Shift » Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:30 am

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So is primes body bigger or smaller then before? After a conversation with a friend we are both confused. His old body was his War For Cybertron body, yes?
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Va'al » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:07 am

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Down_Shift wrote:So is primes body bigger or smaller then before? After a conversation with a friend we are both confused. His old body was his War For Cybertron body, yes?


Well, this story takes place after Megatron: Origins and before Autocracy, both set in the IDW continuity.
As far as I know, War for Cybertron is a different continuity altogether, which includes the videogames, novels, toys and tv shows (Prime and Rescue Bots).

This note from TfWiki explains the 'body' issue better than I could:
Orion Pax previously appeared with the new body he receives in this story in Spotlight: Blurr, published four years prior to this issue. A continuity error arose nearly three years later when Pax appeared in author James Roberts's "Chaos Theory", set earlier than Spotlight: Blurr, with an entirely different body that was not hugely different from his Cybertronian Optimus Prime form as seen in 2006's Stormbringer. This story, taking place between the two, patches that hole, explaining how Pax switching from his "Chaos Theory" body to his Spotlight: Blurr body, and notes his intent to switch back in the near future.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Down_Shift » Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:12 am

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Va'al wrote:
Down_Shift wrote:So is primes body bigger or smaller then before? After a conversation with a friend we are both confused. His old body was his War For Cybertron body, yes?


Well, this story takes place after Megatron: Origins and before Autocracy, both set in the IDW continuity.
As far as I know, War for Cybertron is a different continuity altogether, which includes the videogames, novels, toys and tv shows (Prime and Rescue Bots).

This note from TfWiki explains the 'body' issue better than I could:
Orion Pax previously appeared with the new body he receives in this story in Spotlight: Blurr, published four years prior to this issue. A continuity error arose nearly three years later when Pax appeared in author James Roberts's "Chaos Theory", set earlier than Spotlight: Blurr, with an entirely different body that was not hugely different from his Cybertronian Optimus Prime form as seen in 2006's Stormbringer. This story, taking place between the two, patches that hole, explaining how Pax switching from his "Chaos Theory" body to his Spotlight: Blurr body, and notes his intent to switch back in the near future.


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Retrospective Reviews - Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Va'al » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:33 pm

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Plan B
(Spoiler free-ish)


With this week's Spotlight: Hoist release, the Spotlight series seems to have concluded as far as we know. So we decided to go back and make sure all the issues have been reviewed! Read the Megatron and Trailcutter ones, and come back later this week for Thundercracker and Bumblebee.

And now, starting from the beginning – Spotlight: Orion Pax!

Synopsis

BEFORE OPTIMUS PRIME—there was Orion Pax! Four million years ago, the future leader of the AUTOBOTS disappeared into the Cybertronian wilderness to save a friend. What happened next would take him to the very brink—and have startling repercussions on the current comics!


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I'm on a ..shuttle



Story

This story takes place before the events of Autocracy. This story is written by James Roberts. This story is about Orion Pax trying out a new body before being upgraded to the Matrix-holding one. This story starts with Orion Pax tied to a shuttle. This story is actually quite cool.

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He does look weird without a faceplate


We are reintroduced to Zeta (sorry, Zeta Prime), Rung shows up for the first time before the war, and there a bunch of other interesting cameos scattered around the issue. Roberts writes in some interesting action, and fairly nice twist, and we get to look at

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Alpha Trion, you so cool


While Orion Pax definitely gets some character development, including some referential jokes to his ordinary look in the franchise, the other big element of this one-shot is undoubtedly Alpha Trion, with his know-it-all-been-there-done-that attitude. And there's the hint at Metroplex and the Metrotitan plot from the Annuals, almost shoehorned in.

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How subtle can you be with a city?


The story sets up nicely the rest of this iteration of the Spotlight series, and is a nice one-off featuring Orion Pax and some of the major players later in the war. But it does feel as if something is missing. Roberts' Alpha Trion almost makes up for it though.

Art

Steve Kurth is on pencils, Juan Castro on inks, and they do a fairly decent job of portraying a younger Cybertronian environment and cast. Zeta has just upgraded to his Autocracy body, we're introduced to a couple of old friends, and Alpha Trion is the big name here, and boy does he look good.

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He even turns into the Batmobile! With a cape!


J. Aburtov and Graphikslava provide the colours to the issue, and I have to say, I like them! They're quite lightly saturated, and give a somewhat dusty feel to the whole story – which works really well in the desert scenes and the arena, and also fits nicely in this pre-pre-prequel one-shot. Lighting is handled really well too, and Shawne Lee does some nice work in the soundword department, especially with aerial scenes.

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See? Within the lines


There are a couple of issues with some of the action scenes, but they can be overlooked quite easily, as at least we can tell what is going on. The colours are nice, and Orion does look weird without the face-plate... but then, that's the whole point.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

It's a fairly decent issue, with some good Roberts humour, some nice characterisation for Orion Pax, and it helps set up the coming issues and the plotline running through them. The action scenes are nice, and the events are well tied in with pre-existing continuity.

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Thundercracker, you're next


The only problems this encounters is that the main plot is not the actual plot, but the conswequences of the twist feel a bit forced at times. All in all, though, a decent return to the Spotlight series, and a nice move to focus on Orion Pax after The Death of Optimus Prime. Next, please.

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Mindmaster » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:27 pm

Motto: "For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!"
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Seeing Orion with the trailer makes me secretly hope that some third party company makes it for the upcoming Deluxe figure...
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Manterax Prime » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:54 pm

Motto: "You honestly believed that The Leige Maximo was Prima's other half? How foolish of you!"
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I hope Hasbro gives us a deluxe Alpha Trion.

And Wheeljack.... "Mouths are very "in" at the moment. I'm thinking of getting one myself..." says the guy who never got a mouth.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Mindmaster » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:09 pm

Motto: "For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!"
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Manterax Prime wrote:I hope Hasbro gives us a deluxe Alpha Trion.


Or-or-or maybe... a Voyager. =P~
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Va'al » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:11 pm

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Manterax Prime wrote:And Wheeljack.... "Mouths are very "in" at the moment. I'm thinking of getting one myself..." says the guy who never got a mouth.


I enjoyed all the pokes at the new house-style of IDW, especially that one. :D
There's another really good one coming up in Spotlight:Hoist which is just brilliant, especially after the events of RID 16.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Manterax Prime » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:50 pm

Motto: "You honestly believed that The Leige Maximo was Prima's other half? How foolish of you!"
Weapon: Dark Saber Sword
Mindmaster wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I hope Hasbro gives us a deluxe Alpha Trion.


Or-or-or maybe... a Voyager. =P~


And it turns into the purple Tumbler!
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Mindmaster » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:52 pm

Motto: "For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!"
Weapon: Dark Saber Sword
Manterax Prime wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I hope Hasbro gives us a deluxe Alpha Trion.


Or-or-or maybe... a Voyager. =P~


And it turns into the purple Tumbler!


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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Postby Manterax Prime » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:00 pm

Motto: "You honestly believed that The Leige Maximo was Prima's other half? How foolish of you!"
Weapon: Dark Saber Sword
Mindmaster wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
Manterax Prime wrote:I hope Hasbro gives us a deluxe Alpha Trion.


Or-or-or maybe... a Voyager. =P~


And it turns into the purple Tumbler!


:BOOM:


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