5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

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The end of the current Transformers continuity over at IDW is upon us with its final chapter, Optimus Prime 25, coming out this week. The 5 page preview has been found on adventuresinpoortaste.com.

Of course, since this takes place after the finale of the Unicron mini series you may want to read that before looking below since this may spoil that book.

Optimus Prime #25

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?”

Bullet points:

– Extra-long final issue! Tying together and putting a bow on stories from the past 13 years!
– Ties in to the Unicron event!
– Part of the summer of Transformers–all building up to the end of the universe as we know it!
– Variant cover by Andrew Griffith!

Written by: John Barber
Art by: Kei Zama
Colors by: Casey W. Coller
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Cover A by: Kei Zama
Cover B by: Casey W. Coller
FC • 40 pages • $4.99
Release Date: November 21, 2018

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue

Transformers News: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue
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Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994542)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on November 18th, 2018 @ 8:20pm CST
A ceremony that Thundercracker is involved in? I wonder if it's for a film he's been working on... Or if he's going to be naturalized as the first Cybertronian citizen of the United States :RUBSIGN:
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994551)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 18th, 2018 @ 9:08pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:So..... this Wednesdays issue is it for the current IDWverse, isn't it?

Yep it is.

and I have some thoughts on the end here once his issue comes out, cause there is some stuff I really need to get off my chest about the end
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994565)
Posted by Sunstar on November 18th, 2018 @ 10:01pm CST
I am gonna miss TFcomics after this :/
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994571)
Posted by Flashwave on November 18th, 2018 @ 11:18pm CST
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:So..... this Wednesdays issue is it for the current IDWverse, isn't it?

Yep it is.

and I have some thoughts on the end here once his issue comes out, cause there is some stuff I really need to get off my chest about the end


Tuesday Morning: “IDW release date pushed back a week.”
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994574)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on November 18th, 2018 @ 11:30pm CST
It’s crazy to think, years ago I was just a youngin discovering old Infiltration issues. Me and so many others are devoted to every corner of this universe, it’s character’s, the thought-out lore. Every month we’ve gotten at least one or two issues, so many toys and cartoons have been influenced by this continuity. I feel like most of the fiction we’ll be seeing for a while after this Wednesday will be nothing.

taao
:BOT:
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994578)
Posted by Agent 53 on November 19th, 2018 @ 12:20am CST
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:A ceremony that Thundercracker is involved in? I wonder if it's for a film he's been working on... Or if he's going to be naturalized as the first Cybertronian citizen of the United States :RUBSIGN:

I'm assuming it's either a mass funeral for all who died in the battle with Unicron, or specifically to Optimus.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994584)
Posted by ZeroWolf on November 19th, 2018 @ 2:11am CST
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:So..... this Wednesdays issue is it for the current IDWverse, isn't it?

Yep it is.

and I have some thoughts on the end here once his issue comes out, cause there is some stuff I really need to get off my chest about the end


I look forward to reading your thoughts D Max, I've enjoyed your reviews and I wish Va'al had stuck around a bit longer for me to tell him the same, I mean I could tweet him but it feels like an odd thing to message out of the blue :lol:

My thoughts on the end of this are complicated and I'll have to wait and see what this issue says before I can hope to verbalise them.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994590)
Posted by Sabrewing on November 19th, 2018 @ 4:15am CST
Cute idea, to start with the first fiction ever published on Optimus Prime.

There is so much story potential we'll never get to see.

But then, we may speculate.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994917)
Posted by ScottyP on November 21st, 2018 @ 6:36am CST
The Final Cut!
A Review of Optimus Prime #25

Free of any explicit spoilers, but some may be unintentionally implied.
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'til all are gone?

It all (re)started with "The Death of Optimus Prime". Surprising no one, he wasn't really dead, and not even in a way requiring a true resurrection. The namesake character of this comic series has been defined throughout as both an idea and a character. With the opening pages leading off with the first lines of Bob Budiansky's original Tech Spec for Optimus Prime, you'll immediately recognize that we're starting at the start before we arrive to the end.

Here we are now at the end, with Optimus Prime, 27 (or 24) pages, and one of the longest uninterrupted Transformers stories ever created wrapping up. How did it go? Read on.

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It's too late to emergency separate into the other book!

This is indeed the end with this issue serving as a final exhale, putting a cap on a good deal of unfinished business. More akin to Lost Light #25 than Unicron #6, Optimus Prime #25 provides final flashbacks and final thoughts with all the big, sweeping, intergalactic action wrapped and over. It was important for more than just Optimus Prime himself to get a last tale and that hope is fulfilled. Arcee, Jazz, Aileron, Rum-Maj, and more I won't mention (just in case you haven't caught up to the end of Unicron) at least get a little something this time out and even if a bit short in some cases, these mini-endings all feel appropriate and help take the characters further if not entirely full circle.

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Got to the last issue after all, sort of.

There are flashback scenes dispersed throughout, and the first few of them pay respect to characters wiped out in other Transformers comic series in a fun way that unfortunately did not continue to the end of the book, but this was necessary to carry the issue's story along. It's another way that writer John Barber ensures more characters are around if you need one last goodbye, adding to the emotional weight that ebbs and flows during the course of this installment.

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Entire mini-series of Buzzsaw: Planeteer? Sold.

Somewhat similar to horrible tearjerker/fantastic comic book "The Life of Sideswipe", a sense of melancholy carries from page to page, and while it isn't all depressing or mournful something in the tone of the writing shoots pangs of regret. I can't say that there's regret here for certain, but if there is, good luck figuring out if it's about the series ending, where it ended up, or maybe even how the grand experiment of the shared Hasbro Universe followed course. Either way it's another layer to the depth of the book, which some will find more hopeful than wistful even though that doesn't match the mood I received.

A quick, special note is in order to one scene in particular featuring Aileron, Jetfire, Sunstreaker, Bob, and more of a spacefaring team aboard an Autobot shuttle as it travels the unknown and makes a discovery. Well, at least I think it did, and it was a superbly fun touch.

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Go back to the Shadow

Kei Zama and Josh Burcham finish up this series by handling all the lineart and color work for Optimus Prime #25 and deliver all the striking lines, thick borders, and retro-cool lighting that defines the look of this series. A particularly amazing panel of Ravage (from a flashback scene, sorry!) is shown above that provides a sharp contrast and rich shadows that help tell the story within the story. Tom B. Long's letters further enhance the work, providing emphasis in just the right places to help some scenes comfort while others turn sinister. David Mariotte ensures a coherent package is delivered even with the flashback-to-present-and-back-again hopping and regular shifts in character focus.

This review's newspost thumbnail shows Casey Coller's B Cover for the issue, which I felt was most indicative of the kind of story within. Zama and Burcham (after Simonson) deliver a beautiful cast piece on Cover A, with just about everyone from the Optimus Prime series accounted for. Robots in Disguise helmsman Andrew Griffith takes us back to 2012 on a retailer incentive cover that I hope does not immediately sell out everywhere and quadruple in value like Alex Milne's Lost Light #25 RI cover did. You can find images of all of those covers and full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Optimus Prime #25, but please note it contains a character appearance list which may accidentally deliver spoilers.

Verdict
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Left to read Go-Bots

This was a book with a heavy burden, but as a final epilogue after the climactic battles it still makes it to Cybertron without jettisoning Insecticons worth of weight in the process. A healthy dose of character endings, playful dialogue that snatches the Furmanism away from the jaws of finality, and a ready-built setup for the future help too, even if it won't be realized.

Optimus Prime's epilogue is a very good epilogue because it's exactly that and doesn't try to be something beyond its purpose. Even the well worn trope of the final villain being back for one last go doesn't show up, a pleasant surprise given how easy a setting like Infraspace could have been for such a moment. Enjoy this while you can since we've got a few quiet months ahead of us in the world of Transformers comics, but that's well earned after 13 years of amazing stories.

Once more, to all the creative forces at IDW Publishing that have made this happen since 2005, thank you!

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: and ½
out of
:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

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Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994926)
Posted by Big Grim on November 21st, 2018 @ 8:00am CST
Lookin' forward to reading this after work.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994929)
Posted by ZeroWolf on November 21st, 2018 @ 8:30am CST
A very touching review dmax :) thank you for doing these.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994938)
Posted by o.supreme on November 21st, 2018 @ 9:35am CST
ScottyP wrote:Enjoy this while you can since we've got a few quiet months ahead of us in the world of Transformers comics, but that's well earned after 13 years of amazing stories.


Great Review, I'll take nothing away from it. But to be honest, I think we have more than a few quiet months ahead of us. And I'm going to enjoy the quiet for as long as I can, never thought I'd say that but...

I'm all about longevity. For this run to have lasted 13 years is amazing (see my comments in the Unicron thread), but it took so many twists, turns and re brands, it really did feel like something entirely different every few years. It (for me) went from boring, to really good, then ok, then in the last few years, ironically what fans liked the most, I found myself saying..."This isn't Transformers", but its all over now, and I'm OK with that. I never thought I'd be one of the fans that prefers nothing over something awful, but here we are.

I know as you said, you *enjoyed* the avoidance of the tropes, but to me, a lack of resolution between the crew of LL and the rest of the Transformers feels hollow. I'm not saying they had to contrive a pointless last battle between Optimus and Megatron, but a meeting, considering all they've each gone through would have been interesting.

It just felt like IDW wanted to end things, and all the respective writers were of course saving the Unicron card for the inevitable end, but they didn't get to play it quite the way they wanted to. Still I'm glad at least we got an ending, unlike so many other Transformers continuities. This one, while not being the *best*, at least nobody will be pining for what might have been, or wanting for more, because there is no need for more.

Rest well IDW. You may not have given me what I wanted, but you did so for other fans. Of the classic 3 pronged style of delivery of Transformers (Toys, Comics, and Animation), at least we can say, nobody will be wondering why there has been no Transformers comic in a while.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994961)
Posted by Sunstar on November 21st, 2018 @ 11:51am CST
I bet he is off to haunt Megatron, if I know him. <3
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994965)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on November 21st, 2018 @ 12:20pm CST
I can just see the memes dealing with Starscream discussing footprints in the sand with Bumblebee. We know they're coming.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994969)
Posted by Sunstar on November 21st, 2018 @ 12:27pm CST
Black Bumblebee wrote:I can just see the memes dealing with Starscream discussing footprints in the sand with Bumblebee. We know they're coming.


it ran through my mind. that story is on the wall at my dentist.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1994973)
Posted by william-james88 on November 21st, 2018 @ 1:14pm CST
I have not read this issue yet since i am reading from Optimus Prime from issue 1 and am currently at issue 16.

And boy is it a chore. I started reading Transformers comics with MTMTE and loved it. Lost Light was fine but disjointed and TAAO was good. I also read other issues here and there (like Chaos theory and the stuff I needed to read for Dark Cybertron) and I also read the auotocracy trilogy (that third part was crap), Stormbringer, AHM and the Spotlights. I am writing all this to show what i am comparing to when I saw that Optimus Prime is the most boring Transformers book I ever read.

It picks up at around issue 12 or whatever (with the throttlebots) but man those first 10 or so issues with all the earth delegation stuff bored me out of my mind. Nothing happens. And when it does, its in another book, treating this book like filler. I thought Geoge Lucas made it very clear that in big sci fi stories the last thing you do is talk about delegates and senates and whatever.

Optimus Prime (the book) is nothing I am furious about, not like with All Hail Megatron or Dark Cybertron (which are pretty terrible) its just a chore. Nothing really interesting happens. There is not much of a point to most of it. The best example would be those Hetfire flashbacks which break up the book to no effect in the early issues. A lot of it felt uneccesary. Before reading this book I knew that Jetfire was a decepticon who became an autobot. And what do I know now? That he was a decepticon who became an autobot.

Also, I do not needto be intriduced to every character all the time. The first page has a roll call for that.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1995039)
Posted by budmaloney on November 21st, 2018 @ 10:14pm CST
Now that it's over, I can finally chime in and provide some commentary.Not specifically to this issue but to the IDW run as a whole .

What can I say that hasn't been already said. It was an interesting ride. I've been a follower from the beginning I guess. I think my arrival to the IDW verse was sometime around Spotlight Metroplex. Then I started working my way back to Infiltration, AHM, etc. and continued alongside the regular ongoing which had that unique style of bayverse and g1. Then Death of Optimus, then RID, MTME, LL, OP, and Unicron. All caught up?

Ever since the beginning it was a bumpy ride. There was always this sense of uncertainty. Or lack of a unified feel. And I'm not talking about Revolution unification, god no. I'm talking about a Transformers feel that perhaps Dreamwave delivered a little better. We knew what was going on in general to the Cybertronian race.

In IDW things got close to that Transformers feel, right after DOOP. There was a golden age there, with the prowl saga (which I loved), and then MTME kept it real. The sense that the war was real. Factions like DJD creeped up, Overlord, Worldsweepers. But even MTME started losing ground as it veered off into being more character driven. Not that I'm against character driven stories, but there was a point in MTME that (and someones' got to say it) where it became a proxy to fan fiction. Where stretches of panels just focussed on characterization that went nowhere other than to provide hype to a character. The general themes that I cared about as a reader, were ignored or closed very quickly in favour of that meticulous focus on pairings. It reached a point where the way things were framed, every time two characters were in a shot together, you couldn't differentiate if they were in a relationship or simply talking to each other. That's a problem because, as a reader I was so confused. It's as if there was an entirely side story being told somewhere that everyone seemed to know about and I was like wth is going on.

That's the key thing with the entire IDW run was confusion for me. I tried to push through the confusion because I like the franchise, but even that wasn't easy at times.

They added so many things to the history of Cybertron that didn't always match. The whole Onyx Prime thing. Confusing af. Omega Guardians? or Knights, or 13 primes. Each and every single one of those things turned out to be a fake. Antilla? Who are these people> Freaking visionaries and Prismo was there for a split second. And that period with the Wreckers, how did Prowl survive or get to Earth. And wth Tarantulas? What is going on?....So many times I've wondered what was happening, and I've been investing in this since AHM. I followed the continuity. You could say...:well Bud it's your fault for not connecting the dots properly"...that's fair, but I still would like to share my experience of utter confusion. I simply felt lost over and over again.

As for Revolution. The story was already fragmented. They went and fragmented it even further. Great initiative and 80s combo though.

Then there is Optimus Prime. Not the character but the series. I would like to know, what have I done as a reader to constantly be subject to Slide's constant sulking. Unicron is eating Earth and she is still talking about Optimus.

All that said. There was some great stories, art, and memories. If at any point you felt I was criticizing the people involved, or there abilities, you are mistaken. I'm criticizing the product. A product I paid for regularly. So take it as a customer satisfaction survey. Because lord knows, any semblance of criticism these days is considered a bad thing. I want to write about the good stuff about IDW. But that's what I wrote for now. I'll brush over good stuff so you don't presume I'm being a "hater".

Good stuff:
DJD, MTME, early RID run, bayg1, Autobot Megatron, Crystal City, Killmaster, Whirl, First-aid, Orion pax, Bumblebee leading, Magnus armor design. Starscream as leader of Cybertron, BM Tankor.Six shot as phase 6'er, Prowl, Prowlstator, Thundercracker.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1995055)
Posted by Coptur on November 22nd, 2018 @ 5:12am CST
For me (in hindsight) two of the biggest mistakes that IDW made were making the Autobot regime (pre optimus) bad-guys and then make the Decepticons revolution movement.

Bascially you shouldn't muddy your hero team and justify your villain team.

I was blinded by my love of transformers and didn't think about the above until they made Megatron an Autobot which for me only made that worse.

The Decepticons should always be a power hungry, dictatorship first and foremost with no justification for it only that they're Evil.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1995057)
Posted by ZeroWolf on November 22nd, 2018 @ 5:41am CST
Coptur wrote:For me (in hindsight) two of the biggest mistakes that IDW made were making the Autobot regime (pre optimus) bad-guys and then make the Decepticons revolution movement.

Bascially you shouldn't muddy your hero team and justify your villain team.

I was blinded by my love of transformers and didn't think about the above until they made Megatron an Autobot which for me only made that worse.

The Decepticons should always be a power hungry, dictatorship first and foremost with no justification for it only that they're Evil.


That's all fine and dandy for a kids cartoon toy advertisement, it's different for comics, we need to know what makes them tic. Only certain characters in all of comics history can get away with being evil for evils sake. I mean the joker is the best example I can give, but he only works because of who he is. Do you think Mr Freeze is bad because they gave him humanising elements in the cartoon?

You keep your bad guys static and it'll get old really fast. Look at what Furman did with Scorpknok, would you have been happy if he'd been a Megatron clone? The best thing IDW did was point out that life isn't black and white, that the path to hell is paved with good intentions.

Of course these are my opinions :) I think IDW did a fantastic job on the whole despite missteps like AHM, which I may have tolerated better if they just kept it as what it meant to be. A reboot.
Re: 5 Page Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 25 Final Issue (1995059)
Posted by Coptur on November 22nd, 2018 @ 6:38am CST
@zerowolf

{{That's all fine and dandy for a kids cartoon toy advertisement, it's different for comics, we need to know what makes them tic. Only certain characters in all of comics history can get away with being evil for evils sake. I mean the joker is the best example I can give, but he only works because of who he is. Do you think Mr Freeze is bad because they gave him humanising elements in the cartoon?}}

I understand character depth but Megatron is not and should not be in the same tone as Magneto.

Mr Freeze turned to crime (not the right thing to do) for his own own selfish deeds. Do I feel sorry that he can't have his wife by his side yes! Can I forgive the actions he's taking to achieving his goal never, He was will kill and cause others harm by doing it.

Megatron is not Mr Freeze & Megatron is should not Magneto.

{{You keep your bad guys static and it'll get old really fast. Look at what Furman did with Scorponok, would you have been happy if he'd been a Megatron clone? The best thing IDW did was point out that life isn't black and white, that the path to hell is paved with good intentions.}}

I'm talking Megatron but they're both Decepticons and should share the goal of the Decepticons but their personal routes to obtain the goal can be different.
Life isn't isn't black & white but fictional characters can be and that's the challenge writers should work with for pre-existing characters. By making them a blank slates they stop being the character they were originally created to be. New writers for pre-existing characters should research the source material first.

extract marvels Budiansky bio:
Megatron is a bitter, brutal, thuggish being. He constantly seeks opportunities for conflict and battle.
He has no capacity for love or compassion. Nothing brings him pleasure other than the act of crushing weaker opponents and claiming their possessions as his own. Conquering a single planet will not satiate his desire for conquest. His thirst for battle pushes him to seek out victims throughout the known universe.


{{Of course these are my opinions :) I think IDW did a fantastic job on the whole despite missteps like AHM, which I may have tolerated better if they just kept it as what it meant to be. A reboot.}}

And you're very much welcome to have them, discussion is a good thing :D
For me AHM was reboot that was needed but the timing (at the time) was unfair to Furman.

The transformers should be about a war between good and evil.

The Heroic Autobots vs the Evil Decepticon.
Some people want change for the better and others are simply ****s that want everything and everyone burn first and any that survive will live in terror and fear. Megatron should always be the latter.

I'm thinking about doing a video about this for youtube

I apologise for my dyslexia :shock:

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