Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove

Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove

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In other comics news today, with another delay ahead on the IDW scheduling of Transformers comics for next week, we have a new cover reveal for an upcoming issue of the ongoing series Optimus Prime, now at issue #19 and entering the final acts of the penultimate arc before the Unicron event takes place.

The cover is extremely high in spoiler content if you're waiting for the trades to read the story developments, and features four of the major characters currently part of the narrative knot, including Optimus Prime, Arcee and Starscream, all in Kei Zama and John-Paul Bove's haunting artwork. Check it out below via Previews World!

NOTE: The article previously claimed Josh Burcham to be the colourist. We apologise to John Paul Bove for the mistake (this is why **all creators should be credited all the time, for crying out loud**).

"The Falling," Part 4. Onyx Prime's motivations are clear, and his scheme seems unstoppable. Heroes have fallen, and hope dwindles for the survivors. Cybertron's last chance of salvation is in the hands of... well, that would be telling, wouldn't it?


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Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1960163)
Posted by Agent 53 on May 18th, 2018 @ 9:13am CDT
I still bet the mysterious hero that cybertron's salvation depends on is Bee, we know he's coming back and Shockwave's the one who 'Killed' him, so it'd be fitting, especially as his alligned counterpoint got to beat the big bad in vengeance for Killing him.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1960188)
Posted by Randomhero on May 18th, 2018 @ 11:32am CDT
Agent 53 wrote:I still bet the mysterious hero that cybertron's salvation depends on is Bee, we know he's coming back and Shockwave's the one who 'Killed' him, so it'd be fitting, especially as his alligned counterpoint got to beat the big bad in vengeance for Killing him.



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Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1960295)
Posted by Tigertrack on May 18th, 2018 @ 8:44pm CDT
Cover looks amazing. Just never liked Shickwave's ears like that. I know they've been that way for awhile now... I think you're both right, and one of you is wrong. :)
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1960296)
Posted by Randomhero on May 18th, 2018 @ 8:53pm CDT
Tigertrack wrote:Cover looks amazing. Just never liked Shickwave's ears like that. I know they've been that way for awhile now... I think you're both right, and one of you is wrong. :)



Well they’ve only been that way for oh just 13 years. Not too long. I actually really love his bunny ears. They stand out a good way for me
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1960354)
Posted by Tigertrack on May 19th, 2018 @ 5:41am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Tigertrack wrote:Cover looks amazing. Just never liked Shickwave's ears like that. I know they've been that way for awhile now... I think you're both right, and one of you is wrong. :)



Well they’ve only been that way for oh just 13 years. Not too long. I actually really love his bunny ears. They stand out a good way for me


I'm glad . I know I'm probably minority in that. Doesn't really matter to me, I guess I always preferred tha more cropped ear look. Just stood out. I think it's because we've had so many headshot focuses on Shockwave lately, and his body is totally different that it just sticks out more to me now.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961272)
Posted by WreckerJack on May 24th, 2018 @ 12:06am CDT
A few days ago we got to see a cover variant of Optimus Prime #19. Today we bring you a cool preview via iTunes.com. It looks as if Cyberton will be finding a new hope. Time will tell. The release date will be May 31st 2018 from IDW. Until then let us know if you will be picking up this issue.

“The Falling,” Part 4. Onyx Prime’s motivations are clear, and his scheme seems unstoppable. Heroes have fallen, and hope dwindles for the survivors. Cybertron’s last chance of salvation is in the hands of... well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?


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Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961288)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 24th, 2018 @ 2:41am CDT
It's quite interesting to see starscreams take on optimus, it's twisted but actually not far from the truth :lol:
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961336)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on May 24th, 2018 @ 10:01am CDT
Interesting. This point of view hearkens back to the beginnings of IDWverse itself. Wherein Megatron: Origin portrayed the Autobots as the original villains of Cybertron and the -Ations which hammered home the point that there really was no difference between the two factions other than name.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961359)
Posted by o.supreme on May 24th, 2018 @ 11:05am CDT
Well I finally got caught up on this book. At least we now have an explanation of why Onyx is the way he is, and not the kind Benevolent Prime described in the Covenant of Primus. ;) .

Also I'm glad they acknowledged "Nemesis" BWII reference yo! Poor Metrotitan though... :(
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961445)
Posted by Va'al on May 25th, 2018 @ 12:43am CDT
Fellow Seibertronian Sunstar has spotted over on the website Adventures in Poor Taste! the full preview for next week's issue of IDW Publishing's ongoing Transformers comics series Optimus Prime, which we have mirrored below for your viewing convenience!

Optimus Prime #19 features the continuation of Onyx Prime's machinations in The Falling story arc, and features art by Sara Pitre Durocher and Josh Burcham. Take a look, and join us next week for a review.

“The Falling,” Part 4. Onyx Prime’s motivations are clear, and his scheme seems unstoppable. Heroes have fallen, and hope dwindles for the survivors. Cybertron’s last chance of salvation is in the hands of… well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

Bullet points:

Covers include Kei Zama (a), Casey W. Coller (b), Kei Zama (black-and-white, ri-a)

Optimus Prime #19
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Sara Pitre-Durocher
Color by: Josh Burcham
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Release Date: May 30, 2018
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961454)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 25th, 2018 @ 1:36am CDT
He's not wrong like...
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1961497)
Posted by Randomhero on May 25th, 2018 @ 9:04am CDT
I am not afraid to admit I don’t like Sarah’s art. It’s not my taste at all but the coloring really makes it great. Maybe it was just the coloring in Till all are one that really put me off. A lot of bots in one color(elita, obsidian, rattrap, etc) just made me just made me see so many flaws. That being said this looks amazing
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962236)
Posted by Va'al on May 30th, 2018 @ 3:17am CDT
A Singular Choice
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“The Falling,” Part 4. Onyx Prime’s motivations are clear, and his scheme seems unstoppable. Heroes have fallen, and hope dwindles for the survivors. Cybertron’s last chance of salvation is in the hands of… well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

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GEE, I WONDER WHO


Story
After a whole issue of backstory, and after one of shocking revelations, we have an aftermath of an issue that tries dealing with the consequences of it all, while trying to handle the seemingly infinite cast that John Barber has been playing with for a long time now - meaning that not all have the space to get the treatment they entirely deserve, but where we do, the highlights are excellent.

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Big and green, the joke was there all along


The major issue taking place within the story, for me and some of the other staff I consulted with before writing the review, is the unfortunate timing of the solicitations and Unicron FCBD book: they spoil what could've been a fairly well played, if not touching, moment in the pages of this arc, removing some of the subtlety that was attempted since early Till All Are One issues.

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including some of Starscream's traits


That said, seeing Onyx Prime at the height of his threat - notwithstanding his actual identity at this stage; he is indeed still both characters, as they both exist simultaneously in the past and the present - is thrilling, even with the timeline and rhetorical headaches the story itself might be producing. On the other hand, the reveal/truth about the story is still a little.. eh.

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Arcee however is great


Overall, though, and with one more issue to go before the conclusion of this narrative arc, I'm ..strangely not entirely impressed. The build-up in previous issues, including the backstory, exposition filled issue of last month, had felt so much tenser and vibrant than the current unravelling of plot and mythology, and it feels as though too much is happening at the same time for all of it to be actually final or of serious consequence. More on this below.


Art
Sara Pitre Durocher takes over from Kei Zama in this issue, and brings her signature style along to another look at Starscream still hung up on the ending of Till All Are One (for a little while, at least). And after the Ramondelli break last issue, this shift works out really well, even in the stark difference between the heaviness of the lines, and the softer (but clear) direction this month.

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also, the flashbacks are glorious


Of course, the effect is also helped by Josh Burcham, who does some pretty amazing stuff, bringing the darker, muted tones of his regular colouring style on this series to the cleaner, sleeker art style of Pitre Durocher, without losing the continuity with previous issues or watering the art itself down for the sake of visual coherence.

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..I just really wanted to show this panel off


There are several instances in this issue where the font-mastery and balloon placing of letterer Tom B Long ensures that the humour or pacing of the interaction hits its mark, and by several, I mean a lot. Seriously - a lot. And they all land.

Casey Coller continues to perform excellence, with colourist John Paul Bove, as the variant cover that features all the major players (thumbnail). And as we had already seen previously, but you can do so again in our database entry (warning. there be spoilers) here, Kei Zama and Bove also deliver a fantastically creepy Shockwave-centric main cover too.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If my opening statement seemed unfair to the script, it's fair to also say that the focus on the characters that are explored is very well.. focused, and explored. There are some misgivings about Devastator and Starscream's behaviours, and my general feelings about the reveal are still not overly positively thrilled, but I'm enjoying the story moving forward even with those speedbumps.

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Aileron also has some Seriously Good Moments


Still, even with all of that, the issue is stunning to look at, and having now had three different art teams for the past three months is working out surprisingly well - which bodes even better for the increased frequency schedule that is supposed to take place after this month, to arrive at the final conclusion of it all alongside Unicron. I'll still shake my fists at IDW's schedules, though.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962252)
Posted by AlphaBass on May 30th, 2018 @ 7:48am CDT
Came in to see Starscream's figuratively smoldering remains after Shockwave roasted him by calling him a fool.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962264)
Posted by Shot Put on May 30th, 2018 @ 10:08am CDT
I noticed a mistake in the review: there's two more issues in this arc, not one.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962494)
Posted by snavej on May 31st, 2018 @ 3:16pm CDT
So, in issue 18 Shockwave kills Optimus by throwing him off a building. However, during the hunt for Galvatron, Optimus is shown to have very powerful flight capabilities. What the fudge?! :roll:
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962507)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 31st, 2018 @ 4:25pm CDT
snavej wrote:So, in issue 18 Shockwave kills Optimus by throwing him off a building. However, during the hunt for Galvatron, Optimus is shown to have very powerful flight capabilities. What the fudge?! :roll:

In the hunt for Galvatron, Optimus had the time to get a jetpack while Arcee and Cosmos chased and distracted Galvatron and Astrotrain.

In issue 18, Optimus is badly wounded and in enemy hands, with no jetpack. And he was absorbed into a small singularity/black hole, not hitting the ground
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962538)
Posted by Sunstar on May 31st, 2018 @ 8:16pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
snavej wrote:So, in issue 18 Shockwave kills Optimus by throwing him off a building. However, during the hunt for Galvatron, Optimus is shown to have very powerful flight capabilities. What the fudge?! :roll:

In the hunt for Galvatron, Optimus had the time to get a jetpack while Arcee and Cosmos chased and distracted Galvatron and Astrotrain.

In issue 18, Optimus is badly wounded and in enemy hands, with no jetpack. And he was absorbed into a small singularity/black hole, not hitting the ground


And that is HOW it happened.

It was also seen in G1 where the decepticons fell into the magma, they fell and did not take flight. Chances are Oh shit is the first reaction before jumping into flight, a short distance probably is harder to recover from than a long drop. If Starscream fell 40 feet, he might just fall. But if it was 400 after the inital Oh shit, he probably would fire his thrusters and correct himself.

Also, if you are falling head first, and you've got thruster feet -or any downward facing source of thrust, then you are likely to hit the ground faster if you fired them. If you are falling backward - recovery might be harder due to the abnormal perspective (you may not be aware of where the ground is.) falling feet or belly first chances of recovery are likely higher.

Optimus prime fell backward into a singularity (black-hole.) Black holes are said to be able to alter one's experience to time. the closer to the event horizon, the slower things appear from the outside. Being that this is a small singularity, then the effects might be minimal, but possibly enough that elapsed time for prime may not be enough for him to react to fly. Autobots are inherently non fliers, so even if he had a jetpack in subspace, the time it may take to retrieve it would be too long for such a short distance.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962570)
Posted by snavej on June 1st, 2018 @ 6:42am CDT
How is it a 'black hole' when it doesn't consume the entire planet? It's something else, like a portal. The use of the wrong term is just IDW 'bigging itself up'.
Re: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove (1962581)
Posted by Randomhero on June 1st, 2018 @ 10:27am CDT
snavej wrote:How is it a 'black hole' when it doesn't consume the entire planet? It's something else, like a portal. The use of the wrong term is just IDW 'bigging itself up'.



It’s an artificial black hole. It’s not a natural one that doesn’t follow the same physics as a regular black hole.

If megaton can use space bride technology to siphon the dark matter of a black hole to power himself up from his eyes than a small stable black hole can exist on Cybertron.

It’s also a comic book about giant alien robots fighting where prime once opened the matrix and reformatted an entire planet into a primordial state sooooo yeah. Maybe not try to base it too much in reality.

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