Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 7:42AM CDT

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We finally have the full previews for this week's comics from IDW Publishing featuring Transformers, and we're headed for a number of endings - starting with Optimus Prime #20 below! Check it all out, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub as we prepare our review for the release date this new comic book day.

Optimus Prime #20—Cover A: Kei Zama
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

Optimus Prime #20—Cover B: Casey W. Coller
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The return of Bumblebee!
One shall rise, one shall fall, but who will destroy them all?
B&W variant cover by Kei Zama!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20
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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1969965)
Posted by budmaloney on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:11am CDT
I just realized the resemblence of the eye in the Beast Wars game cover

Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1969969)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:30am CDT
So bee has been living the other side of a singularity since crystal city, wonder how he repaired him self.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1969972)
Posted by Randomhero on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:39am CDT
budmaloney wrote:I just realized the resemblence of the eye in the Beast Wars game cover




It’s the giant eye ship Galvatron owned from the Japanese Beast Wars cartoon.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970011)
Posted by -Crossfire- on July 10th, 2018 @ 9:55am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:So bee has been living the other side of a singularity since crystal city, wonder how he repaired him self.


My working theory since "Ghost Stories" is that Bee was resurrected by Ore-14 just before Metalhawk burned the ores out in Dark Cybertron, but didn't "wake up" until he was in the singularity. Note that Bee's death is almost exactly the same as when Shockwave "killed" Dreadwing, so his revival might've also taken some time. Might also explain why Crystal City is in ruins but not completely obliterated.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970192)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 10th, 2018 @ 7:05pm CDT
-Crossfire- wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:So bee has been living the other side of a singularity since crystal city, wonder how he repaired him self.


My working theory since "Ghost Stories" is that Bee was resurrected by Ore-14 just before Metalhawk burned the ores out in Dark Cybertron, but didn't "wake up" until he was in the singularity. Note that Bee's death is almost exactly the same as when Shockwave "killed" Dreadwing, so his revival might've also taken some time. Might also explain why Crystal City is in ruins but not completely obliterated.

That actually makes sense, thanks :-)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970266)
Posted by Va'al on July 11th, 2018 @ 3:50am CDT

...and falling...
(Spoiler free-ish)




Synopsis
“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.


MOAR I say



Story
There is something strange happening to this issue, and perhaps affecting the entirety of the arc once the feeling settles in, as we continue with The Falling now on its fifth chapter - and we get to visit the other side of a singular plot point and device that allowed to get this far. Which may or may not work for the readers, especially if you know where we're going with it.


poor sweet boy



John Barber's writing is phenomenal, mind you, and we have a tightly scripted, well paced, focused action and dialogue balance, and he weaves in so many of the plot points we have seen since the very beginning of this narrative universe that I'm surprised editor David Mariotte is keeping track any more (and surviving unscathed).


What guns?



The one character to rise out of it, other than Shockwave's larger-than-the-universe weight, and Bumblebee's newly re-established totally-not-a-ghost-because-scifi presence (and narrative voice this issue), is the titular character himself, perhaps in a finally moment too, is Optimus Prime. Or rather, his guilt and messiah complex (Prime Complex?), enabled by both of the other former two and their words / actions - but for a presence that I'm still not entirely on board to accept.


Jetfire burn



As for corollary stories within the core thread of the issue, there's a lot to be appreciated, in both the flashbacks and the present day cameos and references in Liege Maximo's army of Maximals (yup), and including Armada Cyclonus, Space Case, Noisemaze/Sideways, and the covered Optimus Primal and Megatron once more. Plus, of course, Devastator and Victorion punching each other into the next issue.


Art

There is little praise I haven't yet heaped upon Kei Zama, so there is not too much more I can add here - though perhaps her ink-heavy style can make some of the more busy scenes a little too busy in some points (see some flashbacks, for example, below) - but the recognisable designs from across the franchise in her hands are something just *Italian chef hand kissing gesture* - and Casey Coller finishing off a later sequence is surprisingly well blended in


Arcee, being the best as always



..which of course is only complemented and complimented by Josh Burcham's still incredible palettes and hues according to the different tonal aspects of the scenes taking place: from a colder fight to a more passionate one, to a dark flashback via a 'rational' exposition, he pieces it all together, and both styles, beautifully.


So how do you become this good at art?



As for the lettering, and the established choice of narrative frame and captioning that Barber does for his stories, Tom 'Kyle' Long delivers the goods once more, in a mostly silent and subtle (bar Arcee's brutally accurate fighting style) series of action sequences and shots.

It's good to see some more Coller on the covers too, with JP Bove on colours, for a Bumblebee centric Optimus Thirteenth Prime take on the cast of the story (see thumbnail) - and of course the Beast Wars homage from Zama and Burcham is still pretty sweet, too. Check them both out in our database!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The Falling is an arc that brings down a lot of the narratives that have been established since the beginning of Robots in Disguise, then Transformers, then Optimus Prime, even though some of its seeds were planted all the way back in Spotlight: Shockwave, resurfaced in Dark Cybertron, and only now come to full bloom with Onyx Prime stomping around on everything that had been built - while I am still a little concerned at the ramifications of that, it is still doing so in such a way that makes me want to see more.


mmmhm



And by seeing more, I put the emphasis on the visual, given how the art team on the book has been sensational and a wild ride from start to finish (not there yet, but I can presume), I cannot wait to see what Shockwave actually has in store (despite my reservations about his and Bumblebee's presence) and what deal will lead Optimus to come to terms with his own lineage and darkness - all in time for Unicron #1.

. :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: out of :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL:

Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970269)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 11th, 2018 @ 3:59am CDT
Arcee killed thunderhoof...that was a bit mean.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970309)
Posted by ScottyP on July 11th, 2018 @ 8:47am CDT
Remember when Dark Cybertron started to look in retrospect like a work of genius that gave Shockwave and Bumblebee significant, satisfying endings? That sure was a good time last December when I re-read it. Now that's kinda been undone :/
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970341)
Posted by Big Grim on July 11th, 2018 @ 9:58am CDT
Another enjoyable enough issue but the treatment of the “Maximals” leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, both here and in Unicron 1.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970425)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 11th, 2018 @ 6:09pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:Remember when Dark Cybertron started to look in retrospect like a work of genius that gave Shockwave and Bumblebee significant, satisfying endings? That sure was a good time last December when I re-read it. Now that's kinda been undone :/

Now see, I agree with this, but I am also conflicted. Bee should stay dead in my opinion, nice to have him back, but his end was meaningful. Same as Shockwaves.

But with everything set up for Shockwave, almost everything works for him and I really dig the story he set up. Everything astronomical about his plans and about what happened mainly involving him worked. And him coming back was the shock of the entire IDW run. that said, he did have a great ending in Dark Cybertron. so him here again is a little at odds. But still, I think it was 90%+ great
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970492)
Posted by ausbot on July 11th, 2018 @ 11:53pm CDT
God I hate this Arcee, I cannot wait for the reboot.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970500)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 2:05am CDT
You don't like that she's a monster of a warrior?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970505)
Posted by Coptur on July 12th, 2018 @ 2:56am CDT
ausbot wrote:God I hate this Arcee, I cannot wait for the reboot.


couldn't agree more.

I'd prefer a new company to take on the Transformers IDW have had their chance
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970525)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 7:41am CDT
Coptur wrote:
ausbot wrote:God I hate this Arcee, I cannot wait for the reboot.


couldn't agree more.

I'd prefer a new company to take on the Transformers IDW have had their chance

That's not how licensing works, as long as idw pay money and hasbro are happy with the represention and their orders are followed (like which toys to promote) then idw will keep going.

I really don't see the problem with arcee, it's far better than what we had in g1 in my opinion, only one better would prime arcee. If you don't like her origin them mauve take it up with Furman ;-)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970530)
Posted by Coptur on July 12th, 2018 @ 8:31am CDT
i know. i would just like fresh team and company to have a shot.

I don't like that she's near indestructible and unbeatable.

I did actually have a jovial chat about it with Simon a couple years ago at TFNation lol.

the origin is what it is (i didn't like it but lived with it) overall i did like that spotlight issue.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970541)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 9:24am CDT
Well they are having fresh writers handling this so no one knows what the tone is going to be.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970547)
Posted by Va'al on July 12th, 2018 @ 10:09am CDT
Out next week with IDW Publishing is the second issue this month from the ongoing Transformers comics series Optimus Prime – which brings us to the conclusion of The Falling story arc, and the start of the lead-in / parallel track to the Unicron mini-series. Check out the brief preview from IDW below, featuring Livio Ramondelli art, and join the discussion!

[quote]“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?
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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970560)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 11:04am CDT
Ah I'm not the biggest fan of this art style but I'm willing to over look it
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970574)
Posted by ScottyP on July 12th, 2018 @ 12:09pm CDT
The mood delivered on some of those flashback panels is great!

This said, I know the mantra "every issue is someone's first" but tbh, with this five away from the end after 13 years of IDW's continuity, I hope that gets totally ignored after this arc. Just lay it on, folks can catch up if they need to.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #20 (1970629)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on July 12th, 2018 @ 3:41pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:The mood delivered on some of those flashback panels is great!

This said, I know the mantra "every issue is someone's first" but tbh, with this five away from the end after 13 years of IDW's continuity, I hope that gets totally ignored after this arc. Just lay it on, folks can catch up if they need to.


Yeah, if you’re not caught up at this point its a lost cause. We’re neck deep in lore and built up plots, how’s the time for things to be story heavy. It doesn’t take that long to figure stuff out if you start from DoOP.
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