Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie

Friday, February 23rd, 2018 4:22PM CST

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The final preview, for now, for a comic out next Wednesday with IDW Publishing is the Optimus Prime annual, which picks up the story with Thundercracker (and Buster) as we follow his steps through the making of his first movie - all about currently-ex-ruler of Cybertron Starscream! Read on below from ComicCrusaders, and join in the discussion waiting for next week's review and discussion here on Seibertron.com!

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.

Optimus Prime Annual 2018
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)

FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movi
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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1941941)
Posted by WreckerJack on February 23rd, 2018 @ 4:32pm CST
Ugh I keep saying I need to start reading this comic in addition to the others I read.

Goodbye money, hello books!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1941948)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 23rd, 2018 @ 4:49pm CST
I love Thundercracker's face in that last panel, and I can't wait to see how the movie will turn out, it's got a razzie with its name on it...which knowing how Thundercracker's mind works he'll think it's an achievement.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1941999)
Posted by Sunstar on February 23rd, 2018 @ 8:49pm CST
I am looking forward to this. :3
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942036)
Posted by KVO Prime on February 24th, 2018 @ 1:37am CST
LMAO Thundercracker's face! :lol:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942085)
Posted by Chibi Starscream on February 24th, 2018 @ 7:40am CST
MrBlack wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Thundercracker is that a Starbucks cup?


Robots with Coffee is now canon.


It's probably called Starscream's Coffee! Lmao. There's plenty of fan art of it too.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942101)
Posted by YoungPrime on February 24th, 2018 @ 9:53am CST
Chibi Starscream wrote:
MrBlack wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Thundercracker is that a Starbucks cup?


Robots with Coffee is now canon.


It's probably called Starscream's Coffee! Lmao. There's plenty of fan art of it too.


Bot's have been drinking can's and Juice boxes of Energon with Kremzek's face on it for millions of years now.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942121)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 24th, 2018 @ 12:35pm CST
Ah man, this is Thundercracker's "don't dream it, be it" moment! Honestly I'm really looking forward to this annual. One last story for El Presidente Starscream, I think it's gonna be great.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942191)
Posted by Sunstar on February 24th, 2018 @ 5:42pm CST
Chibi Starscream wrote:
MrBlack wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Thundercracker is that a Starbucks cup?


Robots with Coffee is now canon.


It's probably called Starscream's Coffee! Lmao. There's plenty of fan art of it too.


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This? :P
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942193)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 24th, 2018 @ 5:57pm CST
Sunstar wrote:
Chibi Starscream wrote:
MrBlack wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Thundercracker is that a Starbucks cup?


Robots with Coffee is now canon.


It's probably called Starscream's Coffee! Lmao. There's plenty of fan art of it too.


Image
This? :P


In Japan, we actually GOT Starscream with our coffee, like a boss.

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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942197)
Posted by Sunstar on February 24th, 2018 @ 6:14pm CST
primalxconvoy wrote:
Sunstar wrote:
Chibi Starscream wrote:
MrBlack wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Thundercracker is that a Starbucks cup?


Robots with Coffee is now canon.


It's probably called Starscream's Coffee! Lmao. There's plenty of fan art of it too.


Image
This? :P


In Japan, we actually GOT Starscream with our coffee, like a boss.

2885961937_877492a772_o.jpg


PicsArt_1519516494425.jpg


I have those. Image
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942198)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 24th, 2018 @ 6:17pm CST
Me, too. It was a great day, being able to walk into my local convenience store and get breakfast AND TFs, all week-long...

Ah, happy memories.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942217)
Posted by Sunstar on February 24th, 2018 @ 7:09pm CST
I never drank that coffee, is it any good?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942243)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 24th, 2018 @ 9:58pm CST
Sunstar wrote:I never drank that coffee, is it any good?


Didn't you get the coffee in the cans?

As for taste, it's just regular, canned coffee, with a bit of milk and sugar.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942246)
Posted by Sunstar on February 24th, 2018 @ 10:10pm CST
primalxconvoy wrote:
Sunstar wrote:I never drank that coffee, is it any good?


Didn't you get the coffee in the cans?

As for taste, it's just regular, canned coffee, with a bit of milk and sugar.


I did, but I left it intact.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942251)
Posted by primalxconvoy on February 24th, 2018 @ 10:21pm CST
Sunstar wrote:
primalxconvoy wrote:
Sunstar wrote:I never drank that coffee, is it any good?


Didn't you get the coffee in the cans?

As for taste, it's just regular, canned coffee, with a bit of milk and sugar.


I did, but I left it intact.



Why? They're not special cans, and you can always get more coffee that's in basically identical cans anytime!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942278)
Posted by Sunstar on February 24th, 2018 @ 11:42pm CST
I'm in canada and we don't get this sort of thing.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942885)
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2018 @ 3:26pm CST
Velvet Thunder
(Spoiler free-ish)


NOTE: The Annual is out on Wednesday, but to avoid discussion about it clashing too much with the other Optimus Prime comic book also out this week, this review is published before the release of the book. There are no spoilers insofar as we were able to keep them in check.

Synopsis
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.

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His FACE


Story

Annuals are a strange thing, in comics series, arriving as they do from outside the narrative, but still usually relevant to the main strands of stories told in the main series they refer to. In Till All Are One's case, we saw it actually being a conclusion; in Optimus Prime, we see a long-frame of rounding out and rounding up some moments regarding Starscream (in deferred time) and Thundercracker himself.

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our noble hero


And the result is something that truly excels at highlighting the troubled past of the Seekers and the Decepticon ranks and faction, through the focus of the former's leader Starscream, and the lens of Thundercracker - and it does so injecting some actually surprisingly serious, resonating moments in an apparently light-hearted framing.

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what humour


The story, then, takes place across a number of moments that follow Starscream's rise to power and later fall (hence my reference to the TAAO annual above), as Thundercracker starts the work and only concludes it much, much later. Barber's script, as I will say in the other Optimus Prime comic review this week, is a mine of delights for anyone with any interest in Transformers lore, and choc-full of cameos and references.

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you're gonna need a bigger bot!


And that is something that Barber is very good at, leaning onto it in full force for a lot of beats in the issue. Using the framing of Thundercracker to give us a story about Starscream was good. Very good. It then turns to Thundercracker again, almost suddenly, and it gets perhaps even better, reminding us of how powerful he actually can be, and what his background is.


Art

The general framework of the light-heartedness of the script suits Priscilla Tramontano's art style perfectly, and John-Paul Bove's colours just help it that little more, keeping in line with the likes of MTMTE #57 in Titans Return, and the general silliness-but-not-really of Thundercracker's emotive side, even just as we open the issue on the title page. It's just.. fun.

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niiiiiiice


An unexpected - though entirely by my own fault - surprise comes in the small parts in which regular Thundercracker artist (from xRID and Transformers days) Andrew Griffith was brought in, with colours by Josh Burcham, to round out some flashbacks and cutscenes. And paired with Tramontano, and the framing of the narrative devices, it just works. Beautifully so.

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Seekers: Origin


As for the joyous touches added by the lettering, we see Shawn Lee feature back in, and having probably as much fun as the rest of the creative team on this, with some particularly fun parts in Buster's various noises, and the sound effects that manifest in various forms throughout.

We've seen both of the covers available for the issue, and both are viewable in our database entryhere, but I chose the Andrew Griffith / Josh Perez for the points made above: having him show one of his old 'creations' was a lovely touch.

Thoughts
WARNING: this may contain spoilers

A script that takes itself nowhere too seriously, with art that combines the more significant beats with the overall joyful, gleeful fun that the team clearly had while working on this project, with a spotlight on some of the lesser seen moments of Decepticon and Cybertronian history, and a bot-load of character work worthy of the best bottle episodes out there. You really should pick this annual up, with one caveat...

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me, humbly, with this review


...Barber's strengths may also be the hurdle to new readers coming to see Thundercracker doing fun movie fanfic things and being more influenced by humanity than Decepticonism. The references, the interviews, the cameos - they may not work for a newer Transformers fan (but which also speak to readers of Revolutionaries, GI Joe, xRID, and more). At the same time, they do not, in any way, detract from the overall enjoyment of the story, as those very same references also branch out to wider points, such as commentary on fandom, and popular media in general, references to specific franchises, and more. I repeat myself: pick this up.


. :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: out of :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942969)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on February 27th, 2018 @ 9:23pm CST
Where in continuity does this issue for?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942972)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on February 27th, 2018 @ 9:37pm CST
Targetmaster Kup wrote:Where in continuity does this issue for?

It appears to take place between Optimus Prime #14 and #15, before the TAAO Annual.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - Thundercracker in Starscream: The Movie (1942993)
Posted by Va'al on February 28th, 2018 @ 12:57am CST
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Targetmaster Kup wrote:Where in continuity does this issue for?

It appears to take place between Optimus Prime #14 and #15, before the TAAO Annual.


I think it's also after, as we have Starscream in his rise to power commissioning the movie, and after his confession in the TAAO annual (he has the hologram of his 'good' self) towards the end of the movie's production. :-?

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