IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 11:34AM CDT

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Rise of the C Team
A Seibertron.com review of IDW Optimus Prime #11


Synposis

With Optimus Prime embroiled in the FIRST STRIKE event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find one of their own—before anti-Cybertronian humans get to him first!


Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review
Me when Slide talks


Story

Arriving a smidgen late, we finally catch back up with the Optimus Prime cast who are on Earth, while the title character has been involved with the First Strike event, which is shown to kick off this issue to our characters.

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Words of Wisdom


And overall, we definitely had some good content to the issue. I appreciated the way things were handled leading up to the first explosion on Cybertron and then the loss of communications, with appropriate reactions from everyone present on Earth. I also liked the way we got the small colonists team to assemble and head off, and this group provides us with some great insights into the current Optimus Prime and how he is perceived.

The in-fighting of the group has some interesting moments that I appreciated, with Slide still holding a massive grudge, Aileron showing the signs that she no longer believes in the Prime, and the other colonists starting to question themselves and everything happening as well. Considering everything that has happened in this book so far, and with the IDW world concerning Earth as a whole, I feel everything here is real, believable, and overall provides some great tension to the book, enough so to keep interest in the book and to keep a good pace going. A lot happened in the book, with First Strike, Earth and Cybertron reactions, the C team, and the Jazz and Cybertronian weapons storylines. There was a lot of material tied together with appropriate character tension and a very good pace.

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These gals, I tell ya


One final note to the story: the cameos are brilliant in this story. I loved that we got both positive, negative, and neutral perspectives from so many characters in this story. And the character choices were pretty great too. Dirge finally showing back up, Serena Bharwaney after all this time, some more Jimmy Pink (wonder when he and Verity will meet again? No reason why they shouldn't), the Action Man program, and many others. 3 pages were dedicated to interviews/cameos, and they contributed to the story without holding it down and while still provided us with some great catch up moments for some of these characters.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review
Bumblebee mini-series, still impacting the world today


Art

Now while the story side of the issue was pretty great, the art is where this issue gets some points deducted. The story made things fairly good to follow, but the art was hard to follow. There were 4 artists who worked on this issue, with Sara Pitre-Durocher handling the majority, covering the first 8 pages. Fico Ossio, the artist of Revolution, covered 5 pages, while regular series artist Kei Zama covered 3 pages and artist Paolo Villanelli covered 4 pages.

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Musical Artists


While all 4 are very capable artists, the differences in styles were really jarring for the issue, and at times confusing. The first 8 pages under Pitre-Durocher were really well handled, with everything fitting in right, well drawn characters, and good expressions. the 3 pages featuring the interviews were done by Zama, and those 3 pages were covered very well too. I enjoy Zama's art, especially with Burcham doing the coloring, and those pages really shined. And those 8 pages of continuity and the 3 pages of interviews were the only real smooth part of the art, and it didn't help that the interview pages were all separated by several pages.

Ossio did his best, but I am still not a fan of his art with the Transformers style, especially with the faces. Slide especially seems to suffer in this department, which is unfortunate considering her major role in the story. It also did not help that Ossio's art was broken up by a Zama page. Villanelli did his level best, and he got off a little better considering his art was for the last 4 pages, but his style was a good bit different from Ossio's, who immediately preceded him. His art also felt a bit plain, with very sort of flat and featureless expressions and styles for his Autobots.

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A whole new kind of Rollout


Throughout the whole issue, Josh Burcham provided colors, and he did his level best to keep things running smoothly. I've always been a fan of Burcham's work, and the fact that his colors work with 4 quite different artistic styles and still look good are a testament to his abilities.

Tom B. Long once more tackles the lettering, and once again we are not disappointed. He does a great job with the different speech tones and speech positioning, making sure never to block any potentially important part of the art and letting us really enjoy it while keeping the speech space to a minimum.

Final Thoughts

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A common sight nowadays


This issue of Optimus Prime was overall a good experience. While it wasn't the best issue to write home about, it set the groundwork for the First Strike crossover (already underway), it set up a good story about the colonists and their relation with Prime, and it got a lot accomplished making sure everything First Strike related was ready. There was a lot happening, yet the issue was not overcrowded or rushed. Pacing was perfect. The real thing holding the issue back was the combination of artists and the differing styles making visuals a bit harder to follow, but coloring managed to mitigate that as best it could.

In conclusion: pretty good story with some interesting character directions set and some great interactions between characters of all races and factions. I am excited to see how this arc continues with Jazz, the colonists, and Prime.

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Credit(s): IDW
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Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1915948)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on October 11th, 2017 @ 12:33pm CDT
I love how they established a living descendant to John Henry from Hearts of Steel. Hope he isn't just a one-off character.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1915950)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 11th, 2017 @ 12:36pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:I love how they established a living descendant to John Henry from Hearts of Steel. Hope he isn't just a one-off character.

i liked that too. Had to throw that in there after Hearts of Steel became canon
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1915991)
Posted by Randomhero on October 11th, 2017 @ 4:20pm CDT
I’m getting really burned about with slide. It’s just becoming a broken record. Just leave. Go back to your colony and just start over. Instead it’s “I don’t believe in the Prime anymore and I just want to walk around and complain and remind everyone I can’t transform even though I have complete ability to change modes or even have my spark and brain transferred to another body that can give me my own mode. Megatron is on his 4th body in this universe. Same as starscream What? I’m not suppose to talk about the ability to change forms or even convert bodies at any point to car or tank or jet or boat or even a memeory stick because it conflicts with the ridiculous functionism back story James Roberts created? Okay... I’ll jusy keep complaining in every issue until there’s some resolution...”
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916096)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 12th, 2017 @ 11:26am CDT
I actually feel some similar thoughts. Slide is a great big sore thumb in the story, she's getting on level with Anode for characters the just piss me off
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916111)
Posted by ScottyP on October 12th, 2017 @ 11:52am CDT
I've seen complaining here and elsewhere about the characterization of the colonists so far in this book, and I think some impatience is happening. They've barely been around until this issue and this is the surface of breaking them out of their one dimensional starting point as religious zealots. Give it time!

As for Aileron, I need to go find an image. Bbl.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916132)
Posted by Randomhero on October 12th, 2017 @ 12:45pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:I've seen complaining here and elsewhere about the characterization of the colonists so far in this book, and I think some impatience is happening. They've barely been around until this issue and this is the surface of breaking them out of their one dimensional starting point as religious zealots. Give it time!

As for Aileron, I need to go find an image. Bbl.




Slide has been complaining and singing the same song since issue 6. It just comes down to "if you don't believe in why you're here anymore than why are you here?" That's the question to ask. This isn't like pyra manga who shares the same ideas toward Optimus, she's there because she wants the matrix.


She gets ticked they they bury Oiler on New Cybertron but doesn't stop them. Sideswipe was taken back to Cybertron to be buried or whatever they do with their dead and yet Oiler is buried on earth and she just complains about it
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916139)
Posted by Va'al on October 12th, 2017 @ 12:59pm CDT
But Slide has every right about feeling torn apart by her disillusion.

As Scotty says, this is the beginning of their actual development since that disillusion happened, and I feel that the complaints (from Slide, not about him) were the bookmark from Barber to come back to the point once he had the space to write more about them without involving the entire Hasbro Universe.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916162)
Posted by Randomhero on October 12th, 2017 @ 3:10pm CDT
Va'al wrote:But Slide has every right about feeling torn apart by her disillusion.

As Scotty says, this is the beginning of their actual development since that disillusion happened, and I feel that the complaints (from Slide, not about him) were the bookmark from Barber to come back to the point once he had the space to write more about them without involving the entire Hasbro Universe.



True but this also isn't the first time in johns book where people stand around and complain about someone's views and leadership -COUGH METALHAWK-COUGH BUMBLEBEE-COUGH-

For me it's just the first year of RID again withthe nails standing around complaining.

For a better way of handling people doubting Optimus would have been Slide actually leaving and breaking up the colonist autobots. She Yoko Onos the group and seeing one of their own lose complete faith and abandon their cause. For me that's more compelling because like i said I don't know why she is still there other than to be a negative Nancy
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916393)
Posted by RacerCheetor on October 14th, 2017 @ 5:13am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:




Gimlet & Bump??
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1916419)
Posted by Kurona on October 14th, 2017 @ 8:54am CDT
RacerCheetor wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:




Gimlet & Bump??

Yup! They're part of the little rag-tag group of characters that make up the colonists; being fairly obscure characters from all corners of the franchise. You've got Gimlet and Bump - like you said - from Japanese BW, Rail Racer from RiD, Slide (and previously Oiler) from the G1 Micromaster Combiners, and Roulette from 2003's OTFCC (essentially the Botcon of back then).
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917541)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 19th, 2017 @ 7:08pm CDT
We now have a short preview of IDW Optimus Prime via iTunes. We have posted the preview below so that you can read it too. A quick thanks to our very own Soundwave902 for pointing this out to us. It is currently up for pre-orders with an expected release on November 1, 2017.

[quote]Description
With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, the Autobots track down their missing friend, Jazz—and find themselves under fire from humans armed with Cybertronian weapons![/quote]

If you are a fan of TF comics and live in the UK, James Roberts and Jack Lawrence will be doing an autograph signing!







Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917542)
Posted by Randomhero on October 19th, 2017 @ 7:59pm CDT
I love Kai's art but it's good see Andrew back drawing these characters again. You can really tell taking some time off has improved his art. He's an artist that gets better and better over one.

It's funny to see slugslingers little titan master arms on the side of his head. He's not a Titan master obviously but it's funny to see
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917544)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on October 19th, 2017 @ 8:15pm CDT
"i hope Cybertron is ok"
d'awwwwwwww Buzzsaw.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917546)
Posted by President-prime on October 19th, 2017 @ 8:34pm CDT
I really have no need for those pretender shall. Why bring them back. Didn't sell late eighties, won't sell now. The bra/front backpack looks stupid. Why would I even display my toys like that. I normally don't care. But think this design choice was poor. I remembered back in 2003, some guy brought in all the prentenders in perfect conditions to sell to me. Remembered didn't even want to shell out $100 for all of them. No scratches no discoloration. Blah!
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917547)
Posted by President-prime on October 19th, 2017 @ 8:35pm CDT
Sorry I think I pressed the wrong thread
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917548)
Posted by Twitchythe3rd on October 19th, 2017 @ 8:47pm CDT
Good to see the running gag of Laserbeak and Buzzsaw's commentary is back.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917581)
Posted by Kurona on October 20th, 2017 @ 5:07am CDT
"Master of Targets". Hah! Cute.

I honestly think this is my favourite TF book now. Though I might be biased since we're back to the Decepticon Colony; one of my favourite parts of the OP side of things -- and especially that we're there with Thundercracker and Cosmos, who I love with all my heart :x
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1917586)
Posted by Randomhero on October 20th, 2017 @ 7:02am CDT
Kurona wrote:"Master of Targets". Hah! Cute.

I honestly think this is my favourite TF book now. Though I might be biased since we're back to the Decepticon Colony; one of my favourite parts of the OP side of things -- and especially that we're there with Thundercracker and Cosmos, who I love with all my heart :x




I very much agree. I enjoy the situations in OP but even I'm starting to feel it's getting stale and while I don't want the war to return I want to see more Decepticons than Soundwave especially if we're not gonna get a scene of Optimus apologizing for full blown blackmailing him. THAT NEEDS YO HAPPEN! They're friends now and Soundwave is without announcing it his second in command.

Plus I'm still waiting for Galvatrons return. His head is still somewhere and I still don't believe he was ever alive. He came out of the Dead Universe and could always survive out of it and theres never been any indications that he came back fully alive so I think he'll be back.
Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1918809)
Posted by Va'al on October 29th, 2017 @ 3:28am CDT
Courtesy of Amazon.com, we have a date and an idea of what will be contained in the third volume of the ongoing Transformers comic book series Optimus Prime, from IDW Publishing! Not only will it run during issues 11 to 14, but will also include the First Strike tie-ins to do with the Transformers themselves, i.e. the two-parter in Optimus Prime and Transformers. Check out more info on this book release next July, and the Lafuente cover below!

[quote]New threats emerge, both on Cybertron and Earth, as the saga of Optimus Prime and the Autobots continues. What new future will the Transformers face?

With Optimus Prime trapped on Cybertron, embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find their missing friend, Jazz. But anti-Cybertronian humans are after him as well, and they're armed with Cybertronian weapons!

Then, in the wake of First Strike, Optimus ventures into the wilderness of Cybertron to search for the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years! And, as if that's not enough to deal with, he soon finds himself facing off with the Dinobots, whose newest member is two miles tall and eats cities!

Collects Transformers: Optimus Prime issues #11-14 and the Optimus Prime: First Strike and Transformers: First Strike one-shots.[/quote]

Re: IDW Optimus Prime #11 Review (1918958)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 30th, 2017 @ 10:07am CDT
I'm wondering why they used that cover for the TPB. It doesn't really look connected to the IDW-verse
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