Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25

Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25

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Initially shown during the IDW Publishing panel that took place at New York Comic Con 2018 this weekend, the cover for the final issue of ongoing Transformers comics series Optimus Prime - which is also the supposed last issue of the entire narrative universe, after Lost Light 25 and Unicron 6 - has been shared by colourist Josh Burcham on his Twitter account.

The art is by main series artist Kei Zama, and features a close up of the titular character, plus what seems to be every single major player in the series, from Pyra Magna and the Torchbearers, to the Constructicons, via Longtooth, Snarl, Trypticon, Aileron and Arcee, Bludgeon, DOC, the human contingent, the Mistress of Fire, Rum-Maj and Wreck-Gar, Sideswipe, Bumblebee, Alpha Trion, and more! Check it out below.


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Transformers News: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25

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Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1988855)
Posted by Va'al on October 12th, 2018 @ 9:48am CDT
ScottyP noticed this on the Amazon listing for the OP TPB volume 4:

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We are a famous now!
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1988872)
Posted by snavej on October 12th, 2018 @ 11:40am CDT
Cover for #25 - Bob the domesticated Insecticon is front and centre! :lol:
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1988899)
Posted by Va'al on October 12th, 2018 @ 3:31pm CDT
As news hits of our very own reviews being scooped up by Amazon listing editorial reviews, we also have actual news for next week's upcoming penultimate issue of ongoing Transformers comics series from IDW Publishing, Optimus Prime #24.

The full preview can be first found on regular outlet source Adventures in Poor Taste! here, and the images are mirrored below with the blurb. Take a look, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub discussion board.

Plus: Trivia time, from ScottyP - In the opening pages, Thundercracker is working on a movie based on the (very good) IDW G.I. Joe: Cobra series by Mike Costa. It's not quite an accurate accounting of events, and this makes it a very, very funny page!

YOUTH IN REVOLT! As Unicron approaches, Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers take matters into their own hands. With Autobot forces spread thin, will anybody stand in their way? And–more importantly–SHOULD anybody stop them?

Bullet points:

– 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!
– The penultimate issue before the conclusion you have to see to believe!
– Black & white variant cover by Kei Zama!


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Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1988977)
Posted by The Lonely Cracker on October 13th, 2018 @ 10:23am CDT
are they . . . trying to make Unicron a character? With feelings and motives?
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1989532)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2018 @ 5:04am CDT
Let It Slide
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
YOUTH IN REVOLT! As Unicron approaches, Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers take matters into their own hands. With Autobot forces spread thin, will anybody stand in their way? And–more importantly–SHOULD anybody stop them?

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that solicit feels more like last issue


Story
We continue, after a fashion, the almost parallel story being told between the Unicron mini-series and the Optimus Prime ongoing, after the latest events in the two series and the splitting up of the stories, as they reconnect in Unicron #5 - the review for which will follow this one, as the story does so in the books. But for OP? Read on below!

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brutal recap


The story, or rather stories, that are taking place in this one issue have seemingly little to do with the opening - very funny - scene with Thundercracker retelling events from the GI Joe books. I say seemingly, as the leitmotif of the TF universe has effectively been 'stories are just stories being told in different ways from different storytellers' - and that leads us into, finally, a conclusion to Slide's grief, anger and legitimate (but dragged out) resentment towards Optimus himself.

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FINALLY


This latter frame, while needed, can create some confusion on the overall book, as the subsequence of multiple perspective flashbacks and present time retelling of the flashbacks, with a shift into the actual present time actions that follow that retelling... Nonetheless, several of the cast members here, and it's an impressively enormous cast by now, get their character moment, even if just one line, one panel, one frame.

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This one's Snarl's


That said, there isn't ..that much happening in the issue overall, though some serious conversations and interactions take place. Which is, again, an odd choice, being so close to the end - with Unicron #5 and #6 continuing this story before we fall into the conclusive issue #25 - and that may not sit well with everyone still along for the final rush to the finish line, despite what good comes from the single moments - such as the final two pages.


Art

On art duties, we find both Andrew Griffith and Sara Pitre Durocher, working more or less in tandem on the different timeframes of the overall story: Griffith has a specific task with Thundercracker, of course, and SPD works particularly well with Jazz and Prowl scenes - but both deliver some excellent panelwork, and the multiple splash pages and spreads are a testimony to their skill, and the synchronicity of their collaboration.

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DOC MISSES BUSTER


Something that Josh Burcham's colouring work only seems to highlight, as on the first read - bar some obvious exceptions, such as the opening scenes - I wasn't entirely sure on which pages were done by which artist, and that is something the colours have been able to do for the entire series, just even more so here. And I am so very impressed.

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Your New Robot Monster Girlfriend


Tom B Long doesn't have an easy job of keeping track of the multiple time and story frames, but the story progresses nicely with his help too - and the captions, the colour coding of the stories being told in them, and their placement, ensure that readers are really on board with who's speaking at what moment, and why that matters. Because it does.

As for covers, you can find all three (admittedly two, given the Kei Zama retailer incentive in black and white lineart) in full size in our Vector Sigma Database entry, and the one found in the thumbnail is the Griffith / Joana Lafuente B Cover, with yet again the leitmotif in plain sight.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead
If you're looking for a big fight against Unicron, or even under Unicron at this stage, last issue is where you want to look for, as the breather - an odd choice of pacing for an ending series, admittedly - is what we find here. And it may not be John Barber's most political issue overall, but it has some of his most poignant reflections on the themes he's explored so far, from leadership, to community, to tyranny and fascism, via personal loss and anger.

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Till All Are ...oh


So even with the odd 'breather' pacing issues, I enjoyed the book - but more so on a second read, and I'm glad it's coming out close enough to Unicron #5 as we'd otherwise have too much space of not much happening in the same storyline across two books. Visually, the last Griffith page is magnificent, SPD's Prowl is brutal, and Stardrive is still as great and sharp as she is (/will be) in Unicron #5, with the full force of Prowl's influence on her after a long stint alone.

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: ½ out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1989601)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 17th, 2018 @ 6:27pm CDT
If I'm being honest, I just want Slide to go away. I've really not enjoyed her character at all, and I find myself grimacing when she's on panel.

I find myself the same way with Stardrive. After how she started, she's a bit too Prowl for me. I like Prowl as he is, but Stardrive as his protege doesn't really work for me.
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1989643)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on October 17th, 2018 @ 11:54pm CDT
Can someone tell me why Prowl still has an injured eye? I mean... come on. Dude's like Rung can get their entire head replaced, and characters tend to get new bodies like folks get new sets of clothes. Why can't someone take a few moments and get him a new eye?

Yeah, I know... issue is about loss and fascism and all that stuff. Depression-rama. Our heroes suck, even when they're trying their best. I hope Oiler just gets squished soon.
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1990692)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on October 24th, 2018 @ 12:43am CDT
Black Bumblebee wrote:Can someone tell me why Prowl still has an injured eye? I mean... come on. Dude's like Rung can get their entire head replaced, and characters tend to get new bodies like folks get new sets of clothes. Why can't someone take a few moments and get him a new eye?

Yeah, I know... issue is about loss and fascism and all that stuff. Depression-rama. Our heroes suck, even when they're trying their best. I hope Oiler just gets squished soon.

Oiler died a while ago. Slide is the one still around.

Also, the reason Prowl still doesn’t have his eye is because he’s supposed to mirror Shockwave at this point. That’s why he has the Vamparc Ribbon and is going off to face Shockwave in Unicron #5.
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1991049)
Posted by ScottyP on October 25th, 2018 @ 6:48pm CDT
Black Bumblebee wrote:Can someone tell me why Prowl still has an injured eye? I mean... come on. Dude's like Rung can get their entire head replaced, and characters tend to get new bodies like folks get new sets of clothes. Why can't someone take a few moments and get him a new eye?
Prowl's just trying to be cool and edgy ;)

And about Rung, well, based on your post you're not caught up on Lost Light are you? There are reasons and I'll leave it at that!
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1994388)
Posted by Ironhidensh on November 17th, 2018 @ 7:42am CST
So..... this Wednesdays issue is it for the current IDWverse, isn't it?
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1994538)
Posted by william-james88 on November 18th, 2018 @ 7:47pm CST
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

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Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (1994565)
Posted by Sunstar on November 18th, 2018 @ 10:01pm CST
I am gonna miss TFcomics after this :/
Re: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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: Kei Zama / Josh Burcham Cover for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #25 (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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