Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham

Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 4:46am CDT

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In new news from IDW Publishing, we have the clean art (instead of the logo and details version) of another cover from the ongoing Transformers series Optimus Prime's 14th issue (due in December), by Kei Zama and Josh Burcham. And if you're a spoopy lover, you will probably appreciate this take on Bludgeon and his synthoplasmic outer shell face. Check it out below!

On Cybertron, Optimus Prime battles the Dinobots over the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years! But does he stand a chance when the Dinobots’ newest member is two miles tall and eats cities?


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Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1914611)
Posted by Big Grim on October 5th, 2017 @ 5:37am CDT
Man, that is gorgeous!
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1914680)
Posted by ScottyP on October 5th, 2017 @ 11:54am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:They can't sideline The Greatest Hero of Them All.
Springer's already been sidelined for a year+ ;)
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1914981)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 6th, 2017 @ 10:50am CDT
That is an awesome cover!! I've been waiting to see what they would do with Bludgeon and Slag after the Dinobot trilogy
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1914995)
Posted by ScottyP on October 6th, 2017 @ 11:59am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:That is an awesome cover!! I've been waiting to see what they would do with Bludgeon and Slag after the Dinobot trilogy
I've been waiting to see what they'll do with Bludgeon since Stormbringer :rimshot:
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915201)
Posted by Va'al on October 7th, 2017 @ 12:18pm CDT
And finally, the last preview from IDW Publishing sees the latest Optimus Prime issue, which actually takes place during the First Strike event in the Hasbro Universe - check it out below and head back here after Wednesday for the Seibertron.com review!

Optimus Prime #11
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre Durocher, Fico Ossio, Paolo Villanelli, Kei Zama (a & c)
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!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
While First Strike blows up Cybertron, the Autobots must keep the peace on Earth!
Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!


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Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915240)
Posted by Randomhero on October 7th, 2017 @ 4:52pm CDT
Am I the only one super confused by the art credits? This first couple pages look like Alex Milne(the humans especially) and later it looks like Zama’s stile of humans.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915252)
Posted by Deadput on October 7th, 2017 @ 6:22pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:Am I the only one super confused by the art credits? This first couple pages look like Alex Milne(the humans especially) and later it looks like Zama’s stile of humans.


God damn it I did not notice this until you said it now it's bugging the hell outta me.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915284)
Posted by Randomhero on October 8th, 2017 @ 12:14am CDT
Deadput wrote:
Randomhero wrote:Am I the only one super confused by the art credits? This first couple pages look like Alex Milne(the humans especially) and later it looks like Zama’s style of humans.


God damn it I did not notice this until you said it now it's bugging the hell outta me.



Maybe it’s just the inks and colors but it doesn’t look like Sara’s art at all. Those faces just scream Alex Milne especially the noses and eyes. Even the proportions don’t look like her style.

It’s just throwing me off so much. I’m not saying it’s not her but it’s apples and oranges compared to Till All Are one. I know she hasn’t drawn humans in IDW but those also look like Alex and like Zama’s styles

Gotta be the inks and coloring. Especially unlike TAAO transformers who are all pretty much one color. Sorry but I don’t understand why everyone is pretty much one color except Starscream and Windblade. For the love of god make Elita, chroma, circuit and obsidian more than just one blob of color.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915290)
Posted by Deadput on October 8th, 2017 @ 1:21am CDT
These inconsistencies are a part of why I consider comics to be inferior to shows animated or live action.

I prefer an actual book as well since the constant art shifts are annoying it's like if a cartoon changed styles every few episodes.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915331)
Posted by Randomhero on October 8th, 2017 @ 10:24am CDT
Deadput wrote:These inconsistencies are a part of why I consider comics to be inferior to shows animated or live action.

I prefer an actual book as well since the constant art shifts are annoying it's like if a cartoon changed styles every few episodes.



Well that’s actually most cartoons. For transformers G1 had three different studios drawing episodes. 2001 RID and animated and Armada did as well.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915452)
Posted by ScottyP on October 9th, 2017 @ 10:16am CDT
There are a great deal of line artists on this one. I'd presume something unplanned happened and they had to pivot and get pages done through various last minute arrangements. This will be the first issue of OP to not come out during its scheduled release month and that could be why as well. Just speculating though. The book has been leaning on the style Zama and Burcham put together, but it seems to be getting harder for them to schedule Zama far enough in advance.

Again, just noting some complete, probably nonsense speculation. I'd prefer a little more consistency as well.
Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915922)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 11th, 2017 @ 11:33am CDT
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!


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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.

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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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Re: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1915950)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal 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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (1916096)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal 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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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: Main Cover Art for IDW Optimus Prime #14 by Kei Zama / Josh Burcham (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

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