Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 12:23PM CDT

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Synopsis
THE RETURN OF GALVATRON THE BARBARIAN! Optimus Prime meets with Alpha Trion, the ancient sage, who reveals a tale of Cybertron's earliest days, when the original Thirteen Primes united the world. But even then, the warrior known as Galvatron was a wild card... shaping the future in unexpected ways.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
That's a Prime Cameo


Story

It's been a while since Galvatron died, pretty much for good, in this IDW continuity - so it only makes sense that we'd be going into a flashback involving him to gather some more information about the shape of the universe as we currently know it, before stories became lore, and before lore became fully-fledged belief. So here we are.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
Deep or Burn?


The Primes from the Aligned continuity have been making their way into this side of Transformers fiction, between Till All Are One and references to them in previous xRID and The Transformers series - but this issue brings them all back together for the first time - before they're even considered to be what we know them to be, and in a way that John Barber finds that is actually really delicious.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
plus general slaughter


The framing of the story - told by Alpha Trion to the current three Prime or, let's face it, equivalents (Starscream and Pyra Magna) - also may look like nothing major in terms of plot, but we do get some follow-up to last issue's emotional resolve, and finally the lead-in to First Strike (see our review here and here!). And it also allows for some extra sassy Alpha Trion and Starscream.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
so there's that


Galvatron, in fact, is not the most prominent of the characters in the book, thought clearly at the centre of most of the action here - if you take it as a way in to what is happening around both him and his brother seen in the preview - but trust me, there is a lot to be enjoyed in barbarian style if that's what you're going for in the issue.


Art

The art duties are split between current day setting - in which regular Kei Zama and Josh Burcham team take the lead, and doing some really nice work on characters we haven't seen in a while, but also giving us a very nice Starscream in the mix. The staging of the frame does everything it needs too, especially in tone.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
And just more old(er) dude beardface


Whereas the olden days of pre-Thirteen Primes Cybertron are entirely in the hands of recurring artist Livio Ramondelli, whose grainier style of colouring on his own lineart is actually extremely fitting to the landscapes that surround the cast of the 'flashback'. His takes on the Primes are also very intriguing visually, though I'm still not utterly convinced on all the designs.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
Alchemist drinks. A lot.


Tom B. Long is on letters for both the sections, though the most fun is had in the central part of the book, between battles and the now trademark wider scope for him to use lettering within Ramondelli's art almost as part of the art layer itself. As for the various covers for the issue, most of which we have already seen, they can be found here - and enjoy the Andrew Griffith / Josh Perez used in the thumbnail of this story, too.

Thoughts
may contain minor spoilers

As someone who works with stories and has taught writing and has had a fascination with myth-to-fact/fact-to-myth narratives, Barber's approach to this issue is really intriguing to see play out - and using the still not entirely trustworthy Alpha Trion as the vessel for it all is probably the best choice that could've been made - along with having specifically Optimus, Pyra Magna and Starscream as his audience.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike
probably the most important panel of the whole iss-- hey Talisman


For the readers, on the other hand, that may be more interested in the Galvatron style of stories we've seen in previous sections with the purple maniac so far, there is also plenty of that (visually and narratively): action, beheadings, struggle, precarious balances and long-reaching plans are not being shied away for the sake of story. A shame, perhaps, that it ends directly into First Strike.


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Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907537)
Posted by Randomhero on August 30th, 2017 @ 12:34pm CDT
Great review Va'al! Really didn't like this issue! Lol

This is a first for me because I have always been more of a fan of John and RID/TF/OP than the other books but man I really didnt't like this one. It felt like it could have been a 2 parter or even an arc like Shadow Play and instead it felt like an recap of a story arc that was already told. Just wasn't a fan.i liked the Beast Wars Megatron and Optimus primal cameos though.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907543)
Posted by Va'al on August 30th, 2017 @ 12:42pm CDT
It can definitely feel compressed, I'll agree with you on that - but I felt that having Trion being basically in the dark about everything Onyx was doing was a nice, different way of addressing his character in general (reversal of roles if you will).

But the compression also leans on Trion's characterisation so far, as well as perhaps being a bit too fast due to First Strike arriving. So all in all, they really did the best they could create for this story with this timeframe, I think!



(As a sidenote, I got some interesting Rat Queens: Braga echoes in the story too, with Arcee.)
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907565)
Posted by ScottyP on August 30th, 2017 @ 1:30pm CDT
If anything, I'm glad this cemented (sort-of) the lineage of some of these figures. Do I have this right? Going off the top of my head, may not.

[list=1]
  • Primus and Unicron at the beginning[/*:m]
  • Primus splits off parts of himself that become The Guiding Hand[/*:m]
  • The first Titans, being Meteoplex, Chela, and Metrotitan, serve TGH in Primus' fight against Unicron (departure from Aligned alert!) Knights of Cybertron may or may not be around at this point.[/*:m]
  • KoC leave with the Titans.[/*:m]
  • The Thirteen come later, with currently unknown origins. Eventually they have their War of the Primes.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron kills Nexus Prime, and the other surviving Primes flee (except for A3), eventually starting collonies somehow.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron and Nova usher in the Golden Age.[/*:m]
  • Ark 1 departs, Crystal City disappears,
    Nominus comes to power.[/*:m]
  • Clampdown and Sentinel and Towards Peace and Megatron stuff, Zeta Prime eventually,
    then Autobot/Decepticon war.[/*:m][/list:o]
  • Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907567)
    Posted by Va'al on August 30th, 2017 @ 1:37pm CDT
    ScottyP wrote:If anything, I'm glad this cemented (sort-of) the lineage of some of these figures. Do I have this right? Going off the top of my head, may not.

    [list=1]
  • Primus and Unicron at the beginning[/*:m]
  • Primus splits off parts of himself that become The Guiding Hand[/*:m]
  • The first Titans, being Meteoplex, Chela, and Metrotitan, serve TGH in Primus' fight against Unicron (departure from Aligned alert!) Knights of Cybertron may or may not be around at this point.[/*:m]
  • KoC leave with the Titans.[/*:m]
  • The Thirteen come later, with currently unknown origins. Eventually they have their War of the Primes.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron kills Nexus Prime, and the other surviving Primes flee (except for A3), eventually starting collonies somehow.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron and Nova usher in the Golden Age.[/*:m]
  • Ark 1 departs, Crystal City disappears,
    Nominus comes to power.[/*:m]
  • Clampdown and Sentinel and Towards Peace and Megatron stuff, Zeta Prime eventually,
    then Autobot/Decepticon war.[/*:m][/list:o]


  • That does look fairly right, but I'm now wondering what A3 is up to at the end of the flashback in this issue, what he goes do with Metrotitan or Metroplex, or heck, even Chela, and if that's all that happens.

    Vigilem should also appear at some point in there!
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907576)
    Posted by Randomhero on August 30th, 2017 @ 2:09pm CDT
    First thing I said while this when Onyx showed up was "yeah that looks nothing like the cover"

    I said earlier I think Josh just colored him how he wanted or may have thought Onyx on the cover was Deathsaurus because that's happened before. Plenty of people started saying "what's the connection?!" Here's the connection. nothing.

    People even asked Josh and he said he colored it like how Livio did in the book. Umm...no? onyx is colored dead greenish grey with bronz highlights. Where is he colored like that that cover anywhere? That being said Onyx's body is comepey wrong in the book. Lol
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907585)
    Posted by Randomhero on August 30th, 2017 @ 2:43pm CDT
    There's gotta be more to Galvatron right? I know it's Alpha trion is telling the story but in the actual flashbacks in RID when Galvatron kills the headmasters he threatens to kill Alpha Trion for not knowing him and they were in the first war and were in the same room by the end in this issue! There's gotta be a story about how Galvatron lost some memories or something because he didn't know Alpha Trion when they met up later on and I'm saying now he didn't know Arcee was his sibling. He felt something of a kinship with her but they never obviously had a "oh my god this is my other half from birth!"

    Galvatron is a continuity freak's nightmare. His personality has changed with every writer. Furman wrote him as this noble warrior who felt he was destined for bigger greater things and felt bad about killing. He regretted killing leadfoot when he stole thunderwing and left sideswipe and his team alive. Abbot Lanning and Costa wrote him as this very proud character that knew it was up to him to save the universe and even tried to ally with Optimus to do it. Even cared about humans when zombies attacked in infestation. Then Barber turned him into this blood thirsty barbarian who would kill you for just looking at him. He's nuts! He gives sunbow Galvatron a run for his money in the nut job department.

    Galvatron is literally a bipolar schizophrenic
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907591)
    Posted by Randomhero on August 30th, 2017 @ 2:56pm CDT
    ScottyP wrote:If anything, I'm glad this cemented (sort-of) the lineage of some of these figures. Do I have this right? Going off the top of my head, may not.

    [list=1]
  • Primus and Unicron at the beginning[/*:m]
  • Primus splits off parts of himself that become The Guiding Hand[/*:m]
  • The first Titans, being Meteoplex, Chela, and Metrotitan, serve TGH in Primus' fight against Unicron (departure from Aligned alert!) Knights of Cybertron may or may not be around at this point.[/*:m]
  • KoC leave with the Titans.[/*:m]
  • The Thirteen come later, with currently unknown origins. Eventually they have their War of the Primes.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron kills Nexus Prime, and the other surviving Primes flee (except for A3), eventually starting collonies somehow.[/*:m]
  • Galvatron and Nova usher in the Golden Age.[/*:m]
  • Ark 1 departs, Crystal City disappears,
    Nominus comes to power.[/*:m]
  • Clampdown and Sentinel and Towards Peace and Megatron stuff, Zeta Prime eventually,
    then Autobot/Decepticon war.[/*:m][/list:o]



  • There's nothing in IDW that says the Guiding Hand fought against Unicron. The guiding hand fought Mortilous and that's how they all became what they were. Primus into Vector sigma, solomus the matrix and so on. They never battled unicron so don't count that.

    Honestly i wouldn't even include some of the primus stuff in your timeline. There's different versions and religions in IDW.


    That's like making our own timeline and putting

    Dinosaurs roamed the earth
    dinosaurs then died
    Apes started using tools and evolved into man
    Man creates wheel
    Jesus died for our sins
    Columbus finds America

    One of those raises an eyebrow lol
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907593)
    Posted by Kurona on August 30th, 2017 @ 3:00pm CDT
    Really liked this issue and enjoyed the idea that while the Thirteen are confirmed as real in this verse, the reality about them seemingly doesn't match the myth -- they're almost as clueless about Primus, Guiding Hand, Titans etc. as your average Cybertronian and if they do have anything particularly mythical or special about them, it's not apparent to them themselves.
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1907625)
    Posted by ScottyP on August 30th, 2017 @ 6:20pm CDT
    I enjoyed the Seasaur and Skysaur cameos too. Onyx is the Beast Wars champion collector in us all.

    Randomhero wrote:There's nothing in IDW that says the Guiding Hand fought against Unicron.
    You're right, my bad. Page 14 of Optimus Prime #10 only notes the Titans serving Primus in that war, not The Guiding Hand.
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1908106)
    Posted by Va'al on September 2nd, 2017 @ 6:10am CDT
    Via the official IDW Publishing website, we have an art reveal for the main Kei Zama / Josh Burcham cover for the next issue of ongoing Transformers series Optimus Prime - featuring the cast of Cybertronians not involved in the current First Strike even, led by Aileron! Check it out below, and keep an eye on our feed for more comics news shortly.

    [quote]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!
    [/quote]

    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1908108)
    Posted by Kurona on September 2nd, 2017 @ 6:16am CDT
    I want a toy of Aileron so bad. She's great
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913261)
    Posted by Bounti76 on September 27th, 2017 @ 7:52pm CDT
    Thanks to iTunes, we have a three-page preview of the upcoming eleventh issue of the Optimus Prime ongoing series. While this issue is arriving just a bit late (it leads into First Strike, just within this preview), there's still plenty of Aileron, the colonists, Thundercracker, and Buster(!) to keep you entertained, just in case you're not following First Strike. Due out on October 11th, let us know if you'll be picking this up, and come back to discuss it once it's released and reviewed!

    [quote]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![/quote]





    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913530)
    Posted by Va'al on September 29th, 2017 @ 12:26pm CDT
    From Kei Zama, some GI Joe character designs, used and unused: https://twitter.com/Golby_mkII/status/9 ... 7414355968









    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913673)
    Posted by Va'al on September 30th, 2017 @ 12:53pm CDT
    Courtesy of artist Andrew Griffith's Twitter account, we have a look at his variant cover (Artist Edition) for IDW Publishing's Optimus Prime #14 - which will take place after the events of First Strike, and is due in December 2017- and featuring Trypticon and the Dinobots in their current looks since Maximum Dinobots. Check it out below!

    [quote]OPTIMUS PRIME #14 CVR C ARTIST ED GRIFFITH

    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?

    • Part of IDW’s Artist’s Edition Cover Month!
    • Optimus Prime deals with the fallout of the First Strike event![/quote]

    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913751)
    Posted by Stormshot_Prime on September 30th, 2017 @ 10:34pm CDT
    Trypticon as a Dinobot? Can we please get a TR Trypticon in dinobot colors?
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913757)
    Posted by Randomhero on September 30th, 2017 @ 11:31pm CDT
    Stormshot_Prime wrote:Trypticon as a Dinobot? Can we please get a TR Trypticon in dinobot colors?


    I’m more baffled by Slag on the cover since he’s dead
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913758)
    Posted by Kurona on September 30th, 2017 @ 11:39pm CDT
    Slag? I just see Sludge, Snarl, Strafe and Swoop.
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913894)
    Posted by partholon on October 1st, 2017 @ 4:05pm CDT
    TBH i hope they used the advent of the power of the primes line to redesign the dinobots.

    nicks designs for em just dont work with other artists IMO.

    Particularly swoop who always looks god awfull.

    its the dinobots for gods sake, they should look awesome charging into battle. instead im always left feeling a bit "meh" . thats a bad sign considering theyre my favorite sub group.
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1913989)
    Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 2nd, 2017 @ 10:34am CDT
    I agree, the look the Dinobots have had since RiD/ex-RiD/OP started haven't really worked for me. I want them to get some redesigning
    Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #10 #Transformers #HasbroFirstStrike (1914420)
    Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 2:32am CDT
    Via both IDW Publishing and Previews World, we have variant covers for upcoming issues of the ongoing Transformers series Optimus Prime, namely issue #12 and #13! The talent seen in the art belongs to Andrew Griffith and Joana Lafuente for the former, with Thundercracker and Buster on one and the other sporting a general classics line-up plus Windblade (using those Authentics/evergreen designs, in fact); we find Kei Zama and Josh Burcham on the main cover for #13, with Andrew Griffith taking on a close-up of the Dinobots (as Ramondelli works on interiors, which looks like a continuation of the Dinobot Trilogy story). Check them out below!

    [quote]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.

    Bullet points:
    * While First Strike blows up Cybertron, the Autobots must keep the peace on Earth! [/quote]





    [quote]As the consequences of the First Strike event reverberate, Optimus Prime ventures into the wilderness of Cybertron to search for the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years![/quote]



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