Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5

Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 7:24pm CDT

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A Truck in a Funny Blue Hat
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
It’s battleground: Earth once more, as the uneasy peace between Optimus’ forces, the Junkions, and G.I. Joe collapses amidst betrayals and subterfuge. Will Optimus Prime and Pyra Magna be able to put aside their differences—or is war really the only way forward?

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Still a better love story that Twilight


Story

The turbofox excrement hit the ventilator last issue, as you might recall, with Sharkticons pouring out of the Junkion corkscrew ship by the thousands, Pyra and Optimus not entirely seeing eye to eye (and the complications, if you will, seen in the Ghost Stories annual), and the human side of the alliance still being the squishier part of the two - not ideal in most combat situations.

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Shut up Spike


For an issue that is very, very much tense and building up to a potentially even bigger rupture point, John Barber manages to work in a lot - and I mean a lot - of humour: quips, side comments, snide comments, jokes, tension being maaaybe defused by the likes of Wreck-Gar, Cosmos, the captions, even Aileron and some early snark from flashback cameos. Prowl is undoubtedly not amused.

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Prick-a-boo


The narrating voice this issue belongs to Arcee, whose story is still somewhat being developed, and we get to find out more about her attachment to Sideswipe, why she needs him to live, how she might do that, and how her skills will turn in handy in this new fight erupting just over Earth again. The tone, at times, feels a little discordant with the action taking place, I'll admit, but not entirely distracting.

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Arcee you


A number of readers and followers of the story have commented on the ruthlessness of Optimus Prime as seen in the preview, and speculation is running high on why he might be behaving this way after all. There may be more to it in the flashback again, as it develops both his motivations (next to omnipresent Prowl) and, in a very nice parallel track, Soundwave's. More on this below!

Art

Kei Zama returns to the artwork after the one month fill-in, and we get to see even more of her Sharkticons in action, plus the dynamism of the various action sequences in the issue are brought out in their wider framing without losing any of the detail that her style focuses on. Plus her Optimus looks truly menacing, with the broken faceplate and warlord stances.

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point in case


Staying as the staple connector between artists is technicolour wizzzard Josh Burcham, and I still really appreciate the contrasts between flashback and current time, plus the paler palettes used to counteract the heavier inking of Zama's style - Junkions and Sharkticons both continue to look excellent, and battles are even more vicious as a result.

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Where I mention above that the Arcee caption monologue can be jarring, the result is definitely tuned down by the lettering, marking them out as separate, in effect, from the action in the panels they show up; the lettering choices by Tom B. Long make it easy to separate and follow equally. Cover-wise, we have a full TF roster with week with some excellent Casey Coller/JP Bove, Andrew Griffith/Josh Perez and EJ Su pieces to accompany the main Zama/Burcham one. All can be seen in our database entry for the issue, here.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

What started out potentially a just-action-fight-scenes sequence, turned out to be a pretty excellent chapter rushing towards the finale in the next issue, and a highlight for many characters involved in the cast: Arcee gets her moments, though I expect more next time; Jetfire, Aileron, the Colonists get some nice time, Cosmos is thrown about and even Optimus himself has a decent block of character added to him.

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But it is Soundwave that absolutely shines here, and shows his true Decepticon ideological self - echoing some of the best revolutionary discourse, showing his actual political inclinations, deploying the skills that made his so valuable to the purple cause in what could've been a devastating new conflict - and resulting much scarier (if HECK YEAH) in the process. Suck it, Funny Truck.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Credit(s): IDW


This article was last modified on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 11:54pm CDT

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Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868516)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 22nd, 2017 @ 7:34pm CDT
This was an amazing issue and I loved it!

I'm willing to bet that the this flashback scene is where Optimus goes from the awesome good cop of the MTMTE stories to the hardass cop from the Autocracy stories
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868538)
Posted by ScottyP on March 22nd, 2017 @ 8:40pm CDT
I enjoy that the passage from "Towards Peace" used is the same one that Twincast 159 started with. My favorite lines that James has defined from the imaginary work, and Barber's usage here is dead on point and extremely complementary to the character of Soundwave that he's built up.

Cassette Sharkticons, please. Plz.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868539)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 22nd, 2017 @ 8:41pm CDT
Anyone else wondering where Rumble and Frenzy are though? Or is Cosmos the only one who survived
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868563)
Posted by Kurona on March 22nd, 2017 @ 9:18pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Anyone else wondering where Rumble and Frenzy are though? Or is Cosmos the only one who survived

Just another two Season 1/2 crew to chalk up to questionable status!

Rumble & Frenzy - Status unknown
Blitzwing - Status unknown
Dirge - We haven't seen him for years seriously where is he
Astrotrain - Status REALLY unknown what the heck is going on in MASK

Man, along with Shockwave, Thrust, Ramjet and Ravage being dead there's so few left. Megatron, Soundwave, the original 3 Seekers and the bird Cassettes represent.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868575)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 22nd, 2017 @ 9:40pm CDT
I really enjoyed this issue, but.....for the love of Primus.....can we PLEASE be rid of the captioning of every individual in EVERY SINGLE issue?? I realize it may have been for "new" readers to the book, but five issues in, it's now just clutter. Zama's artwork is already fairly heavy and dense, and captioning everyone is really starting to work against it.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1868780)
Posted by ScottyP on March 23rd, 2017 @ 7:11pm CDT
Bounti76 wrote:I really enjoyed this issue, but.....for the love of Primus.....can we PLEASE be rid of the captioning of every individual in EVERY SINGLE issue?? I realize it may have been for "new" readers to the book, but five issues in, it's now just clutter. Zama's artwork is already fairly heavy and dense, and captioning everyone is really starting to work against it.
I still really like it in the Joe book because I'm bad at remembering their names. Also the captions on the captions are quippy and knowing that would irritate Prowl makes it entertaining! But yes, I can understand wanting a little less text bubble too.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870425)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 12:55am CDT
While we have seen two of the variant covers offered for IDW Publishing's Optimus Prime #6, out next month, we now also have another Kei Zama / Josh Burcham piece of art, featuring Skylynx, Optimus and Metrotitan, in clean linework and full colour! Check it out below from Zama's Twitter feed.

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Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870426)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 30th, 2017 @ 1:00am CDT
I'm starting to warm to Zama's art, though it is still a bit heavy looking for my tastes.

Va'al, any chance we'll be getting a TAAO #8 review?
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870431)
Posted by MGrotusque on March 30th, 2017 @ 1:47am CDT
When is a third party gonna make a seriously ripping Sky lynx? This needs to happen.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870432)
Posted by steve2275 on March 30th, 2017 @ 2:03am CDT
pretty cool
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870435)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 2:13am CDT
Bounti76 wrote:I'm starting to warm to Zama's art, though it is still a bit heavy looking for my tastes.

Va'al, any chance we'll be getting a TAAO #8 review?


Yep, it's on its way! I'm just very very very jet lagged and had actual work to attend to first - was drained by time I got home.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870438)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 30th, 2017 @ 2:34am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:I'm starting to warm to Zama's art, though it is still a bit heavy looking for my tastes.

Va'al, any chance we'll be getting a TAAO #8 review?


Yep, it's on its way! I'm just very very very jet lagged and had actual work to attend to first - was drained by time I got home.


Excellent, thanks! ;)^ Just wasn't sure if someone else was going to be guest-reviewing it, as it were.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870454)
Posted by Big Grim on March 30th, 2017 @ 4:56am CDT
I like Zama's art. Very 2000AD in my opinion.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870455)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 5:07am CDT
Big Grim wrote:I like Zama's art. Very 2000AD in my opinion.


Very much so, and in hers too. :D
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870462)
Posted by Big Grim on March 30th, 2017 @ 6:52am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Big Grim wrote:I like Zama's art. Very 2000AD in my opinion.


Very much so, and in hers too. :D

Oh, awesome! She's stated that's an inspiration?
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870466)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 7:12am CDT
Big Grim wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Big Grim wrote:I like Zama's art. Very 2000AD in my opinion.


Very much so, and in hers too. :D

Oh, awesome! She's stated that's an inspiration?


Yes and no - she's made no secret of it!

https://tfnation.com/2017/guests/Kei%20Zama

https://twitter.com/Golby_mkII/status/8 ... 9865713670

https://2000adonline.tumblr.com/post/11 ... Nz2E0f-vOQ
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870467)
Posted by Big Grim on March 30th, 2017 @ 7:22am CDT

Whoa, there's a lot of awesome on display there! Man, I remember loving ABC Warriors back in the day!
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1870476)
Posted by Kurona on March 30th, 2017 @ 8:09am CDT
Va'al wrote:While we have seen two of the variant covers offered for IDW Publishing's Optimus Prime #6, out next month, we now also have another Kei Zama / Josh Burcham piece of art, featuring Skylynx, Optimus and Metrotitan, in clean linework and full colour! Check it out below from Zama's Twitter feed.

See, all this? Didn't need to say it. Completely unnecessary.

All you needed to say was THIS IS F*CKING AWESOME
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1873626)
Posted by Insurgent on April 11th, 2017 @ 5:48am CDT
I love this artwork. I really do. And I like the idea of Prime finally breaking and unintentionally turning into Megatron. It's a new thing for him.


But.... I'm gonna have to drop this series. I've given the first arc a try, and it has some good ideas, but Pyra Magna is just not clicking with me. The tease of Quints was nice, and I thought maybe we were going to get some good stuff with the Junkions, but it's just turned into 'invading robot army wants to destroy the world again.' And I just lost all interest in the Junkions at that point. We could at least have made it the Junkions themselves. Just imagine if a crazed biker gang was sweeping across the planet! But no, it's just hordes of sharkticons. Have we even seen any Junkions outside Wreckgar and Mummyjunk? I forget her name.


But the worst offender is a result of Reevolution. If it was generic soldiers, fine. If it was treated like generic soldiers with GI Joe names, like in G2, fine. But every time I see the GI Joe logo plastered everywehere, it completely takes me out of the story. And it's being driven home that this is GI Joe. I read Transformer comics for Transformer stories. If I wanted to read Joe stories, I would read Joe comics. It's just breaking immersion too much for me to continue with this book. Which is a shame, because I was really looking forward to an ongoing in Zama's style.
Re: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #5 (1873901)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 11th, 2017 @ 11:36pm CDT
iTunes has once again provided us with a sneak peek, this time in the form of IDW Optimus Prime #6. Picking up where #5 left off, we have Arcee battling for the positron core, Rumble and Frenzy have survived, and the big battle appears to be headed to its ending. Oh and GI Joe are there too.

Check it out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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