Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

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Snuck in at the back of the digital version of IDW Publishing's Micronauts #7, we have a lengthy preview of the new title brought to us by the Transformers universe in the post Revolution world: Optimus Prime #1! The pages show a bit of a flashback-y reflection from the Autobot leader on his preceding Prime title-bearers, and some commotions on Earth after yet another alien incursion. Check it out!

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841480)
Posted by Kurona on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:35am CST
Quite a lot of surprising cameos here. Don't know what the lot in the last few panels are about - though I know we'll find out for sure in the full issue - but Rosanna in the crowd protesting? That's... certainly surprising. Is she being retconned into being male in IDW, because I'm pretty sure the colonies left waaaaaaay before Orion Pax's time. At the very least ages before the war which takes place just after Zeta's rule ends.

Talking of Zeta, nice to see he's got a slight redesign which... well, it still kind of screams "I'M THE BAD GUY" but not quite as loudly as before.

Also, the monsterbots protesting? The most violent Autobots in existence? Huh. Who woulda thunk it.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841482)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:41am CST
Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841483)
Posted by Kurona on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:43am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841486)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:47am CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001

Also... is Optimus blue and carrying a tanker trailer?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841488)
Posted by Kurona on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:49am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001

Also... is Optimus blue and carrying a tanker trailer?

Pretty sure that's a new guy. I'm kind of getting a G2 Laser Optimus repaint vibe though.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841489)
Posted by Randomhero on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:55am CST
Man that art is good! Really channeling some Geoff Senior and Derek Yaniker from G2 on that and Tappet! Outback! Look at all those cameos!!
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841491)
Posted by Microraptor on November 16th, 2016 @ 11:57am CST
Apparently Roulette has decided to join the party.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841493)
Posted by Randomhero on November 16th, 2016 @ 12:01pm CST
Kurona wrote:Quite a lot of surprising cameos here. Don't know what the lot in the last few panels are about - though I know we'll find out for sure in the full issue - but Rosanna in the crowd protesting? That's... certainly surprising. Is she being retconned into being male in IDW, because I'm pretty sure the colonies left waaaaaaay before Orion Pax's time. At the very least ages before the war which takes place just after Zeta's rule ends.

Talking of Zeta, nice to see he's got a slight redesign which... well, it still kind of screams "I'M THE BAD GUY" but not quite as loudly as before.

Also, the monsterbots protesting? The most violent Autobots in existence? Huh. Who woulda thunk it.



The time frame for the colonies is a bit messy. The knights left like 12 million years ago and Titans left with them supposedly. Then it was said Titans left during the era of the Primes and the Primes left after them supposedly meeting up with their colony Titans on the planets that were chosen to seed. The Prime tribes existed from 12 millions years ago to 9 million years ago and Nova was in charge for 3 millions years after them.

Again, messy
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841501)
Posted by ScottyP on November 16th, 2016 @ 12:33pm CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001

Also... is Optimus blue and carrying a tanker trailer?

Pretty sure that's a new guy. I'm kind of getting a G2 Laser Optimus repaint vibe though.
See the cab and trailer transforming separately in the next panel? That's Oiler and Slide, who'd be Devisens in this universe.

This preview is just freaking amazing BTW. If having to suffer through Revolution made this happen, it was worth it.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841503)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on November 16th, 2016 @ 12:44pm CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001

Also... is Optimus blue and carrying a tanker trailer?

Pretty sure that's a new guy. I'm kind of getting a G2 Laser Optimus repaint vibe though.


The train is Railspike (yes from car robots/rid)
The blue Tanker truck is Oiler and the trailer is his partner Slide. they're Micromaster combiners
the car is Roulette
the bigass lobster is Gimlet
the Armadillo is either Armordillo or Bump kinda hard to tell as he's a very reddish orange.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841511)
Posted by Kurona on November 16th, 2016 @ 1:01pm CST
SG Roadbuster wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Art looks good, though are those some new bots showing up in the end? I don't recognize them

One of them looks like one of the Rail Racer guys from RiD 2001

Also... is Optimus blue and carrying a tanker trailer?

Pretty sure that's a new guy. I'm kind of getting a G2 Laser Optimus repaint vibe though.


The train is Railspike (yes from car robots/rid)
The blue Tanker truck is Oiler and the trailer is his partner Slide. they're Micromaster combiners
the car is Roulette
the bigass lobster is Gimlet
the Armadillo is either Armordillo or Bump kinda hard to tell as he's a very reddish orange.

Well that's just really bloody cool :D
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841554)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 16th, 2016 @ 4:14pm CST
Welp, looks like the colonies were ready for a mass visit to Earth
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1841584)
Posted by ricemazter on November 16th, 2016 @ 7:35pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Kurona wrote:Quite a lot of surprising cameos here. Don't know what the lot in the last few panels are about - though I know we'll find out for sure in the full issue - but Rosanna in the crowd protesting? That's... certainly surprising. Is she being retconned into being male in IDW, because I'm pretty sure the colonies left waaaaaaay before Orion Pax's time. At the very least ages before the war which takes place just after Zeta's rule ends.

Talking of Zeta, nice to see he's got a slight redesign which... well, it still kind of screams "I'M THE BAD GUY" but not quite as loudly as before.

Also, the monsterbots protesting? The most violent Autobots in existence? Huh. Who woulda thunk it.



The time frame for the colonies is a bit messy. The knights left like 12 million years ago and Titans left with them supposedly. Then it was said Titans left during the era of the Primes and the Primes left after them supposedly meeting up with their colony Titans on the planets that were chosen to seed. The Prime tribes existed from 12 millions years ago to 9 million years ago and Nova was in charge for 3 millions years after them.

Again, messy


Messy indeed. That whole bit about the thirteen primes uniting Cybertron doesn't really make sense from my recollection. Didn't the thirteen each have his own tribe of Cybertronians separate from one another? Wasn't there then a civil war between them that ended when Galvatron killed Nexus and all the other thirteen left? Does Optimus even know about that? It's strange, but it seems this series can never decide whether the thirteen were good or bad. Nexus wasn't a great guy, and I think it's implied that Onyx wasn't either given that Galvatron was worried about his return.

According to TF wiki Micronus left with his titan, Prion, implying that took place when the primes' scattered after Nexus' death. They say the same thing for Onyx, but that doesn't explain why he left the beast transformers that followed him behind. I dunno, things are weird.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1845777)
Posted by Va'al on December 6th, 2016 @ 3:36pm CST
Lost Light is not the only new title coming out from IDW Publishing in the next weeks - as John Barber and Kei Zama join forces for the new Optimus Prime ongoing spinning out of Revolution! Previews World has an interview with ex-editor still-writer and continuity master Barber, which you can read in full here, and snippers are copied below. Optimus Prime as statesman and military leader..?

John Barber: Not to give anything away, but as Revolution starts, Optimus is in a fairly antagonistic relationship with ... well, almost everybody. He’s come to Earth and said the whole planet is going to be part of Cybertron’s Council of World, without asking if the people of Earth wanted to be in it — or if the people of Cybertron wanted them. He’s doing this because he thinks he’s out of options to protect the Earth — he’s tried fighting evil Cybertronians, tried leaving the place alone. But bringing Earth into Cybertron’s fold is the only thing he hasn’t tried.

In Revolution this comes to a head: there’s a big, dangerous thing happening with Ore-13, which is a form of Energon that’s on Earth, and it looks to G.I. Joe like Optimus is behind it, so the threat becomes immediate. This isn’t a spoiler — Optimus is not behind the problem, and in the process of resolving the complex web of Revolution, alliances are formed and new relationships are established.

So...Optimus still has the goal of bringing Earth into the cosmic community of Cybertron. But who’s with him and who’s against him have shifted a bit.

Vince Brusio: How will Optimus’ origin be relayed in this new series? Is there room for the past? Or is the present too busy to spare time for reflection?

John Barber: The first arc goes full-steam-ahead into the present, but there’s a parallel story in pre-war Cybertron, when he was still Orion Pax, before he became Optimus Prime. It’s important for this series to see why Optimus is doing what he’s doing, what’s motivating his actions. He’s not just taking over, and he’s not just being decisive out of nowhere.

There’s a particular point in his life that we haven’t seen that’s really important to how he became Optimus Prime. He has some regrets — there was a war fought between him and Megatron, and that war lasted four million years and destroyed planets — including Cybertron, and very nearly Earth. And the ultimate goal of both sides was sort of the same — both sides were against an evil and corrupt system that had taken over Cybertron.

The first arc is called “New Cybertron,” so the war — and the events that led to it — weigh on Optimus’ every action.

[...]

Because Optimus made such a bold move in annexing Earth, the story was necessarily going to focus on him — or, at the very least, he becomes the axis on which the story pivots. There’s still a big supporting cast — Soundwave, Arcee, Jazz, Victorion, many others; plus the human contingent — but the shadow of Optimus’ actions is so big they can’t help but be pulled into his gravity. We’ll be seeing Optimus through their eyes.


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846474)
Posted by Va'al on December 10th, 2016 @ 2:04pm CST
As for the variant cover for Transformers: Lost Light #1 from IDW Publishing, Ript Apparel have also posted the clean lineart for their Timothy Ninjaink Lim variant for Optimus Prime #1 - with an early version of the writing on the wall (One Shall Stand, instead of final edit Are All One)! Check it out below.

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846527)
Posted by Halfofme07 on December 10th, 2016 @ 8:09pm CST
All they had to do to make this cover really work is to put a question mark at the end of the phrase, making it, "Are All One?," which would have been fitting. Someone missed an opportunity to make a cover that might have stuck.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846565)
Posted by Va'al on December 11th, 2016 @ 1:45am CST
Another first issue of a new series, but not entirely new series, from IDW's take on the Transformers, comes in the shape of Optimus Prime #1 out in the new week! Follow the full preview below, as we continue from the end of Revolution into Reconstruction, and check out our review soon after the issue is released on Wednesday.

Optimus Prime #1
John Barber (w) • Kei Zama (a & c)
REVOLUTION is over—but the danger to Earth is just beginning. As OPTIMUS PRIME pulls Earth into the larger universe, he’s painted a target on Earth… and a new alien incursion begins when a corkscrew shaped craft drills into our world!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The next evolution of TRANSFORMERS is here!
OPTIMUS PRIME’s past on CYBERTRON haunts his present on Earth!
Amazing artist Kei Zama (Scarlett Witch) makes her debut with veteran writer John Barber (Transformers)!
Variant cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Lieu, and Paul Pope!


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846572)
Posted by Darth Zax on December 11th, 2016 @ 5:32am CST
So... Who are they?
Any theories?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846587)
Posted by ebonyleopard on December 11th, 2016 @ 10:48am CST
Darth Zax wrote:So... Who are they?
Any theories?

I want to say, Railspike, Bump,Roulette, Gimlet, Oiler, and Slide. Do I win? :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #1 Preview (1846627)
Posted by Darth Zax on December 11th, 2016 @ 6:47pm CST
Ebonyleopard wrote:
Darth Zax wrote:So... Who are they?
Any theories?

I want to say, Railspike, Bump,Roulette, Gimlet, Oiler, and Slide. Do I win? :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:


Guess you do, would have never recognized Oiler.
So are these Cimeracons?

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