Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6

Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 11:36pm CDT

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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!

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1873904)
Posted by Nexus Knight on April 12th, 2017 @ 12:12am CDT
OMG, Frenzy and Rumble are too much cute/badass/awesome/funny.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1873907)
Posted by Bounti76 on April 12th, 2017 @ 1:05am CDT
The story seems fine, the art is still a little heavy and dense for my liking, but I'm warming to it.....

.....but for the love of Primus, can we PLEASE get rid of those damn captions on EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. EVERY. SINGLE. ISSUE?? While Zama's art is growing on me, the captions make her art and the pages look even busier than it already is. Six issues in, I'm pretty sure we're all up to speed on who they all are. :BOOM:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1873913)
Posted by steve2275 on April 12th, 2017 @ 2:54am CDT
Nexus Knight wrote:OMG, Frenzy and Rumble are too much cute/badass/awesome/funny.

their current operation
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1873917)
Posted by Coptur on April 12th, 2017 @ 3:32am CDT
Hey woo-hoo issue 4 introduces Olier back in comics and awaiting new character development :-D

Issue 6....dead :BANG_HEAD:

I used to be ok with character deaths but i'm just fed up with them now and prefer character development over death :-(
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1873929)
Posted by Kurona on April 12th, 2017 @ 7:57am CDT
Oh hey, looks like the Sharkticons are using the TR design. Neat.

God I can't wait for this issue to come out already; there's too many good things ahead!
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874940)
Posted by Va'al on April 17th, 2017 @ 7:53am CDT
While we had seen Andrew Griffith's designs for the latest incarnation of Galvatron in the IDW Transformers universe, we had not seen the idea of him as the Warrior King Barbarian Conqueror in the flashbacks from Robots in Disguise - and in upcoming issues of Optimus Prime. Thanks to artist Casey Coller, we now do! Check out below the concept design for his in both robot and alt-mode, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub.

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874941)
Posted by Kurona on April 17th, 2017 @ 8:00am CDT
It's such a cool design - and thankfully not far off the Titans Return one. People have already made that awesome helm, if only they'd make that gun and axe =P~
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874967)
Posted by Insurgent on April 17th, 2017 @ 9:56am CDT
Kurona wrote:It's such a cool design - and thankfully not far off the Titans Return one. People have already made that awesome helm, if only they'd make that gun and axe =P~



The gun is his g1 toy gun. I think his axe is on shapeways but im not sure.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874968)
Posted by Randomhero on April 17th, 2017 @ 9:57am CDT
Kurona wrote:It's such a cool design - and thankfully not far off the Titans Return one. People have already made that awesome helm, if only they'd make that gun and axe =P~



I have yet to see one that doesn't look like it protects him from seizures. They all look stupid and oversized. Axe however I use Orin's axe that came with a marvel Build-a-figure.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874973)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on April 17th, 2017 @ 10:28am CDT
Don't like that dorky helmet/head design at all.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1874985)
Posted by Yweggo on April 17th, 2017 @ 11:48am CDT
For those of you looking for an axe for him I find the RiD Prime's axe works well. Or at least the version that came with the "Power Surge" Nemesis Prime.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1875060)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 17th, 2017 @ 7:44pm CDT
I'm not that big a fan of the helmet design, but he is quite cool looking and the alt mode is pretty sweet too
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1875600)
Posted by Va'al on April 19th, 2017 @ 3:38pm CDT
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Burcham having fun.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1875745)
Posted by Big Grim on April 20th, 2017 @ 7:24am CDT
That's a freakin' gorgeous cover.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1876501)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 22nd, 2017 @ 11:49pm CDT
Multiversity has become the first site to release the full preview for IDW's Optimus Prime #6! The final story of the opening story arc features some sassy cassetticons, some violent throwdowns, and even some Thundercracker! Check out the preview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1876507)
Posted by WreckerJack on April 23rd, 2017 @ 12:40am CDT
I need sub cover B! How do I get it specifically? Gotta have my sharkies :-D
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1876581)
Posted by Nexus Knight on April 23rd, 2017 @ 10:11am CDT
WreckerJack wrote:I need sub cover B! How do I get it specifically? Gotta have my sharkies :-D


Is cover a homage to something? It looks familiar... :-?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1876582)
Posted by Va'al on April 23rd, 2017 @ 10:13am CDT
WreckerJack wrote:I need sub cover B! How do I get it specifically? Gotta have my sharkies :-D


I think I answered this elsewhere: ask your comics retailer! If they can't put it aside for you, eBay is probably your best bet.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1877362)
Posted by Va'al on April 26th, 2017 @ 3:32am CDT
Optimus ..Fine?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“NEW CYBERTRON”—CONCLUSION! As the Junkions reveal their ultimate plan, Optimus Prime makes a decision that will define the relationship between Earth and Cybertron for all time... but will Arcee be able to live with the fallout?

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Good memory, kids


Story

The first arc of Optimus Prime, the big core book at the heart of the Hasbro Universe (take that, Crown Jewel), comes to a close in this sixth issue, and we get some closure indeed on the multiple threads dangling through the story - and some more are left to unravel for the future...

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Oooh juicy


We know John Barber's propensity for the caption technique, to aid with the narration and provide some 'behind the scenes' commentary for what is actually happening in the gutters between panels - but this time, despite the very good writing, it's perhaps the very first time I've found it clash a little with the story itself. Having Optimus Prime narrate his own arc just felt ..off, at times.

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shots fired


The other stories, the other faces, the other characters around which the issue and the arc revolve, on the other hand, are still really quite pleasing. There is a lot happening all in one place (if you want a hand in catching up on the roles, our database entry might help!), both in the past and in the present, and it's all satisfyingly tantalising for more story threads from here.

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token human panel


The way in which Optimus is perceived on the many sides of the issues, from the colonist recruits to Aileron and Pyra Magna, to Soundwave and Jetfire's past and present outlook and opinions, to how Earth sees him as coloniser and invader - the story is in no way at its end, if anything we have a new fraught beginning of a much bigger story to be told. And then there's that last page...

Art

Kei Zama is still so much joy to follow through the pages, be it for organic, Cybertronian, Cybertrorganic, landscapes, battles, dialogue or face-offs - be they blasting or verbal, in the present or past - and I'm extremely pleased to see the variations across the Sharkticon ranks as well and variety in humans, who do not obviously have designs as distinctive as the robot protagonists.

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I MEAN


The issue also relies a lot on heavy visual cues for resolutions - as well as the trademark time shifts and parallels - allowing for more of Josh Burcham's effective colouring to blend with Zama's linework. The lighter moments, not necessarily in tone, are impressive where the writing may not reach, and any lingering shadow is that much darker for it.

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FLASH (aahhaaa saviouroftheuniverse)


As for the lettering, I am still in awe at how Tom B. Long manages to juggle so many things at once in pages that can be extremely busy, between visuals and text. Never mind some of the fight scenes, the ink work and dynamism - we still follow narration; top marks. And cover wise, while the veteran roster of Zama/Burcham (SkyLynx rider), Coller/Bove (face-off), Griffith/Perez (Sharkpile) is a wonder to behold, I'd like to congratulate Jin Kim on some really solid output with IDW covers this month - see thumbnail for proof.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I was somehow expecting more from a conclusion, at this stage. Not that what we got wasn't a good one, mind you, but something felt a little underplayed - which might be beneficial for the wider game in the long run, and future stories, but leaves a little anticlimactic here. Soundwave's role, the explanation of his presence by Megatron's side, Jetfire's role in particular, feel well rounded enough to allow it, sure, but Optimus' actions are a bit.. whelming.

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irony


Things I am looking forwards to, nonetheless: Jazz and the exploration of his 'getting to know Earth' storyline, so very much. More Thundercracker in an active role. More challenges to Optimus, even - in spite of - apparent changes of heart/mind. Ramifications of his role in the eye of the new recruits. THAT ENDING PAGE.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Optimus Prime #6 (1877370)
Posted by Bronzewolf on April 26th, 2017 @ 5:26am CDT
Va'al wrote:
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FLASH (aahhaaa saviouroftheuniverse)



Just a bot, with a bot's courage... :D
A+ referencing you got there.

I love the colouring in this. It's SO ink-heavy and way saturated and shadowed that it screams vintage comic to me. I can't pin point exactly to What it reminds me of, though. But it's so cool. Very different from the gundam-looking style we normally see.

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