Transformers Ongoing #23 Preview
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 5:02pm CDTCategory: Comic Book News
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James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Alex Milne x 2 (c)CHAOS Prelude! Last issue, you discovered the first ever meeting between Optimus Prime and Megatron. And if the surprises there weren’t enough—you won’t believe what happens just hours later! Optimus Prime recounts the fascinating end of their introduction as he decides the fate of the jailed Megatron. This one’s a keeper, folks! Now let the CHAOS BEGIN!*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratioFC • 32 pages • $3.99*Variants: • Black & White wraparound Alex Milne coverBullet points:• TRANSFORMERS goes bi-weekly!• The origin of the Autobots!• Fan-favorites James Roberts and Alex Milne team-up for the first time!
This article was last modified on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 11:17pm CDT
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Posted by The Variable on August 4th, 2011 @ 5:28pm CDT
Posted by partholon on August 4th, 2011 @ 5:58pm CDT
i really cant wait till james is writing FULL time !
just so many nods of the heads to long time readers that dont detract from newbies enjoyment of a story thats building quite organically into a lovely complex tale.
ya just KNOW primes gonna get roughed up by the end of this and its great to see the universe building in terms of stuff like blaster working for a broadcasting company/institution and whats looking like other cybertronian religions.
cant wait till the 10th
Posted by Tigertrack on August 4th, 2011 @ 7:43pm CDT
Posted by CaSSeTteBOTs45 on August 5th, 2011 @ 9:18am CDT
Posted by Blurrz on August 9th, 2011 @ 2:09am CDT
Grabbing the cover of Transformers: Ongoing #23, you’ll find a sleek Optimus Prime cover done by Alex Milne, in the same fashion as Ongoing #22’s Megatron cover. Much as #22 rotated from Megatron’s past, to Megatron’s present ordeals, so does #23. This issue continues the pre-war Cybertron storyline and present day drama through the eyes of Optimus Prime.
The way Roberts is able to convey Prime’s feelings, and meld it together with Milne’s art and Lafuente's colors is top notch. The issue is not all serious business, there are moments of laughter, moments of pure astonishment, and moments of "..And that's why I'm a Transformers fan".
While Transformers has always been about Optimus Prime and Megatron going at it mano-e-mano, this issue shows it's been more than just that. We’ve watched and read Optimus Prime for the past 27 years. While many may claim that they know how he works, and how he feels, and what he would do in any situation, Roberts makes you ask yourself – Do you really know what Optimus Prime is going to do?
No one does. Not even Optimus Prime himself knows. As we see him change from modest police cop in pre-war Cybertron, to the leader of the Autobots in the present day, #23 shows us that regardless of whether he wears the Matrix of Leadership, Optimus Prime isn’t omniscient, nor is he the embodiment of perfection. His actions may not always be about winning the war, or saving other lives. #23 shows Prime works more along the lines of what he thinks is right, and doing whatever it takes to fulfill that.
You may ask yourself, is that how a Leader should act? I will answer, yes. #23 shows that the stale regime of Nominus Prime and the corrupt Cybertronian Senate set Cybertron’s Golden age on the path of steady decline, while the likes of Orion Pax(Optimus) and Megatron wanted to take action. Not just talk about it, but actually do something. Yes, the two have fought centuries and centuries of war, with each of their respective factions losing number upon number of soldiers. But before the war, they had the same goals in mind. While the lore previously stated that they shared the same ideals, Roberts gives me the feeling that if it weren’t for corruption of power, Megatron could have been an Autobot brother-in-arms alongside Optimus.
Ongoing #23 is a bridge to the start of Transformers: Chaos, but it’s more than just that. I am glued to every page, to Robert’s every written word and attached to every emotion that Optimus Prime has. I am infatuated with Milne’s stunning art. This is one of the best Transformers issues we have seen in the past couple of years. If you thought #22 was good with Prime and Megatron taking centerfold, wait until you have Prime alone in #23.
Do your wallet a favour and pick up Ongoing #23 this Wednesday.
(A preview of this issue can be seen here.)
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Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on August 9th, 2011 @ 10:00am CDT
Posted by RogueDeathangel on August 9th, 2011 @ 2:19pm CDT
Posted by neliz on August 11th, 2011 @ 5:30am CDT
Roberts > Movieverse
Posted by Supreme Convoy on August 11th, 2011 @ 10:52pm CDT
Posted by Daken3687 on August 12th, 2011 @ 1:13am CDT
Posted by Bobton03 on August 14th, 2011 @ 9:33pm CDT
I think that a thanks is in order to the writers of Transformers for finally delving into the story underpinning pre-war Cybertron!
Posted by 3.8TransAM on August 15th, 2011 @ 6:39am CDT
The last few issues have been good enough to erase the 20 completely worthless prior ones.
Please keep this up IDW, u almost lost me as a reader, and I will dump it if the series tanks again like it was doing prior to these past few issues