Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham

Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham

Thursday, March 29th, 2018 4:02am CDT

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Directly from artist Kei Zama herself on her Tumblr blog, currently main and cover artist on IDW Publishing's ongoing Transformers comics series Optimus Prime, we have the covers for upcoming issues #17 and #18 of the title, with lineart provided and coloured final version of both (handiwork of Josh Burcham, of course).

You can check them out below, as Devastator takes centre stage on the first one, and Solus Prime hammering away in her forge on the latter - and then join the conversation in the Energon Pub!


Optimus Prime #17 cover

Written by: John Barber
Art by: me
Colors by: Josh Burcham @dcjosh​
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: David Mariotte


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham

Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham



Optimus Prime #18 cover

Written by John Barber
Interior art by Livio Ramondelli and Pitre-Durocher @spewpew
Colors by Josh Burcham @dcjosh​
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: David Mariotte


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham

Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham

Credit(s): Kei Zama


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949018)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 29th, 2018 @ 4:05am CDT
Solus prime is looking very good in that art, would be nice if we eventually got full sized figures for all the primes. So far by my count we got four (five if you got nexus prime from he club)
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949048)
Posted by Manterax Prime on March 29th, 2018 @ 9:25am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Solus prime is looking very good in that art, would be nice if we eventually got full sized figures for all the primes. So far by my count we got four (five if you got nexus prime from he club)

Alpha Trion, Optimus, Megatronus........who's the fourth?
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949058)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 29th, 2018 @ 9:59am CDT
We got vector prime in the cybertron line
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949060)
Posted by Manterax Prime on March 29th, 2018 @ 10:15am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:We got vector prime in the cybertron line

D'oh! I forgot.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949096)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on March 29th, 2018 @ 2:31pm CDT
Doesn't Fix-it keeping refering to her as "Sweet Solus Prime". She doesn't look so sweet there. :D
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1949123)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 29th, 2018 @ 5:55pm CDT
Starscream's face is precious :lol: :lol:
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1950497)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 4th, 2018 @ 2:10am CDT
I haven't kept up with this title, but I was in my local book store today and saw a copy of volume 2 on the shelf. I picked it up and perused it, and I was totally lost. There seemed to be no coherent story whatsoever, just a bunch of individual stories thrown together. Is that how OP is? No consistent story arc throughout, just a bunch of stuff?

I haven't read about Megatronia being in IDW, it would be awesome if she showed up to fight Victorion. Assuming Vicky survives the fight against big Devy.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1950500)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 4th, 2018 @ 2:51am CDT
So far megatronia isn't featured and now if she makes the jump, she'll be in the new continuity. At least some of the components will survive devy as we see magna in the Unicron free issue 0, quite alive and well.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1950529)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on April 4th, 2018 @ 6:42am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:I haven't kept up with this title, but I was in my local book store today and saw a copy of volume 2 on the shelf. I picked it up and perused it, and I was totally lost. There seemed to be no coherent story whatsoever, just a bunch of individual stories thrown together. Is that how OP is? No consistent story arc throughout, just a bunch of stuff?

I haven't read about Megatronia being in IDW, it would be awesome if she showed up to fight Victorion. Assuming Vicky survives the fight against big Devy.

Not everything needs to be six-part story arcs. Personally, I prefer shorter stories and when comics can give me a complete story in a single issue. And of course, they do make a coherent, serialized narrative if you actually read the issues.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1950538)
Posted by ScottyP on April 4th, 2018 @ 7:39am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:I haven't kept up with this title, but I was in my local book store today and saw a copy of volume 2 on the shelf. I picked it up and perused it, and I was totally lost. There seemed to be no coherent story whatsoever, just a bunch of individual stories thrown together. Is that how OP is? No consistent story arc throughout, just a bunch of stuff?
Volume 1 is a coherent six part story arc (unless you ask Seibertron who finds it to be a sloppy mess but it's ok to be wrong), Volume 2 is not. It picks up on several dangling plot threads and has some of my favorite stuff from the whole series by a mile - but these are mostly stand-alone things almost like Spotlights.

What order did they print the issues in? If they did publication order I can see it being a mess.

Important note though, at the time OP 7 and LL 8 hit (which was a little ways apart) we'd had: Conquerors > All Hail Optimus > Titans Return > New Cybertron in RiD/TF and Dying of the Light > Titans Return > Dissolution in MTMTE/LL. The 1-2 issue beats were extremely welcome as a reader of the monthlies by that point!

My final point: larger narrative is important but I don't mind it stepping aside to leave room for issues like "What It's Really Like" and "The Life of Sideswipe" which are absolutely great comics to me. I'm so happy they got made since there'd be no room to fit them in here not even a year later!
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952496)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 12th, 2018 @ 10:21pm CDT
iTunes has updated with a new listing in the form of a 3 page preview for IDW's Optimus Prime #17! Issue 17, set to come out next week on April 18, along with Optimus Prime #18 oddly enough thanks to a bad scheduling error as confirmed by John Barber himself, gives a look at Aileron as she recounts her story of going from a lowly citizen of Caminus to a follower of Optimus Prime, as well as what she thinks of her life going from boring to exciting while getting her best friend killed.

You can check out issue 17's 3 page preview below, BUT BE WARNED, you should not read issue 18's inevitable preview before you have actually read issue 17. So really, don't even read the preview for issue 18. Just buy it and 17 next Wednesday.

Let us know what you think of both the issue 17 preview and the scheduling conflict that has 2 issues of the same series coming out on the same day below!

John Barber wrote:I never say anything like this, but if you're reading Optimus Prime, don't look at any previews of issue 18 before you read 17... and both issues will be out next Wednesday


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952499)
Posted by WreckerJack on April 12th, 2018 @ 10:40pm CDT
Hehe my sentiments exactly. I should probably get up to date on this comic. Have not been in a reading mood as of late.

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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952512)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 13th, 2018 @ 1:57am CDT
In one sense having 17 and 18 out on the same is a good thing, it's just bad having the preview out that potentially spoils the end of 17. Still will be nice to read a larger chuck of the story then we'd able to otherwise. Though the name sterling just makes me think of cars 3 which my oldest insists on watching a lot recently.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952513)
Posted by WreckerJack on April 13th, 2018 @ 2:03am CDT
I only saw the original cars movie. I was 16 when it came out and my Grandpa wanted to take me and I was trying to make excuses not to go because I was "too old" to go to kid movies. He kept asking so I finally caved in. It was actually a pretty good movie and now that I am older I am glad I did even if I felt goofy at the time. Grandparents are limited edition. Spend time with em while you have them because you will miss them.

I might watch the sequels for old times sake at some point though.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952541)
Posted by AlphaBass on April 13th, 2018 @ 8:14am CDT
There are many, MANY examples where the sequel surpasses the original in terms of quality.

Cars 2 is not an example.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952543)
Posted by ScottyP on April 13th, 2018 @ 9:11am CDT
:Reads review samples that a few of us get:

Do not read even one page of 18 before 17. Don't do it. Don't do it. You'll want to but wow, indeed, don't you dare do it.

Page 1 of 18 gives you the super high level cliff's notes of 17 and you'll be pissed at yourself for checking it. Consider yourself warned, again! :)
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952549)
Posted by KorsO on April 13th, 2018 @ 10:02am CDT
Noted ScottyP. Bout time these issues came out. Though occupied, the time gap felt like an eternity. 2 issues really does make up for it. lol
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1952845)
Posted by Va'al on April 14th, 2018 @ 1:48pm CDT
Thanks to regular source for this type of comics news Multiversity Comics, we now have the full preview for next week's issue of the IDW Publishing ongoing Transformers series Optimus Prime! Issue 17 is the one shown below, though both 17 and 18 will be released on Wednesday - and as we have told you in our previous story, avoid ALL previews for issue 18 until you've read the one below.

Check it out, and share your thoughts on where this series is leading in its penultimate arc in the Energon Pub!

Written by John Barber
Art and cover by Kei Zama
Colored by Josh Burcham
Lettered by Tom B. Long

“The Falling,” Part 3: Onyx Prime sows the seeds of chaos and panic on Cybertron as he reveals dark secrets… but nothing will prepare Optimus Prime and his allies for Onyx’s darkest revelation!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Variant cover by Thomas Deer!


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1953766)
Posted by Va'al on April 18th, 2018 @ 1:44am CDT
A Prime is a Prime is a Prime
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“The Falling,” Part 3: Onyx Prime sows the seeds of chaos and panic on Cybertron as he reveals dark secrets… but nothing will prepare Optimus Prime and his allies for Onyx’s darkest revelation!

“The Falling,” Interlude. All hope seems lost as Onyx Prime confronts Optimus—but why has Onyx returned? What’s his ultimate goal? Millions of years worth of mysteries are solved as the secret history of Onyx Prime is finally revealed!

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and we're here to tell you


Story
If you read the synopsis section just above, you will notice that there are two of them rather than the single issue - that is because this week, and this review, has two issue of the Optimus Prime ongoing series being released by IDW Publishing. To avoid spoilers as much as possible, we decided to talk about both in the same text, and I am taking extra care to talk more about narrative and execution than plot specifically. Nothing different than usual, just a little more vagueness, if you'll bear with me.

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yeah, pretty much


With that all said and out of the way, then: John Barber has decided to take a very different turn for The Falling. Weird, even. His writing hasn't shied away from time displacement and travel, black hole paradoxes, and the consequences of all of the above notions at play (just look at Syndromica and Dark Cybertron, or even Revolutionaries). But here, we reach a whole new level of temporal and narrative freedom - to varying degrees of success.

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His words, not mine


In #17, the story continues, as the aftermath of Soundwave's actions in #16 is addressed and Onyx Primal gets more terrifying by the frame in his actions, words, and clear direction forward (which looks a lot like backwards). And it's a build-up that reverberates with a lot of the themes address in the series so far, with Aileron taking the narration spot and looking at the category of Primes and heroes from a vantage point, really.

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which may or may not be sideways


Then we have a reveal. A big one. A narrative, time-shattering one, on the very last page. And issue #18 (aptly named Interlude) deals with this instead, charging the story being told in a way that is yes, entirely exposition, but exposition that is surprisingly well woven and doesn't feel like a pause too long or any kind of slog.

So where is the variation in the success I mention? General agreement on staff was that not everything landed immediately but, at the same time, risks were taken and the pay-off is yet fully to come with more of the arc to follow in the coming months. And the aspects played upon in these issues are not entirely out of nowhere, in Barber's repertoire and I'm very pleased with the editing assist of David Mariotte, keeping all things in check as Barber lets himself loose.

Art

In #17, Kei Zama and Josh Burcham are - I think - showing off their skills. We have a ridiculous range of emotive and dynamic in frame layouts, with interactions being silent as the overwhelming and overpowering presence of Onyx takes up most of the space. Things get out of hand, and space and colour are used to the best of their effects, with some truly incredible compositions and transformation sequences, too.

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You Are (Not) Alone


In #18, Sara Pitre Durocher offers the general framework of the current events (opening and closing), along with colours by master of technicolour continuity Burcham - both of whom, together, maintain the stage in the same light and tone as the final act of the previous issue, and chillingly set up the Interlude story.

Livio Ramondelli has the main duties for the latter, and his style, once more, proves perfectly suited to the past, mythology infused Weird!Barber script. The Aligned continuity that once was part of another narrative universe definitely takes shape and form in his lines and colours, and the Primes of old can easily be identified in their rise and expansion - awingly so.

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#Imperialism


There is little more that can be said about Tom B. Long's work on lettering for these books, but as Barber (and Mariotte) stick to their captioning and name tagging techniques, his fonts and placing don't skip a beat, and allow for the story - with a lot of exposition, as I said - to flow as organically as a twisted story as this one can.

The covers are multiple, and glorious, with the main ones taken care of by Zama and Burcham, including some clear lineart of Solus Prime from the former, and Casey Coller / JP Bove for issue #17's B cover (in the style of its predecessors, as seen in our database, plus the #18 Megatronus variant from Livio Ramondelli (others also in database!). But the one featured in the thumbnail is Thomas Teyowisonte Deer's gorgeous take on the Autobot leader, the Arisen, and seemingly the pivot of the entire storyline.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, Barber has taken the weird, paradox route, and by doing so taking some really big risks that may not please a section of the readership (and unfortunately proving some clichés about comics narratives in general in the doing, too) - but, some of those risks are still not fully revealed, and where they may not work in these issues for now, two more chapters of The Falling are still due before the final arc. In the words of Onyx, this is indeed just the prelude to the finale, and we are bound to return to its topics and characters very very soon.

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I still have doubts. On everything


The multiple art teams, with Burcham working as continuity lynchpin, do some wonders with what could've been an extremely, frustratingly confusing story, and the aftermath of Onyx's arrival is dealt with in perhaps the most personal and brutal way that this series has seen this far - also partly due to Aileron's perspective, and Soundwave's involvement. I do not believe we are seeing the entire truth, yet, but next month will confirm suspicions - and let me tell you, I am buzzing.

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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #17 and #18 by Zama / Burcham (1953773)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 18th, 2018 @ 2:13am CDT
An excellent review va'al, and it must have been hard reviewing both 17 and 18 together and fighting the urge to talk more about the bombshells of 18. I will ask this though, was there anything presented that you make will be important for unicron?

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