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Simply brilliant. This is to Optimus Prime what 'The Killing Joke' is to the Joker. Dark, gripping and full of intrigue!
on 15 December 2014
This is the first in a trio of interlocking origin stories by IDW which also includes 'Monstrosity' and the latest edition 'Primacy.' It takes place soon after the event within the Chaos arc (Optimus Prime / Orion Pax confronting the senate) and details Orion Pax's transformation into Optimus Prime and the real beginning of the Autobot v Decepticon war proper, and the more or less dissolution of the Senate.
The story is split into 12 chapters and is a real page turner. You can expect to read this in its entirety, at a steady pace in just over an hour, longer still if you allow yourself the time to take in all the subtle animation. There are many twists and unexpected turns, including familiar characters in unfamiliar roles and situations. The story is also very thought-provoking, and continues with IDW's mantra of allowing the reader who to decide for him/herself who he feels sorry for or is rooting for. There are also a few nods towards the original G1 cartoon series and The Movie in particiular which many long time TF fans will no doubt spot (Chapter 12's showdown).
The only thing resembling a problem in this comic is that the art is so dark, it's sometimes hard to make out what's going on, and who exactly is who at times. For example, the Transformers in the Energon stores or the seeker who shielded Megatron. Don't get me wrong, I love the art, it's great, and the occasions where it does pose a problem it is forgivable but noticeable.
That aside, this may well be the best yet from IDW and another progressive step forward for Transformers Comics!