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Optimus Prime is alive well in IDW latest

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on December 24, 2011 | IDW Publishing |

Released recently in the US was the latest Transformers instalment from IDW. We get the wrap up of the events in ‘CHAOS’, as well as the beginning of two new stories in “More than Meets the Eye” and “Robots in Disguise”.

The storyline features no humans and there are no indications that there will be any human involvement in the near future. This is quite a change of pace considering, to many fans, there has been far too much of a human element in Transformers lately.

Even though it is a one-shot story, there is something to be gotten from it whether you are an old or new reader as it incorporates elements from previous stories and segways into the two series to come.

The story leaps forward a few weeks after the events of CHAOS have been wrapped up and shifts its focus on Cybertron. This is after Optimus Prime rushed the matrix in order to stop Dvoid sacking the galaxy, beginning with Cybertron’s dead husk. This worked, and Cyberton was granted a rebirth with no dead husk for Dvoid.

The good news is that Optimus Prime has survived (who’d have guessed that?). We find out more about his history, which is one of the strengths of this story. But it achieves this whilst also progressing towards the new series. The final choice that he makes may be a logical one but certainly not predictable and, although it feels like we have seen it before, there is a different feel associated with it. He somehow manages to appear more like Optimus Prime than we have ever seen him before. And that can only be a good thing for OP fans.