The Optimus Prime series thankfully ends with this volume. It has been a lousy series that was made only readable in small bits when Shockwave or Starscream had scenes. Prime, as written by Barber and IDW, is a terrible character. He is utterly inconsistent, full of platitudes, accusations of dithering, no interests, no real relationships, and terrible dialogue. Despite this, he is consistently revered by other characters. We have no idea why, other than that Hasbro made him the leader of the Autobots when they created the toys in the early 1980s. He was a weak link the the Robots in Disguise series (as well as earlier series). IDW and Barber knew full well he was an awful character. Perhaps creating a book on him and putting him on the cover every month was a sales tactic.
This volume is brutal to read, as chapters rely on the Unicron story (not out for another two months in trade) for you to understand what happens between issues 22 through 25. It is easy to figure out. Unicron attacks. Eats a bunch of worlds. Everyone flees to Earth. It is saved. For those of you afraid of spoilers, you knew this would happen. Though, in retrospect, Unicron eating the world and everyone dying would have been the better ending.
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: IDW PUBLISHING (5 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1684054117
- ISBN-13: 978-1684054114
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 26.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 413 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)