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Product Details

  • Series: Transformers
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772904
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Me

Transformers: Autocracy is the origin story of Orion Pax, or as he is better known, Optimus Prime. In the first six issues which were available on NetGalley for review, we learn of Prime's history as a leader of a counter-terror strike team who were tasked with several mission in order to thwart dissident Decpticons. With each mission, Orion Pax discovers new information on the true agenda of the Autobot leader, Zeta Prime and the Autocracy. In the end, it is Orion Pax who has to decide which faction, Autocracy or Dissident, is truly worth fighting for.

I really enjoyed Transformers: Autocracy. For anyone who follows the Transformers lore, you already know it a vast universe that spans decades through cartoons, movies, video games, and action figures. One of the most fascinating parts of the universe is learning about Cybertron, the wars the Transformers had to endure, and of course how our characters became the totally awesome robots in disguise they are today. Who was Optimus before he was a Prime? Were he and Megatron once Allies fighting for the same cause? All this and more will be revealed in Autocracy. And yes my friends, it's a turbulent adventure no true Transformers fan will want to miss!

Some of our favorite Transformers make an appearance throughout the story, Ironhide, Bumblebee, Soundwave, Prowl, Ratbat, Starscream are just few. I was definitely feeling nostalgic from seeing their faces inked onto the pages and hearing Ironhide's sarcastic comments. From time to time I could feel myself screaming, "I had that action figure. Oh and that one too!
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This is a fantastic story written before "The Great War". Young Optimus here is not a Prime yet, nor does he know he ever will be. He simply goes by Orion Pax. He distrust the Senate, but follows orders like a good soldier. You'll witness him become a Prime, side with Megatron, fight Megatron and the rest is "history".

I enjoyed this book, and think the writing is top notch. The art is also fantastic but sometimes things are a bit hard to make out since it can be quite dark. You can probably sit and read this in about 1 hour straight, cause I did. This was released as a bi-weekly digital comic and I am truly happy it made it to print. I'm a huge fan of Transformers, and this was one of the better tales written recently. Do yourself a favor and get this book. You'll enjoy it.
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This is a solid Transformers story that I picked up after I have read every issue in both the MTMTE and RID series.

This takes us back to a time before Orion Pax became a Prime and the war raged for millions of years. Zeta Prime is the corrupt rules who has succeeded Sentinel Prime, and he uses his Autobot Police force to enforce his will. Megatron is the opposition leader (who recently blew up the Senate) and seeks to give equality to all Cybertronians. Pax and Megatron have several face to face meetings, which is one of the strengths of the book. Hot Rod plays an important part, and this should be considered his origin story.

Optimus is a bit of a wet blanket and feels ineffectual at times. This does not have the excellent dialogue and character development that Roberts and Barber offer in their series, but it serves.
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Fans of Transformers should be aware that this story has nothing to do with the G1 storyline and likely little to do with Michael Bay movies and their storyline. Instead, this is most closely linked to the storyline of Transformers Prime.

The art is amazing, but it is the story that holds your attention as you read a version of Orion Pax's history the likes of which most Transformer fans have not encountered before. The traditional lines of good and bad (not evil, there's a difference here and it is huge) in the Transformers universe are blurred over the course of the story, in an interesting way, settling into the traditional patterns only as the story nears its end.
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Where to begin? How about we start by saying "whoa"! From what I gathered the story is sort of a loose sequel to "Megatron Origins", the Decepticon forces has taken root and waging war on the current Autobot government. The planet of Cybertron has started to become a dystopia and Orion Pax and his fellow Autobots are left to police the chaos and bring peace to the people who hate them as much as the Decepticons. Told as if it were a gritty Clint Eastwood-esque police movie, the artwork carries the same dark and gloomy vibe as the story does, giving the readers the sense of despair the characters are feeling. And I love the Optimus/Hot Rod relationship the writers threw in, taking queues from the 1986 animated movie. Definitely worth reading!
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This is not a perfect comic. But when it gets good, it gets GREAT.

Positives:
--This book was made with deep love for the characters and world. Both authors are steeped in the myth, not in an academic way, but on a personal level. Chris Metzen's love letter essay on Optimus Prime at the beginning is infectious, and Flint Dille's influence is seen in a revisit of one of the most controversial moments in the 1986 Transformers movie.
--Livio Ramondelli's artistic style is not for everyone, and not for every type of story, But here, in this tale out of the deep past, it comes into its own. The gritty, dark feel of his artwork very much accentuates and deepens the story. This is art that you FEEL.
--There are some surprising story elements that really impressed me with their scope.

Not-So-Positives:
--That dark art can make it difficult to identify characters, especially for anyone not as familiar with the Transformers. It can also sometimes make it difficult to tell what's happening.
--Between the great moments, there are some storytelling stumbles, where things drag a bit.

Who should buy this book:
--Anyone interested in the early history of Optimus Prime and how he became the bot we know and love today.
--Anyone influenced by the 1986 movie.
--Anyone who wants to give a non-traditional storytelling and art style a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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