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Transformers: Autocracy Paperback – August 7, 2012
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
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!Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
--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.
--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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I thoroughly enjoyed this. I am new to transformers comics and got this to see if I would like it. It's a cool stand alone story about prime before he was prime. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jacob Turner
I was finally starting to enjoy an IDW comic up until the end. I won't give the story away but it starts really interesting showing the rise of optimus prime and Megatron but at... Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by PJ
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I love seeing the old cities of cybertron which have never really been hit upon to much, these new stories of the Great War and the battles that took place before and the... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Zach
This is a great background for those who want to know the about the beginning of Orion Pax and Megatron. It's better in paper than kindle, but still good.Published on January 8, 2014 by Darcey L. Doyle