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Optimus Prime (comic book)

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Optimus Prime
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Publication information
PublisherIDW Publishing
Hasbro, Inc.
  • Science fiction
Publication dateDecember 14, 2016 – October 31, 2018
No. of issues25
Main character(s)Hasbro Comic Book Universe
Creative team
Written byJohn Barber
Artist(s)Kei Zama
Colorist(s)Josh Burcham

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Optimus Prime is an ongoing comic book series written by John Barber, with art by penciller Kei Zama and colorist Josh Burcham, and it was distributed by IDW Publishing in collabration with Hasbro. The series is a direct continuation to The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, featuring the Optimus Prime as the main protagonist, and is set in the Hasbro Comic Book Universe.

The first issue was released on December 14, 2016 alongside Transformers: Lost Light as part of the Hasbro Reconstruction comic book line.[1] The final issue will be released on October 31, 2018, in the announcement of a reboot for 2019.[2]


Following the explosions with Ore-13 deposits,[note 1] Optimus Prime tries to make relations between humans and Transformers, but both sides protest against Optimus for his decision to annex Earth into Cybertron's Council of Worlds.[note 2] Meanwhile, a new faction known as the Junkions try to populate Earth under their own terms.

Jazz, who is still wanted for murdering a police officer in self-defense,[note 3] tries to bond with humans through a television interview, but it turned out to be trap set by Spike Witwicky and the G.I. Joe International Strike Force, causing Jazz to avoid being captured.

The relations intensify after human forces led by Joe Colton/Baron Ironblood invade Cybertron,[note 4] causing Onyx Prime to arrive in person. He reveals his true Shockwave, who was sent back in time,[note 5] using his knowledge from the future to manipulate various events across history, including making up the story about the Primes of the Thirteen Tribes. Shockwave sustains he did all thise actions to being prepared for the arrival of Unicron.[note 6]

As almost all of Cybertron's colonies are destroyed by Unicron, many colonists turn against Optimus.


The first issue of Optimus Prime received positive reviews, prasing both Barber's script and Zama's drawns.[3]


  1. Revolution
  2. The Transformers: Robots in Disguise vol. 2
  3. The Transformers (2007)
  4. First Strike
  5. The Transformers: Dark Cybertron
  6. Transformers: Unicron


  1. "A New Optimus Prime Ongoing Comic Series From IDW Announced At San Diego Comic-Con (UPDATE)". Bleeding Cool. July 21, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  2. "IT NEVER ENDS - IDW Writers Confirm New Continuity Begins After Unicron". TFormers.com. March 28, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. "OPTIMUS PRIME #1 REVIEW". IGN. August 28, 2016.

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