Optimus Prime Issue 14 (The Dead Come Home Part 2)
Written by John Barber
Art by Livio Ramondelli
Lettered by Tom B Long
What you need to know:
With Goldbug and his team on their last legs, an unlikely source turns up in form of Prowl. Meanwhile Optimus Prime and his new team are up against the dinobots who are under the control of Bludgeon.
What just happened?
On planet Botinica, the forgotten Throttlebots were left there to die in a war that ended long ago, but the game has changed. Prowl is leading a new team, Stardrive, who wants to take out the filiers with her experience. Garnak, who may not be a Transformer, but is willing to risk his live, and Wheelie whom talks in rhymes is the smallest of them all.
Goldbug is feeling grateful and fortunate to be saved after giving up all help. Stardrive realises that the throttlebot attackers understand nothing except killing. Prowl seems to have a new weapon connected to his arm called the Vamparc Ribbon, but it only has a few more charges. It’s going slowly as the team of Throttlebots are depleted. In the middle of transforming, Stardrive laments to Prowl, asking why she was brought into this when she does not wish to kill. Prowl tells her simply that it is easier this way. Innocent lives will be spared, and this implies that he has done the math suggesting that this is for the greater good.
Goldbug expresses his worry about how they could possibly hope to escape, but Prowl has it covered telling the peaceful Revolution to de clock and a mighty ship is unveiled.
The planet’s real name is Regalis V. As the ship prepares to launch, Prowl expresses his worry of Optimus forgetting about them. So back on Cybertron Optimus Prime, Blackrock, Arcee are against the Dinobots.
Slug breaths fire at Sludge, Strafe and Snarl who find the attack unbelievable and believe their old friend is being controlled.
Sandstorm attacks Prime believing he planned this and tells him that he is worse than Prowl. The Dinobots try to calm down their buddy Slug, but he is clearly not listening as the dust rises. Sludge makes a run for it which Black Rock informs Optimus Prime, Arcee is already on his trail, Optimus tries explaining to Sandstorm that he was looking for Centurion who had sent the video of a potoform.
Sandstorm tells him that nothing is accidental with Prime, but he gets a mighty smack in the face from Centurion who has arrived.He splits up Sandstorm and Optimus telling them to stop thinking with their guns. Prime realises this is more important than his feelings, so he defers to the rescue mission. Will he be able to save Slug?
He blasts Slug with a warning shot. He attempts to dissuade him from attacking, and tells him that they can be better than this, and not fall lower. However, the puppeteer pulling Slug’s strings, Bludgeon, orders the kill. Starscream storms into his lab telling him that the Protforms are the target.
Starscreams plan is foiled Bludgeon who was controlling Slug was meant to lead Optimus to the Protoforms so he can hand them over to him as leader of the Government but now they know something is up.
The Ghost of Bumblebee tells Starscream there is something he can do, even though Starscream believes him to be imaginary. Marissa Fairborn in some sort of exo-suit rides on the back of Blackrock like a surfboard but he is not bothered as Mayday from the Joe’s used to.
Ghost Bee witnesses Blugeon stating that this is not over as he cannot prepare the world for what’s to come now. This cannot be good, and what this means will hopefully be revealed soon. Earth is feeling the loss of Prime while he is busy.
I love seeing the team grow like this, and how Arcee, in this series, is constantly impressing me. Does she have a secret plan? Only time will tell. Seeing Prime back in the mix is refreshing, and I hope that he and Prime will reunite. This could be an explosive reunion, and would be nice to see. This is a very character driven series, and I think that makes it more intriguing as a reader. The plot was also very clear throughout with minor twist and turns. The art is stellar. There is action, strong storytelling, character development, and enough of everything that it keeps me wanting more. Optimus has full thumbs up from me.