IDW's Transformers: Deviations Setting And Creative Team Revealed For Transformers 'What If?' Story

After IDW's quick reveal yesterday, Newsarama has published an interview giving more details about the Transformers entry to IDW's Deviations miniseries. As most suspected, it will focus on the events of the 1986 Transformers The Movie as they would have unfolded had Optimus Prime not died. The interview with the book's creative team of writer Brandon Easton and artist Priscilla Tramontano also offers some of their insights in to the question. We've also got a first look at the cover variations for this one shot, so click through for an interview excerpt and more!
Brandon Easton: This is a spin on the extremely popular alternate universe concept seen in sci-fi stories and graphic novels for decades. The idea that we get to peek into a different continuity where events took a strange turn and a whole new reality is born is difficult to resist. In Transformers Deviations, we speculate on the one of the biggest moments in Transformers history – the death of Optimus Prime from the classic Transformers: The Movie (1986).

The story explores the events of the original Generation One Transformers timeline if Optimus Prime had not been critically injured by Megatron in their fateful battle in Autobot City. Anyone who knows the movie and the subsequent stories from the third season of the classic TV series knows that Optimus’ death was a central point in the saga and if he survives a wholly divergent and complex wall of dominoes tumble erratically. We get a universe that deviates from the original timeline in a very interesting way.

So in a nutshell, it’s “What if Optimus Prime survived?”
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