John Barber Answers Questions About Optimus Prime - Character And Comic Book - In New Interview

Previews World has gotten some time with IDW's John Barber. Having recently stepped down from his editorial job, Barber will continue to be writing for the Transformers with the launch of the new Optimus Prime title. The interview recaps the end of Revolution a bit, and tries to explain why Optimus Prime is getting a self-titled comic series, offering some insight toward the focus we can expect from the book. We have an excerpt below, and keep reading for a link to the original article.
Vince Brusio: How will Optimus’ origin be relayed in this new series? Is there room for the past? Or is the present too busy to spare time for reflection?

John Barber: The first arc goes full-steam-ahead into the present, but there’s a parallel story in pre-war Cybertron, when he was still Orion Pax, before he became Optimus Prime. It’s important for this series to see why Optimus is doing what he’s doing, what’s motivating his actions. He’s not just taking over, and he’s not just being decisive out of nowhere.

There’s a particular point in his life that we haven’t seen that’s really important to how he became Optimus Prime. He has some regrets — there was a war fought between him and Megatron, and that war lasted four million years and destroyed planets — including Cybertron, and very nearly Earth. And the ultimate goal of both sides was sort of the same — both sides were against an evil and corrupt system that had taken over Cybertron.

The first arc is called “New Cybertron,” so the war — and the events that led to it — weigh on Optimus’ every action.


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