With the issue 50 milestone upon us, The Transformers
writer John Barber is continuing making the interview rounds, this time talking to Newsarama about the origins of All Hail Optimus, and what it means for everyone who's found themselves involved with the annexation of Earth, one way or the other. Be warned, the interview does contain spoilers for the issue. We've included a spoiler-free excerpt below, you can click through to check that out and then if you like you can follow a link below to read the full article.
One of the things with Optimus Prime is that he’s a good guy. Like, a really good, powerful, guy. So over the years, he'd sort of had doubt introduced to him in the IDW comic books, where he was a little more hesitating in his actions. As I was writing him, I started to realize he was maybe going down that direction again, and it seemed to me—as a character, from his point of view—he’d want to avoid that.
John Barber interview at Newsarama - Contains spoilers!
But at the same time, one of the looming questions has been “what does it mean to be Prime?” Starscream’s ruling Cybertron; Megatron’s an Autobot... Some people see him as a war leader, others see him as a messianic figure... Some ’bots are loyally on his side and will follow him anywhere, and others—old friends—start to doubt him.
So when Galvatron moves against Earth, this all comes to a head, and in an effort to protect the Earth, Optimus annexes our world into the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. In the process, he’s working to improve the life of people on this planet. It’s not “Dark Optimus,” he hasn’t gone evil—but his actions are certainly perceived as a threat by a lot of people. And they have a good point.