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IDW Rolls Out Three New Covers For ‘Optimus Prime’ #1

Optimus Prime #1, IDW

Over the past few months, I think I've been so excited about IDW's upcoming Revolution event --- which, as you probably know by now, is the big reboot that combines Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, Micronauts, Action Man and Rom The Space Knight into a single universe full of the crossover potential that some of us have been waiting thirty years for --- that I'm not sure if I've ever stopped to consider what's going to happen next. I mean, presumably we'll see Snake-Eyes fighting Megatron at some point, but beyond that? I hadn't even considered the possibilities.

Now, however, we know that at least one of the things we're going to be getting comes in the debut issue of John Barber and Kei Zama's Optimus Prime, in which the leader of the Transformers is going to be fighting a giant corkscrew from space. No, that is not a typo, and yes, I am into it. Check out all three covers for Optimus Prime #1 below!

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Turn The Screw: John Barber, James Roberts, And Mairghread Scott On The New Post-‘Revolution’ Transformers [SDCC 2016]

Transformers: Lost Light

For those of us who have been waiting thirty years for MASK, Transformers, GI Joe and a handful of other Hasbro properties to be thrown into the same universe, but it raises a lot of questions about what it's going to mean for the books that have been around for a while once the big Revolution event happens. For the Transformers especially, the franchise at the center of the action, there are a lot of questions about how it all ties together.

Now, with IDW revealing their post-Revolution plans at San Diego Comic-Con, we've got some answers from Optimus Prime writer John Barber, Transformers: Lost Light writer James Roberts, and Transformers: Til All Are One writer Mairghread Scott. Read on for their thoughts on integrating their complicated history into a new universe, the metaphors behind Cybertronian politics, and whether Roberts feels bad for making me cry about Chromedome and Rewind.

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The Transformed Man, Act 16: Chaos Theory

The Transformed Man, Act 16: Chaos Theory

I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.

This week, we're heading back to 2011 for "Chaos Theory" and the first meeting of Optimus Prime and Megatron!

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Kids Logic Crafts The Cutest Optimus Prime Action Figure

Kids Logic Optimus Prime
Kids Logic/Hasbro

We've seen a lot of "chibi" Optimus Prime figures in our time, but it looks like Hong Kong toymaker Kids Logic is going to take the cake for coolest lil' Transformers Autobot leader of 2014. Due out this month, the 6" figure features a signature "super deformed" sculpt without sacrificing the kind of articulation and detail fans are used to seeing from Hasbro and Takara's much taller offerings.

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Link Ink: New Year’s Eve, New Power Lords And A Proposal That’s More Than Meets The Eye

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 NYE
Marvel

Click through to see our last links of the year.

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Link Ink: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Gets ‘X2′ Writers, ‘Pokemon XY’ Comes To Cartoon Network And Gingerbread Optimus Prime

X2

Finish your work week with Friday links aplenty.

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UM-1 Ultimetal Optimus Prime Displays The Anatomy Of An Autobot Leader

UM-1 Ultimetal Optimus Prime

Hasbro and Takara's larger Transformers Optimus Prime figures have been sporting Autobot Matrix of Leadership-storing chest chambers for years now, but Action Toys' upcoming UM-1 Ultimetal Optimus Prime digs even deeper by giving toy fans a look at the Generation 1 version of the heroic leader's entire anatomy from the inside out via removable plates. Turns out robots-in-disguise are full of their own mechanical guts and black stuff.

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Link Ink: Bill Watterson Talks ‘Calvin And Hobbes,’ More Marvel Vinylmation And The Sailor Moon Proplica

Calvin and Hobbes Scientific Progress Goes Boink
Universal Press Syndicate/Bill Watterson

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Link Ink: The Optimus Prime Nutcracker, Custom MOTU Lego Minifigs And EVA Skateboards

bartsandelnutcrackers

Art: Bart Sandel crafts Nutcracker versions of Optimus Prime, Skeletor and other fun characters.

Customs: Gregos Thomas imagines a Masters of the Universe line from LEGO with a CG rendered minifig poster...

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Parting Shot: ’80s Tees’ Steps Up Its Hoodie Game With Grimlock And Optimus Prime

hoodie-hed

I usually leave the fashion posts to Bethany Fong, our expert purveyor of all posts regarding sartorial splendor. But frankly, when I see a guy dressed as Grimlock, I call dibs. The folks at 80s Tees, just in time for Halloween, are providing Transformers fans with Optimus Prime and Grimlock inspired hoodies...

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