Saturday, December 15, 2012

Comic Review...

Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

Writer: James Roberts
Artists: Steve Kurth (pencils), Juan Castro (ink)
(covers by Steve Kurth, Livio Ramondelli, Clayton Crane)

Summary:  BEFORE OPTIMUS PRIME—there was Orion Pax! Four million years ago, the future leader of the AUTOBOTS disappeared into the Cybertronian wilderness to save a friend. What happened next would take him to the very brink—and have startling repercussions on the current comics!

Comments:  Orion Pax gets a new body, temporarily, that resembles his G1 cartoon form and goes on a mission to rescue Ratchet from the Decepticons. He also gets strapped to a rocket and then escapes it before it hits Iacon and detonates. The end.
   I have to admit I have no idea what the point of this comic was. I get the impression it forms a larger story along with the forthcoming Thundercracker and Megatron spotlights. On its own, though, it's a largely irrelevant and unsatisfying. Like other Roberts comics, Rung gets a cameo and we also see Pax chumming around with Zeta Prime (the villain of Autocracy from earlier this year). Alphatrion also helps him out in the field. 
   The art by newcomer Steve Kurth is fairly good and tells the story visually quite well. It didn't blow my mind or anything but it's functional and that's all that really matters.

   My problem is that there's little characterization, heart or point to the tale. Roberts, of late, seems fixated on explaining all of Cybertron's prewar and early war history. He does it without any real story relevance in the bigger sense, though, and that ultimately makes it uninteresting. So what if Orion Pax did this or that? Did it ultimately affect him as a character? Did it make him the Autobot he is today? Does it relate to the greater story of More Then Meets The Eye? If not, why should the reader really care?

Verdict: Pass. A waste of time and money.

Cover "B" by Livio Ramondelli

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