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COMICBOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax

December 11th, 2012 by Paddy Comments

Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax
Story by: James Roberts
Art by: Steve Kurth

Have you ever spent sleepless nights wondering just how Optimus Prime became Optimus Prime?

Let’s be honest, it’d be easier to ask who hasn’t? Well, thanks to this impressive tale by James Roberts, that question has been answered.

Focusing on Orion Pax, or as he’s better known, the ‘bot that would become Optimus Prime, we are served up a knowing hymn to Transformers lore.

The action centres on Pax leading a team into hostage negotiations with the dreaded Decepticons. Roberts’ tale has more characterisation and depth in a single panel than Michael Bay managed in three entire movies.

Orion Pax is a prime (did you see what I did there?) example of how to handle a much-loved franchise with respect and care, without eschewing on the action.

There are more than a few nods that’ll have long time fans lapping it up. It isn’t just a series of ironic moments though. This is genuinely a thoughtful tale that makes you realise there really is More Than Meets The Eye.


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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...