Transformers Ongoing #31
CHAOS is over. The future holds many mysteries, but the past can never be forgotten. As Ironhide looks back at what was, he comes to realize that it may hold the key to what lies ahead. A new peace has settled, and a new time has come for the Autobots, for the Decepticons… for Cybertron.
Transformers Ongoing #31 Covers and Images
Transformers Ongoing #31 Release Info
|Series||Transformers Volume 1|
|Story Arc||Chaos Epilogue|
|Release Date||December 2011|
Transformers Ongoing #31 Print Data
|Incentive Description||Transformers Ongoing #31 features one incentive cover. One copy of the incentive cover was provided for every ten copies ordered through Diamond Comic Distributors.|
|Total # of Covers||3|
Transformers Ongoing #31 Artists, Writers and More
|Cover A||(Artist: Rik Alvarez)|
|Cover B||(Artist: Casey Coller) (Colorist: Joana Lafuente)|
|Cover RI (Retailer Incentive)||(Artist: Trevor Hutchison)|
|Editor||Carlos Guzman, John Barber|
Transformers Ongoing #31 Synopsis
Transformers Ongoing #31 Review
Review Submitted By: Tim Formas
Within Transformers #30, we were witness to the end of “Chaos”. Megatron seemed to have the upper hand against the DeceptiGod, the D-Void began to attack Cybertron, and Optimus Prime attempted to release the power of the Matrix of Leadership to stop it all. Upon his attempt to release the power of the Matrix, Optimus Prime wakes up to an empty wasteland devoid of any life with an empty, broken Matrix lying on the ground in front of him.
The Chaos Epilogue, Transformers #31 jumps way into the future. Except for a familiar face or two, no Cybertronians who were present during Chaos appear to still be functioning. Those that still survive are looked upon as legends and seen as a symbol of the hope and prosperity that is currently present on the planet.
Writer Mike Costa finishes his run on the Ongoing with Transformers #31. Costa’s story drops a few hints throughout speeches and dialogues made throughout the issue that help fill in the gaps regarding what happened after Optimus Prime release the power of the Matrix. These gaps, of course, will be filled in upon the release of Transformers #32. While there are several pages of nothing but full-page art (no dialogue), those pages function well as emotional ties to every saga that the IDW Transformers reader has lived through.
Casey Coller returns to Transformers, providing art duties for Transformers #31. Casey’s art returns the ongoing to the art style many are used to seeing. Combined with Joana Lafuente’s vivid colors, the two has convincingly changed the tone from the Chaos arc from dark and stylistic to bright and cheery. That change suits the tone of the epilogue perfectly, conveying light coming out after one of the darkest times in Cybertron history.
Transformers #31/Chaos Epilogue is definitely a penultimate issue, but not just to the Chaos story arc. Transformers #31 conveys a feeling of finality to everything that IDW has told us a story about thus far and that the two ongoing series in the horizon will bring a new start to our favorite robots.
Overall Rating: 4