OPTIMUS PRIME 08
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: June 2017
Series: Revolution - Optimus Prime Series
Issue Number: 08
Hector Ramirez interviews Jazz about his life and his music inspirations, but as the interview goes on it turns to the misdeeds Jazz and the Transformers have done on Earth. The GI Joe team arrives as the interview falls apart and Jazz gets a warning to run.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Hector Ramirez, a TV host that has a long history of appearing in the GI Joe, Transformers and JEM 1980s television cartoons.
Sofia Orozo is named, she has appeared in several issues talking to Jazz without given a name.
Talon and Spike are characters created in the Transformers series that are now a part of the GI Joe team.
GI Joe: Flint, Salvo, Talon, Spike, Mainframe
Transformers: Jazz, Optimus Prime, Pyra Magna, Skyburst, Stormclash, Aileron, Jetfire, Metrotitan
Others: Sofia Orozo, Hector Ramirez, Selma Gutierrez, Miguel
"What it's really like"
Written by: John Barber
Art and Colors by: Casey W. Collier
Letters by: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
Publisher: Ted Adams
Cover A: Art by Kei Zama, Colors by Josh Burcham
Cover Company: IDW
Cover B (Subscription A): Art by Casey W. Collier, Colors by John-Paul Bove
Cover Company: IDW
Cover C (Subscription B): Art by Andrew Griffith, Colors by Josh Perez
Cover Company: IDW
Cover D (Retailer Incentive): Art by Sara Pitre-Burocher
Cover Company: IDW
Full Summary can be read at Transformers Wiki tfwiki.net. See Issue Optimus Prime #8
Editor’s Note = (info in parentheses) is in comic character descriptions, [Info in brackets] are my comments
Transformer Jazz pulls up with a massive car length bass guitar strapped to the top. Standing under an umbrella is Sofia Orozco (Intern), who helped set up an interview with news television host Hector Ramirez, has had Jazz following her around for the last week. Hector greets Jazz by saying he is big fan of the Transformers. His producer Selma Gutierrez and her assistant Miguel have him sign the paperwork.
In Autobot City, 1,000 ft above the Atlantic Ocean, Optimus Prime and the President of the United States continue a debate about the Jazz interview and the presence of Transformers on Earth. The President wants Optimus to distance himself from Jazz. A team of Joes fly away from Autobot City on the way to the secret location of the interview with Jazz.
At Little Cybertron on the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, Stormclash (Skyburst’s sister), Skyburst (Stormclash’s sister) and Pyra Magna are overseeing not yet completed construction when Optimus Prime sends communication that he would like to meet with Pyra Magna alone and off planet to clarify unfinished business between them. Pyra Magna borrows Junkicon leader’s Rum-Maj shuttle to fly to meet Optimus. [Pyra Magna is a part of the Combiner Victorion as are Skyburst and Stormclash]
On Autobot City, Jetfire (Warrior/Scientist) and Aileron (Growing Uneasy) talk about Optimus Prime leaving Earth for the meeting on Cybertron with Pyra Magna and how it leaves Aileron in charge in his place.
Pyra Magna arrives on Autobot City, Prime greets her and they begin to talk as they walk into the portal that takes them to Cybertron.
Hector Ramirez’s interview questions and Jazz’s answers.
[Hector Ramirez] HR: Tell us where you came from?
[Jazz] J: Cybertron? I thought everybody knew that.
HR : Well, that’s like saying “Earth” isn’t it? I’m from a different place than someone from Kentucky or Beijing.
J: Right on yeah – that’s absolutely -- that’s right. I’m from a town in the north, Staniz. It had a big spaceport that was its deal.
HR: This was before the war between the, uh, the Autobots and Decepticons?
J: Yeah, way before, Well, I guess if you go back .. It wasn’t really so long But –
HR: Did you like it there?
J: No, I mean everything, there was shipbuilding which wasn’t my scene, or service stuff – restaurant, bars.
HR: And that wasn’t for you, either?
J: But those kind of places attract musicians, which was my –
HR: Your way out?
J: It gave me a reason to wanna get out. I heard a magna march when I was young. It’s a kind of not a marching band, not like you have. It’s this one harmolodic form. It hit me like nothing else. And I starting telling people I was named after it.
HR: Aha. And if you translate that term to Spanish or English?
J: Jazz. Yeah. That’s how come folks call me Jazz.
HR: So you were a musician when war broke out? ?
J: No, No back then it wasn’t easy to make money playing Aghartan electro-bass.
HR: You use money on Cybertron?
J: Sure, you little fleshly folks don’t have the trademark on that but before the war; times were tough cause of the Clampdown.
HR: The Clampdown?
J: Oh, man … curfews and spies, they closed down get-togethers. Hit the music scene hard. I had to make a choice: starve to death or get a real job. I moved to Kaon and applied for the Security Services. Then the war broke out.
HR: And that led you to meet Optimus Prime?
J: Yeah, we became friends. I guess. He trusted me. I trusted him. Still do, I mean.
HR: When did you come to Earth?
J: Funny thing, I don’t know if people know this, but I was the first guy Optimus sent here.
HR: You were the first Cybertronian on Earth?
J: No, no – but Optimus sent me as an advance scout, on account of how good I am at improvising in music or in the field. See, I came here because a Decepticon, name of Starscream, was leading a squad lookin for ORE-13
HR: As I understand, Starscream is currently the President of Cybertron?
J: Somethin like that. It’s a long story.
HR: What did you make of Earth?
J: You kiddin? I loved it. The music was dope. I mean, there’s so much of it, and you guys have only been around for a little while. I felt like … Cybertron wasted so much potential.
HR: What do you mean?
J: We have our culture, you know. But then the war started and that was it. It was all static from then on. Four million years. And look at Earth, in the last, I don’t know century. Like obviously Jazz, right? Miles and Ornette and Coltrane – John and Alice, Monk, Mingus to many to name. Kamasi Washington, he wasn’t around when I got here but that record of his…
HR: So just jazz, Jazz?
J: No, no way. Samba, hip-hop, taiko. So much good stuff. I heard Bach and thought “this sounds like what Prowl’s head’s gotta be like.”
J: Logical cat. My commanding officer, goin all the way back to the Security Services.
HR: Where is he is all this? What’s he up to?
J: He … he and Optimus they had a falling out, Prowl tried to overthrow Starscream, then he disappeared.
HR: Interesting. You mentioned Cybertron’s “wasted potential”. Did that make you bitter?
J: What? No man. It’s not like that at all.
HR: Your war followed you to Earth in a big way. They’re very nearly wasn’t a Kamasi Washington thanks to you coming here.
J: Well, “followed” me is kinda strong way to put it
HR: You murdered John Powell.
J: Hang on
HR: He was a decorated American police officer. He felt threatened by Cybertonians and you killed him.
J: There were vigilantes, man. The cops were supposed to hold them back and then Powell – Officer Powell grabbed a Megatron gun and --
HR: A what?
J: Megatron, He’d he’d left these guns that –
HR: Megatron, the Cybertronian who invaded Earth and killed 900 million people. And who was the commanding officer of Starscream, the President of Cybertron?
J: Yea, Megatron was trying to make a comeback and –
HR: And now currently, Megatron is an Autobot. Like you.
J: Not exactly, I mean he’s …
HR: Megatron once overthrew the government of Cybertron. At the time he was working with Optimus Prime. Is that correct?
J: The government was oppressing the people. The Clampdown like I said –
HR: You interfered again with some American police officers last year in Detroit. They were trying to apprehend Tyler Nelson.
J: They were going to kill him. He was -- he is just a kid. He wasn’t a threat.
HR: So the government of America was oppressing the people and you intervened?
J: It – I was by myself, and somebody needed help. I did what anybody would do.
At this point in the interview, Jazz calls out to Sofia saying “Sofia you said I’d get to – that they wanted to hear my story!” Jazz stands up and Hector Ramirez runs thinking Jazz is attacking, which is incorrect. He is just mad that the interview went the way it did. He receives a message “RUN”. Just above the warehouse where the interview is happening, a GI Joe team of Flint (Warrant Officer), Talon (Field Leader), Spike (Special Warfare), Salvo (Anti-Armor) and Mainframe (Computer Specialist) drop down from the GI Joe Stealth Fighter. Salvo can’t remember the name of the pilot. They burst through the door to find that Jazz has left the building only the news crew is there.
Sofia talks to the producer Selma remarking about how Jazz looked as he rushed off, the hurt and how he really though he could changes minds with the interview. He just found out how the real world works on Earth.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen