In the original show, Optimus Prime used to be a powerhouse, a dominating force on the battlefield. but ONLY in the show. in the marvel G1 comic (US), it was very rare for prime to do anything aside from pout. he rarely participated in any battles. did he fight AT ALL before he killed himself over a video game? after gaining his powermaster form he took out the decepticon powermasters, pouted, interrupted scorponok and shockwave's battle, took out unicron, and then finally kicked decepticon ass in the final issue. in G2, he got off to a great start. kicking lots of decepticon ass, even when jhiaxus was tearing him apart, he still kept going. then Megatron crushed him. then jhiaxus did, again. then the swarm did. then he got a fancy new body and didnt do anything. then comes Dreamwave. volume 1, he's doing good. even takes out devastator. volume 2, hey, yeah, more ass kicking as the series wraps up. oh. now he's getting his ass soundly kicked by shockwave. yay. in the ongoing, he's out of commission for every single issue. war within, he beats up some decepti-fodder, and beats up megatron himself. then he's gone for volume 2 and what we saw of volume 3. IDW, the first battle we see him in, he gets trashed by megatron. now in the avengers crossover issue 3 preview, prime is down again, smoldering. am I the only one noticing that prime gets his ass kicked more often than he's kicking ass? that he's pacing around complaining and pitying himself more often than he's actually taking any kind of action? DW's G1 vol. 2 showed us that prime could be a hero again. I know we all loved reading hot rod's description of him as he took charge and led the attack against the omega sentinels. I'm tired of seeing prime treated so badly. hell, I'd even accuse the various comic writers of wasting him. I want prime to be someone the decepticons fear. someone who can step onto a battle field and turn the tide like he did in the animated movie. I want him to be a hero again. does anyone think this will ever happen? how likely is it that as soon as prime's better in the IDW comic, that he's going to either talk for the entire run of devastation, or get his ass kicked again? will the prime spotlight be page after page of him getting beat down?