I remember when the first solicits for "The Death of Optimus Prime" came out and everyone was collectively eye-rolling so hard that the Earth's orbit shifted slightly, so when the issue came out and it turned out to be a more figurative death, many people (myself included) were pleasantly surprised when the actual story turned out to be something really fresh and inventive (for the franchise, at least). I totally get your criticisms, but I also think a lot of what made DoOP such a big splash back in the day was that it felt fresh, different, and promising after years of Costa's slog. I think reading it now, in sequence immediately after reading everything else, makes it a very different experience. Of course, this means that the comic's positive buzz maybe relies more on the context in which it was released than the content of the issue itself, but that sort of "objective" viewpoint is sort of the point of this thread. That being said, I think this issue will feel a lot better in hindsight, since almost every little character bit and off-hand mention in DoOP will be elaborated on in one way or another in one of the ongoings. Either way, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them as we enter the "Golden Age" of IDW!