My take: Solid opening issue. Barber's back to his old internal narration format, but considering this is a book about Optimus Prime, getting his internal monologue actually really works. Time will tell if it becomes more of an irritant than a narrative aid like it was back in RID. The plot: Optimus Prime is still trying to get Earth to join in the Cybertron Council of Worlds (which to me seems like he hasn't progressed a whole lot since ex-RID #50, but whatever), but it looks like he's finally going to have to deal with the repercussions of his actions in the form of Aileron's hero-worshipping colony squad and Pyra Magna's increasingly-threatening challenges to his Matrix worthiness. Even though not much happened in the issue's current-day storyline, there's a lot to work on as the series progresses. Story-wise, the most exciting part about this is delving into that weird in-between period of IDW continuity where war has already begun but Orion Pax isn't Prime yet. Since all we have now is the mediocre-at-best Autocracy, it'll be good to see Barber come in to smooth out any inconsistencies or oddities that resulted from that miniseries. But holy crap, the artwork. Kei Zama's art is like a breath of fresh air - it's both modern and retro, and radically different from anything we've seen in a Transformers ongoing. I'm sure it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it. The grittiness of it works extremely well for the flashback scenes (Zama's Zeta Prime is absolutely gorgeous). I always liked Griffith's art, but Zama's is a geniune joy to look at. I'm honestly in for this series just for the artwork. Anyway, that's my two cents. What does everyone else think?