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The Reason Why by Transformers-Mosaic The Reason Why by Transformers-Mosaic
Story/lettering:
Franco Villa [link]

Lineart:
Paul Naylor [link]

Colors:
George Tremarco

Edits:
Michelle Therese [link]

Special thanks to:
Ibai Canales [link]
J.Z. Belexes [link]
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:iconryu238:
ryu238 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
...oh, well that explains it.
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:iconcoraxonyx:
coraxonyx Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
OooH Well NOW it makes sense. Now can you write one about how his entire brain fits on a floppy disk? That would be awesome.
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Yes, we can! Please see our ideas about that here and here. :)
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Anonymous-girl1031 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Whow, I know this comic... heavy.
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:iconnovastorm73:
Novastorm73 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright let's hear it for editing! :)
Quite a group worked on this one to reference the ol' Marvel comic.
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
It seems that every time I start a new story, the number of friends and partners grows!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
A special thanks! What did I do to deserve the honor?

This is a really great piece, it definitely adds a whole new perspective to Budiansky's Optimus and makes him jive more with Furman's Optimus. I'm not a big fan of emo-Optimus, myself, but that's how he was in the Marvel comics and you gotta run with it.

Ah Franco, you're the master of continuity nods and that's why I love you.
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
LOL, thank you ^^
You helped me shape some awfully put sentences :)

Anyway, I swear this is the first and last time I write an Optimus PrEMO story!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
OH now I remember that line!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I did? I honestly don't remember helping with this one! oO

Optimus Prime was one of the few things I think the Sunbow cartoon got better than the Marvel comics.
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:iconfedupn:
fedupN Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Huh. Wow. Nice.
I like the way you tied in all those bad moves from the comics to show a very realistic take on Optimus' burden of leadership.
Thus he said "F*** it" while still maintaining to his ideals.
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Thank you! I like to think that Budiansky and Furman set al the premises, and I just had to sew them all together ^^
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TF-The-Lost-Seasons Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Really cool stuff; this isuuse was specially off putting for me as a kid, you see, back in the day here in Chile this was the last TF comic published, I spent years trying to understand why would they end things like this :(

Of course around 15 years later I discovered this was by far the comic's last issue :)
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
By the way, is it really giri? I thought that giri is something that you don't want to do but have to do because it is giri. I don't think Optimus didn't want to fight against "deadly enemies" he just failed sometimes.
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M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
What he doesn't want is to carry the burden of the "acceptable losses"...something that a general must do.
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
So "the burden of acceptable losses" is hardest to bear? Why don't you say right this words in the comic (sorry for my poor English)
I like this comic very much (I'm crasy about emo-Optimus by Budansky)
This is only my opinion, but the part about giri is a blot on the landscape.
TF culture is not a Japanese, they have no such concept in their culture we may guess. Why Optimus would say about giri? Is sounds weird to me.

Once again I like this comic very much. Exuse me for my criticism.
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Criticism is welcome, and thank you for reading!
I did not want to be too explicit or "in your face" because I prefer that the readers reach their own conclusion ^^
Optimus uses an Earth concept to try and describe his own feelings, because I think Transformers are used to adapt to the culture they visit (that is a consequence of their own nature... they transform into vehicles from our world!).
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lebedevareg Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank for explanation!
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:iconmewberrycake:
MewberryCake Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Suicide by videogame... wow, Optimus didn't really care about fanfare by that time.
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:iconlebedevareg:
lebedevareg Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Poor suicidal Optimus.

It seems that death of virtual cretures in this game was a last straw to him.
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:iconjazzluca:
JazzLuca Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Quite an intriguing story, finally revealing the true meaning behind Optimus' death.
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
A nifty attempt to explain the madness. I can see the youngsters are having trouble following what us old timers used to read back in the day! Now let's see a "Car wash of Doom!" retrospective!
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M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
LOL! Which unexplained detail should be explored in that story? :)
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah hell, how about why do the other Cons put up with that little prick Ratbat as a leader? That always hurt my head. My favorite part of the Underbase saga is him getting scrapped!
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
He's clever! Why should they always follow the nutjobs? :D
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Decepticons are ruled by the most powerful. The ones who can instill the most fear! What's to fear from that cassette tape?

Oh my, we're debating over a toyline! Heheheheh!
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
All the other Decepticons have paperwork phobias and Ratbat is the master of paperwork.
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Tf-SeedsOfDeception Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
XD
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
XD

If they are not so dumb to think that strength is all, they could come to realize that a clever leader sometimes can be better than a strong one.
Earth Decepticons seem clueless enough about their own strategies to follow the bureaucrat in question!
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gun beats casette! *Drool*
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ninjha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Hehe..good story and art! You made a senseless plotline actually readable! Even as a kid that video game scene didn't make any sense. It was only until recently I read that the writer just did stuff so the readers would off track.. haha!
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Black-Mech Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The mind boggles... :?
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Please, see here for answers ;)
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SenTalya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm kinda lost with this one....
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
The main goal of this Mosaic is an attempt at explaining the apparently hasty decision made by Optimus Prime in the infamous G1 Marvel US #24 "Afterdeath".
We all know that Bob Budiansky had been instructed by Hasbro to remove old characters and make room for new ones, but we can try and use some previous events from the Marvel US/UK mixed continuities to give a different version of the story.
The focus on Optimus Prime's inner thoughts is also meant to subtly connect to his resurrection in issue G1 Marvel US #42 and the subsequent reflections in G1 Marvel UK #198.
The connection is given by the fact that, in "Cold comfort and joy!", Optimus is completing an inner quest, discovering his own motivations to fight the good fight once again.
Our Mosaic is a prelude to the "spiritual rediscovery/rebirth" of that episode.

Issue references.

Panels 1, 6,7: G1 Marvel US #24

Panel 2: G1 Marvel US #10

Panel 3: G1 Marvel US #12

Panel 4: G1 Marvel UK #83

Panel 5: G1 Marvel US #19.

Panel 6: "Giri" is a reference to G1 cartoon episode "The burden hardest to bear".
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:iconblack-mech:
Black-Mech Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I see, thank you very much! :)
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:iconsentalya:
SenTalya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
ahh thanks
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:iconnomar35:
Nomar35 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
looks cool, looks like the Marvel style in G2
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:iconthomasvandijk:
thomasVanDijk Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How fitting, it all makes more sense now!
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:iconnachtsider:
Nachtsider Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I still find my mind boggling over how Optimus' entire mind can fit on an Eighties-era floppy.
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Early prototype of winzip? :-)
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:iconnachtsider:
Nachtsider Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Or WinRAR. :p
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
WinTron.
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:iconnachtsider:
Nachtsider Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Awesome. :D
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:iconroyalentertainment:
royalentertainment Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
That too!
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:iconm3gr1ml0ck:
M3Gr1ml0ck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I can do a Mosaic about the fact that Ethan used experimental quantum-tech floppies (created by another branch of Energy Future industries, of course -- he borrowed them for his expensive game) :)
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:iconnachtsider:
Nachtsider Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
That could work, yes. Or perhaps one detailing how the Cybertronians discovered a way to seriously compress files and save inconceivable amounts of storage space. ;)
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, cool yet very surreal.
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