IDW's Transformers Comics Are Addressing a Major Current Political Issue

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Optimus Prime #25 and the Transformers: Unicron comics, all on sale now.

Following the death of Optimus Prime in the Transformers: Unicron series, Earth's landscape has changed drastically. The Autobot leader sacrificed himself to take out Unicron, but prior to that the planet-devouring robot consumed all Cybertronian colonies out there, including Cybertron itself.

With Earth as the final colony, following Optimus' last stand, it's now become a haven for refugees from all over the galaxy who were left homeless due to Unicron's feasting. However, this issue has divided the planet, with the views and opinions of the powers-that-be mirroring current political issues globally when it comes to immigration.

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In the real-world, this is a major issue across the Americas and Europe, as displaced people fleeing terrible turns of fate look for somewhere they can call home, to live out their hopes and dreams. The Transformers franchise, in comics, cartoons and film, addressed this in the past, but now there's a lot more sociopolitical commentary embedded in the books due to the state of the world today.

Optimus Prime #25 places a major spotlight on that, as we see the world powers and key stakeholders on either side of the equation making their political stances known on the topic of immigration control. With several alien species, including Rom the Spaceknight and his brethren from Elonia, joining the refugee count, we find out the number of refugees is in the billions. The Autobots and Decepticons, who are no longer at war, are just the tip of the iceberg, as Unicron destroyed 13 colonies in total, meaning the survivors from all these planets are now stranded on Earth.

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In the final issue of Transformers: Unicron, we did see the President of the United States telling Flint that they need to discuss G.I. Joe's role moving forward. She's basically looking to turn them into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), and you can tell the team is split down to middle as to how to handle the crisis at hand, because they're friends with the robots but still have to be practical about the intake. Clearly, Flint doesn't want friends to turn into foes.

We also see human backlash from those who feel that there's no space, not to mention a lack of resources for these new civilizations to thrive. Protests have already begun and selfish folks are taking to the television, with media campaigns in full-swing, hellbent on chasing the outsiders away. Borders, walls, refugee camps are all being discussed, echoing the conversations that Republicans and Democrats regularly butt heads on in the Donald Trump era, all as the Autobot/Cybertron alliance tries to figure out the best way forward for everyone. The likes of Jazz and company are helping to rebuild Earth, but a huge segment of mankind believes they're to blame for Unicron coming here in the first place.

The anti-refugee voices are spreading the word across all platforms, leading to a rise in xenophobic sentiments. Sadly, these clashes are set to increase after Buzzsaw (an ex-Decepticon), frustrated by the lack of empathy on offer, attacked a bunch of illegal poachers in Africa, chiding them for abusing the resources at their disposal.

Right now, the sanctity of life is being questioned, and some robots are laying their feelings out on the table, positing that maybe mankind doesn't deserve the planet. Given the Decepticon nature, one has to wonder how long it'll be before they try to take over themselves, destroying the recent unity cultivated alongside the Autobots. The sad thing is, some Autobots might even share their views, so the lines are clearly getting blurred as all the refugees find themselves backed into a corner.

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Right now, all these refugees know is they need to band together to survive. Whether or not that's a good thing, well, with no Optimus here to talk sense into both sides, that remains to be seen, because the tension is escalating.

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