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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:58 am

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The next preview from our IDW friends is the final prelude to the giant crossover event that will cover the shelves for the following six months - Dark Cybertron. Take a look at the preview for RID #21 below!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli (a) • Griffith, Casey Coller (c)
SHOCKPOINT! In the wastelands of CYBERTRON, SHOCKWAVE makes his move—and SOUNDWAVE and the DECEPTICONS step up to stop him! While the battle of the century rocks the ancient ruins of the Crystal City, dig back into the history of these titanic rivals!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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DARK CYBERTRON begins here!
SHOCKWAVE’S master plan is set in motion—and no one is safe!
Livio Ramondelli variant cover interlocking with issue 20 and 22!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby TulioDude » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:30 pm

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:46 am

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It was a very good read, even if it uses the same technique of the past couple of issues. But it sheds a lot of light on Soundwave, has some excellent artwork and has magnificent Barber continuity games.

Look out for the review on Tuesday!
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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Review

Postby Va'al » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:27 am

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Operation: Colour Sounds
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Synopsis

SHOCKPOINT! In the wastelands of CYBERTRON, SHOCKWAVE makes his move—and SOUNDWAVE and the DECEPTICONS step up to stop him! While the battle of the century rocks the ancient ruins of the Crystal City, dig back into the history of these titanic rivals!

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Cyclopic, even


Story
Dark Cybertron draws ever closer, but with MTMTE finishing off its arc this week, RID chooses to stall another month, giving us some insight into another of the major players in what lies ahead for the Transformers universe. This time, we take the superior vantage point of the observer and Decepticon communications expert: Soundwave.

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Affirmative


While the technique is essentialy the same as previous issues with Bumblebee, Arcee and Starscream, Barber has added some time-shifting into the mix, allowing for Soundwave's tale to shed some light onto his own past and Shockwave's, through his interactions with and observations of him, and reveals more of our protagonist's personal beliefs.

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Soundwave: Fanboy


We find out in the first couple of pages about Soundwave's synaesthesia, his relationship with emotions and feelings, his distrust of Shockwave and loyalty to Megatron, how it all began, how it worked, and how it might end up now that all is crumbling (again). His attachment and relationship with some of the cassettes is also briefly explored, in passing.

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Smells a funny colour


Yes, it's another stalling issue. Yes, it's another caption monologue focused on one character. But it's Soundwave, it's well-written, it bounces around it time and continuities and actually gives us some inkling as to what's about to happen!

Art

The artwork. Barber had a brilliant idea here, getting both Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli to work together, one taking over the present-day narrative, the other on flashback duties. And the writing blends in perfectly, by the way. But the two very different styles, with different incarnations of the characters work amazingly together.

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Griffith and Ramondelli, not necessarily in that order


Colour duties are down to Ramondelli for his own pages and linework, and the amazing Priscilla Tramontano for Griffith's work. Once again, she does not disappoint, getting some nice red visor flare in Soundwave's features, and a particularly effective use of appropriate lighting in different settings.

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Peekaboo


Shawn Lee's lettering continues to pleasantly surprise, too, with some excellent work on soundwords and speechbubbles throughout, meshing well with the different characters. And it's very nice to see three very different covers by Griffith, Ramondelli and Casey Coller with Joana Lafuente's colours.


Thoughts
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An issue that showcases Barber's writing talents at his best: the upcoming crossover, continuity references and inner monologues, while flicking through time. It may not advance the plot much, or at all, stalling once more before the beginning of Dark Cybertron, but boy does it deliver by focusing on Soundwave.

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And so does Barber


The mixture of artwork is brilliant, using Ramondelli's flashbacks with Griffith's present, and the issue just looks fabulous all round. Highly recommended Spotlight: Soundwave part 2, with some great Shockwave backstory to boot!

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Henry921 » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:43 pm

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I do love these Decepticon focused issues.

Curious about Dreadwing though... which side will he take? He didn't get much characterization before, so he strikes me as a big wild card. I assume he'll be fighting for Shockwave, but then, once he finds out what Shockers is really up to...
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby 1984forever » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:42 am

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Insight into Soundwave? WOW. I actually get to read a Transformers comic that focuses on the season 1 characters that made this franchise great. :lol: REAL Transformers! I can't lose!
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Neurie » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:20 pm

Shame this book isn't released for another week or so..
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:41 pm

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Neurie wrote:Shame this book isn't released for another week or so..


That may not be the case! As we got the material, the release date is this Wednesday. It's then down to the distributors to keep to that, rather than the publisher.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Yweggo » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:52 pm

So the Autocrasy/Monstrosity styled artwork is flashbacks?
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby xRotorstormx » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:12 am

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I read this last night and, I don't know if it's because I jumped in to the series with #21 but I felt like the reading was very choppy? Would reading the previous issues help or is it supposed to read like that?
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:29 am

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Yweggo wrote:So the Autocrasy/Monstrosity styled artwork is flashbacks?


Yes indeed! The artwork is by Livio Ramondelli, who also did Autocracy, Monstrosity, Chaos and parts of RiD so far, mainly the ones featuring Orion Pax and Jhiaxus. :D

xRotorstormx wrote:I read this last night and, I don't know if it's because I jumped in to the series with #21 but I felt like the reading was very choppy? Would reading the previous issues help or is it supposed to read like that?


What do you mean by 'choppy'? The plot is not linear, and Barber (the writer) here is trying to look back at pretty much the majority of the IDW run from Infiltration onwards, from Soundwave's point of view. There are a lot of references, especially in the flashback passages, that a new reader will not get.

Brave choice to jump in now! :shock:
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby xRotorstormx » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:47 am

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Va'al wrote:
xRotorstormx wrote:I read this last night and, I don't know if it's because I jumped in to the series with #21 but I felt like the reading was very choppy? Would reading the previous issues help or is it supposed to read like that?


What do you mean by 'choppy'? The plot is not linear, and Barber (the writer) here is trying to look back at pretty much the majority of the IDW run from Infiltration onwards, from Soundwave's point of view. There are a lot of references, especially in the flashback passages, that a new reader will not get.

Brave choice to jump in now! :shock:


I caught on with it being flashback oriented, maybe that's why I thought the flow was weird. And it seemed like it took me a while to read because I kept having to reread pages.

Probably not the best to jump in so far in! We were discussing them on the twincast last night so I read it just to have an understanding of what others would be talking about. :D
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby gothsaurus » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:09 pm

I have to disagree... I HATE mixing these styles together in the same comic. Love them separately though.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:42 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:I have to disagree... I HATE mixing these styles together in the same comic. Love them separately though.


Don't you think they worked well with the different stories being told? :-?
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby gothsaurus » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:20 pm

I just think each transition is jarring.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Va'al » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:20 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:I just think each transition is jarring.


To each their own, I suppose. I thought it worked quite well! :D
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby reluttr » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:17 pm

I find it interesting how soundwaves minions represent different versions of the characters.

-Ravage is based on Energon Battle Ravage, just a bit more rounded out and correctly deco'd.
-Laserbeak is based on WFC/FOC laserbeak
-Buzzsaw is based on G1
-Frenzy and Rumble are based on Classics/Universe/Generations

Im not 100% sure about ratbat, but he appears to be based on the new MP one. Which would also count as g1 I suppose. XD
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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21 Preview

Postby Manterax Prime » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:25 am

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Confirmed Release Dates for October IDW Transformers Comics

Postby Va'al » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:14 am

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Some of you may still be waiting for September's issue of Robots in Disguise (21), and wondering what has happened to it. Mariel Romero, digital assistant at IDW, has the answer! Both 21 and 22 will be release in October, one on the 9th and one on the 30th - so make sure you pick your copy up next week. In the meantime, check out the preview and review.

OK BREATHE! #Transformers comics digital release dates: #MTMTE 22: 10/16, #RID 21: 10/9, RID 22 = 10/30 :D You're welcome.
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