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Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Preview and Review

Postby El Duque » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:21 am

Motto: "I ain't got time to bleed!"
Weapon: Gattling Gun
What happens when Lovecraftian mythos collide with the steam-punk world of Transformers: Hearts of Steel? We're about to find out in IDW's Infestation 2 crossover event! Courtesy of our friends at IDW Publishing we have a seven page preview of Infestation 2: Transformers #1. This title will hit retail February 1st, 2012. Enjoy the preview below!

Infestation 2: Transformers #1 (of 2)
Chuck Dixon (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Livio Ramondelli, Guidi (c)
The Infestation threat has broken the boundaries of time and the Lovecraftian monsters invade the world of Transformers: Hearts of Steel! It's a steam-punk world in the grips of panic as terrifying beings from the depths of the ocean corrupt both humans and Decepticons! Only one man knows how to stop the Infestation, and it's up to him to awaken the Autobots in time to prevent full-scale cataclysm!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant covers:
Inter-connected “Tentacle Attack” cover! Connecting every Infestation 2 tie-in book!

Bullet points:
• Returning to the fan-favorite continuity "Hearts of Steel," by the original creative team!
• Perfect for horror, steam-punk, and TRANSFORMERS fans!



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Review of Infestation Vol 2, Transformers 1 from IDW

Postby Psychout » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:36 am

Motto: "The Blackest Night Falls from the skies,
The darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your hearts and your Demise
by my Black Hand-- --The Dead shall rise!"
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
Is Infestation 2: Transformers issue 1 a horror from the deep or just a horror?

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Because Lovecraft


Steering clear of making direct references to HP Lovecraft's work apart from to drop his name in the adverts, this book is unashamedly influenced by it and, as a cross-over concept, works better than the Vampire/Zombie hybrid theme from the first series. Set in the period created by the sub-series Hearts of Steel its almost as if Chuck Dixon created HoS specifically with this book in mind so seamless is the transition. The story is atmospheric and Guido Guidi's character redesigns are (with one very notable yellow exception) as good as you would expect for the period, rivets, steam exhaust ports, propellers and all. (Although there is one image of Trailbreakerblazer that will be burned into your mind for a very long time, but that's a entirely different style of horror.)

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I wonder who that could be..?


Set deep into the steampunk-era, those of you familiar with HP Lovecraft, (and those of you who aren't, get yourselves to a bookstore immediately) will know the art behind his writing was in making the humans the ultimate victims in his stories, unable to resist the flowing tide of horror that engulfs them from the deep... and this has transposed well. Revisiting the life of the now married Tobias & Kitty Muldoon, and making a new famous friend in the form of Nikola Tesla on the way, Tobias is visited by Bumblebee who's concise plot-exposition cues up a week-long trip north on the Trailblazer, Hound, Ratchet and Wheeljack express to visit a sleeping friend where Tesla's historically famous inventing skills are set to be pivotal.

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I know! Guard carriage at the front? What were they thinking...


The stronger side of this story however is the unseen antagonist. Guidi's inhuman aquatic thralls of the nightmarish Elder Gods from beyond the stars fuel this Cthulhu-inspired tale as they spread the word of their masters power to all they encounter as they rise from the depths, enslaving human and robot alike, culminating in a scene with returning fishermen confronted by the horror of the creatures evil on the docks, helpless and unable to comprehend the demons before them, before darkness of the sea finally consumes them...

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The Ancient Ones are no longer dreaming. Now they are hungry


Their masters keeping to the shadows, the creatures overall mystique is spoiled slightly by the overly simplistic sci-fi explanation given by Bumblebee, however a 2-comic span of a story doesn't allow much room for suspense so, from a Transformers perspective, it sadly fails to really deliver. The Autobots are notable as always, if somewhat lacking in individual personalities, but as a by-product of the Decepticons allegiance change there is little action from them apart from one memorable instance that Ironhide wont forget in a hurry, although a great piece of dialogue from Bonecrusher appears to have been glossed over, hopefully to be realised in part 2. The overall standard of this comic is up there with IDW's other non-transformers titles and I can see this theme working better in amongst their wide-ranging GI Joe and D&D line or their fledgling TMNT series.

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Waterproof too


As there is only two comics to this sub-arc, I wouldn't expect much to surprise you in the second half of this story, trying to put too much suspense into too little space, however as a wider piece of this latest Infestation picture it has real potential and, from this snippet of a 12 issue arc, if horror comics or the Lovecraft-mythos are your thing I would suggest seeking out the first and last issues at the very least.

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Issssssssssuuuuueeeee twwwwooooooooooooooooooooo...


Overall, limited appeal for Transformers fans, those into the period, particular fans of HoS and/or Lovecraft will appreciate a lot about the book, but those with a love of the more mundane Transformers series are most likely to be disappointed.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Seven Page Preview

Postby pWEN » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:17 am

Motto: "Destroy first, think later."
Weapon: Gyro-Blaster Rifle
Optimus Prime vs. Cthulhu? I think my brain just exploded from the massive nerdgasm I just had.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Seven Page Preview

Postby Godzillabot Primal » Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:58 am

Motto: "Roll out!"
Seacons are back. *Brain explodes*
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Thanks for BeastProwl fixing the link!
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Seven Page Preview

Postby dedcat » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:24 pm

Motto: "It's dedcat, son."
This kind of fanboy pandering, 'pop culture thing 1' + 'pop culture thing 2' is usually best reserved for 1 day only $10 hipster t-shirt websites. Still, that is some exquisite artwork.

Perhaps I'm gong to be just enough of a sucker to fall for it this time.
Sure is silly, though.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Seven Page Preview

Postby Anonymous. » Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:38 pm

Kinda liking the story, guess I'll try to pick this one up this week.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Seven Page Preview

Postby MGrotusque » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:26 pm

Looks promising to me :D

I think i'll pick one of these up. It's about time we see some more TF's like the Seacons. I was super stoked to see the Monsterbots in the IDW Dinobots miniseries.

Makes a guy like my happy to be a TF fan when i see some of the more "unique" TF's get some love.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Preview and Review

Postby Seibertron » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:10 am

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Psychout's review of Infestation 2: Transformers #1 has been added to this topic.
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Re: Infestation 2: Transformers #1 Preview and Review

Postby Tigertrack » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:22 pm

Motto: "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
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Artwork looks fantastic. Review makes me want to read it. Thkz.
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