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New Cover Images: Amazon.com Transformers MTMTE Volume 10, IDW Collection Phase 2, Volume 4

Transformers News: New Cover Images: Amazon.com Transformers MTMTE Volume 10, IDW Collection Phase 2, Volume 4
Date: Thursday, April 28th 2016 6:18pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Store News
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Remember back when we showed off those IDW comics listings? Well, now we finally have cover images for both of them! The first book is IDW's critically acclaimed More Than Meets The Eye, this time with its Tenth Volume and it features the main Issue 50 cover as its cover. The second book would be the hardcover Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two Volume 4 with the cover featuring Prowl. We have mirrored the cover images below for your enjoyment. Check them out, and let us know what you think of them in comments section below. And as always stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers News and Galleries!

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IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 27th 2016 10:27am CDT
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Guilt and Violence
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
WEB OF DECEIT! The search for PROWL leads the WRECKERS deep into enemy territory—and that’s where they’re at their best! Unfortunately, with the lives they’ve lived—the pasts they battle to escape—even their best isn’t enough to save everybody.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
How the tables (heh) have turned


Story

After the break in the mini-series, we return to the happy escapades of a bunch of loveable misfits, who just happen to wander through the woods and get caught in the web of a spider. Imagine if Nick Roche approached Sins of the Wreckers in that fashion, and then move several steps opposite - darkness falls. Again.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
Sorry Guzzle


We move through Tarantulas' web as guilt weaves its tale through the minds and past of Roadbuster, Hubcap, Prowl, Arcee and Springer, with the biggest and the smallest of the lot revealing the beginning of the shared sinful paths, and how they have encountered and become who they are now.

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It's... not pretty


On the other side, the team of Wreckers and the Chimeracons, are still working their way through to Tarantulas and his prey, finding a way through the Noisemaze, finding their way through the mess that Prowl has landed everyone into. And they're fairly straightforward about it. Wrecker style.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
Prowl, always the charmer


There is also - as is to be expected by now - some seriously dark humour in the book, almost a breather in between the even darker actions and dialogue taking place. But be ready for another big, dense, heavy read (in a good way, ultimately, but heavy nonetheless), as issue #4 is where Roche falls into the rabbit hole. More thoughts on this below.

Art

As expected, the darkness in the story crawls and creeps not only into the linework, where the organic and the mechanical blend in a really intriguing fashion - if not grotesquely so - but also into the panel composition, with a lot of blank and black spaces, filled yes with dialogue, but also with ominous pauses...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
All together now!


Josh Burcham and Joana Lafuente's colours are wonderfully attuned to the linework provided, and we get some seriously murky, shadowy, closed and/or trippy, depending on the scene, backgrounds to accompany the story being told - or the plans being set in motion. From the past to the present, via the Noisemaze, we see the colourists' skills at full power.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review
Whheeeeeee...


As for the lettering, this issue allows for some of the most varied and appreciated work from Tom B. Long, given free rein over a number of techniques, from fading, to fonts, to sizing - the result is an integral part of both story and visuals, without which it might not work the same. On he cover front, the main Roadbuster narrative is taken on by Roche and Burcham, with the latter also playing with Prowl playing with lives (Kup in particular), and Jack Lawrence brings us the new, complete team of Wreckers in the thumbnailed variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Other readers have pointed out how, much like Roberts in recent MTMTE issues, there are some parallels here in SOTW with the previous Wrecker-centric volume. While that is undoubtedly true, it is also the case that Roche has taken the issues of guilt and violence very much to their limit, here. The issue may not be an easy read for some, as it is as graphic as it is dense, physically and mentally for the characters, and the latter for the readers too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #SinsOfTheWreckers #4 Review


The way in which Roche, Burcham, Lafuente, and Long collaborate on the same story shows a level of passion and understanding of the different dynamics, between characters, between creators, between book and readers, that can only end up bringing about a book like this. The one concern, perhaps, is about the pacing - the build-up is so strong, the development so good, that it feels like this could've been the end of the story. How will next month rack up?

. :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: - out of :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:

IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 27th 2016 9:02am CDT
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That's Not What Your Eyes Are Saying.....
Spoiler-free


Synopsis

Megatron vs. Tarn

Sounds simple right? The teacher and the student. The master and the apprentice. Having those Star Wars flashbacks yet? Well, Darth Vader has nothing on Issue 52 of More Than Meets The Eye, and that is a fact. But, we may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's take a few quick steps back and talk a bit first. Then we can put Lord Vader in his place.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
All they’re missing are the Lightsabers


Story

Well, if you are a More Than Meets The Eye fan, and even if you really aren't, this is the issue that should be on the top of your desires list. Things are nowhere near straight forward. Everything has a point, and then when you think you have the point, suddenly another one comes out of nowhere and stabs you in the back. This was a story heavy on the plot, yet heavier on the action, as if that was possible. This issue took things up several levels, from the players involved to the very foundations of the opposing sides. There were things that were expected. There were things that were wished for that finally came true. And yet, there were things that no one could possibly see coming, yet they did. The story has the twists and turns that Roberts is oh so known for pulling off, but this issue does it in far more dramatic fashion than pretty much any other issue.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
YES


This issue is what issue 50 should have felt like. Scratch that: this issue is what 50 was meant to bring about, and in that regard this is extraordinarily organized and executed. If you felt that the last year of More Than Meets The Eye was lackluster and felt off, believe me: This thing accelerates that faster than the Millennium Falcon can jump into hyperspace. Megatron, Tarn, Kaon, Ratchet, Drift and Rodimus make for the big 6 of the story and get their good moments.This is more than just physical war; this is also psychological war, and we see how that has affected our characters, and how they will affect our characters.

Art

I follow James Roberts on Twitter and I know so many things about what is to come and what he thinks of both his artists and his fans. For issue 51, he made a point of saying that the art in that issue was supposed to be the creative teams best artwork ever, and it did live up to the hype. But for all that they did in 51, take that and multiply it by several degrees and you get the art in issue 52. The art in here is astounding! If you ever had even the slightest thought that Alex Milne was going off his game, here's a clue: Hell no he's not. The lines are bold, the background setting massively detailed, the very characters themselves beautifully defined in all their states of wear, tear, and care.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
And you thought the best eyebrow raises were in Prime didn’t you?


Of course though, this creative team is far from being just Milne. His lines and attention to detail may be the baseline, but Joana Lafuente brings the colors to the front, and she is far and away on the A-team. Probably the biggest moment when she shines? Right as the sun starts setting. Page 7. Page 7 is where she shines her brightest. The light may be dying, but she is in no way dying down, and if anything the fading light only brings her colors farther forward.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
I only wish I could I could show you the REST of that panel


And no issue is complete without its lettering. Tom B. Long gets mentioned so much in our many reviews, and he is always worthy of the praise that is sung for his work. Kaon comes to the front as one of the primary 5 characters I can say this story focuses on, and Long does a great bit in bringing that forward. Kaon's passion and fury are always present, and if Milne and Lafuente didn't already make that clear, Long's lettering far and away makes sure his voice is in your face.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review
Pretty much his natural state when his Pet is in trouble


Thoughts
You are now entering potentially spoiler territory. Enter at own Risk

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: #MTMTE #52 Review

Actually, we really did. You didn’t see the tears in the wake of issue 40


Alright, now that I can be a little freer in my opinions, I will say this: This is be the best issue of More Than Meets The Eye that we have gotten. People wanted the action, and we got it. Ohhhhhh we got it alright. We didn't have much of that standing around talking and setting up what’s to happen next shenanigans. Nope, we got the action sequences that were meant to be. 13 of the 20 pages involved physical violence, all of which was beautifully executed, and in some ways literally. I can say with confidence and truth that there were 2 main parts to the story involving 2 different characters that I could never have anticipated. Just when you think you are rid of someone, they come back with an explanation that furthers your own storyline yet makes complete sense, and makes things only that much worse.

This issue had 3 main characters so to speak: We has the obvious Tarn and Megatron, but we must also not forget Kaon made for a main character and definitely got his personality that he will forever be known for. Ratchet and Drift, while not making total "main character" status, were definitely very well executed secondary characters, as was Rodimus. We also begin to see the cracks in the armor for some members. Sometimes they are extraordinarily subtle, but take a look and you will see.

As a parting thought, it has been said now that issues 54 and 55 will wrap up Dying of the Light, and that 56 is the epilogue so to speak, with a Titans Return crossover coming soon after. Roberts himself even said that 56 would make for a great series finale, though I'm sure we are far from done here. But no matter. It does not matter if this ends in the 50's, or even if we end up much higher though. This issue is Roberts at his peak, Milne at his peak, Lafuente at her peak, Long at his peak. This is the issue that defines what More Than Meets The Eye is, and I look forward to where this can possibly can go from here. In conclusion: Vader, I think Tarn wears the mask better.

:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

IDW Transformers Vs G.I. Joe #12 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs G.I. Joe #12 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 27th 2016 3:50am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW, Tigertrack

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He’ll fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble Auto Joe is there— G…I…. BOOOOOoooT, the real Cybertronian hero…. G. I. Bot is there!

When the going gets tough he’ll stay ’til the fights won, GI BOT is there.

….G …… I ….. BooOOOOOooT!
(whatever, I know it looks like boot)


Kind of how I feel about this series. I’m seeing it through to the end. Through all the nonsense, the craziness, and the far too few cool moments. I’ve tried to change to be one of the enlightened ones of those who get it— to present the unpopular side from what I experience around here anyway—- but I take my childhood heroes too seriously for that anymore.

Rather than bag on a series that is ‘critically-acclaimed’ by smart people who read lots of fiction literature for a living, I’m going to simply say a few words and then present the moments in this particular issue that made me smile. The images might be spoilers, they might not, but most of you don’t care, and if you do, well the issue has been out since last Wednesday.

After this as you know, there is mercifully one more issue left, one more issue for the rest of the scrap to hit the fan…

If you have enjoyed it, I’m glad. If you’ve hated it, I’m disappointed that a product related to heroes from your childhood has left you wanting. Only one more guys and gals…

PLOT-
Megatron, the Deceptions :CON: and Cobra :COBRA: are going to destroy the sun and harvest the energy to create more Cybertronians. Last call for the Autobots :BOT: and Joes :GIJOE: . Time to use the kitchen sink…

Page 1-
I’ve always been a HUGE DEFENSOR fan…always! The only combiner I had in full as a child. This take was an interesting way to ‘re-imagine’ the concept that used Prowl, one of my all-time favorite bots. The rest of the folks are not the normal Protectobots, but an amalgamation of emergency service alt mode vehicles like Red Alert, and Inferno, Blades (although it’s RESCUE BOTS BLADES :GOBOT: clearly—nothing escapes—nothing). Rounding out the group are a random Arcee, Jetfire, and Targetmaster Peacemaker*.
*chuckle for the VOLTRON reference* ‘And I’ll form the gun!’

This whole configuration made me think of the Micromaster combiner re-released as a Kaybee exclusive Defensor using several of these bots’ names. Where’s my yellow Lamborghini Scioli (Hot Shot—or Hot Spot, I’ll have to look)?

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Page 3-
Prime and Grimlock in matrix limbo. Totally reminded me of the video game Marvel Transformers issue (#24, I think--Prime dies--surprise!), crossed with the old ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’ Video Man plot :PACMAN: :GHOST: .

Kudos to :KREMZEEK: for pulling off the very believable Video Man from said SMahAF Ep.

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Throw in a bit out of place Bludgeon as guardian of the AUTOBOT matrix heaven place… odd choice… Cause he's a Decepticon...

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Page Speaking of ODD- :SICK:
Okay, honestly look away from this if you are easily frightened. It will be burned into your memory forever, and for me, it’s not an enjoyable picture. I wish I could un-see it.

It’s not really that bad, but an out-of-mouth stairs/tongue connection kiss thing… I don’t care if it is Snake Eyes and Scarlett bonded to the big bots now--it could have been anyone--. Touching fingers or even holding hands may have been a little easier on the ol' ticker.

SDCC GI JOE VS. TRANSFORMERS Boxset Exclusive coming in 2017! Just wait...

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Page Laugher-
This did make me have a little laugh out loud moment…

Free two-day shipping is a failure Megatron? Some free video streaming thrown in as well? What planet are you from?

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

I did like Grimlock’s attempt at revenge here. "Me Grimlock like two-day shipping Megatron!"
Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

The Splash Pages-
These pages were fun, you can spot some good stuff, like every color of the rainbow seekers, Shrapnel package art picture, Hot Rod riding Sky Lynx into battle with a Bazooka mounted on his shoulder. And combiners, but most don’t look messed up like Defensor.

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Page ‘In Your Eyes’
The John Cusack ‘Say Anything’ reference here really resonated with with me. Wheeljack just needed to be wearing a trench coat and it would have been perfect, but probably over the top. In your eyes indeed, Decepticons...Peter Gabriel says so.

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

And Wild Bill versus Six-shot… which gunslinger wins the showdown? (seems like a ridiculous question, right? Wild Bill already died once though and was reincarnated, so he’s all tough and stuff)

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

Page of REDEMPTION!!!
Okay, DEFENSOR down and hurt. Trypticon bearing down on him for the kill… and one of my lamest and yet most fun GI JOE toys ever comes in for the save…the BRIDGE LAYER... THAT… WAS…AWESOME!!!!! Seems like it needs a new name now, like 'Trypticon killer'. Best page of the whole series, end it here so I can feel somewhat good about the memories that I will take away from…

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Page of BACK TO RIDICULOUS

Baroness and King Hisss himself, Cobra Commander, consummated a reunion with apparently more than a kiss, as Crystal Ball sees ‘the future’???

Transformers News: Transformers Versus G.I. Joe #12 'Review'

So much for leaving this issue with a good taste in my mouth… :shock:



One more issue…

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers for Preorder on Amazon

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers for Preorder on Amazon
Date: Sunday, April 24th 2016 12:22pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
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Fellow Seibertronian triKlops has let us know that the trade paperback for Nick Roche's Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers is now up for preorder at Amazon. It is slightly discounted at 17.99 and is slated to be released on August 2, 2016.

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IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview
Date: Saturday, April 23rd 2016 4:53am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Newsarama

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After a small break in trasmission, we now return to Nick Roche's (with Josh Burcham and others) Sins of the Wreckers, as issue #4 hits next week - check out the preview below, as Newsarama has shared their own, and head back to Seibertron.com for our review on Wednesday!

Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 (of 5)
Nick Roche (w & a & c)
WEB OF DECEIT! The search for PROWL leads the WRECKERS deep into enemy territory—and that’s where they’re at their best! Unfortunately, with the lives they’ve lived—the pasts they battle to escape—even their best isn’t enough to save everybody.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


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Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview
Date: Saturday, April 23rd 2016 4:51am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Newsarama

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One of the longest synopses in the IDW run, leads to one of the more tense fights expected in the More Than Meets the Eye stories. Check out the full preview for issue #52, via Newsarama, and head back to Seibertron.com on Wedensday for our regular review!

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Megatron vs. Tarn.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The battle we’ve been waiting for since 2012.
One will stand, one will fall… unless they both fall.
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


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Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52 Full Preview

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Amazon IDW Transformers Listings: IDW Collection Volume 4, MTMTE Volume 10

Transformers News: Amazon IDW Transformers Listings: IDW Collection Volume 4, MTMTE Volume 10
Date: Friday, April 22nd 2016 4:22am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon.ca

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Adding to a number of listings for picture books available via online retailer Amazon.com, we also now have news of more forthcoming IDW collected volumes for Transformers comics - due September 2016 - and including both TPBs (for More Than Meets the Eye) and another volume in the IDW Collection series. Check out more info below, and beware, there are minor spoilers if you're not up to date with the comics!

Transformers: Idw Collection Phase Two Volume 4 Hardcover – Sep 6 2016


In the early days of the war on Cybertron, two leaders start down their paths towards destiny. Meanwhile, on current day Cybertron, Megatron is back! Everything Bumblebee and his Autobots have built teeters on the edge of collapse and Starscream has to make the choice his whole life has been leading to. On the Lost Light, a secret prisoner is confined in the bowels of the ship. Collects the Monstrosity mini-series, Robots in Disguise #12 18, and More Than Meets the Eye #14-16.

Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (Sept. 6 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631407155
ISBN-13: 978-1631407154
Shipping Weight: 789 g


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Volume 10 Paperback – Sep 13 2016

Megatron has rejected his past, but that doesn t keep him safe from the Decepticon Justice Division. Meanwhile, Getaway is staging a mutiny on the Lost Light, all leading to a climactic showdown, and not everyone will come out the other side. Collects issues #50-55.

Paperback: 152 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (Sept. 13 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631407163
ISBN-13: 978-1631407161
Shipping Weight: 503 g

IDW Titans Return / More Than Meets The Eye Crossover Confirmed

Transformers News: IDW Titans Return / More Than Meets The Eye Crossover Confirmed
Date: Wednesday, April 20th 2016 9:10pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Primal | Credit(s): James Roberts

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Remember earlier today when we showed off July Solicitations and there was a Titans Return one-shot comic included? Well, thanks to James Roberts Twitter Page we have some new information regarding the upcoming role of the Titans Return theme and how it will be fitting into the comics. The Titans Return one-shot shall be written by Roberts, John Barber, and Mairghread Scott. The theme will then spread out into other books, and Roberts confirmed that More Than Meets The Eye issues 56 and 57 will be part of the crossover. It is unclear at this time what The Transformers will do with the crossover, but it is not unreasonable to assume we will have details regarding that book soon, so stay tuned here as we gather more news on this upcoming IDW Titans Return Comic Run!

James Roberts wrote:TDOTL (The Dying of the Light) ends in #55. Next 2 issues are part of the Titans Return crossover. The TR one-shot is by Mairghread, John and me. #56 + #57 are by me

IDW The Transformers #52 Review

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
Date: Wednesday, April 20th 2016 9:57am CDT
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More Like Optimus Prick
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS part 3! OPTIMUS PRIME has declared the Earth to be his territory… but even he can’t go it alone. Now he reaches out across the galaxy to form a coalition—of old friends and older enemies.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
:D


Story

We continue the ride of All Hail Optimus, in the third chapter of this fairly long arc, as positions and setting start shifting around, after the immediate fall out - in last month's issue - of the annexation of unwilling Earth to the Council of Worlds. And that means Starscream gets to do some things too, and he does them with words.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
And others listen


What is particularly pleasing in the issue, is how John Barber uses the actions of Starscream - from whom we've come to expect manipulative behaviour - to comment upon those of Optimus himself, as he just sort of casually wanders over to other potential allies and audiences. Being all complex-y and stuff.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
*tiny violins playing*


There is another fairly intense narrative strand running alongside Optimus' manipulations - one that we might expect from the main cover, and that sees once precarious collaborators Arcee and Galvatron ..er, airing some concerns with each other. Think of it as a very heated (heh) conversation, with some more excellent writing for the former.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
Well done, Barber


The scene above is also the main source of action for the book, so enjoy it if that is your dish. For the more politics and sleight of hand and tongue inclined readers, this is a full course meal, with weaving, waving, twining and a bit of a kick to the side - and some intriguing seeding happening in between.

Art

Art duties are brought back to Livio Ramondelli, after a long break, and I have to admit I had some difficulties this time round. The linework is what we have come to expect, and I am aware some readers are not fans. We do get some interesting cinematic layouts though, and clarity in more dynamic sequences - never a bad thing.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
And Buster!


Where I had some issues was in the colouring, which, while lightening the usually fairly heavy look of Ramondelli's pages, has somewhat reduced my enjoyment of the art overall. This is not the case across the board, though, as there are some scenes that still work really quite well even in the lighter hues - but something struck me as different from the usual.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
Mustafar?


While there is little of prominent display for the lettering of Tom B. Long, sometimes that is just the mark of skill you need as a reminder of the craft. The covers, on the other hand, do something flashier, with Andrew Griffith and Josh Burcham covering Galvatron vs Arcee, Burcham all alone playing around with Age of Extinction and Skylynx, Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente homaging 'The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living' for Art History month, and the thumbnailed Phase6 exclusive sees a collaboration between Griffith and Naoto Tsushima, with Josh Perez on colours, as a tribute to Drift.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If the visual side of things had me distancing myself, on first read, from appreciating the story as such, but going back to it there are some really good advancements from both a contextual and world-building perspective, and for the narrative at hand itself, too. The political intrigue of early RID is back once again, though a lot more is clearly at stake at this point in the game.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #52 Review
That's just... Primes


In fact, think less Game of Thrones and more House of Cards, in how the various parts move around on the table, with some of the best Starscream and Arcee around (you know what I mean) and, I reluctantly say this, given his character, even some of the best Optimus writing for a while. To me, he never held any appeal as a leader - now, this new layer of whatever is going on with him? Yes, I want to see how far he'll go.

. :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: out of :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN:

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