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IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight

Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight
Date: Wednesday, April 20th 2016 3:40am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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While most of the details below have been covered with the reveals of the ROM the Spaceknight variant covers over the past couple of days (the stories are here, here and here), we now also have the full listings for the IDW Transformers comics coming out this July 2016! Check out all the stuff to be expected by then, including continuation of ongoings, the new Titans Return one-shot (explaining the SDCC exclusive Titan Force set, it seems), and the Sins of the Wreckers TPB.

Transformers #55
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS—CONCLUSION! GALVATRON vs. SOUNDWAVE vs. ARCEE vs. COSMOS vs. OPTIMUS PRIME vs. humanity!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers #55—ROM Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The war for Earth extends to outer space!
Ultimate victory—or final defeat? Or... both?
Setting the stage for TITANS RETURN—and beyond!
Part of IDW’s month-long variant cover program, celebrating the return of ROM!
Variant cover by Carlos Valenzuela!


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #55
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
The battle against the DECEPTICON JUSTICE DIVISION is finally over, and for the few AUTOBOTS left standing, all that's left are words. Four words, to be precise. Four terrible words, millions of years old, that gave the DECEPTICONS their name.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #55—ROM Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Brendan Cahill (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
An unexpected ending? Or the most unexpected ending?
The crew of the Lost Light has never seen higher stakes!
Setting the stage for TITANS RETURN—and beyond!
Part of IDW’s month-long variant cover program, celebrating the return of ROM!
Variant cover by Carlos Valenzuela!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers, Vol. 9
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to find his place on CYBERTRON where half the population hates him and the other half worships him. Meanwhile, on Earth, GALVATRON doesn’t care what anybody thinks. Collects issues #46–49.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-668-3

Bullet points:
“The world of the Transformers is a complex and interesting place and it will only continue to become more epic as these tales expand.” –BigGlasgowComic


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers: Titans Return One-shot
Mairghread Scott, James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
THE LAST AUTOBOT! Once he ruled CYBERTRON with a brutal (and literal) iron fist... left for dead four million years ago, SENTINEL PRIME is back. But in a world where STARSCREAM rules CYBERTON, OPTIMUS PRIME has invaded Earth, and MEGATRON is an AUTOBOT—SENTINEL doesn’t like what he sees!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Transformers: Titans Return One-shot—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott, James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
The story continues in TRANSFORMERS #56 and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #56 next month, and expands to TILL ALL ARE ONE this fall!
For the first time ever—Scott, Roberts, and Barber working together on one story!
Plus the powerful noir art of superstar Livio Ramondelli!
After OPTIMUS is hailed; after the LIGHT dies... the next phase of TRANSFORMERS comics starts here!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers: Till All Are One #2
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
PANIC ON THE STREETS OF CYBERTRON! As STARSCREAM’S secret police continue on their rampage, IRONHIDE is caught between the BADGLESS and a population looking for retribution!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers: Till All Are One #2—ROM Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
CYBERTRON takes center stage—can STARSCREAM hold on while power slips through his fingers?
Fan favorite character WINDBLADE tries to keep the peace!
Part of IDW’s month-long variant cover program, celebrating the return of ROM!
Variant cover by Carlos Valenzuela!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers July 2016 Solicitations: #TAAO, #SinsoftheWreckers, #TitansReturn, ROM Spaceknight


Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers
Nick Roche (w & a & c)
THE WRECKERS RETURN! Somebody’s kidnapped PROWL… but does anybody want him back? A lifetime of messing with everybody’s lives comes around to haunt him. Fortunately, he’s always got a plan. In this case… the team of brutal, broken heroes… the WRECKERS!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-669-0

Bullet points:
“This book and its predecessor prove that it's possible to treat the Transformers franchise with utmost seriousness, as long as there's room for occasional moments of silliness and bombast.” –IGN

Transformers: Deviations' Subtle Indictment

Transformers News: Transformers: Deviations' Subtle Indictment
Date: Thursday, March 17th 2016 8:16am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles, Editorials
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Transformers: Deviations' Subtle Indictment
(Or: I Swear This Isn't a Site Article)
(Unless Va'al swoops in on Alpha Bravo and makes it so...)
(Which just happened.)


Note: This article is an editorial, and as such, it reflects the views of the authors and the author alone. Much like our reviews, top lists and other articles, it is not indicative of Seibertron.com, the site owner, or the staff.

The Transformers: Deviations one-shot came out this week and I was extremely excited about this book. I love the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie with a passion, and any addition to its lore, imagery, and self-contained universe is something I jump at with fervor.

There's a reason this movie has withstood the test of time. It's likely most accurate to say that there are a multitude of extremely good reasons this has happened and not just one on its own. From the iconic music (whether or not you enjoy it ironically being outside the scope of things here) to the sublime voice cast to animation that put the weekly TV series to shame, this movie's lasting appeal is one of a hundred factors responsible for the brand's sustained success. Success which, it should be noted, has far surpassed a majority (though not all) of the 80s and 90s nostalgia act properties that have gone away for a time then re-emerged into current pop-culture awareness. TF:TM as I'll call it a lot from here on out was the first time the brand evolved, and it did so in the most amazing way for me.

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I should really elaborate on some of those points in regards to TF:TM a bit more. First, to get it out of the way since I've already brought it up perhaps somewhat pointlessly, the music in TF:TM is a time capsule of everything 80s movie soundtracks did, for better or worse. This helps give the movie some lasting appeal. Since the ultimate point of this article is about a comic book which inherently doesn't get a musical element, that's all that will be said about that.

The voice cast for the original movie was comprised of a great mix of the talents from the Sunbow cartoon, interspersed with Hollywood stars such as Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, Orson Welles, and even the pop-culture star John Moschitta - the "Micro Machines Guy". Some could say it's odd to bring this up when setting the frame for why a comic disappointed me, and there's some merit to that. This said, the "voice" of a comic is found through elements such as the art, coloring, scripting, and even the letters. More on this later.

Same goes for the animation of TF:TM and the merits of bringing that up as a comparison element in this writing. While a comic is by the very nature of its own medium a static entity in visual presentation, recent works have set the bar extremely high for pencil, ink, flat, and coloring work, with outliers in quality usually relating more to stylistic choice rather than, well, any perceived quality.

Hopefully this has so far established the level on which I revere 1986's Transformers movie. If it didn't, hopefully that "revere" word tells you what the last few paragraphs may not have. I really, truly consider TF:TM to be that era's magnum opus for Transformers material, as it hits almost every beat in perfect harmony with what you'd expect out of Transformers while being simultaneously fun, scary, tragic, celebratory, uplifting, depressing, piquing, and imaginative.

Given this, works that have come out over the years which have expanded on or had fun with TF:TM have been both welcome and fantastic. We've had DVD commentaries expand greatly on the production and decisions made through out it. We've had the amazing material unearthed and preserved by Paul Hitchens, whose YouTube channel is the gift that keeps on giving. Then there was the 20th Anniversary's retelling of the movie from IDW Publishing. While more or less faithful to the original work, this gave us something extremely cool: a two-page spread showing Omega Supreme, Superion, and Defensor defending The Ark from a Decepticon attack staged by Menasor and Bruticus. Retcons can be dubious, but this one was quick, effective, and satisfying.

It hasn't all been perfect either. Let's not forget the "Battle in Space" toy pack-in comic from 6 years ago, which had additional canonical material involving Tracks, Grapple, and Warpath, and while that wasn't the best in production either it's also not something anyone wanted me to spend extra money on. The set cost the same as two deluxe toys did at the time anyway, and now I can imagine that those guys had something going on during all that. Autocracy also did some fun stuff with the iconic Optimus v. Megatron battle, though that was more homage (in fact) and Flint Dille apologizing (in tone) than anything else. Even then, that was also only dedicated to a few pages of a work that was setting out to accomplish something completely different.

I could keep listing examples of works inspired in ways good and bad by TF:TM for eons, but that's not what this is for. Suffice it to say that if you need any objective measure of its impact, look no further than the amount of times Transformers fiction will trot out lines such as "One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall."

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This all leads us to the announcement of Transformers: Deviations. Part of a series of one-shot comics for various properties for which IDW has licensing rights, the Transformers iteration of this little side non-canon "What If?" series was going to deal with The Transformers: The Movie and the pivotal battle between eternal rivals Optimus Prime and Megatron. As anyone reading this site is surely aware, Megatron not only defeats Optimus Prime, but kills him, albeit not right there on the spot. Optimus survives on an operating table long enough to pass the Autobot Matrix of Leadership on to Ultra Magnus. All the while, Hot Rod, the Autobot that many Transformers fans "blame" for Optimus' death just because he failed at run-in interference during that fateful battle, stands by observing.

The rest, is silence. Er, the rest is history. Sorry, Beast Wars Anniversary and all that on the brain.

Deviations' premise is set to have fun with history and imagine what would have happened had Optimus Prime lived through this encounter. This is immediately where disappointment started to creep in upon publication of the book's standard preview pages released online in advance of its print publication today. The most predictable thing to do is to say "well, guess Optimus would have killed Megatron if he hadn't died himself, right?" That's ok though, predictable stories can still be entertaining and there's still a whole world of interesting paths to take beyond that with the rest of the movie's material. Still, from the outset the book pigeonholes itself into path B leading to path C, when instead path B could have lead to paths D, E, F, G, 42, Z, Primax 1023.1 Alpha - really anything at all.

If you can't tell, my biggest gripe with this book is the story. I'll come back to it to wrap things up, but let's get the production elements out of the way.

The colors, letters, and in fact most all of the art is fantastically done and lives up to the legacy of TFTM to which it will be compared. These parts of the book's "voice" are, generally, very good. The disappointment sets in with a handful of pages/panels where the pencils and inks are just not the quality one would expect from a real talent like Tramontano. The inconsistency is even more glaring when I think about how really, truly beautifully done some other parts of this comic are. If this is due to deadlines happening then I can forgive.

Let's pause to consider some of the worst offenders in inconsistent style such as:
  1. Leaving off Astrotrain's wing upon takeoff on Page 6
  2. Ultra Magnus' downright weird looking glare on Page 7
  3. The entirety of pages 20 and 21
  4. The downright goofy looking Rodimus Prime in the last two panels of the book
If these were stylistic choices, then in my opinion they were poor ones. I could find more, but again, the production of the book outside of plot/story and dialogue really aren't the big issues that led to my disappointment.

It's the story. It's the characterization. Deviations stopped being a fun "what if" and turned into the worst kind of parody, and it did so in one glaring moment: the first time Ultra Magnus speaks. This is where the voice of the comic got overridden despite many of its other elements being sound. The message behind the voice wasn't of reverence, it wasn't of disregard for one factor (big as it may be) of the original story, it was one of bitter disregard for what had otherwise followed Optimus' death in TF:TM.

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If you're going to change an existing story based on one element, in this case Optimus Prime and Megatron's fates being swapped, and then choose to start things out en medias res then you better approach the setting of the rest ceteris paribus. Or at the very least, honor the little bit that came before that was not re-written. Magnus' first words to Hot Rod felt wrong. Off. They just weren't a thing this Ultra Magnus would say. Would Kup? Yes, so why didn't he?

Changing gears to paint my disappointment another way, I'll admit, I really did enjoy Megascream. I really wanted to like this book and I really tried to have fun with it. I kept trying to have fun with it when the Dinobots pre-emptively attacked the Sharkticons, or when the Decepticons combined just like Trailcutter told us they would for no reason, or when Unicron just sort of snacked on dead Decepticons such as Thundercracker and Skywarp instead of reformatting them.

Yet this is where the disappointment mounted and the book started to spiral into a bad place for me. For every Megascream there was cringeworthy dialogue meant to evoke TF:TM that instead bastardized the original intent of the words. For every Dinobot attack there was the underlying pointlessness of their presence on Quintessa and a potentially super fascinating storyline with Kranix of Lithone (which couldn't even get spelled correctly - and it was done twice so tell the wiki folks to put that one under "errors") that was dropped like a hot potato. For every Decepticon combiner there was confusing scene building accompanied with overly busy layouts. What Moon Base got eaten? One? I think? For every Unicron snack, there was the realization that this "What if" was not a well-informed, "pick up the ball and run with it" dream engagement for the author, it was an indictment on the movie I love so dearly.

"Indictment" is a rather strong word, and maybe it isn't the right one since I don't think there was any ill intent, but that's really how it came across to me emotionally. Clever dialogue turned shallow. Alien worlds humming with the otherworldly imaginings of Floro Dery instead used as mere set pieces for your Action To Come After These Messages. Fascinating, fun new characters like Springer and Arcee thrown into the Planet Junkion in a flaming, doomed Autobot shuttle, barely to be mourned. At least they got to show up at all, and at least then without having their characters assassinated.

That's the other part where I felt like this book was an indictment of its forebear: the complete and gratuitous character assassination of Hot Rod.

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If you didn't like Hot Rod as a kid, I understand. If you don't like him now, I understand. Hell, my wife doesn't like Hot Rod. "Hot Rod's a punk bitch" is probably what she'd tell you, or something to that effect. All the same, the best versions of Hot Rod through the years all make you "love him or hate him" but they keep one factor pretty consistent: he's competent and brave. While Deviations hits the brave factor, it does so while putting Hot Rod into the part of The Fool. The Hot Rod one should expect here is the one that yes, indeed, shot at the attacked shuttle carrying the Decepticons into Autobot City, but that Hot Rod knew what he was shooting at. That Hot Rod had a plan when trying to help Optimus while he fought Megatron, even if it backfired. That Hot Rod had a semblance of leadership skills, and could bank a shuttle into a safe crash onto Quintessa then regroup and find his friends, "And then save Cybertron!"

This Hot Rod insults fallen comrades, makes shuttle damage worse to the point where the thing explodes, has to be told to get Daniel to safety, then runs in and saves the day at the last minute by a stroke of luck and not of guts and will like the Hot Rod that defeats Galvatron within Unicron's innards. Then he dies so he can personally redeem his earlier failure, because he's so incompetent this time that he can't escape? What even happened there?

At the end of my reading of the book, I felt the tinge that every geek like me into any Sci-Fi property does from time to time of what's colloquially known as "nerd rage". I had to take a few hours to calm down from this to collect my thoughts on what exactly I didn't like, because I could certainly "nerd rage" for hours and not do anyone any good in the process.

But after some days of processing it and then re-reading my paper copy today, I was able to distill my disappointment and find its source. The author of this book was well intended, and was clearly just trying to have fun, but ultimately penned an indictment on one of the Transformers franchise's most important works. If you're going to just have fun, go hire Tom Scioli to do the art and go absolutely crazy, then I can follow the intention. The accompanying poor dialogue choices, inconsistent art, and sometimes positively confusing scene building makes this a book I won't look back fondly on, rebuy three times, and pine for years for more like Last Stand of the Wreckers, it makes it something I'll file away and never read again like Continuum.

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There's a certain subset of Transformers fans that will love this book. Some of them are on this site, hell even in this very thread. Enjoy it. This is your G1, the version that basically doesn't exist after early 1986. This book is for you and this post is my last word on it, because no one likes a hater.

But for me? I enjoy the rich history of all soon-to-be 32 years of The Transformers. Ups and downs alike, I can find something to enjoy. I found some things to enjoy in this book that I never want to read again! While I can appreciate the idea of Deviations, the execution of the book left me so bitterly disappointed that it led to a realization. That is this: the creative team behind The Transformers: The Movie all those years ago realized that the brand had to evolve or die. Optimus dying wasn't a choice, it was a necessity. Since it's NCAA Tournament season, we'll say the franchise had to "Survive and Advance". IDW has helped some of our favorite Generation One characters survive, by advancing and evolving the narrative scope and quality of their ongoing books. Deviations is an indictment on this progress as well, and looking on social media, the loud corner that wants "G1 back", despite it being here all along, often twice a month for the past decade, wants you to go buy this book in triplicate so you can vote with your dollars.

Do that if you want, but also realize the subtle indictment it implies.

John Barber on IDW The Transformers #50

Date: Wednesday, February 24th 2016 6:25am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Newsarama

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Gearing up to our own review of the massive issue #50 of The Transformers from IDW Publishing, take a look at the thoughts of its writer - John Barber - in this interview conducted with Newsarama on the eve of the book's release!

IDW looks to be setting up a major change to the status quo of its Transformers line, as longtime series writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith begins the "All Hail Optimus" arc.

But the battle lines are more than just Autobots vs. Decepticons, as different factions emerge against Optimus, Galvatron and Starscream... and that's not even including the humans of Earth, which as you can imagine might have issues with Optimus Prime annexing Earth.

[...]

Barber: At the start of the series, Galvatron is poised to wreak havoc on the Earth with an army of disaffected Decepticons. This isn’t the first time the Earth’s been in this dangerous position—among other things, Earth’s useful to the Transformers because it has this substance called Ore-13 which can be converted to energon, their lifeblood. Optimus has tried battling on Earth to defend it; he’s tried leaving Earth behind to keep it out of the Cybertronian’s war. Neither of those really worked. So now, he’s looking at Earth and seeing the Decepticons striking again, and he’s seeing there are people starving on Earth and people being disenfranchised in many ways.
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And Optimus’ motto has always been, “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.” It’s pointed out to him that he could act to make the people of Earth more free… and free from this eons-long Cybertronian war, that—while it’s technically over—is still endangering the planet.

So he decides to annex Earth into Cybertron’s council of worlds. Whether Earth wants to come or not; and whether the council wants Earth or not. He’s going to pull Earth into the cosmic community and try to improve life on the planet.

So, yeah—a lot of his friends see this as… not a good move. I think all of his enemies see this as bad. But Optimus has loyal allies, plus followers who view him as a messianic figure for being a Prime, and carrying (what’s left of) the Matrix of Leadership. Optimus has been unwilling to use that good will to his advantage… until now.

[...]

Nrama: Last question -- Transformers #50 looks to be extra-sized. Overall, what should fans expect?

Barber: There’s a 30-page story by me and Andrew, then Casey W. Coller drew a 10-pager that deals with the fallout. Plus some rambling reminisces by me. And some nice special guest covers, by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Choi and our regular gang of Transformers superstars like Andrew Griffith, Casey W. Coller, and Alex Milne.

Massive Sale on Comixology for all Transformers trades

Date: Monday, February 1st 2016 3:47pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
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Good news to anyone getting into the comics recently, Comixology currently has a sale on a bunch of IDW trades (collections of individual issues) including Transformers trades. However, this only applies to trades, meaning that if the individual issues were collected into one book, like Last Stand of the Wreckers, then yay! However, certain Transformers series, like Megatron Origins, does not have a digital collection available on Comixology and there is no discount on the individual issues. Below you will find a list of what is available. If you are curious for a chronological order to these stories, we have a nice guide on this site for you to check out.

Transformers News: Massive Sale on Comixology for all Transformers trades


Transformers 2010-11 Vol 1 For All Mankind
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 2 International Incident
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 3 Revenge of the Decepticons
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 4 Heart of Darkness
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 5 Chaos Theory
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 6 Chaos Police Action
Transformers 2010-11 Vol 7 Chaos
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 1
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 2
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 3
Transformers All Hail Megatron Vol 4
Transformers Autocracy Collected Edition
Transformers Combiner Wars
Transformers Dark Cybertron Vol 1
Transformers Dark Cybertron Vol 2
Transformers Fall of Cybertron
Transformers Last Stand of the Wreckers Collected Edition
Transformers Monstrosity
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 1
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 2
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 3
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 4
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 5
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 6
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 7
Transformers More Than Meets the Eye 2011 Vol 8
Transformers Primacy
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 1
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 2
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 3
Transformers Regeneration One Vol 4
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 1
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 2
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 3
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 4
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 5
Transformers Robots In Disguise 2011 Vol 6
Transformers 2011 Vol 7
Transformers Spotlight Dark Prelude
Transformers Spotlight Vol 1
Transformers Spotlight Vol 2
Transformers Windblade

IDW The Transformers #49 Review

Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2016 1:30pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Conquerors?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS: CONCLUSION! The most dramatic action ever taken by an AUTOBOT sets the stage for next month’s mammoth issue 50. Earth and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON. SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS. It all comes together at four billion miles an hour.

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Good question


Story

Here we are, at the end of the big build up everything after Dark Cybertron, through Combiner Wars, across the Transformers universe as we know it, with old gods, fake gods, heroes, villains and conquerors converging into one single spot, one moment in time: Earth, Now.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Build-up continues...


And to be entirely honest, it falls short of ..well, everything. All of the build up, all of the hype. It feels rushed, glossed over, reasons and motivations don't hold up, the major arcs created for however many past issues are just half-resolved without much else to go on. The various settings and scenes are just glomped together.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
Glomp


I am not sure what John Barber did with this issue, as his big landmarks usually pan out much better. It is likely that issue #50 will develop those shortcomings into something that sticks better together as the piece of a wider, universal puzzle. As it stands, however, the pieces are all mismatched and a little scattered.

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See, there, that is Windblade's character


The characters do, to an extent, still work, of course - but some of them just feel like they're going along with whatever Optimus has decided to do, for whatever reason. Galvatron's side of the story may be the most interesting here, and the repercussions it has among the Decepticon idealists hit hard - but everything else is just - there.


Art

On the other hand, I have no complaints whatsoever with the art. Sara Pitre-Durocher's style is a delight to follow through the various scenes, with some peaks in Skywarp's moments to shine (heh) and there is heavy emotion felt by the various characters - and the readers. The moments with Soundwave and Cosmos carry some serious weight, in light of the events taking place.

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...


The colours are also magnificent, blending fantastically well with Pitre-Durocher's lighter linework. Josh Perez and Josh Burcham are a wonderful team, and bounce off each other's style easily and seamlessly, bringing one of the crispest issues I've noticed in a while.

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Just glorious


Tom B. Long has a lot of playground space in the lettering sandbox, too, to work his own stuff, filling in the various silent spaces with good-looking sounds. Why do letterers never get enough praise? With all that action, we are still able to see what is being said. The covers are also great, with Alex Milne/Perez continuing the massive mural (thumbnailed), Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente dabbling with Victorion's hefty presence, and Andrew Griffith emulating Klaus Scherwinski.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If I sound disappointed, it's because I am. I had been seriously looking forward to the development, and preliminary conclusion, to this arc - to see what Galvatron was to do, to see how the Autobots would respond, how Soundwave in particular would respond, how the various characters would play out against each other and together, depending on their circumstances. I don't feel we got any of that, unfortunately.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Review
or Spotlight: Thundercracker


A less coherent, more Soundwave/Cosmos/Skybyte response: Seriously? Windblade and crew are just going along with Optimus' decision? Sideswipe, Alpha Trion and Arcee in a shuttle forever, just to get punked by Brawl and Needlenose? I do hope that the next issue, and All Hail Optimus in general, has more time, and space, to start straightening the puzzle out. I really do.

. :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs

Date: Wednesday, January 20th 2016 5:16am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Looking for some Transformers comics news to get you over hump day this week? Look no further, as we have the latest solicitations from IDW Publishing, featuring their April 2016 releases in the shape of transforming robots on paper and digital - check them all out below!

Transformers #52
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) Andrew Griffith (c)
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.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers #52—Art Appreciation Variant
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Special guest artist Livio Ramondelli takes us to CYBERTRON and beyond!
Who will stand with Optimus—and who will turn against him?
Part of IDW’s “Art Appreciation Month” promotion!
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


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


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #52—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
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!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


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


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #4 (of 5)—Subscription Variant
Nick Roche (w & a) • EJ Su (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant Cover by Priscilla Tramontano!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers: Distant Stars
Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell, Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Naoto Tsushima (c)
After the events of “Combiner Wars,” Windblade and Starscream race to recruit the lost Cybertronian colonies to the Council of Worlds—but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron? Collects issues #4–7 of the Windblade series and the Combiner Hunters One-Shot.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-600-3

Bullet points:
“This is not your average Transforming Robot comic book, this is so much more!” –BigGlasgowComic.com
Featuring Windblade!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers Robots in Disguise Animated
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they’re forced to go up against their old friend, ULTRA MAGNUS. What terrible secret can set AUTOBOT against AUTOBOT?!
TPB • FC • $14.99 • 152 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-565-5

Bullet points:
“For a light-hearted, accessible dose of TRANSFORMERS action, you're unlikely to find anything better.” –WordoftheNerdOnline.com


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #12
Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
WELCOME TO THE TERROR DROME! As the forces of COBRA plot a treacherous move, OPTIMUS PRIME descends in to CYBERTRONIAN hell in search of the MATRIX. They say the sun also rises… but will it be friend or foe?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing April 2016 Transformers Comics Solicitations: Megatron vs Tarn, Sins, AHO, TPBs


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #12—Subscription Variant
Tom Scioli, John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Giannis Milogiannis (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The road to hell is paved with good intentions… and DINOBOTS!
The end is nigh, and the action has never been bigger!

Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!

Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 9:37am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW, Tigertrack

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“I'd argue there isn't actually a lot of nostalgia here. I'd argue that every page, every moment is built on innovation. And Tom's looking to the past for some of the cues, but what he's actually building is what comics will be like in the future, not the past.”

“I think every page, every panel of this comic is Tom on a tightrope without a net, and he's trying a complicated jump that he's never really done before.”

-John Barber in a COMIC BOOK RESOURCES interview



I don’t think truer words have been spoken about this title…
Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
Or there's that.

THE SYNOPSIS (what’s the, so far)-

OPTIMUS PRIME returns—-in time to fall to Megatron. Now the undisputed ruler of Cybertron, the Decepticon leader has impaled the planet Earth. The surviving G.I. Joe team remains on the alien planet, confronting a harsh new reality: there is no hope.

THE STORY-
Subtle reminder: each issue of TF VS GIJOE is meant to be read as a stand alone adventure, but there is a string and overall story running through. Last issue was an issue about Destro’s past, nay his entire family history, and how it was effected and changed by the ark even with the Transformers lying dormant.

This issue picks up a bit after #8… when that very big thing happened to Earth with those very long spikes coming from Cybertron. Oh and that other big event where you-know-who bad guy seemed to destroy the just-returned-savior good guy. Believe it or not it's all about change though. Adapting.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
We are BORG...

In this installment, the Joes are learning how to survive on their new home. Cobras and Deceptions are celebrating their victory and alliance. There’s some history explained and a cool prose only story included at the end.

ART-
Tom Scioli provides it all—lines, inks, colors— with unique perspectives, and daring visuals to push the story boundaries. Often criticized, and rarely understood, Scioli continues to work his vision channeling so much from resources obscure and not obscure.

Of note, though, is the fantastically detailed, gorgeous subscription variant cover of a gargantuan Metroplex done by Ulises Farinas. Just pick-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor awesome!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I serve the will of the Primes...


MY THINKS-
Contains spoilers
Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!SPOILERS...sad face

I’ve been critical. I understand the criticisms. But something about this being an otherworldly ‘What If’, ‘Elseworlds’-type, ‘Deviations’ if you will story… makes it all okay, and (mostly) acceptable. I read comics for enjoyment, and this series, never seems to fail in surprising me--although, I'm not sure I would characterize how I interact with this series so much as 'enjoyment'. I love to read the mainstream stories much more than this. But this has its place for me, and maybe it has found its place for you. I read on to see what Tom and John can come up with—what they 'cook' up—. And after I have my own thoughts, I like to read their banter on what inspired their choices when it's done.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I seem to remember it differently. I got a V.A.M.P., Starscream, and Prowl that year. It was the best though.

Speaking of cooking up, this issue doesn’t disappoint, it's a gourmet feast for the eyes and mind. With a few, ‘oh-no-you-didn’t’ moments that may just have you shaking your head, one we already saw in the preview—Megatron becoming a connoisseur of human flesh now…and the poisoned feast…W..O..W! There's also clever dialogue dropping some excellent one-linersn for easing those hard to take moments.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
We all knew that there were Autobot and Decepticon chefs and bakers, right? CONFEKTOR...bake!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
Hit and Run is one of my all-time favorite Joes, stating the obvious.

For me, the most interesting parts of this issue came near the end. I’ll try not to spoil it for those reading the series, but there are some really thought-provoking Transformers history moments presented with verbal and visual references that any fan of the brand, and pre-brand will embrace with a sense of interest and a little awe… at least I did.

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
I'm a chef too...I cook up life!


AND THE BONUS-
At the very end of the issue we get a nice bonus, instead of the normal Barber and Scioli back and forth breaking down pages and giving us the behind-the-scenes, we get a short-story called ‘Black Cybertron’ (along the lines of the now infamous Wreckers story,‘Bullets’) involving Ravage, Snake-Eyes, Shockwave, and the cassettes. A journey into Hades or is it the workshop of Daedalus? Either way, it shows the length that some will take for a loved one...loved one...really? Expect the unexpected.

FINAL THOUGHT-
If you’re still with TF VS GIJOE, you know what to expect, and that’s to not know what to expect! This issue doesn’t disappoint, but adds a great morsel for consumption at the end.

B.I.O - Believe in Optimus!

Transformers News: Transformers Vs. GI JOE #10 Review - Believe in Optimus!
A teaser for an image you just have to see!

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IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada

Date: Wednesday, December 16th 2015 1:17pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Directly from IDW Publishing, we have a list of covers and synopses for their Transformers titles being released in the new year: check out below the full info about what's what in March 2016! And if you notice the absence of Sins of the Wreckers, fear not - Nick Roche has confirmed via Twitter that there is a delay, and it has been accounted for. As you were.

Also, a word of warning: there may be spoilers for books between now and March in the synopses below.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—GEM OF THE MONTH
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
In a World… Where OPTIMUS PRIME Never Died! One would stand and one would fall… and we all know OPTIMUS PRIME fell. But how would history have played out if he hadn’t? Would the AUTOBOTS have still stood triumphant in their darkest hour… or would UNICRON have reigned supreme?!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—Subscription Variant
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
Extra-length one-shot!
Find out what happens in a world… where Optimus Prime never died!
Writer Brandon Easton (TV’s AGENT CARTER) writes his first TRANSFORMERS comic!
Art from rising star Priscilla Tramontano!
Part of IDW’s Deviations 5-week event!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers, Vol. 8
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON; SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face; TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE meet up again; and JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Collects issues #42–45.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-585-3

Bullet points:
“Combined with strong art and entertaining character development, (these) philosophical ideas…make Transformers…a solid comic.” –Comic Book Resources


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers: Armada Omnibus
Chris Sarracini, Simon Furman (w) • James Raiz, Pat Lee, Guido Guidi, Don Figueroa (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The DECEPTICONS, feeding off the energy of captured Mini-Cons, are about to begin a hostile takeover of the TRANSFORMERS' home planet, CYBERTRON. Do OPTIMUS PRIME and the heroic AUTOBOTS stand a chance of defending the planet against these super-powered villains? And will the Mini-Cons ever get their freedom back? The action is so explosive that the shockwaves will shake not only CYBERTRON but even planet Earth right down to the core. All 18 issues of Transformers: Armada are collected in this omnibus.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 416 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-563-1

Bullet points:
Back in print!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers #51
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
“ALL HAIL OPTIMUS,” part 2! OPTIMUS PRIME is here to save the Earth—whether the Earth wants saving or not. A hostile world reacts the AUTOBOTS’ incursion, as GALVATRON gathers his forces. But is OPTIMUS alone in his head…?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers #51—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Bullet points:
War of the World!
OPTIMUS PRIME—threat or menace?!
Nobody likes being told what to do—not even by a 60-foot tall talking truck!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
"If you want to break someone—mentally, physically, emotionally—wait until they're happy. Let them live and love and thrive. Once they recognize the value of a life well lived... THAT'S when you move in for the kill. Because you can't take anything from someone who has nothing to lose." --Tarn
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The hunt for MEGATRON continues!
The Decepticon Justice Division will stop at nothing to bring the former Decepticon leader down!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!

IDW The Transformers #48 Review

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 1:17am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Bleep Bloop Woof
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS, part 3! It all comes down to this… the fate of the AUTOBOTS, the survival of the human race, and the existence of a post-war CYBERTRON depends on the two greatest heroes in TRANSFORMERS history: BUSTER the dog and D.0.C. the drone.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Wassup, dog?


Story

We've had two parts of this new storyline already in the ongoing The Transformers series from IDW Publishing, and John Barber has chosen to take a peculiar type of break while not putting anything on hold. At all. But how does the strange POV issue work, you might ask? Find out some thoughts below.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
The dialogue is riveting


It's impossible to escape the similarities with the Eisner-winning Fraction/Aja Hawkeye issue of Pizza Dog with this chapter of The Transformers series, and for a comics fan, this works suprisingly well without falling too much into heavy-handed homage. (Much like Redemption and Fury Road, really.)

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Whine?


Having two points of view, undoubtedly, helps the narrative to flow, and switches between two characters that have found their way into the fandom and the new followers of the series. Buster, as an Earth dweller close to Thundercracker, and D.O.C. as a Cybertronian AI close to the Autobots do both bring a new perspective on the characters surrounding the otherwise main cast.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
So insightful


Which leads quite nicely to the crux of the story, really, and something that I am obviously not going to spoil here, but has a lot to do with several theories that many fans have been speculating on for a while now, revolving around long-established lore and recent developments in ..well, everything.


Art

I have to commend Griffith on the clear work on an otherwise extremely hard script to master in terms of layout. The smaller amount of dialogue and narration means that most of the story has to be told with the visual component of the medium, and he does a stellar job with the frames and angles from both character perspectives.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Good transitions, too


The same perspectives are maintained, solidly, throughout their different takes in the book, by the magnificently subtle (though not that much once you realise) colour palettes and coding for the two. In the case of Buster in particular, Josh Perez' chromatic contrasts and blending of greys is just really well done, and makes the foreground even more prominent and incisive.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Points in cases


Also to be commended is the work of letterer Tom B. Long, as Buster and D.O.C. occupy two very different styles of font, tone and voice, which are worked incredibly well with a truly complex script for human dialogue during the Buster segments. The covers, on the other hand, have very little to do with the issue, though are pretty excellent in both the Archie tribute by Andy Pepoy and the Alex Milne/Perez triumphant Starscream (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Is the reveal present at the end of the book that surprising? No, not really, not at this point in the series. Is it pleasing? Yes, actually. It's brought about in a satisfying manner, with some good power and attention grabs, and a sustained if lighthearted narrative throughout the whole issue.

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #48 Review
Narrative, right here


The real treat, however, is how the book looks, from the layouts and art to the colours and lettering. Griffith, Perez and Long work wonders together to really convey the multiple angles and pairs of eyes/optics through which we're looking at this small world growing bigger and smaller in equal measure. If you take anything from this, it's a treat for your own image processors.

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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Date: Wednesday, August 26th 2015 6:43am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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The Magic Con Bus
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Can they even deal?


Story

With only a couple of weeks left until the end of season one of the animated series, the second issue of Robots in Disguise still falls a little behind plot-wise, but Georgia Ball delivers an entertaining, intriguing and suspenseful enough script to keep interest even in older readers.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
..and what?!


After my own heart, the humour - a Cybertronian perspective on Earthling behaviour, media and general popular culture - allows for a number of puns, plays on concepts, wordplay via Fixit's pixlexia (yes yes yes I know that's not it but bear with me). All within a frame that does not jar with the silliness, at all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Legit assessment


Additionally, it keeps the light side in the running mystery we had been made aware of since the FCBD issue #0. While team Prime does make its appearance, and that is not spoiling anything, something else is definitely afoot with the various cast members, and Ultra Magnus in particular. Plus another special cameo, too...

Art

Priscilla Tramontano delivers an excellent arrangement of panels - though I might have some comments at a later stage on the fluidity of the layouts - with some fan-tastic cameos from across the multiple incarnations of the Transformers fictions, not only Prime. Plus, we get some magnificent expressivity across the entire board, from background to main cast.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Oh hey Spike and Carly


You wanted a colourist? Well, you get three, as Tramontano is joined by the Joshes, Perez and Burcham, in colouring in her own linework. And as much as they usually have their own identifiable styles, the transitions and collaboration here are strikingly fluid. Which is never a bad thing, and leads to some excellently vibrant pages, in tone with the series.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Express delivery!


Also, a title such as this one allow, nay, calls for some fun on the fonts and letters side of things, and Tom B. Long does not disappoint. Enjoying the multiple opportunities to play with soundwords and squiggles, Long adds the finishing touches of lightness even where scenes may get more serious. Cover-wise, Burcham returns from interior colours to overall cover work in the Subscription variant (thumbnailed), while Tramontano still has the great main cover we've seen for a while now.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Again, as for last month and the first issue, the target audience of the book is obvious, and may deter some of the older readers (who do have three other series at least, to be fair) - but what Ball brings to the table is the same good blend of lighthearted humour with enough of a twist to keep the mind intrigued and willing to go along for the (bus)ride.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
But no DINOPILE?


And of course, the visual result of Tramontano, Perez, Burcham and Long are a feast for the optic sensors, too. The vibrancy, cameos, hints, slapstick and more subtle humour are excellently enjoyable, and work well as a parallel reflection of the animated series - obviously with its own take, and all the better for it.

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