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Date: Wednesday, March 4th 2015 3:22pm CST
Categories: Book News, Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): IDW and Humble Bundle

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New Transformers Comics Bundle from Humble Bundle. If anyone was wondering what that revealed Leader Ultra Magnus with Minimus Ambus was all about, here is an easy way to get caught up.

It's pay what you want from Humble Bundle:

Transformers comics are so nice, we bundled them twice.

That, and we've got a sweet spot for Bumblebee (let's bee friends)!

From IDW:
Leading Publisher Re-Teams With The Pay-What-You-Want Site To Offer TRANSFORMERS Comics

San Diego, CA (March 4, 2015) - Humble Bundle and award-winning publisher IDW Publishing, in conjunction with Hasbro, are reteaming to offer the perfect opportunity to build a digital TRANSFORMERS comic collection. Not only does the bundle feature multiple collected volumes of the hit TRANSFORMERS series, it also boasts some of the most recent issues to date, making it easy to catch up to speed on the latest stories.

Humble Book Bundles typically last for a full two-week time span, however, the contents of this particular bundle are so premium that it will run as a limited time one-week offer. Also unique to this bundle is the "pay $5 or more over the average price" tier, which is being utilized in place of the standard fixed price tier.

Customers can name their price for the first 37 issues of TRANSFORMERS: More Than Meets the Eye and the one-shot Death of Optimus Prime.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive volumes 1-6 of TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise as well as TRANSFORMERS: Dark Cybertron Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $5 above the average price or more will receive all of the above plus TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise #33-#37 and TRANSFORMERS: Dark Cybertron Vol. 2.

“This new bundle of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS comics features the newest directions for Optimus Prime, Megatron, and all your other favorite Autobots and Decepticons,” said Jeff Webber, IDW’s VP of Digital Publishing. “This collection includes brand new issues all the way up to the past month, documenting the very latest stories in IDW’s TRANSFORMERS Universe!”

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers and charity. The Humble TRANSFORMERS Bundle 2 Presented by IDW supports the Hasbro Children's Fund, which is dedicated to empowering childhood by bringing the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service into the lives of the children who need it most.

The Humble TRANSFORMERS Bundle 2 Presented by IDW runs from now until Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

About Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle organizes pay-what-you-want plus charity promotions for awesome digital content and puts the power directly in the hands of the consumers, offering them fully-featured titles at prices they set themselves. Consumers pay what they want and decide how to allocate their money between content creators, charity and a humble tip. Humble Bundle also offers the Humble Store, a digital storefront that features great games at great prices with a portion of sales going to select charities. Since the company's launch in 2010, Humble Bundle has helped empower its community to allocate more than $54 million toward charity to date. For more information, please visit

About Hasbro Children’s Fund
The Hasbro Children’s Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to empower childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children across the globe. Working with strategic charitable partners, the grants made through the Hasbro Children’s Fund support programs that deliver; stability for children in crisis; pediatric physical and mental health services; hunger security; educational programs; quality out of school time programming and programs that empower youth through service. To learn more about these programs and how they are making a difference for children worldwide, please visit

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH, TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews).

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Woods; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.


BBTS Sponsor News: Bandai, Marvel Legends, Age of Ultron, Batman, Star Wars, Transformers & More!

Transformers News: BBTS Sponsor News: Bandai, Marvel Legends, Age of Ultron, Batman, Star Wars, Transformers & More!
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd 2015 4:00pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Collectables, Comic Book News, Movie News, Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): BBTS

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We have 18 new and restock pre-order listings from Bandai. This menu includes figures like S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon for $37.99 and Sea Dragon Kanon from Saint Cloth Myth EX for $87.99. We also have listings for lines such as Digimon, Ultraman, Soul of Chogokin, and Attack on Titan, Gundam, Kamen Rider and more!

Check out this awesome new Kickstarter campaign just launched by our friends over at Play With This Too! These 6” figures have tons of play value with interchangeable heads and weapons, so pledge today on Kickstarter. ... protectors

The second installment of the Avengers Infinite Legends series includes Iron Man Mark XLII, Hulk, Captain America, Spider-Woman, Hellcat, and Batroc; and each of the six figures comes with a body part for the super villain Thanos. Get all the parts you need to build your very own Thanos with the Set of 6 for $139.99 or the Case of 8 that includes an extra Iron Man and Hulk for $159.99; and we also have Iron Man and Hulk available individually for $17.99 each. ... eries%2002

Hot Toys is very excited to introduce the new Avengers” Age of Ultron 1/6 scale Hulk Collectible Figure! The movie accurate figure is based on the image of Hulk as seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron and features a newly developed screaming head sculpt with rolling eyeballs and a specially painted muscular body. Hulk is priced at $274.99. The Deluxe Hulk includes an interchangeable non-articulated “Hulk Smash” pose giant green-skinned muscular upper body and is priced at $374.99. ... hot%20hulk

Inspired by a number of timeless comic book appearances, the Batman “Gotham Knight” Sixth Scale Figure invites collectors to further define their favorite look for the Caped Crusader with three cowl and mask options and three interchangeable facial expressions; which are also compatible with Sideshow’s Batman Sixth Scale Figure. This cool new version of Batman is listed for $199.99. ... ode=retail

You can now get your favorite characters from all six movies in the Star Wars franchise in this all new Star Wars Digital Collection. These four-packs of 3.75” figures are a great way to expand your own Star Wars collection or to start a new collection for someone new to the Star Wars universe. We have the Case of 6 four-packs for a total of 24 figures listed for $124.99 and the individual four-packs are priced between $19.99 and $29.99 each. ... %20digital

From the Soul of Chogokin line we have the impressive Vehicle Machine created to transport GaoGaiGar’s mighty Goldion Hammer, Goldymarg! This figure transforms between normal, Goldy Tank, and the Marg Hand or Goldion Hammer arrangements and comes with a bunch of accessories to complete each look for $144.99. ... ode=retail

From the depths of the sea we have Gemini Saga’s younger twin and member of Poseidon’s Seven Sea Generals, Sea Dragon Kanon! This detailed and precise figure comes with four interchangeable face parts, display frame, 7 interchangeable hands, and a cape for $87.99. ... ode=retail

Check out this outstanding Super Sailor Moon form Tamashii Nations, taking the stage in a stunningly colored and delicately fabulous sailor suit. From her wing-like barrettes, translucent sleeves, and billowing ribbon, every detail is faithfully brought to life in meticulous detail. She comes with her Spiral Heart Moon Rod and Rainbow Moon Chalice for $37.99. ... ode=retail

Enjoy hours of fun that’s powered by the sun with your very own Dancing Groot Solar Powered Body Knocker by NECA. This 6” tall Baby Groot dances from side to side when exposed to light and is listed for $12.99. ... ode=retail

“I am the Fred Astaire of karate”. Recreate his signature split stunt and other martial arts moves with your very own 1/6 scale figure of the “Muscles from Brussels”, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Featuring over 30 points of articulation, a newly painted head sculpt with the authentic likeness of JCVD, this figure comes with his signature black leather jacket, black jeans, grey T-shirt with the JCVD logo, black socks, interchangeable hands, sunglasses and a figure stand; and is priced at $179.99. ... ode=retail

Shark City Ozark is proud to present the 1/6 Scale Battle Bruce Bust! This museum quality resin replica is hand sculpted and hand-painted and is made in America! This highly detailed Great White Shark bust features rows of razor-sharp teeth and battle scars and is positioned as if he is coming through your shelf in full break-the-surface-to-attack mode. This whopping 16” long, 11” tall bust will fit right in with your 1/6 scale figure collection and is listed for $299.99. ... ode=retail

Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are pleased to present the Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo Poly-stone Statues from the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). These very large and amazingly detailed statues feature movable eyes and themed bases that can be connected together for a truly impressive display. We have Donatello listed at $749.99 with Leonardo and Raphael priced at $699.99 each. ... 0prime%201

Continue your amazing collection of The Walking Dead mini busts by Gentle Giant with the all new Glenn Rhee Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted using photographic reference directly from the set of the hit TV series, this limited edition and individually numbered statue is made of high quality polystone and hand painted. This bust comes with a matching certificate of authenticity and is listed for $80.99. ... ode=retail

Venom Snake from “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” is now a Revoltech Mini figure from Kaiyodo! Standing about 4” tall, this rugged looking snake has a prosthetic arm and shrapnel stuck in his head. He’s fully articulated for all kinds of sneakin’ around action, and he’s fully equipped with a pistol, knife, bazooka, iDroid, goggles, a cigar, multiple interchangeable hands, and a base. His one remaining eye is even movable! This mini Snake is listed for $44.99. ... ode=retail

We have several new figures in the Robots in Disguise line. In the Series 03 Legion figures we have Underbite and Fixit priced at $23.99, and in the Hyper Change Series 02 we have Optimus Prime and Steeljaw priced at $44.99. You will also find some new Rescue Bots and RID Tiny Titans available in this menu:

Oliver Queen defends Starling City in this all-new bookend from the hit CW show Arrow: The Television Series! Standing on a clock tower base, Arrow dons his mask and draws his new bow as seen in Season 2. This bookend is made of high quality polystone and stands approximately 9 inches tall and is listed at $134.99 for one bookend (not a set of two). ... ode=retail

Is your Fan’s Project Intimidator just not intimidating enough? Well, we’ve got just what you need to upgrade this already impressive figure. This add-on kit provides updated elbow joints for the Fan’s Project Intimidator combiner figure and is priced at $9.99. ... ode=retail

Now your Mr. Potato Head can save the day disguised as your favorite Marvel superhero. We have the Classic Scale Case of 2 up for pre-order for $23.99 that includes Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Iron Man/Tony Stark. We also have a new collector four-pack in the mini scale for $14.99 that includes Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man and Spider-Man. ... ode=retail

This cool 12” tall die-cast and plastic robot figure by Marusan Toys is from Gordian Warrior (Toshi Godian), a Japanese Anime television series that aired from 1979-1981 with a total of 73 episodes. The human pilot Daigo Otaki controls the smallest robot named Protteser which fits inside a bigger robot named Delinger, which fits into the largest robot named Garbin; and joins an organization of law enforcers to defend Victor City. We have both regular and metallic versions listed for $394.99. ... n%20figure

At last; there is hope, after all.
Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Drift Polystone Statue from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Drift is a master of ancient weaponry who long ago, fought for the Decepticons. The scars of battle changed his thinking, and now Drift wields his swords as a member of the Autobots. Featuring LED light-up eyes and interchangeable hands with swords, this impressive statue is listed at $1099.99. ... ode=retail

These intricately sculpted and hand painted 8” resin statues by Albatross Japan would be a great addition to any Godzilla or kaiju collection. We have Godzilla 2001 and Baragon 2001 both listed for $214.99 each. ... ho%20kaiju

Enhance your home theater or Marvel collection with these limited edition film cells and other wall art from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man Trilogy, and Guardians of the Galaxy. This menu includes the double-matted and framed film cells of characters and scenes from the top Marvel franchises. We also have bookmarks that contain a piece of real film from the movies, as well as the new photo-quality MightyPrint Wall Art. ... lm%20cells

X-Plus brings you the Toho 12” Vinyl Mothra 1964 for $244.99 and the Godzilla 1991 for $314.99, as well as the Fairy Tale Gigantic Lucy Heartfilia for $184.99. Find these items and more here:

The renowned holy knight is realized in a spectacular white pearl paint and comes with a highly detailed Omega Blade accessory. Along the blade reads the DigiCode for the word ‘Initialize’. This figure comes with 3 interchangeable hands, display stand, and a support joint for $57.99. ... ode=retail

FiguartsZERO is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a special line-up of stunning new One Piece statue figures. These figures feature clear material throughout to create a more dynamic quality, and meticulous detailing adds depth and realism. They also come with sound effect option parts and special display bases that make them appear to come straight out of the manga. Get your hands on everyone’s favorite pirate, Monkey D. Luffy or the adorable Tony Tony Chopper for $29.99 each. ... nniversary

This collaboration of cosmic proportions combines the superior articulation technology of S.H. Figuarts and the exceptional sculpt detail of Ultra-Act in this incredible 6” Ultraman Figure. He comes with 3 interchangeable wrist accessories, 2 interchangeable hands, Spacium Ray effect with attachments, and interchangeable chest piece for $40.99. ... ode=retail

Grab your Three Dimensional Maneuver Gear and get in on the action because Attack on Titan is coming in a cool, compact and collectible size to TAMASHII BUDDIES! Protect your desk from nasty Titans with your very own member of the Survey Corps. Each TAMASHII BUDDIES product comes with an attached stage, display card, and frame set. You can also stack with any other BUDDIES you own! We have Eren Jaeger and Levi up for pre-order at $12.99 each. ... %20buddies

Kamen Rider Kuuga's police bike inspired TryChaser 2000 is coming to S.H. Figuarts. The body is meticulously colored in Kuuga's signature red and gold. Clear parts are used for the headlights, embodying the same level of realism from the show. Use the included joint piece to display Try Chaser in action packed, mid-air poses! Set comes with hand piece gripping the handle and back wheel support display. This item is priced at $37.99. ... ode=retail

Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with extreme collateral damage caused by being kicked through walls, explosive impact, or massive power build up cratering effects, these extensive effect accessory sets will be initially available in either gray or beige and can be used with Tamashii STAGE support stands (sold separately) and action figure lines such as S.H. Figuarts to create extreme action sequences. These impact effect sets are priced at $15.99 each. ... %20version

New to the Greenlight Collectibles Hollywood Series, these 1:64 Die-Cast vehicles from Breaking Bad are sure to enhance any die-cast car or Breaking Bad collection! We have the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 both listed for $5.99 each. We also have the 1986 Fleetwood Bounder RV known as “The Crystal Ship” for $12.99. ... 20die-cast

These 6” tall figures by Zolo World feature interchangeable bodies and heads, weapons, and some may even have glow-in-the-dark parts as well as bonus SLIME. This set of 4 includes Toxic Terror Hercules, Sinister Sludge Archfiend, Krystal Kry-sis, and GROOZE-SUM and is listed at $119.99. ... ode=retail

This aftermarket accessory kit is a flight pack upgrade kit meant to make your figure resemble Optimus Prime from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. It will work with both Striker Optimus Prime and Revenge of the Fallen Leader Optimus Prime (both sold separately) and has a metallic finish. This upgrade kit is listed for $99.99. ... ode=retail

These new, limited edition 8” Mego-Style figures by Nemo Publishing are handcrafted and designed by Jay Piscopo and come in clamshell packaging featuring artwork by Jay Piscopo. We have The Black Bat, Sea Ghost, The Red Panther, Jack Danger, Rogue Agent Zero, Knight Avenger Commander X, Under Sea Knight Commander X, Archer Knight Commander X, Barbary Knight Commander X, Western Knight Commander X, 1950’s Commander X, and Commander X all listed for $19.99 each.


Add terror and doom to your 1/6 figure collection with this highly detailed Nazgul and Steed (horse) by Asmus Toys. With the authentic likeness as seen in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and an incredible assortment of accessories, these amazing figures will be the focal point of your collection. We have the Nazgul figure & Nazgul Steed in a set for $299.99, the Nazgul Steed that includes a bonus sword for $174.99 and the Nazgul figure for $154.99. ... zgul%201/6

Based on the hit film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Medicom has created the most dynamic and detailed 6” Amazing Spider-Man figure on the market! Everyone’s favorite web-slinger comes with a magnetized wall to climb on, an unmasked Peter Parker head, bullhorn, manhole cover, a skateboard, and a cell phone. He even comes with webbing to wrap up every member of the Sinister Six! Spidey comes in deluxe window box packaging and is in stock for $74.99. ... ode=retail

These amazing figures are full of details and are perfect for any fan of Mazinger or giant robots. The Mazinger figure includes Koji Kabuto’s Pilder which you can remove from Mazinger’s head and open the wings. Aphrodite includes Yumi Sayaka on the top of Aphrodite’s head. This set of 7” articulated figures comes with a collectible display base for $39.99. ... ode=retail

This much anticipated figure in the ever popular FiguartsZERO Dragonball series has an interchangeable right hand part allowing for recreation of two out of this world attack poses! The billowing cape and smoke effects come together to create a realistic and dynamic pose. This figure is in stock for $37.99. ... ode=retail

Now you can learn the whole story behind the world’s greatest fighters in this hardcover encyclopedia. Inside this updated and expanded edition, you will find detailed profiles of every Street Fighter character, including their origins, personalities, allies, enemies, and more! Snag your copy now for $34.99. ... ode=retail

Now your Star Wars Rebels figures have a way to travel with the Series 03 Set of 2 Class II vehicles. This set comes with the Inquisitor Tie Fighter and the Imperial Troop Transport and is in stock for $54.99. ... ode=retail

Are you ready for the second set of Minimates based on the Big Bang Theory? This set of figures from Bif Bang Pow! includes Sheldon (The Flash Shirt), Leonard, Penny, and Bernadette and is in stock for $24.99. ... ode=retail

The toughest Pop! on the block now gets a new ride! Check out this cool new stylized Daryl Dixon sitting comfortably on his chopper. Increase the coolness factor of your Walking Dead or Pop! figure collection with Daryl Dixon on his Chopper for $24.99. ... ode=retail

Clem is an original character in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead video game series. This mature, kind, and polite little girl is the moral compass of the group and tries her best to maintain the humanity of her fellow survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. We have both the regular and bloody versions of this exclusive figure in stock for $32.99 each. ... clementine

This figure stands just over 9 inches tall in robot mode and the chest opens to hold 3 KFC cassettes at a time. This guy comes with 2 blaster guns, a comic book and manual, bio card, 2 different version heads, and some bonus gifts for $139.99. ... ode=retail

This figure stands nearly 8” tall in robot mode and transforms into a classic PlayStation system (non-functioning) complete with controller, memory card, and detailed electronic replications on the back panel. We have this unique figure in stock for $119.99. ... ode=retail

Three more figures in the Pop! Avengers Age of Ultron series have just arrived! Joining Hulk, Captain America and Hawkeye, we now have Thor, Vision, and Ultron available in stock for $9.99 each. ... n%20figure

Fan-favorite Daryl Dixon, from AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead, is a lone wolf survivalist who has proven time and again to be a vital sentinel for his group in the unpredictable and perilous apocalyptic world. This deluxe box set features Daryl Dixon with his iconic chopper motorcycle and is back in stock for $32.99. ... ode=retail

Increase the firepower of your Feral Cons with this set of six specially designed rifles and cannons by Professor Heisenberg. This set of weapons is in stock for $16.99. ... ode=retail Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
Date: Wednesday, February 11th 2015 3:16am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Shane McCarthy, Va'al

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Hi! Remember us? We left the interviews with comics creators lagging for a while, as life decided to settle itself, 2014 swept in and we're now ready for Combiner Wars hitting shelves in both paper, plastic and pixel format. But alongside that, we've also seen the return of one of IDW's original Transformers characters, Drift, in the hands of its originator - Shane McCarthy. Read on below for a spotlight on the Australian author of AHM!

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Va'al - Shane, it is a pleasure to talk to you for a bit, thank you for agreeing to do this! As we've done for the other creators we've interviewed, I'd like to start from the beginning - from your beginning: how did Transformers enter your life, do you remember your first interaction with the franchise?

Shane McCarthy - I absolutely do. Like most kids I was crazy about cartoons and around that time I was all about He-Man. Saturday morning was where it was at and I would get up super early to watch them all. One morning, when He-Man had finished, on comes this cartoon I'd never heard of. It opened with Cybertron in flames and I was immediately hooked. After that it was a mad dash to the toy store. The first one I ever bought was the double pack of the cassettes... Frenzy and Laserbeak I think.

Va'al - And was that also a gateway moment into collecting the toys, or were you able to keep the plastic addiction at bay (or forced to, by external factors)? Did you, or do you still, have the one that got away, or at least a very elusive toy that was really hard to get?

Shane - Well I'd already started my He-Man collection so buying toys was already a habit. What I could afford mind you; my parents would buy me some big things for Christmas (Castle Grayskull) but I had to buy the figures myself. So picking up Transformers was a natural progression.

As for the one that got away. I was crazy about Prime and Soundwave as a kid and got both of those. There's two I never got that I really wanted as a kid. Ravage, because he looked so damn cool and I never saw him again beyond when I had to make that first choice in the store. And Megatron. Although I wouldn't be after Megs these days, the actual toy doesn't look at all that hot to me.

Va'al - Starting to sense a purple pattern here, I must admit. Would you say that Ravage (or any of the other three) still holds a spot in your collector's heart? Did you continue collecting beyond your childhood and teenage years, with new iterations of the same characters?

Shane - I'd say it's really just Ravage these days; I think the concept and the design are really cool. I think I've still got Frenzy around here somewhere, I lost Laserbeak's head though.

I didn't keep collecting, no. My love of the toys spilled over into books and comics. The next time I bought a Transformer was after Beast Wars came out. Like a lot of people I dismissed Beast Wars as some sort of heretical assault on the old classics. When a friend explained how the old cartoons and Beast Wars lined up and then handed me Transmetal Optimus Primal, I was hooked again. That was a seriously cool toy.

Va'al - That often still happens with some fans, good to hear we won you over to the beast side eventually! So as you ventured from screen media and toys into comics, what were your first impressions, what caught your attention in particular?

Shane - You mean comics in general? Conan, haha. My sister bought me one at a flea market to shut me up. It had Gil Kane on art and it was glorious. From there it was into Batman and Superman then down the road the X-Men.

As far as Transformers though I started picking up the magazine format comics, the ones from the UK that Simon Furman was writing. I absolutely loved them. I remember the first story I came in on, I can't remember the issue number though. But basically Prime and Outback were battered and fighting to survive against some sort of ape creatures I think. Classic stuff.

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift
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Va'al - That sounds very much like issue #100, Distant Thunder! As an established comics reader, how long did it take from that point to entering the industry as a creator? How was that process for you?

Shane - That's the one! Man, you're good. Alan Davis on cover art too, wow.

How long did it take? Well the link says that comic came out in 1987. My first publication was Batman for DC Comics in...2005 I think so, 18 years. Yikes.

The process was an interesting one. I never even thought of becoming a writer until I was around twenty odd years old. It had never occurred to me. Once the idea struck (or was actually suggested to me) everything clicked in a way nothing ever had before. After that it was a lot of work, effort and training before I broke in with DC.

Va'al - But you did make it in the end, and you've worked on multiple characters and properties since! What I'm wondering, though, is how the IDW gig started - did they ask you to take over from Furman, or did you pitch material to them?

Shane - I was approached by Chris Ryall to take over from Simon. He'd been doing great stuff but they were wanting to move in a different direction and asked me what I would do if I took over. With the understanding that it was supposed to be a new direction, one they hoped would also appeal to a wider audience, I pitched All Hail Megatron.

Va'al - And Drift was one of the new, original appearances in the series, before he became his own full-on character, correct? We've seen the pitch for him in the recent IDW Complete Drift volume, actually - how did it feel to introduce an entirely new character to the franchise?

Shane - It was fun. I was already having a hell of a lot of fun working on AHM and it was never on my mind to bring in anything new. However when I was working on the book the idea for Drift popped into my head and I thought, why not? I've said it before but the initial pitch was me just firing off a "what if" email to Chris. He liked the idea but said Hasbro would never go for it. Turns out they loved it. Right away they mentioned the possibility of a figure which was brilliant. Apparently some people didn't believe the figure was true when Chris announced it. I still find that hilarious.

Va'al - He was also not the only lasting outcome of the AHM series, as we're still feeling some of the aftermath of those events in the current ongoings and mini-series (such as the beef between Devastator and Spike, which Costa took a step further, and Barber is currently retreading in The Transformers). How does it feel, as the plotter behind it all?

Shane - It's nice to know it's all still going forward. I don't read the books (unless I'm writing for them) but I would hope that some things have been kept and other things have changed. Like any comic book, when a new creative team comes on they need to leave their stamp. It's important everything isn't thrown out but it has to be something new otherwise what's the point?

Va'al - And that, in a way, brings us to the present day, with you returning to Drift after his presence in James Roberts' writing in More Than Meets the Eye. How does it feel to write the book now, compared to any of the three you were working on back then?

Shane - I have to say it was a mix of weird and fun. James' take on Drift was different to mine and I needed to keep that in mind as I did the mini series. I'd read through Drift's "James" appearances and got a feel for who he was there. After that I needed to think about where I wanted to take him and what I wanted to say with the character taking into account what he meant to me when I created him and what he means to me now after he'd gone through so much since AHM.

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

It kind of felt like seeing a really great friend after they'd been overseas for a while. They're still your good mate but they've got a whole bunch of new hobbies and an accent.

Va'al - Was the inclusion of Ratchet as grumpy but sensible counterpart to him in Empire of Stone something that you built from the MTMTE relationship between the two, then, or entirely your initiative?

Shane - No that was absolutely from MTMTE. I loved the odd couple vibe I was getting from them and knew I needed someone to come calling from the Autobots. It was nice having it be Ratchet, someone who once hated Drift (or was at least seriously annoyed by him). Plus I knew it would make for some fun buddy cop moments.

Va'al - They do have some really good interactions, yes! And what about the other characters showing up, such as Gigatron and super obscure ones like Hellbat and the Micromasters? Are they something you have a connection to, or was it more of an editorial call?

Shane - No those were all my choices. When it comes to finding new, interesting characters that haven't been overused it can get tough so I decided to go to an expert. I went to Twitter and asked a Transformer fan, Sprite, for advice on some underused characters. I knew the kinds of characters I was looking for and she made some great suggestions of who hadn't been used in the IDW universe yet. I had a look through that list and chose the ones I liked the most. Gigatron, Hellbat and Grit all came from that list so, thanks, Sprite.

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Va'al - Fans really making an impact, then, on all accounts! Some great artists are also showing up at IDW from the fan base, but you've gone with the established team of Guido Guidi, Stephen Baskerville and JP Bove. How are you finding working with them? What do you feel their art brings to the story?

Shane - They're a fantastic team to work with. It's fantastic to be working with Guido again; I absolutely adore his artwork. After having worked together for a year on AHM it was great to get back into those familiar roles again. And JP, what a champ. Fantastic work and a great guy. I had the pleasure of signing with JP when I was at a UK con, the guy's a riot. Stephen is a new one to me but, like the others, I love what he brought to the book. Everyone is excited to be working together and we're all doing our best to put out a book that we love and hope the readers will love too.

Va'al - It is receiving its fair share of praise so far - but with only one issue left to the series, do you have any other plans in mind for Drift or the Transformers universe in general? Anything we should be looking forward to?

Shane - Not currently no. I'm really glad John [Barber] dropped me a line asking me to do this, it was a blast, but currently this looks like it's it for Transformers. Not to say something won't pop up down the line, IDW is over the moon at how well Drift is being received so you never know.

Va'al - That's a low - though hopeful - tone to be ending this chat upon, however - is there anything you'd like to say to the fans and readers out there before we bid our goodbyes?

Shane - Just a huge thank you. Thank you for reading and thank you for writing in. It's great to know people have enjoyed AHM and Drift.

Transformers News: Interviews Shane McCarthy - Lindyhopping with Drift

Va'al - And thank you, Shane, for taking the time to talk to us for this interview - it was great to find out more about your journey as a fan and a creator. Best of luck for future endeavours, and we'll be on the lookout for Drift #4 later this month!

You can find out more about Shane McCarthy's multiple creative lives at his website, SMAcTalk, and on Twitter. IDW Transformers: Drift - Empire of Stone is regularly reviewed on - join the discussion here!

You can also read Shane's thoughts on Age of Extinction Drift here - and find out more about the latest incarnation of the character in animated series Robots in Disguise here and here. Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!
Date: Monday, May 19th 2014 9:55am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Josh Perez, Va'al

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We're back here at with another full-length chat with one of the minds behind the hands behind the Transformers comics offered by IDW Publishing - and it's time to go full colour: ladynuts and gentlebolts, please welcome colourist extraordinaire Josh Perez!

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

Va'al - Josh, it's a pleasure to be able to talk to you at last. We've all seen your amazing work on Robots in Disguise, and then the magnificence that was your power-through with the whole of Dark Cybertron, it's only fair we find out more about you! So, to begin from the beginning: when did the Transformers enter your life? What's your first memory?

Josh - Pleasure is all mine, buddy! Transformers was kinda always there when I was a kid; mostly in the background of a toy visit or seeing some kid playing with "a cool robot that turns into a gun, or a car, or a jet, or a...", and so on. I can't say what my first TF memory was, but I remember when I was about 5, we were sent the TF movie on VHS, and I spent the whole time worrying Bumblebee would die. I mean, the other Autobot deaths, Prime included, were major deals, but once I knew Bee was okay, I was a happy burrito.

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

Va'al - I have to say, that's not a feeling we're used to hearing in the fandom these days! Would you say Bumblebee is still your favourite character? Are there version of him that stand out, or that are not worth remembering?

Josh - He most certainly is still my favorite character! I'm always going to be partial to the G1 Gilvezan Bee, but the Pretender and Action Master Bumblebees are nostalgic favorites. I have the Action Master Bee as a kid, and he was, surprisingly, my only Bee toy from the G1 era. A friend of mine had the Pretender Bee, and the Marvel TF stories made me really like him as a character. Transformers Animated Bee is the only recent Bee I've found myself excited to see. His design is great!

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

As for forgettable Bees, I think that his movie incarnation hasn't done much to justify the shelf space he tends to take up. I like his design, but you could make him any other Autobot and nothing would really change. I felt the same way about Transformers Prime Bumblebee for a while. He was just a background character (which, honestly, he kinda needed to be after how much the movies shoved him in everyone's faces), but towards the end of Prime he became interesting and I felt his presence was necessary outside of being the guy that beepbooped.

Va'al - Aha, so the kid appeal character appealed to you as a kid, when that was its intention - I'm sure someone at Hasbro was very happy about that! You mentioned the Marvel Transformers comics just now, were they a regular appointment for you, an avid reader, or were you not that invested in them?

Josh - I started reading the Marvel comics late in the game - around Matrix Quest. Before I left Germany, I remember seeing Wildman's cover for "The Price of Life", and maaan that cover messed with me head! It was so twisted and different and gorgeous. If it wasn't for that cover, the Marvel books would have just faded out for me when we came to the States.

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

I remember getting a trade of the first four issues that I would read over and over again at school, and then my dad would take me to a now-out-of-business-but-amazing-at-the-time bookstore called "Keep On Bookin' " where I'd buy back issues and read them through most of my elementary/middle school existence. I also bought issues of G2, but I lent the ones I had to a friend and never got them back..! I was pretty invested in the Marvel stories when I got to the States since we had local comic places all over.

Va'al - That is quite the unsettling cover, isn't it? And something we almost saw again, relatively recently. But how long did it take you from readingthe comics to making your own doodles and scribbles? Did you start drawing and colouring *on* comics before moving *into* comics?

Josh - Oh man! I would never have dreamed of defacing those books. I tried to make several Transformer comics as a kid in elementary school; around 4th grade was when I realized I really wanted to be in either comics or animation. In early high school I got to play with Photoshop 5.5 and I started to focus more on learning how to use the program to color artwork.

Va'al - I see it as interactive enjoyment rather than defacing! So was colouring your first venture into the world of comics creation, or were you into the writing, drawing, inking and such?

Josh - I was drawing/inking little comics I'd irritate my friends with before I ventured into coloring- and I remember a friend had a short lived/now deleted webcomic that I drew/lettered/storied a few pages of - but luckily those are gone forever because they're prime examples of how to not do anything art, color, letter, or story related to comics, haha! Oh, those days of high school and early college... Professionally speaking, though, coloring was definitely where I began input in comic creation.

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

Va'al - I'm sure there was something salvageable in those early ventures, too! (And I'm even more sure that some collector out there would love to get their hands on them.) So we're up to your actual debut as a comics creator: was it with IDW Publishing directly, or did you work with and for others first? How did you rise to technicolour stardom?

Josh - Back in 2003 my name was suggested to Dreamwave Productions when they needed help coloring their More Than Meets The Eye profile book; I got to color Wheeljack and the Terrorcons/Abominus in issue seven; work started coming in after that!

Va'al - Yet another Dreamwave-induced artist! Can you remember your first full-length gig in a comic? Anything you are particularly proud of from the earlier stages of your professional career?

Josh - My first full length comic was after Dreamwave shut down on a comic called "100 Girls" by Adam Gallardo and Todd Demong; another Dreamwave colorist and friend, Cil Chueng, was leaving as colorist because of college or something (sorry, Cil! I forget!) and offered the gig to me.

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

I can't say I'm too fond of anything I've done back in the Dreamwave days- my contrast was bland and my value colors lacked punch. BUT I have a sweet spot for the profile book pieces I've done for the G1 and Armada MtMtE books; and Energon issue #26 was when I first started working with Alex Milne on actual comic issues, even if they're not my best work, I'm happy with them.

Va'al - Dreamwave had its peaks, that is definitely true. But we also do have to admit loving your current work on IDW Publishing titles! How did you get into those? How does it feel to be recognised by fans and on the front cover of monthly comics?

Josh - Alex [Milne] and I had formed a kind of duo after Dreamwave, and when he got work, I got work; I think our first IDW piece was a cover for Spotlight: Kup (I also got Nick's cover for Spotlight: Kup as well); it was a lot of cover work, but then came Megatron: Origin and the Movie Adaptation and stuff.

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

And now, when people open their RiD books or when they buy the right MtMtE cover, there I am, ruining their experience! ah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah. But honestly, it's weird- especially now that IDW has been putting colorist credit on their covers... or when really awesome fans tell me they like my work in the books. Never gonna get used to it!

Va'al - I can assure you that no one's day, experience or comic is ruined with your colours! Not even when you repaint *everyone* to look like Bumblebee. (We have proof, do not deny it.) Before you leave us to return to slave away on art tasks, is there anything we can expect in the future of the Perez verse? Convention appearances, different titles, pencil or ink work, writing?

Josh - Well, I'll be doing BotCon this year, as well as TFCon- assuming nothing goes wrong, of course, so stop by and say hi!

Transformers News: Interviews Colourist Josh Perez!

Aside from Transformers, I've colored a few new Matt Frank Godzilla covers that look pretty snazzy (more on his part, less on mine, haha!), and the team I worked with on ShiftyLook's/ Namco-Bandai's Bravoman Webcomic (Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine) are in the planning/design phase for a new, creator-owned book called "Avian Odyssey". You can check out updates at; right now it's design stuff, videos on characters being drawn; very neat!

Va'al - It sounds like you're ridiculously busy, as usual, so even further thanks for taking the time to chat with us! I think we should let readers know how they can follow your work if they want to, too - wouldn't you agree?

Josh - But of course! I post a lot of artwork over on deviantART and Tumblr, Twitter - all under "Dyemooch"!

Thanks very much for the chat!

You've heard the man! Make sure to check out Josh's work, including that amazing Starscream print we posted above, chat to him on social media, and until next time, we've been your usual comics creator fix here at

IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - Andrew Wildman Comments

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 - Andrew Wildman Comments
Date: Tuesday, April 1st 2014 10:55am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Wildman

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We have seen a couple of words by various comics creators once IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 hit a couple of weeks ago - but here is another, by artist Andrew Wildman on his personal blog. Read on below!

So there we are. The end. The End? They always said ‘It Never Ends’ and for Transformers that seems to be true. But for the Original Transformers storyline/continuity it very definitely has. Issue 100 of that seminal book final hit the stands on Wednesday 19th March. A very significant day for all those legions of people who, over the last thirty years, have enjoyed the ups and downs of the world of Autobots and Decepticons. After the hiatus of some twenty years it was a privilege to be involved in the continuation of The Transformers (not sure when the The was dropped) With the IDW book, Transformers Regeneration One. When it all finally ended I thought it would be great to write a piece about what it has been like for me to be involved in the book. After all, for many it is who I am. But rather than write one final farewell – which I did for issue 100 – I thought I would get some thoughts down as and when they occur. This is the first of those;

For me it started out as just another comics gig. A book that I knew nothing about and that only felt like a stepping stone onto other books. I wanted to draw Superheroes. This is something that I have mentioned in many interviews and Q&As. I was happy to be working for Marvel Comics but I didn’t want to do toy books. I wanted to draw Spider-Man and all the other characters that I had grown up with. At that time I guess I had been reading comics for, say, 20 years. When I consider that that was about 26 years ago it really does create context. Transformers have been a part of my life for longer than Marvel had at that point. Transformers has been there for all but a couple of years of my professional life as a comic artist. Its fair to say that without Transformers I would probably be yet another casualty of the big comics crash in the mid nineties. Many of us working in the comics industry back then were hanging on by our fingernails as we saw title after title get cancelled. Same happened to me. My final book for Marvel was the final issue of Force Works. I felt like it was unfinished business at Marvel but it was time to get out as the empire crumbled around us all. That is when I moved – sideways I guess – into Computer Game design and TV concept work and storyboarding. Things have been great for me in those areas but it is as a result of working on Transformers for Marvel and more recently for IDW that has enabled me to have a presence at some amazing conventions and that is great. So Transformers, it was very definitely time to move on. Time to draw a line under that work. But I salute you. Without you I wonder what life would look like now.

ROM The Spaceknight Coming to the IDW Transformers Universe?

Transformers News: ROM The Spaceknight Coming to the IDW Transformers Universe?
Date: Tuesday, February 18th 2014 8:54pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): EclecticLee, Bleeding Cool

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Remember ROM The Spaceknight? He was one the plethora of robot toys that were launched back in the early 80's, and Milton Bradley and Marvel had hoped to build a franchise around his cosmic adventures. Unfortunately for Milton Bradley the toy tanked, but the Marvel comic gained a following and ran for several years.

So why are we talking about him? Over the past year or so ROM has been showing up on the Transformers radar. This mysterious silver Transformers Bot Shot was among the new figures displayed one year ago at Toy Fair 2013.

Transformers News: ROM The Spaceknight Coming to the IDW Transformers Universe

We later discovered that the figure in question was indeed ROM The Spaceknight when that massive list of upcoming figures leaked out of Hasbro customer service.


Sadly, the Bot Shots line seems to be in limbo and ROM has yet to see a release. However, that may not be end of the line for our silver robotic friend. Hasbro quietly filed for three ROM The Spaceknight trademarks, as cataloged below by Lee Seitz on his blog EclecticLee:

So, there are currently three trademarks Hasbro has applied for. The first is for comic books and was granted in April 2013. They've already used the first of their five possible extensions to use it in commerce (i.e. publish a ROM comic book). Extensions are required every six months if Hasbro doesn't have proof of use. Five extensions give them three years to do so.

The second trademark is for "toy action figures and toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms," which leads to the already existing rumor that Hasbro is going to make Rom part of the Transformers toy line. It, too, was granted in April 2013 and has had one extension filed against it.

The final trademark is for "entertainment services, namely an on-going animated television series for children." This one was only granted in June 2013 and, because I've gotten lazy, is new to me. It would seem to contradict Hasbro making Rom part of the Transformers, unless such a TV series would be a spin-off of Transformers: Prime or something. The first extension was just granted last month.

Bleeding Cool builds upon this by mentioning they've heard from a reliable comics source that IDW will be making a move on this property soon. Lots of potential within the Transformers universe for ROM. IDW's Transformers universe includes multiple robotic races, and let's not forget the upcoming BotCon theme features knights.

Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery
Date: Saturday, February 15th 2014 6:28pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): qbkiller94, Seibertron

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Enjoying the coverage so far, yes? Maybe you would like some more, eh? Quickly done! Thanks also to member qbkiller94 we have another full gallery on an unexpected robot interloper: Death's Head, part of the Marvel Infinite series! Given the fact that the comic with both him and Death's Head II came out last week, this is quite timely, yes? Click on any of the images below for the full gallery.

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

Transformers News: Toy Fair 2014 Coverage - Marvel Infinite Series Death's Head Gallery

March 2014 IDW Subscription Variant Covers - Possible First Look at Upcoming Sky-Byte Figure Design?

Transformers News: March 2014 IDW Subscription Variant Covers - Possible First Look at Upcoming Sky-Byte Figure Design?
Date: Monday, February 10th 2014 10:28pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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IDW Publishing has updated their Facebook page with their subscription variant covers for March, and we have two Transformers Dark Cybertron covers. Dark Cybertron Chapter 12 features Shockwave and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #27 Sky-Byte. Time for a bit of speculation. Remember that list of figures that came out of Hasbro customer service back in November? It's been pretty accurate so far (looking at you Leader Class Jetfire) and it included a listing for a Voyager Sky-Byte. As we know Hasbro and IDW are currently working hand in hand to bring comic designs to toy form. The subscription cover below features a new design for Sky-Byte that may very well be the design for his upcoming Generations toy. Take that with a grain of salt of course, and hopefully we'll know more about his possible figure after this weekend's Toy Fair. For now check out the covers below.


Transformers News: March 2014 IDW Subscription Variant Covers - Possible First Look at Upcoming Sky-Byte Figure Design?

Transformers News: March 2014 IDW Subscription Variant Covers - Possible First Look at Upcoming Sky-Byte Figure Design?

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Date: Wednesday, February 5th 2014 12:50am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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The Powerpuff Issue!
(Spoiler free-ish)

CYBERTRON FALLS! The monstrous NECROTITAN ravages the world—but is there anyone left to save it? Meanwhile, in deep space, ULTRA MAGNUS and the crew of the LOST LIGHT struggle to make sense of what they find in the depths of the scarlet sea!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Or just punch it in the face


And here we are, probably the last set-up issue before the big show takes place, as was teased for the next chapter. But before we get to the clash of titans, let's take a look at what this issue does, the new characters introduced, reveals and building up of some old fr--enemies, shall we?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Figures sold separately

Once again, John Barber and James Roberts focus on multiple plotlines at once, from the Lost Light's crew dealing with Metroplex, Ammonites and newcomers Chromia and Nautica, via Pax and Rodimus in the Dead Universe, dealing with Nova and Kup, to the chaos on Cybertron, with Starscream uniting with Prowl, Soundwave and the other 'outcasts'.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Cavalry's here

And then you have the three new additions: Chromia, Nautica and Windblade, who play a fairly big role in the issue, and one that nicely sets up what may happen later (mini-series included). They're nicely characterised, and topically enough, there are echoes of other female trios in the three's dialogue lines.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Nicely done, Roberber

I was a little disappointed in Starscream being shunned once more in favour of other key players, though I suppose ReGeneration One is dealing with his more powerful incarnations. Though what is his actual Chosen role? Megatron is mocked, undermined yet ultimately I can't help but like him on the scene, too - and Bumblebee. Plus we get a better look at Rodimus' hand, and his real thoughts, for once.


We still have the three artists working on different sections. James Raiz masterfully pens the new additions and a magnificent Metroplex; Livio Ramondelli decidedly darkens the mood for Rodimus and Orion, and dastardly Nova Prime; Atilio Rojo expertly blends a beaten Starscream, bombastic Megatron and brilliant Prowl. And Bumblebee.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Rodimus and his fetish, again

And then you have the colours, with Ramondelli taking care of his own sections, with a lighter palette this time round, it seems. And Josh Perez on Rojo and Raiz' interiors. He kills it, again, with two very different approaches on each style, but both equally brilliant.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
What does the Ammonite say..?

Tom B. Long's lettering is still pretty excellent too, from the flaming title page to the sound effects. Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr offer a nice cover with this issue's Tailgate toy, Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente tower over cover A - and then there's Alex Milne and Josh Perez' mouthwatering RI cover. Look at it. Just. Look.

Spoilerish ahead

This issue may placate the ire of some readers who thought the whole Windblade affair was going to be blown out of proportion in the April series, beginning to reveal why and how she and the other two, Nautica and Chromia show up, and their importance to the story. We don't get to see much, but it's enough to make want to read more!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #26 (DC 8) Review
Eye'm definitely in!

There was humour, there were revelations, there was a lot of actual rooting for Megatron, after all. There were Nautica, Chromia and Windblade, Rodimus, Whirl, Ratchet - all good characterisation. There was the beginning of the Necrotitan and Metroplex fight we saw teased a while back. There is good art, and an amazing cover. It was good.

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

IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!
Date: Friday, January 17th 2014 5:55am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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Thanks to the lovely people over at IDW Publishing, we have the fairly spoilerrific, action-packed, multiple-teased and teasing solicitations for the Transformers comics in the aftermath of Dark Cybertron! Also out in April is Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster's new venture - Transformers: Legacy. Check it all out below.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


John Barber (w), Andrew Griffith (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Andrew Griffith (vc), Livio Ramondelli (vc).

EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth--with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back--and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


James Roberts (w), Alex Milne (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Livio Ramondelli (vc), Alex Milne (vc).

CERTAIN DEATH, HERE WE COME! MEGATRON assumes control of the quest to find the Knights of Cybertron--a quest that has never before been so urgent, so personal, and so likely to end in tears. An incredulous Lost Light crew is left asking the same thing you are: how exactly did it come to this?

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• You read that right—MEGATRON joins the AUTOBOTS!
• The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


Mairghread Scott (w), Sarah Stone (a), Casey W. Coller (c), Sarah Stone (vc).

WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from--and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!

32 pages, $3.99.

Bullet points:

• WINDBLADE takes CYBERTRON by storm!
• Winner of the FAN BUILD BOT POLL—in which fans voted to create an all-new TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER!
• Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
• Learn the secret history of WINDBLADE, CHROMIA, and NAUTICA!
• Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


James Roberts, John Barber (w), Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a), Phil Jimenez (c)

Shockwave makes a move millions of years in the planning--an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons! Collects Dark Cybertron #1, More Than Meets The Eye #23-25, and Robots In Disguise #23-24.

152 pages, $19.99.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers April 2014 Solicitations: Earthfall, Windblade, Autobot Megatron!


Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster (w)

Remember the thrill of tearing open the wrapping on Christmas morning, discovering a brand new TRANSFORMERS toy in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chocked full of extras, including never before seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.

300 pages, $49.99.

Bullet points:

• The Transformers art book that you've been waiting for all these years! From the archives of Hasbro, Takara and private collectors!

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #126 - False Finish
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