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Transformers Mosaic: "Answers."

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: "Answers."
Date: Thursday, December 30th 2010 11:57pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Richter

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:
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It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted. These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love. No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

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ANSWERS

Story by;
Josh van Reyk http://josh-van-reyk.deviantart.com/

Art by:
James Boykin http://shinmusashi44.deviantart.com/

Colors by:
Michele Degon http://wegons.deviantart.com/

Letters by:
HdE http://hde2009.deviantart.com/

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Sneak Preview of Transformers: Infestation #1

Transformers News: Sneak Preview of Transformers: Infestation #1
Date: Thursday, December 30th 2010 11:20pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Chris Ryall

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Brains, brains, brains... and Drift? This highly anticipated IDW crossover features our favorite Transforming robots finally meeting face to face with today's most popular fad, Zombies. IDW Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall gives us a sneak peek at the upcoming two-issue tie-in, Transformers: Infestation, starting this upcoming February. The preview shows off Nick Roche's infectiously pleasing art, which Autobots and Decepticons will be fighting mano-a-mano, and a look at the covers of Transformers: Infestation #1. Check out the preview below - and remember, strength in numbers, make sure not to get bitten, and aim for the head!

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Transformers Rising Storm #2 Cover Revealed

Transformers News: Transformers Rising Storm #2 Cover Revealed
Date: Thursday, December 30th 2010 10:59pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Archonia

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon will be hyped up by IDW in the movie prequel, Transformers: Rising Storm. The first issue's cover featured an outline of a new Decepticon that would be making an appearance in the film. Now the second issue features a battle between a fan-favorite Autobot and his long time nemesis. We never got to see the cover from the March 2011 Solicitations, but thanks to Archonia we finally do. Take a look at the cover and the description below!

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MEGATRON's deadliest plan yet kicks into high gear-it's all-out war! Plus-BUMBLEBEE squares off against BARRICADE for what may prove to be the final time, while OPTIMUS PRIME calls in every AUTOBOT on Earth to put an end to STARSCREAM! The stakes rise in this intense prequel to Transformers 3!


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IDW's Transformers Sector 7 Issue #4-- Review

Transformers News: IDW's Transformers Sector 7 Issue #4-- Review
Date: Thursday, December 30th 2010 7:09pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tigertracks 24

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Reviewing Transformers movie-verse history... Transformers Sector 7 Issue #4 (of 5)...(in stores Wednesday, December 29th).

For anyone who has been reading Sector 7, and I’m still not sure why I bother with movie-verse related comics, you know what’s been going on. For those who haven’t, I offer you the blurb review below from issue #4.

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I have to say, I am not as much of a detail junky as many (like, oh say, the writer in this series). While the series is a ‘somewhat interesting’ step into the past of what is possibly the ‘most interesting’ new part of what came out of the whole movie thing, it is of the movie, and based on humans, so this series probably did/does not call out to many Transformers fans because...well...it doesn’t feature many Transformers. No Transforming robot appears until page 15. Mechs in the previous pages though, yes. No actual named/known Transformer until the 4th to last page. Not much for a giant sentient robot fan to enjoy there.

And then there are those who will buy anything comics, merchandise, and/or toys with the Transformers name on it. I tend to be that way with comics, mostly because I think I am still looking for that perfect Transformers story. Sector 7 is not that story, but could be of interest to SCI-FI/conspiracy theory/X-Files type fans. But not so much Transformers fans (minus HARDCORE movie fans, you know who you are).

The writing of the series is not entirely bad. It certainly has not stood out to me to be distracting, or entirely ground-breaking, just the writing is doing a good job doing what writing should do... help to clear up the details in the story that the art work does not make clear, using dialogue, setting narration, etc. Except the German parts in this issue have started to irk me. I now find that piece of the writing to be utterly annoying--no translations--you can guess some phrases meanings, but many go unknown or unexplained. German dialogue is a large part of many of the last 10-12 pages.

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Gutentag herr doktor. Gib mir all deine Transformers Spielzeug ... JETZT!

Anyway, issue #4 continues telling Sector 7 history as family members of its original 7 continue with ‘the family business’ that founding member Walter Simmons started. This time the story is set during 1944. A new Simmons, Bill or Billy, has been asked to carry on in Sector 7 activities and he is none to happy about it. Currently a soldier, he feels he should be in battles fighting the Nazi threat, not participating in “wasting his life like his mother (Margo)”, who we find out in this issue (Five page preview spoiler alert!!!) has passed since we last left her.

Reluctantly, Bill agrees, convinced by his grandfather (General Walter Simmons, Margo’s father), to join a group of 6 other operatives (Yo Joe!) to go behind enemy lines and destroy an NBE (non biological entity) that the Nazis have gotten their hands on, and have started reverse engineering tech from (We all know the United States is the only country responsible enough to have reverse engineered tech from the Transformers, right?). Who is the new NBE under NAZI control? Somebody we already knew about and I was surprised to see based on the earlier issues. Surprises are good in stories, so consider that a plus.

What struck me most about this comic, it was a decent read, but violent. As soon as the mission starts it basically falls prey to the Nazi’s new tech (human-piloted, transforming tank mechs), and Barber (writer) and Kang (artist) waste no time in adding in some gross out elements. Limbs here, missing limbs there, it wasn’t as excessive as January’s INFESTATION crossover is sure to bring about, but it just seemed...oddly placed or even unnecessary. You’re welcome IDW, I may have sold a couple more copies for you there.

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How does a guy get his hand blown off (yes, it cauterized the wound, but pain!!!), and still continue on his mission looking no worse for wear (minus a hand)?
-I'm Simmons, Bill Simmons. Chuck Norris can lick my boot straps.


It is meant to be a suicide mission and for most of the group it is--thus, the violence, but not before Simmons carries out the group’s task, and destroys a large portion of the base, along with the projects and people (at least one, pretty cold-blooded killing) involved. However, for Simmons, the act was meant to be totally selfless for his country, but as the Transformer the Nazis were using to reverse engineer weapons from awakens, it destroys the Nazi tech and monster, deliberates, decides humanity may be mostly okay based on a few minutes with Simmons, and helps Simmons to finish his mission parameters, then flies them both away into the wild blue yonder sunset. Happy trails soldiers. Oops, dropped the spoiler there.

The artwork is pretty well done most of the time. It’s crisp and clear, no cluttery details. All lines have their purpose. The humans are able to emote, without looking like they stepped out of Bugs Bunny. The tech, weapons, and armament are nicely, accurately, and again simply detailed. Overall, an enjoyable presentation. I’m a bigger fan of the detailed work done in ‘Tales of the Fallen’, and ‘Nefarious’, if it has to be movie than make sure to put the details in intended in movie designs, but this is good work.

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The colors are more vivid than previously seen in other issues, assuming that this is meant to be a progression through time, and previous art and color were meant to represent the eras they were telling stories about. The colors are still limited though, as most of this takes place in a nighttime operation setting, thus using more muted, dark colors. While aboard the plane we have a lot of red, from the emergency lights. So the colors are effectively used to express the settings.

I do have a problem with both of this issue’s covers though. If you didn’t like the Jazz/Hubcap cover of the last issue, I’m not sure how you can like either of these any better. A pile of scrap shooting something--courtesy of the retail incentive cover--, or a tank with legs chasing some soldiers depicted on the regular cover (meant to connect with the other covers to create a dossier of the NBE/Sector 7 activities). Take your pick. The very realistic and detailed, dirty, painted regular cover is the best of the two, but the tank on legs kind of makes it silly (is there commentary in here?), and ruins the presentation of the rest of a beautiful piece of military art. Probably not going to get many Transformers fans interested in a book with either of those designs.

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Something about the mech designs as I flip back through the issue. The transformation from tank to mech is fudged...a lot, and the mech modes seem to retain nothing of the tank-- minus the treads/tracks and the cannon. They also seem faster and more maneuverable than the tanks they were, which for experimental tech, is quite amazing, as tanks were fairly high-tech devices for quite awhile. Where did the the hisstank (G.I. Joe) like cockpit come from?

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Ultimately, this issue is, as I stated, an alright to fairly enjoyable fiction. If you could read the German phrases than maybe it is even more fun, or meaningful, but without knowing what they translate to is frustrating. I find the book to be a decent short war story with a little bit of robots in there. Not much “Transformers” though.

I have to say, I’m not sure if others enjoy them or not, but I like the final page of the issue, where Agent John Barber (the writer) has his ‘Field Notes’ and explains ideas, relationships, inspirations, and easter eggs along with artist Lou Kang (Mortal Kombat lover here?). I loved this kind of after sharing when WIZARD did it for DC’s Kingdom Come, and then MARVEL did it for their MARVEL’s series. I really like to be made aware of facts, etc., that inspire work, or are hidden in the work that many of us may never even be aware of.

I have read much more exciting issues. I’ve read a lot worse issues and series. This one works as a stand alone story, and as a part of the Sector 7 mini, making it effective for what it is... a book about a group of humans involved with the Transformers and how they evolve over the decades, but not much of a Transformers comic book.

Ratings (out of 5):

Art- 3
Colors- 4
Writing- 3
Covers- 2


Check out the five page preview for a little taste of the issue for yourself.

IDW Previews Transformers SECTOR 7 #4

Transformers News: IDW Previews Transformers SECTOR 7 #4
Date: Wednesday, December 29th 2010 8:38pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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How do you follow up a Transformers story that related Decepticons and real-life historical criminals Bonnie and Clyde?

With the next issue of the series of course!

IDW Publishing via issuu.com offers up the next issue in this pre-movie series relating the origins of the manipulative, and behind-the-scenes organization, Sector 7 and their struggles with the Transformers on Earth.

TRANSFORMERS: SECTOR 7 #4
John Barber (w) • Joe Suitor (a) • Brian Rood (c)

In the midst of the darkest days of World War II, Sector Seven's greatest fear has come true-the Nazis have captured a TRANSFORMER! The group's seven deadliest soldiers-a rag-tag group of screw-ups and cast-offs in any other context-go on what's surely a suicide mission into the heart of Nazi Germany!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Transformers Mosaic: "Independent Actions"

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: "Independent Actions"
Date: Monday, December 27th 2010 11:16pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Richter

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:
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It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted. These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love. No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

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Transformers Mosaic FAQ, click here

INDEPENDENT ACTIONS

Story by;
Curt Lunsford

Art and Colors by:
Ibai Canales

Letters by:
Franco Villa

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Third Party Hearts of Steel Insecticon Battle Train In The Making

Transformers News: Third Party Hearts of Steel Insecticon Battle Train In The Making
Date: Monday, December 27th 2010 4:19am CST
Categories: 3rd Party News, Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): ACToys.net

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Yes, you read right! The Insecticons haven't received much love in the form of a new figure for quite some time. But from the looks of it, it will be at the hands of a third party. It's still unclear as to who is headlining this project, and whether it will be mass produced like FansProject's work, limited to miniscule numbers like Mastercollectors' Nova Prime, or simply a project made for fun. Yet since it is based off Hearts of Steel work, it might just be Mastermind Creations. Enough jabbering though, behold Shrapnel, who also forms the front of the Battle Train!

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(Courtesy of ACToys.net member zdszds198932)

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BOTS OF HONOR - New character designs

Transformers News: BOTS OF HONOR - New character designs
Date: Sunday, December 26th 2010 4:04pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Richter

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Since it's the season of giving, we thought it would be a good time to share some more character designs from the "Bots of Honor" series due for release in early 2011.

BANZAI-TRON
Art by Adelson Tavares, Colors by John-Paul Bove
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CYCLONUS
Art and Colors by Ger Hankey
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GRAPPLE
Art and Colors by Brandie Hanson
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INFERNO
Art and Colors by Brandie Hanson
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JACKPOT
Art and Colors by Kayla Swain
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OMEGA SUPREME
Art and Colors by Ed Pirrie
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MAINFRAME
Art and Colors by Ger Hankey
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SCOURGE
Art and Colors by Ger Hankey
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SHERIFF (Generic officer)
Art by Gareth Watson, Colors by Lindsay Smith
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TARANTULAS
Art and Colors by Ed Pirrie
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TRYPTICON
Art by Gareth Watson, Colors by Lindsay Smith
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There should be a few surprising choices in here, which re-enforces that we're trying to do something very new with this series. How each of these characters fit in, well, that's part of the fun...

Stay tuned for more updates in 2011, as we get closer to release.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Seibertron.com

Transformers News: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Seibertron.com
Date: Saturday, December 25th 2010 11:49am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site News
Posted by: Seibertron

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The staff of Seibertron.com would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you Seibertronians out there. We hope that you enjoy this special day with your family and friends. If you have a chance, stop by and say hi to your fellow fans in our Merry Christmas topic here on our forums.

As always, we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. Remember, please don't drink and drive! Don't forget to swing by the Energon Pub to say hi and have a few Energon drinks with us!!!

Here's a special annual treat for all of you ... check out several different old school Marvel UK Transformers comic stories here to put you in a little bit more of the holiday spirit.

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

XMAS (W)RAPPING - Simon Furman reveals details of unreleased TF Dreamwave #14

Transformers News: XMAS (W)RAPPING - Simon Furman reveals details of unreleased TF Dreamwave #14
Date: Thursday, December 23rd 2010 3:42am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Simon Furman

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Legendary Transformers comic writer Simon Furman has just posted an interesting update on his blog. Simon has provided a summary of what was to be Dreamwave's Transformers Issue #14, scheduled to be written by Furman himself.

It’s Christmas! Well, almost. And here’s a little extra gift for Transformers fans from my recently dredged Dreamwave archive of unpublished tidbits. Not a lot of people know this, but in the final months of Dreamwave (not that we were aware they were the final months at the time), circa November 2004, I was asked to prepare a one-issue fill in for Dreamwave’s G1 book (issue #14 to be precise). Regular G1 writers James McDonough and Adam Patyk had stepped away from the book. (Being closer to the heart of things, Dreamwave-wise, they clearly saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, and stopped pouring work into the rapidly expanding black hole that was Dreamwave.) In the splendid isolation of this sceptered isle, I just carried on regardless. Though it was shaped to stand alone, I wanted the story to both pick up on what James and Adam has already established and tie G1 and my War Within series tighter together. The outline (it was never scripted) for ‘The Enemy Within’ (yeah, I know, but it fitted) follows. Enjoy!

To see the summary, simply click here. For future reference, Simon's blog can be found at http://simonfurman.wordpress.com.

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