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IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Date: Monday, December 1st 2014 1:20pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Autobirds vs Deceptihogs
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
You got TRANSFORMERS in my Angry Birds! No, you got Angry Birds in my TRANSFORMERS! ERGH, OOF, MPPHH!!! Hey! Waitaminit! This is actually pretty great! That’s right, comic lovers, two of your favorite IDW comics have morphed into one amazing new comic! When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island and the world of Angry Birds turns robotic! Prepare to meet… the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Philip K. Dick would be hogrified


Story

Before time began, there was the egg. Or maybe it was the bird. The egg, or the bird, what came first..? In any case, there was an egg, and a green pig wanted to eat it. To eat all of them. As they do. Apparently. But the egg was also a cube, and the cube fell, rolled away, and became an egg. With the properties of a cube.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Simples


John Barber is having a lot of fun with the script here, letting puns rip every other panel, juggling multiple identities, continuities, storylines and characterisations that fans of the Transformers franchise of the past decade will recognise, and aiming for a fairly contemporary target (with some nods to older fans too).

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Some things never change


There is very little one can do to spoil the issue, but I am not going to simply summarise the story of the comic, and I am actually quite glad something as light-hearted and - simply put - silly as this actually exists out there, reminding fans that kids are into our favourite robots too. And the transition page is really quite clever, verbally.


Art

The comic uses Livio Ramondelli to introduce and frame the story as part of a spin-off universe of the Transformers, something based on modern iterations of the Cybertronians, from Bayverse to Rescue Bots and some added G1 highlights to please a bit of everyone. And it works.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Eggcellently so


The artists who will be gracing the pages of the series from here on, however, are a great addition to my knowledge of visual creators: Marcelo Ferreira has a great sense of visual humour, in facial expressions, character, dynamism and page layout - and the cartoon style art is perfectly apt in tone for the series.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
No fowl play here


And of course, all of it catches the eye even more thanks to the wonderful colour work by Nikos Koutsis, making sure all characters jump off the page, vibrantly and energetically, and Chris Mowry's brilliant lettering work, letting himself really go on the fun aspect of the job. Plus, the comic comes with three fantastic covers, that further show off the glorious silliness of the crossover, with Ramondelli, Ferreira and Koutsis being joined by action-packed Jorge Pacheco's variant (thumbnail).


Thoughts

I don't believe anyone was expecting a masterpiece of storytelling or the new rising star of the comics medium, but the issue is a whole lotta fun, pleasingly funny, enjoyably silly and most importantly, never takes itself seriously - something that the IDW Transformers titles can sometimes fall victims of (though less so as series progress).

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
Angry Bots!


The art is also extremely refreshing, and the framing of the story by a Transformers regular sets the scene nicely for the very cartoony, series-appropriate Ferreira and Koutis approach to the illustration. The lettering is fun, the writing is fun, the issue is, overall a non-serious

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

IDW Continues To Celebrate Transformers 30th Anniversary - Press Release

Transformers News: IDW Continues To Celebrate Transformers 30th Anniversary - Press Release
Date: Monday, November 24th 2014 12:00pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News, Press Releases
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Curious as to what IDW Publishing are up to recently, in terms of Transformers comics and the celebration of the 30th anniversary of everyone's favourite transforming robots? Look no further than the official press release we received today, mirrored below for your viewing - and keep an optic on Seibertron.com this week to see what the buzz is all about.


IDW Continues To Celebrate Transformers 30th Anniversary
The Celebratory Year Concludes With New Series!


San Diego, CA (November 25, 2014) – 2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some TRANSFORMERS debuts this year!

The long-running TRANSFORMERS comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, TRANSFORMERS: Regeneration One by IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer, Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.

But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, WINDBLADE, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.

The smash-hit new series TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.

“It’s been an amazing year for TRANSFORMERS comics,” said Barber, IDW Publishing’s Senior Editor. “The fans seem to be digging what we’re making, and it seems like there’s more fans every day. It’s been amazing seeing how fast people have come to love WINDBLADE—and especially gratifying to see kids inspired by her. Add to that the phenomenal response to TRANSFORMERS vs. G.I. JOE and the outstanding level of quality on the other ongoing series, and it’s been a banner year. Wait’ll everybody sees what we’ve got coming in 2015!”

Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.

This year has also seen a number of premier TRANSFORMERS collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of TRANSFORMERS in comics, to TRANSFORMERS Legacy: The Art of TRANSFORMERS Packaging.

The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the TRANSFORMERS series Autocracy and Monstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!

DRIFT, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi! Drift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.

As IDW comes up on its tenth year with TRANSFORMERS, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts tomorrow!

It’s been a huge year for TRANSFORMERS in the anniversary year, and IDW is honored to be involved in the celebrations!


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’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

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, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,
Date: Wednesday, November 19th 2014 3:28am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Our friends over at IDW Publishing have released the covers and solicitation blurbs for their Transformers comics releases for next February 2015 - and they include some pretty interesting looks at what may or may not be coming in the IDWverse, including RID Galvatron in Drift, more Angry Birds and the Combination Enigma. Read on below!

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Angry Birds/Transformers #4 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
The action heats up as the Eggspark begins to alter the fundamental forces of Piggy Island itself! With the Autobirds and Deceptihogs forming an uneasy alliance, will their combined might be enough to halt inevitable doom?! Find out in the thrilling conclusion to this years’ most mind-bending mash-up!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Angry Birds/Transformers #4 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers: Drift—Empire of Stone #4 (of 4)
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a & c)
FINAL FATE! This is it—DRIFT and RATCHET show down against the STONE ARMY! Will DRIFT rejoin the AUTOBOTS—or forge a new fate in the farthest reaches of the galaxy?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
This issue’s fallout will impact TRANSFORMERS comics for years to come!
Ties in directly MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #4 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sarah Stone (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers #38—Days of Deception
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
THE ONYX INTERFACE! The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS face down human forces—and strange battlelines make for strange allies. Who will emerge with the ancient ENIGMA OF COMBINATION… and who will usher in the COMBINER WAR…?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
All-out war in the wilderness!
Will the Decepticons learn of the humans’ treachery?
Wait, wait—did you say “the humans’ treachery”?
YES I DID!
Days of Deception continues!
The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
Variant Cover by Jeffrey Veregge!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers #38—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38—Days of Deception
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
JOURNEY'S END! Across time, across space, from prewar Messatine to postwar CYBERTRON—it's all been heading towards this—the moment when the fate of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS is sealed. At the heart of it all: three killers, two outcomes... and one terrible, terrible choice.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Days of Deception continues!
Variant Cover by Jeffrey Veregge!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers: Primacy
Chris Metzen & Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON. AUTOBOTS vs. DECEPTICONS. At the dawn of the conflict, battle lines are drawn and sides are set… now legends will be made. The war that would define a planet begins in earnest—and its revelations will shake the TRANSFORMERS’ world to the core!
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-234-0

Bullet points:
“This is a great new story arc for fans of any version of the Transformers.” –Geeked Out Nation


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers February 2015 Solicitations: Classics, Combiners, Galvatrons and More,


Transformers Classics, Vol. 8
Bob Budiansky, Michael Higgins (w) • Herb Trimpe (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
Volume 8 collects Transformers Universe #1–4, all character biographies from TF issues #47–49, 56–72, and 74–79, plus G.I. JOE and the Transformers #1–4. Also includes issues notes by Mark W. Bellomo.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 312 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-133-6

Bullet points:
Completely Re-colored!


Transformers vs G.I. JOE #7
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
THE WORLD AS THEY MAKE IT! Alliances are forged! Enemies are enraged! The war burns on Earth and Cybertron! And now… now the real battle begins.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers vs G.I. Joe #7—Subscription Variant
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Joe Quinones (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
If you’ve ever liked anything, you’ll love this!
If you’ve never liked anything—this will be the first thing you love!
No offence to all the other comics, because they all try really hard, but TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE is the best thing ever.
Variant Cover by Kody Chamberlain!

Editorial Vision, Shakespearean Power Plays, and Giant Robots with John Barber

Transformers News: Editorial Vision, Shakespearean Power Plays, and Giant Robots with John Barber
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 1:22pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): WCBR

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Wanting more this week in terms of Transformers fiction? Why not take a read at this lengthy interview with John Barber on WeeklyComicBookReview, editor and writer at IDW on at least, oh, all of the current series featuring robots, including those yet to come. Some snippets below, full piece here! [Note: Thumbnail is RI cover for Transformers #35, by Andrew Griffith. Fitting, non?]

Already well respected for his nearly Quixotic attempts to bring sanity to the Transformers movie continuity, John Barber’s tenure over IDW’s mainline Transformers comics has been viewed as something of a renaissance period for the brand.

Besides writing a tense sci-fi political thriller in the form of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Barber has also served as the editor of the award-winning Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye as well as the Transformers: Windblade mini-series. Since then he’s added even more to his plate by writing Angry Birds Transformers and co-writing the latest Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series.

As the man behind one of my favorite shared universes in comics, I’ve been eager to meet Mr. Barber for some time. Little did I know how deep we’d get into the current Transformers line-up.

Mr. Barber was incredibly gracious with his time and considerable knowledge so please enjoy and, if so inclined, check out the newly renamed The Transformers #35, on sale today!

[...]

N: One thing that I was definitely curious about is that one of the weird figures for IDW in Transformers has been Galvatron, in that you couldn’t fall back on a G1 interpretation.

B: Yeah.

N: But so he was kind of Nova Prime’s Starscream for a while and then he kind of had this very ‘glorious leader against D-Void’ period. What made you settle on ‘Galvatron the Barbarian’ for your take?

B: I was kind of intrigued by the story that Simon [Furman] had set up of these characters being of a different age, y’know? These people that were there, that took off on the original Ark? I just kind of latched onto this idea of, ‘what was society like before they had the Golden Age?’ For me, it went back to doing the Robots in Disguise Annual and I had this idea of like Game of Thrones with Transformers, of this idea of these different tribes. And I played with that actually a bit in the movie universe stuff, but it was different in the main line stuff.

And Galvatron was one of those characters, kind of like Soundwave, where even within the IDW universe different writers had radically different takes on where he was. So, thinking about how you can sort of unify those, what kind of person would do all that stuff? And I came to the idea of ‘what if Galvatron’s kind of Conan’ and you had this guy who’s kind of really a rough guy, really a barbarian, but who becomes king?

“Galvatron was one of those characters where different writers had radically different takes. So, thinking about how you can sort of unify those, what kind of person would do all that stuff?”

I mean the story of Conan isn’t just Conan the Barbarian. There’s all these eras of Conan as he goes on; he eventually is King Conan. And the idea that Galvatron kind of went through all that, so he’s been different places in his life, appealed to me. And, in [issue #34] we’ll get kind of a larger grasp of how those early days with him and Nova functioned. We’ll be seeing some stuff, that I think may be surprising to some people, that we sort of hinted at. There’re definitely some hints that have been going on, but some of the ancient Cybertronian lore and history is gonna come up.

But, in short, it’s kind of the idea of this guy who, in his own mind, he’s noble, but it isn’t the usual nobility you get from a villain because he’s really, really brutal and he’s- he’s- like he’s genuinely not a nice guy, y’know, where, Soundwave, to me, he’s the good guy Decepticon.

N: Yeah.

B: Like he’s the guy that genuinely believes in the Decepticon cause and everything they had to do that was bad was a compromise that he had to make to a greater end goal, where Galvatron isn’t like that. He’s less compromising, but much more brutal and, like, the underlying…like-

N: He doesn’t feel like a guy who’s like thinking very much into the future.

B: Yeah. Like he does in his way. So, there are moments where you’re going to see him kind of doing stuff toward a larger goal, but it’s a very distinct, direct barbarian way of doing it. He’s not doing the Machiavellian playing guys off of each other the way Starscream does. Even when he does like straight up lie, his duplicity is a little more honest.

[...]

Just taking a step aside from Robots in Disguise for a second, I was just curious. You are not only a writer, but you’re an editor for IDW.

B: Yes.

N: As someone with that very unique experience, what do you think that -whether it be professionals, aspiring, anywhere in the process – what do you think that writers need to know about editors and editors need to know about writers? You have seen both sides.

B: That’s a good question. Ideally, everybody’s out to make a good comic. And there are good fits with writers and editors, y’know?

It’s funny because I have friends on both sides of the table. So, every once in a while you’ll sort of hear somebody, a friend of mine, complaining about, y’know, that editor didn’t work out. Then there’ll be people who are having a great relationship with that editor. So it’s like any other relationship in life. There are fits and there are non-fits.

When you’re putting a creative team together for a comic, it’s sort of like putting a band together, y’know? Like everybody has to get along. You have to know what parts everybody’s playing and what everybody’s doing. On the Transformers books we’re really lucky, everybody gets along really well, I think, between James, me, Mairghread, Chris Metzen, Flint Dille, plus like Alex Milne, Andrew, Livio, Sarah, everybody; we all interact really well.

IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment and More!

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment and More!
Date: Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 9:03am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Thanks to the lovely people over at IDW Publishing, we get to take a look at the Transformers comics being released digitally and in print this coming January - and there's plenty of stuff to go round, from Angry Birds, to Drift, to the two ongoing series as well as a collected edition of the motion comic Punishment in trade form, a collected Dark Cybertron hardcover and the Complete Allspark Almanac. Check them all out below!

Transformers vs G.I. JOE #6
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
THE SMASH HIT OF 2014 BECOMES THE GREATEST COMIC OF 2015! If you thought the war between G.I. JOE and the TRANSFORMERS was out of control before… well, brothers and sisters—wait’ll you get a load of issue 6!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers VS G.I. Joe #6—Subscription Variant
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a) • Dave Crossland (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Heroes fall, but heroism triumphs!
• One small step for the G.I. JOE team—one giant fall for the TRANSFORMERS!
• Variant Cover by Antonio Fusso!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Punishment
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
OPTIMUS PRIME RETURNS TO CYBERTON! And someone is killing Decepticons. PRIME teams with WINDBLADE to uncover the identity of the vigilante… but the answers will uncover darker secrets than anyone expected!
FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:
• The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
• OPTIMUS PRIME and WINDBLADE on the hunt for a killer!
• Will the AUTOBOTS stand up when DECEPTICON lives are at stake?


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers #37—Days of Deception
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
THE ONYX PROTOCOL! As PROWL confronts SPIKE over the human’s betrayal, the mystery of G.B. Blackrock and the Onyx Interface deepens. Meanwhile, Tokyo becomes a battleground as Arcee faces the Constructicons… and Galvatron!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers #37—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Days of Deception continues!
• The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
• Prowl versus Spike!
• Arcee versus Galvatron!
• Variant Cover by Kotteri!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37—Days of Deception
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
DESPERATE MEASURES! Four million years ago, as CYBERTRON teetered on the brink of all-out war, a group of Autobots decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Everyone concerned would subsequently agree that this was a very, very bad move...
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #37—Days of Deception—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Days of Deception continues!
• Variant Cover by Kotteri!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Drift—Empire of Stone #3 (of 4)
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a & c)
THE STONE ARMY! The secrets of DRIFT’S past become his present-day problems… and RATCHET’S none too happy about being dragged along!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #3 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sarah Stone (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Ties in directly MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers Animated: The Complete Allspark Almanac
Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster (w) • Various (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
The Allspark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing 2008 Animated series universe. Giving fans behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators this volume is packed with full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more.
TPB • FC • $39.99 • 440 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-210-4

Bullet points:
• Collects both original volumes into one book!



Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Angry Birds/Transformers #3 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
RAMP-EGG! When the Angry Birds’ precious eggs become leg-having, weapon-bearing rampaging eggs of mass destruction, the Autobirds must team up with the Deceptihogs to save Piggy Island! How much more mixed-up can this mash-up possibly get?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Angry Birds/Transformers #3 (of 4)—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Sarah Stone (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Written by John Barber (TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE)!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers January 2015 Solicitations: Drift, Complete Allspark Almanac, Punishment


Transformers: Dark Cybertron
James Roberts, John Barber (w) • Phil Jimenez, Andrew Griffith, Brendan Cahill, James Raiz, Atilio Rojo, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
THE END OF EVERYTHING! SHOCKWAVE makes a move millions of years in the planning—an ultimate strategy to remake Cybertron and destroy both the Autobots and Decepticons!
HC • FC • $49.99 • 300 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-072-8

Bullet points:
• This oversized hardcover collects all 12 issues of the hit crossover!

IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview
Date: Tuesday, October 7th 2014 5:38am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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In other IDW Publishing news this week, we also have a preview for the return of the crackers comics crossover: Transformers vs GI Joe #3! Check out below the first handful of pages from the issue, and check back in with Seibertron.com later this week for a review.

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3
Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)
CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you've never seen a send-off like this!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #3 Full Preview

BBTS Sponsor News: The Walking Dead, LotR, Star Wars, Serenity, Transformers, Bandai Jp & More!

Transformers News: BBTS Sponsor News: The Walking Dead, LotR, Star Wars, Serenity, Transformers, Bandai Jp & More!
Date: Monday, September 15th 2014 3:10pm CDT
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): BBTS

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Sale!
150 Featured Sale Items on Sale! Great figures from Transfomers, Marvel, DC, Video Games, Third Party, And Much More!
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=16673

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THE WALKING DEAD TV SERIES 07 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
Series 07 from the hit show includes Carl Grimes, Michonne, Gareth and Mud Walker. They are available as a Set of 4 for $54.99, as a Case of 12 (3 of each figure) for 159.99 ($55 off of the MSRP), or singly at $14.99 each.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=16897


1/6 SCALE "FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING" ARAGORN, SPECIAL EDITION ARAGORN
ACI's new 1/6 scale version of Aragorn comes with a complete outfit, a die-cast ranger sword and hunting knife, a bow with arrows and much more, and is listed at $274.99. The Special Edition Aragon also includes a die-cast Anduril sword with scabbard, and is listed at $289.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... mpany=1404


FACTORY ENTERTAINMENT STATUE CLOSEOUT - PRINCESS BRIDE, GARFIELD - SAVE $190+ OFF MSRP
We have listed a few Factory Entertainment statues at fantastic prices thanks to our vendor. We have 1/5 Scale Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya statues at $59.99 each, and they can be posed in a duel; we also have Garfield checking himself out in a mirror, and that piece is not only signed by Jim Davis but is also priced at $59.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=16911


A GAME OF THRONES JOFFREY 7.5" SCALE FIGURE
Joffrey Baratheon is shown in his kingly finery in this new 7.5" figure. It is listed at $22.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


NEW ALIEN REACTION FIGURES
Four new Alien ReAction figures are up for pre-order. We have Alien (Metallic), Kane with Chestburster, Kane with Facehugger and Ripley in Spacesuit. Each figure is listed at $9.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... gory=10215


NEW STAR WARS SAGA LEGENDS SERIES 03 - CASE, SINGLES
This Case assortment includes both original and Rebels figures, with entries like Ezra, the Inquisitor, Kallus, Chopper, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Snowtrooper and more. This Case of 12 is listed at $69.99, with singles of all figures available at $6.99 - $9.99 each.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... eries%2003


NEW STAR WARS 3.75" MISSION SERIES 01 CASE, SET, SINGLES
The new Mission Case assortment includes three each of Zeb and Stormtrooper and C-3P0 and R2-D2, and two each of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Darth Sidious and Boba Fett and Stormtrooper, and is listed at $114.99. The Set of 5 Mission Packs (one each of all five packs) uis priced at $54.99, and singles are available of Zeb and Stormtrooper and C-3P0 and R2-D2, priced at $16.99 and $9.99, respectively.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ERIES%2001


NEW STAR WARS REBELS HERO SERIES MISSION FIGURE WAVE 01 SET
This Set includes the Inquisitor and Kanan. Each comes with a weapons and another accessory, and the pair is priced at $33.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


MCFARLANE TOYS HALO 4 SERIES 03 - CASE, SET, SINGLES
Three new figures from Halo 4 are included in this new assortment. We have Jul 'Mdama, Spartan Thorne (Recruit Armor) and Commander Palmer listed at $12.99 each, or at $37.99 as a Set of three. The Case assortment of 8 includes 2 of Jul and 3 each of the other figures, and is listed at $94.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=16862


BREAKING BAD 6" GUS FRING FIGURE - BURNED FACE EXCLUSIVE
This figure comes in slipcase packaging, but slide that down and you'll expose the half-skull burned visage of this figure. We have it listed at $22.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS MASTERPIECE MP-23 WITH COLLECTOR COIN
We have learned that we will be getting a limited quantity of the MP-23 Exhaust with the Collector Coin. This Set is listed at $86.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS MASTERPIECE MP-24 WITH COLLECTOR COIN
We will also be getting a small amount of MP-24 Star Saber with the Collector Coin. This Set is priced at $184.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS EZ COLLECTION GUM 2014 WAVE - BOX OF 6
This assortment includes Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Soundwave and Grindor, and is listed at $64.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


A GAME OF THRONES MAP MARKERS
The Lannister Lion and Stark Wolf are the subject of these two new Map Markers that are created using the actual filmed props as reference. Each is listed at $22.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... p%20Marker


CHOU GEKIZOU SERIES GODZILLA 2000 FIGURE
This representation of Godzilla 2000 stands almost 8" tall and is listed at $119.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


75TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURE AND WATCH BOX SET - BATMAN, JOKER
Celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary with style. These box sets include watches with anti-scratch and anti-reflection coating, water resistance and much more, along with a figure of the hero or villain, depending on your choice. Each set is listed at $429.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... CH+BOX+SET


NINTENDO AMIIBO WII U MINI FIGURES
This figures interact with your Wii U gamepad and Super Smash Bros. game and allow you to customize and level your characters up. Figures offered include Donkey Kong, Kirby, Link, Mario, Pikachu, Samus, Princess Peach, Yoshi and more, and each is listed at $16.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... rch=Amiibo


"THOR: THE DARK WORLD" THOR PREMIUM FORMAT FIGURE
This piece shows Thor in his armor with new cloak, wielding Mjolnir. This statue stands 22" tall and is listed at $399.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


1/6 SCALE MUSEUM HELM COLLECTION 2014 ENTRIES
Kaustic Plastik is releasing a new line of 1/6 scale helmets to customize your figures. These metal helms are manufactured in Italy with wooden stands, and are priced at $49.99 each. Check out all fo the new items at the link.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=8900




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"SERENITY" MALCOLM REYNOLDS 1/6 SCALE MASTER SERIES STATUE
This statue is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide and shows Mal in his Browncoat charging up a hill, flag in hand. It is listed at $234.99, saving you $15 off of the MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


INFINITE CRISIS 6" ACTION FIGURE - ATOMIC GREEN LANTERN, PAJAMA PARTY HARLEY QUINN
These characters were pulled together from different worlds to save the Multiverse. This week's releases include the Atomic Green Lantern with mechanical green energy replacement arm and Pajama Party Harley Quinn with a red teddy bear tied to a bedpost as a makeshift hammer. Each figure is listed at $34.99, $5 off the MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... e%20Crisis


SAINT CLOTH MYTH EX - TAURUS ALDEBARAN
This figure stands about 7.5" tall and contains diecast content. It includes alternate hands, faces, a set of folded arms and mantle accessory parts. We have it listed at $109.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


S.H. MONSTERARTS FIGURE - WOLF PREDATOR (HEAVY ARMORED)
The 7" Wolf Predator comes with plasma cannons, a big cannon, alternate cannon parts, short and long spears, alternate head and hands and more. It is listed at $63.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS RESTOCK
We have received a restock shipment of all kinds of Transformers. They include Animated, Movie, Encore, third party, Fall of Cybertron and much more. You can see all of the restocked items at the link.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=16869


G-02DX UNIQUE TOYS MANIA KING VINTAGE COLOR VERSION
This release more accurately duplicates the color schemes found in the 1980s. It is listed at $114.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DW-P21 WEAPONS KIT
This Dr. Wu upgrade kit includes an ammo belt/bandolier and a Bazooka. This set is listed at $29.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DP-M01 CAVALIER
This sword measures almost 8" long and has red and blue detailing. It is priced at $18.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


SPIDER-MAN DEADLY FOES MINIMATES BOX SET
Updated versions of the Lizard, Doc Octopus, Carnage and the Sandman are all included in this set, as well as accessories to display them as you'd like. This set is listed at $19.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DC COMICS MULTIVERSE
New and returning figures are now available due to a large shipment of this popular line. We have a few each of Case E and Case F, along with a few of the Series E Set of Catwoman and Superman. We also have singles of Batman (1989 Movie), Batman Unmasked (1989 Movie), General Zod ("Superman II"), Penguin ("Batman Returns"), and Superman (Christopher Reeve). Check out these new and old figures at the link.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... Multiverse


1/6 SCALE XXL PROJECT SET 1 - THE FANTASY WARRIOR
This 1/6 scale outfit set takes its cues from the classic barbarian, from the clothes to the sword and the included head sculpt. This set is listed at $89.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA METAL COLLECTION CAPSULE - RANDOM SINGLES
This collection includes well-recognized items from the Legend of Zelda game series. A Bomb, a Key, a Sword, a Ring, a Shield and a Boot are all available, and each random item is priced at $3.49.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!
Date: Saturday, September 6th 2014 1:38pm CDT
Category: Game News
Posted by: Mindmaster | Credit(s): Jagex

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From the Transformers: Universe front, we've new info on some upcoming updates! They are:

* Challenges will be introduced this Wednesday. Players will be able to challenge one another for rewards. As time progresses, challenges will be given more depth and rewards.

* Drummond Gorge, a new map for the Elimination gametype, is due for release on 17 September. Concurrently released with Drummond Gorge are visual upgrades for the outer base maps.

* 24 September will see an upgrade for the map "Santa Vega" to rectify some glitches seen on the map, as well as a change to the center of the map to be more vehicle friendly.

* The new gametype "Recon" will be introduced to the game on 1 October. Recon is similar to how Capture the Flag works in Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, in that once a player has a flag, they are unable to transform. With its introduction, a new map will also be introduced designed specifically for Recon, with new maps following suit over time.

* New characters in-coming! Jagex-original characters Autobot Outsider and Decepticon Pandemic are coming sometime in September. Two other characters are slated for release in October, but in a neat surprise, they are plucked from Transformers lore... Chromia and Flamewar are joining the Universe fray! No images at this time, though. Not only are they slated to be playable, but two other characters have been leaked to be playable: Autobot inventor and mechanic Wheeljack and the Decepticon with a Ph. D. in narcissism and dismantling, Knock Out! They were leaked along with Outsider, Pandemic, Pitstop, and Contagion not too long ago.

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

Transformers News: Transformers: Universe Game Updates: New Gametypes, Maps, Characters, and More!

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 Convention Exclusive Cover by Casey Coller and JP Bove

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 Convention Exclusive Cover by Casey Coller and JP Bove
Date: Thursday, August 28th 2014 4:51am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Alamo City Comic Con

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Issue #32 just came out, and you can read our review here, but news is already trickling through for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33, starting with this exclusive convention cover for Alamo City Comic Con by the ever-talented c-c-c-combo of Casey Coller and JP Bove. Check out the Jurassic Park-esque Fall of Cybertron Grimlock in Alamo below!

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IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
Date: Tuesday, August 19th 2014 4:54pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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Bad Cop/Bad Cop
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
AUTOBOTS VERSUS EARTH! OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS discover the humans’ secret—and they aren’t pleased with what they learn! Will the DECEPTICON’s alliance tear down the peace—and will the world learn the CYBERTRONIANs are back?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
A bit hard to miss, really


Story

The past of couple of issues of Robots in Disguise have slowly been building up to the Alpha Trion discovery and recovery, seeding lies and lines about Prowl's true intentions and feelings, Jazz and Arcee's discomfort in their new-and-old roles, Galvatron's connection to it all, the Witwickys, Soundwave, Optimus and the rest of the gang. Slowly.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
Ready..?


And then, suddenly, giant spaceships. Stories that were heading one fearfully predictable way go in a direction so different it's almost inwards. Characters more or less established by now are truly revealed for what and who they are. Changes come about so subtly and quickly and yet still make sense with everything teased so far, that reading 28-31 again is almost required to get more out of it all once again.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
Bananas!


John Barber does an excellent job at keeping all the threads close, weaving a pattern so intricate that three out of two of us on the comics staff have no idea as to where the story will go from here, but are loving the ride read. This is what RID promised in its initial issues, both seasons, and the heights it can accomplish with its twisted political and social narratives.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
And dogs called Buster


And on top of that, the entire issue is a series of well orchestrated, well paced, well placed action sequences, with Prowl and Jazz on one side, the Autobot team on another, and humans and Decepticons between and around the two. With exemplary stand-outs in Thundercracker, Buster and Marissa, as Barber does not forget the series' heart and humour, exactly when needed (the closing sequence is magnificently crafted).

Art

Andrew Griffith is the main artist, taking care of all the gigantic spaceships, stupidly amazing visual references, fights, perspective shifts, interactions and running plot, flashbacks included. The opening scene, the title page, just examples of what Griffith can do with a page, something hinted at in Dark Cybertron. And the amazingness is topped by Josh Perez' colour work on Griffith's pages, giving a grittiness and darker hue to a truly bleak situation - lighting it up by fire, laser and destruction.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
Hum. Shoom?


Brendan Cahill is confined (I use the term loosely) to four pages in total - but whoah are they some pages! Focusing on the interactions between Prowl and Jazz, and an amazing double page, reader shifting spread that delves deeper into the human connection to the story, both Cahill and Joana Lafuente's colours put the sci-fi back into the Transformers, reminding us of one of the many genres the comics line falls under. And how adorably evil Prowl looks while smirking.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
Smirk



To top everything off, Tom B. Long dazzles in his lettering work, with some wonderfully placed sound effects mirroring the chaos and confusion that must be ensuing during the attack on the human base, and a gorgeous ending sequence caption group. Then add to that the amazing Coller and Bove cover revealed yesterday, and the Coller and Lafuente variant hinting at where the story may be headed (see thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Barber was able to take all my fears as to where this series was heading, and spin them completely around into something unrecognisable and impossible to figure out, nearing its sister series MTMTE for twistedness. Griffith and Cahill's collaboration raises the bar even higher, with some mind-boggling art in terms of perspective and layouts, with the excellent Perez and Lafuente giving a decidedly significant boost, and Long's designer eye operating from the shadows.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32 Review
You did, RID


Robots in Disguise #32 has action, lots of it. It has mystery, it has scheming, it has humans and Cybertronians. Lots of them. It has a good story, excellent pacing, great dialogue, fantastic art, amazing colouring and letters, gorgeous covers and is reaching a level of comic book writing worthy of any other action series currently published in the industry. I cannot recommend this issue enough. Lots of it.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #106 - McCarthyism
Twincast / Podcast #106:
"McCarthyism"
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