We've seen a very brief preview for the tenth chapter of IDW Publishing's Dark Cybertron Transformers event last week. Now, thanks to iTunes and digital assistant Mariel Romero, we get a look at the penultimate chapter in the story - check out below the first three pages of Robots in Disguise 11!
WARNING: Contains spoilers for events in MTMTE #27.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #27 - Dark Cybertron Part 11
DEATH OF A HERO! BUMBLEBEE! RODIMUS! ULTRA MAGNUS! PROWL! One will fall in final battle with SHOCKWAVE! This one is for all the marbles, folks—it just doesn’t get any bigger than this!
UPDATE: Here is the spread in all its glory, click to enlarge!
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS! Can the Autobots prevail against JHIAXUS’ New Cybertronian Empire? The disastrous invasion ends in dramatic and shocking fashion with twists, shocks and surprises galore, and STARSCREAM right in the thick of things. Dark forces are stirring for the final chapter of the original TRANSFORMERS epic!
Meanwhile, at Hasbro HQ
We are really really almost there this time, with only one issue left after this. And with everything converging and clashing into a massive multidimensional mayhem muddle, readers are left to unravel the threads by themselves. Stream crossing allowed, but not recommended. Let's try making some sense of it.
Example 1: Mayhem
For those keeping count, we have the Dark Matrix Creature, Starscream/Underbase, Jhiaxus, Galvatron and Primus (or is it?), in terms of main plotlines, with most characters involved with Jhiaxus in the Hub Network, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus and Wreckers included. In fact, Starscream and Shockwave might be involved, too.
And if that aspect takes the main stage, it is also resolved way too quickly, with the secondary stories explored not as much in detail - though we do get to see a lot more of Spike, trapped in Zero and dealing with his own issues, and the Dinobots, still on Cybertron, still dealing with the Primordials, still not doing much, really.
Pffft. Was it inside him..?
While Simon Furman is clearly trying to make sure all ends meet, there is not enough space in these final issues to squeeze all the plots and characters and stories that have been, admittedly, slowly building up since #80.5. It's fun, it has action, but it falls short in terms of the longer run, unfortunately.
If there is one thing I really don't have anything bad to say, though, it's the artwork. Guido Guidi does some amazing pencilwork, and Stephen Baskerville's inks feel once more like the perfect complement to the whole show. The Galvatron panel, shown in the B cover too, is exceptional, and some of the wider shots are truly spectacular.
Thinking out of the box?
It's all obviously enhanced, especially by adding an organic and sidereal sense where needed, respectively, appropriately, amazingly by John-Paul Bove's colours. We've come to see the astounding developments in the style, and the multifaceted skills this man has, and he does not leave us disappointed. Nossir.
..the colours, they're too good.. the artwork.. it's..
Add to that Chris Mowry's lettering, in an action packed issue such as this one, and you have one explosive combination. As far as covers go, Andrew Wildman and Jason Cardy bring a powerful Starscream to life on A, Guidi's Galvatron graces B, and Geoff Senior and Josh Burcham go all out for the RI version, attached to this review!
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
Was it bad? No. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Did it do a lot of things right? Absolutely. Did it feel rushed? Definitely. This has been a fear for a while, escalating the action and plotlines towards the end of the run, with a conclusive deadline set really not that far away at all. A shame, because these final arcs really came up again.
Oh and this guy's still pretty much dead
As I said though, it's a thoroughly enjoyable issue, with a lot of things done well, excellent artwork, colours and covers galore, including some amazing Shockwave, Galvatron and Starscream (ish) moments. Are we ready for next month's final-definite-forrealsies conclusion?
We did promise you more robots! IDW Publishing's franchise crossover continues, as the Lone Gunmen find some actual aliens - and we've seen these before. Check out the full preview for the Transformers focused issue below, and come back tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review.
The X-Files: Conspiracy: TRANSFORMERS—SPOTLIGHT
Paul Crilley (w) • Dheeraj Verma (a) • Miran Kim (c)
The Lone Gunmen’s trail of secrets leads them to evidence of extraterrestrial life—mechanical extraterrestrial life! Will OPTIMUS PRIME and his allies trust these human interlopers—and what secret conspiracy could involve CYBERTRON, anyway?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- Written by Conspiracy architect Paul Crilley!
- Art by Transformers: Fall of Cybertron artist Dheeraj Verma!
- “Tabloid Newspaper” Variant Cover by Joe Corroney!
Courtesy of website MarketWatch.com, here is another Transformers-themed addition to social mobile gaming and devices from DoubleDown Casino and International Game Technology. It appears to be a casino cascade symbol type of game, with Fall of Cybertron style Transformers characters featured in the symbols. Check out the press release below!
IGT's DoubleDown Casino Brings TRANSFORMERS Battle for Cybertron to Mobile and Desktop
Featuring more ways to win from a single spin with FreeFall Symbols
LAS VEGAS and SEATTLE, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- International Game Technology, a global leader in gaming systems technology, and DoubleDown Casino, the world's largest social casino, bring "more than meets the eye" to social games this month with the launch of the TRANSFORMERS Battle for Cybertron game on desktop and mobile. Players can experience the legendary battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with Planet Cybertron's heroes and villains including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, GRIMLOCK, SHOCKWAVE, RATCHET and BUMBLEBEE in the latest Hasbro release on DoubleDown Casino. The 40-line, five reel, high-energy slot is packed with innovative mystery and bonus features.
"We're committed to bringing exciting engagement to players, and are thrilled to offer this popular licensed game to DoubleDown Casino's mobile platform for the first time in the U.S.," said John Clelland, vice president of global Interactive marketing at IGT. "With the release of this unique social slot game, our players can enjoy instantly recognizable, exciting animations, and relive the fun of TRANSFORMERS from anywhere, at any time."
The game features IGT's classic FreeFallSymbols which allows multiple wins from a single spin as winning symbols disappear and are changed into new ones, cascading from above. After any spin, TRANSFORMERS robots may appear and explode away further symbols, unleashing even more wild and bonus-triggering symbols. In the Free Spins Bonus, players can select a TRANSFORMERS character to match their style of play: MEGATRON and OPTIMUS PRIME offer bigger multipliers, while SHOCKWAVE and BUMBLEBEE offer more free spins.
Activision has announced today that Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is set to release this June. It will complement Age of Extinction, and go beyond the movie by tying together the movie universe with the Cybertron universe. It will be a third-person action adventure in which players may choose from over 40 characters, and battle to secure the Dark Spark. Rise of the Dark Spark will release on Xbox One, Playstation4, Xbox 360, Playstation3, Nintendo Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, along with Windows PC.
UPDATE: Courtesy of GameStop, we have a confirmed release date of 24th June 2014 (shortly before the Age of Extinction cinema opening), and a price tag of $59.99.
And thanks to CVG.com, we have a couple of additional screenshots from the game, mostly featuring the two versions of Optimus Prime, below.
Mark Blecher, SVP Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro, Inc. said:
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is an arc between the Cybertron and Earth based worlds of this popular franchise. This year marks 30 incredible years of TRANSFORMERS. This game tells another chapter in the TRANSFORMERS story that all fans will love.
As a follow-up to both Age of Extinction and games War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, Rise of the Dark Spark tells the tale of the search for an ancient, powerful relic—the Dark Spark. Players can switch between factions throughout the single-player campaign. Gameplay will include fast-paced running and shooting combat, along with vehicle action and large, dynamic conflicts.
Players will also be able to access multiplayer mode, Escalation, which allows for wave-based, survival-style gameplay for up to four online players cooperatively. Rise of the Dark Spark will feature new, upgradeable defense systems, recognizable opponents, and an expanded roster of characters, past and present. A new level system unifies single- and multi-player into one consistent character development path. Any experience earned in any part of the game will unlock awards and tactical loadout choices, like new characters, stronger weapons, special abilities, and consumable bonuses, which will be available through the entire game.
Rise of the Dark Spark is currently rated “RP” which is Rating Pending by the ESRB. Watch for the latest information.
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During the craze of Toy Fair 2014, we hope you gamers out there got a kick out of the next game featuring our favorite transforming robots, Rise of the Dark Spark. In any case, the company developing the title, surprisingly, is not High Moon Studios. No, instead the game will be developed, Examiner.com reports, by Edge of Reality.
High Moon Studios, who developed Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, is not developing Rise of the Dark Spark. Edge of Reality, who previously worked on the Mass Effect Trilogy and Dragon Age: Origins, are developing Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and the game will be available for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii U, and 3DS.
On a side note, for the 3DS version, the developer will be Way Forward, who is known for making Duck Tales: Remastered and other games.
Our friends at Activision dropped by with a couple of additional images from their just announced Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark video game. We took a moment to chat with Andrew Petrie and Rob Fleischer them about game at Hasbro Media Day. They describe the game as the universes of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Transformers: Age of Extinction colliding. The game will feature both campaign and online modes including escalation. All items and bonuses unlocked or earned in one mode will carry over to the other. So any weapons or abilities you've acquired in campaign mode will follow into multi-player, and vice versa. We were able to view some in-game footage, which featured Transformers: Age of Extinction Grimlock stomping, chomping, and bashing his way through the environment and enemies alike. Unfortunately no video was allowed of the in-game footage. This game will be available on all major gaming platforms, with a special Nintendo DS version. We can expect a full announcement on Monday, but for now check out the in-game images below.
Among all the toy news coming out of the Toy Fair in New York, the Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark videogame was confirmed as a mashup of War for Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron elements and movieverse. Courtesy of IGN, we get a look at a trailer for the game too - check it out below!
Thanks to Seibertron himself, currently at the Hasbro press event at the New York Toy Fair, we get a very quick look at the contents of the presentation. This is only a textual summary so far, as no pictures are allowed - but fear not! You're about to get blasted with the full force of the Seibertron.com visual coverage too, so stay tuned for more updates as the day goes on. And keep checking this post for more updates!
Toy Fair 2014
Hasbro Studios Presentation
Started out talking about My Little Pony Equestria Girls
73 "Collector" figures for 2014 ... products that are fan focused.
Beyond toys: digital, lifestyle and entertainment.
Age of Extinction
Movie Generations Deluxe Wave 1
High Octane Bumblebee (new tooling, classic camaro)
Crosshairs (green corvette)
Dinobot Slug (triceratops, all Dinobots are getting a toy)
Dinobot Strafe (2 head Pteradon?)
Movie Generations Voyager 1
Evasion Mode Optimus Prime (looks like movie version of G1 Optimus Prime)
Hound (comes with 7 weapons)
Galvatron (flat nose truck, black)
Optimus Prime (shown at NYCC)
Grimlock (vac metalized)
7 more "classified" figures coming down the pipes later.
Working with IDW and DeNA
Focus on Dark Cybertron story
Legends Wave 3
Gears w/ Eclipse (Swerve remold)
(Jerry coined the term 'autogasm')
Acid Storm with Venin (Starscream repaint)
Nightbeat (retool of IDW Bumblebee)
Jhiaxus (new mold)
Voyager Wave 3
Sky Byte (looks more like a Cybertronian Shark)
5 more "classified" figures coming down the pipes
New scale ... Leader Class
Fall 2014 through 2015
Toys for the Boy
Showed us the quick change Transformers bugatti figure
One step changers ... simple but look like fun.
Flip & Change
Mega One Step
Stomp and Chomp Grimlock
Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark game
Movie and WFC/FOC collide in one game ... looks awesome and very epic
Kre-o Transformers product line
Micro Changers (Movie)
Misfire, Fangwolf, Trypticon and Skarpnel
Jarugar ... and others
Jetwash, Wingpspan, Hawk, Highbrow and one other (slide went too fast)
Custom Kreons: Optimus Prime, Drift, Ratchet, and Lockdown (Movie styled)
Micro changers Combiners: (all new characters)
Grimstone - mollox, Iguanox, Crackback, and Ironeye
Grimlock Street Attack with 3 Kreons (Gold Knight Optimus Prime and 2 Vehicons)
Jail Cell Breakout with Swoop looking dinosaur and 3 Kreons - Evasion Mode Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Vehicon)
Lockdown Air Assault with Dinosaur, Lockdown, Sideswipe and Hound
Galvatron's Factory Battle - Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Vehicon, Dr. Littleman, 2 - KSI Workers
GI Joe Kre-o
12 new Kreons (Nunchuk, Night Creeper and others)
Wave 2 with 12 more new Kreons (Night-Viper, Budo, Zartan, and others)
Firebat Attack with Firebat jet and Wolverine tank build
New Terror Drome ... massive, looks awesome (856 pieces) comes with Hawk, Gung Ho, Mainframe, Serpentor, Cobra Trooper, and Xamot
50th Anniversary Collection ... partnering with Toys R Us
Vs 2 packs
Blowtorch vs Heat Viper
Lady Jaye vs Baroness
Low Light vs Night Viper
Snow Job vs Actic B.A.T.
Cobra Viper Officer
Cobra Wolf vehicle with Ice Viper
Ghost Hawk vehicle with Arctic Snake Eyes
Vamp MKII with Flint vs Urban Night Landing Raft with Cobra Eel
Showed us a sneak peak of the 50th anniversary packaging
(not in showroom though ... maybe at Joecon they'll show products)
Star Wars Presentation
Star Wars Rebels
Season 6 of the Clone Wars to be available on Netflix
2 new Clones with show up in Black Label 3.75" line
New Command Series that's like traditional little Army Men figures but with Star Wars
Black Series ... new look for fall 2014
Jabba the Hutt (arms move to open mouth) may or may not come with a movable tongue
Darth Vader Episode VI with removable helmet
Luke Skywalker Episode VI
Sandtrooper Episode IV
3.75-inch figure collection
Whole bunch that they are going to show at SDCC
R5-G19 Episode IV
Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear Episode V, more film accurate head sculpt
Lot more to come at SDCC
Captain America The Winter Soldier products
Swap and customize gear!
Legends Infinite Series
Movie Captain America
Movie Black Widow
Movie Winter Soldier
Red Skull with cosmic cube
Marvel Now Captain America
Mandroid (fantastically huge ... troop builder)
Amazing Spider-Man Legends
Ultimate Green Goblin
Guardians of the Galaxy
Brings the Marvel world to Outer Space
New cast of Marvel characters to explore
Fantastic new vehicles
Lots of wit and humor
blaster toting raccoon with attitude
Star-Lord Blaster role playing gun
Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon (about 8 or 9 inches tall, animated, has dialogue)
2.5" figures battle packs with gear (these figures are to be in scale with vehicles)
Milano spacecraft jet vehicle thing
Peter Quill the Star-Lord
Drax the Destroyer
Build a figure Groot (9" tall)
Comic Series Cosmic Iron Man
More reveals at SDCC
Super Hero Mashers
Marvel Infinite Series
Wave 2 Sneak Peek
Red She Hulk
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!
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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thoughts 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!
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.
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