Last Stand of the Wreckers: Part II - Stand Laster (Spoiler free-ish)
THE WRECKERS RETURN! Somebody’s kidnapped PROWL… but does anybody want him back? A lifetime of messing with everybody’s lives comes around to haunt him. Fortunately, he’s always got a plan. In this case… the one team of brutal, broken heroes… the WRECKERS!
Such hero, much broken
It has taken some time to convince Nick Roche and the editorial team over at IDW to bring a bunch of clutch munching piston-lickers back to the stage - but years later, here we are again, sans James Roberts, looking at a very different status quo, a similar roster of names and faces, and a much, much darker (if possible) storyline.
We start from where we left in Last Stand, with the passing of time having passed, and done its thing, Springer still in a coma, Impactor and whatever is left of the Wreckers trying to find their place in the new reality of Cybertron and the Council of Worlds. The transition is seamless, in accounting for the time that sits between the two stories.
We also identify the two majorly major players of the story - from this point, at least - in Verity Carlo and Kup, two people who have all the reasons to dislike Prowl, with a passion, though not necessarily with the knowledge to do so especially in Kup's case.
..and of course, this guy
One concern I do have, though it has been addressed by Roche and IDW more in general, is to do with the exact placing of this story. There are significant scenes with the Ark that do not coincide with The Transformers #47, and something seems to have shifted in Prowl's disappearance, too. That said, in John Barber we trust.
The visual team, linework and layouts at least, is still concentrated in the hands and floppy hair of Roche himself, and he brings, in my opinion, something quite different to the previous Wreckers outing in Last Stand, and something perhaps more fitting to the tone he has set for his own story this time round. That, and a combination of some really dynamic work in the layouts.
A tone, of course, that has been perfectly captured and even enhanced in the chromatic wonders of Josh Burcham, who delivers a variety of lonelinesses depending on the scenes, characters, and environments. Blending a very dirty, gritty colouring and lighting for indoor conversations, and cold colours for outdoors Nome, the isolation is palpable.
Greyscale and sepia - mmhmm
Unsurprisingly, Tom B. Long is taking up lettering duties, and there is nothing I have to say that the lettering doesn't do for itself. Tone aside, we get snippets into the dark humour of the book, and the dynamics established among the cast. A cast which is, for the most part, highlighted on the covers with Roche and Burcham giving a cinematographic feel to the main one, guests Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire offering a magnificent Impactor, and Alex Milne teaming up with Josh Perez for a Springer-tastic LSTOW variant (thumbnailed).
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
We've seen it with Redemption, we've seen it in recent issue of The Transformers, it has been running in the Scavengers arc, and more so in this week's release of MTMTE - the status quo for the TFverse has changed. Some characters have not. Some characters are trying to adapt. Some cannot. This is their story, as told by cruel Nick Roche.
Look at that smug mug
Tight editing on the book will ensure that everything slides into place, I'm sure, removing the only major criticism I have of the issue. There are some surprisingly poignant, powerful, ominous, intriguing moments which you just need to enjoy. Make sure you take a break between this and MTMTE, too.
We Played With Life…. Spoiler-Free-ish (or how much it can be)
FRIENDSHIP ISN'T MAGIC! TAILGATE has a choice to make—and if he had any idea what was at stake, he'd think twice before making it. The crew is ripped apart as MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE begins the sprint towards its shocking 50th issue!
Better hope everyone else has their nerves steeled
For the sake of this review (and the reviewer), there will be no written summary of the book, as it is impossible to say anything without giving something away. There really is no way to make this non-spoilery. Expect pain, gut-punching, emotions, sadness, anger, love, manipulation, politics, post-war statuses, naivety, loyalty, and giant transforming robots.
There really isn’t anything you can do
However, this can be said: Roberts knows how to surprise us and keep us entertained. If you were just starting to nod off, this will snap you awake all too quickly. [Va'al says: And make sure you are ready to squirm uncomfortably at one side of the main plot, as Getaway ..gets away with a lot of morally dubious actions. The emotions in this issue run rampant, and they teeter on the brink of pure anger at times.]
Artwork this week is covered by Brendan Cahill, and he really has been making some good art. With issue 40, we saw just how good he has become and how well he fits the artists for MTMTE, but it is in this issue where he really shines. His art is simply amazing and nothing is left out, no little detail. He does a fantastic job of covering all the bases and making this a great piece of art.
And just when you thought staring out the window was boring
As usual, Joana Lafuente adds all the colors, keeping Cahill's art in keeping with the string of artists that have worked on the series so far (along Milne) and Tom B. Long brings all the magnificent lettering. This issue continues the trends of great art and magnificent artistic team. There really is nothing else to be said there.
Lettering, colors and mystery: all in one panel!
Thoughts (SPOILERISH AHEAD!!!)
Speaking as a grown man who loves transformers and who loves a grand story: I cried this issue. Reading through this made this fan break down in tears. There are great characters, great individual stories, and a larger story that may have gone overlooked for a while that has been 2 years in the making. And it all just exploded. In a very emotional way that no one could ever have anticipated.
No it can’t! You need to get this issue Yesterday!
In a way, the opening of Sins of the Wreckers overshadows this story despite how strong and how big they both were. There was a lot of thought going into this story for some time, and it came crashing in in ways that no one could really imagine. And there are Wreckers connections that cannot be coincidence either.
In conclusion: tears, sorrow, triumph, and understanding all take center stage here. In the words of ScottyP: Crushing. This is one of the best issues to date, and that is saying something considering some of the arcs that we have already got. This is a must have, and the race to Issue 50 has begun in an all out sprint.
Fellow Seibertronians Sabrblade and BedBugs bring us some BotCon news directly from the source, and we have a new guest update for the 2016 event! Voice of Dinobot, Waspinator, Rattrap and Silverbolt in the Beast Wars animated series, Scott McNeil, has been confirmed for this April - check out more info below.
11/24/2015 - We are thrilled to announce that Scott McNeil, who did the voices of RATTRAP, DINOBOT, WASPINATOR, SILVERBOLT and Tripredacus Council member CICADACON from the Beast Wars cartoon series will be our guest at BotCon 2016.
Along with David Kaye and Alec Willows, Scott will be available for autographs and panels as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars! For more info on Scott, be sure to click the "Guests" link to read his bio.
If you haven't seen our 20th anniversary convention boxed set celebrating the anniversary as well, be sure to click the "Con Exclusives" link to the left.
Stay tuned for more news, guest updates, and info regarding events and registration for BotCon 2016 - North America's LARGEST Transformers fan convention!
Another promotion from TransformersAsia is this time limited to the Chinese market, still via a xRotorstormx notification, and concerns another collectable coin, this time for the Masterpiece figure MP-11T Thundercracker. Check it out in the mirrored image below, in its handsome blue packaging!
In other Takara Tomy Transformers Unite Warriors news, Twincast podcaster xRotorstormx has alerted us to some new promotions over on TransformersAsia.com. First up is the collectable coin offered with UW03 Defensor (Guardia), on release as of 12th December in the non-Japanese Asian market. Check it out below!
Courtesy of Weibo user 风守老人, we have the first in-hand image that shows us pretty much nothing of the upcoming Combiner Wars Voyager SkyLynx! The figure is in shuttle mode, in a plastic bag, and there will probably be more images to follow this one, but for now, take a look below.
Also from TFYuki today, we have some original work on the character of Galvatron from Beast Wars II, and a grey prototype of the winged fellow next to his Beast Wars Megatron counterpart! Yuki talks about wanting to incorporate some of the elements of the original non-beastly design of the character, as can be seen in the sketch, but changing it enough to fit to the new series. Check out the mirrored images below.
Eagle-eyed as always, Seibertronian Cyberpath has spotted on TFYuki's Twitter feed a full image of the Takara Tomy version of the Titan combiner UW04 Devastator (from the Unite Warriors line, the Japanese counterpart to Hasbro's Combiner Wars). Check it our mirrored below!
Now up for preorder - Mastermind Creations SERAPHICUS! at 7.5", this sleek machine has the high quality we have come to expect from MMC. Can be set to full armor mode with the optional power cradle. PREORDERS OPEN NOW!
Now up for Preorder - Transformers Megatron Premium Scale Statue! Add this 18.5" monster to your collection...Premium scale 3A Three Zero Megatron based on the movie vision. Amazing detail and shading. Preorder today:
KFC - CST-08 Fader & CST-09 Rover - Set of 2 in stock and KFC Restock! We've received KFC Fader and Rover set, as well as a restock of many popular KFC Toys items including posable hands, Rhinohorn and more! Check them out here: KFC Toys Restock
Star Wars Ep VII - First Order Tie Fighter PREORDERS NOW OPEN! The latest release for Episode 7, from the Black Series...the First Order Tie Fighter! Fits two 6" Black Series figures, comes with one First Order Elite pilot. Coming SOON, preorder TODAY!
Now in stock - S.H. Figuarts - Dragon Ball - Ultimate Gohan! Check out our facebook page for amazing new pictures from Kuma Style of Tamashii Nation's Ultimate Gohan. Impressive, yes? In stock and shipping TODAY:
New Bandai Tamashii Preorders Up! We've added preorders for several new items including Freddie Mercury, Doraemon, Ultra Seven, Armor Girls Project, Gundam, mannequins, Dragonball Z, Metal Build and More! Check out all of the Bandai Tamashii preorder on theToySource here: New Bandai Tamashii Preorders at theToySource!
IN STOCK NOW: Tamashii Thunder Effects in Yellow and Blue! Take your display to the next level with these electric effects! Ideal for enhancing battle scenes with a fully charged impact, or electrifying power build ups, this thrilling lighting effect accessory set can be used with the separately sold Tamashii Stage support stands and action figure lines such as S.H.Figuarts to create extreme action sequences. In stock now, order TODAY at:
Dragon Ball Z Piccolo - IN STOCK! From Dragon Ball Z, comes the new S.H. Figurarts Piccolo figure! The figure has been modeled to replicate natural human movements, and can be posed in several different poses from the series. Includes changeable hands, changeable head, and removable cape. In stock now! Order today at:
Tamashii Nations is bringing back the Mazinkaizer SKL (Skull), with a truer coloration to the original anime! The Mazinkaizer SKL Final Count comes with a new wing unit, sword attachement piece, newly scultpted head, interchangeable hands, sword, and breast trigger parts! Preorder yours today at the ToySource:
Bandai brings us the mighty Vilkiss, from the newly-popular Cross Ange anime series! The figure is able to transform from flight mode to its humanoid "Destroyer" mode, and includes many accessories! Instock and shipping now at the ToySource:
The ToySource has recently received the S.H. Figuarts' Fire Mario, Yoshi, & Diorama Set D into stock! Mix & Match the sets to create your own unique levels & displays! rder these & other Mario sets today at the ToySource:
Bowser, the King of the Koopas; joins the Super Mario S.H. Figuarts' line-up! Don't miss this opportunity to add this iconic video game villain to your S.H. Figuarts Super Mario collection! Preorder yours today at the ToySource:
Also up for preorder - S.H. Figurarts - Super Mario Diorama Playset E! Neither the ground nor the sky is safe with Hammer Bro, Spiny and Lakitu coming your way. This set also includes a display stage and support parts. Preorder yours here:
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Once more via our fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 we take a look at some of the latest toy releases, this time from the Robots in Disguise One-Step Changer sub-line - check out below a double feature review, focusing on Springload and Quillfire, including some added thoughts.
One-Step changers are here to stay, I know many of you don't want to hear that but it's true. Fortunately Hasbro keeps finding different and fun ways for vehicles to turn into robots, or robotic animals as is the case with Springload and Quillfire. I'm a little disappointed that Hasbro didn't use a push button, spring transformation on Springload; that was a missed opportunity. With that said both make for fun desk toys and are perfect for the younger fans in your life.
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