CYBERTRON AT WAR! The giant city-sized Titans, METROPLEX and TRYPTICON, battle on a scale the universe has never seen—and the destruction they leave in their wake leaves CYBERTRON ready for the DECEPTICONS to strike!
Last time we delved in Cybertron's past in Transformers: Primacy, the battle between Trypticon and the Titan Metroplex had only just begun. Issue three of this four-issue mini-series takes us deep into the conflict raging on, above and around the city of Iacon and the entirety of the planet, in a 22-page long series of action sequences.
FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
The book shows off Megatron's attack as the first proper act of full-out war, involving the big beast, the Junkions and Sharkticons he recruited, his Seekers, Combaticons and appearances from the expanded cast of the Decepticon ranks we're all used to, plus Blackwall (very briefly) - and it's a very Megatron centric plot, too, despite the main action taken over by the titans fighting.
Chin up, huh?
While the action is entertaining, Flint Dille and Chris Metzen's plot itself does not really result in much, and can feel a little cramped in some places and too distended in others, yet oddly still have a nice pacing in the single issue. I was, however, pleased to see the Omega/Nova Prime conundrum solved, if a little heavy-handedly.
The dialogue is still very much a Dille/Metzen product, and there's not a lot to expect from characterisation for the different characters other than what we've seen so far. On the other handm though, the ending has an interesting direction to it, and one that I'll be interested to see played out in the final issue of the series and trilogy.
This is the second helping of Livio Ramondelli this week and month, and it's quite hard not to compare his work here to the one in RID #34. The biggest difference? Primacy is a lot darker, and sometimes the contrast doesn't help with the dynamism of the action scenes. The lighting, given by gunfire, acid rain, optics and explosions, though, does wonders on some otherwise fairly dim pages.
One of the visual highlights of this issue, to me, is the fun that Chris Mowry clearly had with the sound effects pervading the battle scenes. All the punches, crunches, booms, kicks, shooms, and especially the TWERGs, look amazing, and really stand out on the background of Ramondelli's colours, adding extra action hues to the mix.
TWERG TWERG TWERG
And if you hadn't had enough of big page spreads on battles between Metroplex and Trypticon, the variant cover in the thumbnail, by Sarah Stone, gives you a little more of that. Because why not. The third part of the interlocking Ramondelli covers shows off the beginning of the Decepticon faction, and Ken Christiansen gives us another stunning 30th Anniversary collage from the Autobot side. Make sure to check them all out.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
As I said above, do not expect too much from the plot of this issue of Primacy, despite some interesting developments towards the end. However, if you're into big blown full-on fighting with virtually all the cast of all the old Transformers characters, with curb-stomping, impaling, slicing, limb-ripping and one-liners - this is the book for you.
As the Autobot resistance takes a bit of a paler shade in their lack of preparation against the Decepticon uprising, I'm hoping we'll see more of an escalation next issue, with the conclusion veering the path of Primacy back onto the main IDW track, tying up some of the sub-plots ran so far, and some extra TWERG TWERG TWERG.
A very brief update from TFCon Chicago, concerning superstar IDW Transformers artist Alex Milne. Unfortunately, Milne has had to cancel his attendance at the event due to personal reasons, as can be seen in the mirrored tweets below. The show will still be running according to its schedule, though, and make sure to pop by the Seibertron.com store while you're there as well!
I have some bad news. Unfortunately I will no long be able to make it to TFcon Chicago. Some things have come up. Sorry everyone :(
We've received a number of notifications from Seibertron.com users, including Cyberpath and Autobot Genocide, about the appearance of in-hand images for the upcoming Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee figure! Check out the images below, showing off the little yellow guy next to current Deluxes and in both modes, mirrored via weibo user dlarirang.
In more serious Transformers: Age of Extinction news, the Transformorphagizersers Facebook page have uploaded an album containing more concept art for part of the robot cast of the movie, including Galvatron, the Dinobots, Lockdown, and Crosshairs. Check out the images mirrored below, and wander back to the exclusive art featured on Seibertron.com here!
The Loyal Subjects, producers of super-deformed mini vinyl Transformers figures, have posted a tease of their upcoming wave 4 selection, which appears to include Jetfire, Decepticon turned Autobot scientist. Check out the customer sketch and teaser they revealed on Twitter mirrored below!
This customer who sent us a drawing (on left) may be on to something
Fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 brings us another Transformers: Age of Extinction video review, taking a look at one of the later additions to the One-Step line of figures with Helicopter Drift. Check out his thoughts and review below!
When I first saw the promo pics I was really excited to see a helicopter Drift figure. First it's better detailed than the car version and the overall design of the helicopter is closer to what we saw in the movie. Unless there's a power battler version coming of this design I can see no reason not to recommend this figure.
Fellow Seibertron.com member, podcaster and professional voice actor jON3.0 has shared with us a new video he has worked on in collaboration with the Auralnauts, in which he features as Optimus Prime and Kelsey Grammer. The title of the humorous video? 10 Guaranteed Improvements To Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Check it out embedded below.
This is a picture of the toy in the plastic casing, giving us the best idea of the final product. Of note, the orange plug is not attached to the end of the gun (which may change if the toy is exported to the US), and aside from the gold, another deco change includes purple highlights around the abdominal area.
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