MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: THE MOVIE! When the Autobots set off on their mission to find the Knights of Cybertron, RODIMUS gave REWIND a simple instruction: film everything. The result is a documentary that will forever change your perception of life on board the Lost Light. Discover RUNG’s secret! Meet the greatest Autobot of all time! And learn what SKIDS really got up to on Hedonia!
Remember him? Remember?!
We were told by the solicits and various interviews with James Roberts that this would be a breather issue, an actual 'filler' comic (for those of you who love throwing the word about), and it definitely does do that. But it does a little more too, both in terms of looking back, fleshing out and dropping some hints at what Dark Cybertron might bring.
JUST OPEN THE DAMN BRIEFCASE
Roberts has plenty of time and space in this issue to work his humour and dialogue, without falling into the tonal discordances that occur during big emotional moments or fight scenes. Setting the story mostly during downtimes allows him to just play around with characters and episodes we've seen so far. And the individual panels format really brings out the more idiosyncratic lines by the Lost Light crew.
But, as I said, there's a little more to that. We're introduced to an (apparently) even more advanced and belligerous mechanical civilisation, the Ammonites and the Terradores, which seem to be multiple combiners of adorable little minicon-sized robots. Or are they? Are they hiding anything? Is there.. more than meets the eye?
Yep, we'll definitely see ultra-biners
The issue overall is definitely a recap and a pause, but there are two moments that make it fit even better in the path to Dark Cybertron. The Thunderclash episode and the Hedonia expanded story were actually blended together fairly well, while still having the 'these are just two things that happened' feeling about them. And find out Rung's altmode.
As mentioned, teased and prodded at for quite a while now, this issue marks the return of James Raiz on artwork duties, and it's definitely different from Milne or Roche's approach. Raiz has a darker, heavier touch to his lines, while still not losing in details. Some readers will complain, but I personally like the different style.
So was I, Cyclonus, so was I
Josh Burcham works quite nicely with Raiz's darker style, bringing a light touch and a touch of light to the heavier lines in the pencils and inks. He works particularly well with the different camera perspectives, shifting tones slightly for the Rewind vs Lost Light security camera shots.
Red Alert's presence/paranoia is *everywhere*
The lettering doesn't have to do too much in the issue, but Tom B. Long still has some nice moments, in the style I've come to expect from him. All in all, I like the different texture of the artistic side of the issue, and don't think it detracts anything from the story or its details.
Thoughts Spoilerish ahead
As I mentioned above, we get to delve a little into the life of some of the major cast members of the Lost Light, expanding on some episodes, almost answering a couple of questions and preparing the stage even if very briefly, for what is ahead. And Rung's altmode. And be prepared for some really, really silly humour.
The art might not appeal to all readers used to the Milne or Roche approaches, but I would still suggest considering it as how Rewind sees the world through his camera - Raiz does a great job in picking up on the artistic qualities of the entire run, and reproduces them perfectly, in his own style.
A final comment, though, to this final issue of what Roberts calls Season 1 of MTMTE. I can't shake off the feeling that this and the prose extract from #21 could have somehow been shrunk together, allowing for some more light on the Tyrest situation. In any case, it's a good issue, and one I think we'll need once we lose cast members (as Roberts has, as per usual, teased).
Worlds Collide In New TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE Ongoing Series! The Crossover Of The Century At IDW In 2014
San Diego, CA (October 11, 2013) – Two of the most popular comic book franchises of all-time, TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, will be going head-to-head in a brand-new ongoing series debuting next summer! Written and drawn by comic luminary Tom Scioli (Godland, American Barbarian) with co-writer and TRANSFORMERS veteran John Barber (TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, FALL OF CYBERTRON), these classic characters will explode off the page like never before!
Based on the iconic Hasbro brands, this stand-alone seriesis set to explore the intriguing encounter between these starkly different teams. Cosmic in scale, the series will utilize Scioli’s unique artwork to traverse the perils of space and pit the G.I. JOE team against the ominous threats of CYBERTRON. Featuring the characters synonymous with both TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE this will be a team-up for the ages!
“This is a dream project for me,” says Barber, “and I’m blown away by the imagination and the unique take that Tom Scioli is bringing to this project. It harkens back to classic comic traditions—and to the origins of the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE characters—but feels constantly, irrepressibly new!”
“This feels like the comic I was born to make,” says Scioli. “We’re asking big questions. Is war an inevitable condition of life? What is free will? What is the future of man and machine as the line between them becomes increasingly blurred? The G.I. JOE team is trained to deal with dangerous situations and this is the ultimate test of their training. The TRANSFORMERS characters push the boundaries of what shapes life can take in this infinite universe of ours. Perhaps it will be a machine that teaches us what it is to be human.”
Both brands have found immense success over the decades with action figures, feature films, cartoons, comics and more; and have each found unique and avid fanbases. With influential and iconic characters, the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE brands are globally renowned as multi-media powerhouses.
“We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity for this event, and the anniversary of both TRANSFORMERS and G.I.JOE in 2014 is definitely the perfect time," said Michael Kelly, Hasbro's Director of Global Publishing. "We are very excited to be working with IDW on this project, and I for one can’t wait to read the next chapter of this adventure.”
The event of the year begins next summer only at IDW!
About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com.
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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; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist 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; and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
Courtesy of iTunes (and IDW's Mariel Romero) we have a sneak preview of the first three pages of Transformers: ReGeneration One issue 95! Take a look at the action filled opening panels below.
AND ONE SHALL RISE! Yep, there’s a new Prime on the block (and the old one isn’t gone yet), and just in the nick of time too, as Cybertron shudders and reels under the dual assault of BLUDGEON and his WarWorld and a spitting mad GALVATRON. But is the advent of RODIMUS PRIME a boon for Cybertron or one more dark domino falling in the headlong rush to universal armageddon?
October 1, 2013
TRANSFORMERS™ Bundle Announcement - MEDIA ALERT
It’s time to roll out! We are excited to share news about two new TRANSFORMERS bundles just in time for the holidays from Activision Publishing, Inc. under license from Hasbro: TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE BATTLE EDITION and TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE AUTOBOTS EDITION. Set to release for Nintendo’s home and hand-held consoles later this holiday season, these packages come with two massively mechanized, action-fueled games for one low price - $29.99 on Nintendo Wii and $19.99 on Nintendo DS. It’s up to you to settle once and for all who will emerge victorious between the valiant AUTOBOTS and power-hungry DECEPTICONS.
TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE BATTLE EDITION for the Nintendo Wii™ system includes:
TRANSFORMERS: CYBERTRON ADVENTURES: Set during the War for Cybertron, this third-person shooter lets you experience the untold story of the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS across 16 action-packed ground and air missions, supporting two-player co-op.
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – STEALTH FORCE EDITION: Featuring 18 Stealth Force missions leading up to the events of the hit film, convert into all-new hybrid vehicles on-the-fly with 8 playable characters.
TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE AUTOBOTS EDITION for the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system includes:
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN: Take down MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS in 12 pulse-pounding missions inspired by the movie, unleashing devastating missile attacks, explosive energy blasts and lethal melee strikes in this energetic third-person shooter.
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – STEALTH FORCE EDITION
TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE BATTLE EDITION is expected to be available later this holiday season for the Nintendo Wii™ system for $29.99 and is rated E 10+ - T (Everyone 10+ to Teen) by the ESRB. TRANSFORMERS: ULTIMATE AUTOBOTS EDITION will be available for the Nintendo DS hand-held system for $19.99 and is rated E 10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.activision.com.
Million Publishing have released some new images of the latest mail away exclusive Infiltrator Starscream, a translucent redeco of the Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron Deluxe mold with Neutron Assault Rifle, plus Sideswipe's Pathblaster and Shockwave's Photon Burst Rifle. Please note the figure does not include the two Generations Metroplex guns featured in some of the images.
This figure is a the mail away exclusive from Million Publishing's Transformers Generations 2013 Volume 01, however most of our sponsor have the figure alone available for pre-order.
Transformers fan-favourite writer James Roberts has been tweeting small teases for the upcoming 'finale' of the MTMTE Remain in Light story-arc, which will take place in issue #21 out today! He's calling this slow trickle of snippets #CountdownTo21.
Check them all out below, and take a look at our preview and review for this issue - don't forget to pick up your copy today!
James Roberts wrote:(21) The last part of 'Remain In Light' is accompanied by a new four page short story. #CountdownTo21
The Transformers Official Youtube channel has uploaded a bunch of new videos showcasing various Transformers products. There are Generations videos featuring Metroplex and the Fall of Cybertron Voyager figures. The lone Construct-Bots video highlight the Ultimate Action Figure Set. Also shown are Beast Hunters Ultimate Optimus Prime and Beast Fire Predaking. Also from Beast Hunters is the Deluxe and Voyager assortments. The videos have been embedded for you.
_____________________________________________ 1. Preorder now up - Fansproject - Causality CA-13 Diesel & M3 Crossfire Set!
Preorder now up - Fansproject - Causality CA-13 Diesel & M3 Crossfire Set! Best of all with Early Bird Pricing save $30 with preorder pricing of $119.95 - Sept 16 - 26th so preorder yours today! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
Fansproject - FunctionX - Quadruple-U Now Instock! Preorders being processed and shipping out! We also have a limited amount of the Function-X Code figure remaining, together they qualify for TFSource's FREE US Shipping on orders over $150! Order yours here:
Now up for preorder - MP-13B Soundblaster & Ratbat! This great recolor of Masterpiece Soundwave pays homage to the Japanese Headmaster series exclusive character Soundblaster - a rebuilt version of Soundwave that replaces his signature blue color with black! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
MP-12G Sideswipe Preorder Up! Updated Photo! From the pictures it appears he includes not only a repainted sideswipe but also includes his high powered engine cannon, machine gun and sword - complete with a G2 autobot insignia on his hood! Preorder yours here at TFSource:
Now up for preorder: MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime! This is a reissue of the Japanese/Takara version and it will be instock sometime in September. We'll have a limited amount of stock of this piece coming in, eligible for free US shipping and reduced international shipping! Unlike the first edition, this version will include a figure display stand as shown. Preorder yours at TFsource here:
Now back up for preorder: MP-10B Masterpiece Black Convoy/Optimus Prime! Preorder this piece and get FREE US shipping and reduced international shipping! This popular piece will be back instock in December! Preorder yours here:
Now Instock - MP-12T - Masterpiece Tigertrack! By popular request we've managed to pick up a small amount of additional Masterpiece Tigertracks. They're no longer available from Takara so we can only pick them up from secondary sources at a higher cost which is reflected in the price. These are very short on the market now, but as we're getting many requests to restock this popular piece it's the best we can offer. Order here:
Note: information is subject to change as these are preliminary listings.
MP-13 Soundwave - 2nd Run Confirmed - Preorders UP! Great news that Takara Tomy has officially announced the 2nd run of MP-13 Soundwave! This is a confirmed run and with the drop in the yen price the 2nd run is even more affordable than the original! Additionally this is causing some 2ndary suppliers to sell their stock of the 1st run and TFsource hopes to have enough stock soon to fill the outstanding preorders on the first run, from the Takara shortage on our first shipment! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Now up for preorder: MMC's Hexatron Add-on kit - Dazzling Glory! This great chrome add on features two chromed gun and a chromed helmet! Hexatron figure sold separately - due out in October! Preorder at TFsource here:
Reformatted - R-01 - Terminus Hexatron - Limited Stock Remaining! If you haven't picked up Hexatron yet we have a small amount remaining. We can't say enough about how great this figure is, so don't miss out, there won't be any more stock available until late October or November. Order yours here:
_____________________________________________ 5. Now Instock - Hong Kong ACG-Con Exclusive - Metroplex!
Now instock: ACG Con Exclusive Metroplex! It is almost identical to the SDCC version, except it includes the gold and silver colored decoy figures. Figure features chromed parts and two guns! Order here:
_____________________________________________ 7. Unique Toys New Preorders: War Leo/Sharp Claw and Metropolis - Metroplex Add-on!
The final piece of War Lord is now up for preorder: War Leo/Sharp Claw! With an estimated release date of October all five of War Lords members can now form the mighty War Lord! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
_____________________________________________ 10. Asia Exclusive Masterpiece Grimlock & Skyfire Set - Preorder Up!
Now up for preorder: Asia Exclusive Masterpiece Grimlock and Skyfire/Jetfire Set! These are being sold as a set, due to how they are allocated. We will only stock very limited quantities of this due to the allocation and price, so be sure to preorder early! Preorder yours here:
_____________________________________________ 11. Now up for preorder - TFC Toys - Uranos - Full Set of 5!
If you haven't picked up TFC's Project Uranos yet - we have the full set up for preorder at the link below. Get FREE US Shipping and save vs. the single pieces! Due out in October, note: This is individually packaged toys, not a giftset.
Now up for preorder: PS-02 Nemesis Primars! Limited to just 2000 pieces, the wings detach along with the weaponry and can connect to your henkei nemesis prime (figure sold separately). Preorder yours at TFsource here:
TFSource Restock - Generations Sandstorm, Blitzwing & Springer! After much delay the great news is we have instock these popular Generations Voyager figures, including factory sealed cases. Order here at TFsource: http://tfsource.com/generations/
Japanese Generations TG30 Waspinator & TG31 Rhinox Preorders Up! There will be US releases of these as well, and how the Japanese figures differ is unknown at this time but most likely they will include metallic paint apps and some alternate colors just as the other figures in the Japanese Generations line have had. Preorders up here:
Now up for preorder: Two new Autobot & Decepticon Asia Exclusive 3 packs - Autobot & Decepticon Specialists! Each will feature updated paint decos and some of the henkei classics great figures - preorder yours today and get FREE US shipping when you preorder both, or reduced international shipping on all orders over $150 at TFsource! Preorder yours here:
_____________________________________________ 13. 3rd Party Customs Update!
New preorder up - iGear - IG-C01 02 03 - Con Air Raptor Squadron - Set of 3! The first set of 3 figures will include a bonus head - and each figure stands approximately 18'5CM - 7.5" tall! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
Now up for preorder: X2 Toys - Trailbreaker & Hoist Add-on Kit! Upgrade Generations Hoist & Trailbreaker with these G1 inspired add-ons. Note: Pictures are of unpainted prototypes, final product will be colored. Preorder yours here:
Loyal Subjects - 3" Vinyl Figures - Preoders Up! We've just listed preorders for the Loyal Subjects 3" Vinyl figures! Preorder full sets of all 8 figures, or each individual bot, instock soon! Preorder yours here:
Now up for preorder: SXS - A-03 Voyager Blitzwing Replacement Head and Weapons! This great add on includes an all new head, missile pods, improved shoulder connectors for improving the looseness in his shoulders, and a new gun! Blitzwing figure sold separately. Preorder yours here:
KFC - Micro Robo - MC 20 - E.A.V.I Metal Version Now Instock! Limited to just 1000 pieces, includes collector's coin, collector's packaging and has three different modes! Best of all watch Peaugh's video of the prototype right on TFsource by clicking the link above! Order yours here:
Now up for Preorder: BTS TECH LEADER 01 - DRAGNOUGHT! This is a new line by BTS featuring transforming energy cubes that work with both Masterpiece and CHUG sized figures. Both stand alone bots, and add-on weaponry, check out all of the pictures provided and preorder yours today! Preorder at TFsource here:
Maiden Japan Junk Plant botcon exclusive C-01 Pescilen Set - Now Instock! This set has everything you need to upgrade your Botcon SG Junkion troopbuilders! Limited to just 200 pieces, we have a handful of these available. Order yours at TFsource here:
Now up for preorder - Zenith Forge's ZF-001 FOC Grimlock Add-on set! The kit will include the following: 1. New head modeled after Masterpiece version. 2. Chest filler. 3. New Longer Sword cast in clear orange plastic. 4. New Bigger Shield cast in orange plastic. Preorder yours here:
Linkin Park Soundwave Now Up for Preorder! New Photos! We've updated the site with photos of the final sample of Linkin Park Soundwave! The final colors are quite different than what was shown on display. Delayed in its release date to October. Preorder yours at TFsource here:
_____________________________________________ 14. MECH iDEAS TFCon Exclusives, Demolition Crue and Longblast Add-on Now Instock!
Now back instock: MECH iDEAS Demolition Crue and Longblast Add-on! This must have set has finally been restocked in addition to the add-on, as well as the TFCon Exclusive Project-Z & Prototype-X! We are also processing preorders to ship out shortly!
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And now, some more new stuff, but further in the future: check out the December Transformers solicits from IDW below!
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #24: Dark Cybertron Part 4 (of 12)
James Roberts & John Barber (w) • Atilio Rojo, James Raiz, Nick Roche, Livio Ramondelli, Robert Gill (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
TRAPPED! Alone on a strange world, the crew of the Lost Light struggle against an unknown enemy—but what does this have to do with SHOCKWAVE’s master plan? Answer: everything. Meanwhile, OPTIMUS PRIME finds an old friend in the Dead Universe!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
The biggest Transformers event in comic book history continues!
Variant cover by James Raiz!
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #24: Dark Cybertron Part 4 (of 12)—Subscription Variant
James Roberts & John Barber (w) • Atilio Rojo, James Raiz, Nick Roche, Livio Ramondelli, Robert Gill (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)
For subscription customers only… enlist up at your local comic shop! A special variant cover with art by Phil Jimenez!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #24: Dark Cybertron Part 5 (of 12)
John Barber & James Roberts (w) • Robert Gill & Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
UNDER FIRE! AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS unite to battle a common foe… but will it be enough to stop the DARK CYBERTRON prophecy from coming true? SHOCKWAVE’s plan reaches fruition—while in the Dead Universe, secrets are revealed!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Co-written by regular MTMTME writer James Roberts and RID writer John Barber!
Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #24: Dark Cybertron Part 5 (of 12)—
John Barber & James Roberts (w) • Robert Gill & Livio Ramondelli (a) • Phil Jimenez (c)
For subscription customers only… enlist up at your local comic shop! A special variant cover with art by Phil Jimenez!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Transformers Regeneration One #97
Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Andrew Wildman, Guidi (c)
DARK FORCES RISE! JHIAXUS—the mysterious senator who deleted himself from Cybertronian history—is back… but as friend or foe? RODIMUS PRIME is forced to question the motives of Primus himself—does he drag the AUTOBOTS into a war they can’t win… or side with an “enemy” who seeks only one thing: universal order?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Continuing the original TRANSFORMERS comic book series!
The COUNTDOWN to # 100 continues—only 4 issues remain!
Variant cover by Geoff Senior!
Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters #8 (of
Mike Johnson & Mairghread Scott (w) • Agustin Padilla & Atilio Rojo (a) • Ken Christiansen (c)
THE FIGHT FOR CYBERTRON! GRIMLOCK and his DINOBOTS meet up with old allies and try to stop the new threat to the planet. But as things get heated, the outcome becomes uncertain. A new beginning… or the end of the DINOBOTS?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Order 10 copies, get one free animation art variant cover!
Chris Metzen & Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
In the early days of the war on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME puts everything on the line to unify the planet—but not everyone agrees that this new Prime should be in charge! Meanwhile, the fallen DECEPTICON leader, MEGATRON, begins a journey that will change everything.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 112 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-750-3
Transformers: Robots In Disguise, Vol. 5
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Atilio Rojo, Dheeraj Verma & Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
The fate of Cybertron is sealed—but what is the DECEPTICON scientist SHOCKWAVE planning? In the wastelands of CYBERTRON, he makes his move prompting SOUNDWAVE and the rest of the DECEPTICONS to step up and stop him but in the end they are faced with the ultimate choice, will the DECEPTICONS stand with SHOCKWAVE—or will they join the AUTOBOTS?
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-836-4