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IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, August 13th 2014 3:16pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al

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And then there were three
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE WAR FOR CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime versus Megatron. Autobots versus 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!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Trust No-one


Story

Autocracy did some really interesting things by taking politics to a whole other level. Monstrosity brought 'the Quintessons' and Trypticon back into the game. Primacy is supposed to shape the IDW Transformers universe as we know it - so what is the missing link between the fall of Trypticon and the rise of Megatron? It looks like issue 1 starts answering that question.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Reeee-cap


The focus of Chris Metzen and Flint Dille appears to be shifting between Optimus Prime and Megatron as they both 'recover' from the happenings in the previous two mini-series, with the latter in particular sometimes questioning (?) his actions - and yet, at the same time, we also have some nice interactions between Grimlock and Rodimus, Optimus and Ironhide, Megatron and.. well. You'll see.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Rodlock?


There is one major snag in the issue, during Optimus' sections, which I'm hoping will get explained later in the series - but for now it's not too distracting (for me at least), and considering John Barber is editing the work, some kind of patching could always take place at another stage, or there's a better reason for it happening as it does.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Or not


All in all, there are some big set-ups for this run, with some nice interactions between the key players, and some past exploration and world-defining, delving into pre-established elements of the franchise and plots hinted at in both Autocracy and Monstrosity, and the wider IDWverse.

Art

Livio Ramondelli resumes his task of showing us the beginning of Cybertron's dark ages, with his trademark darker style and colours, shining on big splash pages and spreads, and I mean BIG. The characters, the scope, the layouts - there's a sense of size and scale that follows from some of the later chapter in Monstrosity sliding into here, and not just in the art itself.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Big city lights


The colours obviously work well with the linework, and there are some nicely contrasting tones in some flashback sequences. The eye differences are a nice touch too, with Grimlock, Optimus and Megatron showing off different optics. And a very nice touch comes from letterer Chris Mowry, helping with giving a voice to the different characters, each in its own slightly unique way, and some great translucent sound effects.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
Colours!


I'll take a little longer on the covers, as the main one by Ramondelli is but a fourth of the series' run, but it is joined by an amazing Optimus Prime revealing the matrix by Windblade's Sarah Stone (a nice echo of one of the moments shown above) and an excellent 30th Anniversary variant by Casey Coller and JP Bove, commemorating the smelting pool and poor Scrounge (see thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Metzen and Dille's writing is slightly different from the rest of IDW's current output, but still holds its appeal with both older audiences and fans of the more modern ongoings. And their style fits the tone and time of the story, without any doubt, focusing on the two main players of the beginning of the war. Ramondelli's art returns to complement them, and I very happy to have Barber on editing, making sure it all fits in together - even with Omega's confusing statements.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Review
And so do we


It's an easing into the story again, definitely. Some big stuff went down in what leads us to this point, and with this issue we're discovering bigger things still slowly emerging from Cybertron's past and leading into its future. And there are much much bigger things to come, if the last pages are anything to go by. Big things indeed.

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IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Interview - John Barber and Mairghread Scott

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Interview - John Barber and Mairghread Scott
Date: Wednesday, August 13th 2014 12:57pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Newsarama

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Comics and entertainment news website Newsarama had a chat with two of IDW's Transformers wordsmiths about the upcoming mini-event (announced at SDCC) Combiner Wars. Follow the link here to read the whole piece with John Barber and Mairghread Scott, and check out some very intriguing snippets below, including Metroplex's Spacebridge, Windblade, Optimus Prime, Prowl and the already established combiners like Devastator and Superion. How interested are you in where this might go..?

Next spring, a war is coming to IDW’s Transformers comics – and it’s bigger than one single robot, or even the divide between Autobots and Decepticons. It’s the “Combiner Wars.”

Combiners are the term used to describe super-robots of sorts, made out of multiple Transformers combining together into one – and they’ve been a major part of the Transformers franchise, from the Destructicons’ Devastator to Predacons’ Predaking and numerous others. In the IDW Transformers line’s upcoming “Combiner Wars,” the technology that made Combiners possible has been found and it starts what IDW Senior Editor (and longtime Transformers writer) John Barber calls a “cold war” between Transformers factions.

Beginning in March “Combiner Wars” will crisscross between the main Transformers comic series (formerly subtitled Robots In Disguise) and the upcoming Transformers: Windblade ongoing series. The crossover will be written by Barber along with Mairghread Scott, and illustrated by Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli.

Newsarama: Mairghread, John, what is this “Combiner Wars” about?

John Barber: “Combiner Wars” is, in the comics, the cold war between factions on Cybertron and Earth growing hot. Starscream is the (mostly) legitimate ruler of Cybertron, but not everybody thinks he should be. And when one of his ultimate goals—contact with the missing ancient Cybertronian colonies, as seen in the Transformers: Windblade miniseries—starts to come to fruition, other parties—Optimus Prime, Windblade, Prowl—see an immediate danger to the sanctity of the galaxy.

Beyond that—“Combiner Wars” is a great example of Hasbro and IDW working together and building a huge storyline that goes between toys and comics and into other media. We on the comics have worked very closely with Hasbro’s Transformers brand team, especially Mark Webber and Sarah Carroll, plus Director, Global Publishing Michael Kelly—there’s pieces that come straight out of the comics (like the new Megatron toy for next year that gives you the option of giving him an Autobot symbol, like he has in the Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye comics) and some new things coming from the toy side that we get to debut in the comics. Plus, while the comics will come out from IDW first, they’ll be packed in with select Transformers Generations toys, which will get the comics to an all-new audience that might have never had the chance to read them before.

And beyond that—“Combiner Wars” is a great chance for Mairghread Scott (writer of the amazing Windblade series) and I to work together and to team with Sarah Stone (artist on that amazing Windblade series) and Livio Ramondelli (who’s just finished the Transformers: Punishment motion comic and is in the middle of Transformers: Primacy, the story of the early days of the war) and make a big, action-packed, character-packed story with huge ramifications for the comics in 2015.

[...]

Nrama: We’ve mentioned theWindblade miniseries and ongoing series, but what about Windblade herself – how does she factor into it all?

Scott: The end of Windblade saw our heroine striking a real devil's bargain with Starscream and she's still trying to maintain that very dangerous balance. So we see a really different side of Windblade, one trying to hold her own in the shadowy political world of Cybertron (a world Starscream is the undisputed master of) while still trying to hold onto some sort of moral compass. The question for Windblade in “Combiner Wars” is really: How far can you go in the name of good until you aren't good anymore? When does the end stop justifying the means?

Exclusive Giant Robot Comics (Halifax) RID Variant Cover - Casey Coller, JP Bove

Transformers News: Exclusive Giant Robot Comics (Halifax) RID Variant Cover - Casey Coller, JP Bove
Date: Tuesday, August 12th 2014 8:45am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Giant Robot Comics

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After last year's ReGeneration One #0 exclusive variant cover, Giant Robot Comics (Halifax) are at it again! Design by them, artwork by Casey Coller, colours by JP Bove, this Autobot piece on the MacDonald bridge complements the Decepticon bunch from last year - and can be found with September's RID issue, and mirrored below.

Transformers News: Exclusive Giant Robots Comics (Halifax) RID Variant Cover - Casey Coller, JP Bove


I wanted to share with everybody our new exclusive cover. This is going to be September's issue of Transformers Robots in Disguise. As you can see it's the Autobots on the Macdonald Bridge and will look great next to last years Decepticons at Citadel Hill cover.

I did a rough design it like last time. I picked the characters and setting, but it's Casey Coller who made it beautiful.


IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview
Date: Tuesday, August 12th 2014 5:22am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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It's been a while since the Flint Dille, Chris Metzen and Livio Ramondelli creative team were together for Autocracy and Monstrosity, in their digital and printed forms. But they're back this week with the first issue to the conclusion of the trilogy: Transformers Primacy! Check out a full preview below, and head back here for the Seibertron.com review later this week.

Transformers: Primacy #1—SPOTLIGHT
Chris Metzen & Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a, c)
THE WAR FOR CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime versus Megatron. Autobots versus 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!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The end of the beginning!
The final chapter of monumental Cybertron War trilogy!
Written by World of Warcraft and Diablo’s Chris Metzen and the legendary Transformers writer Flint Dille!
Variant Cover by Casey Coller!
Art by fan-favorite Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Primacy #1 Preview

Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap
Date: Sunday, August 10th 2014 12:15pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Manga Box

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Thanks to DeNA's Manga Box app we have a Manga recap of the first three Transformers live action films. This was put together in support of the Transformers: Lost Age theatrical debut in Japan. A preview is available online, which we've mirrored below, but you'll have to download the app to view it in it's entirety.

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Transformers News: Transformers Live Action Movie Trilogy Manga Recap

Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32
Date: Thursday, August 7th 2014 5:30pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes, Mariel Romero

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Thanks as usual to Mariel Romero from IDW Publishing uploading pages to iTunes, we get a brief glimpse at the continuation of the Robots in Disguise ongoing with issue #32, as we get closer to Combiner Wars (starting in #34). Check it out below!

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: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #32

TFCon USA - Sarah Stone Announced as Guest

Transformers News: TFCon USA - Sarah Stone Announced as Guest
Date: Wednesday, August 6th 2014 12:28pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFCOn

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Time for another update from the folks over at TFCon Chicago. She's been breaking through the IDW comics big time, with Transformers: Windblade and many many covers - now you get the chance to meet her again: Sarah Stone has been confirmed as a guest for the US branch of the convention!

We are pleased welcome Transformers comic book artist Sarah Stone to TFcon Chicago this fall.

Sarah is the artist for IDW’s highly successful Transformers: Windblade miniseries that just concluded. She will be available all weekend for commissions, prints and signings at TFcon Chicago 2014.

IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview
Date: Tuesday, August 5th 2014 2:18pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Kahlil Schweitzer

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No new Transformers comics coming out this week from IDW Publishing, but we do have another collected volume of oldies - check out below a full preview of Transformers Classics UK Volume 5, collecting stories from the UK publications and with added material and notes from current writer James Roberts!

Transformers Classics UK, Vol. 5
Simon Furman, Ian Rimmer & Richard Starkings (w) • Jeff Anderson, Geoff Senior, Dan Reed, Bryan Hitch, Lee Sullivan, Robin Smith (a) • Andrew Wildman (c)
Classic TRANSFORMERS tales from the UK continuity! These vintage TF stories are presented in order, many published for the first time in the United States! Writer and life-long TF fan James Roberts provides in-depth historical perspective front matter in each volume, and TFUK artist Andrew Wildman provides new covers!
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 296 pages • ISBN: 978-1-61377-714-5

Bullet points:
• Collects the UK specific stories in issues #145–179 plus the 1988 Annual.


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Classics UK Volume 5 Preview

Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente
Date: Monday, August 4th 2014 7:09am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ed Pirrie, JP Bove, Casey Coller, Nick Roche, Joana Lafuente, Josh Burcham

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With only a couple of days left till Auto Assembly 2014, Europe's largest Transformers convention, we've decided to round up all the comics-based goodness that will be awaiting the people attending the event! And believe me, there are many, starting with in-house artist Ed Pirrie's special guest prints (Sobolov, McConnohie, Coleman, Spellos):

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Next up are the Casey Coller and John-Paul Bove collaborations, from G1 to RID to MTMTE:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Some JP Bove-exclusive prints, featuring old-school classics in art deco style:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


Two fully coloured prints with some MTMTE favourites from Joana Lafuente:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche


And finally, continuing previous years' streak, Nick Roche's take on MTMTE with colours by Josh Burcham:

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2014 Prints Round-Up: Ed Pirrie, Casey Coller, John-Paul Bove, Nick Roche

C.O.N.S. VI - October 2014, Nettetal, Germany, Featuring Andrew Griffith, John-Paul Bove

Transformers News: C.O.N.S. VI - October 2014, Nettetal, Germany, Featuring Andrew Griffith, John-Paul Bove
Date: Monday, August 4th 2014 5:23am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): C.O.N.S.

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We got a message some time ago from the lovely people behind another European Transformers convention, and with IDW's Andrew Griffith and John-Paul Bove both attending as guests - here it is on the front page! Check out below all the info you need about C.O.N.S, the German con in its sixth year running, from cosplay to vendors to features.

For the sixth time Germany's first and only Transformers fan convention is taking place. We're opening our doors on October 4, 2014, 11am at Seerosensaal, Steeger Str. 38, 41334 Nettetal - Lobberich to welcome Transformers fans from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, England and many other parts of the world.

Last year we set a new European attendance record for a (single-day) Transformers fan convention and of course we fully intend to raise the bar once again this year.

We can already announce a long list of vendors who will offer you lots and lots of Transformers products this year. Attending for the first time: NTF-Toys. Finally the convention hosts NTF have their own shop and will, for the first time, have their own table.

Back again: Actionfiguren24.de, ADHD Toys, Lilly & Friends, Gerrut Camaro, Bram Bossers, That's Cult and many others.

We will also welcome Special Guests at C.O.N.S. VI. Two big names from the IDW comic scene, John Paul Bove and Andrew Griffith, will attend their first German Transformers fan convention this year.

And of course we will have a number of contests this year as well. Want to participate in our cosplay contest or prove your TF trivia knowledge in our Transformers quiz? You're welcome to take part. The rules and regulations for all our contests can be found at the C.O.N.S. website (http://ntf-cons.de/).

You can buy your tickets at pre-sale or on the day at the box office. If you want to book a vendor's table... well, hurry up, because we're almost booked up. More on that at the C.O.N.S. website as well.

We're looking forward to a great event with many of you attending.

See you then,
the C.O.N.S. team.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
Twincast / Podcast #98:
"Combiner Wars"
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Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014