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IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview
Date: Friday, June 10th 2016 11:11am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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And lo! Finally time for some new comics material from IDW Publishing (via paid exclusive site Newsarama), as two new issues hit release dates next Wednesday. First up, The Transformers #54 brings us close to the end of All Hail Optimus, and includes an error on the credits page - art this month is by Andrew Griffith and Josh Burcham, and the covers are not the ones included below (it's the same page from #53!) - we'll be surely showing some of the covers soon, so keep an optic out!

Transformers #54
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS—part 5! OPTIMUS PRIME orders all all-out siege against the DECEPTICONS… leaving himself wide open to a counterattack by the human forces. Which is just what GALVATRON wanted all along…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The penultimate chapter of the game-changing TRANSFORMERS event!
Will OPTIMUS PRIME destroy Earth by trying to save it?
WINDBLADE variant cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Incentive Cover by Alex Milne and Josh Perez

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Incentive Cover by Alex Milne and Josh Perez
Date: Thursday, June 9th 2016 5:05am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Via the IDW Publishing Tumblr page, we have a look at next week's first issue of new ongoing Transformers: Till All Are One retailer incentive cover, by none other than Alex Milne and Josh Perez - showing the major players in the series, with Starscream, and Windblade at the fore, and Ironhide and Chromia on one side, as the Combaticons take the other! You can check it out mirrored below, and keep an optic out for a full preview before the weekend.

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IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers TPB Preliminary Extras

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers TPB Preliminary Extras
Date: Wednesday, June 8th 2016 8:28am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Nick 'Bad Man' Roche

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The Nick Roche train keeps steaming ahead as we wait for the final issue to his later this month, and we find out more or less what will be included in the collected edition of the mini-series. Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers TPB - solicited for this August - will include no new stories as Last Stand did, but will have plenty of extras alongside the five issues. Check out more info below, and join in the conversation on the Seibertron.com discussion boards!

Working on the backmatter for the Sins Of The Wreckers Trade. No new stories, we're busier than we were six years ago, but loads of unseen art, character designs, process notes, excerpts from the original outline and trivia. Sound alright?

Is there anything that you DON'T want as Wrextras in the trade? What annoys you in backmatter terms? What DO you like?


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers TPB Preliminary Extras

IDW Hasbro Comics Crossover: Revolution - Chris Ryall, Christos Gage on ROM, MASK, Transformers

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics Crossover: Revolution - Chris Ryall, Christos Gage on ROM, MASK, Transformers
Date: Tuesday, June 7th 2016 3:57pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Nerdist

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By sideways of a Nerdist interview with IDW Publishing's Chris Ryall and Christos Gage - some of the minds behind not only ROM the Spaceknight, but also September's giant status quo shake REVOLUTION - we have a tidbit of info to be added to the compiled news from Twitter after the announcement here: the connection between MASK and Transformers, and the involvement on ROM in all of this - including Paramount's The Last Knight live-action movie. Check out the snippet below, and the full piece here!

But Autobots and M.A.S.K. both have transforming technology—is there already a connection there? Ryall responds, “That’s an excellent question that I’m going to say will be answered within the pages of the Revolution event series.”

Naturally I had to ask if they were aware of my theory, as seen on Nerdist News, that the marketing for the new Transformers movie is hinting at ROM. The answers were…interesting.

“I got a lot of e-mails after that article got out there,” says Gage. “I think it’s pretty close to the original ROM logo.”

“It worried me,” says Ryall. “I want there to be a ROM movie, but I would like it to just sort of be a new continuity, not something that’s tacked on.”

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #5 To Be Released on June 22nd, 2016

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #5 To Be Released on June 22nd, 2016
Date: Monday, June 6th 2016 11:50am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Nick Roche

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We were expecting the last issue of IDW Publishing's Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers - from the mind and hands of Nick Roche with Josh Burcham - to hit some point in May. That was, obviously, not the case, so we did some investigating with the publisher, and now have a confirmation that issue #5 will be released on June 22nd! Refresh your mind on the issue below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub here.

THIS IS THE END! Will PROWL get his comeuppance? Will TARANTULAS conquer all? Will any of the WRECKERS survive? It’s wreck and rule one last time, with everything on the line!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #5 To Be Released on June 22nd, 2016

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Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #5 To Be Released on June 22nd, 2016

Creators on IDW / Hasbro Revolution Event - Interview with John Barber, Chris Ryall, Mairghread Scott and More

Transformers News: Creators on IDW / Hasbro Revolution Event - Interview with John Barber, Chris Ryall, Mairghread Scott and More
Date: Saturday, June 4th 2016 2:18pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): IGN

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In even more IDW Publishing comics news, we have some further info directly from the creators involved in September's REVOLUTION event - with the tagline 'Take a Stand' - courtesy of a clip from IGN. It's only four minutes long, and the various people involved, including Transformers regulars John Barber and Mairghread Scott, alongside Cullen Bunn, Chris Ryall and more, touch upon the various series involved in the event: MASK, Transformers, Action Man, Micronauts, ROM, GI Joe.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub! It looks like The Transformers might actually lead to the Big Thing after all...


Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #54 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #54 iTunes Preview
Date: Saturday, June 4th 2016 2:03pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes

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And in other IDW Publishing comics news, we also have a three page preview of the upcoming fifth part of All Hail Optimus - in The Transformers #54! Check out the images mirrored below from the iTunes screenshots, and discuss your initial thoughts in the Energon Pub.

ALL HAIL OPTIMUS—part 5! OPTIMUS PRIME orders all all-out siege against the DECEPTICONS… leaving himself wide open to a counterattack by the human forces. Which is just what GALVATRON wanted all along…


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Discussion Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Discussion Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #54 Discussion Thread

Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 iTunes Preview #TAAO

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 iTunes Preview #TAAO
Date: Saturday, June 4th 2016 1:57pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes

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We've been in a bit of a drought in terms of new comics from IDW Publishing, but it looks as though that is about to change - the first issue of Transformers: Till All Are One has shown up over on iTunes! Check out below the first three pages of the new series from Mairghread Scott, along with art by Sara Pitre Durocher, and give it a couple of weeks for it to hit release date.

PEACE IN OUR TIME! STARSCREAM and WINDBLADE have given everything to bring together CYBERTRON’s Lost Colonies into a Council Of Worlds. But when the increasingly brutal tactics of STARSCREAM’s secret police increase tension among the former DECEPTICONS… how long can the Council maintain this fragile peace?


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 iTunes Preview #TAAO

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 iTunes Preview #TAAO

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 iTunes Preview #TAAO

Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio
Date: Thursday, June 2nd 2016 11:38am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): CBBR

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We have yet more information on the upcoming Hasbro and IDW Publishing co-effort in creating a shared universe for several of their licensed properties, in the REVOLUTION event this September. Via ComicBookResources, we get an interview with writers John Barber and Cullen Bunn, and artist Fico Ossio, touching upon some of the major points of interest about the crossover. We also get a first look at some of the main and variant covers for the titles, with art by Tradd Moore, John Byrne, Adam Riches, Guido Guidi, Ken Christiansen, and James Biggie!

CBR spoke with the creators involved in the five-issue unifying series, not only to find out how it came about, but also to learn what -- if any -- relationship it has to the film side of things, as well as what it is that will bring these various groups together.

CBR News: John, you've been involved on the editorial side of things for these books for a while. How did you feel about bringing the universes together?

John Barber: I'd always thought if I could go back in time, I'd make sure the IDW G.I. Joe comics took place in the same universe as the Transformers comics.

[...]

How did the decision to combine the contents of those boxes come about?

Barber: One day, the IDW editors were brainstorming ideas, and this notion of doing a crossover came about -- but I'm never totally sold on big crossovers that don't impact the subsequent status quo. Like, it's fun to cross over two properties and see how they interact, but I mean, if you're getting a lot of characters together, it has to have some impact on the world. Meanwhile, I think what Tom Scioli -- and me, a little -- did on the "Transformers vs. G.I. Joe" comic was great, really fun stuff. But that story was ending; Tom and I had it all planned to wrap up.

Then I remembered something Andrew Griffith, who draws "Transformers," suggested one time: the IDW G.I. Joe comics could fit in between big Transformers comics events. At the time, it wasn't anything we were really serious about, but now -- I started thinking about that. Did that actually kind of make sense?

[...]

This effort seems to reflect a similar plan for Hasbro's big screen adaptations. Do you have any communication with the people working on the films?

Barber: Hasbro Studios is very aware of what we're doing, and there's some back and forth sharing of information and ideas. I don't think there's been any big thing where we've seen things one way and they've seen things other ways. We've been remarkably in sync, I think it's fair to say. There've been some characters that have specifically come from the studio here and there -- some of these brands have been dormant for a while, and there are new angles they have on characters that they've shared with us, like Phenolo-Phi in "Micronauts." They have some amazingly talented people working in that writer's room -- like, seriously extraordinary people who have done amazing film, comics and television. The few I know personally are great human beings, too.

The funny thing with this was, it wasn't like a mandate came down and said, "Do this." Totally the opposite. IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall and I flew out to Hasbro headquarters in Rhode Island to try to convince them to do this, because we really wanted to have this universe exist. And it turned out we were all on the same page. It was great, the people running the brands at Hasbro were all very into this and really supportive, and offered great ideas and angles on what we could do.

[...]

Fico, how is it for you bringing all these different characters who come from various backgrounds and realities together into one cohesive look?

Ossio: It sort of built up from my first take on G.I. Joe. David and John asked me to work on a cover/pinup of the characters and gave me license to give them an "upgrade."

I didn't want to really stray too far from the original cartoon, which I watched as a kid and loved. I had a bunch of G.I. Joe toy,s as well, so I wanted to just take those uniforms and give them more of a body armor look. Especially considering these guys were about to clash against 10-foot-tall robots. I could't grasp the concept of keeping them in regular army outfits or spandex -- sorry Snake Eyes. I think it works, because they still look true to their original design, but with a modern and updated look. Then, I took the new design of Action Man and applied the same as I did on G.I. Joe.

Next was Transformers. A lot of artists had worked on Transformers, and I found most of the designs Andrew Griffith had done were great. I respect his designs and pushed to make them more complex, with new, flexible parts and more of an organic look, which I thought would bring them closer to the combined universe. I also wanted to bring some of the elements from the movies. Except for Optimus. I couldn't help myself, and with him I pushed as far as the guys would let me.

[...]

As "Revolution" kicks off, what kind of threat or event is it that's big enough to bring all these different groups together? And what was the design process like developing that individual or force?

Story continues below

Barber: The background is, Optimus Prime has publicly declared Earth to be under his protection and part of Cybertron's Council of Worlds. This isn't Dark Optimus; he's doing good things -- at least from his point of view -- but the people of Earth are naturally going to be concerned about this turn of events.

Now, one of the reasons Earth has been important to the Transformers is this substance called Ore-13. This has a long history in the Transformers comics, but the short version is it can be converted to Energon, which is the Transformers' fuel source. That means the Earth is one of the few places in the galaxy where Transformers can live -- it has a food source, basically. But Ore-13 has always had other properties -- an ability to supercharge Cybertronians, for one.

Something starts happening to Ore-13 around the world, making it unstable, and all signs point to Optimus Prime, who has no idea why this is happening. That sets the stage for "Revolution."

[...]

How will your own ongoings look different after the events of "Revolution?"

Barber: Lots of the Transformers comic I write will be different, including the title. But at the same time, it's building the same story I started writing five years ago. You don't need to know all that stuff, but if you do, rest assured this is all part of the big story we've been telling. It's an unexpected benefit -- I mean, 2011 John had no inkling that Rom or Scarlett or Acroyear or Windblade or Action Man would be there, but this all fits into the tale Andrew Griffith and I set out to tell.

But coming out of "Revolution," there are some big changes. Lots of stuff is going to happen between now and November, when "Revolution" ends.


Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Declassifying IDW and Hasbro's Comics Merge: Revolution - With John Barber, Cullen Bunn, Fico Ossio

IDW Hasbro Comics Crossover: Revolution - Chris Ryall Interview, John Barber Clarifications

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics Crossover: Revolution - Chris Ryall Interview, John Barber Clarifications
Date: Wednesday, June 1st 2016 1:40pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Dr Va'al | Credit(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have some more information on the IDW Publishing crossover event REVOLUTION, featuring all the Hasbro licensed series and restarting the comics numbering at #1 for the books involved. Chris Ryall answered some of the questions, which you can read in full here, and a snippet below.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics Crossover: Revolution - Chris Ryall Interview, John Barber Clarifications

We've also included a compilation of tweets from Ryall and John Barber, to help navigate this big change in the IDWverse. So fear not, and keep reading!

But IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall insists this isn’t a reboot.

“We didn’t want this to be what fans have seen from so many others, which is a reboot or a relaunch where you’re asked to forget about all these characters and stories you’ve been following for years,” Ryall says. “It’s just now everybody will be acknowledging each other in a much greater way than ever before.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this whole thing come about?
CHRIS RYALL: It happened in a stealthy way. When I was bringing back ROM, the co-writer Christos Gage and I were talking about a nice way to make something big and impactful happen in that issue. So at the end of the issue there’s a big reveal that shows ROM might be a part of a larger universe than fans expected at the start. We were going to stealthily seed things along the way, so that fans would think these guys might exist in ROM’s world and then, in talking about it internally, it just made sense, now that we’re launching Micronauts and ROM, and we’ve already got G.I. Joe and Transformers, and were looking to do M.A.S.K. All these things should exist together. That’s what fans want to see.

When we first launched G.I. Joe, fans asked us, “Are they gonna meet the Transformers?” And every time we’ve added a Hasbro title since then, it’s been the same question. Are the Micronauts gonna meet the Transformers? Is ROM gonna meet the Micronauts?

[...]

What will the event involve?
Revolution is its own thing. It’s a five-part biweekly series that we’re launching in September, and that series will detail the reasons why these characters are all drawn together. It centers around something called Ore 13, which is an unstable version of Energon, the material that gives the Transformers their power and life. There’s a version of that on earth, that has an adverse effect on tech, which adversely affects ROM, and changes the status of him and his villains, the Dire Wraiths. It affects the Micronauts universe in a way they didn’t expect, and then it also gives birth to M.A.S.K., which is a big new title we’re launching out of this.

So that series details the reason for all these characters to be drawn together. Then all the series will be relaunched with new number ones and this new status quo. The plan is to have the characters go back to occupying their own spaces. I don’t want G.I. Joe or Transformers fans to feel like they have to buy every issue of everything we publish now just to get the whole story. If they do, certainly that’s a nice outcome, but I still want them to read a Transformers book and have it feel like a Transformers book. It’s just, now within that universe, ROM is somewhere in the background and may be drawn back in at some point.


Barber:

I'm very excited about Revolution, and it's absolutely not going to scale anything back from what's happened in any Transformers comics.

Revolution will get these comics where I think they always should have been, and since I like where they are already...

...I don't think we'll be losing anything we already like.

Oh--important note, the list of creative teams in the press release is for the Revolution tie-in stories.

Just to make clear--post Revolution, @SaraLePew and @Max_Dunbar will still be there!

Ryall:

How do the other Transformers books play in (MTMTE, TAAO), renumbered? ending? untouched?

We'll get into more specifics soon but some will end and restart differently; TAAO will keep rolling as is.

It won't affect Titan Wars. We've been threading this needle very carefully for some time know, building to this.

MTMTE untouched?

Rather, you can assume that any involvement will make sense to that series and not change what James has built.

OK now I'm panicking. Restarting MTMTE is just about the craziest thing to do to a book with such a hardcore fandom.

I understand the trepidation but we're not abandoning plans, characters or stories. Just moving things forward.

Not a reboot in any way, shape or form, actually. All the stories you read here before still happened.

We'll get into new-title specifics & teams before long. If you like the way things are, you'll be happy. Only moreso



@chris_ryall How will the IDW GI Joe continuity be reconciled with All Hail Megatron's global invasion that killed 15% of all humans?


It will be addressed. We're not scrapping things.

Please wait and see. It makes sense. And everything is always changing, just changing in the right ways here.

Not TAAO [renumbering]. We'll get into specific post-event plans before long. Never a good plan to reveal everything all at once.

I understand people don't want to lose what they like, I get that. But yes, the comic itself will put fears to rest.

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