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IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Date: Wednesday, November 26th 2014 12:59pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Error. Please Repeat.
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Days of Deception begins with… PEACE AND HAPPINESS! To be honest, there's not much we can say about this issue without giving away the life-changing events of last issue. What we can say is this: everything’s fine. There’s no conflict, no sadness, no angst. Why is this a problem?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
..s fine


Story

Timelines have met each other and collapsed. Old friends and lovers are reunited, though something is obviously not quite right yet. Other friends and allies have revealed a different set of colours entirely. And as we explored some of the past events last issue, we delve once more in the days before the Decepticons were a thing - or do we?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Ah, good old days


James Roberts' script is heavy. This is an issue that will require time to spend on reading, rather than a quick skim-through. The play on the different time settings is clearly marked, and cleverly linked, though that is not the critical part of the connection between the two, as what they have in common may in fact be diverging once more, but further away than expected.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Megs channelling Roberts (and readers)


While in the present Megatron finally had a bit of a breakdown aboard the Lost Light, as the rest of the crew investigate Brainstorm's doings (and part of the yellow briefcase's secrets are sorta kinda revealed!), the past sees Rewind and Minimus Ambus dealing with Functionists, and the cunning and seditious Dominus Ambus himself.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Understatement of the Year


Does something feel off yet? It seems like something is a little off. No? Make sure you read *everything* that takes place in the issue, as details are constantly changing, for what seems to be a very good reason indeed in the grand scheme of things, and the upcoming Elegant Chaos event in particular, for which this issue a prelude of sorts.


Art

Alex Milne and Brian Shearer, with the latter helping on inking duties, have some great visual fun, despite everything happening in the script as it already is. A lot of Unicron Trilogy body types have been spotted, without being subtle at all, already in the first couple of pages, and there may be a reason for all of it being there after all. Though character design does not stop at that, with some twisted ..er.. twists elsewhere, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Plus a Dredd Bot


On top of the busy script and busy backgrounds, colourist Joana Lafuente clearly had a busy time coordinating all the multiples of the same type of Cybertronian, yet marking them as individual entities (much to the ruling classes' disappointment, one might guess). I am very impressed at the result, especially with the final product in hand.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Where's..?


Tom B. Long keeps on keeping on with the fantastic letter work, making sure to maintain the space that Roberts does not leave to the art, and . The issue also comes with an excellent array of variant covers, on top of the ominous Milne/Josh Perez main one. In the thumbnail is the eerily appropriate Nick Roche/Josh Burcham Functionist, and make sure to keep an eye out for the Andrew Griffith 30th Anniversary special incentive art, too.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

It's mind-bendy, it's space-bendy, it's time-bendy - it just pushes the envelope and watches it bend for most of the plotlines being teased up to this point, and some intriguing social commentary to boot. Out of all of this week's releases, this is the most dense and emotionally compromising, without any doubt, so be warned before you dive into it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #35 Review
Everything is fine


We vaguely know what has happened with the Functionist Council in the past. We've seen something of Brainstorm's character so far. We know what Rewind used to do in the days of Dominus Ambus, and the House of Ambus overall - be ready to have all of that questioned. Again. And again. Elegant Chaos is here.

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IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, November 26th 2014 11:44am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Another Fine Mess
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
DRIFT RETURNS! Last year, TRANSFORMERS readers were shocked when DRIFT left the AUTOBOTS in disgrace… and now he’s alone, on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy—until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
These guys


Story

Imagine: you're an ex Decepticon, who used to kill people for fun. Then you grew a conscience. So you traded guns for swords (that famous instrument of peace). Then you grew a bit too much of a conscience, and tried burying guilt beneath it and a veil of reborn spiritualism - and by ways of redemption, take the blame for something you didn't actually do, and are exiled. That's where we are with Drift, as Empire of Stone begins.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Right here


It's been some time since we saw him in action, other than flashbacks, and readers have been wary of the return of a character who has been fairly marmite-esque (that's British for divisive). What we find with this first issue back in Shane McCarthy's hands, is thankfully not a return to the character when he first introduced it, though some will complain it can feel that way in places.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Some fan


Compared to other Transformers comics coming out this week, Empire of Stone is a lot slower in terms of narrative, though it does stand up quite well with the dialogue, and the chemistry between sulky Drift and grumpy Ratchet works nicely. And, as a set-up/catch-up issue, it does what it has to do without wandering too much around.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Honestly, these guys


However, that's about it so far. It's not a bad comic, the story can go in a very interesting direction with the next three issues, and Empire of Stone is a catchy enough title for a popular enough character like Drift - but I can see how it might not be on everyone's immediate buying list as yet. Still.. read on.


Art

The art team is really where the book, much like ReGeneration One before it, will gain traction with potential readers. Guido Guidi's linework and Stephen Baskerville's inking are a great combination, and the action sequences are very well choreographed, with the sword element added to the fights gives space to Guidi's art to play around with the space of and around the panels.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
...ready?


Also back from the ReGen team is colourist JP Bove, doing an amazingly dusty and gritty (in the soil, dirt sense) job of the patina covering some otherwise quite flamboyant roboformers. I will never tire of looking at Guidi backgrounds filled in with Bove's technicolour magic, and there are some excellent sets in the issue.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Drift in spaaaaaace


Unfortunately, the review copy does not fully credit the letterer or editors for the issue, and has some general technical difficulties in the credit page layouts - nonetheless, The Unknown Letterer's work is, while very very subtle, pleasingly appropriate, keeping dialogue in place and a limited amount of background noise. As for the covers, we've seen all of them by now throughout the last couple of months, from the Alex Milne/Josh Perez one to the multiple Guidi variants (including the thumbnail one).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As a first issue, and as I mentioned above, Drift: Empire of Stone #1 is a harmless, easily paced, fairly well-dialogued and definitely good looking book, preparing a stage that so far has very little impact on the wider universe of the Transformers, but according to solicits may change everything - again.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Review
Is it? Is it really?


It does little more than that, however, other than re-establishing the at times quite moving relationship between Ratchet and Drift, and hopefully diving into more of Drift's story from this point onwards, as well as the presence of the Cybertronians we do find in the issue. Needless to say, I remain hopeful.

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OPTIMUS plays RISE OF THE DARK SPARK (GIVEAWAY!)

Transformers News: OPTIMUS plays RISE OF THE DARK SPARK (GIVEAWAY!)
Date: Friday, November 21st 2014 2:11am CST
Categories: Game News, Movie News, People News, Reviews
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): jON3.0

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Fellow Seibertronian, fan and voice actor extraordinaire, jON3.0 has posted a new video review featuring Optimus playing Rise Of The Dark Spark and giving away a copy of it for the PS4!

jON3.0 wrote:

Optimus plays Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark! Win a free PS4 copy of the game by going to http://bit.ly/Vb9LNd and leaving a comment on any video "I subscribed for the Dark Spark" to enter in the giveaway! Must be 18+ or have parents' permission; ends Dec 31st!


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Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee / Spike With Exo-Suit Video Review

Transformers News: Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee / Spike With Exo-Suit Video Review
Date: Friday, November 21st 2014 1:58am CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): RocketPunchArmy

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You're probably thinking "Another Masterpiece Bumblebee review?!" and it does seem like he's taking the review/headline world by storm right now, but this time we get to see Spike in his Exo-Suit, plus the figure in question here seems to be the finished product, and it's in English from the get go.

So, now that the whole package is available for review, will you be buying? Check out the embed below, courtesy of RocketPunchArmy and find out! When you're done, post your thoughts on the board and let us know what you think!



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Video Review - Takara Tomy Transformers Cloud Starscream

Transformers News: Video Review - Takara Tomy Transformers Cloud Starscream
Date: Wednesday, November 19th 2014 7:05am CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chachipower

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Fellow Seibertron.com user chachipower was nice enough to send us a video review of the not-too-recently released, but somehow overlooked since September Takara Tomy Cloud Starscream! The figure, as a reminder, is part of the Cloud section of Transformers, featuring repaints and redecos of Hasbro Generations figures - in this case, Blitzwing and Doubledealer lend their body to Screamer. Check it out below.


Chuck's Reviews Transformers Age of Extinction One Step Prowl

Transformers News: Chuck's Reviews Transformers Age of Extinction One Step Prowl
Date: Wednesday, November 19th 2014 1:54am CST
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Chuckdawg1999 has provided yet another Age Of Extinction figure video review, this time it's One-Step Changer Prowl, from the newest and final wave of AoE One-Steps. Is it worth your time and money? Check out the embed below and find out!

chuckdawg1999 wrote:I was surprised to see a G1 character included in the movie line, but it's nice to see all aspects of Transformers history being highlighted. Using the "Butterfly" we've seen before Prowl transforms from a Classics inspired police car to an almost chibi style of robot. It's a fun little desk toy that I highly recommend.



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Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee English Language Video Review

Transformers News: Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee English Language Video Review
Date: Tuesday, November 18th 2014 3:27am CST
Categories: Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): Bens Collectibles

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Fellow fan and Seibertron board member Transformermegazord (AKA Bens Collectibles) has posted the first English language video review of the upcoming Masterpiece Bumblebee. It should be noted that this is a test shot and not the final product, but it's close, so the video will give us a good, solid idea of what to expect when the figure sees release towards the of this month. Also of note, he does not have Spike on hand, just Bumblebee.

You can see the review by clicking on the embed below:


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AD-31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime Video Review

Transformers News: AD-31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime Video Review
Date: Sunday, November 16th 2014 11:18am CST
Categories: Movie News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): 予定調和(仮)

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Hot on the heels of the in-hand pictorial we reported on, here comes a video review of the AD-31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime from Takara Tomy. To recap, this is the same base mold as AD01/Hasbro Optimus Prime (which you can see in our galleries, right here) but features heavy remolding of the head, chest, arms (which now include swiveling wrists) and feet as well as a premium metallic paint finish that really stands out. Not to mention, a brand new sword and shield!

The review is short and to the point, as well as being spoken entirely in Japanese, but showcases the figure quite well, and even shows how the faceswapping gimmick works!



Armor Knight Optimus has been released in Japan and is currently on it's way to US e-tailers such as BBTS and TFSource as we speak, should make it to US shores/in-hand by the end of November, beginning of December.

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IDW Transformers #35 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 2:12am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): IDW, ScottyP

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Days of Deception
Or: Setting Up The Chess Board
(Spoiler free-ish, for the first few parts)



Synopsis
Days of Deception begins! PROWL and the CONSTRUCTICONS hunt the world's deadliest game-three humans with a history of fighting CYBERTRONIANS! Lines are drawn as human and machine alike are drawn into-the ONYX INTERFACE!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
But does it know why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch?


Story

When we last left Robots in Disguise, a history lesson from Alpha Trion had concluded, with Optimus Prime wondering just what, if anything, out of what was learned that he should keep as a secret to the rest of his crew. Transformers #35 drops the subtitle and picks right up where we left off, and we check in with some old human "friends".

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
The pink helps out with camouflage when he takes his 12 year old sister to the mall


Of course, Prime and his crew are keeping a close watch on the humans, given their recent alliances with Galvatron's earthbound Decepticon crew. The interactions between Prime and the various crew members, and between said crew members themselves, continues the subtle but deeper-by-the-issue characterization that's been prevalent in the past several issues of Robots in Disguise that was sorely lacking in the book's earlier days.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Still so sassy!


Barber's tone indeed keeps up with what we've seen out of the past several months, injecting humor where needed and the right amount of snark (or lack thereof) in certain characters. You may also be surprised to see some returning faces not seen since Dark Cybertron, but then you'd look like a fool. Transformers is, after all, written by John "Continuity" Barber himself, and in his world, characters don't just exist to sell toys. At least, not in the long haul.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Even Galvatron's got jokes these days


By the end of the issue, pieces are in place for verbs to start happening. However, in typical Transformers style, you'll be left hanging for another month to find out just what those verbs are.


Art

This issue features regular Transformers artist Andrew Griffith, colors by Josh Perez, and lettering by Tom Long. Unlike our esteemed comics editor Va'al, I'm not a great art critic, technically speaking. That said, I enjoyed the contrast of styles between the human-focused scenes vs. the scenes with our robotic cast. The sharp lines and vibrant colors of the Cybertronian crew are in distinct contrast to the almost mushy look of the human characters. The monochrome toned clothing featured on them throughout (at least mostly) helps with this as well.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
So you think KFC is still open?


If I had to nitpick one thing with the art, it's that the humans aren't always the most convincing looking. Some of them feel a little rushed. Let's be honest though, if any of us were working on a comic book about Transformers, we'd probably rush through the pencils and ink on the human cast as well. Of course this isn't a blanket statement by any means, as Griffith shows that he can not only convey emotion through our favorite giant alien robots, but through the faces of good 'ol humans as well.


Thoughts
Full blown spoilers ahead

No really, full on spoilers below. This is your last warning.





This issue is very much a case of a fact that impatient readers lament on a regular basis - to play a game of chess, you have to get the board set up correctly first. While this may just be a game that leads to another game, that "another game" being Combiner Wars, it's one that ought to be played. Plot points left dangling at the end of the Costa run, and even by the transition into All Hail Megatron, may finally get addressed. At the very least, we know what's going on with Jimmy Pink and what his motivations are for siding with that darn dastardly Spike.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
What a gang of pals.


By the end of the issue, we've got Prime and Soundwave moving into their places, Galvatron setting some of his plans into motion, and human characters doing things. That's really all I can say to that story arc so far, they're just doing stuff. It's very cool to see Prowl and his friends start their pursuit of That One Guy that probably deserves to be stomped by a 'bot boot, but something about this human plot feels like it's been inserted just to wrap up some old plot lines and lead the main characters to their Macguffin for the next trade paperback. I don't actually hope to be wrong on that, which may be part of what frames my opinion there. Earth based stories in Transformers are cool when they focus on Transformers with the humans as a sideshow, character building device, or symbolic element. This succeeds in that so far, so I can forgive simpler details on why said humans are doing what they're doing.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Counterpunch sent me a movie that started like this once


Also, for all the great stuff going on with Prowl, there are some hints that - get this - something's manipulating his mind. If that seems familiar, well, it should. We've seen that movie and we know how it ends. I'm hoping there's some fun and creative end game that these hints are going to lead to. The shades of grey that Prowl demonstrates, along with his foil in More Than Meets The Eye in Megatron, has been a great thing to witness and hopefully this creative team avoids going into full blown Cerebro-shell gimmick land this time. His interactions with Optimus Prime in the past handful of issues have been something to remember and didn't feel cheap, so here's to hoping that they don't end up that way in retrospect.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers #35 Review
Me too, little buddy


It'd be hard to give this issue any kind of "right around average" score. Scores are a bit silly anyway on totally subjective reviews such as this. While I certainly have some fears for the future after reading it, these also may be totally unfounded. The actual content is very enjoyable, and if you've been reading Robots in Disguise you can't afford to miss out on Transformers #35 simply due to the amount of set up that happens.

That said, this is part one of something bigger, and it certainly feels that way. It does its job well in that regard, but if you're looking for some pay off, this month is not the time you're going to get that satisfaction. I recommend this as part of a whole, though if you haven't been keeping up and don't intend to, this is a hard one to recommend to a casual Transformers comics reader.


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For the regular IDW reader, this shouldn't be missed




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For the occasional reader, this is just a poke above average

Optimus PRIMAL reviews Rhinox! (NEW PRIME reviews SERIES!)

Transformers News: Optimus PRIMAL reviews Rhinox! (NEW PRIME reviews SERIES!)
Date: Wednesday, November 12th 2014 12:30am CST
Categories: People News, Reviews, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): jON3.0

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Fellow Seibertronian, fan and voice actor extraordinaire, jON3.0 has posted another comedy review, and this time, Prime takes a back seat so Optimus Primal can take aim at Rhinox!
jON3.0 wrote:

Optimus Primal has taken over PRIME reviews for a fun look at Transformers Generations Rhinox!


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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #106 - McCarthyism
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