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IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 6:04pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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..And Whose Army?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ONCE A DECEPTICON! DRIFT’s past comes back to haunt him, as RATCHET tries to drag him back to the Lost Light. But alone on a far-off world, DRIFT’s honor demands he stand his ground!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Pfft, honor


Story

You now, Drift - was Deadlock, but would rather not be reminded; was a Decepticon, see above; part of the Lost Light, then self-exiled; feels guilty about everything since pretty much forever, so heads off to be the Batman/Robin Hood of the galaxy. Why am I repeating this? We are not being allowed to forget what Drift's past is, nor his own guilt.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
You tell him, Ratchet


In this second issue, though, what I am left wondering is - will the retreading of Shane McCarthy's initial pitch, with the layers of characterisation given to Drift since All Hail Megatron, actually lead to something other than unspoken guilt, unreasonable bravado and a penchant for lost causes?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Even Gigatron gets it


Don't get me wrong, there are some very good interactions in the issue, and some of characters have a fair deal of personal creation and minor development - but there is a constant feeling of something still missing in a series that is promising so much to start with, and already in the middle of its run.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
Do you?


I don't mind the dialogue, though I'd like to see more of it, and I like most of the characters that McCarthy is setting up in the miniseries, from the Stone whatevers to the Micromasters (mentioned in Windblade, too), the brief return of Turmoil and the magnificence of Gigatron. But it needs more to keep us in.


Art

Now, the art is great. It was good, if not entirely apt, when the team of Guido Guidi and Steve Baskerville were working together on ReGeneration One, but it's really good in this contemporary setting - there's a sense of grit, chunky big hulks of rock in the designs of the blockier types of characters we've encountered, and that's before we even see a Stone Army.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
And faces..


Of course, the feeling of dust, dirt and stone would not be complete without the magnificently painted work of JP Bove. If the bulk of the rocky art comes from the pencils and inks, the layer of grit and sand is definitely in the colours. And it's tasty grit with crunchy bits thrown in for good measure, and great lighting as the icing on top.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
..all the faces


And Tom B. Long gives us a double-whammy this week, by showing his fingers in the fonting, lettering and sounding of the pages of McCarthy's script, and giving some gravitas to the dialogue where needed. The two covers are also quite a thing to look at, dealing with the duality of Drift's character in the main Guidi/Josh Burcham one, and his conscience in the Alex Milne/Josh Perez variant (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Much like its preceding issue, Empire of Stone is taking its time to really kickstart its proper plot, and might get on the bad side of some readers used to the tighter stories of the two current ongoings. The stories that are there don't have more than some references, but the characters' different voices ad their interactions can, for some, make up for it.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #2 Review
I am hopeful


On the visual side, we have a similar concentration of silent action sequences (and pretty good ones too) to the first issue in the miniseries, and probably something we should expect for the following two issues. Fortunately, the artistic team is magnificent at conveying the ruggedness of this side of the galaxy, and we can revel in the eye candy.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Philippines [UPDATED]

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Philippines [UPDATED]
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 5:02pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): 4Chan

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Via a now sourced series of posts from 4chan user Chobedear, we have images of an entirely unexpected Platinum edition set of G1 reissues - featuring the Insecticons, currently on sale in the Philippines with Year of the Goat Optimus Prime (a redeco of the G2 Laser Prime set)! Also of importance is the image of the three Conehead Seekers appearing on the bottom of the package for the featured set. Apparently, the G1 Insecticons are about 100 USD while the YOTG Optimus is about 155 USD. Now, what do you make of that?

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

Transformers News: Platinum Edition Reissue of G1 Insecticons and Coneheads, Year of the Goat Optimus Sighted in the Ph

BBTS Sponsor News: Avengers: Age of Ultron, DC Collectibles, Transformers, Batman, And More!

Transformers News: BBTS Sponsor News: Avengers: Age of Ultron, DC Collectibles, Transformers, Batman,  And More!
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 4:21pm CST
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): BBTS

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Holiday Sales!
-Gifts Under $50
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-Gifts Over $50
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HOT TOYS AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - 1/6 SCALE DIECAST IRON MAN MARK XLIII
The movie-accurate Mark XLIII Collectible Figure is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I.
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HOT TOYS 1/4TH SCALE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - LITTLE GROOT
Now Hot Toys is excited to present one of the cutest 1/4th scale collectible you’ll ever see - Little Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy! The movie-accurate Little Groot Collectible features 3 interchangeable head sculpts, special paint application to reflect his distinctive appearance, and movable arms and body to recreate Little Groot’s dancing scene. It is listed at $44.99.
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NEW DC COLLECTIBLES
Two new statues, Wonder Woman ver. 3 and Superman: The Man of Steel by John Romita Jr., are now up for pre-order along with the DC Comics Mother Box Prop Replica.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17709


BATMAN THE ANIMATAED SERIES - BATMAN V2, BATGIRL, PENGUIN, RIDDLER
4 new figures from the popular Batman cartoon are now available for pre-order. They are listed at $21.99 each, $3 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... llectibles


THE HOBBIT 1/6 SCALE TAURIEL
This figure features a realistic likeness of Tauriel from the film, over 36 points of articulation, 3 pairs of interchangeable hands, armor and weapons. The first run with also include Tauriel's huntress dagger. She is listed at $184.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... smus%201/6


THE AVENGERS 2 MARVEL SELECT FIGURE - THOR
This figure features Thor from the upcoming Avengers film. It is listed at $22.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


JAY & SILENT BOB SELECT FIGURES
Bluntman, Chronic and C-Knocker are now available for pre-order. Each is listed at $22.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... b%20select


NEW DIAMOND SELECT
Including the items above, a Wolverine 8" retro figure set, Sin City Minimates series 3, Batman 1966 logo cookie jar, Cthulhu Vinyl Bank and Marvel Green Goblin bottle opener have been listed.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17723


NEW EAGLEMOSS: MARVEL/DC CHESS, BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA, STAR TREK STARSHIPS
The next bunch of issues have been listed in these popular lines.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17730


TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE PREMIUM SCALE 15" FIGURE
Bumblebee is fully posable with over 65 points of articulation, including fingers, and comes with interchange right arm and light-up cannon. This figure is listed at $379.99, $10 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


FT-04T / FT-04X SCORIA - IRON DIBOTS NO. 1
The FT-04T paint best matches the vintage toy color scheme while the FT-04X paint complements the MP-08X. FT-04T is listed at $199.99 and FT-04X at $224.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... rch=scoria


STAR WARS MOVIE REALIZATION - SAMURAI DARTH VADER
Samurai Darth Vader will stand at 7 inches tall and includes a Lightsaber hilt, a fully extended Lightsaber, interchangeable hands and feature over 15 points of articulation. He is listed at $109.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


STAR WARS SANTA CRUZ SKATE DECKS
A bunch of new skateboard decks featuring your favorite Star Wars characters are now available for pre-order.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... gory=10386


TMNT LEONARDO ON DEFEATED MOUSER LE STATUE
This statue of the eldest brother of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stands 12 inches tall. It is listed at $189.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


SHURIKEN SENTAI NINNINGER FIGURES AND MECHA
The red, blue and yellow rangers for this new line are now available along with three new mechas: DX Paomaru, DX Shurikenjin and DX UFOmaru.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... gory=10385


INVADER ZIM GIR ON PIG STATUE
This incredible new 9" statue features the Standard Issue Information Retrieval unit Gir riding one of his many beloved pigs! It is listed at $69.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


THREEZERO ROBOCOP 3.0 1/6 SCALE FIGURE
This fully articulated, highly detailed figure stands at 12.5” tall and features highly detailed mechanical design and an LED light-up feature. Is is listed at $214.99, $15 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20robocop


DC Comics Stuff Animals
An assortment of super-hero stuffed animals and items are now available for pre-order.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... %20stuffed


DC COMICS & MARVEL BOYS/GIRLS UNDEROOS
These new underoos feature super hero designs from characters such as Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Spider-Man. These are listed at $19.99 each.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... h=underoos




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NEW ARRIVALS
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TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS DELUXE - ARCEE & CHROMIA
We finally have these two long awaited figures in stock! Set and singles are available.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... eluxe%2005


BBTS SHARED EXCLUSIVE DINOBOTS UNLEASHED FIVE PACK PLATINUM ED.
This set includes the five figures Grimlock, Slog, Strafe, Scorn and Dinobot Slug. It is listed at $119.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS - VOYAGER/DELUXE/LEGENDS
The first figures for the Combiner Wars line are now in stock! Cases, sets and singles are available.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ner%20wars


TRANSFORMERS ROBOT IN DISGUISE
Hyper Change Heroes, Legion, One Step Changers, Tiny Titans, Titan Heroes and Warriors are now in stock!
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=3589


DRAGONBALL Z: S.H. FIGUARTS - BROLY
Broly comes in at approximately 7.5 inches high, appropriately taller than other S.H.Figuarts Dragon Ball characters. His overwhelming power and muscular build are captured with meticulous sculpting detail. He is listed at $67.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... 20Figuarts


DC BOMBSHELLS - HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY EDITION
This statue features Harley Quinn in a green and red colorway and stands nearly 10" tall. It is listed at $99, $25 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


NEW DC COLLECTIBLES ARRIVALS
8 new statues have arrived including DC Bombshells Zatanna, Batman: Arkham Asylum Poison Ivy, Superman & Wonder Woman "The Kiss" Mini Statue Holiday Edition and Batman Black And White by Michael Turner.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17737


ALIENS - XENOMORPH QUEEN
The terrifying Xenomorph Queen is based on her appearance in the 1986 Aliens film.
She stands over 15" tall and is over 30" long, with over 30 points of articulation, including a spectacular poseable tail. She is listed at $94.99, $25 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


DC BISHOUJO BATGIRL STATUE
Batgirl is constructed of high-quality pvc plastic and stands approximately 9 inches tall (in an increased 1/7 scale for DC X Bishoujo statues) with the exclusive Gotham City gargoyle base. She is listed at $49.99, $10 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


BISHOUJO HORROR MISS JASON
This Bishoujo statue is sure to make a big impression with her great looks and blood pool base. Jason stands just over 8 inches tall (1/7 scale) making for a screamingly cool display on her own, and she looks even better with the matching Freddy Bishoujo! She is listed at $64.99, $5 off MSRP.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


NEW KOTOBUKIYA ARRIVALS
Other new arrivals from Kotobukiya include, Superman and Green Arrow(New 52 Versions), 1/10 Scale Han solo & Chewbacca, and the Shiro and Saber ani statues.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17716


S.H. FIGUARTS - ZERO FIGURE TAMASHII EXCLUSIVE
Joining S. H. Figuarts from the Mega Man Zero series comes the protagonist himself, Zero! S.H.Figuarts Zero comes with an array of iconic weapon accessories from the series. This figure is listed at $50.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


SUPER ROBOT CHOGOKIN MAZINGER Z RE-ISSUE
In response to popular demand Tamashii Nations is proud to announce a limited re-issue of the Super Robot Chogokin Mazinger Z. This is listed at $34.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


KAMEN RIDER - S.H. FIGUARTS MASKED RIDER NEW 1 & NEW CYCLONE
S.H.Figuarts Masked Rider (New 1) and New Cyclone are the perfect set for fans of Kamen Rider. Cyclone’s detailing around the headlamps defer from the coloring of the first version and Kamen Rider is also presented in the new-color version. This set is listed at $68.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


NEW BANDAI ARRIVALS
In addition to the items above, new figures and items from Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon and Gundam are now available.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/list.aspx?list=17744


GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ACTION HERO VIGNETTE - BABY GROOT
Baby Groot is done in 1/9 scale and is pre-painted. He is accurately colored and textured to movie likeness. This is listed at $84.99.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 3:55pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian

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The Transformers Robots in Disguise 2015 galleries keep rolling along with a couple new figures that we have not seen a whole lot of. Our new high quality gallery inductees include 3-Step Hyperchange Bumblebee and Grimlock. These Hyperchange toys are much larger that stand at 8 to 10 inches tall and as the packaging suggests, transforms in 3 steps. When you are done checking out these guys, you can also check out our galleries of the Robots in Disguise 2015 Legion class toys. Click on any of the below images to see the full galleries and stay tuned right here at Seibertron.com for more Robots in Disguise 2015 galleries as well as many more Transformers galleries to come.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Grimlock

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee


Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Galleries: Robots In Disguise 3-Step Hyperchange Grimlock and Bumblebee

New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 1:18pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): shajaki

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Fellow seibertronian Shajaki has informed us of new photos featuring the Toysrus exclusive Legendary Temenos Sword.

This item is an upgrade for AD 31 Armour Knight Optimus Prime and is featured as a shopping incentive.

The images have been mirrored below

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers News: New Photots of Exclusive Temenos Sword

Transformers Generations Arcee instock at Amazon.com

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Arcee instock at Amazon.com
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 9:41am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: mooncake623 | Credit(s): Amazon.com

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Missed out on Arcee at Hasbro Toy Shop yesterday? Fear not Amazon has her in-stock right now as of 10:39 AM eastern time for $16.99! Get her now before she's gone and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Arcee instock at Amazon.com

Transformers Collectors' Club Magazine #60 Now Arriving, Plus Photo Contest

Transformers News: Transformers Collectors' Club Magazine #60 Now Arriving, Plus Photo Contest
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 9:12am CST
Category: Collector's Club News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFCC, ScottyP

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Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com member ScottyP, we can confirm that the 60th issue of the Transformers Collectors' Club magazine - of which we reported the cover a while back - is now arriving to those who subscribed! Check out below a brief rundown of its contents.

- Small mention in the inside front cover that they're doing a contest. They're looking for the best photo and art pieces depicting the stuff in Sub Service 2. The deadline is in two days and you have to email pete@botcon.com to enter. First I'd heard of it! Prize is an un-named past Botcon exclusive.

- Part two of "Get off my lawn", er, I mean, the G2 unreleased stuff retrospective concludes.

- Comic for the year concludes.

- Two page write up about the Aligned continuity.

- Four comic pages to tie it up. These hint at some future toy reveals without actually revealing anything.


We will not spoil the comic enjoyment for readers who still have to get their hands on the magazine, but make sure to come back to the Energon Pub to discuss this when you do!

3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed

Transformers News: 3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 9:07am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Emerje

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High End collectables company 3A has revealed their upcoming Bumblebee figure.

This is a non transforming figure based on Bumblebee's appearance in Dark of the Moon and measures 5 inches tall (38.1 cm) and 12 inches wide (30.5 cm) at the elbows. Unlike the similar looking Prime 1 statue, this figure is super poseable with 65 points of articulation, including his fingers, as well as a removable right arm that can be replaced with a light-up canon. He also features light up chest and eyes. This licensed non tansforming figure will retail for US$390.00 and will be released in second quarter 2015.

Images of this upcoming figure are mirrored below.

Transformers News: 3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed

Transformers News: 3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed

Transformers News: 3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed

Transformers News: 3A DOTM Bumblebee figure revealed

Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Arriving in Rest of EU Market

Transformers News: Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Arriving in Rest of EU Market
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 7:57am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Starblight.de

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Fellow Transformers fan from Germany, StarblightSkylynx, has notified us of an update on the arrival of the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars to the rest of Europe and there is good news for non-UK fans: it appears Toys'R'Us has confirmed, at least for Germany, the arrival of the line will happen sometime late December and early January - but what does this mean for the US market? Will the figures arrive at general retail soon too? If your German is up to scratch, head here to read more.

I stopped by to let you know, that Hasbro and Toysrus confirmed that the Combiner Wars toyline began shipping to the stores in Germany. They also said, that we can expect the toys on shelves late December/ early January.

It is possible, that German neighbours (Belgium, Netherlands, France, etc) will see them on shelves at the same time.

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 7:39am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Timey Wimey Stuff
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
OUTLAWS! Before the war, Orion Pax was part of the Establishment—until a friend opened his eyes to the truth behind the lies and he vowed to overthrow the system. Now, it seems as if his newfound enemies are willing to go to any lengths to see him dead—even if it means waiting four million years...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Yup, definitely enemies (?)


Story

You will probably remember what happened all the way back during the 2009-11 ongoing series, in particular the Chaos Theory arc that James Roberts co-wrote. You might also have in mind the continuation of that story in Shadowplay, the Shockwave/Orion Pax arc during the first season of MTMTE. If you do not, you probably want to brush up for issue 36, as Elegant Chaos continues the pre-war story.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Oh, and all of that, too


Though not exactly as we might all remember it so far (strange choice of words, I know, but you've seen what's been happening in MTMTE so fa r, right? The trousers of time have many legs, and several are unravelling at the same time). Time travel only muddles plotlines, by its own nature, and this issue is not exception.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Realimus


Which, unfortunately, finds itself to come to standstill in the overall trajectory of the series post-Dark Cybertron. Don't get me wrong, the issue is a great read, fantastic interactions, good dialogue, characters and Whirl. Especially Whirl, in both his present and present-in-the-past situations, along with some amusing time-paradox musings.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
WHIRLMAS


But it doesn't really do much else, sadly. It reinforces old situations and concepts; it has a smirk-inducing conversation between two key players which is really a one-sided admission and reflection; it sets the stage, but only that smidge more than the last two-three issues, for Elegant Chaos. And I wanted it to do more.


Art

As far as unintentional bottle episodes happen, however, the art brought to the issue by Alex Milne is a joy to behold - especially in its cranked up expressivity in both facial and body language, including some of the least likely to be able to do so (looking at you Whirl). On top of that, action sequences are magnificently laid out, with a proliferation of double-spreads and panels spanning multiple pages.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Whirl is BOOOOOOOOREEEEEEDDDD


Which are obviously but enhanced by Joana Lafuente's gorgeous colour approach, already from the very first panel of the very first page. And it just gets better from there, really, adding action to action, emotion to emotion, decoration to interiors, atmosphere to planets and making everything look just so good.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
I mean


Tom B. Long and his lettering are not to be underestimated, either - and the title of the issue, and the arc, are an example of the font magic that man can do. The subtle sounds around the scene are also cleverly worked in, and never intrusive, but definitely still there. In terms of covers, we've seen the Alex Milne/Josh Perez Anniversary piece already, and the main one with juiced up Roller - check out the thumbnail for the moody Nick Roche/Burcham Orion Pax variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, the issue is not a bad read, a bad comic or a bad piece of writing. It just did not do what other issues playing around with time, or indeed, arcs in the Functionist plotlines have done previously, such as the wonderful Shadowplay. That is not to say that we may very well see this all play out fantastically as of next month or the forthcoming issues in general.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #36 Review
Roberts, you there?


From an artistic perspective, though, the book dazzles and deals a dizzying delight - not only because of some wonderfully executed double-spread pages, colours and composition, but as a general aid to extricate the intricacies of the potentially convoluted plot. Here's to you, visual storytelling. Make sure you track down a paper copy of this one.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #106 - McCarthyism
Twincast / Podcast #106:
"McCarthyism"
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Posted: Thursday, December 4th, 2014