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Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6
Date: Wednesday, December 14th 2016 11:29am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Previews World

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In even more comics news, we have the subscription variant cover for the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One #6, due out in a couple of weeks from IDW Publishing (short preview here). The image, from Previews World, is mirrored below though we have no indication as to who the authors are - check it out!

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Nominated for Best of 2016 Sci-Fi Comic

Transformers News: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Nominated for Best of 2016 Sci-Fi Comic
Date: Wednesday, December 14th 2016 11:24am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Contests
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Comics Alliance

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It's a comics busy week, for IDW Publishing and its Transformers books! Comics and entertainment website Comics Alliance - who can always afford more exclusives than us - have Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye nominated in their Best of 2016, Sci-Fi category, alongside big hitters like Saga, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye and Bitch Planet. What say you, TFandom? Time to roll out? Check out the full voting page here!

Transformers News: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Nominated for Best of 2016 Sci-Fi Comic

Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
Date: Wednesday, December 14th 2016 4:01am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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Citizen Prime
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
REVOLUTION is over—but the danger to Earth is just beginning. As OPTIMUS PRIME pulls Earth into the larger universe, he’s painted a target on Earth… and a new alien incursion begins when a corkscrew shaped craft drills into our world!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
Here we go again


Story

What do we have here? A new title from John 'Continuity' Barber? Look at it this way: Revolution is over, Reconstruction is starting, corporate is backing out slightly just for a little bit, and it's time to patch up what's left of crossover events. Enter the same cast, a different title, and a lot of clashing personalities. Welcome back to Earth.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
The Status Quo


Barber has a penchant, has always had it, to play with story from an entry point. This series is probably the most promisingly enabling of that, with Optimus Prime being narrator and thread, as his personal story bleeds into his formation and current situation, shaping and being shaped by the context and the players around him.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
Flashbaaaaaacks


This is true for the flashbacks, in which we see his young idealist law-enforcer self. This is true for when we switch back to the current events, where those ideals are a little shakier, and other people are more likely to call him out on things, from Pyra Magna (more of her please), to Soundwave, and even to his older allies.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
Enemies, too


For a reader who's followed RID, Transformers, all the crossovers and events, and even before all that, back to earlier stories with red-blue-bot, some of this may feel familiar, sure. But it's an excellent first issue that doesn't compromise its jumping on point in any way. It has enough new stuff to keep regulars in, and enough grounding to bring new audiences along too. That's a win-win for me.

Art

Kei Zama's work on the pages is something to behold. It's not often that an excellent cover artist is also a truly great interior artist, and when it happens, they deserve all the praise they can get. One of the interviews about her cited a number of heavy influences, from Marvel G2 to 2000AD, but I also see some James Raiz in more TF-friendly terms, and it's definitely her own take on sequential narrative, with bold inks and shading to boot.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
LOUD DYNAMIC LINES


And if the lines are gritty, and bold, and heavy without crushing the page, Josh Burcham crushes the work with some of the best colours he's produced in his career. If you thought Sins of the Wreckers was good, this goes in a different, even better direction altogether, and the two styles work oh so very well.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
By contrast, simple and effective


With the old style coming back, and a lot of new faces, Tom B. Long has a lot on his lettering plate, but do we really have any doubts that he can make it work, even with new art and busy panels? Not at all. The flow is great, the captions fit, and nothing is sacrificed. Plus, IDW got Paul Pope (with Lovern Kindzierski) to do a variant cover. Sara Pitre Durocher tags the shiz out of graffiti art, regulars Casey Coller, Joana Lafuente, Andrew Griffith are still magnificent, and the Sonny Liew and Tim King are great additions/banes to completists. Nice touch on the UK-variant Zama cover too, with David Garcia Cruz on colours.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

We know this by now: Roberts and the MTMTE Lost Light team work best with the fandom they created, Barber and his rotating titles and teams are in charge of the core mythology, lore, and backbone storylines for the IDW verse. Optimus Prime, in this first issue is very similar to the early RID books I loved so much - internal narration devices included - and yes, while full of stuff, leads directly from the general reader that bought Revolution.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #1
..but what about the fun, then?


If this is what Reconstruction is going to bring, I'm quite happy to cautiously join in for the ride, and for one, accept our benevolent diplomatic if ego-inflated robotic overlords. And if they look this good doing it, thanks to Zama and Burcham, it's definitely going to be a swish ride for a little while at least, despite the criss-crossing plotlines that the editorial team will have to keep track of (thanks, synergy - we will achieve Total Brand Awareness).

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

IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 14th 2016 2:31am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Kurona | Credit(s): IDW, Kurona

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The Old Man's Back Again

Somewhat-spoilery review for Lost Light #1. A little spoilery. Spoiler-ish.



Synopsis


Five years ago, Rodimus and a collection of traumatised, lovelorn and/or sarcastic Autobots set off on a quest to find Cyberutopia. So far, they've made a right hash of it. They've misplaced their map. They've lost their ship, the Lost Light, to a mutinous escapologist. Oh, and they're dead.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review


Story


Well guys, it's been a painful few months with only Fort Max's Titans Return cross-sell and the Scavengers' little mini-issue to tide us over, but finally we're back! Rodimus, Megatron, Ultra Magnus, Ratchet, Drift, Nautica, some dead bodies, a legislator and a whole slew of new and returning characters! The main story! A bunch of lonely losers gallivanting around the galaxy who barely ever transform or fight but we still love for some reason!

Yes, we're finally back to the main focus after that nail-biting cliffhanger at the end of #55 from... Primus above, July. It has been a long time. As more and more details about its continuation came out with each one decidedly confusing us - why the re-branding? They're dead? Why did Rodimus get replaced with his Shattered Glass toy? Who's this new 'Anode' character, why are they partnered with Hosehead's Headmaster and what gender are they? - we finally get all the answers.
Well, most of them.
We know Anode's a girl, at least.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review


Talking of Anode, she takes up quite a bit of the issue; stepping into the newcomer-for-the-benefit-of-the-reader's-experience role. She's fun, obviously has a lot to her than she's letting on, and is delightfully quirky with a number of one-liners to drop here and there. Her partner, Lug - who, as noted, some might remember as being Hosehead's headmaster in the original G1 toyline and Marvel comics but bears no such role here - plays the straight man were they a comedy duo, but don't fret, they're not simply comic relief. That's as much as I'll say about them though; you'll have to read the issue for the rest. I'm such a tease. But make no mistake, after just a single issue, I'm in love with them.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review


That's quite a lot about Anode and her not-Headmaster companion, but there's no need to worry - the old Lost Light crew most certainly wrestle the spotlight from them soon enough.
And in a series built around them, it shouldn't surprise you to know that there's a lot of great character moments this issue. The whole gang gets their time to shine with laughs and berating and mourning their companions, but the ones who stands out in particular are Megatron and new addition Terminus; their long-standing intrigue taking center stage. In simply a few panels you really get the feeling this is going to be one of the most interesting dynamics of the book, but all the fuss over the newcomers does not come without an important homage to those lost.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review


The whole gauntlet of emotional expression is represented excellently partly through aid of a beautiful, elegant flow - one never feels as if one scene stops too soon or goes on longer than it should; nor does one feel the transitions are too jarring. The pacing is just as on-point as it's always been.

This issue is largely a breather and recollection of what happened before we get going again. A pit stop, if you will - but with some new faces among your usual crew of mechanics. As expected, this is very character-driven - not a whole lot moves forward in terms of plot, aside from some very spoilery stuff at the end. And I'll remind you this isn't a very spoilery review, just spoiler-ish.


Art


If you've been following Lost Light news for the past few months, you might have heard tell of the new art duties - Alex Milne is still aboard, but his duties in the art department are now shared with newcomer Jack Lawrence. And it's this issue he makes his debut; both with the comic itself and with the main cover. How does he do?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review


Well, a better job than Drift. In all seriousness, he's a perfect fit. He manages to bring his own unique flare and style to the issue, yet at the same time it still has that... special feel MTMTE did. That sort of balance between simplicity and complexity that allows for fantastic variety and emotional expression; that balance that allows us to believe these are still giant space robots who turn into cars yet are fluid and human in their motions and activity. There's also one scene in particular that's... rather breathtaking, but it's also very spoilery. And since this is once again, just a spoiler-ish review, I'll simply say the page after Drift & Anode ;)


Final Thoughts


If there's one particularly good way to sum this issue up... it's by calling it MTMTE #58. Or #59 if you count the Scavengers' little Revolution adventure. It's the perfect continuation of MTMTE and has everything you could want in there with nothing feeling off or awkward or like someone's lost their touch; with only a new art direction perhaps being a tad distracting (though in a delightfully good way; Lawrence expertly captures the simplicity yet complexity of both design and character)... but that wonderful positive is also the issue's biggest negative - and it's something pretty important that needs to be addressed.

It's not called MTMTE #58/#59. It's called Lost Light #1.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review
Remember this?


This is seemingly through no fault of any of the creative team; as best as I can tell it's a re-branding mandate from someone up high. But no matter the reasons why, the fact is this is an Issue #1 and hence has a responsibility to be a decent jumping-on point for new readers. And were I a new reader? I would be extremely confused. Putting a lot of the issue behind a newcomer's eyes (Anode) helps a lot, but you still feel really lost. Magnus' short explanation of the prior events is hardly enough.

And clearly the Lost Light team felt the same way because there's a massive 5-page summary of the entire MTMTE series after the main comic story. Yeah, this isn't something I mentioned in the review, but it's there and it's huge and it REALLY gives off a vibe of "we didn't want to be an issue #1 but this is here if this is your first issue". For a returning reader this is a good refresher of what happened and helps you catch up in case you forgot anything - though with one notable error; the main villain of Dark Cybertron was apparently D-void, who knew? - but for a new reader I get the feeling it'd be an overwhelming turn-off.

However... this is my only big criticism of the book. It's still the comic, story and characters we know and love (with a few new wonderful additions). It's still arguably the best Transformers comic to have ever been. It's still MTMTE. But because of that last bit, it's not something new readers should start with.

Basically? If you want to continue MTMTE, read this comic; it's wonderful and still the same comic you know and love. If you're a new reader? ... start with MTMTE #1. Then MTMTE #2. Then the rest of the series. If you start here, it's going to be just a little confusing and overwhelming.

Final Score:

.:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: 1/2 out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1 Review

IDW Till All Are One #6 Sneak Peek

Transformers News: IDW Till All Are One #6 Sneak Peek
Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 5:18pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): iTunes

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iTunes have provided us with a sneak peak at Till All Are One #6, as we rejoin the zombie titan battle, with Metroplex down, Knock out upset over some scratched paint, and Sparkstalker and Lightbright making a run for it. Check it out below!

A wave of undead TITANS has touched down on CYBERTRON! Even with the help of the massive METROPLEX, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM can only hold them off for so long. They need help from Elita-1—and they’re going to get it whether she agrees or not. The fate of CYBERTRON depends on it!


Transformers News: IDW Till All Are One #6 Sneak Peak

Transformers News: IDW Till All Are One #6 Sneak Peak

Transformers News: IDW Till All Are One #6 Sneak Peak

Interview with John Barber and Kei Zama on IDW Optimus Prime Series

Transformers News: Interview with John Barber and Kei Zama on IDW Optimus Prime Series
Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 1:53pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Comicosity

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From comics and entertainment site Comicosity, we have another interview with creators John Barber and Kei Zama about their upcoming (i.e. tomorrow) first book together: Optimus Prime #1! Part of the post-Revolution phase in the IDWverse, Reconstruction, you can find out more about the book below and here, check out the full preview here, and read our review once the book is released.

AL: Based on the cover I can assume Optimus won’t be alone in this series. Can you discuss who will be working with and/or against him in the series?

JB: There’s a big supporting cast. He’s still got a team on Earth—Soundwave is at his side, and we really see what’s going on psychologically betweem them in issue 3. Optimus blackmailed Soundwave to join him back before Revolution, but Soundwave has essentially come over to Optimus’ side pretty completely. How strong the bond is, how deep the trust between Autobot and Decepticon can be, is a big question. There’s a flashback story going on through the first six issues that goes back to Pre-War Cybertron, and we see how Soundwave and Optimus (then called Orion Pax) first met… and how deep the trust and mistrust goes.

Arcee is on Optimus’ side, but she’s a little wary of what he’s doing. She’s been around a long time, and she’s seen a lot of stuff happen, and is worried about Optimus overstepping the boundaries of right and wrong; but she’s really struggling to see if there is a real boundary between those things.

Pyra Magna, who leads the team that combines into Victorion, is becoming more hostile toward Optimus—and really, with good reason. She’s a strong believer in the Primes, and in the meaning of the Matrix of Leadership, which Optimus holds but doesn’t believe is a holy object. Pyra thinks she should have the Matrix, and is disturbed by Optimus’ attitude toward it.

Plus we’ve got some other favorites, Aileron (who’s a new character we introduced in the Transformers series and who had a key role in Revolution), Jetfire, Sky Lynx, Jazz. And a new G.I. Joe team featuring some surprising characters will be on-scene in the first story. Plus, Thundercracker and his dog Buster are still out there somewhere.

One of the big new additions, though, are the Colonist Soldiers—these are Transformers from Cybertron’s colony worlds who are fiercely loyal to Optimus Prime, who see him as a True Prime, a sort of space messiah figure. They’ll follow him anywhere… and Pyra Magna, in particular, is disturbed by that.

[..]

AL: Kei, you’re working with one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture with Optimus Prime. From a design perspective, can you discuss what elements of Prime’s look you are tweaking to make the design your own?

Kei Zama: I’m so honored to be able to draw him. At the same time, I’m feeling pressure to draw a character that’s everyone’s hero.

I’m always trying to draw him to look “heavy.”

In actuality he has big heavy metal body but on top of that he has struggled from pre-war to the current era and is now carrying the future of the Earth and universe—I don’t express him emotionally so much, but try to give just a glimpse of his hidden emotions and aggression.

And I try to draw him as a warrior. Not just with Optimus Prime, though—I usually add many scratches, bullet wounds, and rust on everyone’s body.

AL: Can you discuss the process of giving each Transformer a visual personality? Is it a challenge at times to infuse them with emotion considering facial limitations or vehicle modes, etc.?

KZ: I always think it’s difficult to express their emotions on their face, because head-parts or helmets often cover their features. Then I’m trying to express by gesture and lights/shadows/shadings, not only facial expressions.

I don’t think about alt-modes deeply. Instead of alt-mode, I try to add various personality on the robot mode. In Japan, a lot of robot characters are often drawn handsome or cool. I feel that’s boring, so I try to draw their appearance in various ways. For example, the colonists that entered in Optimus Prime #1 each have an individualistic design. There’s a cute boy, bad looking guy, tough girl, etc. Especially Gimlet, who’s my favorite!

Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB
Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 12:28pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Lost Light and Optimus Prime are not the only number 1 books to come out this week from IDW's Transformers output - the first volume of Transformers: Till All Are One is also hitting retail, in digital and print format, tomorrow, collecting the first four issues of the new ongoing series from Mairghread Scott and Sara Pitre Durocher. Check out the preview provided below!

Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
Starscream rules Cybertron. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream's secret police keep increasing the tension, destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. Collects issues #1–4.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-808-3

Bullet points:
“Till All Are One (has) the character of a novel or a prime time television series.” –Weekly Comic Book Review


Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB

Transformers News: Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 1 TPB


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Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1
Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 3:12am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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The new week brings us two fresh starts (more or less) in the IDW Transformers universe! Right here, we have the full preview of the highly anticipated continuation of the More Than Meets the Eye saga: Lost Light #1. Check it out below, join the discussion in the Energon Pub, and look out for our review after its release!

Transformers: Lost Light #1
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
Five years ago, Rodimus and a collection of traumatised, lovelorn and/or sarcastic Autobots set off on a quest to find Cyberutopia. So far, they've made a right hash of it. They've misplaced their map. They've lost their ship, the Lost Light, to a mutinous escapologist. Oh, and they're dead.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Bullet points:
The crew from MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE might be dead, but the LOST LIGHT lives on!
Incredible artist Jack Lawrence (Skylanders, Micronauts) makes his Transformers debut with returning writer James Roberts (Transformers: MTMTE)!
Variant covers by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Sonny Liew, and Paul Pope!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #1

Bad Wolf Comics Variant Cover for Lost Light #1 Revealed

Transformers News: Bad Wolf Comics Variant Cover for Lost Light #1 Revealed
Date: Monday, December 12th 2016 11:08am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Bad Wolf Comics

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We continue on with this weeks comics news with the reveal of the first ever variant cover for Bad Wolf Comics in the form of a cover for Lost Light #1! The cover features Rodimus and Megatron, with the art done by Sajad Shah and coloring done by Juan Fernandez. You can check out the variant cover below, and remember to stay tuned for our Seibertron.com review of Lost Light #1, coming this Wednesday!

Transformers: Lost Light #1 is the first ever variant for Bad Wolf Comics. This cover features art by Sajad Shah and colors by Juan Fernandez


Transformers News: Bad Wolf Comics Variant Cover for Lost Light #1 Revealed

Alternate IDW Transformers #56 Cover Shown Off

Transformers News: Alternate IDW Transformers #56 Cover Shown Off
Date: Monday, December 12th 2016 11:01am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Josh Burcham @twitter

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Thanks to Josh Burcham on Twitter, we have a look at an alternate coloring for one of the Transformers #56 covers, originally drawn by Kei Zama. The original cover features a much grittier look at Optimus Prime and Soundwave that current IDW Optimus Prime ongoing artist Zama will be using, while the alternate coloration features a cleaner yet darker coloration. You can check out the original cover first followed by the alternate one below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below! And stay tuned: Optimus Prime #1 drops this week, so be prepared for our Seibertron.com review!

Transformers News: Alternate IDW Optimus Prime #1 Cover Revealed

Transformers News: Alternate IDW Optimus Prime #1 Cover Revealed

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