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Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One

Transformers News: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One

Monday, March 10th, 2014 10:56AM CDT

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Thanks to IDW's Chris Ryall we have a sneak peek at the first page of their upcoming Transformers: Windblade mini-series. The series takes place in the aftermath of the Dark Cybertron event and focuses on Hasbro's Fan Built Bot poll character Windblade, written by Mairghread Scott and drawn by Sarah Stone. Check out the first page mirrored below:

Some proof that Sarah Stone (‏@fayren)’s Windblade is gonna be beautiful series. Issue one page one art and colors by Stone.


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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556411)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 11:11am CDT
:shock: That... That... That... That... (*slaps face*) That has to be the single most beautiful piece of Transformers artwork ever produced in the whole span of all 30 years from 1984 to today! Sarah Stone should be given a slaggin' medal for just that art piece alone! Why, make her become the official permanent artist for all things Transformers from here on out and we'll likely never have to worry about bad artwork ever again! :KREMZEEK:
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556415)
Posted by Banjo-Tron on March 10th, 2014 @ 11:19am CDT
Sabrblade wrote::shock: That... That... That... That... (*slaps face*) That has to be the single most beautiful piece of Transformers artwork ever produced in the whole span of all 30 years from 1984 to today! Sarah Stone should be given a slaggin' medal for just that art piece alone! Why, make her become the official permanent artist for all things Transformers from here on out and we'll likely never have to worry about bad artwork ever again! :KREMZEEK:

Are you being sarcastic, based on what's been said before on this thread?

I do really like it though, reminds me of Möbius for some reason. Looking good.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556418)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 11:24am CDT
Banjo-Tron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote::shock: That... That... That... That... (*slaps face*) That has to be the single most beautiful piece of Transformers artwork ever produced in the whole span of all 30 years from 1984 to today! Sarah Stone should be given a slaggin' medal for just that art piece alone! Why, make her become the official permanent artist for all things Transformers from here on out and we'll likely never have to worry about bad artwork ever again! :KREMZEEK:

Are you being sarcastic, based on what's been said before on this thread?

I do really like it though, reminds me of Möbius for some reason. Looking good.
Does this look like I'm sarcastic?

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This artwork is drop. Dead! GORGEOUS! I cannot praise any further since no amount of praise could even begin to hope to do it justice! =P~
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556421)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 10th, 2014 @ 11:32am CDT
I'm with Sabrblade on this one. Artwork is goddamn gorgeous! :grin:
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556436)
Posted by Noideaforaname on March 10th, 2014 @ 12:06pm CDT
Wallpaper. NOW.

I wish the actual toy's jet mode looked like that, with all the red and "face paint." Though looking at the toy again it does look like the VTOLs can actually swivel down like that, which is really awesome.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556447)
Posted by Dead Metal on March 10th, 2014 @ 12:38pm CDT
:APPLAUSE:
That is a beautiful page, the colours just pop and I love the transformation scene starting in the top establishing panel, crossing over from the panel into the negative space, moving between negative space and the border-less panel and then ending in the border-less panel.

I love it and it shows that someone knows her page layout and shots. :x
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556459)
Posted by zodconvoy on March 10th, 2014 @ 1:34pm CDT
El Duque wrote:Image


That is gorgeous! Some of the best, most fluid Transformer art I have ever seen. Looking forward to this book.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556460)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 10th, 2014 @ 1:39pm CDT
I really Realy like the artwork for this, as it goes against the other styles present in the ongoing series. The one thing honestly though is it feels a bit odd, like game concept art, at least in the first panel of the skyline.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556498)
Posted by kirbenvost on March 10th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
Hot damn, that is some beautiful artwork! While I don't want to lose the Roche/Milne combo (and man do I miss E.J. Su), I'd love to see Sarah Stone guest in the main series.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556501)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 10th, 2014 @ 3:30pm CDT
Looks good. Still don't like the face.
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Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on March 10th, 2014 @ 5:21pm CDT
This is the first time ever in Transformers history that we have a female Autobot that can convert to a jet. (Beast Wars Metals Airazor doesn't count.) Awesome. I'm looking forward to this comic and character. This artwork is very powerful.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556533)
Posted by Va'al on March 10th, 2014 @ 5:23pm CDT
I'll add my voice to all the others: that does look really really good! :D

I feel like there may be some sort of Fiona Staples influence, especially in how the background is rendered compared to the foreground. :-?

But yes, very much looking forward to this next month!
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556536)
Posted by padfoo on March 10th, 2014 @ 5:30pm CDT
zodconvoy wrote:
El Duque wrote:Image


That is gorgeous! Some of the best, most fluid Transformer art I have ever seen. Looking forward to this book.

Looks good, has a very distinct rendered look to it, almost reminds me of Transformers animated!
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1556538)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2014 @ 5:38pm CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:This is the first time ever in Transformers history that we have a female Autobot that can convert to a jet. (Beast Wars Metals Airazor doesn't count.)
What about Armada Airazor?

Or Animated Kappa Supreme (technically a starship, but still an aircraft)?
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557501)
Posted by daningotham on March 14th, 2014 @ 8:11am CDT
Really looking forward to this. I like the part in the article where she said it's a good jumping on point for new readers as Windblade will be learning what is going on at the same time as new readers. This is the first month I will be reading Transformers comics again in years, so hopefully it helps me understand things better.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557644)
Posted by Va'al on March 14th, 2014 @ 6:39pm CDT
Thanks to comics and entertainment website Newsarama.com, we get an early look at the first two pages of the upcoming first installment of the four-issue mini-series Windblade! We've seen bits of this before, but check out the images below for the lettered, final version of Sarah Stone and Mairghread Scott's opening sequence to the fan-built character and her discovery of Cybertron.

Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
WHO IS WINDBLADE? In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from—and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS? A powerful new chapter in the TRANSFORMERS saga begins here!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- WINDBLADE takes CYBERTRON by storm!
-Winner of the FAN BUILD BOT POLL—in which fans voted to create an all-new TRANSFORMERS CHARACTER!
- Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
- Learn the secret history of WINDBLADE, CHROMIA, and NAUTICA!
- Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557651)
Posted by Noideaforaname on March 14th, 2014 @ 7:00pm CDT
I NEED a toy of Starscream with that exact expression!
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557653)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on March 14th, 2014 @ 7:08pm CDT
oh yeah i need toys of these fembots.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557654)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 14th, 2014 @ 7:08pm CDT
That artwork.

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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557657)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 14th, 2014 @ 7:16pm CDT
Man Starscream's such a dick XD Honestly though, that's the way I like him characterized.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557661)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 14th, 2014 @ 7:40pm CDT
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But yeah, I'd like to see deluxes of all the female transformers, including flamewar. I know we have a slipstream but Id like to see a unique version.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557673)
Posted by T-Macksimus on March 14th, 2014 @ 9:20pm CDT
Going to take a bit of getting used to but I'm willing to give it a shot. I know some folks are kind of disgruntled about this Fan poll Character getting a comic but I'll support the effort especially since I took so much crap from people for defending Drift way back when it was announced he'd get a figure after only a few comic appearances. Besides, anything that supports the efforts of women in the comics industry is way cool with me.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557693)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 15th, 2014 @ 12:06am CDT
Optimizzy wrote:Image

This sums up my thoughts exactly!

Starscream looks good. I wish the toy pulled off that look, but it doesn't.

I dig the art. It's...almost, maybe, a little, kinda on the cutesy side, but It's just so vibrant, like really nice water color.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557706)
Posted by Henry921 on March 15th, 2014 @ 3:57am CDT
This art style suits Windblade really well. And Starscream's smirk certainly looks very solid.

I'd be impressed if I weren't so determined to be indifferent. >:oP
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557708)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 15th, 2014 @ 4:06am CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Optimizzy wrote:Image

This sums up my thoughts exactly!

Starscream looks good. I wish the toy pulled off that look, but it doesn't.

I dig the art. It's...almost, maybe, a little, kinda on the cutesy side, but It's just so vibrant, like really nice water color.


I have to agree about the art. Well...more specifically about Chromia and Windblade. Stone's art is gorgeous, especially the opening sunrise and inside Metroplex. But the two 'bots are drawn to look so YOUNG....almost like anime characters- Minerva comes to mind. Yet, Starscream is drawn with a very formidable look- moreso than in the current ongoings. I much preferred the more mature looks of Windblade, Chromia and Nautica in their first appearances in the IDW-verse a few issues back (RiD #25, and MTME #26).
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557732)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 15th, 2014 @ 10:38am CDT
Bounti76 wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Optimizzy wrote:Image

This sums up my thoughts exactly!

Starscream looks good. I wish the toy pulled off that look, but it doesn't.

I dig the art. It's...almost, maybe, a little, kinda on the cutesy side, but It's just so vibrant, like really nice water color.


I have to agree about the art. Well...more specifically about Chromia and Windblade. Stone's art is gorgeous, especially the opening sunrise and inside Metroplex. But the two 'bots are drawn to look so YOUNG....almost like anime characters- Minerva comes to mind. Yet, Starscream is drawn with a very formidable look- moreso than in the current ongoings. I much preferred the more mature looks of Windblade, Chromia and Nautica in their first appearances in the IDW-verse a few issues back (RiD #25, and MTME #26).

Yes, YOUNG is exactly how I feel. But I think it works in terms of conveying the sense that this is all so new to Windblade and Chromia; although they may have been around for who knows how long, it's the youth of a new experience.

But I just can't get over how much I like Screamer's look. I keep thinking Tom Hiddleston's Loki.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557744)
Posted by Va'al on March 15th, 2014 @ 12:18pm CDT
Thanks to IDW Publishing and artist Sarah Stone, we get a look at both the official cover and clean artwork for the third issue in the Windblade mini-series! Check both of them out below.

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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557745)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 15th, 2014 @ 1:17pm CDT
Best. Transformers artist. Ever. :x :x :x
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557746)
Posted by Banjo-Tron on March 15th, 2014 @ 1:23pm CDT
Damn. This looks like futurist concept art. It doesn't look like Transformers, it looks better.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557751)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 15th, 2014 @ 2:17pm CDT
BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557759)
Posted by Dead Metal on March 15th, 2014 @ 2:48pm CDT
The cover is awesome. The interior art is very good, but there are a few things I'm not too hot about. Like the overly cutsy expressions and Starscream.
the colours are fantastic though.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557766)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on March 15th, 2014 @ 3:21pm CDT
This is a bit sad and scary at the same time. :evil: It looks like this colorful comic may have a dark and evil plot, since I see Starscream in Windblade's eyes. :twisted:
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557797)
Posted by Darth Zax on March 15th, 2014 @ 6:44pm CDT
I really like the art.
My guess is she will have some kind of love/hate relationship and maybe show some understanding towards Starscream's point of view.
Ha, she could be the comic version of a Transformers fangirl, although i believe the writers have something else planned for her.
Can't wait to pick up this comic and see.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557800)
Posted by Burn on March 15th, 2014 @ 6:59pm CDT
Guess I'm one of the minority who isn't impressed so far with the art.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557804)
Posted by Convoy on March 15th, 2014 @ 7:15pm CDT
I'm not sure why they decided to flip the picture in the final version. A little surprised Stone was responsible for the cover. Only a little surprised! That woman can draw.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557806)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 15th, 2014 @ 7:19pm CDT
I'm in love? So kawaiiii :x

Btw, izzat Starscream on her optics?
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557807)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 15th, 2014 @ 7:23pm CDT
Burn wrote:Guess I'm one of the minority who isn't impressed so far with the art.

Shun the non-believer! Sssshhhhhuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557810)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 15th, 2014 @ 7:55pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Burn wrote:Guess I'm one of the minority who isn't impressed so far with the art.

Shun the non-believer! Sssshhhhhuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn...


But our current science is incapable of shunning Burn.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557819)
Posted by MagnusLabel on March 15th, 2014 @ 8:28pm CDT
Burn wrote:Guess I'm one of the minority who isn't impressed so far with the art.

(high five) I need to bleach my brain and block the images with my ad blocker after looking images of Wing-B***h (I mean, the bot) accidentally every time.
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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557822)
Posted by MegaDump on March 15th, 2014 @ 8:44pm CDT
MagnusLabel wrote:
Burn wrote:Guess I'm one of the minority who isn't impressed so far with the art.

(high five) I need to breach my brain and block the images with my ad blocker after looking images of Wing-B***h (I mean, the bot) accidentally every time.
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I agree, if only to invite further argument! I object to the TF-Prime-ification of GEEWUN-continuity faces, as depicted here. RUINED FOREVER!
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557823)
Posted by Mindmaster on March 15th, 2014 @ 8:47pm CDT
Alright fellas, let's not devolve this thread into yet another hate-fest over Windblade (and new things in Transformers in general)...
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557824)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 15th, 2014 @ 8:49pm CDT
MegaDump wrote:I agree, if only to invite further argument! I object to the TF-Prime-ification of GEEWUN-continuity faces, as depicted here. RUINED FOREVER!
Windblade has a nose. Your arguement in invalid. :P
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557830)
Posted by padfoo on March 15th, 2014 @ 9:31pm CDT
Beautiful cover, has a very 90,s anime look.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 15th, 2014 @ 9:33pm CDT
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Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557837)
Posted by Burn on March 15th, 2014 @ 10:17pm CDT
I think I'm just going to stop posting MY opinions on this site. >:oP
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557853)
Posted by MegaDump on March 16th, 2014 @ 3:47am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
MegaDump wrote:I agree, if only to invite further argument! I object to the TF-Prime-ification of GEEWUN-continuity faces, as depicted here. RUINED FOREVER!
Windblade has a nose. Your arguement in invalid. :P


YES! OUTMANEUVERED USING MY OWN LOGIC! BRAVO, SIR!
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557854)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 16th, 2014 @ 4:25am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Image


Hah, I had forgotten that sh** comic existed. Is that guy still alive?

Also: I agree on the point of Chromia not having a nose, I really don't like that. Not that she needs a nose, she's a robot, but still it just kinda looks off to me. I don't really see how it looks like anime, but I'm not really digging the art-style (yeah, I said I liked it before when the first page was posted, but we didn't really see any detail in that). I guess I just like my robots to look like robots, and not people wearing costumes.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557855)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 16th, 2014 @ 4:29am CDT
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:Also: I agree on the point of Chromia not having a nose, I really don't like that. Not that she needs a nose, she's a robot, but still it just kinda looks off to me. I don't really see how it looks like anime, but I'm not really digging the art-style (yeah, I said I liked it before when the first page was posted, but we didn't really see any detail in that). I guess I just like my robots to look like robots, and not people wearing costumes.
Then again, we don't quite have that good a look at her face in these pics, so maybe later pages could have her face looking more expressively normal, nose and all.

After all, didn't she have a nose visible in Dark Cybertron?
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557857)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on March 16th, 2014 @ 4:36am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:Also: I agree on the point of Chromia not having a nose, I really don't like that. Not that she needs a nose, she's a robot, but still it just kinda looks off to me. I don't really see how it looks like anime, but I'm not really digging the art-style (yeah, I said I liked it before when the first page was posted, but we didn't really see any detail in that). I guess I just like my robots to look like robots, and not people wearing costumes.
Then again, we don't quite have that good a look at her face in these pics, so maybe later pages could have her face looking more expressively normal, nose and all.

After all, didn't she have a nose visible in Dark Cybertron?



True enough. I hope they go with that. Though there are a couple of good looks at her profile view, and that shot with her and Rattrap. If the nose is not being drawn "just because" then, well it's hard to say that the artist is being lazy given the amount of care and detail with everything else, but that's really all that springs to mind is lazyness. I dunno, maybe I'm just *trying* to find things I don't like about it with the nose thing, but something just feels off with it I guess.
Re: Sneak Peek: Transformers: Windblade Page One (1557862)
Posted by Sodan-1 on March 16th, 2014 @ 5:13am CDT
It's quite the striking cover. I like it.

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