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Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 12:03AM CST

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From our friends at IDW Publishing we have the preview for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14, due in shops tomorrow. Enjoy the preview below!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith, Casey Coller (c)
FALL OF THE AUTOBOTS! The day the AUTOBOTS hoped would never arrive… is here. CYBERTRON is burning, BUMBLEBEE’s government is crumbling, and the end is near! Sides are chosen… and heroes fall.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant cover:
Variant Marcelo Matere cover!

Bullet points:
RID’s first mega-arc reaches its penultimate issue!
Secrets are revealed and answers are at hand!


Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview
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Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467283)
Posted by budmaloney on February 26th, 2013 @ 3:11am CST
Looks like it hit the fan. I can't wait to pick this up. If it wasn't for that preview I don't know how I would have made it till Wednesday.

But what I really can't wait for is MTME 14.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467302)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 26th, 2013 @ 9:03am CST
WHAT WHEELJACK?! WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?!

the suspense is killing me!
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467429)
Posted by Henry921 on February 26th, 2013 @ 5:56pm CST
Prowl's plan is just coming together. He was getting a bit predictable before... the last time he really surprised me was when he talked about Spike and "shot" Bombshell.

Barber's got a lot of long running, slow burning plot threads in here. This is but one of dozens of agendas already being foreshadowed.

Blasphemy though it might be... I think I'm enjoying this one more than MTMTE.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467457)
Posted by Sodan-1 on February 26th, 2013 @ 7:34pm CST
This is all awesome. I can barely believe this is a Transformers story.

What's slightly annoying is we've been told we're getting a figure based on Megatron's design in these comics, and now he's going to go and bloody upgrade. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467485)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 26th, 2013 @ 8:20pm CST
Henry921 wrote:Prowl's plan is just coming together. He was getting a bit predictable before... the last time he really surprised me was when he talked about Spike and "shot" Bombshell.

Barber's got a lot of long running, slow burning plot threads in here. This is but one of dozens of agendas already being foreshadowed.

Blasphemy though it might be... I think I'm enjoying this one more than MTMTE.

It's not blasphemy, I too like TID over MTMTE. It might be...nostalgia. Does Barber's writing strike you as similar to Furman's?

I much prefer LSotW over MTMTE - I think Roberts' style of writing is more suited to the TPB mini-series format.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467533)
Posted by Henry921 on February 26th, 2013 @ 9:49pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Henry921 wrote:Prowl's plan is just coming together. He was getting a bit predictable before... the last time he really surprised me was when he talked about Spike and "shot" Bombshell.

Barber's got a lot of long running, slow burning plot threads in here. This is but one of dozens of agendas already being foreshadowed.

Blasphemy though it might be... I think I'm enjoying this one more than MTMTE.

It's not blasphemy, I too like TID over MTMTE. It might be...nostalgia. Does Barber's writing strike you as similar to Furman's?

I much prefer LSotW over MTMTE - I think Roberts' style of writing is more suited to the TPB mini-series format.



Actually, it reminds me of Brad Mick/James McDonough. A lot of foreshadowing for future events in earlier issues, a lot of characters with hidden agendas that become obvious upon a second reading... Roberts may do dialogue better than anyone in the business, but Barber's plot has me intrigued and very optimistic about future issues. I also like more of his characters than the cast of MTME, as a general rule of thumb.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467541)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 26th, 2013 @ 10:02pm CST
Henry921 wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Henry921 wrote:Prowl's plan is just coming together. He was getting a bit predictable before... the last time he really surprised me was when he talked about Spike and "shot" Bombshell.

Barber's got a lot of long running, slow burning plot threads in here. This is but one of dozens of agendas already being foreshadowed.

Blasphemy though it might be... I think I'm enjoying this one more than MTMTE.

It's not blasphemy, I too like TID over MTMTE. It might be...nostalgia. Does Barber's writing strike you as similar to Furman's?

I much prefer LSotW over MTMTE - I think Roberts' style of writing is more suited to the TPB mini-series format.



Actually, it reminds me of Brad Mick/James McDonough. A lot of foreshadowing for future events in earlier issues, a lot of characters with hidden agendas that become obvious upon a second reading... Roberts may do dialogue better than anyone in the business, but Barber's plot has me intrigued and very optimistic about future issues. I also like more of his characters than the cast of MTME, as a general rule of thumb.

I never had the pleasure of reading his issues of the DW comics. I always did like what I saw, but I got into the comics after DW flopped, and didn't want to read an unfinished story. Anyway...

Looking very far forward to this issue. It's gonna be big.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467557)
Posted by Va'al on February 26th, 2013 @ 10:46pm CST
Come on, six hours six hours six hours.

Really looking forward to this one.

EDIT:
...
WHAT?
...
WHAT?!
...
WHOAH.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467673)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 27th, 2013 @ 11:46am CST
All I can say is:

:shock:
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467675)
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2013 @ 11:55am CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:All I can say is:

:shock:


I know right?!

Josh Perez on Twitter pointed out the background of RiD #4, which is also present in the panel where Prowl shoots Bombshell in the same issue: swirly-wirlies.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467705)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 27th, 2013 @ 1:17pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:All I can say is:

:shock:


I know right?!

Josh Perez on Twitter pointed out the background of RiD #4, which is also present in the panel where Prowl shoots Bombshell in the same issue: swirly-wirlies.

I just checked that issue, and I have a question: do ever actually see the wounds that Prowl's "victims" suffer? You always see it from behind. Epic foreshadowing.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467709)
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2013 @ 1:30pm CST
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1467752)
Posted by El Duque on February 27th, 2013 @ 4:25pm CST
The official Transformers facebook page has shared this week's Creator Commentary for Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14. IDW Senior Editor and writer John Barber gives us some insight into this issue's first five pages. We've mirrored the commentary below for those of you without facebook access.


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PAGE 1- The rioting Decepticons, as seen in the previous issue, are gone thanks to Metalhawk's efforts. Having introduced the character in the first year of RID, how do you think the character has changed from issue 1 to where we are now?

JOHN BARBER: Metalhawk was away from the action for most of the war. When he came back to Cybertron, back at the start of this series, he didn’t know who was who, who’d done what, or why anybody was acting like they were. He’s definitely learned the lay of the land since then, but he’s still very much an outsider in terms of really understanding the main conflict. He gets it a little more now, but he hasn’t been on the front lines like Bumblebee or the others.

As readers, I think we’ve learned more about him, and what makes him tick, a little more. At first, the idea was that we wouldn’t be able to tell if he was honest or if he had Machiavellian plans going on. Plus, as readers, we’ve been privy to all kinds of details about the Autobot/Decepticon war, and that, combined with Metalhawk’s general demeanor, kinda made him irritating. Now I think we know him a little more—we’ve seen his contradictions and his flaws and he’s a little more human… well, you know what I mean. I know some people don’t trust him yet—fans, I mean—and maybe they’re right.

Whatever the case—he can still be pretty insufferable. But he was able to get most of the population off the streets, when Starscream and Bumblebee’s efforts were fruitless.

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PAGE 2- Metalhawk reports in and Prowl’s deception from the previous issue is revealed. Events have been building up to the next few moments. When actually coming to doing the issue, were any pages like this clearly pre-though out or did they just lay themselves in any surprising ways?

JOHN BARBER: Well, everything with Prowl was planned from the outset, and his actions over the course of the series were very deliberate. I mean, everything he did had to map onto what he was pretending to do, and also what he was actually doing. If that makes sense. Like, if Prowl gave an impassioned speech to Bumblebee to keep Bee going, it had to make sense in terms of what the reader thinks Prowl was doing, not just what artist Andrew Griffith (and editor Carlos Guzman) knew he was really doing.

So, in that sense, everything had to be pretty much thought out. In terms of this scene, and the reactions of characters… Blurr is ready to believe the worst—and not without reason—but even Sideswipe has to admit he sees his point. There are little surprises here and there with how characters have grown over the series, and how they react to events. Like, when Bumblebee ordered that the Autobots open fire on Megatron when he returned—that wasn’t in the original outline, I just realized that that was what Bumblebee would do at that point. And Megatron wasn’t counting on that, either, so events had to adjust. Anyway—Andrew just does such a great job making it all sing and acting the reactions of Sideswipe and Blurr and everybody.

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PAGE 3- Dirge reveals that Prowl has been working with the recently returned Megatron for quite some time. It’s a question of what to do next. With his world collapsing around him, is the focus still going to be how Bumblebee deals with situations as a leader, even in the most dire of circumstances?

JOHN BARBER: Well, Dirge doesn’t say anything about time, or how long anything’s been going on.

Bumblebee… well, it would be nice if Bumblebee figured out what to do here, yeah.

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PAGE 4- Prowl and the Decepticons together, and Megatron requires a new body. How much design work goes into producing these Cybertronian looks for the characters? Are they made with other products in mind?

JOHN BARBER: It’s super-easy for me! I just type their names and say to make them look cool, and boom, there they are!

Seriously, Andrew Griffith knocks himself out on these. He sometimes bases the designs on existing toys or on the video game looks, but always brings a little flair to it. And other times they’re new designs entirely, like Prowl… and you’ll find out why Prowl is like that later this issue.

We don’t really have other products like toys in mind per se, but there’s a lot of back and forth between the comics and the toys, as you might have seen at Toyfair, where Hasbro revealed some new Transformers figures that tie in directly with the comics. It’s all great fun—the guys making the toys are loving what we’re doing; everybody making the comics are loving what they’re doing. It’s a fun time.

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PAGE 5- Bumblebee, Metalhawk and others are pondering about the Decepticons next move. This issue marks a huge shift in the series. Has it always been the intention to explore the facets of peace and how they affect a given society?

JOHN BARBER: Um. Yeah, this is a big change. We’ve been looking at how a society tries to stay together, and rebuild after a war. There are always questions of freedom and security and justice looming over everybody. Sometimes imagined threats, or perceived problems, can give room for bigger, real threats and problems to grow. It’s also about a society trying to change… there are always forces from within that want to stop any change from occurring.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1468543)
Posted by Down_Shift on March 2nd, 2013 @ 11:56am CST
A question. Who designed the stealth body for Megatron? Was it Don?
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1468544)
Posted by Va'al on March 2nd, 2013 @ 12:04pm CST
Down_Shift wrote:A question. Who designed the stealth body for Megatron? Was it Don?


The first story he shows up in (Heart like a Wheel, Ongoing #13) is written by Mike Costa and drawn by Nick Roche.
So unless someone else has other knowledge, I'd say it's their idea.
Re: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #14 Preview (1468573)
Posted by Down_Shift on March 2nd, 2013 @ 2:19pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Down_Shift wrote:A question. Who designed the stealth body for Megatron? Was it Don?


The first story he shows up in (Heart like a Wheel, Ongoing #13) is written by Mike Costa and drawn by Nick Roche.
So unless someone else has other knowledge, I'd say it's their idea.


I wonder if it's his original concept or if it's someone elses. Doesn't seem like a Roche design to me. But, I could be wrong.
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