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Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:20 pm

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Thanks to iTunes, we have a 3 page preview for the upcoming Transformers #3 comic! The 3 pages that we get to view for the new issue, which is scheduled to be out next Wednesday, feature Megatron putting together a new security team for his Ascenticon meetings, which includes Elita-1, Skytread (yep, poor Flywheels), Refraktor (poor Reflector!) and Quake. We also get some talk amongst our main Autobot/police officer cast, as they deliberate what to do with the whole situation regarding the deceased character (whose name is mentioned, so avoid reading if you haven't read #1 yet!) and the bombings.

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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby crazyfist » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:34 pm

Ascenticons sounds like the Offendicons to me... he he...
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Decepticon Stryker » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:01 pm

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Hope this means a new Elita-1 figure. Also, has she ever been a Decepticon as Elita? I know in Animated she was one while being Blackarachnia.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby steve2275 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:47 pm

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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Latebrus-K » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:35 am

Latebrus-K wrote:Looks like the next issue of IDW’s series continues to be a siege bonanza, this time with “Skytread”, “Refraktor”, and... Elita One? Going off her “collar”, she seems to be a virtual retool of siege Chromia. Disappointing for scaling with Optimus - and her head looks pretty off - but sure beats the PotP jet-hulk.
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Threw this up on the siege thread already, but figured it should go here too. Maybe IDW revealed another toy early?
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby sol magnus » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:50 pm

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Still trying to figure out Pax's relationship to the "cops" being that he's an Autobot and Senator.

Prowl's got the receipts (as usual).

Nice "scaling" in the sub-panel on page one.

Will be getting this.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby ScottyP » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:27 am

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Latebrus-K wrote:
Latebrus-K wrote:Looks like the next issue of IDW’s series continues to be a siege bonanza, this time with “Skytread”, “Refraktor”, and... Elita One? Going off her “collar”, she seems to be a virtual retool of siege Chromia. Disappointing for scaling with Optimus - and her head looks pretty off - but sure beats the PotP jet-hulk.
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Threw this up on the siege thread already, but figured it should go here too. Maybe IDW revealed another toy early?
I just assumed it was the artist's interpretation of PotP Elita.

Seriously though by the time you see the fourth page you'll stop assuming everyone in here is getting a toy ;)
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5 Page Preview from IDW Transformers #3 featuring Froid

Postby william-james88 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:35 am

Thanks to IDW, we have a 5 page preview for the upcoming Transformers #3 comic! The 5 pages that we get to view for the new issue, which is scheduled to be out tomorrow (Wednesday), feature Megatron putting together a new security team for his Ascenticon meetings, which includes Elita-1, Skytread, Refraktor and Quake. We also see a James Roberts' Froid. This shows that there are definitely elements from the previous IDW universe bleeing into this one.

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Re: 5 Page Preview from IDW Transformers #3 featuring Froid

Postby sol magnus » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:33 pm

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william-james88 wrote:Thanks to IDW, we have a 5 page preview for the upcoming Transformers #3 comic! The 5 pages that we get to view for the new issue, which is scheduled to be out tomorrow (Wednesday), feature Megatron putting together a new security team for his Ascenticon meetings, which includes Elita-1, Skytread, Refraktor and Quake. We also see a James Roberts' Froid. This shows that there are definitely elements from the previous IDW universe bleeing into this one.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Don't see it.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Bounti76 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:22 pm

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Hope we'll find out why Elita One is a proto-Decepticon....
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby LE0KING » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:25 pm

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Wow, in the midst of all the blocks and right angles that make up the siege designs, Froid's Idw curves stand out like a sore thumb.

Sigh, I miss Alex Milne's designs.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Wireless_Phantom » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:58 pm

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Here's hoping we get a toy of that Elita 1 design because it looks great
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Lore Keeper » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:18 pm

Wireless_Phantom wrote:Here's hoping we get a toy of that Elita 1 design because it looks great

Pfft! Here's hoping we get a Froid toy! :-P
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:24 pm

Wireless_Phantom wrote:Here's hoping we get a toy of that Elita 1 design because it looks great

looking at her gauntlets and colour scheme, pretty sure this is based on the toy we already have.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:52 pm

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Man, this right here makes it even harder to believe that this isn’t somehow tied up with the past IDW stories.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Ironhidensh » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:24 am

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Am I the only who is having trouble adapting do the new Siege inspired designs? I'm used to Comic characters having a rather unique look, and seeing them based 9n the current hotline is jarring to me. It actually takes me out of the story.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Coptur » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:59 am

I actually quite like the art and it's nice to see Reflector ;)

But this looks like its more of the same from IDW so i won't be investing in it. I would've like another company take the reigns on Tranformers.

Happy for others to enjoy it though.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby ricemazter » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:31 am

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Ironhidensh wrote:Am I the only who is having trouble adapting do the new Siege inspired designs? I'm used to Comic characters having a rather unique look, and seeing them based 9n the current hotline is jarring to me. It actually takes me out of the story.


It really is weird and distracting. Using the toy designs this way creates this uncanny effect that makes each character look the same and indistinct. The problem, I think, is the shoulders and torso mostly. A lot of transformers toys have to have square shoulders and torsos because they're, well, toys. For the art, it makes a lot of the characters have really similar silhouettes. When the art further needs to be less developed in general to compensate for the abridged schedule (lots of shots where characters are colored silhouettes with lines through them), the effect is compounded.

The flashback shots with Quake were the worst offenders because there wasn't any color, removing another way to tell characters apart.

I want to add a caveat to my criticism that this isn't the artist's fault. There are a lot of vistas in this series I quite like. This was a boneheaded decision that happened in the planning process for the book that no one though about enough.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Randomhero » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:25 am

ricemazter wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:Am I the only who is having trouble adapting do the new Siege inspired designs? I'm used to Comic characters having a rather unique look, and seeing them based 9n the current hotline is jarring to me. It actually takes me out of the story.


It really is weird and distracting. Using the toy designs this way creates this uncanny effect that makes each character look the same and indistinct. The problem, I think, is the shoulders and torso mostly. A lot of transformers toys have to have square shoulders and torsos because they're, well, toys. For the art, it makes a lot of the characters have really similar silhouettes. When the art further needs to be less developed in general to compensate for the abridged schedule (lots of shots where characters are colored silhouettes with lines through them), the effect is compounded.

The flashback shots with Quake were the worst offenders because there wasn't any color, removing another way to tell characters apart.

I want to add a caveat to my criticism that this isn't the artist's fault. There are a lot of vistas in this series I quite like. This was a boneheaded decision that happened in the planning process for the book that no one though about enough.



It’s a style and nothing new. A lot of colorists do it. Josh Burcham did it through his entire run of MTMTE and Optimus Prime with big group shots and crowds. It dates back to the 60s and before.

Also what backing do you have to your claim that it was a “bonehead decision that happening in the planning process for the book that no one thought through” as you say? It’s the colorist’s style
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby AllNewSuperRobot » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:20 am

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Yeah, I've dropped the book. As others have said, there is nothing new here and throwing in IDW characters like Froid just adds to that issue. Worse than that, it is simply boring in it's predictability.

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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby william-james88 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:47 am

I will admit, I am very close to dropping the book. It's just not doing it for me. It's very dull and just as with Barber's Optimus Prime the pacing is super slow and drains all the fun. Plus, not a fan of the art and ultra heavy outlines against the background.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby ScottyP » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:39 am

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Did not have time for a full review yet (later today/tonight, probably) but I'm of two minds on it. The first handful of pages were engaging and the last few with Optimus were the right level of atmospheric/mysterious. Everything in between those wasn't objectively bad, sure, but it was just kinda boring. Boredom ain't good.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby AllNewSuperRobot » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:54 am

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ScottyP wrote:Boredom ain't good.



Indeed. When you are trying to sell a new series, that isn't a feeling you should be giving your audience. Three issues in, G1 had Spider-Man, Infiltration was ramping up to an imminent confrontation, RiD had explosions and intrigue, and even MTMTE had a protracted chase issue with a Sparkeater. This book has an unremarkable off-panel death with zero stakes, largely off-panel protests/riots and far too much exposition dumping.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby Stormshot_Prime » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:54 am

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Is it me or is OP in this continuity really abrasive and short-tempered? I’m sure that can be chalked up to his pre-prime status but let’s hope they don’t make him too much of an unlikeable hardass.
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Re: IDW Transformers #3 Discussion Thread

Postby AllNewSuperRobot » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:57 am

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Stormshot_Prime wrote:Is it me or is OP in this continuity really abrasive and short-tempered? I’m sure that can be chalked up to his pre-prime status but let’s hope they don’t make him too much of an unlikeable hardass.


I thought there were only three characterisations for Prime: Maudlin, God-Bot and hypocritical prick/jerk >:oP
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