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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:01 am

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william-james88 wrote:And yeah, the only thing it really references is Grant Morrison's new X-Men which is great because that's the last time such pure and deep sci fi notions were explored.
Picked up the big hardback omnibus of this, through roughly ten issues or so. Just finished up Germ Free Generation and the silent issue. Story's good, I like the tight casting. The art is pretty bad if I'm honest, the layouts are fine but the details, eh, not so great. Still cool to get some additional context on Genosha.

These ten issues have also done way more than the Bold New Era. Heard it suggested that the Netflix series is supposed to tie in and that's why we're moving at a snail's pace. I really hope this isn't true, it makes the current product suffer and multimedia tie-ins rarely age well.

Some of the art is notoriously atrocious, one artist was drawing 3 issues a month. But did you find it all bad? The first few issues are by Quitely who is rather revered. Both he and Morrison have wirked a lot together and their work is covered in the class Va'al used to teach.
Art in the first few issues was mostly good, it was mainly Cyclops' face that bugs me. Is lumpy the right word? He looked lumpy. The layouts and sequential work were stellar regardless, no complaints there.

Read the Xorn focused issue (127) yesterday where John Paul Leon did pencils with Sienkiewicz on inks and some of those pages were really really nice to look at, that last page especially.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby william-james88 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:00 pm

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Read the Xorn focused issue (127) yesterday where John Paul Leon did pencils with Sienkiewicz on inks and some of those pages were really really nice to look at, that last page especially.


Oh man, I absolutely LOVE that art. It was such a breath of fresh air while i was reading that run the first time. It's not your typical art, but it works. And yes, I feel the same about Quitely's Cyclops. I find his Emma frost costume also odd, I feel Van Sciver makes it work better (his art was probably the most traditional of the bunch).
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:55 am

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The lack of discussion here tells me skipping the review for issue 13 while I was on vacation was the right call. Loved the Milne art and what he added to some of the characters just through the visuals. Not sure about this Springer yet, we'll see where it goes. I would hate to have to follow Roche's take on Springer so maybe just sticking to G1 there is the way to go.
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IDW Transformers Issue 14 Sneak Peek

Postby Bounti76 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:50 pm

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Thanks to the Twitter account of IDW Manager and Creative Director Tom Waltz we bring to you a sneak preview of Transformers #14! Due out on November 6th, this brief handful of panels ratchets up the action (pun intended) and introduces a character into this continuity who had some brief panel time in the last few issues of the previous IDWverse, and was something of a fan favorite in previous media.

The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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This issue features story by Brian Ruckley, and art by Anna Malkova and Beth McGuire-Smith. Does this whet your appetite for the coming issue? Let us know what you think of this preview, and if you'll be picking this up two weeks from now.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby TulioDude » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:10 pm

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Strongarm is hanging out with Sideswipe suppose to be a reference to the RID 2015 cartoon?
They are using Shadow Striker form Cyberverse?
I just wish the series was more its own thing,instead of being a variation of G1.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby ZeroWolf » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:31 am

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I think they're just borrowing shadow strikers design as an Easter egg as they called her Kaskade (unless that was her original name)
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Transformers Issue 14 Three Page Preview And New Galaxies Incentive Cover by Andrew Griffith

Postby Bounti76 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:38 pm

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Now that the rebooted IDW Transformers series is starting to rev up action, it promises to be an exciting read. Coming to you from iTunes, we have a three page preview, due out on November 6th.

The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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We also have word of a new retailer incentive cover done by artist Andrew Griffith for the Transformers: Galaxies series of "Spotlight" style arcs, featuring everyone's favorite lean, green, building machines, the Constructicons! Feast your eyes on this below, before you pick up your copy on October 30th.

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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:53 pm

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ZeroWolf wrote:I think they're just borrowing shadow strikers design as an Easter egg as they called her Kaskade (unless that was her original name)

Shadowstriker appeared based on her Cyberverse design. Kaskade is an entirely new character
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IDW Transformers #14 Review

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:38 pm

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Now shipping monthly! The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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After a bit of a hiatus, we return to you with a review for the just released IDW Transformers #14, part of the Bold New Era. And as for how that Bold New Era is doing, keep reading below! And for more information on this issue, you can check out our database entry!

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There is a light that never goes out


So far, the Bold New Era has been heavy on the dialogue, but not so heavy on the story or intrigue. If anything, that has been the weakness of the Bold New Era to date, not a lot happening for the page space. The story has been slow going, and every time we get something that seems intriguing, it stalls out.

But after the Rubble of issue 5 and the return of Sentinel Prime to Cybertron, it seems the story might finally be making some ground. While it still wasn't very deep, there was some excitement to the story, it felt like there were more risks and consequences. We also learned some things about a few characters and also got to see some new ones. Motivations that were seemingly not there or unclear have focused in some, and we got some more character development, though we still don't really have many highly intriguing characters.

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Pictured: a new character and one existing character sorely needing some fiction


I liked the inclusion of Starscream in this issue, and he proved to be a welcome addition, bringing to the table some of the traits described in the paragraph above. I also think it was important for Orion Pax to be entirely absent and Megatron to only briefly show up. Both characters are very important Transformers characters, but so far have proven to be more attention vacuums than intriguing characters. It was good to have a good sized cast represented here without them with a chance to shine on their own, and Starscream, Soundwave, and to a lesser extent Sideswipe, Kup, Landmine, and Geomotus.

On another note, the inclusion of Strongarm alongside Sideswipe in this issue is a continued sign of the thing I so far like most in this comic: the variety of the characters showing up. Sure it has a lot of G1/Siege going on, but non-G1 characters showing up and referencing things outside of previous G1 stories is refreshing. I enjoy inclusions such as this, and want a little bit more of those characters and story too. The comic has showed a cast with variety, it just needs to flex that diversity a bit more.

Art

Art for this issue is split between Anna Malkova and Bethany Mcguire-Smith on lines, Joana Lafuente on colors, and Tom B. Long on letters. The art for the series so far has been a bit loose and all over the place in terms of quality, but outside of issue 13, I feel this is the best comic issue in terms of artistic consistency. While there were some questionable shapes thrown during this issue (Nautica being a primary offender compared to her prior appearances), the art overall was good quality, the two line artists had similar styles that allowed for a smooth transition between the artists, and the facial expressions were very well done in this issue.

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He knows he's in one of the best panels of the comic so far


The colors matched up with the line art pretty dang good as well, giving you a good sense of what time it is on Cybertron, and it also helped give the book some depth, showing shadows and sun glistening off of the lined surfaces. It was very pleasing to look at. The glowing optics were also a highlight in terms of colors.

The lettering is once more of good quality, and helps compliment the art while not getting in the way. I also enjoyed the word effects for all the different types of action happening throughout the issue, it helped augment the lines and colors of the different panels.

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Overall, I would argue that this is the best overall chapter of the Bold New Era so far. We had a good first issue that helped set things up, but after that, there haven't been many highlights, and the ones that have happened have had a bit too much dead space between them to truly have a impact. If issue 14 had come earlier, such as being issue 8 instead of 14, I feel like the story would be progressing better and more coherently. The story needs better pacing and some more intrigue to it. We don't necessarily need to be told everything, let stuff happen in the background. Speech and walking heads can get in the way.

On those notes, issue 14 seems to be a step in the right direction. No real depth, nothing really to pick up with a 2nd read, but it was intriguing, it had some depth to it, and it made you want to actually read through it again. If we can actually keep this tempo up, the story will progress and we will start having some more depth and more enjoyment for the readers.

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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:12 am

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Very fair review, good stuff D Max!

If I put this issue in a vaccuum it was pretty entertaining. Overall it isn't in a vaccuum though, so my confusion on why this is all happening to this degree dampens the experience. This is turning into Char's Counterattack where the motivations are all explained but the actions based on them take such a leap that I have a hard time believing the characters.

Also still find the dialogue too stiff and not character driven, for the most part. The Nautica, Prowl and Road Rage scene would be an exception where that was done better.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby Rodimus Prime » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:36 pm

I like the art. Crisp colors and lively panels, unlike Galaxies. Why is it that I can't get a book where both the art and story are good? Why does it have to be one or the other? My opinion only, of course.

I pretty much gave up on this book, but I still read the reviews out of morbid curiosity. Maybe eventually it'll pick up.
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New Retailer Incentive Covers Revealed For IDW Transformers #15, Galaxies #3 and #4

Postby ZeroWolf » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:09 pm

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Greetings Seibertronians! For all of you following IDWs reboot of Transformers and it's spin off, Galaxies, we have new images of the Retailer Incentive covers for Transformers ongoing issue #15, Transformers: Galaxies #3 and #4! The images come from comics website Previewsworld.

Transformers #15 RI Cover by Luca Pizzari

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Transformers: Galaxies #3 RI Cover by Angel Hernandez

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Transformers: Galaxies #4 RI Cover by Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou

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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby Big Grim » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:04 am

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I've stuck with the ongoing this long but it's really starting to test me. I'd like something to happen please.

Strangely the 2 issues of Galaxies thus far I've enjoyed. Interested to see where that's going, unlike the ongoing.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:58 am

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Big Grim wrote:I've stuck with the ongoing this long but it's really starting to test me. I'd like something to happen please.

Strangely the 2 issues of Galaxies thus far I've enjoyed. Interested to see where that's going, unlike the ongoing.
Not strange at all! Galaxies has Transformers doing Transformers things, has a tight cast, is developing its characters and has some great hooks (no pun intended) for its plot which has just enough layers and connections to the outside universe to be intriguing.

The ongoing has robots cosplaying as Transformers speaking in platitudes while walking up and down stairs. Sometimes they shoot at one another now.
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Re: IDW Transformers Version 2.0 "A Bold New Era" Ongoing Discussion

Postby Big Grim » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:36 am

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ScottyP wrote:Not strange at all! Galaxies has Transformers doing Transformers things, has a tight cast, is developing its characters and has some great hooks (no pun intended) for its plot which has just enough layers and connections to the outside universe to be intriguing.

The ongoing has robots cosplaying as Transformers speaking in platitudes while walking up and down stairs. Sometimes they shoot at one another now.

Wow. You are bang on the money mate! The ongoing is boring with extra helpings of dull.

We're getting interesting character development of the Constructicons AND Insecticons and we're only 2 issues in.
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