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Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby Omegatrion84 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:00 pm

Greetings all. Today we have a 3 page preview for the IDW Transformers Valentines Day Special one-shot issue! It is set to be released on Wednesday, February 12th for $3.99 U.S. The book follows super nerd, Glyph and underground boxer, Tap-Out (the two characters to grace the cover) as they look to expand their horizons by seeking new career challenges. Glyph is looking to study xenolinguistics and xenorelations beyond her mundane analytics work and Tap-Out's boxing career seems to be... well... going down the tubes. He's clearly not talking enough about fight club. Will they be able to help each other or crash and burn?

If you are not familiar with Glyph or Tap-Out that would not be surprising as these two characters are a little obscure. Both got their starts in the Botcon 3H comics and later appeared in Fun Publications comics when they took over Botcon in 2005.

From IDW Publishing, the creators include Patrick Ehlers (Author) Kate Leth (Author) Cohen Edenfield (Author) Jack Lawrence (Artist) Sara Pitre-Durocher (Artist) and Jack Lawrence (Cover Artist).


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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby Flashwave » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:53 pm

Motto: "Our society's downfall will not be this war. The war IS our society. That which will get us will be the little things. Some humanoid race, some tossed cannon, the little things that no one looks out for. THAT is for what we must be vigilant."
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby zodconvoy » Fri Feb 07, 2020 5:59 am

Motto: "Freedom is the right to KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!"
Seems very... MTMTE/Lost Light. After reading Marvel's G1, G2, Dreamwave, and all of the IDW offerings, the new reboot was so boring I finally dropped it. This is nice. I'll actually pick it up.
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby TulioDude » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:18 am

Motto: "Never doubt the awesomess."
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This is cute!
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby snavej » Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:28 pm

:BANG_HEAD: :-( :SICK: :(
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby ScottyP » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:13 am

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Review forthcoming later this evening. I know we've been light on them, lack of a dedicated person for em's been tough!

In short though, this is fun and harmless and I liked the backup story more than the Glyph/Tap-Out one.
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Review of IDW Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby ScottyP » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:46 pm

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Like a Box of Chocolate
A Review of Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Spoiler Free-ish
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You're not The Rock

Just in time for a bizarre holiday comes an offbeat entry into the newest Transformers comic book continuity in the form of this week's Transformers Valentine's Day Special. Historical lovebirds Glyph and Tap-Out make their first impressions in almost two decades while Cosmos and Blast-Off provide a back-up story to round out the issue, with love definitely in the air for the former and Gears definitely in the air for the latter pairing.

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Still unsure if he's training at 10x gravity

Patrick Ehlers writes the first story within this one-shot special, with art by Jack Lawrence and colors by one or both of Josh Burcham and Sara Pitre-Durocher. It's a pretty compressed read that manages to linger for a page or so too long on its exposition, but for a continuity that's been a little light on explaining itself in meaningful ways this could be a welcome adjustment. The setup works pretty well, though this is a romance story and a bit more flirtation in the early dialogue would have been a welcome sight.

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Oh yes, the battle mask comes out

While true for every review to some extent, the romance element present for this Special makes this one a bit more difficult to phrase objectively. Romance is a fickle emotion and anyone that's ever felt it towards someone else can tell you what clicks for some doesn't click for others. Speaking for myself and at least one other staff member, we found the execution here bland with scripting that couldn't quite live up to Lawrence's visual storytelling through body language. A little too much punching and kicking is called for though part of the story is trying to get a point across that communication comes in many different forms, so in that regard it succeeds to a degree. While your mileage may vary on how romantic you feel after this one but I can at least say the overall structure of the short narrative here is on fine footing, conveying its message simply but effectively.

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Yeah the review's late but no one pressured me to finish it faster!

A short back-up story rounds out the issue's content, with longtime Transformers comic book artist Sara Pitre-Durocher making her writing debutĀ as well as still handling (presumably, the credits aren't broken up) all of the art duties for a four-page montage featuring Cosmos and Blast-Off. This worked better for me on the romance angle, perhaps because she captures the early, extra exciting and new phase of getting to know someone very well. There's an element of expectation established and just enough content to keep you guessing on exactly what could happen later. Want to ship these ships? Go for it. Want it to all end in tears? You've probably got an argument there as well, but that might just be me thinking about how things went the last time Blast-Off was "romantically" involved with another character in the previous continuity.

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So he did land on Planet Namek after training or...?

As previously mentioned, Jack Lawrence makes a triumphant return to Transformers comic books in this issue and puts on a show with smart action sequences as bookends to subtler moments where body language tells quite the tale. He creates quite the swoon-worthy rendition of Tap-Out in one panel as well, at least I think he might have as someone that doesn't swoon over robots in that way. Josh Burcham handles the colors for this section, probably, and chooses distinctive palettes for each setting that help give them more character and definition. The block-colored background bots in the opening pages were almost definitely an artistic choice, but they didn't quite work to hook me in - wouldn't Apeface have been that way as well if it's for why I think it was? Pitre-Durocher's output makes the most of its space with sequential work that helps convey the jumping around of a montage scene, aided in part by the lettering work of Jake M. Wood. The editorial group of David Mariotte, Tom Waltz and Riley Farmer round out the interior credits for the issue and I would like to humbly ask them to split the credits for the main and back-up stories in the future.

Jack Lawrence and Priscilla Tramontano deliver the "A" cover for this one that you've probably seen several times by now but it always deserves some repeat use, such as in this review's news story thumbnail. If your local retailer bought 10 copies or more, you may have the option to buy a retailer incentive cover featuring Cosmos, with its art by Sara Pitre-Durocher. As always, you can also find all the cover images, full credits for the issue and a list of all the characters that appear in the book through our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers: Valentine's Day Special, but do note a great deal of those character appearances are one-panel cameos!

Verdict
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That's precisely why we're here!

It's tough to be too harsh on this comic because it has a purposefully limited scope and does its job pretty well within the confines of it. While some of the dialogue between Tap-Out and Glyph felt a little stiff, there's still a tidy story to be found with plenty of excellent artwork. Cosmos and Blast-Off steal the show here in four pages that ooze with charm and despite the length it's probably worth picking this up just for the back-up strip itself. Transformers can be used to tell all kinds of stories so more like this would be plenty welcome to me.

Final Score
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out of
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:58 pm

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While the main story was a bit bland, there was something about the Cosmos/Blastoff short that made me feel for those 2. It was cute and I really enjoyed seeing a little story like this about 2 lonely space bots.

It was fun, that little story, I wish more of this continuity was like this.

Also, I am now starting to like Gears because i find it funny he keeps floating away
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Re: Transformers Valentine's Day Special

Postby Flashwave » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:31 pm

Motto: "Our society's downfall will not be this war. The war IS our society. That which will get us will be the little things. Some humanoid race, some tossed cannon, the little things that no one looks out for. THAT is for what we must be vigilant."
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I enjoyed the comic. Once again, the Spotlight one offs are better than the main story. I know its not gonna happen, but I want a Selects Tap Out. I do however feel the comic was held down a bit by the Monster Montage, it felt like more telling than showing, even though I'm not sure you could have done that any differently better.

Cosmos and Blast Off felt like a forced ship, but I like what they did with it. Being stuck alone in Space is very much the both of their characters and its cool that they got to bond over it. And it was nice to see the "met online" relationship shown over the traditional old school dating like the first story. Part of me would like to see what happens to the two of them after the fighting starts and they end up on opposite sides
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