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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby SW's SilverHammer » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:53 am

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Wait is Ramondelli doing windblade as well? I like him more than most here, but I really adored everything about sarah stone's work.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Va'al » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:59 am

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SW's SilverHammer wrote:Wait is Ramondelli doing windblade as well? I like him more than most here, but I really adored everything about sarah stone's work.


Stone is doing Windblade #1 and #3, Ramondelli all the other issues in CW (including Windblade #2). It's a matter of deadlines and speed of production, I'm told. ;)
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby SW's SilverHammer » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:27 am

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SW's SilverHammer wrote:Wait is Ramondelli doing windblade as well? I like him more than most here, but I really adored everything about sarah stone's work.


Stone is doing Windblade #1 and #3, Ramondelli all the other issues in CW (including Windblade #2). It's a matter of deadlines and speed of production, I'm told. ;)

Aw that makes me sad. Oh so is windblade still, going to be a miniseries or after combiner battle royal, doesn't seem like to much of a war, is she an ongoing.?
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Va'al » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:30 am

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Va'al wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:Wait is Ramondelli doing windblade as well? I like him more than most here, but I really adored everything about sarah stone's work.


Stone is doing Windblade #1 and #3, Ramondelli all the other issues in CW (including Windblade #2). It's a matter of deadlines and speed of production, I'm told. ;)

Aw that makes me sad. Oh so is windblade still, going to be a miniseries or after combiner battle royal, doesn't seem like to much of a war, is she an ongoing.?


An ongoing it is, though we still do not known what the full creative team is. Scott definitely writing, waiting to hear confirmation on art.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:12 am

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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby ZeroWolf » Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:54 am

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I may have to get the alternative covers for these. Don't care for the inside pages done like this but I love covers in that style :D
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby No One » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:17 am

REALLY dissapoints me to see Devastator drawn here with tread arms and hands that are oviously meant to be built into the transformation and not extra parts that attach. This drawing is exactly what I was hoping for on the Titan class toy.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Evil Eye » Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:49 pm

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Just get Hercules instead then. :lol:

In all seriousness though I agree. It could have been easily engineered and is a much better way of forming his arms. Given the overall G1 look they seem to be going for though I guess they avoided that to preserve the (kinda daft) "entire vehicles for shoulders with nondescript boxes for forearms" look.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Prowl4 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:00 pm

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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Starsaber468 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:40 pm

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Honestly a female combiner is nit a good idea and wanna know why i'll tell u why because combiner wars is really ment for younger audiences plus it would be werid to have a female combiner
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby griftimus prime » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:44 pm

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not a big fan of this guys work either but his work now is way better than it was a few years back. why does dev have treads on the forearms?
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby ZeroWolf » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:53 pm

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Starsaber468 wrote:Honestly a female combiner is nit a good idea and wanna know why i'll tell u why because combiner wars is really ment for younger audiences plus it would be werid to have a female combiner

I really don't understand your comment. How would a female combiner be any weirder then a male one? Also the comics are more aimed at slightly older fans.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby SW's SilverHammer » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:54 pm

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ZeroWolf wrote:
Starsaber468 wrote:Honestly a female combiner is nit a good idea and wanna know why i'll tell u why because combiner wars is really ment for younger audiences plus it would be werid to have a female combiner

I really don't understand your comment. How would a female combiner be any weirder then a male one? Also the comics are more aimed at slightly older fans.

Anyone ever notice that combiners are essentially transformers having a mass orgy? I don't think throwing lady bots in the mix will make anything more weird, in fact it has the potential to make it less weird.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:57 pm

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Starsaber468 wrote:Honestly a female combiner is nit a good idea and wanna know why i'll tell u why because combiner wars is really ment for younger audiences plus it would be werid to have a female combiner

That's like saying it's not a good idea to have female transformers, because it would be wierd.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby ebonyleopard » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:57 pm

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Not going to lie, I wish they would have gone with a different artist. While his work is good for flashback type stories, he's just not..detailed and clear enough for regular stories for me.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby ebonyleopard » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:00 pm

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Starsaber468 wrote:Honestly a female combiner is nit a good idea and wanna know why i'll tell u why because combiner wars is really ment for younger audiences plus it would be werid to have a female combiner


Because like, you know, there are NO FEMALE transformers fans out there. It'd be like...adding male ponies to a My Little Pony Line.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby No One » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:02 pm

Delta Magnus wrote:Just get Hercules instead then. :lol:

In all seriousness though I agree. It could have been easily engineered and is a much better way of forming his arms. Given the overall G1 look they seem to be going for though I guess they avoided that to preserve the (kinda daft) "entire vehicles for shoulders with nondescript boxes for forearms" look.



Don't get me wrong, GREAT figure, but this artwork is just better.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby padfoo » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:31 pm

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MR Optimus Prime wrote:REALLY dissapoints me to see Devastator drawn here with tread arms and hands that are oviously meant to be built into the transformation and not extra parts that attach. This drawing is exactly what I was hoping for on the Titan class toy.

I have never seen Devastator rendered like this, but I am with you in thinking this would be a better representation of Devastator than the separate forearms that attach.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby padfoo » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:35 pm

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griftimus prime wrote:not a big fan of this guys work either but his work now is way better than it was a few years back. why does dev have treads on the forearms?


I used to hate Ramondelli's work as well. I felt it was very nondescript and abstract and hard to follow. I still feel that way sometimes, but I also think his work has gotten better, a bit more fluid and cleaner.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Moonshot » Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:00 am

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I like Ramondelli's art style best when its flashbacks, early and pre-war time and also things set in the dead universe.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:27 am

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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby ZeroWolf » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:51 am

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Interesting that long tooth (guy who works with circuit I think) is the little face for transformers 41. I'm quite hyped for this event
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Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:55 am

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Courtesy of entertainment website ComicBookResources.com, we have another interview with some of the creators behind the upcoming IDW Publishing Transformers: Combiner Wars event, crossing over current ongoing The Transformers and returning series Windblade. Read some snippets from the full piece - found here - below, in which John Barber and Mairghread Scott touch upon some of what is to come in terms of stories and themes, including some preview art for from Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli!

CBR News: This is the first big "Transformers" crossover since last year's "Dark Cybertron" epic. While we understand the basic gist of the crossover, what more can you tell us about "Combiner Wars?" Who, exactly is combining? Who is warring?

Mairghread Scott: "Combiner Wars" starts when Starscream (a rather evil guy and ruler of Cybertron) gains the ability to make a Combiner (a super-powerful giant) and seems poised to build a new Cybertronian empire.

Let that sink in.

Because when we talk about empire in "Transformers," we're not talking a few countries in Europe. We're speaking of whole planets who might be about to bow to the power of one man. Combiners are the ultimate weapons of Transformers, and Starscream can now make as many as he wants.

So you have two very different wars happening at the same time. Windblade and Optimus Prime are fighting a war for influence (Can they get people to see the danger Starscream poses?), while others take a much more literal war with every weapon they have.

John Barber: Meanwhile, on Earth, Prowl is sitting at the head of the up-to-now only really properly-functioning Combiner -- the other attempts have basically failed outright or driven the component people mad -- and he's not keen on Optimus Prime's leadership of the Autobots, or Starscream's ruling of Cybertron.

To put it in a real world setting: It's six issues (one "Opening Salvo" and five actual parts, just like most of the Combiners have) that starts in "Transformers" #39, goes to the new "Transformers: Windblade" #1, back to "Transformers" #40 and alternated until it's done. Mairghread and I are writing it, and the art is by the amazing Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli, alternating issues

[...]

Diversity is a big issue in comics -- and everywhere, really -- and something that I know is important to both of you, but how exactly do you promote diversity through stories about giant sexless, raceless robots?

Scott: The term "sexless" is debatable in my view. I want to be clear: There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female. That doesn't mean the same thing as it does in humans, but Transformers that call themselves "she" aren't doing it because they like the 'sh' sound. They are female, and we're going to meet a lot more of them.

The term "raceless" is also misleading. Transformers have a long history of racial tension against cassettes, animalistic transformers, headmasters, etc. They are just as noble as humans and we're pushing the envelope to make them at least as diverse as we are. So what can you expect in terms of Transformers in the future? More! More body types, more races, more LGBTQ, more religions and creeds and classes. More conflict about all of the above. Working with robots doesn't stop us from exploring diversity. It offers us the chance to push the boundaries of diversity in a lot of interesting, allegorical ways.

Barber: Yeah, what Mairghread said there. One of the things that non-"Transformers" fans might not realize is how wide-ranging and inclusive the "Transformers" fanbase is. I mean, it's self-evident if you're part of the "Transformers" world, but "Transformers" readers, "Transformers" fans encompass the entire spectrum of people. And it's important to have the characters in the comic be reflective of that.

It's sometimes a complex line to walk, between the out-and-out science-fiction-ness of the "Transformers" universe and its relationship with the real world, but it's important.


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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - The Transformers and Windblade

Postby MrBlack » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:22 pm

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So who can identify those Camiens? Looks like Hot Shot, a female bot I don't recognize, and...I don't know, Afterburner?
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