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New Still from Transformers: Cyberverse & A Lot of Bumblebee in the Future

Transformers News: New Still from Transformers: Cyberverse & A Lot of Bumblebee in the Future
Date: Saturday, May 19th 2018 10:45am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Movie Related News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): License Global

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A new article over on License Global, in light of the upcoming Licensing Expo 2018, at which Hasbro will be presenting its new line-ups of merchadise for the Bumblebee movie and potentially their other media endeavours such as Cyberverse and Rescue Bots Academy, as well as the IDW Publishing comics, sheds some light on where the future of the Transformers franchise is headed - at least, according to Hasbro's head honchos, and their 'blueprint'.

Bumblebee, of course, is at the center of it all. Even with the reboot of the live action film franchise (and the IDW narrative), the yellow bug scout is being banked on to promote the brand and franchise across multiple media, with mentions of Cyberverse, some confusion around the currently airing Power of the Primes (as the final part of the Prime Wars Trilogy), and the general intention of putting Bumblebee first as a wide appeal character, and what that means for the media approach of Hasbro's licensees. Read the full piece here, some extracts below, and take a look at a new image of the Bumblebee vehicle mode from the Cyberverse animated series!

“We decided on Bumblebee because we wanted to go in a bit of a different direction. We wanted a character-focused film versus an ensemble. He is loved by kids, multiple generations, girls and women. Everyone loves Bumblebee,” continues Warner.

Hasbro is capitalizing on the film’s surroundings with a slate of ‘80s-themed launches including a TV series, a vinyl album and a graphic novel, which the company hopes will “lead a wave of Millennial nostalgia.”

[...]

Hasbro is off to a running start with two new television programs, “Transformers Cyberverse (Chapter 1)” and “Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy.” The first is an animated series from Hasbro Studios and Boulder Media that follows Bumblebee as he attempts to recover his memories on Earth. “Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy” picks up on the “Transformers: Combiner Wars” story line and offers a more detailed look at the franchise’s characters and history.

Though the shows are not set in the 1980s, “Cyberverse” emphasizes the idea of keeping memories alive, while “Prime Wars,” which debuted on Verizon’s streaming service VerizonGo90, was conceived as a way to reach older, devoted fans who have grown up with the franchise.

[...]

The new film comes to life with the help of actress Hailee Steinfeld and action star John Cena. At a time when audiences are looking for more female representation on screen, Waters remarks that “the choice to cast Hailee in the leading role may open the traditionally male brand up to female fans.”

“We felt [Hailee] was right for the picture and we are looking to expand our audience and be as inclusive as possible with the franchise,” adds Warner. “This is a step worth noting for a brand that has traditionally been displayed in the boys’ aisle of toy stores.”


Transformers News: New Still from Transformers: Cyberverse & A Lot of Bumblebee in the Future

Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove

Transformers News: Cover Variant for IDW Optimus Prime #19 by Kei Zama / JP Bove
Date: Friday, May 18th 2018 8:51am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Previews World

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In other comics news today, with another delay ahead on the IDW scheduling of Transformers comics for next week, we have a new cover reveal for an upcoming issue of the ongoing series Optimus Prime, now at issue #19 and entering the final acts of the penultimate arc before the Unicron event takes place.

The cover is extremely high in spoiler content if you're waiting for the trades to read the story developments, and features four of the major characters currently part of the narrative knot, including Optimus Prime, Arcee and Starscream, all in Kei Zama and John-Paul Bove's haunting artwork. Check it out below via Previews World!

NOTE: The article previously claimed Josh Burcham to be the colourist. We apologise to John Paul Bove for the mistake (this is why **all creators should be credited all the time, for crying out loud**).

"The Falling," Part 4. Onyx Prime's motivations are clear, and his scheme seems unstoppable. Heroes have fallen, and hope dwindles for the survivors. Cybertron's last chance of salvation is in the hands of... well, that would be telling, wouldn't it?


Transformers News: Re: IDW Optimus Prime Ongoing Discussion Thread

Cover by Sara Pitre Durocher Revealed for IDW Transformers Bumblebee Movie Prequel Comic

Transformers News: Cover by Sara Pitre Durocher Revealed for IDW Transformers Bumblebee Movie Prequel Comic
Date: Friday, May 18th 2018 3:45am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Movie Related News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Penguin Random House

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We have another update for the Bumblebee movie prequel comic, which sees the reunion of John Barber and Andrew Griffith, with Priscilla Tramontano on colours, on a movie piece of work, in the form of the actual cover for From Cybertron with Love!

The cover is an homage to the theme of the book, and a call back to the pulp-style paperbacks with a noir/crime/spy thriller of past publications - though no artist is currently credited UPDATE: The artist is Sara Pitre Durocher! - and you can check it out below. Will you be picking this up, even if you're not planning on watching the movie in December?

About Transformers Bumblebee Movie Prequel: From Cybertron With Love

Fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee is recruited for a top secret mission, and 1960s London won’t know what hit it when this robot in disguise goes undercover.

It’s high-tech, high-octane, high-clearance spy hijinks in From Cybertron with Love.

Some call him Goldfender, but the name’s Bee… Bumblebee. On loan to MI6 and teamed with a human partner, Bee’s trapped in the middle of a Cold War plot to disrupt British Secret Intelligence. But when their base is destroyed from within, it’s up to Bee to discover if there’s a traitor in their midst…and, in the spy world, allegiances can change just as easily as a Cybertronian.

From long-time Transformers writer and British super spy aficionado John Barber (Optimus Prime, Action Man), From Cybertron With Love is the official prequel to the new Bumblebee film, in theaters December 2018.


Product Details
Paperback | $14.99
Published by IDW Publishing
Oct 02, 2018 | 96 Pages | 6-5/8 x 10-3/16 | ISBN 9781684052295


Transformers News: Cover Revealed for IDW Transformers Bumblebee Movie Prequel Comic

IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - Megatron Origin, Spotlight Shockwave & Soundwave

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics in Japanese Translation - Megatron Origin, Spotlight Shockwave & Soundwave
Date: Thursday, May 17th 2018 3:14am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon JP

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Via a listing over on online retailer Amazon Japan, we have news of another IDW Publishing collection of Transformers comics to be released in Japanese translation, continuing the publication of stories after the All Hail Megatron an Chaos Theory volumes a while back.

The new listing shows a collected edition - with a new cover by Kei Zama, according to Autobase Aichi, but not yet shown - of the comics originally published in the US as Megatron Origin 1-4, Spotlight: Shockwave, and Spotlight: Soundwave. A true rogues gallery of the Transformers comics universe. Check out more info below, and stay tuned for the new Zama cover reveal soon!

Introduction

Road to the birth of destroyed Great Megatron!


It was a time when Cybertron still wanted peace and prosperity. But its prosperity was built upon the sacrifices of some.
Transformers were divided by occupation by their characteristics, there was no freedom of choice.
However, the system which seemed to be a stone stone starts to fail even if it is fragile by a certain incident. The stage of the incident is the marginal Energon mine.

The name of the man who became the key ... ... Megatron.
In addition to the secret origin story of Megatron, Japanese original edition version which simultaneously Shockwave, and Soundwave appeared!

◆◆ Japanese original cover art: Zama Kei

単行本(ソフトカバー): 152ページ (pages)
出版社: ヴィレッジブックス (2018/6/29)
言語: 日本語 (Japanese)
ISBN-10: 4864913838
ISBN-13: 978-4864913836
発売日: 2018/6/29

Listing for IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 4, Nick Roche / Josh Burcham Issue 20 Cover Revealed

Transformers News: Listing for IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 4, Nick Roche / Josh Burcham Issue 20 Cover Revealed
Date: Tuesday, May 15th 2018 3:17pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): Nick Roche, Penguin Random House

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IDW's Lost Light series has covers coming out of nowhere! With all the covers now revealed for issue 18, we get a special look at a new cover for issue 20, done by none other than the Wrecker's author and artist Nick Roche along with his colorist in crime Josh Burcham! This new cover features crewmembers from the Lost Light who ended up being regretful mutineers, among them Inferno, Blaster, Hound, Bluestreak, Brawn, and Huffer. These guys all appear to be ready to fight or flee in terror from some unseen enemy, common among the issue covers these days for Lost Light.

This cover was officially tweeted out by Nick Roche himself, where he describes it as issue 20's "B" cover. The same cover can be found on a Penguin Random House listing for Lost Light volume 4 as well, which will collect issues 19-25, and thus end the series. It is unsure if this cover will be used for the actual trade paperback, or if this is just a place holder.

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

Transformers News: Listing for IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 4, Nick Roche/Josh Burcham Issue 20 Cover Revealed

IDW Transformers: Lost Light Issue 18 RI Cover Revealed

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light Issue 18 RI Cover Revealed
Date: Monday, May 14th 2018 8:33pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): Previews World

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Thanks to a heads up from Podcaster extraordinaire ScottyP, we have word that yet another Lost Light #18 cover has made its way to the light, and this time it is the special 10 issue limited edition RI cover!

Following what has been called the Avengers: Infinity War styled cover, drawn by longtime More Than Meets The Eye artist Alex Milne and colored by partner in crime Josh Perez, we have yet another cover done by the same team, and it's a bit different than the Avengers styled one. this cover only features 2 recognizable characters: Rodimus and Ratchet, along with some strange new rock lords/rubble bots/stone cons (reference: ScottyP) with a spike for a head and a hole in the chest that looks like a fusion cannon.

What does this mean the crew of the Lost Light are getting into? We have no idea! So feel free to speculate below, and let us know what you think!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light RI Cover Revealed

Cover Art for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 by Alex Milne & Josh Perez

Transformers News: Cover Art for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 by Alex Milne & Josh Perez
Date: Saturday, May 12th 2018 11:30am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): James Roberts

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A tweet from IDW Publishing Transformers comics writer James Roberts has revealed the cover for the upcoming issue of Lost Light #18 - drawn by Alex Milne and coloured by Josh Perez - featuring a whole lotta cast and some ominous (potentially spoilery for Marvel cinematic universe fans) hinting from the writer himself. Check it out mirrored below, and speculate away on the end of the current and next story arc, and the series itself in the Energon Pub discussion boards!

I’ve been thinking it for ages but couldn’t say anything because #spoilers, but - as this Alex Milne / Josh Perez cover to Lost Light #18 demonstrates - the last stretch of The MTMTE Saga is basically Avengers: Infinity War.


Transformers News: Cover Art for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 by Alex Milne & Josh Perez

John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron

Transformers News: John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron
Date: Tuesday, May 8th 2018 9:29pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Interviews
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): The Beat

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Comics WebsiteThe Beat had the opportunity to sit down with the newly appointed Editor-In-Chief of IDW publishing and continuity master extraordinaire John Barber to talk about the upcoming Transformers: Unicron series, which saw it's issue #0 released this past Saturday at Free Comic Book Day. You can find a review of that issue HERE.

Over the course of the interview, Barber talks about his upcoming role in the IDW Transformers comics following the end of the current continuity, where he states that he will have a guiding hand involved with whatever new series is set to start. This is a comforting piece of news, seeing as how Barber has proven to be one of the best, if not the master of continuity. So while he may not be writing the new stories, he will be responsible for overseeing them.

You can check out the full interview by following the link above, and you can catch some of the content quoted below!

Alexander Jones: How do your new responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief effect your contributions to the Transformers franchise?

John Barber: My recent return to IDW as Editor-in-Chief won’t impact Unicron—I’m still writing the event (along with the Optimus Prime series) through to the end, and my excitement and commitment to this story could not be higher. But I’m also incredibly honored and excited to have the opportunity to take a guiding hand on where the Transformers comics from IDW and Hasbro go next—and on where we take all of IDW’s amazing comics. I’ve been at this job for about a week, and it’s been thrilling working with our partners. The future of IDW—and of comics—looks very, very bright. Unless a big metal planet eats the whole universe, but we’ll have to see how that goes.

.....

Jones: Why was Unicron chosen as the story to close out the current Transformers Universe?

Barber: Unicron is a really iconic piece of the Transformers mythos. If you’re old enough to have lived through the original Transformers cartoon in the 1980s, you remember what a massive, disruptive thing Unicron was in the movie. That movie was one of the most apocalyptic cartoons you were going to see as a kid in the 1980s—it was devastating watching those familiar characters die. And that’s intrinsically linked with Unicron—in my mind, at least—even though, as editor David Mariotte likes pointing out, Unicron didn’t really kill very many Transformers. He still ate whole planets!

Unicron is something we’ve thought about doing in the IDW universe for a long time but always held off. The time never felt right, and I think the chance to do something really big—something where genuinely anything can happen, and will—was a chance, really the first chance we’ve had, to do Unicron right.


Transformers News: John Barber Talks IDW's Unicron Event, Role in IDW Transformers Comics After Unicron

IDW Transformers Comics 'Shadow of Unicron' Sale on ComiXology.com

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics 'Shadow of Unicron' Sale on ComiXology.com
Date: Monday, May 7th 2018 4:55am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComiXologu

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As was inevitable, and expected really, the arrival of the Unicron series from IDW Publishing's Transformers (and Hasbro) comics universe has also set off, with the end of the current narrative universe, another comics sale over on ComiXology.com!

The sale sees the majority of all Transformers books release in the past years, from More Than Meets the Eye to Last Stand of the Wreckers, via Windblade and Till All Are One, to Robots in Diguise, Lost Light, Optimus Prime - plus the crossovers Revolution, First Strike, Shining Armor and more, all on discount until 7/30. Check out your titles here, and grab the ones you're still missing from your reading pile!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics 'Shadow of Unicron' Sale on ComiXology.com

Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
Date: Saturday, May 5th 2018 2:27am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, FCBD

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The Beginning of the Beginning of the End
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Not a whimper, nor a bang-the end comes with a squall of entropy shrieking from the ravenous maw of death itself. The message is clear: Unicron has arrived. The Transformers lock into a desperate bid to save Rom's homeworld from the world-killer - but why has Unicron chosen this world on his path to Cybertron... and Earth? The biggest story in the history of Transformers starts now: for Unicron's arrival can mean nothing less than the end of a universe.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
a narrative universe, that is


Story
First things first: this issue is part of the Free Comic Book Day initiative, in which participating physical comics stores give out free copies of comic books from a number of publishers. If you don't know where to find a store near you, try this tool (works relatively accurately outside of US and Canada too)!

Second: even just the opening, and the preview, of this book will spoil at least one and a half storylines from the current Optimus Prime ongoing series. The cover does too. So that's that, and we all know now. I will not dwell on it further, but if you'd rather wait for the next two issues of OP to hit before finding this issue, do so!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
yeah, pretty much


Now, into the main course: John Barber brings Unicron to the Transformers universe, fully, entirely, wholly and viciously . And I really mean that last one. There is no sympathy from me towards those asking for the entire IDW universe casts to be annihilated as the continuity ends, but it looks like Barber is definitely starting to trim those down from the get go (a recurring theme since David Mariotte's arrival on editorial, now that I think about it...) - and not even in the main part of the story.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
Snerk


Optimus Prime is the more or less de facto narrator (his caption tag says so), and the technique is one that will be familiar to all of Barber's readers - but even so, this ..thing, this threat is new to him too. He does not have prior knowledge. None of the characters beside him do, nor does the Solstar Order, nor does the reader. And that narration helps us - established fans of Transformers, and in the know about the mythos in general - see this new Unicron, this IDW version of him, in a different light.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
I give you: OP raising an eyebrow


There are of course some lighter moments, where possible, mostly in the form of wit quickly truncated by the events taking place around the characters (Rom's deadpan behaviour, Wheeljack being himself, Pyra Magna's shade towards Optimus), but for such a short story, there are so many heavy beats that you will most definitely be wanting some more.


Art

Alex Milne, who has had a taste of Elonian blood already in the Shining Armor mini-series that saw the first collaboration between Cybertronians and Rom's Solstar Order (including specific characters in this issue, who reference that fact), returns to similar worlds to bring some painstaking detail to the frames he lays out with almost dark glee. And, most admirably I thought, he gives us a sense of the sheer scale that Unicron holds compared to everything else on the page, without ever fully showing the planet - this is not Unicron's story, after all, but that of the people facing him.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
hi Bob


Colours are provided by a previous collaborator of Barber's and a new for Milne, Sebastian Cheng, last seen in Revolution and Revolutionaries. While showing the same vibrancy of some of those series, in fact, he manages to convey some truly dark moments for everyone involved with some impressive lighting angles and surfaces.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
..it's really hard not to spoil..


What else can I add about Tom B. Long's lettering, really, at this stage - other than reiterate his necessary role in something as vast and encompassing as the entire Hasbro Universe and its unmaker, with captions placed right, dialogue paced out, and a new title redesign that ..just works.

There is just the one cover, being a FCBD comic, but the composition - one that we have seen many a time, is a pretty good reminder of the immense powers at work on the universe right here, and Sara Pitre Durocher delivers.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, the pacing that Barber has created - by dropping us into the story exactly as it's happening (unavoidable, given the scheduling of the book compared to the ones leading into it) and building to it through Revolutionaries and Optimus Prime, Shining Armor, and the early days of exRID - allows for some pretty breakneck reading and experiencing of the heavier moments taking place in the pretty short issue. And it's done in such a way that will allow several readers to really want to get into the main story come July, while not relying on senseless shock value twists or carnage for its own sake (yes, we all know what I'm referring to here).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Unicron #0 - #FCBD
More snerk


Milne and Cheng work really well together too, which is a low-key relief. Having seen both of their work apart from each other, I wasn't entirely sure it would end up looking this good, and am excited to see more (even just on covers, like for Unicron #1). The extra treat in the book, though? John Barber's letter at the very end, tidying up a lot of the threads that have lead to this moment, and initially written in January - there's Revolutionaries, Dark Cybertron, exRID, First Strike, and more, laid out for readers who wanted to follow up without keeping everything at hand. It's good. It's Barber. It's good Barber.

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