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IDW December 2017 Solicitations: Wreckers, Transformers, Visionaries, more

Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations: Wreckers, Transformers, Visionaries, more
Date: Wednesday, September 20th 2017 10:47am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Previews World

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Thanks to Previews World, we have our latest round of comic solicitations for you to check out! Among the comics set to come out this month are Optimus Prime 14, Lost Light 13, the Till All Are One Annual, and more! Stories range from Dinobots to Cabin Fever to the ultimate Drift and Wreckers Collections! Note: None of the Optimus Prime covers were made available.

OPTIMUS PRIME #14 CVR A ZAMA

(W) John Barber (A) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Kei Zama

On Cybertron, Optimus Prime battles the Dinobots over the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years! But does he stand a chance when the Dinobots' newest member is two miles tall and eats cities?

• Part of IDW's Artist's Edition Cover Month!
• Optimus Prime deals with the fallout of the First Strike event!


(W) John Barber (A) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Casey Coller


(W) John Barber (A) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Andrew Griffith


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TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #13

(W) James Roberts (A) Alex Milne (CA) J.N. Wiedle
CABIN FEVER! Crammed into a dead Decepticon astropod that's ten sizes too small, the displaced crew of the Lost Light face their most serious threat yet: each other. As tensions rise and tempers fray, only one Autobot is arrogant enough to think he can save the day. Enter Rodimus, expert mediator.


(W) James Roberts (A) Alex Milne (CA) Nick Roche


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

(W) James Roberts (A/CA) Alex Milne


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE ANNUAL 2017 CVR A PITRE-DUROCH

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher

Elita One, Windblade, and Starscream fight to gain ultimate control of Cybertron! Dark secrets will be revealed in this series finale!

• The shocking finale to the epic Cybertronian saga from Mairghread Scott and Sara Pitre-Durocher!
• A happy ending! For some...


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) J.N. Wiedle


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

TRANSFORMERS AUTOCRACY TRILOGY TP

(W) Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (A/CA) Livio Ramondelli
Before Optimus became a Prime he fought for order. Before Megatron became a conqueror he fought for freedom. In the early days of the war on Cybertron, two leaders-one Autobot, the other Decepticon-start down their own paths towards destiny. Collects the Autocracy, Monstrosity, and Primacy series into one collection.


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

TRANSFORMERS DRIFT ORIGINS & EMPIRES TP

(W) Shane McCarthy (A) Alex Milne, Guido Guidi, Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Livio Ramondelli
Repentant villain Drift roams the galaxy, waging a solitary war on his former allies, delivering swift justice to any Decepticons that cross his path. But with many Autobots refusing to trust him, and many Decepticons sure he's pulling a scheme, walking the straight and narrow path won't be easy, and Drift-previously known as Deadlock-must repeatedly face the consequences of his past mistakes. Collects Transformers Spotlight: Drift, Transformers: Drift #1-4, and Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1-4.


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

TRANSFORMERS WRECKERS SAGA TP

(W) Nick Roche, James Roberts (A/CA) Nick Roche
Join the toughest crew of Autobots around on a pair of missions where they'll face seemingly insurmountable odds and things are guaranteed to end badly.
First, the Wreckers and their leader, Springer, are sent to investigate Garrus-9, a prison that fell to the Decepticons three years ago, with no communications in or out since.
Then, Prowl has been kidnapped. Worse for him, it seems like no one really cares, thanks to his history of messing with people's lives. Traitors are revealed, secrets come to light, and it may all be more than even the baddest crew of Autobots can handle.
Collects Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #1-5, named the #1 Transformers series by IGN, and Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #1-5.


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

TRANSFORMERS VS THE VISIONARIES #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Fico Ossio

Cybertron has been invaded. The Transformers encounter unwelcome guests at the heart of Cybertron-and they may not have their hosts' best interests at heart. Refugees from another world, the Visionaries' startling magical abilities could make them powerful allies... or dangerous enemies.

• Welcome Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim, Quantum Teens are Go, Secret Empire: Brave New World, Edge of the Venomverse) to the IDW family!
• The Visionaries make their explosive return to comics!
• Magic vs. metal!


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Fico Ossio (CA) Andrew Griffith


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

ROM & THE MICRONAUTS #1

(W) Christos Gage (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) Richard Wentworth

Baron Karza and D'rge, the Dire Wraith sorcerer, have joined forces to carry forward their equally malignant goals-Karza desires to conquer all of Microspace (again), while the Wraiths seek to awaken their Wraith God and conquer Earth! Now it's up to Rom and the Micronauts to form their own alliance in order to stop the evil domination of two worlds! Christos Gage (Amazing Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Paolo Villanelli (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) team up to bring us this all-new adventure!

• An all-new Hasbro team-up event featuring your favorite Solstar Knight and the tiniest heroes around!
• Written and illustrated by fan-favorite creators-writer Christos Gage and artist Paolo Villanelli!


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

(W) Christos Gage (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) George Caltsoudas


SCARLETTS STRIKE FORCE #1 CVR A RANDOLPH

(W) Aubrey Sitterson (A) Nelson Daniel (CA) Khary Randolph

They've fought back invasions from home and afar-now, they're back on Earth, and ready to take on the wildest, weirdest threats out there! It's Scarlett's G.I. Joe team, the Strike Force, against a brand-new Cobra Commander, a revitalized Cobra, and everyone else trying to conquer Earth... or destroy it! Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe, Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) is joined by superstar artist Nelson Daniel (Clue, Dungeons & Dragons) in The Best Action Comic Ever!

• Featuring all-stars of the Hasbro line as M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and the Transformers join G.I. Joe in the fight against Cobra!


Transformers News: IDW December 2017 Solicitations

(W) Aubrey Sitterson (A/CA) Nelson Daniel

IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for November 2017

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for November 2017
Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 2017 11:08am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Previews

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Thanks to the Previews catalog, we now have solicitations for all the IDW Transformers books coming out in November 2017, after the end of the First Strike Hasbro Universe event. They are below along with the only covers available at this time and beware of possible spoilers.


ROM VS TRANSFORMERS SHINING ARMOR #5 CVR A MILNE

(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A/CA) Alex Milne

Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off-this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate!
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

ROM VS TRANSFORMERS SHINING ARMOR #5 CVR B ROCHE

ROM VS TRANSFORMERS SHINING ARMOR #5 CVR C MESSINA

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TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #12 CVR C MILNE

(W) James Roberts (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Alex Milne
NO TURNING BACK! Getaway has crossed one too many lines and made one too many enemies. Hunted down on his own ship, the master manipulator has one last trick of his sleeve-something so shocking, so audacious, that it would put the most evil Decepticon to shame. No one is safe as the Mutineers Trilogy reaches its jaw-dropping climax.

In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #12 CVR A LAWRENCE

TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #12 CVR B ROCHE

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OPTIMUS PRIME #13 CVR B COLLER

(W) John Barber (A) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Casey Coller

As the consequences of the First Strike event reverberate, Optimus Prime ventures into the wilderness of Cybertron to search for the first new Cybertronian life to emerge in four million years!

Bullet points:
* Optimus Prime deals with the fallout of the First Strike event!

In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

OPTIMUS PRIME #13 CVR A ZAMA

OPTIMUS PRIME #13 CVR C GRIFFITH

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for November 2017


MICRONAUTS WRATH OF KARZA TP
(W) Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Johnston (A) Andrew Griffith, Ron Joseph (CA) Alex Ronald
The action continues in the Hasbro Universe as the villainous Baron Karza sets his sights on new worlds! As one universe dies, another is invaded! Microspace-the home of the Micronauts-is collapsing. But Baron Karza has discovered a new universe in which the people of Microspace would thrive, a universe in which he would rule! The first world to be conquered is Earth, and the first enemies to be targeted are the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM!
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $17.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comics Solicitations for November 2017


GI JOE TPB Volume 2
(W) Aubrey Sitterson (A) Giannis Milonogiannis (CA) Aaron Conley
G.I. JOE battles all new threats as the defenders of Earth! After the events of Revolution changed everything, the JOEs are left to clean up the mess. G.I. JOE has fought Cobra, the Dreadnoks and more, but never before have they faced a threat like this: Gigantic, heaving abominations crawling up from the depths of the Earth itself. As teams of JOEs struggle to respond to the unpredictable attacks, Scarlett must decide what to do with the enemy in the team's midst. Plus, the G.I. JOE leader reveals a troubling secret to her second-in-command, Roadblock. Collects issues #5-9.

Bullet points:
* "Its a two-guitar attack for the heavy metal fun of G.I. Joe." -Newsarama
* Advance solicited for December release!
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $17.99


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ROM TPB Volume 03 The Roads to Ruin
(W) Chris Ryall, Christos Gage (A) David Messina, Guy Dorina Sr., Sal Buscema (CA) Drew Moss
The Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth, but one of the Knights of the Solstar Order has hounded them and kept them underground for centuries. Feared more than all others, he is Rom, the Wraithslayer. Rom now has help in his war against the Dire Wraiths in the form of additional Solstar Knights and super-powered human allies... so why is the battle going from bad to worse? The Wraiths' master plan grows and Rom can't even see it, let alone find any way to stop it. Collects issues #10-14.
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $17.99


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Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Date: Wednesday, July 26th 2017 2:06am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Back on Track
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE HUNT IS ON! Ever lost something and spent forever looking for it? Try visiting Troja Major, the lost property capital of the universe. Just bear in mind that it's better known by another name: the Howling Town. And the Autobots are about to find out why.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
...


Story

I was reminded by other comics staff that we've had a number of voices already on reviews this far, for the new iteration of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, but mine was not the one that has appeared yet for Lost Light. It's probably time then, right? Back to the story?

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
JRo I swear..


One of the issues I've had with the series, much like its predecessor, is the use of the medium of comics as a serialised narrative - they read really well as a collected trade (read volume 1 in one sitting, believe me), but sometimes take odd steps as single issues. This book, however, does not do that, and in fact plays the field extremely well as a morsel of a wider story yet to happen, and previous ones being closed or at least addressed.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
The Quest! It is Back!


As we know, James Roberts takes his time on the series to get to know the characters, and characters here are a very important part of the plot: what we discover about Nautica and Velocity, their interactions prior to the Lost Light, wouldn't have made sense while Megatron was still in the picture - but what he does well here is to not sacrifice plot for character development, at all.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Casual Character Trivia


And in terms of highlights, this book has fallen into the category of what Transformers comics can do now, from a socio-political perspective, in terms of identity, representation, and delving further into human issues while using sad gay (can we finally change this to queer?) robots in space. And yes, I'm talking about Anode and Lug, and what we learn about both of them.


Art

After a full arc and a breather, we see a different artist taking charge of a very important issue, plot wise among the rest, and Priscilla Tramontano has some excellent leads in terms of visual continuity with Lawrence's art, while still keeping very much to her own style and approach to the characters.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
including Krombopolous Michael, from Rick and Morty


With a change from the usual, Joana Lafuente joins Tramontano on colours, perhaps also aiding in the continuity, but also providing an extremely vibrant and diverse cast of organic presences on Troja Major, taking the best pages out of Lucas' books and making the marketplace as cantina-esque (but well lit) as she can.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
Also, sir, are you a Dire Wraith?


In a universe where several characters are identifiable by their speech patters, and those speech patterns are to be made visible, a letterer like Tom B. Long makes sure that we can glean more from the page that you might read at first glance, while also enjoying the sounds of the new setting! Meanwhile, the cover for this review's thumbnail is the variant art by Alex Milne and Josh Perez, very much about the grief aspect of it all, but also more pertaining to the plot of the issue than you might think... All other covers can be found in our database entry right here, including Roche/Burcham, Tom Whalen, and the main Lawrence/Lafuente

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

What do you know? We're back looking for the Knights of Cybertron! For real! As I said above, the overarching plot is not sidelined for the characters or subplots, but rather the two work well together in the issue, and we get to find out more about The Quest that started all those 50+ issues ago under another title altogether - but what we find may not be what we were looking for, especially if it was answers.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #8
:smile:


That said, my allusions towards the scene featuring Anode and Lug warrants a couple extra words here, while still wanting to leave it to readers to appreciate: it has some nice callbacks to the last Optimus Prime issue, and Sideswipe's understanding of the new reality; it has a well-developed approach to the issue at hand, sign of good research on the team's behalf; it helps sediment

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

#SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: #SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers
Date: Wednesday, July 5th 2017 11:39pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Press Releases, Collectables
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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IDW Publishing have sent us their press release ahead of San Diego Comic Con 2017, listing the impressive amount of comics and collectible exclusives they will be bringing to the convention!

For Transformers specifically, these will include enamel pins of Bumblebee, Autobot and Decepticon symbols, a preview issue for the Hasbro Universe First Strike crossover event, and most importantly perhaps, a Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor exclusive variant cover for issue #1 (you can join our discussion of the series in its thread, here!). Check out the cover below and all the information you never knew you wanted, too!

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers


ROM vs. Transformers #1, Spot color variant
Cover by Alex Milne
$10, Limited to 250 copies

Alex Milne provides the variant cover to this crossover hundreds of years in the making! See the first interactions between ROM and the Transformers on Earth, and meet the universe's only Cybertronian Solstar Knight!


Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers


SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts
from IDW & Top Shelf


San Diego, CA (July 5, 2017)— IDW is ready for San Diego Comic-Con International— are you? Get prepped for the biggest convention of the year with this complete list of IDW’s hottest exclusives and debuts. All of your convention must-haves in one convenient place!

Select exclusives are now available for pre-order at IDW’s webstore - idw.pub/conexclusives

Be on the lookout every day for unique bundle packages that will include trade paperback collections, hardcovers, rare variants and more! Every day we’ll be offering TWO title-specific bundles that include a free high-quality Tom Whalen print.

IDW will also debut brand new enamel pins, available for the first time ever! Pin availability will change each day so be sure to come back and get yours!

These convention exclusives are only available for pick up at IDW’s SDCC booth #2743 throughout the convention or at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery from July 21st through July 24th. The gallery, located in the Liberty Station Arts District in the Point Loma area of San Diego, currently features exhibits by acclaimed artists Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarök).

For more information on the gallery and exhibit as well as directions, visit http://www.sdcomicartgallery.com.


COMICS

Clue #1 Envelope pack, Includes spot color variant plus 3 regular covers and a bonus
Spot-color cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
$20, Limited to 500 packs
Follow the clues and solve the mystery in IDW’s new CLUE series! We’ve put together a special pack for this convention! We start with a RARE exclusive Gabriel Rodriguez Con variant cover, ONLY available in this pack, include all 3 regular editions with the alternate endings, and finish off with a full set of RARE Clue promotional trading cards, all tucked neatly into a Clue evidence envelope! All the familiar faces from the famous board game are back, with a couple new twists.


Darkness Visible #5, Con variant
Cover by Ryan Kelly
$10, Limited to 200 copies

Written by Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David, Darkness Visible tells the story of an uneasy co-existence between humans and demons that lasted eighty years, is now spawning an endless terrorist conflict, with a cover by Ryan Kelly.

DuckTales #0, Con variant
Cover by Jeff Smith
$10, Limited to 500 copies

Woo-oo! Bone creator Jeff Smith drew an amazing variant cover of the DuckTales cast for our convention variant! Featuring beloved characters like Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, and Huey, Dewey and Louie, this new #0 issue is the perfect jumping on point for fans old and new in anticipation of the brand-new series coming Summer 2017!

Funko Universe Bundle Pack, 5 regular Funko Universe one-shots
Various artists
$25, Limited to 100 packs

Pick up all 5 of our Funko Universe one-shot comics from May, each with a cover modeled after the popular Funko boxes, and get a free BONUS copy of TMNT #70 with a Funko-style cover by artist Dave Alvarez! The only way to get this variant is to BUY this bundle pack!

Ghostbusters 101 #1, Con photo variant
$10, Limited to 400 copies

This time, everybody answers the call! Ghostbusters 101 features the very first appearance of the new Ghostbusters from 2016’s Answer the Call movie, as they team up with the original Ghostbusters from 1984! This convention variant features a photo cover of the original Ghostbusters on the front cover, and a photo of the new team on the back cover! Get your copy signed at the show!

Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1, Con variant
Cover by Erica Henderson
$10, Limited to 250 copies

Artist Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) drew this gorgeous variant cover of Jem & the Holograms for Part 1 of The FIRST-EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event written by Kelly Thompson!

My Little Pony: Movie Prequel #1, Spot color variant
Cover by Tony Fleecs
$5, Limited to 500 copies

This fall, My Little Pony: The Movie hits theaters, and this prequel mini-series is your first look at the fantastic adventure to come, with a fabulous new cover by artist Tony Fleecs!

ROM vs. Transformers #1, Spot color variant
Cover by Alex Milne
$10, Limited to 250 copies

Alex Milne provides the variant cover to this crossover hundreds of years in the making! See the first interactions between ROM and the Transformers on Earth, and meet the universe's only Cybertronian Solstar Knight!

TMNT/Usagi Yojimbo, Con variant
Cover by Kevin Eastman
$10, Limited to 500 copies

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai collaborated on this gorgeous convention variant! The TMNT are teleported to a world of talking animals—the world of Usagi Yojimbo! Get your copy signed at the booth!

Wynonna Earp: Season Zero #1, Con photo cover
$10, Limited to 400 copies

The stars of the hit television show will be on hand at the convention to sign a special photo variant cover available only at the show! And for the ultimate collectors a deluxe pack will be available collecting the convention variant, last year’s San Diego variant cover, and a bonus item!

Wynonna Earp Season One Yearbook, Con photo variant
$10, Limited to 300 copies

This Wynonna Earp Season 1 yearbook, with a special convention photo variant cover, is filled with on-set photos, including action shots from the show and all-new behind-the-scenes goodies. This is a book all Earpers need in their motorcycle saddle bag!

Wynonna Earp #1 Deluxe Pack, 2 special photo variants featuring cast members from the hit show!
$20, Limited to 150 packs

Get the last 2 Wynonna Earp Convention Variant comics with a FREE bonus item!

COLLECTED EDITIONS/ HARDCOVERS

Batman TMNT Adventures Vol 1, Con variant
Cover by Kevin Eastman
$20, Limited to 300 copies

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman provides a con-exclusive cover to this trade paperback! The animated worlds of the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon cartoon and Batman: The Animated Series collide in this outstanding mini-series featuring fan-favorite characters from both universes!

Bloom County: Brand Spanking New Day Hardcover, First release at SDCC!
Cover by Berkeley Breathed
$40, 400 copies at the show

Get a special hardcover version of the latest collection of Berkeley Breathed’s recently revived Bloom County comic strip! This book, containing a bound in plate SIGNED by Breathed, features ALL-NEW strips from 2016 and 2017, that have NEVER appeared in print before (never ever!!). These newly-minted masterpieces present the continuing adventures of Opus, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, and the rest of the delightful denizens of Bloom County—and heaven knows how we survived all those years without you!

Jack Kirby Fantastic Four World’s Greatest Artist Edition, SDCC variant
Cover by Jack Kirby
$150, Limited to 100 copies

Jack Kirby was the undisputed King of Comics and IDW is proud to present the second Artist's Edition focusing on his Fantastic Four work. And, even better, this collects his earlier, "twice up" art—it’s Kirby-sized!! This massive collection includes issues 33, 45, 47, and 60 of the Fantastic Four, plus a stellar gallery with 22 (!!) classic covers, and incredible pages, and three gigantic fold-outs--if you are a Kirby fan, this is the Artist's Edition you've been waiting for!! Debuting at this year’s SDCC is the variant cover featuring Fantastic Four #72.

Jack Kirby Forever People Artist Edition, Con variant
Cover by Jack Kirby
$125, Limited to 100 copies

Continuing IDW’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of Jack “King” Kirby’s birth! Jack Kirby’s classic Fourth World epic told the story of a group of New Gods sent to Earth to oppose Darkseid. Featuring Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Moonrider, and others, this was Kirby’s take on super-powered flower children! Included in this volume are issues, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7, with nearly all pages scanned from the originals. Debuting at this year’s SDCC is the variant cover featuring a self-portrait of Jack Kirby, and this is limited to a scarce 100 copies.

Locke & Key: Heaven and Earth, Con variant
Cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
$20, Limited to 500 copies

This special deluxe release hardcover, with a new cover by series artist Gabriel Rodriguez, finally reprints the oft-requested and long-denied Eisner-winning one-shot, "Open the Moon!", the other long-sold-out one-shot, "Grindhouse!" and the even more hard-to-find IDW 10th anniversary Locke & Key tale, "In the Can!", along with additional covers, behind-the-scenes photos and more!

Ragnarök Volume 2 Hardcover, Con variant
Cover by Walter Simonson
$30, Limited to 500 copies

This convention edition hardcover, with a new cover by creator Walter Simonson, collects issues #7-12 of the Ragnarök series! After hundreds of years, a single god emerged into the post-Ragnarök world, Thor, the God of Thunder. But Angantyr, the Lord of the Dead, has discovered his reappearance, and unleashes his draugar, the undead walkers, against the Thunder God, seeking to destroy the last vestige of the former worlds, and the only hope for the present one.

Return of the Dapper Men, Show debut
Cover by Janet Lee
$35, 150 copies at the show

Blending clockwork whimsy with majestic art-nouveau visuals, Jim McCann and Janet Lee present a hand-crafted fairy tale that feels both familiar and entirely new in this prestige reprinting!

Sh*t My President Says, Show debut
Cover by Shannon Wheeler
$15, 500 copies at the show

Some people are saying, I don't know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion-he's very, very, good, okay? Now he's illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won't believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It's true! It's very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book - even the haters and losers (Sad!).

Star Trek: Boldly Go Volume 1, Con photo variant
$20, Limited to 200 copies

All-new Star Trek series following the adventures of Captain Kirk and the iconic crew! New worlds! New species! New ships! New photo cover for the con variant!

Surfside Girls, Show debut
Cover by Kim Dwinell
$15, 150 copies at the show

Things are getting weird in Surfside. Lately, Samantha’s best friend Jade explodes into fits of giggles whenever she sees a boy, and it’s throwing a wrench into the kick-back summer of surfing and hanging out that Sam had planned. But after swimming through a secret underwater cave, Sam starts to… see things. Like ghosts. And strange creatures. And maybe something even scarier! Can she and Jade get to the bottom of this mystery in time to save their town?

Walter Simonson’s Thor the Return of Beta Ray Bill Artist Edition, SDCC variant
Cover by Walter Simonson
$125, Limited to 100 copies

The fate of Earth and Asgard hang in the Balance as Thor, Beta Ray Bill, and tons of guest-stars do battle Surtur and his horde of invading demons! All with an exclusive Simonson cover just for the con variant featuring the very first drawing ever done of Beta Ray Bill!

The second Thor Artist’s Edition by the legendary comics’ creator Walter Simonson! Featuring seven complete issues of The Mighty Thor (#349 – 354, plus #380—the legendary all-splash page story!). As with all Artist’s Editions, each page of art scanned from the original art, in this case, from Simonson’s personal archives.

COLLECTIBLES

Disney DuckTales Lithograph
$100, limited to 100 copies

We are proud to offer an Official Disney Archive print of the DuckTales #0 SDCC Variant cover by Bone creator Jeff Smith. Each print measures 11.7 by 16.5 inches, is hand-numbered from 1 to 100, and is printed on 51 pound paper. Each print is packaged in a 13"x18" envelope with a Official Disney Archive label on the front. Get it signed by Jeff Smith and DuckTales creators during the convention!

String Divers figure, Con variant plus free Trade Paperback
Designed by Ashley Wood
$100, Limited to 50

This String Divers F Defender Statue is a IDW x THREEA SDCC 2017 Exclusive, designed by Ashley Wood. Limited to only 50 units, this statue stands approximately 6” tall, and features 25 points of articulation. This statue also comes with 1 Quantum Defense Suit, 1 Quantum Propulsion Pack, 3 Weapons, and 1 Stand. You will also receive a free copy of the String Divers Trade Paperback with your purchase!

Wynonna Earp Replica Necklace, plus bonus books. Limited release
$100, Limited to 50

Want to wear the same style necklace as Melanie Scrofano wears on Wynonna Earp? Here’s your chance to get an authentic replica necklace! As a free bonus, we are including a comic book signed by Doc Holliday himself, Tim Rozon, a comic book signed by Katherine Barrell (Officer Haught) and the Wynonna Earp Season 1 Yearbook!

Locke & Key Teddy Key, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$25, Limited to 100

Locke & Key Small World Key, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$25, Limited to 100

Hasbro Enamel Pins: 9 Designs, Limited release
$10, Limited to 100 for each design
Autobots shield (Transformers)
Decepticons shield (Transformers)
Bumblebee (Transformers)
Arashikage tattoo (GI Joe)
Cobra symbol (GI Joe)
ROM head
Jem and the Holograms logo
Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony)
Songbird Sia (My Little Pony)

Locke & Key Enamel Pins: 4 Designs, Limited release
Crafted by Israel Skelton
$10, Limited to 100 for each design
Ghost Key
Head Key
Omega Key
Shadow Key

Wynonna Earp Enamel Pins: 4 Designs, Limited release
$10, Limited to 100 for each design
Wynonna Earp logo
U.S. Marshal
Special Deputy
Pride Mustache

Tom Whalen Poster Bundles: A curated assembly of hardcovers, trade paperbacks and rare variant covers, includes a free high-quality poster!
$100 each, 2 bundles per day, Each bundle limited to 50 units


GIVEAWAYS

Get a sneak peek at some of the most exciting titles coming this fall with these giveaways available at the IDW booth throughout the show. Get yours before they’re all gone!

Black Crown Preview book
Get your first look at what’s coming from Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint, including Kid Lobotomy by Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler, plus more yet-to-be-announced titles.

First Strike (Hasbro) Preview book
Limited to 3000 copies
Get on the ground floor of this summer’s Hasbro Comic Book Event Series featuring Transformers, G.I. Joe, Rom, and more!

"Summer Insider" Preview book
Limited to 3000 copies
Look no further for some engaging summer reading from some of your favorite creators.

Star Wars Adventures Preview ashcan
Limited to 3000 copies
You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get a look at the new all-ages Star Wars Adventures comic series

Sword of Ages Ashcan Preview book
Limited to 2000 copies
Writer/artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) welcomes you to a world unlike anything you’ve seen before in this sci-fi/fantasy epic.

TMNT Prelude Dimension X FCBD books
The 5-week event series coming this August where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to Dimension X starts here.

Ducktales/Tangled Flip promo poster
Based on the Disney animated shows of the same names, show your enthusiasm by plastering this on your wall.

Diablo House promo poster
Limited to 700 copies
Those who enter the Diablo House get more than what they bargained for…

My Little Pony Movie Prequel poster
Before the movie opens in theaters, snag this poster before they’re gone in a Rainbow Dash!
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IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OCTQX: IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Wormwood, Ragnarök, V-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

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IDW Entertainment serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based on the bestseller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett.


Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Transformers News: SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf, feat Rom vs Transformers

Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8 #transformers

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8 #transformers
Date: Wednesday, June 21st 2017 5:55am CDT
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But Who Is Jazz, Really?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Jazz confronts his past—and the Autobot’s future—in front of millions of television viewers. But will he make the people of Earth understand Optimus Prime's mission... or turn against it?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
Hey, I got here eventually


Story

Once again, I find myself apologising for the lateness of this review - let's call it doing an IDW shall we? just to make me feel better - and making it fall so close to all the Transformers: The Last Knight news. On the other hand, the IDW Optimus Prime ongoing in unquestionably good and staying good, so swings and roundabouts!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
Topical


The usual framing device that John Barber uses for most of his TF writing is replaced here by a fairly ingenious magazine style interview - the very same interview that has been prepared in previous issues leading up to this one - with the perspective being Jazz, playing along pretty much behind the scenes all along so far.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
..except, well, you know..


Jazz, as pointed out in the previous issues, is an interesting choice of character - Cybertronian character - for a first big mediatic approach to Earth after Optimus' power-grab/forced annexation/colonialist actions. And all of those threads come up, and create the crux of the story...

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
Hmmmmmmmm


But, while Jazz is indeed the main player and spotlight taker in the issue - almost literally - Jetfire and Pyra Magna also take on some very shiny roles, both in flashbacks and present for the former, and the present and a potential future for the latter. There are things afoot, and there are still creases to smoothen out from the past. Hopefully before everything spirals again.


Art

Zama is away from the book again this month, letting Casey W Coller to cover the interior art for a change. And Coller's art has a regularity to it, a crisp, linear feel to the lines and outlines of the character designs and layouts, that may very much appeal to recent readers - and fits perfectly with the framing device of the script.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
Just look at it..


The artistic collaboration here is with John Paul Bove, and a special one it is at that. Bove has shown how he can mimic several colour styles in the past (and is the colour wizard behind the Hachette definitive collection, too), but what he does here is keep the continuity with Burcham while also adding a lot of his own shine to it.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
..look at it!


Of course, Tom B. Long is on lettering, and the different formats offer a whole new playground for his skills too - I actually wonder how much of his production set went into the final look of the issue, and if so, he was excellent. As for the covers, the thumbnail spotlights the Coller/Bove variant, but all the other versions of excellent art can be found in our database entry!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The magazine style interview is not an entirely original comics device (recently seen in the likes of The Wicked and The Divine, for example) but the way that it's employed in his issue, and how Barber manages to blend this new toy with his trademark running POV commentary - and how it feeds directly into the story - is extremely pleasing, and satisfying.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #8
OH! THIS is when it happens


The characters, with Jetfire and Pyra Magna taking the biggest chunk, have some very very nice developments in backgrounds and perspective, and there's plotting and planning set up for things about to happen - plus gorgeous designs from Coller and Bove, covers included. Why would you not want to pick up this issue, you cool cats you?

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: + out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Review of IDW Revolutionaries #5

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #5
Date: Wednesday, June 14th 2017 3:56am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
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Steam Wars

Spoiler-ish review of Revolutionaries #5


Synopsis

Cobra Commander vs. Hearts of Steel! Thousands of years ago, a starship crashed on Earth—and the Hearts of Steel Transformers were born… but how can these steampunk Cybertronians be real?! And what does Cobra Commander want with them, when he hasn’t even got Cobra to back him up? The Revolutionaries have uncovered one of the darkest and most incredible secrets on Earth!

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Story

Revolutionaries so far has proven to be a greater success in terms of an engaging story and crossing over various franchises than its predecessor and progenitor Revolution. We've gotten an intelligently-written story that uses elements from Transformers, GI Joe, ROM etc. with actual restraint and intent - and now we get Hearts of Steel thrown in the mix; an IDW Transformers mini that was previously its own little thing connected to no other continuity with the pure reason of having the G1 Transformers be steampunk. It was pretty great. So, how does this manage to fit in with the new IDW Hasbroverse?

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Pretty cleverly, if a tad cold. As one can garner from the preview, writer John Barber smartly manages to connect the Hearts of Steel Autobots and Decepticons to the ongoing narrative of the original 13 Primes and the Colony Worlds. Bridging the gaps in time with a lovely re-appearance of Shockwave and tying things into the backstories of GI Joe characters, the story manages to seamlessly slot Hearts of Steel into the Hasbroverse with nary a continuity error - though unfortunately, it does rely on much of the emotional motivation and pathos of the Hearts of Steel characters being nullified. If you were emotionally invested in the characters of those stories, you might find yourself disliking how this all works - Primus knows I'd be the same if a story I cared a lot about was treated this way. However, as stated; it is clever and this is only a small knock against the contents of the issue.

Talking of the contents of the issue, how does it fare? Really bloody well. We have the story we've been following with Kup and company continue juxtaposed with the backstory of Hearts of Steel Bumblebee beautifully drawn by Guido Guidi (more on that later). I will admit to being a bit confused by the former - it seems to require a decent amount of knowledge about IDW's GI Joe stories, and as someone who has never read those, it's not entirely clear to me what's going on at the start of the issue with Cobra Commander and why he's being betrayed by his former comrades. Still, the narrative can quite easily be followed without context and what follows when the Revolutionaries arrive is a very lengthy but very fun action sequence, utilising the different abilities and weapons of each member all to take down the former Terrorist organisation leader. Which to some might sound a bit dull if this is mostly action and little story, but remember - Hearts of Steel. Switching back and forth between the past and the present help give this issue a very nice balance of action and story; as a reader I didn't feel starved for either by the last page and both gave me a much better understanding of the universe and characters. All good stuff. Unfortunately, while both the flashback and the ongoing story are good and complement each other so you don't get an over-saturation of either; that doesn't mean they work together terribly well.

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As the issue progresses, Blackrock is shown to be conducting on investigation into the Hearts of Steel Transformers. And as his investigation comes to a head, we get panels of his shock and surprise; leading us to believe we're about to see a revelation -- only to realise that he is just discovering something we already knew pages ago. And this is the only real flaw with the flashback: entertaining, well-written and engaging as it may be, it suffers when framed as something Blackrock is finding out. When working with a narrative it is far more advantageous for the reader to discover something at the same time as the character - otherwise the conclusion to the character's investigation just falls flat. Fortunately this is just a minor knock against the story if anything, but it is still rather frustrating when it seems like it could so easily have been done better.

Art

As always, Fico Ossio and Sebastian Cheng handle the art duties for Revolutionaries on lineart and colours respectively. And if you've liked them on the previous Revolutionaries issues, you'll like them here too! They manage to utilise a colourful cast with a darker atmosphere without dimming said colours, their facial expressions are spot-on, and they just keep getting better at drawing the robotic characters. I have nothing but praise and repetition of phrases to give for these two; they're a great artistic duo.

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But what is most likely to grab one's eye in this issue is, naturally, Guido Guidi's lineart and colours for the flashback pages. Waaaaaaay back in 2012's Robots in Disguise annual, we saw him employ a very 80s Marvel-esque art style used for flashback scenes involving the ancient past dealing with characters closely related to the 13 Primes. It worked incredibly well; giving off a mystery, fanciful and otherworldly vibe while paying wonderful homage to Transformers' roots when they started in Marvel back in 1984. The same style is applied for the same reasons here with all the same positives. To be maybe just a little bit unprofessional for a moment, seeing this sort of thing is really friggin' cool and I personally ADORE it! Seeing it return excited me on the previews and I can only hope this indicates it will be used more in the future. It's simply a beautiful homage by people who are clearly very big fans of the franchise.

Final Thoughts

I may have come across as a little bit negative in the review. I speak of how Blackrock's investigation doesn't gel well narratively, I speak of how Hearts of Steel fans may be a bit disheartened by the way the story is now retconned into the main continuity; and I do express confusion on what the deal with Paoli and his former allies is. But I do speak from a place of love, as these do not horribly interfere with the story and they do not prevent Revolutionaries #5 from continuing this series in an entertaining way and being a thrill-ride of continuity engineering and worldbuilding.

Transformers News: Re: IDW Revolutionaries Discussion Thread


Action Man and Kup are enjoyable as always, Hearts of Steel's placement in the continuity is intelligent if not a bit cold, the gunfight between Mayday and Cobra Commander is choreographed very well - though I do question one G.I. Joe soldier being able to take down Cobra's former leader. Was he weak in the IDW G.I. Joe comics?) - and, of course, the art is bloody beautiful. The story moves on, the stakes are being raised; and the plans of Kreiger and Doctor X just keep getting more and more sinister even while each issue including this one manages to be its own individual self-contained story with characters from across all the franchises involved. Like the past four issues, Revolutionaries isn't actually anything revolutionary; but does prove that if you're willing to give the Hasbro Expanded Universe a shot, it can most assuredly deliver. It's just a damn good comic.

:HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: 1/2 out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Date: Wednesday, May 10th 2017 2:38am CDT
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Means of Creation
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #5

As spoiler-free as I can make it.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
If there's light, there's shade.

Here we are on part 5 of 6, "Modes of Production", the latest chapter of author James Roberts' massive Transformers tale. With just forty pages to go when you start Lost Light #5, you may be wondering just how much will end up resolved by the end of "Dissolution". After all, there are several plots all running concurrently: a whole crew of characters from the book's namesake ship that have been displaced twice-over to the point of finding themselves in another reality, a new duo of characters that fans have been trying to figure out, tension between former Decepticons and parts of "Team Rodimus", a Whirl/Tailgate/Cyclonus soap opera side-plot, Nightbeat and Rung's ongoing conversations, Megatron and Terminus' interrupted reunion, the return of Roller to action, mysteries of the Functionist Council, more clarification to get to on Rung, and then finally there's the whole part where the alternate Cybertron our heroes are on is slowly being torn apart by a Luna 2 that's been converted into some sort of gigantic galactic recycling unit.

Phew. I've probably missed something.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Why is he suddenly Rick instead of Brainstorm?

With Mr. Roberts clearly going for some kind of plot-juggling world record, it falls to this review to try and decide how it's working out (that is the point of these, right?) It took some careful reflection and multiple reads, but to be completely honest, it's just impossible to know how good this issue is without being able to read issue 6.

Before you accuse yours truly of going for the review-cop-out world record, hear me out. Is the pacing of this issue justified, where very dense pages jump from point to point interspersing some of the main focus with secondary stories where needed, sometimes tangentially in Roller's case? Are the interludes, including one heavy exposition dump with respect to Rung, worth the space they're taking up in a book with so much going on? To repeat a question one can find in spades over both our own Energon Pub Forums and out there online: Is the space given to Anode and Lug in this arc deserving of its inclusion? I don't know because I don't know what they're for yet. "Knowing what someone turns into is not the same as knowing what someone's for", indeed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
The catch is that your friends stopped reading.

While the paragraph above wasn't directly critical, it does bring up a point that I'll just come out and say explicitly: "Dissolution" feels written as a trade paperback and the month-to-month reading cycle is suffering for it. I felt this way before during "Elegant Chaos", and that turned out quite amazingly well in the end. This issue has a healthy amount of effective, meaningful, and downright quality material that gives hope that everything is, indeed, fine.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Rescue Bots! Roll(er) to the Rescue!

One of these highlights involves an A-Lister of the Transformers franchise. Megatron and Terminus are one of the more fascinating duos in an issue/series/meta-series/universe of sometimes-robo-monogamy (platonic and otherwise) that Roberts has created. In this issue we see things progress logically, with some moments including Roller that are simply fantastic. Morality, peril, specters of the past, and peace through the tyranny of choice are all examined when these two are on the page. In a book with a big cast this is the kind of material that serves as an anchor, especially in this case as we're reminded of the ultimate reason that Megatron is caught up in all of this to begin with. Even readers jaded with this story - you know who you are and it's ok to have opinions - will have a hard time not wanting more of these two in my opinion.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron. Wait...

Then there's this. Quite possibly the biggest mystery in Transformers comics of the past five-plus years is beginning to be brought into the light. Will this issue tell you what Rung does? Yes, and you'll need to read it to find out whether or not the answer is "Drilling! Takara Tomy loves drill tanks after all." Lost Light #5 stops just barely short of giving the total 360° answer about what Rung is for. If you've read the issue, you might take pause at that statement, because there was a very great deal explained. However, when reflecting on the last scene of the book I began to wonder if, perhaps, there are more to Functionist Universe Rung's present desires than... there appear to be.

What? What happened?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Those Lunabots would be handy now, yeah?

Comics are a visual medium and I've said little about that side of this issue so far. This is probably worthy of at least a night in Fan Jail because it's almost perfect to me from this standpoint. Artist Jack Lawrence's characters continue to evolve visually in this issue in a pleasing way. In some cases, this evolution brings characters closer to looks established by Alex Milne while in others, Lawrence continues to put his own touch on the series. The line work, aided by Joana Lafuente's tonally appropriate color palettes and Tom B. Long's usual lettering masterwork, gives a book that is by my count 96% pure eye candy.

The 4% that's not? The final panel. I think this needed either a big splash spread or perhaps some different posing by one of the characters involved. The point is still made and wow, what a moment! That is a thing that has been built up since 2012! Unfortunately, the visual delivery came across somewhat underwhelming. Of course, maybe that is the real point and I don't truly grasp it, but that's the kind of fun chatter we can get to in course when you reply to this post to debate, opine, and converse in our Energon Pub Forums.

Returning to the good stuff, there are four really and truly outstanding covers available for this issue, including another installment in Nick Roche and Josh Burcham's beautiful series of character vignettes that you'll see in this review's News Story thumbnail. As always, you can find full credits and covers in our database entry for Lost Light #5, along with a list of characters that appear in the issue so do be aware of possible spoilers.

Verdict
Some Spoilers Present Below
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

When reviewing Lost Light #4, I said that scores don't feel fair to big multi-part works. I stand by this even moreso for #5 as a standalone work. Taken as part of the whole, it's quite good, but with so much going on and the finish line so close, it ends up being partially victimized by its purpose and by the need for some of the resolutions occurring. The Anode interlude stops the pace dead for a reveal that, rather unfortunately for involved fans like myself, was guessed by the fandom at large two months ago. Brainstorm somehow became a wisecracking parody of himself at some point and I find myself missing the brutally clever scientist we used to know. There's more I could pick out for criticism but it wouldn't change the point, that being that despite all the good stuff in here, there's also just enough that feels off the mark to drag down the finished product.

This needs #6 and it needs it soon. Very possibly, this is an inappropriate score to give something that deserves much, much higher, and in moments it really genuinely does. However, without knowing what everything here was for this is all I can commit to from a strictly critical perspective. I will freely admit if this was too low in #6's review. For now and with a dose of hesitation -

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: and 1/2 out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:


Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • Orlando - "Just For A Second"
  • Pedro The Lion - "Of Up And Coming Monarchs"
  • Tarwater - "All Of The Ants Left Paris"

Encore Bonus? Uniclock Update? Unfortunately, actual real world scary things and warmongering would make it a bit insensitive and tone deaf for me to continue including this little feature, which was intended to be a fun and possibly self-deprecating bit of humor. If that doesn't make sense to you, please do realize this was not inspired by 'Watchmen'.

The Last Knight TRU exclusive Mission to Cybertron Glyph Decoder

Transformers News: The Last Knight TRU exclusive Mission to Cybertron Glyph Decoder
Date: Wednesday, April 26th 2017 12:00pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Live Action Movie News, Toy News
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A few days ago we reported on rumours of a little Toys-R-Us exclusive event called Mission to Cybertron, which appears to encompass the previously-leaked exclusive toys of Skullitron, Nitro and Megatron, and Infernocus and Quintessa.

Turns out those rumours are true, as fellow News Staff ScottyP just today found a Glyph Decoder in a Toys R Us at Cary, NC! This will help you decode the Glyph language found not only on the upcoming exclusive toys, but in quite a few other places in previous Transformers fiction too - it was for instance used in Revenge of the Fallen, and much more recently it was the language used by Vos of the DJD in IDW's More Than Meets The Eye. Take a look at the decoder below, save it for future use if you like and tell us if you've found it in your local TRU in the forums!

Transformers News: The Last Knight TRU exclusive Mission to Cybertron Glyph Decoder

Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
Date: Wednesday, April 26th 2017 3:33am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Optimus ..Fine?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“NEW CYBERTRON”—CONCLUSION! As the Junkions reveal their ultimate plan, Optimus Prime makes a decision that will define the relationship between Earth and Cybertron for all time... but will Arcee be able to live with the fallout?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
Good memory, kids


Story

The first arc of Optimus Prime, the big core book at the heart of the Hasbro Universe (take that, Crown Jewel), comes to a close in this sixth issue, and we get some closure indeed on the multiple threads dangling through the story - and some more are left to unravel for the future...

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
Oooh juicy


We know John Barber's propensity for the caption technique, to aid with the narration and provide some 'behind the scenes' commentary for what is actually happening in the gutters between panels - but this time, despite the very good writing, it's perhaps the very first time I've found it clash a little with the story itself. Having Optimus Prime narrate his own arc just felt ..off, at times.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
shots fired


The other stories, the other faces, the other characters around which the issue and the arc revolve, on the other hand, are still really quite pleasing. There is a lot happening all in one place (if you want a hand in catching up on the roles, our database entry might help!), both in the past and in the present, and it's all satisfyingly tantalising for more story threads from here.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
token human panel


The way in which Optimus is perceived on the many sides of the issues, from the colonist recruits to Aileron and Pyra Magna, to Soundwave and Jetfire's past and present outlook and opinions, to how Earth sees him as coloniser and invader - the story is in no way at its end, if anything we have a new fraught beginning of a much bigger story to be told. And then there's that last page...

Art

Kei Zama is still so much joy to follow through the pages, be it for organic, Cybertronian, Cybertrorganic, landscapes, battles, dialogue or face-offs - be they blasting or verbal, in the present or past - and I'm extremely pleased to see the variations across the Sharkticon ranks as well and variety in humans, who do not obviously have designs as distinctive as the robot protagonists.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
I MEAN


The issue also relies a lot on heavy visual cues for resolutions - as well as the trademark time shifts and parallels - allowing for more of Josh Burcham's effective colouring to blend with Zama's linework. The lighter moments, not necessarily in tone, are impressive where the writing may not reach, and any lingering shadow is that much darker for it.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
FLASH (aahhaaa saviouroftheuniverse)


As for the lettering, I am still in awe at how Tom B. Long manages to juggle so many things at once in pages that can be extremely busy, between visuals and text. Never mind some of the fight scenes, the ink work and dynamism - we still follow narration; top marks. And cover wise, while the veteran roster of Zama/Burcham (SkyLynx rider), Coller/Bove (face-off), Griffith/Perez (Sharkpile) is a wonder to behold, I'd like to congratulate Jin Kim on some really solid output with IDW covers this month - see thumbnail for proof.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I was somehow expecting more from a conclusion, at this stage. Not that what we got wasn't a good one, mind you, but something felt a little underplayed - which might be beneficial for the wider game in the long run, and future stories, but leaves a little anticlimactic here. Soundwave's role, the explanation of his presence by Megatron's side, Jetfire's role in particular, feel well rounded enough to allow it, sure, but Optimus' actions are a bit.. whelming.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #6
irony


Things I am looking forwards to, nonetheless: Jazz and the exploration of his 'getting to know Earth' storyline, so very much. More Thundercracker in an active role. More challenges to Optimus, even - in spite of - apparent changes of heart/mind. Ramifications of his role in the eye of the new recruits. THAT ENDING PAGE.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

IDW Publishing June 2017 Comics Solicitations: Transformers & Hasbro Universe

Transformers News: IDW Publishing June 2017 Comics Solicitations: Transformers & Hasbro Universe
Date: Wednesday, March 22nd 2017 10:26am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Previews World

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Previews World has updated us with the latest IDW solicitations, this time for June of 2017! Among the comics set to be released this month are Transformers: Salvation, the final part of the Dinobot trilogy started with Punishment and continued with Redemption, and featuring Trypticon! Also featured is a Jazz-centered IDW Optimus Prime issue, the end of the Functionist war, and Elita-1 versus Starscream! Check out the previews below!

TRANSFORMERS SALVATION

(W) John Barber (A/CA) Livio Ramondelli
Exiled from civilization, the Dinobots are the last line of defense against the ultimate Cybertronian dinosaur-Trypticon! But how much are the Dinobots willing to sacrifice for a world that hates them?
• Dinobots versus the biggest dino of them all-Trypticon!
• John Barber and Livio Ramondelli finish their Dinobot trilogy that started in Transformers: Punishment and Transformers: Redemption!
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $7.99


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(W) John Barber (A) Livio Ramondelli (CA) Jeffrey Veregge


TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #7

(W) James Roberts (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
AFTERMATH! The war with the Functionalists is over-and Rodimus is left wondering whether he won or lost. It's the beginning of a new chapter for the displaced crew of the Lost Light, as decisions are made that will change their lives forever.
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99


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TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #7 SUBSCRIPTION VAR A

(W) James Roberts (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Nick Roche


TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #7 SUBSCRIPTION VAR B

(W) James Roberts (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Alex Milne


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TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #11

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
With Elita One's influence closing in around Starscream, he's desperate to make any alliances he can. Turns out, a powerful ally might already be within his grasp. But is he willing to risk his own sanity to reach them?
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99


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(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Priscilla Tramontano


OPTIMUS PRIME #8

(W) John Barber (A) Casey W. Coller (CA) Kei Zama
Jazz confronts his past-and the Autobot's future-in front of millions of television viewers. But will he make the people of Earth understand Optimus Prime's mission... or turn against it?
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $3.99


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(W) John Barber (A) Casey W. Coller (CA) Casey Coller


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(W) John Barber (A) Casey W. Coller (CA) Andrew Griffith


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REVOLUTIONARIES #7
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • John Royle (c)
SGT. SAVAGE VS G.I. JOE! The greatest hero of World War II is back—and not for the first time! Vanishing on the battlefields of Europe while fighting robotic soldiers, Sgt. Robert Steven Savage reappeared—in the extreme era of the 1990s! Now he's reborn again—a ’40s hero with a ’90s ’tude... and G.I. Joe isn't ready to go retro.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #7—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

REVOLUTIONARIES #7—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Ron Joseph (a) • Igor Lima (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Variant cover by Pierre Droal!


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TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE TP VOL 01

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
Starscream rules Cybertron. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream's secret police keep increasing the tension, destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. Collects issues #1-4.
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $17.99


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TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE TP VOL 02

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
Epic space-opera action continues as the dramatic TRANSFORMERS continuity leads on to new and explosive revelations! REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn't! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon-and why aren't they stepping up to the plate? Collects issues #5-9.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-924-0

Bullet points:
• "A great book with some serious art design that fully compliments the Transformers universe as a whole and adds weight and importance to the characters." –Big Glasgow Comics Page
• Advance solicited for July release!


Hasbro Universe

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Transformers News: IDW Comics June 2017 Solicitations: Transformers and Hasbro Universe


Rom #12
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema (a) • Leonardo Manco (c)
“Long Roads to Ruin,” part 2. Rom and the other two Knights face off against a dire new threat; and Guy Dorian & Sal Buscema illustrate a dark tale of the Solstar Order!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Rom #12—Subscription Variant
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina (a) • Nathan Greno (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Rom #12—Subscription Variant
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina (a) • David LaFuente (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Rom #12—Subscription Variant
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Variant cover by Raffaele Ienco!


Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #2 (of 3)
John Barber & various (w) • Robert Atkins & various (a) • Fico Ossio (c)
If you’re new to the Hasbro Universe or a long-time fan, this book is for you! Featuring a veritable TON of bios on your favorite characters, from E to O, plus papercraft projects, a map of Metrotitan, the current base of Optimus Prime, and an exclusive story featuring Kup and Bryce Chan’s adventures in London!
FC • 48 pages • $4.99

Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #2 (of 3)—Subscription Variant
John Barber & Various (w) • Robert Atkins & various (a) • Sam Lotfi (c)
FC • 48 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
• Written by today’s top Hasbro U talent including John Barber, Aubrey Sitterson, Chris Ryall, David Mariotte, Brandon Easton, Cullen Bunn, Mairghread Scott, and Jimmy Johnston.
• Art by some of today’s top Hasbro Universe artists including Robert Atkins, Guido Guidi, Simon Gough, Marcelo Ferreira, Fico Ossio, and Jack Lawrence!
• Exclusive paper-crafts, posters and stories in every issue!
• Variant cover by Marcelo Borstelmann!


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G.I. JOE #7
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
G.I. Joe's subterranean mission takes a turn for the worse after the team is attacked by one of their own! Meanwhile, back in their underground base, Scarlett's command is challenged and a long-simmering rivalry boils to a head! Plus: Monsters, explosions, jokes and more in The Crown Jewel of the Hasbro universe!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #7—Subscription Variant
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #7—Subscription Variant
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Drew Johnson (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Variant cover by Ed Luce variant cover!


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G.I. JOE, Vol. 1—SPOTLIGHT
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Ariel Olivetti (c)
G.I. JOE finds a new role in a world of globalization, TRANSFORMERS and aliens! After the events of REVOLUTION, the G.I. JOE team returns to the fray and their mission has become a global one–leading the charge against invading TRANSFORMERS and other aliens. But when a US military defense base goes dark, Scarlett has reason to suspect that these enemy forces may have infiltrated G.I. JOE. It's up to her, Roadblock, Rock 'n Roll, Quick Kick, Wild Bill, and Shipwreck to move in and root out any traitors before the facility falls into the wrong hands! Collects issues #1–4 and the G.I. JOE: Revolution one-shot.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-913-4

Bullet points:
• It's a new look and new mission as G.I. Joe finds itself part of a larger battle.
• Advance solicited for July release!


M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8
Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
Determined to end the threat of Ore-13 radiation poisoning, Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. team go on a mission into the depths of the Earth where they discover much more than they could have imagined—a race of powerful mutated creatures borne from the strange Cybertronian energy source. Are these monsters too powerful even for the technology of M.A.S.K.?!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8—Subscription Variant
Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima (a) • Davide Fabbri (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #8— Subscription Variant
Brandon Easton (w) • Igor Lima- (a) • Vincenzo Federici (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• All-new storyline starts here!
• Variant cover by Marcelo Perez Dalannays!


M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Vol. 1: Mobilize—SPOTLIGHT
Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas & Juan Samu (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards (c)
Launching from the events of REVOLUTION, the M.A.S.K. team streaks into a dangerous, unstable landscape of dark wars, high intrigue, and non-stop action where they'll encounter the nearly unstoppable threat of Miles Mayhem and his black-ops squadron known as V.E.N.O.M. How will an untested Matt Trakker lead M.A.S.K. through a complex new world order where nothing is what it seems? Collects the M.A.S.K. Revolution One-Shot and issues #1–5 of the series.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 136 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-917-2
Expected in-store date: 7/19/17

Bullet points:
• It's a new look and new mission as M.A.S.K. finds itself part of a larger battle.
• Advance solicited for July release!


Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #3
Cullen Bunn & Jimmy Johnston (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
Baron Karza has begun his invasion of Earth! Leading his people from the impending doom of the Entropy cloud to a single planet capable of sustaining all of Microspace. With M.A.S.K, G.I. JOE, the TRANSFORMERS, and the MICRONAUTS defeated, Karza stands triumphant. Can anything keep him from conquering the planet?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #3—Subscription variant
Cullen Bunn & Jimmy Johnston (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Chris “Panda” Mercier (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Variant cover by Marco Turini!

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