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IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review
Date: Wednesday, March 25th 2020 8:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88

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Everybody's Dead
A Review of Transformers vs Terminator #1

Honestly, not much to spoil here that hasn't been shown in the previewTransformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review


This is a special week in the world of Transformers comics because not only are we getting two books, but these two books are the last we'll be receiving for a while.

And one of them happens to be Transformers Vs Terminator, a book that intrigued quite a few. I know it intrigued me. The fact that the now legendary Transformers artist Alex Milne was attached to it, made it even more of a must check out. And now it's here and while I am still just as intrigued to see where it goes, the first issue didn't really do it for me.

My main issue here is that the first issue is very derivative, on purpose. It's basically just a retelling of the terminator lore, filled with the typical lines so that someone can say "oh, he said the thing!". It didn't make for the most engaging read.

I much prefer the first few pages which were already shown to all in the preview which show the future all out war of Transformers vs Terminators, featuring new Transformers designs by Alex Milne.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

Speaking of the art, that opening is also where we see the most bots and thus where Alex Milne shines most. Now don't get me wrong, Alex Milne is as fine an artist as they come, but he has this amazing skill for depicting Transformers which really make him stand out compared to everyone else. However, when it comes to humans, there isn't as much in the style that makes him stand out.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

Also, while he does aim for Sarah Connor to look like Linda Hamilton, I did not realize that the terminator was supposed to be of the Arnold variety. It could be Michael Beihn as much as it could be Arnold (which is actually what I thought they were going for at first, like some sort of switcheroo) or Duke from GI Joe. So that iconic Terminator aspect, which the script is clearly going for, is lost in the art too. When I read the panel you'll see below, I realized the author was hoping we'd been reading the Terminator's dialogue with Arnold's accent but the art never gave us indication of that so it took me out of it. It's like the nuts and bolts of the comic suddenly appeared and I saw a writer inserting some dialogue to make up for them not being able to get the rights to an actor's likeness.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

Just a side note, I did find it interesting that the Terminator drives an Optimus Prime looking truck in this issue, smashing into cops, when the T-1000 drove a "nemesis prime" deco of a similar looking truck in Terminator 2, while dressed as a cop.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Vs Terminator 1 Review

The final splash page is enough to have any fan want more, I just wish the first issue as a whole felt more meaty rather than just going through the motions to get to that final page. It was an average issue overall so I'll give it an average score.

Final Score
. :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstarhalf:
out of
:rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar:


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IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Date: Wednesday, March 25th 2020 7:37am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
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Cliffstabber
A Review of Transformers: Galaxies #6

Spoiler Free-ish
Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
The entirety of issues 5 and 6, distilled into a panel

A flurry of recent releases culminates just in time for a partial shut-down of the comics world* with the conclusion to Transformers: Galaxies' second short arc featuring Cliffjumper. Issue five provided mostly one joke to carry the proceedings and readers of the preview for this sixth issue will know that it carries the torch of this same humorous case of misidentified Autobots. Can that carry the story somewhere meaningful? Read on.

*Transformers: Galaxies #6 is still being released today, this only impacts books scheduled for release from 4/1 onwards

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Pictured: the reveal of every new Studio Series Deluxe Class wave

The same writing team of Kate Leth and Cohen Edenfield continue on for this issue and pack in much of the same humor as before, but it manages to work throughout and not approach a level of overkill. Transformers fans are certainly familiar with the concept of slight variations on the same thing and while a critical eye could pierce the humor for that reason, I find the creativity that it took to come up with said variations remarkable enough to give the repetition a pass. If you're just looking to this one for the jokes, there are a few less of them here but you'll Bee happy to know they continue aplenty.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Did we need this?

In a slight narrative turn to prevent the entire story from becoming a joke, Cliffjumper does team up with one of the alien inhabitants to accomplish his goals. While this part of the structure made sense for carrying the plot where it needed to go, there was a bit of lingering that made the issue feel ever-so-slightly, and I really mean slightly stretched out. Maybe it was the nine-panel page repeating a sequence of narrative captions from issue five that caused me to feel this way, as they extended the length of reading time for what should have been a fast-flowing sequential action scene without adding anything to the story's themes that most readers couldn't have figured out on their own already.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Deathsaurus knows to practice good hygiene

Despite the Spotlight: Cliffjumper vibes which didn't work for me, the character building here for Deathsaurus was well done. This is definitely not the "Victory" incarnation or is it the More Than Meets The Eye war general. While that could have been said after issue five, Galaxies #6 makes this continuity's version of the character much more clear. Alex Milne's contribution to this via his line art can't be denied, as the facial expressions he gives to the character in both modes helps convey his tone quite effectively.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Underrated series, I agree

Milne is joined this time by David Garcia-Cruz on colors, and while the quality doesn't take a dip there's also just enough inconsistency between the two issues to be noticeable. Cliffjumper is more red in issue 6 than in 5, the landscapes and interiors aren't the same grays and in something only noticed by putting the files side by side, Deathsaurus' alt mode's "eyebrows" are colored in by Garcia-Cruz whereas Perez left them white. I'll concede that last point is a bit picky, but hopefully the other things aren't as noteworthy on a printed copy. Jake M. Wood and Val Lopez combine for a "letters and design" credit and do well navigating a script that varies between too busy and just right. Tom Waltz and David Mariotte's touch here seems to have kept most things in order and progressing in a tidy way throughout, but the nine-panel page mentioned earlier in this review really should have leaned in more to the high-level of skill Alex Milne delivers with visual storytelling rather than rely on the amount of words that it had.

The three cover options provide an "A" cover by Milne and Perez, which serves as this review's news story's thumbnail image. Another readily order-able "B" cover by Bethany McGuire-Smith is also available though in a rare turn given her usual quality work this cover frankly looks unfinished, to me. George Caltsoudas shows that at least someone understood the "horns and guns" nature of Cliffjumper with the ten-copy retailer incentive cover for this issue. As always, you can also find all the cover images, full credits for the issue and a list of all the characters that appear in the book through our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers: Galaxies #6.

Verdict
Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Galaxies #6 Review
Deathsaurus sums up the first dozen or so issues of the ongoing

Transformers: Galaxies #6 is still a very good comic but not quite as fun as the first half of the story from issue 5. The continued fantastic humor and art are held back to a small degree by an attempt at adding emotional gravity that felt somewhat superfluous, though it did take the story where it needed so it's tough to call it any super serious detriment.

Put together, this short two-issue story arc provides an ample dose of entertainment featuring robots and levity at a time when at least the latter is sorely appreciated. Cliffjumper lives up to the jokes about him to some degree but shows a little of his mischievous streak by the end and Deathsaurus gets enough characterization to know he'd probably call me a peon for giving the score below, so the strong production and characters leave me feeling this is a job well done.

Final Score
. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
out of
:CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:


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IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion
Date: Saturday, March 21st 2020 8:38am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
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Transformers ‘84: Legends & Rumors 100-Page Giant
Bill Mantlo & Ralph Macchio, Steve Parkhouse, Simon Furman (w) • Frank Springer & Kim DeMulder, John Ridgway, Mike Collins, Guido Guidi (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
Some events in history are so incredible, that they’ve gone down in legend—epic tales of epic heroes and villains. Others remain shrouded in mystery, only surfacing as snippets of the real story. 

Transformers ’84: Legends & Rumors is the perfect companion book to the Secrets & Lies mini-series. Representing the classic stories that inspired the series: “The Transformers” (Transformers #1), “Man of Iron” (Transformers UK #9-12), and the Transformers ’84 #0 one-shot! 
FC • 96 pages • $6.99

Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #3—Cover A: Guido Guidi
Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a & c)
With Megatron, Shockwave, and the Decepticon brass gone, the power vacuum on Cybertron leads many Decepticon commanders to stake their claims on the world. And with the Decepticons divided, which Autobots will step up to take command? Meanwhile, on Earth, Grimlock wanders into the strangest battle yet! 
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #3—Cover B: Casey W. Coller 
Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Nick Roche!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion


Transformers #22—Cover A: Anna Malkova
Brian Ruckley (w) • Anna Malkova (a & c)
“Crisis: Prisoners.” Cybertronians have died and their killers have yet to face justice. With one murderer finally on his way to detention for his crimes, a new challenge arises—getting him there without the loss of any more lives. 
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #22—Cover B: Andrew Griffith
Brian Ruckley (w) • Anna Malkova (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Winston Chan!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion


Transformers Galaxies #10—Cover A: Andrew Griffith
Brandon Easton (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
“Storm Horizon,” Part One! Ultra Magnus, one of the four Great Generals of Cybertron’s last war, finds himself far from home and his glory days on a deep space exploratory mission. But when his mentor, Alpha Trion, is reported missing from a nearby world, Magnus must solve a mystery with roots in an even more distant past that reaches from Cybertron to the unknown regions.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers Galaxies #10—Cover B: Thomas Deer
Brandon Easton (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Thomas Deer (c)

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Jack Lawrence!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion


Transformers vs The Terminator #4—Cover A: Gavin Fullerton
David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Gavin Fullerton (c)
Up against an army of Decepticons, the T-800 must rely on his Autobot allies to even the odds. And, with luck, both sides will thin each other out for his last gambit to eliminate all Cybertronians. The fate of the future will be determined in this final battle, but will the ultimate victors be robotic... or human? 
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers vs The Terminator #4—Cover B: Billie Montfort
David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz (w) • Alex Milne (a) •Billie Montfort (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Freddie E. Williams II!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Comic Book Solicitations for June 2020 Apes and Alpha Trion

Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview
Date: Friday, March 20th 2020 9:27pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): SyFy Wire

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Thanks to SyFy Wire, we have our first preview for the upcoming Transformers vs The Terminator crossover series! The series will follow a lone T-800 that goes back in time to try to prevent the Decepticons from destroying his and the Autobot's future, and will run for 4 issues.

Thanks to SyFy Wire, we have the first 4 pages, minus speech bubbles, as well as the lines for those pages for you to take a look at today. It even features some pretty sweet looking new Seekers, all done up in typical Alex Milne razzle dazzle.

Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for more information on the Transformers vs. The Terminator!

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 Preview

Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview
Date: Friday, March 20th 2020 9:17pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): Apple Books Previews

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Thanks to Apple Books Preview, we have our first preview for the upcoming Transformers Galaxies #6!

Transformers Galaxies #6 follows up to Galaxies #5, serving as the 2nd and final chapter in the Bumblebee, er Cliffhanger, um dangit! Cliffjumper saga! In the previous issue, we were left on the last page with Deathsaurus standing menacingly over Cliff, not even able to get his name right, asking if he was ready to stoop to his level. And here we start with a look at Cliffjumper's birth, which itself was apparently unexpected, unwelcomed, and he was apologizing for existing from his first moments.

We must now see if Cliffjumper can rise up and make a true name for himself, and stand tall against a fearsome Deathsaurus!

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

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview

Transformers News: Transformers Galaxies #6 Preview

Seibertron Store: New Transformers and Marvel Comics plus 20% off sale on most items!!!

Transformers News: Seibertron Store: New Transformers and Marvel Comics plus 20% off sale on most items!!!
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2020 6:01pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Toy News, Sponsor News
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Most items are currently 20% off regular prices currently at the Seibertron Store. Catch up on comics and add some more toys to your collection to enjoy while you are in home quarantine during these unprecedented times. As long as the post office and the internet continue to operate, we'll be here doing our part to bring a little joy to the lives of our customers. Stay safe and be smart during this crisis, my fellow Seibertronians!

Over 2,300+ items are currently available in the Seibertron Store on eBay! We've been busy listing new Transformers, comic books and other collectible items which we think might be of interest to you.

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Review of IDW Transformers #18

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18
Date: Thursday, March 12th 2020 9:58pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
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Spotlight Arcee
A Review of Transformers #18

Spoiler free


I liked this issue. It is actually my favourite issue of the ones I have reviewed for the site. Of course that doesn't mean much, all I needed was an issue with less stairs and talking. And funny enough, I don't recall any prominent stairs here, instead it was more star wars type walkways and ramps. Now that i think of it, for a species that turns into cars, don't ramps make more sense than stairs? Why even have stairs? Eh, moving on.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

This issue feels like a breath of fresh air compared to previous ones in the sense that it feels more like a spotlight issue. There is definitely still some world building, like the logic behind new bots being created, but no one is sitting around talking about it. Instead we see it through actions and other fun interactions. While she isn't spotlit on this issue's two main covers, the spotlight is really on Arcee. I do like how the idea of her being a hardened warrior is kept from the previous continuity, without being too world weary either. And we get more Greenlight here than we've ever gotten in G1 so hurray for that too.

It is a very simple story, just getting from point A to point B while kicking ass and taking names, ala Escape from New York, which works very well for these other characters born of the 80s. I did like the action, it was very well framed by the artists, though I did wonder the effectiveness of some moves. There is a really prominent shot of an antagonist throwing energon cubes at Arcee and you get the sense that he is skilled at this, but the next shot is just them bumping off her like they were empty cardboard boxes. It would have been more impressive to see her dodge them acrobatically, unless I was supposed to know that Arcee now has wonder woman gauntlets. It just felt a tad underwhelming after the emphasis on the battle.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

Speaking of the artists, this issue had 2, Bethany McGuire-Smith and Umi Miyao, and I felt both their styles worked well with this issue. The change in artist never felt jarring, I wouldn't even have known if I wasn't told. It is of course helped a lot by Josh Burcham being the only colourist on this issue and giving it a very even feel. The art itself was fine, a bit reminiscent of Nick Roche (especially when coloured by Josh Burcham) but I did have some issue with the faces. Arcee especially is given a Jay leno chin and there are some shots in the issue where her Lea bunns helmet is cut off from the frame and it was not obvious it was her. Also, I never thought of Transformers sweating, but the artists give it a shot in this issue and it instead comes off as Arcee having a bad case of acnee.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

The covers available feature Umi Miyao as the main cover artist and Beth Mcguire-Smith as the artist for cover B. I will say none really do it for me, especially the main cover where I couldn't even tell that was Greenlight. My favourite cover of the bunch is Kei Zama's retailer incentive which looks incredible, and does have Arcee in the spotlight. Regardless of my personal tastes, I do find it incredible that we all these covers are by talented women. It's a nice touch for international women's day, whether intentional or not, and it's nice to highlight diversity in this field which has been dominated by men since inception.
As always, you can also find images of all of the book's covers along with full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers #18.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18


Verdict


Straight and to the point, just like I like em. Nothing too fancy, but it hit the spot for some Transformers fiction and I definitely wouldn't mind reading more from these characters, which is something I thought I would never say about this series.

Final Score
. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: and a half
out of
:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Date: Wednesday, March 11th 2020 11:42am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
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Courtesy of the fine folks at Viz Media, we have even more images to share with you from the just-released Transformers: The Manga Volume 1. This is a combination of images that are publicly available in the free preview at Viz.com along with additional images that their PR company sent us to share with all of you. The free preview includes almost the first 20 pages, and then we added in some of the extras (in appropriate order) that we received separately. You can click on the thumbnails below to view the full images.

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, comic book stores, or other specialty retailers such as the Seibertron Store. Don't forget to check out Seibertron.com's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 and share your thoughts about this excellent book on our forums!

Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Free preview and additional images of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Date: Tuesday, March 10th 2020 10:29pm CDT
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Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

For many years, the Transformers G1 Manga from Japan eluded Transformers fans. It was once the stuff of much desire and wild speculation. Around October 2002, Million Publishing (currently known as Hero-X), publishers of the popular Transformers Generations series of books, released the first ever compilation of the Generation One manga alongside a Lucky Draw Black Tracks. The manga compilation was titled "Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: The Comics".

This amazing book came into my personal collection courtesy of a purchase I made at OTFCC 2003. Within its many pages were some of the most incredible artwork of the Autobots and Decepticons drawn in such a unique style for someone used to the styles of the Marvel Transformers comic books and the original Sunbow Transformers cartoons. I have enjoyed looking at the beautiful renditions of the Transformers characters who were drawn in a familiar manga or anime style by the very talented Ban Magami, yet very distinct from other popular artistic renderings to which most Hasbro-market Transformers fans are accustomed. 

However, as sensational as the images of our favorite "robots in disguise" were to my eyes and my imagination, I had no damn idea what the heck was happening in the book. Well, other than what was actually shown, and even then it was sometimes challenging to understand what I was looking at due to the small black and white artwork. Needless to say, as much as I enjoyed looking at the back initially, it has spent the better part of the last 16 or so years in storage alongside my original Marvel Transformers comics and my prized (embarrassingly) KISS Players Manga collection. 

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Fast forward to March 11th, 2020. This is the day that Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media will be released at book and comic book stores nationwide. Special thanks to Viz Media for providing a sample copy of this book to Seibertron.com for review purposes. What makes this version unique, is that Masumi Kaneda's stories would finally be translated to English at very long last. After so much time, the stories of the Transformers G1 manga would at last be known to Transformers fans outside of Japan. 

The book's presentation is top notch. It is a great addition to the collections of those who appreciate Transformers Generation 1 fiction in all of its forms, as well as the collections of those who collect Manga. As exhilarating as Magami's artwork can be to those of us who can't get enough of this style, the stories were slightly more juvenile than for which I was hoping (though highly suspected) after years of looking over these manga pages from the previous compilation. 

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

However, I understand that this manga was intended for kids, as were the Marvel Transformers comics that have such a special place in my heart despite their many flaws. Despite the story's simplicity, I enjoyed the desired nostalgic rush as I plowed effortlessly through this book. Page after page, I sucked in as much eye candy as possible, which seemed to hit so many of the right spots, while finally being able to understand what was happening in the artwork which had been the stuff of wonder for so long.

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Surprisingly, Abby Lark's translations were pretty spot on. To be honest, I was expecting various flaws, misspellings, incorrect character names or factions or other problems that are unfortunately common with Transformers translations. However, that wasn't to be the case with this book. Lark seemed to know her Transformers very well. The subgroups and characters were all appropriately named and the translations were all sensical. There were few, if any, errors. I was pleasantly surprised by this and truly appreciated the amount of time and effort it took to get all of these things right. The translations used in this book for Convoy, Bumble, Metroflex, Cybertrons, Destrons, etc, are the more well-known American names such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Metroplex, Autobots and Decepticons respectively. This might bother some fans but is perfectly acceptable to most. It will be interesting to see how the translations are handled in Volume 2's Masterforce manga for various characters like Super Ginrai versus Powermaster Optimus Prime. 

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

The last 74 pages of the page are dedicated to bringing some additional artwork into an "Illustration Works" gallery for your viewing pleasure. Many images within this gallery include promotional images for various episodes of the Fight Super Robot Lifeform Transformers cartoon through 2010 and the Headmasters series. In addition to this promotional artwork, there are some very detailed drawings of the alt modes for some characters like Jazz, Starscream, Wheelie, Springer, Arcee, Blurr, Scourge, and others. It is a very nice addition that I don't think was available in the original Japanese compilation (at least, not at this printed size) if I recall correctly.

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

While not as large as the original Japanese version from Million Publishing, it is only volume 1 out of 3 volumes. Volume 2 will be released later in May 2020 and should contain the remaining Headmasters stories along with the Masterforce. Volume 3 will be released later this year which will contain Victory, Zone, and Battle Star stories (Sidenote: who wants a Super Megatron toy after all of these years???). With a $24.99 cover price per book, it still costs less for all 3 volumes from Viz Media than the $80 I spent for the original Japanese compilation at OTFCC 2003 (not to mention inflation), which makes these books from Viz an absolute steal in my opinion, especially with the nice hard covers. 

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

In addition to traditional brick-and-mortar stores, you'll be able to find Viz Media's Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 at various online outlets such as Amazon.com and the Seibertron Store. Transformers: The Manga Volume 2 through is currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

Transformers: The Manga's long sought after story is written by Masumi Kaneda, brought to life with artwork by the very talented Ban Magami, and made readable for those of us who can't read Japanese courtesy of Abby Lark, whose translations were seamlessly lettered and retouched into the original artwork by Brandon Bovia.

I would recommend this book for those of you who enjoy a nostalgic tug from the past and for those of you who enjoy Transformers Generation 1 fiction. If you're a die-hard Michael Bay Transformers Movie buff or only like comics with "deeper" meaning like some of the Transformers comics from IDW, than this might not be for you. If you can enjoy some of the lighter Transformers content intended for kids or just like awesome pics of cool lookin' Japanese styled robots, than this book is absolutely for you.

As for my rating? Well, by Primus, I am extremely biased and enjoy every page. It was a lot of fun to read through this book. I give it a loud and proud 4.5 Rodimus stars out of 5!

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So what are you waiting for? Go get your copy today! In the meantime, join our discussion on our forums to further discuss Transformers: The Manga Volume 1!

Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media


Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media
Transformers News: Check out Seibertron's review of Transformers: The Manga Volume 1 from Viz Media

New Transformers Galaxies #5 Line Art by Alex Milne Shown Off

Transformers News: New Transformers Galaxies #5 Line Art by Alex Milne Shown Off
Date: Tuesday, March 10th 2020 8:20pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): Alex Milne on Twitter

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Thanks to Alex Milne on Twitter, we have some line art from the just released IDW Transformers Galaxies #5.

The line art that Milne shared with us today comes from 2 different pages: Page 11 and Page 16. Page 11 features Cliffjumper and the Probats around a fire enjoying the light, while Page 16 features a beast mode Deathsaurus losing his temper, what one might call a "Catastrophe". The pages show the level of detail Milne puts into his pages, and the results can be nothing short of stunning.

Also, we get to admire just how good looking Deathsaurus is, and just how great Milne draws him in this comic.

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

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Transformers News: New Transformers Galaxies #5 Line Art by Alex Milne Shown Off

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