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Transformers Artist Casey Coller to attend TFCon 2018

Transformers News: Transformers Artist Casey Coller to attend TFCon 2018
Date: Tuesday, August 14th 2018 5:44pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, Press Releases, People News
Posted by: ZeroWolf | Credit(s): TFcon 2018

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With guests like Flint Dille, Alex Milne, Kei Zama and James Roberts already announced for the upcoming TFCon 2018 being held in Chicago, we have news from TFCon itself that artist Casey Coller will also be in attendance, signing prints and doing commissions.

Here is the press release from TFCon.

TFCon 2018 wrote:We are pleased to welcome back Transformers comic book artist Casey Coller to TFcon Chicago 2018. Casey is known to fans for his work penciling various issues and variant covers for IDW’s Robots In Disguise, More Than Meets the Eye, Optimus Prime and Lost Light comics as well as many other one-shot issues. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long.


Transformers News: Transformers Artist Casey Coller to attend TFCon 2018

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB
Date: Tuesday, August 14th 2018 7:49am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Out from IDW Publishing this week, though it's not a new issue, we have some Transformers: Lost Light comics reading in trade paperback form with the series' third collected volume! The full preview is offered below, for your viewing convenience, as you can finally catch up on everything happening before the current story arc if you've been waiting for the trade!

Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 3
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne, Brendan Cahill, Jack Lawrence (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)
Crammed into a dead Decepticon astropod that's 10 sizes too small, the displaced crew of the Lost Light faces their most serious threat yet: each other. No worries though, Rodimus can save the day! Or maybe they’ll all die... Plus, the Scavengers have never had it so good. The war is a receding memory, their patchy service records have been forgotten, and the five of them can roam the galaxy as they please. All's well that ends well? Not quite. Collects issues #13–18.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-331-5

Bullet points:
Winner of the Comixology Award for Best Ongoing Comic Series of 2017 as well as Best Writer for James Roberts!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light Volume 3 TPB

IDW Transformers: Unicron #1 & #2 Second Printing and Cover Variants

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Unicron #1 & #2 Second Printing and Cover Variants
Date: Saturday, August 11th 2018 3:55am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Directly from IDW Publishing on Twitter, we have news that the first two issues of the last mini series in this narrative continuity - the Transformers: Unicron six issue title - have reached a second publishing threshold, thanks to being sold out at distributor level!

A useful reminder, as ScottyP phrased it, is that this means that direct market distribution company Diamond had no more copies to send retailers placing new orders, not that all issues currently in shops have been sold out. Nevertheless, take a look at the special variant covers, mixing line art and colours, for Unicron #1 and Unicron #2 below, and read our reviews for the issues respectively here and here.

#Transformers: Unicron #1 & #2 have sold-out at the distributor level. To meet fan demand, second printings will begin immediately, Autobot-lovers can expect them in stores on September 12th. JUN188803: TRANSFORMERS UNICRON #1 2ND PTG JUN188804: TRANSFORMERS UNICRON #2 2ND PTG


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Unicron #1 & #2 Second Printing and Cover Variants

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Unicron #1 & #2 Second Printing and Cover Variants

Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online
Date: Thursday, August 9th 2018 6:19am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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We have another update in the online Legends manga series from Takara Tomy Transformers, following from the previous update we covered here. With Hayato Sakamoto still behind the story and art, in this 53rd chapter we see a number of regular characters from the toylines, but also a human addition from the real world, with artist Marcelo Matere, writer James Roberts, and artist and colourist Josh Perez also making a cameo appearance in the panels!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Manga Chapter 53 Now Online


Sabrblade wrote:In this part, I see...

Majin Zarak
Legends World Rattrap, Nightscream, Cheetor, Airazor, Dinobot, Rhinox, Tigatron, and Silverbolt
Big Convoy toy come to life
So many Transformers toys seemingly coming alive (not gonna list all of these since there's just so MANY of them)
Josh Perez
James Roberts
Marcelo Matere
Windblade
Katsu Don
Overlord Tera
Metroplex
A swarm of Kickback clones
Mindwipe carrying the Mutant Targetmasters
Scorponok in his new body based on the Hasbro Titan Master
Flywheels
Misfire
Slugslinger
Weirdwolf
Skullcruncher
Triggerhappy
Brainstorm w/ Synapse
Hardhead w/ Tankette
Chomedome
Highbrow w/ Cargot
Sureshot
Pointblank
Crosshairs
Alpha Trion
Twin Twist
Twin Twist's Transtector's Zone Mode
Topspin
Chromia
Brawn
Leo Prime
Legends World Lio Convoy
Hedgehog
Power Jaguar
Ultragas
Ultra Magnus
Springer
Legends World Arcee
Hot Rod w/ Firebolt/Shaoshao Li
Kup w/ Recoil/Sue Faireborn
Blurr w/ Haywire/White Lune
Sky Lynx
Broadside
Superion
Curse Armada Thrust
Shockwave
Soundblaster
Soundblaster's Soundwave Transtector
Starscream attached to Octane's Transtector
G1 World Megatron attached to Legend World Megatron's Transtector
Fortress Maximus
Sweeps
God Ginrai
Soundwave
Lunaclub
Devil Z
Moonheart
Neo Brave Maximus
Grand Maximus
Astrotrain
Legends World Optimus Primal
A Cyber Falcon-type spaceship
White Leo and Tigerburn, both frozen like statues
Grotusque
Doublecross
Two of Repugnus

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 by Geoff Senior / Josh Burcham

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 by Geoff Senior / Josh Burcham
Date: Thursday, August 9th 2018 3:17am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Previews World

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Coming up next month (in theory) from IDW Publishing is issue #23 of the ongoing comics series Transformers: Lost Light, and with it another cover from previous collaborators on the franchise and its comic books: Geoff Senior!

Courtesy of Previews World, and notified via news staff WreckerJack, the cover has been mirrored below, and seems to follow on from the variant for issue #22 - which you can see in our database here - in which Rodimus and Megatron are 'arguing but not fighting' with this time a very fighty Tyrest and Pharma. Check it out!

(W) James Roberts (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Geoff Senior
The final battle is here! Bots will live, bots will die, and the craziness can only increase! We're halfway through a finale six years in the making! And if you've ever loved a bot, you won't want to miss this.

In Shops: Sep 05, 2018


Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 by Geoff Senior / Josh Burcham

Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2018 3:37am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximal_Primal | Credit(s): IDW

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Monster
A Seibertron.com Somewhat Spoilerish Review of Unicron #3


Synopsis

Unicron approaches Cybertron, so Windblade enacts a desperate plan-one neither Optimus Prime nor Starscream agree with! Has Windblade outmaneuvered Shockwave's machinations-or played right into his deadly hand?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
The secret side of me
I never let you see


Story

Back again are we? Well, here we are, halfway through the epic Unicron finale, the giant be-all-end-all story for IDW, the culmination of 13 years of stories. So where do we sit halfway through the 6 part finale, minus a free comic book day intro?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
I feel the rage
And I just can't hold it


Well, we don't actually sit too far away from where we were last time. The thing about this issue is that, objectively and character-wise, it was good. But pacing wise, I feel like it slowed down some, a bit too much. Now that's not to say the comic is bad by any means, because it isn't, but I feel like it should have moved just a smidge faster.

Pacing wise set aside, let's take a look at what else the comic had to offer. Probably my favorite part of the book was the core character moments. Characters like Bumblebee and Aileron shined together, with Soundwave providing a subtle but meaningful voice in his moments of time. But Starscream once again continues to steal the spotlight, and between last issue and this issue, we truly see his Till All Are One redemption story and his past self truly merge to create a genuinely great and enjoyable Starscream.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
Why won't somebody come and save me from this?
Make it end!


The other characters included and the overall action in orbit are also present and they did their part, albeit maybe just a teensy bit too briefly. I understand that this is a dense book and it's basically the big climax of 13 years, but I still think an extra few panels could have made the battle in orbit a bit more memorable. Victorion and the torchbearers themselves stood out, while Elita-1 sort of fizzled out. In a way, Windblade was also sort of just there, as I felt her role really was just telling everyone how terrible they really were over all those years and how this is the final true end result. That said, her and Arcee did work well together, and she served as s a good bounce back for many of Arcee's good character moments.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
There's no escape for me
It wants my soul,
It wants my heart


And meanwhile, Unicron is there, not really doing anything the whole issue except being huge and intimidating, with one brief 1986 callback moment, albeit not the one I would have hoped for. He felt like background in the issue, like the threat is right there, but it really doesn't do anything until page 19. But despite this, it's not like he just spoke to the assembled living beings; no, he remains mute save for his 2 words repeated only once from their initial quote, and honestly, in this case, I think this is all Unicron really needs to be at this point. His presence is enough to satisfy his appearance in the book... at least for now.

Art

Art for this issue once more continues with Alex Milne leading the lining charge, Sebastian Cheng on colors (with David Garcia Cruz this issue too), and Tom B. Long heading up the lettering. The issue was certainly another tough task to conquer, but once again we have some great art and great visual moments. The combination of yet more intense space battle and cluttered city views could be enough to bury some artistic teams, but this one keeps on chugging away.

The visuals are stunning, and it is amazing how, despite the constant shifts from glowing bright light to darkened areas, the action still stands out, the lines are still pronounced, everything still works. It is magnificent.

Also, the shading on the characters works incredibly well. It still amazes me when Milne can make someone with one eye and no face, a faceplate and eyes, or even a faceplate with just a visor still emote as though they had a full normal human like face.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
I hate what I've become
The nightmare's just begun


Final Thoughts

This issue felt a bit like it was spinning its wheels in some areas and house cleaning in others, but still delivered on characters and intimidation. I would be doing the book a disgrace if I said it was bad or even mediocre, simply on the weight of the characters and the visuals. But I also feel we are at that point where things should be picking up, and they aren't fully up to my standards quite yet. This appears to be a pattern with recent books, where the first issue comes out swinging, the next 2 are sort of there, advancing the plot and characters but not accomplishing a whole lot, before we get the full on charge to the finish. Now I don't mind that, especially as someone who primarily buys the Trades, but I wish we could have just a bit more in those early-mid issues.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #3
I'm gonna lose control
Here's something radical
I must confess that I feel like a monster


That said, if that last page didn't give you a least a bit of a chill, get out here. In the same way the last part of issue 2 hyped me up, issue 3 did the same. Now I'm hoping it can deliver a little bit more than issue 3 did following issue 2's last pages.

.:SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: out of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:


For all the covers part of this issue, take a look at the Vector Sigma Comics Database entry here. And of course, seeing as how we are in a Unicron review, I give you the spotlight/title song for this issue (A tough one to pick I might add): Monster by Skillet.

Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2018 3:35am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Hand it over
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
The final battle begins—and when it’s over, nothing will be the same. Everything that Lost Light—and More Than Meets The Eye before it—has thrown at you, from the biggest plot twist to the smallest incidental detail, has been leading to this: all your favorites, arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand, ready to go out in style.


Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
Abraham Dante Munson


Story
Crucible continues, and we find ourselves following on from precisely where we left off last issue, with its ending leading directly into this opening, meaning that our efforts to keep spoilers to a minimum are taking even more of a toll on the review writing. For this, and for reasons that will become clear, this piece will look different, as Va'al and ScottyP argue over the book instead - unlike what you might see in other places, this process actually has different views and sides!

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
Hat-hater and compulsive doodler.


V - First thing first, from a story perspective: I can see how this issue is technically, as a piece of ongoing serialised comics fiction, a good issue. What I personally took a problem with was how it dealt with some of its implications in light of previous criticisms I've brought into the fabric of MTMTE/LL. Specifically, its tendency to 'redeem' characters with a morally objectionable past and track record. A point which you disagree with.

S - New information, especially when it was not known by dead characters before they died doesn't redeem them, at least not to me. Getaway's methods were still a step too far and Scorponok was being subversive even without knowing what he might have accidentally been helping. One of the themes throughout the series is about knowing when to empathize with a character and their decisions as opposed to sympathizing with them. Understanding and forgiveness are different lanes on the same highway, but one of them can still be a breakdown lane if that's what's called for. This issue of Lost Light hits that point again subtly, but in the wider context of the bigger story the reiteration is enough for it to be effective here.

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
"You've had too many beers for stunts involving windows"


S - As is typical with Lost Light, the character moments and beats in their journeys take center stage here, though there is a nice amount of progression and revelation to be found in the larger plot to go along with that. A returning character that appeared at the end of LL 21 makes a real impression here, including a short but long-awaited moment with a former ally.

V - I definitely agree with that, given the encounters and beats we have with some of the lesser front characters, but well beloved by readers and integral to the story being told about that character. believe, in the grander scheme of things, my biggest issue is with Tyrest.

S - Tyrest's foundational character trait is that he used to be really wise and good and just but he's super broken now, to the point where Prowl has to send Getaway and Skids to take him out but they nudge-gun him into being even worse. This issue furthers the mental health analogy of his character arc even further - his mind wasn't healthy to the point of corruption, misplaced (though well intentioned) treatment made it worse, and now he's truly forgotten who he ever was. Again, I find no redemption here as we were told from the get-go that he really was a good 'bot at one point.

V - I still don't entirely buy that point, and I do think something better could've been done with the analogy - I find some of it a little questionable, though narratively appealing. He is an ethically questionable character - on par with Prowl, Prime and Megatron - by his and the story's own admission, only now to have received validation with the GA's reveals.

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
Just look at those hats!


S - One thing that deserves mention is the substantial payoff related to the larger story which occurs in this issue. Years of details, plotting, and planning (and Oxford commas) coalesce in ways that need to be witnessed to appreciate. For possibly the first time, it feels like the amount of questions still to be answered before the series wraps up is truly dwindling. In a way, all but probably one of these revelations was exposed in the past through some contextual clue in dialogue or in a background visual clue or possibly even by Hasbro (and this is possibly a spoiler click if you choose to accept it.)

V - I'll admit that some of the clues left since the beginning of the story, while not appearing to be directly linked until right now, and the reliance on trivia and minutiae and panel-analysing for some major plot points, has at times dampened my enthusiasm for the book. Especially of recent, as I think I've pointed out previously. And I'm sure some readers will also undoubtedly grimace at past references coming to play so many years later

S - I feel like this issue explains itself substantially enough, verbally and visually, that you will be entertained even if you forgot about these supporting details. Even if that weren't the case, leaving a trail of clues and breadcrumbs that build upon one another in fun ways is part of the identity of this series, and without that attention to detail it would be a different series. Were the back catalog some monolithic, inaccessible, and hyper-expensive ordeal this might be a detriment, but as it isn't, to cast all of the self-referential material in a negative light feels like it'd be the equivalent of admitting that you wanted to be smarter than the story, not learn from it.

V - I wouldn't cast it entirely in a negative light, as we've both been doing this sort of work with the books, but I'll stand my ground a little on this one: we had a similar appraisal but opposite reaction for Optimus Prime #21, and I wasn't too willing to let this one slide - story wise - if it weren't for what we said about the characters above.

S - Not how I'd describe my take on OP 21, but we're not here to talk about that issue, are we?

Art

V - Brendan Cahill is at the artistic helm this issue, with what is probably his most successful take on the Transformers characters yet, and for an issue with this sort of impact, we couldn't have asked for more.

S - No disagreement in this part. This is Cahill's best Transformers work ever. There is just a hint of some of the "roundness" that's bugged me about (some of) his earlier work, but he's evolved here to make it much more of a charming, Andrew Wildman-esque robotic round rather than the almost organic kind of round that I felt from some other recent issues.

V - His use of body language in particular, with the specific example of that character we mention earlier, is a testament to the development of both the artist and the character - in spite of any qualms I might personally still have about the latter.

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
The year is 0079 of the Universal Century


S - SPACE BATTLE! :ahem: Great use of the layout to tell a visual story that frames in and influences the other character and "mytharc" moments that are the focus of the book. There's plenty of room to make your own head-canon side stories. Maybe Riptide can boat himself through space like it's Transformers: Energon.

V - And we have an excellent chromatic guide giving us a hand in Joana Lafuente's take on the lineart, aptly giving the right spotlights and hues to the interior/exterior scenes, both in the literal and figurative sense.

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
Cyclonus is unmoved by these window-based antics


V - The general dialogue flow is what helps issues like this one to make the landing point of the script, and having clearly demarkated lettering - such as the one by Tom B Long, who also manages to have some font fun in the process - is what ensures something like that to work. And what is particularly appreciated, speaking to our point above, is that editorial assistance from David Mariotte was well signposted, for readers wanting to go back and check the major crumbs leading to this point.

S - I uploaded all the covers and made mention of all the creator credits in our Vector Sigma Database entry for Lost Light #22, so check that out if you'd like but be warned that the character appearance list might spoil some details! The particular cover used for this review's news post's thumbnail image is the "A" cover by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

V - This issue made it out, entirely by accident and par for the course for the IDW schedule, earlier than its supposed release. And what I saw in reaction to it on the internet was an outporing of emotional responses that extremely heightened my anticipation for the issue to be fully available. And I think that got in the way of my more reasoned appreciation of again, what I believe to be an otherwise very good piece of comics work, reminding me of my own difficulties with one of the underlying threads part of the MTMTE/LL narrative thread.

S - Lost Light #22 deserved a huge hype train and it got very little of an official one with the botched release timing. That said, I think the early reactions were entirely justified as countless pieces of a large puzzle suddenly clicked together here in a beautifully illustrated and written piece of science fiction. This review could never hope to properly analyze it all, especially with the attempt at spoiler avoidance, so be sure to experience it for yourself.

Transformers News: Dual Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #22
2012: "I'm totally Swerve, he's clever and funny!"
2018: "I'm Misfire and I have no idea what I'm doing."


Scotty [im]P[erial magistrate]'s Verdict

S - Without hyperbole, for me this was probably the most rewarding payoff in a fictional story that I've ever experienced. I was so close to being right about That One Guy, but at the same time could not have been farther away. Here's to you, eyebrows.

. :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: out of :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar:


Va'al's Verdict

V - I don't feel like repeating myself once more as to why I find it so hard to distance my personal reading filter on this issue (and the series) from the issue itself. As a book, this chapter does everything it needs to and more, more or less following its plotted path from the start, and that is impressive enough. The fact that it took two very invested people at least four days to put down thoughts on it, I think, speaks to its success as a piece of media. As for a score, however, I cannot honestly give it one. Make do with ScottyP's if you will!

Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2018 3:32am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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...fallen?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
END OF THE ROAD! Trapped between Shockwave’s attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense of what’s left of their world. Shockwave reveals ancient truths—as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron.


Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
just, generally


Story
The Falling is over, now comes the fallout. As we pick up the pieces of what took place during the latest story arc in the Optimus Prime ongoing, we also finally connect to the story continuing over in the mini-series that is the Unicron event finale - even with the lateness and repercussions that this has, more so than previously in this book specifically.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
err.. surprise?


Other than the return of both Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, with the former's troubled and questioning ethical and personal issues about how the entire universe may be right in not being that happy with him or Cybertron after all, both being utterly spoiled by now by the Unicron book, there are some interesting aspects of returning characters and intersecting universes that work well in the issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
heads up: recap puns


In particular, we get to see how Rom is involved in the situation at hand (before the events of Unicron #0), along with many of the other characters previously seen in the Hasbro Universe and still/back on Earth since they were last shown in the series in recent months. And, for someone who mildly enjoyed the titular series, there was some stand out, emotional beats that entirely justify the inclusion in the story.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
...


There are other peaks in terms of how the extremely large cast is being placed in relation with one another. Pyra Magna in particular leans even further into her role, as played pretty much against every major Cybertronian - something that will continue in Unicron - Bumblebee being used as exposition in the best way possible, and Optimus pretty much just taking it all in for the whole book, his silence actually quite tangible.


Art

Sara Pitre Durocher is the sole artist on the issue this time, and her work on the eyes of the characters (as well as what seems to be thicker inks, to me) is what stands out in particular on the page. From the very opening of Optimus' awakening, running through several close-ups, the layouts bring us closer and closer in to the story and how it's affecting the characters

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
starting point


I am still impressed by how much of the series' tone has been given by the tonalities that Josh Burcham brings to his colours, which mark it as its own unique thing even when different artists are concerned, and this issue is no exception to that. With the multiple different settings and scenarios, the lighting strikes just right, and some on staff didn't even realise the artist had changed again!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
cold


As for the lettering from Tom B. Long, we only have a couple of particularly visible elements of font work, but the script is one of those exceptions to Barber's style which don't take captions to tell the story, and rather rely on dialogue - meaning that the job may not be as striking, but the careful laying out of the speech bubbles is meticulously done, and precisely on point.

In terms of covers, you can find all three in full size in our database entry, but the Pitre-Durocher one in the thumbnail in particular highlights my point about this book's character focus, while the Zama/Burcham main variant dwells on the story.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead
What initially seemed to be mostly exposition, as I pointed out above with Bumblebee, and as is partially also true with Shockwave, is also deployed by Barber really quite effectively as it sets in motion a number of cogs that the book itself remarks upon, though quite subtly, and it's probably the most intriguing hook from an issue that would otherwise be utterly flattened by knowing the general conclusion - and which may be the sole biggest fault of the book.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
*curses against scheduling*


On the other, very positive hand, it was a pleasure to see how Rom and other Hasbro Universe characters and storylines are being brought in finally without it feeling like a strain. Dinobots, Jazz, the Council and Marissa, Trypticon, the colonists on Earth - all pieces being set up for the next in the game, which OP's removal from the conversation actually shows how much his presence can be a hindrance to their development. (That sentence itself may have foreshadowing hues on what is left of this story.)

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: - out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:

New IDW Transformers Comics Reboot Confirmed for 2019

Transformers News: New IDW Transformers Comics Reboot Confirmed for 2019
Date: Tuesday, August 7th 2018 9:16am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ICv2

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This slipped under our radar in previous days, but there is a new interview with IDW Publishing's Publishing President Greg Goldstein, courtesy of ICv2, in which no actual new information comes out - but we do have confirmation on two major points that people have been speculating about the Transformers (and Hasbro Universe, I suppose) comic once the current continuity ends this October.

Namely: yes, there will be a reboot, set for some point in 2019; and yes, the licence from Hasbro has been renewed, the ending happening at the same time as the renewal was a coincidence at best. REad the relevant extracts from the piece below, and head here for the full story.

A couple of quick questions on licenses. You mentioned how you’re wrapping up your Hasbro storyline. Was that done in conjunction with the time for renewal of the license?

Yeah. It's funny, I've seen some commentary on that. We've been in business with Hasbro for 12 years. We love the relationship. They are a great partner. We try to deliver the best possible books month in and month out on not just Transformers, but on GI Joe and on My Little Pony. We had a great Jem and the Holograms series. Jem will be back. They're probably going to say, "Why is Greg pre‑announcing these things?" In any event, no. Sometimes, it's easy to extrapolate incorrect information, so no, the Transformers line and the other titles continue.


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We’ve got three monthly Marvel books as of January 2019, the opportunity to do some specials, maybe one‑shots and some other things with Marvel. They're very excited about it, we're very excited about it.

Our Transformers reboot for 2019 is going to be great.

We've got some pretty exciting projects on the Star Trek front.

[Teenage Mutant Ninja] Turtles is heading to issue 100. We have the longest‑running Turtles series in the history of the brand. The brand's 35 years old next year.

Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22
Date: Tuesday, August 7th 2018 2:46am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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The first of our full previews for upcoming IDW Publishing Transformers comics this Tuesday comes in the form of Optimus Prime #22, running to catch up to the Unicron event in the overall scheduling, and sort of sliding in both before and just after the first issues of that mini-series.

Check it out below, and head back for a review here on Seibertron.com once the book is released!

Optimus Prime #22—Cover A: Kei Zama
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Kei Zama (c)
END OF THE ROAD! Trapped between Shockwave’s attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense of what’s left of their world. Shockwave reveals ancient truths—as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Optimus Prime #22—Cover B: Sara Pitre-Durocher
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Kei Zama!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Optimus Prime #22

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