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IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 RI Cover Line Art Tweeted

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 RI Cover Line Art Tweeted
Date: Thursday, January 18th 2018 2:18am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): Brendan Cahill

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Another hour tonight, another post about comic art! Thanks go to Seibertronian Sunstar for again pointing us towards the Twitter account of artist Brendan Cahill, and this time, after the reveal of the Retailer Incentive cover art for issue #14 of Lost Light, and then the line art, we now have the line art for his Retailer Incentive cover of issue #15, featuring a feisty Nickel confronting Scorponok! It's always fun to see a part of the process that goes into creating Transformers comic books, even if the covers don't always necessarily reflect the story inside, as is often the case with RI (Retailer Incentive) covers. Check the tweet out at this link or by clicking the picture below, and let us know what you think!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 RI Cover Line Art Tweeted

IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 Lineart posted!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 Lineart posted!
Date: Wednesday, January 17th 2018 9:59pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): Brendan Cahill

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Right on with comic book news! Thanks to Seibertronian Sunstar pointing us towards artist Brendan Cahill's Twitter account, and a post that shows the lineart for the upcoming fourteenth issue of Lost Light! It's a shot of Grimlock in robot mode, looking very imposing while the world burns around him. Set to be released on February 7th (though with #13 coming next week, that date of the 7th may not hold), this issue promises the return of the Scavengers (and Grimlock, one would assume). Let us know what you think!

MACGUFFIN QUEST! 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. Because unbeknownst to Krok and Co., their next adventure... will be their last


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 Lineart posted!

IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 Cover B and Retailer Incentive Covers Revealed!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 Cover B and Retailer Incentive Covers Revealed!
Date: Wednesday, January 17th 2018 9:42pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): Previews World

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Thanks to Previews World, we are getting the first look at the alternate covers for Lost Light #15!

(W) James Roberts (A) Alex Milne (CA-Cvr B) Nick Roche (CA-RI) Brendan Cahill;
SECRETS AND LIES! As the Scavengers' journey reaches its ignoble end, the architect of their downfall puts the fate of half the Cybertronian race in their hands. Only one question remains: Are the worst Decepticons prepared to become the ONLY Decepticons?


On Cover B, Nick Roche gives us a spectacular shot of the long-absent (until recently) Scorponok, who looks all too happy to be greeting Misfire and Fulcrum.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 Cover B and Retailer Incentive Covers Revealed!


And taking a look at the Retailer Incentive cover, done by Brendan Cahill, we see what seems to be one of the greatest mismatches of all time! Scorponok vs.....Nickel?!?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #15 Cover B and Retailer Incentive Covers Revealed!


Coming sometime in the next several weeks (thanks, IDW!), do these covers whet your appetite for the Scavengers misadventures?

Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
Date: Wednesday, January 17th 2018 6:24am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews
Posted by: ScottyP

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Surfeit of Cool
A Review of Optimus Prime #15

Free of any explicit spoilers, but several implied ones made it in here.
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
Already very cool, but way cooler if you imagine it with the sound box.

This week in Transformers comics, quality returns with the arrival of Optimus Prime 15, "The Falling, Chapter 1: Surfeit of Primes". Much more than a mere exercise in thematic brand synergy, this latest chapter of John Barber's Optimus Prime starts an ominous new chapter for our heroes - not to mention the book's namesake character himself. Is this one you should pick up and read, and is it for only seasoned veteran readers or can newcomers easily follow along? Read on to find out more!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
Mistress of 'Dem Hips

Somewhat fitting to the book's title, there really are a surfeit of plot threads, but it still works. Most of these are also given context to help new readers along. For instance, Scoop reappears as something other than Devastator's leg for the first time in quite awhile, and at least this basic premise of who and what he is gets provided by the book's dialogue and other context. The results are decent at introducing the character for those unfamiliar while still making him somewhat relevant to the plot at hand, offering some great continuity with another recently canceled series that is very refreshing to see. The Mistress of Flame, a somewhat enigmatic figure in the IDW Transformers universe, also gets some overdue attention. Her backstory and running commentary not only helps build her character, but it also helps frame the overall issue's narrative in a creative way that I quite enjoyed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
I haven't worked out if you're getting a toy or not, actually, but thanks?

In a book like this one with a big cast, it can be easy and often is appropriate to put a character in the background and pick up their goings on down the road. That limited space for characterization is used well with Arcee and Aileron, in a similar but still different manner from the approaches taken with the Mistress of Flame and Scoop. Without giving too much away, the reader is left wondering what kind of influence a character like Arcee might have on Aileron, who is already surrounded on all sides by strong influences. However, the opposite happens with Slide, where what feels like too much time is given to beats that have been heard many times before. While there is a definite, clear, and effective point to doing this again in this book at this time, I'm left wondering how many more issues Slide will spend as a victim character sorely in need of development. Hopefully, this is the issue where a tipping point is reached and she'll soon start saying new words.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
"Ultra Mega Chicken? No. He is Legend."

As seen in both the solicits and the preview, Onyx Prime arrives in the story in earnest at last. Sometimes the build doesn't deliver, but for this issue it truly does. Fellow staff member Va'al agreed, and points out something else worthy of note:
Va'al wrote:We've had too many charmy-scary villains in these books. Time to have a freaking terrifying one.

Onyx definitely gives an aura that business is about to pick up, with a fearsome, though a little bit inspired look to go along with it. While I wish there were a bit more of him in this issue, it's probably for the best as the story would suffer from a pacing perspective were he already wreaking mass chaos. His presence here serves a purpose, one that is foreboding but also an exciting, effective hook for the issues to come.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
Nature lies, they're robots in disguise!

Speaking of what's to come, there are some really fun teasers for this in the book. While many fans might see the above and write it off as Total Brand Awareness, they're probably also not careful longtime readers that would have seen this coming. Or is it coming at all? You can let me and your fellow Transformers fans know by replying to this story on our Energon Pub Forums!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
Thoroughly analyzing the potential of Onyx/Liege to be bigger than Kylo/Rey

The visual work is stellar throughout, with Kei Zama returning on linework supported by colorist dynamo Josh Burcham to deliver another surfeit: a surfeit of cool. The new character Magrada, seen above, is a treat to look at with the Camien aesthetic blending with a Junkion flair in a splashy, fun approach. This is a transitory character, yet great care was taken to the point where it almost feels like she's destined for a flashback spin-off at some point. If she's not, it's another credit to the artistic team that speculation like that would even occur. Her brief appearance oozes personality without a word spoken like a fascinating, magnetic rock star. Even Onyx's design takes the earlier mentioned inspiration and bends it in a way that feels fresh. Couple this with Tom B. Long deftly navigating the layouts to provide background narrative that never distracts and character names that feel right in place and you have an absolute visual feast of Transformers style. I haven't even mentioned the lighting effects that made some of this issue look like it was paper where a light was bouncing off, and while that actually holds true for many reading experiences, keep in mind our first experience as reviewers is on a digital copy.

The Zama/Burcham combo also handles the "A" cover for this issue, with Casey Coller's lines with John-Paul Bove's colors on the "B" cover seen in this news story's thumbnail. As always, you can find images of all of the covers and full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Optimus Prime #15, but do note it does contain a character appearance list that may be considered as spoiler-laden!

Verdict
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Optimus Prime #15
My newest toy is now two kinds of inaccurate

This issue was very good, I'm very hooked and excited to see what's next, but it's a hair too busy. In the context of the overall story being told it's very likely great, but the serial format causes some of the panels and moments to feel truncated. While a little more focus may have served it well, this is still a superb read and genuinely feels like a great jumping on point if you've been off this ride for a while. After all, Optimus has his faceplace down at the start, so the action's clearly taking off soon. I can't wait to read more, be sure to do yourself a favor and get to your local comic shop or website of choice (that isn't one where you're reading scans you didn't pay for, that makes you a thief) to pick this one up!

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Especially after the write up above and the gushing on the visuals, I feel like I have to explain the score above. Maybe I don't, regardless, please realize that I don't subscribe to scoring styles like the Net Promoter Score or IGN styled bloat and I don't write these because I want IDW to buy me things. On my personal scale for these reviews, a 4/5 is "very good", with 5/5 reserved for "all time great Transformers comic" and first issues of larger arcs almost never hit that in the monthly format, for me, given the nature of their content. I don't like scores, but maybe if we can make them more than "good" and "bad", we can be smarter about how we think about the media we consume.

tl;dr, this issue was really good and I recommend it, even if you've been trained by the internet to think a 4/5 is just 'ok' :)

Interview with Magdalene Visaggio, Writer of IDW Transformers vs Visionaries

Transformers News: Interview with Magdalene Visaggio, Writer of IDW Transformers vs Visionaries
Date: Tuesday, January 16th 2018 3:32pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Interviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): WWAC, Brendan Cahill

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We have news of an interview with Magdalene Visaggio, the writer of the current crossover series from IDW Publishing and its Hasbroverse - Transformers vs Visionaries - looking at how the team was made to arrive to the current status quo, the process behind two very old franchises, the ways in which the characters are approached, and addressing the scenes that most Transformers fans and readers have had a hard time accepting: the death of Kup.

You can read some extracts below, and the whole piece directly on the website Women Write About
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, and enjoy the lineart for Brendan Cahill's variant cover (and colours by Lauren Bennett) for issue #4 of the series, too!

Firstly, how long have you been a fan of Transformers? Was it always your dream to write a comic for them?

I’ve been a Transformers fan to varying degrees since I was very little; they’ve always been around, and G2 was airing when I was eight or nine years old. But Transformers was never a passion of mine, nor was writing it a lifelong dream; when I was pitched this book, IDW EIC David Hedgecock asked me if I wanted to write Visionaries; the Transformers came in later. What got me excited was the idea of reviving and reinventing a largely forgotten franchise; the Transformers were the object they’d be acting against, but the actors would be the Visionaries.

The Visionaries have been silent for 30 years, did you have any say in any changes made to any characters?

Fico and I got basically all the say. Reinventing the Visionaries was very much done internally between me and Fico, and we presented what we wanted to do to IDW and then to Hasbro, and got the sign-off. We looked seriously at the characters and their situation, and then had to think, well, how do we integrate this into the IDW Hasbroverse, which is very sci-fi heavy, and have it still feel organic? We played a lot with more overtly sci-fi angles—at one point, the Visionaries, which are aliens, I might add, were much more obviously so. We decided to move away from the high fantasy aesthetic and worked to develop one that might make sense for a society forcibly removed from its technological origins. We had a very free hand.

[..]

Like I said, I haven’t been up to date on Transformers. But I knew and loved Kup from the 1986 movie, and so when they told me he was going to die, I was just shocked. Utterly, utterly shocked that the responsibility for taking out friggin’ Kup was going to be landing in my hands. Kup has always been one of my favorites (Kup, Springer, Ultra Magnus, Arcee, and yes, even Hot Rod are my TF dream team), so I immediately understood this wasn’t going to be a small thing. So I never took this lightly.

That’s why I structured the first issue the way I did; Kup takes a lot of the spotlight, and I showed him as the one pushing for something better; the old seen-it-all got to play idealist at the end, and I loved being able to do that for him.


Transformers News: Interview with Magdalene Visaggio, Writer of IDW Transformers vs Visionaries

Transformers News: Interview with Magdalene Visaggio, Writer of IDW Transformers vs Visionaries

Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB
Date: Tuesday, January 16th 2018 3:05am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Our main preview this week for IDW Publishing Transformers comics - as Optimus Prime #15 was shown here last week - is a collected volume that sees the previous Windblade series all in one place, including the initial four issues, and the seven issues of Windblade volume 2 - with art by Sarah Stone, Corin Howell, and Till All Are One regular Sara Pitre Durocher, along with Marcelo Fereira, Livio Ramondelli, and a whole host of colourists, letterers and inkers, all with writing by Mairghread Scott.

Take a dive back into the past, way before the Titans returned, Swindle disappeared, Starscream knew better, and Windblade realised who she actually was, and pick up the book in the coming weeks if so inclined!

Transformers Windblade: The Last City
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone, Corin Howell, Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
The original fan-made Transformer stars in her own series. She cuts straight to the truth and no obstacle is going to stand in her path. Windblade is a force for good, who never fails to do the right thing. But what happens when she's forced to work with Starscream to recruit new colonies to the Council of Worlds? Collects both the four-issue and seven-issue Windblade mini-series.
TPB • FC • $24.99 • 220 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-224-0

Bullet points:
· Advance solicited for February release!
· “This is not your average Transforming Robot comic book, this is so much more!”—Big Glasgow Comic Page



Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Transformers Windblade: The Last City TPB

IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne
Date: Monday, January 15th 2018 1:25am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Kei Zama, Alex Milne

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Out of the pages of Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor, and into the ones of the IDW Publishing ongoing series Optimus Prime, we find the recently created character of Stardrive at the hands of artist Alex Milne. In the latest issue before this week (number #14), Livio Ramondelli was the one bringing her into present day, but Milne has shared concept art of her Wraith form - Wraithdrive, in his words - and you can check her out below.

Also included, via artist Kei Zama, is the linework for the opening pages of this week's issue of the series, Optimus Prime #15, in full inky glory, and a concept sketch of one of the Camiens accompanying the soon-to-be Mistress of Flame - Magrada, the linguist. All images have been mirrored below for your viewing convenience!


Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne


Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Art: Magrada, Wraith Stardrive Hybrid, More, by Kei Zama and Alex Milne

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 1:26pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PreviewsWorld

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Today seems like a comics news day, as we have another variant cover for the same issue of IDW Publishing's ongoing series Transformers Lost Light #14 - this time by Brendan Cahill and Lauren Bennett (presumably - can we start getting cover credits too, please?), also prominently featuring a Grimlock this time in full robot mode. Check it out below!

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13



And while we're here, we also have some line art by artist Alex Milne, who is covering some of the interior artwork of issue #13 of the series, as seen in the three-page preview newsed here - and a look at the never actually seen alt-mode for Megatron in his More Than Meets the Eye redesign. Both are mirrored below!

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Cahill / Bennett, plus Milne Lineart for #13

Writer James Roberts to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Pricing Updates

Transformers News: Writer James Roberts to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Pricing Updates
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 5:46am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFNation

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We have a couple more updates from UK-based Transformers fan convention TFNation, taking place this summer in Birmingham for the third year running, regarding both general pricing (for entry and accommodation) and a returning guest announcement: IDW writer James Roberts!

Tickets and hotel bookings will be on sale as of 3rd February, and you can read more about pricing at this link, and more on the guests below.

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A regular guest for the past two years, and a staple name in the new Transformers lore from IDW, we're proud to announce James Roberts' presence at TFNation 2018.

As many current IDW creators, Roberts was a member of the Transmasters UK fan community way back in the day of early Marvel comics. He has been a fan wordsmith ever since, and with All Hail Megatron #15 (2009) and Last Stand of the Wreckers (2010), both next to Nick Roche, he has entered made his mark on the Cybertronian universe.

Currently behind IDW Publishing's Lost Light series next to a number of artists - but mostly Jack Lawrence - and risen to fan-favourite with the series' predecessor More Than Meets The Eye, Roberts has a streak for the dark, the political, cult science-fiction, TV shows, and old New Wave & Britpop music.

He will be signing autographs, breaking hearts, and selling scripts at TFNation 2018.

Further transmissions to follow.



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Where All Are One
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Transformers News: Writer James Roberts to Attend TFNation 2018, plus Pricing Updates

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Roche / Burcham

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Roche / Burcham
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 4:36am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Fellow Seibertronian with a penchant for comics news alerts (a good thing!) Susntar, has pointed us towards both the IDW Publishing website listing and artist Nick Roche's Twitter account, to share the variant cover by the latter (and colours by Josh Burcham) for issue #14 of Transformers: Lost Light!

Featuring the return of the Scavengers, Grimlock included, we might find out where they ended up after being caught in the middle of a battle during the Mutineers' Trilogy - as (Commander) Nickel also makes an appearance. Check it out, and join the speculation-filled discussion in the Energon Pub.

MACGUFFIN QUEST! 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. Because unbeknownst to Krok and Co., their next adventure… will be their last.


Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Roche / Burcham

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #14 by Roche / Burcham

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