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Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB
Date: Tuesday, February 28th 2017 3:17am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Out this week from IDW Publishing is the first collected trade of the entire Transformers: Autocracy - which includes the early days pre-war with Autocracy, Monstrosity and Primacy - all in one single volume! We'll be revisiting the series soon on Seibertron.com too, so stay tuned, and check out the preview below.

Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy
Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a & c)
Before Optimus became a Prime he fought for order. Before Megatron became a conqueror he fought for freedom. In the early days of the war on Cybertron, two leaders–one Autobot, the other Decepticon–start down their own paths towards destiny. Collects the Autocracy, Monstrosity, and Primacy series into an oversized hardcover collection.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 328 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-807-6

Bullet points:
All three series collected together for the first time!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy TPB

Takara Legends LG 41 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 41 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More
Date: Monday, February 27th 2017 7:37pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Axel on Twitter, Chuckdawg, Takara

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We have some nice Leo Prime goodness for you today. With LG 41 Leo Prime (this is the same character as Lio Convoy, but this is the way they are spelling his name in every language this time) in the hands of a few fans, we are starting to get a lot of new info. Below you will find his four page pack in Legends comic. there was also a new Legends comic from Takara to honour his release, and it dealt with a drunken Lio Prime betting his son't lunch money at the races and losing it all (what an uplifting tale). It is the black and white comic you will find below. There is a summary of what happens in each comic below them as well (provided by TFWiki). After the comics you will see a shot of Lio Prime's back showing how he can store all his weapons at once there and you will also find a video review from Seibertron's ChuckDawg1999. We hope you enjoy all this content!

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Junior asks his dad, Lio Convoy, to buy him a Transformers toy, but he thinks they're way too expensive. Lio Convoy instead entertains his son for free by "transforming" his face into funny expressions, but once he's done lauging, Junior restates that he still wants a toy.

Later, Lio Convoy takes the 5000 yen intended for Junior's school lunches and claims he'll "transform" it 100 000 yen... by using it to gamble at the races. Instead, he ends up losing it all. Finding his dad sulking over his poor decisions in a park, Junior gently takes him back home and asks him to stop trying to transform their money.



Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

Transformers News: Takara Legends LG 43 Leo Prime Pack In Comic, Video review and More

The travels of Leo Prime, legendary warrior from the G1 world who once fought on future Earth, have brought him to the Legends Universe to defend it from their nefarious creators, the Zamojin. Determined to protect the people of this world as thanks for supporting him in his past battles, he engages in a space duel with Katsu Don, who believes their creation has gone wrong and that its continued existence is dangerous. The Zamojin uses Nijika to absorb Leo Prime's "beast power", reverting him to his original body and causing him to fall to the planet below, crashing into the home of Lio Convoy and Lio Junior. The two believe him to be the Transformers toy Junior has been wishing for lately, and it takes some convincing before they realize he's not just a big toy with a talking gimmick.

Leo Prime explains that he's come to fight the Zamojin and why: when the Transformers realized that their adventures manifested as TV programs in the Legends world, they felt encouraged by the cheers of the children watching them and persevered through many harsh battles as a result. (He wonders if a message he left for the kids in his last appearance reached them, a question that goes unanswered as the family doesn't own a TV.) Asked about the Zamojins' motives, he begins to explain that the Legends Universe was meant as an experiment in beast power, also known as Jūchōkon, an energy that was copied from beast Transformers like him and now exists within all Legends natives. He's interrupted when Katsu Don, having found him, rips into the house and begins draining Lio Junior's beast power, prompting the normally deadbeat Lio Convoy to come to his son's defense.

Noting Convoy's willingness to fight, Leo Prime reveals that as copies of Transformers, the people of the Legends world are able to tap into their ancestral memories and become proper Transformers themselves—what they think is "Transformers sickness" is actually them unlocking their true potential! He takes Lio Convoy's hand and helps expedite the process, transforming his copy into a giant robotic lion capable of taking on Katsu Don. By scanning Twincast, Leo Prime then adopts a Headmaster form and combines with Lio Convoy into a new robot mode, having confirmed from Lio's love for his son that they are indeed the same person and should have no problem combining. Using Lio Convoy's beast power, he unleashes a series of attacks that knocks Nijika out of Katsu Don's hands and sends the Zamojin fleeing, swearing revenge.

Leo Prime chooses to remain in the Legends Universe to protect it from further Zamojin attacks, living with his new friends at their new home, which is made up of Lio Convoy's new starship mode. Lio Junior's friends are greatly impressed by his cool house... until his dad embarrasses him by transforming into lion mode when he needs to use the bathroom.


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IDW M.A.S.K. #3 Artist Edition Grimlock Variant Cover by Ron Joseph

Transformers News: IDW M.A.S.K. #3 Artist Edition Grimlock Variant Cover by Ron Joseph
Date: Sunday, February 26th 2017 3:15pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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We all know that a number of new IDW Publishing comics came out of the Revolution crossover event, involving a whole scoopful of Hasbro licensed properties - we cover Revolutionaries and GI Joe regularly, given their ties to the Transformers, but there is also ROM the SpaceKnight, Micronauts, and MASK who take a bit of a backburner on the Hasbro Universe material, though still carry some mythos elements with them as part of Reconstruction and probably the upcoming Earthwar.

The long preamble is to introduce a pretty cool variant cover for M.A.S.K. #3, artist edition by Ron Joseph, featuring Dinobot Grimlock! Who does not appear in the issue. As the cover says. Check it out below nonetheless!

Transformers News: IDW M.A.S.K. #3 Artist Edition Grimlock Variant Cover by Ron Joseph

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 3 TPB Listed on Amazon.com

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One Volume 3 TPB Listed on Amazon.com
Date: Thursday, February 23rd 2017 8:15am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ama

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We continue today with some more comics news, in the form of new listings on online retailer Amazon.com, for books released by IDW Publishing in the near future! Next we have the third collected volume of the one of three staple ongoings in the Transformers universe, with Till All Are One - more info and mock cover below, due in November 2017.

After the costly victory against the Titans, Iacon is in shambles and Starscream finds himself on shakier ground than ever. The key to his political (and likely literal) survival rests in the outcome of a very unlikely event: the trial of the Council's first official war criminal—Chromia of Caminus! Collects issues #9–12.

Series: Transformers (Book 3)
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (November 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1684050863
ISBN-13: 978-1684050864


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IDW Revolutionaries Volume 2: Power and Glory TPB Listed at Amazon.com

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries Volume 2: Power and Glory TPB Listed at Amazon.com
Date: Thursday, February 23rd 2017 8:10am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon

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We continue today with some more comics news, in the form of new listings on online retailer Amazon.com, for books released by IDW Publishing in the near future! The first one up is the second volume for Revolutionaries, the variegated team of Hasbro universe licenses made paper and ink - check out more details and the cover below!

THE REVOLUTION MAY BE OVER--but the future is just beginning! Ripped from the pages of the hottest crossover of the year, the REVOLUTION team of John Barber and Fico Ossio continue the action! KUP is a CYBERTRONIAN literally older than the universe; ACTION MAN is the ultimate special agent trying to live up to an impossible legacy; MAYDAY is a G.I. JOE leader trying to rescue her first command; and BLACKROCK is a CYBERTRONIAN that thinks he’s a human.

The Revolutionaries uncover the deep, dark secret of Mike Power, the Atomic Man—and enlist the help of M.A.S.K. to bring in the long-lost agent! But there's more to Power's story than anyone imagined. Collects issues #5-8.

Series: Revolutionaries
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (November 14, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1684050154
ISBN-13: 978-1684050154


Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries Volume 2: Power and Glory TPB Listed at Amazon.com

Sneak Peek - iTunes Preview of IDW Transformers Annual 2017: Ghost Stories

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - iTunes Preview of IDW Transformers Annual 2017: Ghost Stories
Date: Thursday, February 23rd 2017 6:00am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes

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Via iTunes, and with full credits shown in our Comics Database entry, we have a three-page preview of the upcoming Transformers Annual 2017, from IDW Publishing! Titled Ghost Stories, the book features writing from John Barber and art by Priscilla Tramontano, and appropriately features a lot of Bumblebee, being dead an' all - check it out below!

John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
GHOST STORIES! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron—only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra's origin—before she was part of Victorion—is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past—the first time he met Bumblebee!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Annual 2017: Ghost Stories

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Annual 2017: Ghost Stories

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Annual 2017: Ghost Stories

Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
Date: Thursday, February 23rd 2017 3:36am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW

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New IDW title on the block, 'Revolutionaries', is trying to add more to the mythos of Transformers, GI JOE, Action Man, Micronauts and the other IDW Hasbroverse comics. How will issue #2 tickle your nostalgia fancy? It certainly continues to take a good shot at it!

Recap:
Action Man and the sought after talisman got transported to somewhere unknown and Ayana’s Joe team members were zapped into alien creatures along with a townful of innocents.. What do you do? Who’s in kahoots? And Kup wants his little buddy back…

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2

This Issue:
Did you check out the preview?

ENTER THE SHADOW
Action Man’s been transported to the moon (via a familiar GI JOE device). A seemingly abandoned bad guy base happens to be there as well—and not abandoned— not to mention a whole squad of dead Cobra soldiers. We also have tiny people/aliens trying to elude very large people and an even larger alien.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
Whatchamadoodles > Petrorabbits

Kup, Mayday, and Blackrock are trying to catch and talk to (and not squish) the Micronauts to ask them for help in using the talisman to hopefully: (a.) find Action Man and (2.) change the alien-zapped Joes and townfolk back to normal. The talisman has been recognized by Blackrock as microverse tech, thus, the ‘watcha-ma-doodles’ should be able to use it- hence the needed help by the Micronauts. The ‘nauts are still very nervous about getting involved in these matters… in their experience, alien meeting alien = destruction/havoc/capture/torture. Thank Primus, Micronimus, and all the other deities and Primes that we have a universally recognized greeting to rely on and an older wizened bot who knows it!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
"Now offer them some energon goodies..."

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
"Don't worry, they'll reciprocate..."

Progressing and Layering:
Pieces are getting pulled together from the different involved franchises. There’s a few familiar surprises -used in a new way- new bad guys, and some old, as well. Perhaps, no one familiar bigger than the inclusion of Stormshadow and HER Red Shadow ninjas who are also alien symbiotes. Yes, that’s right. Red Shadow Alien Ninja Warriors…(and that other thing).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
Storm SHE-adow joins the fray...

It’s not just all fun for Joe fans (or not depending on how you react to the above information). There are plenty of other cool elements splashed into the story. Kup and Blackrock are there for Transformer fans to appreciate (note Kup’s Titanmaster deluxe toy form), and by the way, the microverse tech seems to also be ancient Cybertronian…

ART:
The art by Ossio is consistent with what we’ve seen before. Excellent action scenes and vehicle design work, I really loved his Kup flyer design, and Ossio seems to be finding his rhythm becoming more familiar with drawing big robots and people much more consistently. As much as I like what has been done, I’m still not a fan of how Blackrock has been designed in his Cybertronian form, looking more like Iron Man (“Iron Man sucks…”) than a titanmaster- and then when you add in his ‘billionaire’ human head image the likeness seems even more intended-.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
Computer, password 'Blackrock Sucks!' Password Accepted. Welcome home Kup.

Ossio and the art team also have a very large task (and tiny) -especially in this issue- trying to show the different scales of the characters- from teeny, tiny micronaut people and ship to large Cybertronian-scaled Kup; scale and size are a huge element, and I think it’s no easy task to effectively portray the character’s size in relation to one another in the panels, but are they doing it? Sort of. I think they rely more on your understanding of the character’s size rather than other devices to show the scale. I often feel like Acroyear is the size of a regular Cybertronian, or at least Rom, and that the Micronauts are regular human-sized alien people, not 3 3/4 inch action figure size (or 6 inch whatever). Not a big deal, and I may be being a bit too picky on this, which is why I mentioned that it would be quite hard to do!

Tom B. Long is always making his presence felt in very meaningful ways. It’s hard to imagine the books he works on without his special touch.

WRAP UP:
I wasn’t sure where to begin with this review. The concept of this comic being such an amalgamation of the different worlds and franchises coming together, and I’m just not used to it yet— or where all the other involved franchises were prior to Revolution. It’s a lot better than the introductory crossover story that it spawned from, being focused on a much tighter and smaller group, and working to relate the different titles together.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
New Buckethead bad guy on the block that I do not yet feel threatened by.

Kup and Action Man are a fun pair. A bit like Hot Rod’s generalized relationship with Kup, Action Man seems to fill that role of young, hot shot go-getter to Kup’s experienced war vet. Action Man is very capable on his own, as is Kup, but together they both seem to be getting something that they both need…

I’m not sure what to think of Mayday yet, or Blackrock. I seem to have a lot of personal problems with Blackrock and what he is (and isn’t) that I can’t get to really trying to enjoy or hate this character yet. I lean more toward hate right now.

The story definitely has something good going for it. I’m not sure we are far enough in to the series to really understand what this book’s characters and plot ‘do’ other than bring together pieces/histories of the IDW/HASBRO-verse. As the Revolution story line showed us, this is not an easy task, but Revolutionaries seems to be going in a positive direction.

WRAP UP 2:
Joe fans may be cringing, but at least IDW is calling GI JOE the flagship title and it’s getting more exposure. Transformers fans still have lots of other fun in other places. Revolutionaries, so far, is a capable add-on, but it still has a long way to go to approach ‘Optimus Prime’, ’Til All Are One’, or ‘Lost Light’ for that group of fans.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #2
Kupgrade!

Hasbro Toy Shop Now Selling IDW Transformers Comics

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Now Selling IDW Transformers Comics
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 8:50pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Bronzewolf

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Well, this is out of nowhere, eh? Today, while on a routine scroll through Hasbro Toy Shop's Transformers section, yours truly noticed a interesting new addition: Several IDW Transformers comic collection books listed, over multiple pages of the site. The listings currently feature collections from Combiner Wars, Windblade, and Drift and Bumblebee's spotlights, ranging from $17.99-$19.99 USD. This is the one of (if not the) first time HTS has listed Transformers comics, and it's unknown at this time if the offerings will expand to other series and issues, or even other current Hasbro comic franchises, such as ROM the Space Knight or G.I. Joe. Here's some photo evidence of the site! Click on them to be taken to their respective shop pages!

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Now Selling IDW Transformers Comics

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop Now Selling IDW Transformers Comics

IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More

Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 9:08am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): IDW, PreviewsWorld

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Thanks to Previews World we now have the solicitations for the upcoming IDW Transformers comics coming out in May 2017. Among those comics are Transformers: Lost Light #6, Transformers: Optimus Prime #7, and Till All Are One #10, along with the TPBs for OptimusPrime, Autocracy and Epic Transformers Battles. You can check out all the Previews below, and make sure to take some time to subscribe to these series at your local comic shop!

TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME TP VOL 01

Optimus Prime #7
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)
With the Junkion invasion resolved peacefully, Optimus Prime takes a moment to plan the Autobot's next move on Earth.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Optimus Prime #7—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Optimus Prime #7—Andrew Griffith Variant
John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Transformers: The Last Knight releases on June 23, 2017.
Advance solicited for June release!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More

TRANSFORMERS EPIC BATTLES TP

Transformers: Most Epic Battles
Bill Mantlo, Ralph Macchio, Bob Budiansky, Simon Furman (w) • Frank Springer, Kim DeMulder, Don Perlin, Geoff Senior, Andrew Wildman, more (a)
• Guido Guidi (c)
The most epic battles in Transformers history! This collection of the best vintage bang-ups and brawls from the Generation 1 era is the perfect companion for fans of the Robots in Disguise. See who wins when Optimus Prime and the Decepticons face off with ramifications stretching from Earth to Cybertron!
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-075-8

Bullet points:
Transformers: The Last Knight releases on June 23, 2017.
Advance solicited for June release!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


TRANSFORMERS AUTOCRACY TRILOGY TP

(W) Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (A/CA) Livio Ramondelli
Before Optimus became a Prime he fought for order. Before Megatron became a conqueror he fought for freedom. In the early days of the war on Cybertron, two leaders-one Autobot, the other Decepticon-start down their own paths towards destiny. Collects the Autocracy, Monstrosity, and Primacy series into one collection.
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $29.99

Bullet points:
Transformers: The Last Knight releases on June 23, 2017.
Advance solicited for June release!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #10

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!
In Shops: May 24, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Transformers: Till All Are One #10—Subscription Variant
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #6

(W) James Roberts (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
You know that sinking feeling you get when you witness the destruction of an entire planet? Rodimus and company are about to feel that. Hardcore.
In Shops: May 31, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Bullet points:
Six issues in...the end of Lost Light?!
OK, not likely. But a lot of people could die now!
Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


OPTIMUS PRIME #7

(W) John Barber (A) Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Casey Coller
With the Junkion invasion resolved peacefully, Optimus Prime takes a moment to plan the Autobot's next move on earth.
In Shops: May 24, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Marcelo Matere!



Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More

Hasbro Universe Titles


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More

Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook #1
(W) John Barber, Various (A) Robert Atkins, Various (CA) Fico Ossio
If you're new to the Hasbro Universe or a long-time fan, this book is for you! Featuring a veritable TON of bios on your favorite characters, from A to D, plus papercraft projects, a map of the new GI JOE Headquarters and an exclusive story featuring Rock 'N' Roll and his fateful encounter with the Cold Crawlers!

Bullet points:
• Featuring writing and art by some of today's top talent including John Barber, Guido Guidi, Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio, Chris Ryall, Jack Lawrence, Brandon Easton, Steve Kurth, Cullen Bunn, Robert Atkins, Mairghread Scott, David Messina, and Jimmy Johnston.
• Exclusive paper-crafts, posters and stories in every issue!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


G.I. JOE #6
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Aaron Conley (c)
G.I. Joe takes the action underground, as a team led by Roadblock chases the mysterious monsters summoned by Crystal Ball!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #6—Subscription Variant
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE #6—Drew Johnson Variant
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis (a) • Drew Johnson (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Ulises Farinas!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


Revolutionaries #6
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Robert Atkins (c)
M.A.S.K. vs. ATOMIC MAN! The Revolutionaries team with MATT TRAKKER and the M.A.S.K. team to find Mike Power—a.k.a. ATOMIC MAN—the long-lost member of the G.I. JOE ADVENTURE TEAM. The bizarre history of this tragic hero leads to the truth behind "Project Ice Man"—and the return of another classic G.I. JOE hero!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


Revolutionaries #6—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Ron Joseph (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Revolutionaries #6—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tone Rodriguez (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Pierre Droal!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


Revolution: Aw Yeah! #4 (of 5)
Art Baltazar (w & a & c)
Because you demanded it… OPTIMUS PRIME joins COBRA! They say it could never happen! They say it couldn’t be done! COBRA sees and conquers and takes what they want! TRANSFORMERS can surely be a huge prize, especially if their leader is mind controlled! The end of all existence is near!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Transformers May 2017 Solicitations: Lost Light, Optimus Prime, Till All Are One and More


Revolution: Aw Yeah! #4—Subscription Variant
Art Baltazar (w & a) • Jay Fosgitt (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Eisner Award winning cartoonist, Art Baltazar, brings his special brand of Aw-Yeah-someness to the new Hasbro Universe!

Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 2:50am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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We Didn't Start the Pyra
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
NEW CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime struggles to unite the Junkions, Cybertronians, and humans—but will diplomacy be scuttled when the Junkion’s secret comes out?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Fair.


Story

We return to Earth, which has Cybertronians and Junkions on two sides of an agreement which may not be, as humans reluctantly also maybe agree to disagree, while two leaders very much disagree as other two leaders disagreed in the past. We return to John Barber's vision of the new order of the things - Optimus Prime #4 is here!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Oh, and we start here, yes


Let's get this out of the way: Optimus is reaching peak Prowl. There are a number of moments where this is obvious, and I can't but think of this being a consequence of Combiner Wars (still) and his moment so close to the Autobot's master manipulator - other than being around him for pretty much the entirety of his life as an Autobot himself, of course.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Chekov's prop?


It's good, it's very good to see some development of Pyra Magna's character, as all of the Torchbearers were teased as having secrets and intrigues which we are still waiting pay-off for. But having that development also be pitted against Optimus is a super extra treat. Two very strong leaders with strong ideals, in their own way, against each other for very similar causes, at not the best time, but also maybe the best time too.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Pyra BURN


The rest of the story is a very good exercise in build-up, I felt, too, with a subtle increase on the pressure valve (up to the final act, where subtlety is chucked out the window) - but also a very welcome distraction in the form on Thundercracker and Buster, and a lot more about Marissa Fairborne in just a couple of pages.

Art

We knew of Alex Milne's subbing in for Kei Zama in this issue, and it's very good to see him back on a TF book interiors, even halfway through an arc. He keeps to the style that makes him beloved to the fandom and readership, while also thickening some inks, and adding a lot of black, black spaces for added tension, emotion, and pacing.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Also, his humans look really great in this issue


What is truly extraordinary on the art side of things, though, is the combination of Milne's lines with Josh Burcham's continuity colouring, keeping the transition between the two artists as smooth as possible for the book (the blue shading really does help), without sacrificing the differences of the two styles. It's a feat he achieves perfectly, I feel, and really helps the issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
Blue, the color of the planet from far, far away


The devices used in the script to carry along the narration require skill from the lettering side of the book, once more in the capable hands of Tom B. Long, who is also still painstakingly bringing us mini-bios for each character as we read through - and somehow manages to never make it intrusive. There is a full roster of TF veterans in the cover roll, and you can see all of them and full credits in our database entry here, from Zama to Griffith, with Nelson Daniel, Casey Coller, Joana Lafuente (thumbnailed), Burcham and Josh Perez fully acknowledged too.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Having Pyra Magna as the point of view for the running commentary on the issue is a great way of bringing in her voice on top of the placing against Optimus' leadership, and a welcome addition to that of Arcee, and Soundwave so far - and using the parallel threads of the past (the panels mirroring Zeta and Optimus are exquisite and very revealing) alongside the multiple storylines in the present and her personal beliefs, works out as a very revealing and definitely enticing, plot movement and pacing.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Optimus Prime #4
They visit Sicily!


The reintroduction of a different, but established, visual team does not disrupt the book at all, and the whole issue comes across as perhaps a seminal one in the aftermath of whatever may happen with the Junkions in the arc - will Pyra Magna get something more than she expects? How will the colonists react? What role will Aileron play?

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