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Artist Andrew Griffith to Attend TFcon Toronto 2017

Transformers News: Artist Andrew Griffith to Attend TFcon Toronto 2017
Date: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 4:09am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFcon Toronto

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An update from TFcon Toronto brings us another guest for the 2017 edition of the convention: IDW artist, Transformers veteran, currently working on Micronauts: Wrath of Karza - Andrew Griffith! Check out more information below.

TFcon is pleased to welcome back Andrew Griffith to the 2017 event in Toronto. Andrew is best known to fans as the long time artist on IDW’s ongoing Transformers: Robots in Disguise comic book and is currently working on Micronauts comics for IDW Publishing. He will be signing, selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long.

New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK

Transformers News: New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK
Date: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 4:04am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Signature Publishing

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Via the official website of Signature Publishing, the company behind the Transformers: Robots in Disguise magazine in the UK, we have the announcement of a new Hasbro Transformers publication: Rescue Bots! Starting this May 19th, newsstands and shops (including WHSmith, one assumes) the new magazine will roll out across the UK - with claims of European market undoubtedly exaggerated - and include games and small gifts for the younger bots out there. Check out the press release and some images below!

Transformers News: New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK


Transformers Rescue Bots magazine launched

Transformers Rescue Bots magazine is the exciting brand extension into the Transformers universe for the pre-school market.

Open these pages to meet Rescue Bots Chase, Heatwave, Boulder and Blades, from the popular animated series, along with the iconic Transformers characters Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as they learn about teamwork, friendship and problem solving. This all-new pre-school children’s magazine is full of games, puzzles, posters, colouring, competitons and an action-packed comic story in every issue. Plus, each issue comes with bespoke Rescue Bots gifts.

Following on from TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, Signature Publishing is targeting younger fans of the massive, evergreen brand, TRANSFORMERS with the launch of TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS magazine, under license from Hasbro.

Aimed at the pre-school market TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS is the official magazine for the hugely popular animated cartoon series – one of the most-watched shows on Tiny Pop and the #1 selling TRANSFORMERS toy line for Hasbro.

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS is Tiny Pop’s second strongest programme title, out of 40 titles.* It has averaged over 17,000 Kids across 600 plays on the channel; a huge +76% above the channel average. It has reached 1.5 million Kids since launch (more than any other title on Tiny Pop) while contributing a fifth of Tiny Pop’s overall ratings (on par with My Little Pony).*

‘The TRANSFORMERS franchise just keeps growing, with the launch of the latest blockbuster movie in June, while younger fans are engaging with the hit animated cartoon RESCUE BOTS,’ enthused Danny Morris, Signature’s Managing Director. ‘We are therefore delighted and honoured to be the first publisher, worldwide, to launch a standalone magazine for this fantastic extension to Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS brand where, as always, storytelling is at its heart. With the viewing figures and toy sales for TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS speaking for themselves, this new magazine is sure to be a huge success!’

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS magazine is the perfect accompaniment to the hit TV show, as readers join Chase, Heatwave, Boulder and Blades, along with the iconic characters Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, on their rescue missions, with the action-packed storytelling, games, puzzles, posters and colouring focusing on teamwork, friendship and problem solving.

Aimed at children aged 3-5 years every issue will come with a unique, bespoke gift. On newsstands from 19th May the launch issue is priced at £3.99 and comes with a Chase car stunt set and a 4-roll sticker box.


Transformers News: New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK

Transformers News: New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK

Transformers News: New Transformers: Rescue Bots Magazine Launching in UK

IDW Optimus Prime #8 Covers Revealed

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #8 Covers Revealed
Date: Tuesday, May 16th 2017 11:34pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): Preview world

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Preview World has posted Transformers: Optimus Prime #8 incentive cover and subscription cover B. We have posted them below so you can have a look to decide which cover you'd like before they become available.

The summary tells us that Jazz will have a leading role in this issue:
“Jazz confronts his past-and the Autobot’s future-in front of millions of television viewers. But will he make the people of Earth understand Optimus Prime’s mission… or turn against it?”

The incentive cover has Optimus Prime and the Subscription cover features Jetfire. these comics will be available on June 14th, 2017.

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #8 Covers Revealed

Transformers News: IDW Optimus Prime #8 Covers Revealed

Concept Art for Titan Vigilem in IDW Transformers: Till All Are One, By Pitre Durocher

Transformers News: Concept Art for Titan Vigilem in IDW Transformers: Till All Are One, By Pitre Durocher
Date: Sunday, May 14th 2017 7:35am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Sara Pitre Durocher

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Yet again from the Twitter vault (geddit? because Volta?) of IDW Artist Sara Pitre Durocher, we have some concept art for another Transformers: Till All Are One new character: the Titan that was Vigilem before becoming Carcer and Vigilem once more! Check out the before and after sketches in the image below, and let us know what you think of the Liege Maximo vessel in the Energon Pub.

Transformers News: Concept Art for Titan Vigilem in IDW Transformers: Till All Are One, By Pitre Durocher

Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4
Date: Friday, May 12th 2017 11:48pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Multiversity Comics

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The G1 Predacons are back and at the forefront of this next issue of Revolutionaries.

Check out the preview, courtesy of Multiversity comics, below full of Predacon goodness!

Written by John Barber
Illustrated by Fico Ossio
Colored by Sebastian Cheng
Lettered by Tom B. Long

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

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The secret history of Cybertonians on Earth—but how can it be!
Who is behind the Cobra Commander mask?!
Springing from the fan-favorite Transformers: Hearts of Steel limited series!
Variant cover by John Royle!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 7

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 7
Date: Friday, May 12th 2017 11:42pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): itunes

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iTunes has a preview up for the upcoming Optimus Prime 7 comic.

Here is a description followed by the preview, enjoy!

Description
With the Junkion invasion resolved peacefully, Optimus Prime takes a moment to plan the Autobot's next move on Earth.



Transformers News: Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 7

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 7

Transformers News: Preview for IDW Optimus Prime 7

Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Date: Thursday, May 11th 2017 8:36am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Transform like an Egyptian
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

BLAST FROM THE PAST! In the deadly catacombs beneath an ancient pyramid, Joe Colton—the original G.I. Joe—found something far worse than any curse or boobytrap. He found the Decepticon Soundwave... scouring Earth for Cybertron's salvation. Their meeting remained classified—until the Revolutionaries crashed headlong into the modern-day results!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 1!


Story

This is a very late review indeed, but one that I had promised myself I would get back to once life had stopped being so busy this side of a keyboard, and before the next issue. So apologies, first of all, and I hope you'll forgive the weird scheduling of it all. Call it 'doing an IDW' if you want. Onwards!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 2!


The third issue of the strangely appealing Revolutionaries series, or, the Adventures of Action Man and Kup in the Hasbro Universe (and I Guess Some Other Characters Too) delves into some very old and obscure Transformers stories, along with some cinematic classics, and actually delivers a decently satisfying book in its long flashback format - with a bit of a pleasing twist or two towards the end.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Cameo 3!


John Barber nicely works in a lot of backstories for teams we'll probably never really encounter, and still make the various universes fit into the very complex timeline of both GI Joe and Transformers comics (in their IDW incarnation, of course), while also fully revelling in the references and easter eggs scattered throughout the book. It's good to see the fun being had, and the results show.

Art

Ron Joseph's art is an interesting take on what is going in the book, as I felt that the style suited the entirety of the characters really well - especially with the flashback work framing of the story - except for the one entirely non-organic character: Soundwave. Or rather, his head. I have no criticisms anywhere else, but the head/face for the Cybertronian just felt a little off.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
But you also get these beauties


Colourist Sebastian Cheng, usually working with Fico Ossio on a much glossier look, does some pretty impressive colour works on here, keeping the sandy, dusty, grainy feel of both the setting in space (Egypt) and time (the past) in a significantly different approach to other books he works with. Very pleasing indeed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
also some nice purples


The usual caption devices, both in narration and exposition, work really really well here, and Tom B. Long makes sure of it, along with some crafty sound effects and production. As for the covers, they are all easily accessible via our database page (along with full character roster too, here), but the one highlighted specifically in the thumbnail is another take by Joseph and TF vet JP Bove on the issue's contents.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Once again, I find myself having to say 'if you're not reading the crossover-y titles, it's fine' but with an issue such as this one, and if you've been an IDW reader for Transformers and/or GI Joe - and trust John 'Continuity' Barber, plus Hedgecock and Mariotte both assisting on editing work - you'll probably enjoy it even if just for the hunt the hints games you can play throughout. It's a step out of the current Talisman story, but still about that story.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Revolutionaries #3
Confirmed: Kup is a fan of Josh Boyfriend


With MASK not doing too well editorially, Miles Mayhem gets a bit of a shine here; Micronauts have a cameo (see above, second image); Soundwave is at his snappiest; the ending made the whole thing fit into the current Revolutionaries timeframe, and we have some major hints as to what may happen in the next issues too. Seriously, take some time to give it a chance.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Date: Wednesday, May 10th 2017 2:38am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Means of Creation
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #5

As spoiler-free as I can make it.

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

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

Phew. I've probably missed something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What? What happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Date: Monday, May 8th 2017 7:26pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Out this week from IDW Publishing is a new chapter in the Transformers: Lost Light ongoing comics series, with issue #5! The book is released on Wednesday, and we will have a Seibertron.com review ready for you after then, so check back for thoughts and conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers: Lost Light #5
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
It's TEAM RODIMUS versus a universe gone wrong! An alternate Cybertron is being torn apart as the malevolent Functionist Council implement a plan that's been millions of years in the making. But with victory within their reach, they find themselves up against someone who really shouldn't exist: MEGATRON.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
The end times are here for the crew of the Lost Light!
Variant cover by Jin Kim!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano
Date: Saturday, May 6th 2017 6:24am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PreviewsWorld

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After yesterday's reveal from Sara Pitre Durocher of a variant cover for the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One #10 - as seen here - we also have another piece of art for the issue, courtesy of Priscilla Tramontano! Check it out below, via PreviewsWorld.

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano

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