First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview

First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 9:27pm CDT

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Coming to us via iTunes, we have the three page preview for the penultimate issue in the #HASBROFirstStrike event! Keeping right on schedule, this issue will be released on October 11th, after which we invite you all to spacebridge back to the Energon Pub Forums to discuss it!

Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!


Transformers News: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview

Transformers News: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview

Transformers News: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview

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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914381)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 3rd, 2017 @ 9:57pm CDT
Pyra looks so sad on the cover :( I don't follow this series normally but I wish I knew what's going on on that cover. Prime doesn't look so good himself.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914415)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 4th, 2017 @ 1:03am CDT
WreckerJack wrote:Pyra looks so sad on the cover :( I don't follow this series normally but I wish I knew what's going on on that cover. Prime doesn't look so good himself.


While covers aren't always a reliable source for what goes on inside the book, my guess is that Pyra Magna, Optimus, and the rest of the figures on the cover have fallen to Ironblood/Colton, and it's up to Scarlett to stop him.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914450)
Posted by ScottyP on October 4th, 2017 @ 8:40am CDT
Covers are indeed very unreliable as Pyra Magna has barely been in this series so far. If it's a crossover, expect Optimus, Soundwave, Arcee, Windblade, and pick one of Jazz or Starscream. Anything else is a bonus.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914454)
Posted by Kurona on October 4th, 2017 @ 8:54am CDT
Hell, Fat Tankor has featured on more than one cover in this series for some reason despite having I think all of one panel. Covers are usually weird, but they get extremely moreso during crossovers.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914529)
Posted by DeadCaL on October 4th, 2017 @ 3:44pm CDT
Bounti76 wrote:Image


WaitAMinute, what is this, a comic about robots that transform into other things now? I came here for space politics! :lol:
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914537)
Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:19pm CDT
Also via iTunes is a three-page preview at another of the tie-in one-shot comics for the Hasbro Universe First Strike event: Optimus Prime! Bringing back characters from the Revolutionaries series (which just ended this week, by release if not narratively), check out the opening scenes below.

With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood's forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!


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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1914541)
Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:30pm CDT
But wait! There is one more iTunes preview, though this one has not as much to do with Transformers as it completes the story started in Micronauts: First Strike - though still part of the event, of course - Rom: First Strike #1! Check it out below, and let us know what you think.

Rom’s team-up with the Micronauts leads our heroes right to the Dire Wraiths… and their new microscopic threat!


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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1915198)
Posted by Va'al on October 7th, 2017 @ 12:15pm CDT
Also directly from IDW Publishing is the full preview of next week's First Strike #5, the penultimate issue in the Hasbro Universe crossover event, collecting Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, Micronauts and ROM, with Revolutionaries playing a major part plot-wise! Check it out below.

First Strike #5
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 continues!
It’s a race against time as Cobra reaches their goal! Can our heroes catch up? Or is Cybertron doomed?
Filled with the action, drama and humor you’ve come to expect!
Variant covers by Jay Fosgitt, Davide Fabbri, Leonardo Manco, and Whilce Portacio!


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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1915679)
Posted by Big Grim on October 10th, 2017 @ 11:40am CDT
I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1915685)
Posted by ScottyP on October 10th, 2017 @ 11:46am CDT
Big Grim wrote:I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
The first clause sounds like a young, bright, 1985 Peter Cullen line while the second sounds like a grim, stern TLK line ><
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1915990)
Posted by Va'al on October 11th, 2017 @ 4:15pm CDT
Hanging by Many Threads
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!

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the weapon is deadpan banter, obvs


Story

Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez are working hard, there is no doubt about that, with several casts from books they have handled, and even more that they haven't. I have given the books so far a lot of grief too, for the approach to certain storylines and backstories, and I feel that having scheduled readings on time may have assuaged some of those grievances, too.

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Arcee gets it


Which leads me to this: after having finally read the conclusion to Revolutionaries - which in one way or another was the direct lead, next to Optimus Prime (the others were much minor, all things considered) into First Strike - I can appreciate a lot more than in previous issues the various levels of parallels drawn for Baron Ironblood with the other unlikeable DAD in the series, Optimus himself. Plus, I can see a lot more of the humour in the overall script.

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This is good joke


The very big cast was a lot more noticeable this time, but it didn't really put me off (Colton aside) - and it's really quite good to read and see some more flesh being added to Kreiger in the back-up story by John Barber, continuing the Iron axel of evil set-up alongside present events. He was still the one missing a lot of actual characterisation, other than Shazraella's quips, and we finally have some better looks at what he's doing and why he might be doing it.

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#relationshipgoals


The plot armour, as other members of staff have called, around Scarlett is at the point of doing my head in; that I actually really want to know what on earth (/Cybertron?) is wrong with Baron Iron Cotton, and why he decided that the best way to solve his issues with aliens is to adopt standard conservative foreign policy. But with just one issue to go? I hope - and I like to believe that - Scott and Rodriguez are up to the challenge.


Art

The overall art direction for the issue, with Max Dunbar and Ander Zarate taking lines and colours, is the best that I've seen in the crossover so far, and the most consistent in both organic and technorganic designs, and there's a lot of really well brought out visual gags - but I'm still really not convinced about the compatibility of John Wycough inks on Dunbar's lines: they flatten a bit too much, and scenes lose a lot of their impact, even with Zarate's efforts on consistency.

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See, I wanted to fully enjoy this a lot more


Much like my comments for the script, the back story on the backstory of Baron Ironblood's vault of villains is really quite pleasing from a visual perspective too: Netho Diaz, Walden Wong, and David Garcia Cruz do some good work on bringing the odd shiny darkness of Kreiger and his - probably worst of the lot, with Mayhem - tendencies towards whatever he's tending towards.

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That Herr Half-Man to you


Gilberto Lazcano takes the lettering side, and there are some notable placements of speechbubbles to allow the script to shine through - especially with character interaction and comedic timings - and it's good to see some fun in the fontwork too, during louder scenes. The cover used for the thumbnail is one of two coloured by Thomas Teyowisonte Deer, with lineart by Whilce Portacio and the most TF-free of the lot - you can find all of the other variants in our Database entry for the issue, right here, including the excellent Jay Fosgitt one.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I've said this a lot already, but let me reiterate: I couldn't help but enjoy the story a lot more in this issue after my grievances with last time's, and with Revolutionaries #8 finally sedimenting - for me - some of the parallels being drawn that felt very out of nowhere until now. It's a shame when good writing gets hindered by logistics, and it's something IDW needs to find a way of addressing soon, for the sake of their creators as well as their readers.

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*coff*


With an event and a cast this big (the two are very much related) there's bound to be some seeming inconsistencies or sidelining of characters - Windblade is perhaps the most erratic here - and some cameos that may come across as not ..the most apt - you'll see it directly when you read the book - and I'm still not entirely sold on the main threads running through First Strike. But, if nothing else, I do want to know what has happened, and how it will be resolved. I really, really do.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916061)
Posted by Big Grim on October 12th, 2017 @ 7:18am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
The first clause sounds like a young, bright, 1985 Peter Cullen line while the second sounds like a grim, stern TLK line ><

Yes! Exactly like that! :D
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916077)
Posted by ScottyP on October 12th, 2017 @ 9:14am CDT
I like that 5 has some banter.

For the rest of the main story, I'm going to do what my momma taught me and not say anything else when I have nothing nice to say at all.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916140)
Posted by Va'al on October 12th, 2017 @ 1:00pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:I like that 5 has some banter.

For the rest of the main story, I'm going to do what my momma taught me and not say anything else when I have nothing nice to say at all.


I enjoyed it a LOT more on my third read. I really did.
But I wanted to like it more, as I did with #3 and #4.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916170)
Posted by partholon on October 12th, 2017 @ 4:35pm CDT
There's another crossover planned for next year. Adding in Revolution, this means IDW are in the midst of doing at least three big multi-franchise crossover events per year in a row.


this is whats bothering me the most.

i think IDW are making a massive mistake with the way theyre rolling these "events" out.

look at the marvel and DC universes. they worked fine for decades cause in the main crossovers were done between two or maybe three books. NOT the entire production line. events like that only really kicked in around the turn of the century and now theyre yearly events its turning off comic buyers BIG time.

ive been a fan of comics since the 70s but ive bascially sworn off everything cept the TF books which ive been getting up to the last relaunch and im ALREADY fuking lost as to whats going on and how im meant to follow it. im barely out a year FFS !

factor in a general dislike of most of the books they're crossing with and im left with no incentive to come back. its just doesnt feel organic.

IMO it'd be a better idea to make the "event" more focused. TF/ROM for instance- and just leave everyone else to get on with their own stories. then next year make it GI JOE and MASK .

What their doing right now not only feels like overkill, its making it a RIGHT pain to collect their trades if youve previously being collecting individual issues. case in point i dropped OPTIMUS PRIME cause i just dont like the art after the first six issues with the intenst of picking up the cheaper trades down the road.

low and behold OP trade 2 has the "ghost stories" annual i already have bound into it.

i can only imagine what its doing across the other books.

save the full universe crossovers for the truly special occasions as right now im getting FIERCE mid 90s xmen crossover fatigue, and im not even buying the books !
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916251)
Posted by Va'al on October 13th, 2017 @ 5:15am CDT
The story that will start in Optimus Prime: First Strike will find its continuation in Transformers: First Strike, as we knew, and we have a variant cover for Retailer Incentive purposes courtesy of Previews World and drawn by Humberto Ramos - check it out below!

(W) John Barber (A) Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Humberto Ramos
Continued from Optimus Prime: First Strike! When a bounty hunter drags one of their own into the wilds of Cybertron, the Revolutionaries join forces with Arcee and pursue! But in the midst of war, can humans and Cybertronians put aside their differences, or has the invasion of Cybertron doomed any chance at peace?

Bullet points:
* Tying into the events of First Strike-A Hasbro Comic Book Event!
* The second part of the Optimus Prime and the Revolutionaries story-continued from last month's Optimus Prime: First Strike #1!


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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916289)
Posted by Moonshot on October 13th, 2017 @ 11:14am CDT
I would love it if Ramos started doing some Transformers comics. He is one of my top fav comic artist. Sweet looking Optimus he drew here.
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Posted by Carnivius_Prime on October 13th, 2017 @ 5:08pm CDT
Eh, not a fan. I didn't like his work on Spider-Man and Wolverine comics either. Just not into his style at all.
It's weird how there's all that light behind them like it's supposed to be all dynamic and kinetic looking but the poses are all really stiff and dull.
Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916725)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 15th, 2017 @ 8:12pm CDT
Today we are sharing with you a full preview of First Strike #6 posted by iTunes. Issue #6 is available for digital pre-order if you want to do so. This issue features Windblade, Soundwave, Arcee and many others. Looks like the fight is just getting started!

If you have not already seen the First Strike #1 variant cover, check it out!

Description
War for the Core! Deep within Cybertron, the ultimate weapon to kill all Transformers is about to be activated! Meanwhile, Elita One plans to stop the weapon—by killing every human on Cybertron! Either way, looks like some species on Cybertron is going down unless Optimus Prime and Scarlett can save the day…


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Re: First Strike #5 iTunes 3-page Preview (1916727)
Posted by Nexus Knight on October 15th, 2017 @ 8:34pm CDT
Soooo... fault me for not paying attention and missing a detail, but what is Kieger doing to the Masks?

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