Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review

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FREE STOMPIN'



Premise
As we have seen with previous news pieces, the Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series will be accompanied by an IDW Publishing comic, featuring writing by Georgia Ball and art/colours by Priscilla Tramontano. The introductory short story will be written by senior editor John Barber, and released for Free Comic Book Day (today! 2nd May!). A preview of the first three pages of issue #0 can bee seen here - and check out our quick review below!

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
In hand!



Story

The foundation for the story is firmly rooted in the established status quo of the animated series, and recapped in the credits page of the issue (with art by Travis Sengaus and colours by Tramontano): Bumblebee is sent on mission to Earth by the 'spirit' of Optimus Prime, is followed by Strongarm and Sideswipe; they encounter Fixit and a crash-landed prison ship full of Decepticons, including Grimlock, now a Team Bee member. The series follows their search for the escaped prisoners, and the help they get from humans Russell and his father.

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
Recap! Exclamation mark!


John Barber writes a light-hearted, if initially quite perilous plot for the humans involved, as a fire threatens to destroy a park by Crown City. The Autobots track the culprit down to Decepticon Flamefeather, and attempt to contain, restrain and detain the Con, and remain hidden to the human population.

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
LAMEfeather


The target is obviously the same as the TV show, with similar gags (Bumblebee's unsuccessful slogans), dynamics (Strongarm and Sideswipe bickering), punchlines (anything with Grimlock) and general action sequences with the Con-of-the-week formula - but there is also quite an intriguing twist at the end, which might have some older fans interested, and the jokes (both visual and textual) work quite well on the page too.

Art

The art, both colours and linework, is by newcomer to interiors but Transformers veteran Priscilla Tramontano - and she shines, truly. The expressivity of the characters, the contrasts between backgrounds and forefront, the action sequences; everything is executed really well, and brought together in a visually appealing and exciting package, bound to interest new readers.

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
Oh hey Prips


The colours do very much the same job, distinguishing between almost 3D and almost 2D shades for different elements on the page, with wonderful addition of Chris Mowry's lettering bringing the sass to the spunkiest characters, and the STOMP to Grimlock, as was needed.

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
STOMP STOMP


There is also a fun and unexpected additional section after the RID comic, with Barber and Tom Scioli joining up for a 'comic book funnies' centerfold page, based on the Transformers vs G.I. Joe ongoing hit series. Megatron's activity corner is a treat. And some extra advertising for Combiner Wars, the continuing RID series and other IDW properties.


Thoughts

The creative teams behind this have been clear about their target and intentions, as to how the comic series will relate to and link with the TV show, and it works quite well in this introductory issue. As I said above, the humour of the show is transported successfully to the page, and bodes well for the future, with Georgia Ball taking the reins next month.

Transformers News: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review
I got my optic on you, RID


It's a fun little romp (stomp?) through the surroundings of Crown City, and Tramontano's debut makes it so attractive that I'll be following the series even just out of visual interest. But that final page reveal is bound to also leave a couple of questions that the show so far does not seem to be able to do. A fun issue to pick up for free, and definitely one for the younger readers!

Credit(s): IDW, Va'al


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Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1681919)
Posted by Madeus Prime on May 3rd, 2015 @ 11:46am CDT
I don't mean to be a pain, but could somebody scan a page so we can see what Flamefeather actually looks like?
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1681928)
Posted by Va'al on May 3rd, 2015 @ 12:19pm CDT
You *are* being a pain. UGH. Graham. SUCH A PAIN.
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1681945)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 3rd, 2015 @ 1:18pm CDT
Va'al wrote:You *are* being a pain. UGH. Graham. SUCH A PAIN.

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Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1682081)
Posted by Flashwave on May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:30pm CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:I don't mean to be a pain, but could somebody scan a page so we can see what Flamefeather actually looks like?


Just gonna go out on a limb and say I *THINK* the whole point if for you to go out and BUY* THE COMIC. But what do I know?

*And since THIS one is FREE, they want you to buy more while you're there. buybuybuy! ;)
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1704508)
Posted by Va'al on June 30th, 2015 @ 1:01am CDT
The second piece of preview news from IDW Publishing is the first actual issue of the new ongoing title Transformers: Robots in Disguise, based on the current animated series (though diverging from it a little). Check out a three-page peek at it below, mirrored via the iTunes page!

GO TEAM 'BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS... but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than... they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say "meets the eye," didn't you?


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Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1704511)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 30th, 2015 @ 1:06am CDT
My First Blaster! :KREMZEEK: :lol:
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1704589)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 30th, 2015 @ 8:47am CDT
A little guy with little hands using....MY FIRST BLASTER!!! YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!! :BOT:
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1704897)
Posted by Starsaber468 on June 30th, 2015 @ 10:31pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:A little guy with little hands using....MY FIRST BLASTER!!! YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!! :BOT:

Lol it has Me first blaster instead of my first blaster
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1704921)
Posted by Flashwave on June 30th, 2015 @ 11:14pm CDT
I knew I recognized that gun!

Awesome looking series. Can't wait for the Free Comic Book Day version to hit Comixology. (Or has it already?). Comic Grimlock reminds me somewhat of Hobbes. (Yes, the tiger). Don't know exaqctly why, but he does.

Starsaber468 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:A little guy with little hands using....MY FIRST BLASTER!!! YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!! :BOT:

Lol it has Me first blaster instead of my first blaster


No it doesn't??
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1705005)
Posted by Starsaber468 on July 1st, 2015 @ 8:00am CDT
Flashwave wrote:I knew I recognized that gun!

Awesome looking series. Can't wait for the Free Comic Book Day version to hit Comixology. (Or has it already?). Comic Grimlock reminds me somewhat of Hobbes. (Yes, the tiger). Don't know exaqctly why, but he does.

Starsaber468 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:A little guy with little hands using....MY FIRST BLASTER!!! YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!! :BOT:

Lol it has Me first blaster instead of my first blaster


No it doesn't??

Oops i was wrkng it does say My first blaster
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1710687)
Posted by Va'al on July 18th, 2015 @ 2:23am CDT
News for the weekend, thanks to Newsarama posting their previews of next week's IDW Publishing Transformers comics - starting with the first issue of the parallel series to the animated tv series Robots in Disguise. Check out the full preview below, and come back next week for a quick review of this younger reader series!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #1—SPOTLIGHT
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say “meets the eye,” didn’t you?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The hit cartoon comes to comics as only IDW and Hasbro can do!
Scan the shield with your mobile device to unlock an EXCLUSIVE character for the TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE APP!
One of Five Featured First issues in July! One every week!
As seen on Free Comic Book Day!


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Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1710721)
Posted by Jack Hallows on July 18th, 2015 @ 8:24am CDT
haha, how'd be get his hands on Swerve's "My First Blaster".
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1711281)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 19th, 2015 @ 4:49pm CDT
Still love My First Blaster. They need to make that thing official. I want one that works with generations guys! :BOT:
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712734)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2015 @ 7:43am CDT
(Top of the) DINOPILE!
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought we were going to say “meets the eye,” didn’t you?)

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DINOPILE


Story

After the Free Comic Book Day almost one-off issue by John Barber, new writer Georgia Ball has taken on the task of keeping this series up and going, with a new angle on the almost over first seasons of the new animated show Transformers: Robots in Disguise. And the angle is probably the closest we'll ever get to some continuity with Prime - but how does the rest of the series look with its first issue down? Read on!

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Good old days


What readers need to keep in mind is that this comic series is aimed at a very similar target audience as the cartoon, and will not be playing into the wider TFverse that most of the other IDW titles are exploring right now. That said, the vibrancy and humour of the series is deftly transposed from screen to page, even with the monster of the week formula that only worked for so long in the show.

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Genericon #1234


What Ball's writing brings, along with some really silly jokes (which I loved, I won't lie), is also an interesting look, perhaps even better than the show did, at Bumblebee's discomfort with his position as leader, the unruliness of his 'team' - and the feeling of utter betrayal arising from the final scenes in the book.


Art

A lot of the work done by Ball's script, both on the lighthearted and serious sides of the coin, is wonderfully heightened by Priscilla Tramontano's excellent visual rendition, showcasing a variety of expressions, body language interactions, panel dispositions and layouts, and just a general sense of *fun*!

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Is it..?


Tramontano's colours, too, are sleek, stunning and fun, the characters are fun, are obviously having fun, and so is the artist/colourist! We get references to the wider IDWverse (with MTMTE's My First Blaster making an appearance early on in the issue), and some always excellent lettering from Tom B. Long, who can play around with a lot more sounds than usual. And two great tone-catching covers, by Tramontano and Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Given the target audience, the timescale of the comic compared to the show, and what the FBCD issue had set up, this is an excellent debut for a younger reader series, one that ensures to keep the light side of the dynamics between the characters on the show, pokes some fun around at things, and includes the excellent Grimlock and running gags - including the no-nonsense general recap - without driving them into the ground.

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The Decepticon sticker! The Blaster! The teeth!


Ball and Tramontano are set to bring a fresher look at some of the moanings of the older readership, with the ending of both issue #0 and #1 just enough to keep us intrigued while the actual target fully revel in the (I'm running out of words to say) fun! Worth picking up for a new reader, for the art direction and colours, and always worth it for the bouncing dialogue, . And dinobot.

. :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: out of :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT: :G2BOT:
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712750)
Posted by ScottyP on July 24th, 2015 @ 8:28am CDT
Some additional fun Easter Eggs along with the MFB, particularly cool is the team playing "Return of Convoy" on the last page.

Also, app code inside the book that unlocks a "Cybertron Underbite" in the game, which is just Underbite with a slightly different color scheme, but it's still a neat touch. Wonder if that will keep up as a thing in further issues?
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712798)
Posted by PrymeStriker on July 24th, 2015 @ 10:50am CDT
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Optimus smiling?!

Arcee making a silly face?!

Was Bee high on Synth En when he recollected this??!?!?!?!?!??!
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712953)
Posted by Deadput on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:43pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:
Optimus smiling?!

Arcee making a silly face?!

Was Bee high on Synth En when he recollected this??!?!?!?!?!??!




What are you talking about?




Optimus smiles quite a bit on Prime not every episode but he does smile.





Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712954)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:46pm CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712955)
Posted by Va'al on July 24th, 2015 @ 4:48pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.


I believe it's just her lower lip, actually.
Re: Free Comic Book Day 2015 - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 Review (1712962)
Posted by Deadput on July 24th, 2015 @ 5:27pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:Arcee is just smiling i don't know how your seeing a silly face but if smiling counts a s silly now then I don't know.
She has her tongue sticking out.




Nope its lipstick such as her redesign says

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