Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4

Friday, May 12th, 2017 11:48pm CDT

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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

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Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1881510)
Posted by YoungPrime on May 14th, 2017 @ 8:13am CDT
Yeah, I don't like these crossover books were humans take center stage. Even Kup isn't getting the respect he deserves from mouthy, iratating humans.

A Predaking one shot or Mini-series would've been nice, not as minions for some lame human terrorist group!

This book is a pass.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1881623)
Posted by Blozor on May 14th, 2017 @ 4:51pm CDT
I love how all thr humans in Hasbro properties have teams divided between good and bad, amd they know the differences between the good guys and the bad guys, and they wear badges to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, but when the Transformers tell them they have good guys and bad guys and there's a way to easily differentiate the good guys from the bad guys, THAT is mind-blowing information.

I mean, you're GI Joe. You fight Cobra. You can handle Autobots and Deceptions.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1881626)
Posted by Kurona on May 14th, 2017 @ 4:55pm CDT
Blozor wrote:I love how all thr humans in Hasbro properties have teams divided between good and bad, amd they know the differences between the good guys and the bad guys, and they wear badges to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, but when the Transformers tell them they have good guys and bad guys and there's a way to easily differentiate the good guys from the bad guys, THAT is mind-blowing information.

I mean, you're GI Joe. You fight Cobra. You can handle Autobots and Deceptions.

Huh? This is the Revolutionaries thread, not Revolution.

GI Joe as a whole isn't in this preview, nor have they been in Revolutionaries at all yet beyond a few members. And none of their appearances have them attacking Transformers indiscriminately since Revolution.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1881687)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 14th, 2017 @ 11:05pm CDT
well, the Predacons attempted to combine, and now I guess they will!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886001)
Posted by Va'al on June 1st, 2017 @ 4:18pm CDT
In other comics news today, we have another iTunes preview for an upcoming IDW Publishing comics: Revolutionaries #5! The full preview and comic will be released in two weeks' time, but for now, enjoy the three pages below, opening with a G1-tastic-but-also-Beast-Wars-esque flashback by (quite probably) Guido Guidi...

M.A.S.K. vs. the ATOMIC MAN! 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, in the oddest story of 2017!


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Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886004)
Posted by Kurona on June 1st, 2017 @ 4:30pm CDT
I am so ready for this.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886195)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on June 2nd, 2017 @ 8:19am CDT
So the Hearts Of Steel Transformers were in the past and were Beast Transformers taking on names of the Transformers they thought we from Earth?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886201)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 2nd, 2017 @ 8:27am CDT
As someone who's already seen the profile for Centurion form the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook, trust me, it's even crazier than that.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886203)
Posted by Kurona on June 2nd, 2017 @ 8:28am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:As someone who's already seen the profile for Centurion form the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook, trust me, it's even crazier than that.

I can't wait :D
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886206)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on June 2nd, 2017 @ 8:35am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:As someone who's already seen the profile for Centurion form the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook, trust me, it's even crazier than that.


Spoil me please!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886216)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 2nd, 2017 @ 8:52am CDT
Alright. But trust me, it's worth the wait.

Basically, the Axalon crew are servants of Onyx Prime who crash on Earth while looking for the Enigma of Combination. During the crash, the Talisman erases their memories. Shockwave, coming to Earth during the events of his Spotlight issue, discovered their wreckage. The crew were initially confused as to their identities and saw a video transmission bounced from Shockwave's ship of the Autobots and Decepticons. Shockwave decided to use the Axalon crew in a sick experiment, convincing them that they were the Autobots and Decepticons of his era. These ersatz Autobots and Decepticons became the characters that would later wake in the 19th century, becoming the Hearts of Steel Transformers.

So yes, Hearts of Steel (and by extent, Infestation 2) happened in the main IDW universe.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886230)
Posted by Kurona on June 2nd, 2017 @ 9:12am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Alright. But trust me, it's worth the wait.

Basically, the Axalon crew are servants of Onyx Prime who crash on Earth while looking for the Enigma of Combination. During the crash, the Talisman erases their memories. Shockwave, coming to Earth during the events of his Spotlight issue, discovered their wreckage. The crew were initially confused as to their identities and saw a video transmission bounced from Shockwave's ship of the Autobots and Decepticons. Shockwave decided to use the Axalon crew in a sick experiment, convincing them that they were the Autobots and Decepticons of his era. These ersatz Autobots and Decepticons became the characters that would later wake in the 19th century, becoming the Hearts of Steel Transformers.

So yes, Hearts of Steel (and by extent, Infestation 2) happened in the main IDW universe.

Welp, time to buy Hearts of Steel
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886827)
Posted by o.supreme on June 4th, 2017 @ 12:09pm CDT
ok, so I just got issue #4 (2 months late, but I guess better late than never, don't worry about them trying to connect this to other series, or chronological reading order or anything...) :roll:

But at this rate I cant see this series going much longer. I was so excited to finally see Predaking in IDW, only to have him taken down in like 2 seconds...Like TAAO, I'm betting this title doesn't make it past the 12 issue mark. IDW really needs to figure out what they want, they've created a huge mess with this Hasbroverse. 2 TF titles a month and some occasional one shots or mini-series were ok, and even they couldn't keep up at times.

Sorry for the rant its just frustrating. I go to the comic store once a month, on the last Wednesday to be precise because I know that's when the books come out.

Currently Revolutionaries is 2 months behind, unless we get an unprecedented 3-issues this month, LL is a month behind, and I cant even keep track of some of the other releases... :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886828)
Posted by Kurona on June 4th, 2017 @ 12:10pm CDT
Revolutionaries is ending rather soon. Deliberately, not by cancellation.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886829)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 4th, 2017 @ 12:11pm CDT
Well, we already know Revolutionaries is ending at issue 8, leading directly into the First Strike event.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1886977)
Posted by Va'al on June 5th, 2017 @ 2:17am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Well, we already know Revolutionaries is ending at issue 8, leading directly into the First Strike event.


Followed by Action Man and the First Strikers. :saint:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1887427)
Posted by Va'al on June 6th, 2017 @ 3:59pm CDT
Iron Filings
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
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!

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But actually also none of that


Story

Keeping with my regular lateness on the non-core Transformers titles from IDW - much like IDW itself really, all things considered - this review of Revolutionaries happens a couple of weeks after the book's release, but still worth having here given the arrival of First Strike and a LOT of references to TF lore so far. Also note: the synopsis is, in fact, for issue 5.

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Hey Costa run!


In issue 4, there's more Iron than a gym full of anaemia-battling robots, with an array of GI Joe villains showing up to play the part of 'super evil bad guys' working behind the scenes of everything we've seen so far, and to continue some of the storylines from that book in its more recent IDW incarnation.

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Iron.. Who?


But what this issue is also brimming with, is allusions and references to some very early TF stories from IDW runs, including International Incident and the personal issues with Kup after his Spotlight and the Coda to All Hail Megatron, and not just in passing, but woven into the fabric of the story from continuity and dialogue perspectives. In John Barber we still trust.

Art

Fico Ossio returns to bring the more dynamic, if not indeed flexible, and softer lineart for the issue - and the Predacons take on some different guises than previously seen. Overall, however, the action scenes can be followed easily, there isn't too much overcrowding, the panels flow, and the only moment things are a little unclear may also be due to the script.

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And this is a Good Panel™


Reuniting the dynamic duo, colourist Sebastian Cheng brings the usual gloss to the lineart, but this time round, I was able to appreciate the shading and different use of lighting in some of the panel compositions, thanks to the fire theme brought on by the highly theatrical villains of the week month, too.

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Toasty


Instead of the usual caption devices, we have a slight twist to how it's employed allowing Tom B. Long to make the most of it and the multiple soundwords spread across the book during the numerous fights. As for the covers, I have highlighted, in the thumbnail, the Tone Rodriguez and Thomas Teyowisonte Deer variant; all others are easily accessible via our database page (along with full character roster too, here),

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Despite the healthy dose of exposition - and believe me, a lot of it in this issue - the pacing worked well, and all the recapping that takes place actually covers up some holes in various storylines, from Cobra to the Predacons, and follows up on previous characterisations of a number of characters with tact and precision, really.

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Movie cameo! Oh, Barber..


This is also probably the clearest the visuals have been in a while, with Ossio and Cheng working together nicely on layouts within the panels too, and reinforcing the feeling that Revolution was indeed too early for its times and the books involved. Plus, Predaking looks great. Different, sure, but good. And as always - the book has humour. Like, actually funny moments. Do not underestimate this part.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1887629)
Posted by ScottyP on June 7th, 2017 @ 9:03am CDT
Agreed on the visuals, definitely avoided the cluttered feel I got from some of their other work.

Just a short PSA: if you read this series and pick up the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook today, avoid the bios for Centurion and Atomic Man as these spoil big chunks of upcoming Revolutionaries issues! To be fair to the editors, Rev 6 was supposed to be out in June, but here we are with 5 coming out next week.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1887634)
Posted by Big Grim on June 7th, 2017 @ 9:49am CDT
Centurion? Not heard that name alongside Transformers since G1 Marvel UK! I loved the design of that Mechanoid!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Revolutionaries #4 (1887644)
Posted by o.supreme on June 7th, 2017 @ 10:32am CDT
ScottyP wrote:Just a short PSA: if you read this series and pick up the Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook today, avoid the bios for Centurion and Atomic Man as these spoil big chunks of upcoming Revolutionaries issues! To be fair to the editors, Rev 6 7 was supposed to be out in June, but here we are with 5 coming out next week.


Corrected to be accurate, yes they are THAT far behind. Also its kind of sad...after years of wanting another sourcebook, specific to all the TF characters (more specifically Japanese characters and newly created ones since the DW one came out). We finally get this...

Now I'm not complaining that it is including GI Joe, MASK, Action Man etc.... However, Transformers itself had well over 300 entries in the original DW 8 issue series which covered pretty much every North American toy based character from 1984-1991. GI Joe alone has probably just as many characters. I don't see this sourcebook being as extensive as it should be. Each series should have dedicated sourcebooks so that fans can pick-and choose which ones they like, or all if they so choose. Having this one mish-mash covering only a few of the characters from each series seems quite a wasted effort.

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