Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

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Along with First Strike #2, this week sees IDW Publishing dip further into crossover territory with the second issue of the mini-series Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor, as we find out more about Stardrive's place in the Cybertronian world, as well as the wider universe and Starscream's plans, courtesy of Multiversity Comics! Check out the full preview below, and a review later this week on Seibertron.com.

Starscream forges an unholy pact with the Dire Wraiths—and Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus are hot on his trail. Unfortunately for them, Rom and the Solstar Knights don’t know the difference between Autobots and Decepticons—and they’re ready to fight all comers!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:

· An all-star lineup of Christos Gage (Rom), John Barber (Optimus Prime), and Alex Milne (More Than Meets the Eye) tell the never-before-revealed secret history of Rom and the Transformers!

· Don’t miss the cover by Ominous Press creator, Bart Sears, part of our Bart Sears cover month!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2
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Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1905659)
Posted by Deadput on August 21st, 2017 @ 10:13pm CDT
Huh Skyblast?

Obscure but it's a welcome cameo (Assuming he is just that)

Jet Vehicon is cool too and it's nice to see more of the war and see Starscream being "evil" again.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1905910)
Posted by Coptur on August 23rd, 2017 @ 6:39am CDT
I must admit this has been a nice break from OP, LL & TAAO.

I think the current trend of TF comics are running their natural course and we need a big overhaul and/or strong reboot.

I know this may not be popular opinion but i'm just not interested in IDW tf comics at the moment.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1905925)
Posted by ScottyP on August 23rd, 2017 @ 8:09am CDT
Interested to see if issue 2 turns around opinions like it did mine on this story. Strip away the very very nice art and I don't think there's enough plot to fill five issues.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1905947)
Posted by Kurona on August 23rd, 2017 @ 9:21am CDT
ScottyP wrote:Interested to see if issue 2 turns around opinions like it did mine on this story. Strip away the very very nice art and I don't think there's enough plot to fill five issues.

Personally speaking it felt much weaker than issue #1. That said, I think that's largely because the issue is essentially one big fight scene... and a certain little error on the cast page got me really excited to see a backstory for one of my favourite characters that just didn't happen.
Simply put, aside from the [spoiler]wraith autobot fusion[/spoiler] in the middle of the issue, nothing particularly interesting happened but a few interesting things are set up to happen with [spoiler]Rom back in the picture[/spoiler] and [spoiler]this version of Ultra Magnus dead[/spoiler].
Also, I totally called this Magnus not being Minimus; he acts so different and certain things that happen to him confirm it's Ramp or Damus or whoever.
Also doesn't help we barely get any focus on Stardrive. Would've thought we'd get a page or something devoted to her thoughts on seeing her fellow Cybertronians for the first time, but, nope. Just Bumblebee being a nice person I guess.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1906060)
Posted by ScottyP on August 23rd, 2017 @ 5:27pm CDT
^ I agree with basically all of that. So much 'meh' in this one.

  • Skyblast the redshirt legit disappoints me on multiple levels. Even if the entire creative group had no plans to ever do anything with the Space Team/Requiem Blaster, they just handcuffed anyone that might want to later. Just, man, don't red shirt one member of a three bot Combiner team! Unless the later issues are going to have Astroscope and Payload in a Triplicate Girl kind of story then gtfo with this Armada-indifference crap.[/*:m]
  • Outside of some fighting, what happens here? What did this issue add to the story that wasn't in issue 1?[/*:m]
  • I understand wanting to make it very clear that this Magnus is not Minimus Ambus, but I'm both unsure it fits with established continuity and it felt like being hammered over the head repeatedly with a "this isn't Minimus LOL" hammer.[/*:m]
  • Bee and Rom somehow saying what they do and not managing to hold off their teammates? Ehhh I'm having a hard time here.[/*:m]
  • Why should I care about Dire Wraiths? What do they want? They've been around a year plus in IDW continuity, let's get some shades of grey in their collective character. This is not just this book's fault, to be fair. Doc and others like her are too far to the other extreme for that to be a fascinating schism.[/*:m]
  • As a Rom reader, holy wow I really want a story where he does anything else. The pattern of him trying and succeeding and/or failing to talk Livia down all the time, repetitively, was old months ago. With the first issue out of the way, why not expand on their relationship instead of beating the same path?[/*:m]
  • Why is Stardrive like, a background character already?[/*:m][/list:u]

    Yeah, I didn't like it. I strongly disliked it. I may not order 5.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1906137)
Posted by Va'al on August 24th, 2017 @ 2:56am CDT
Review is coming at weekend, but similar thoughts indeed.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1908142)
Posted by Va'al on September 2nd, 2017 @ 9:32am CDT
While I try finding the time to review the second issue of the series, Previews World has updated their pages with some variant covers for IDW Publishing's Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor #3! The first one below is by gruesome twosome Nick Roch and Josh Burcham, while the second has profile art by Casey Coller and (probably; yo, start crediting people properly, thanks) Joana Lafuente - check them out!


UPDATE: The Coller cover is confirmed as being coloured by John-Paul Bove.




[quote](W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Nick Roche
Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves!
[/quote]



[quote] (W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Casey Coller
Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves! [/quote]
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1908200)
Posted by Kurona on September 2nd, 2017 @ 3:31pm CDT
Now it looks like we're getting to the interesting stuff. This was something brought up by Scotty initially but I greatly agree with it so I'm gonna re-iterate -- it feels like this was thought out well as a very interesting story, but it wasn't enough story to fill out the number of issues they got so that's why #2 felt a bit filler-y with that drawn out battle.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910754)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 13th, 2017 @ 7:11pm CDT
Shining Armor #3 iTunes preview: https://t.co/O9iLhLMuBg
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910825)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 14th, 2017 @ 3:19am CDT
Via iTunes, we now have a three page preview for the third (of five) issue of Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor. It's due to be released on September 30th, so while you're waiting, check out the pages below, and be sure to read the issue review after it comes out!

[quote]Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves![/quote]





Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910845)
Posted by Kurona on September 14th, 2017 @ 6:43am CDT
I was a bit worried that this was gonna go the same route of Earth hating all Cybertronians and not willing to differentiate; and it was looking like that, but... by the end of page 3 this feels a lot more natural. And a lot more interesting. Can't wait for release :)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910851)
Posted by Va'al on September 14th, 2017 @ 7:16am CDT
I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910859)
Posted by Randomhero on September 14th, 2017 @ 7:51am CDT
Va'al wrote:I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..



Just say it's good and be done with it
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910881)
Posted by Va'al on September 14th, 2017 @ 8:42am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Va'al wrote:I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..



Just say it's good and be done with it



It's not. It's.. just ok. But there's reasons.

Also, you've seen my reviews, I'm not just going to say something simply. :-P
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1910889)
Posted by Kurona on September 14th, 2017 @ 9:04am CDT
My big problem with #2 is that it's basically just a big fight scene. And that's... alright; it's a decent fight scene with a few interesting things going on, but it's basically just a fight scene that only at the end is used as a vehicle to get from point A to point B. #3 just from this preview is looking to be a lot more interesting with a lot more plot and characterisation.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1911178)
Posted by Va'al on September 15th, 2017 @ 3:44pm CDT

Transformers vs Rom?
(Spoiler free-ish)




Synopsis

Starscream forges an unholy pact with the Dire Wraiths—and Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus are hot on his trail. Unfortunately for them, Rom and the Solstar Knights don’t know the difference between Autobots and Decepticons—and they’re ready to fight all comers!


Even STEVE!



Story

Once again, I find myself apologising for the lateness in delivering a review, and I won't use the usual IDW jab to justify it. The series we cover at Seibertron.com deserve our attention no matter when they come out, and sometimes it's just too much to get all in one go with other news around. So my apologies, and on with the show.


..ok, posh face



After a fairly impressive opening act with the first issue, Shining Armor #2 does something bizarre for this new mini-series set as a prequel to current Hasbro Universe ongoing events: it stalls. The issue itself is not static, but all the set-ups and building we saw in the first book are effectively just repeated in the second chapter... out of five, which is the frustrating part of this.


Can you hear the Blum?



Where characters like Starscream get good lines and characterisation (previous points still stand), Ultra Magnus has a lot to be talked about, the Dire Wraiths are a serviceable villain overall - but the supposed pivot of the series, the Cybertronian Knight of the Solstar order, Stardrive, is relegated to background character almost immediately, for the entire issue.


one of five* panels she's in



There is some more decent world-building, yes, but I was curious to see how Barber and Gage would approach the difficulty of the character they introduced, and am left a little whelmed overall at her handling, to be instead replaced by a lot of fighting and interactions between the Autobot crew and Starscream/Dire Wraiths - a fault of the plot-first approach? More below.


Art

Alex Milne's art is still in top form. There is a good discussion over here about the use of negative space for emphasis, too, in case you're interested. What stands out most for me in this issue are the designs, flitting between organic and mechanic, Cybertronian and Dire Wraith, Solstar Knight and everyone else - and finally, a full Cybetrtonian-Dire Wraith hybrid (infection, really), which I'll leave to you to discover in full.


but I want to show you the design at least



Josh Perez does not have an easy task with the choice of subject, as the lighting on chrome is different from metal, and different still from organic and spikes - but he performs the duties magisterially, working beautifully in tandem with Milne's lines and compositions.


ftoom you too



Equally, the lettering by Tom B. Long is very apt in playing with those elements of space mentioned in the Refined Robo article I link to above, and not using up all of the space left by a very dedicated artist with his panels. You can view all the cover variants, with credit, in our Comics Database, as usual, and choose your favourite - but the one used for the thumbnail is the Nick Roche / Josh Burcham one.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said, I wonder whether the elements that made me feel as though I was reading the same issue again have something to do with how the writing task is approached in this series, compared to other methods that Barber usually employs. Point notwithstanding, the preview for issue 3 already shows significant improvement, so we may just be looking at a pacing issue in the serialisation instead.


OK maybe nine panels



I do want to see more of Stardrive. I do want to find out more about the character and her torn origins - but I also feel like Rom fans may also be slighted in this issue, as it's very much about the Cybertronian presence in relation to the wider cosmic order (Council, Consortia, even Solstar Order, but mostly by name and references), and will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books.

. :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: out of :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN:

Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1911195)
Posted by Tigertrack on September 15th, 2017 @ 8:07pm CDT
I'm sure this was discussed already, but we're looking at someone else other than Minimus in the Ultra Magnus armor, right? His actions are just so out of character compared to the current version.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1911196)
Posted by ScottyP on September 15th, 2017 @ 8:10pm CDT
This is much nicer than I would have been to it. #JusticeForSkyblast

Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1911212)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 15th, 2017 @ 9:38pm CDT
I don't get the "nothing happened, just a fight scene" criticism. Like, yeah, it was a fight, but this issue established a lot of the key plot points, including the Dire Wraith/Decepticon alliance, how Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus became aware of the Decepticon activity, and what happens when a Dire Wraith tries to infect a Cybertronian (something that was teased as being a big deal back in ROM #4.)

I actually think having Bumblebee narrating this issue works really well because of how similar he is to Stardrive. He's a young bot who doesn't shoot first and ask questions later and genuinely wants to get along with everybody. And considering how ROM-heavy the last issue was, its good to pull back and see things from the Cybertronian perspective.

Also, Va'al, I gotta say, I really don't get this part of the review: "will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books." Do you really think that Gage is only contributing things in regards to ROM? Cause I can go ahead and tell you that's not how comic books work.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Rom Vs Transformers: Shining Armor #2 (1911238)
Posted by Va'al on September 16th, 2017 @ 1:16am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Also, Va'al, I gotta say, I really don't get this part of the review: "will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books." Do you really think that Gage is only contributing things in regards to ROM? Cause I can go ahead and tell you that's not how comic books work.


Daniel, I would like to ask you to stop assuming that no one but you knows how comics work. This is not the first time you've made that statement relating to someone disagreeing with your reading or appreciation of a text.


As for the point I was trying to make, which I realise is phrased badly now: what I've seen in these two issues is a lot of Barberisms, rather than Gage's take on characters that I know he writes well. I'm not saying only Barber is writing the books, or that one writes one side and the other writes the other, just that - to me, while reading - I felt like it was a mostly Barber script in its development of certain points. And I'd like to see more recognisable thumbprints of Gage's handiwork in the next issues, alongside Barber's.

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