Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1

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We finally have the full previews for this week's comics from IDW Publishing featuring Transformers, and we're headed for a number of endings - and we finish with Unicron #1 below! Check it all out, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub as we prepare our review for the release date this new comic book day.

Transformers: Unicron #1 (of 6)—Cover A: Alex Milne—GEM OF THE MONTH
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
The Darkest Hour has come. Optimus Prime stages a desperate gamble as the world-eater, Unicron, approaches Windblade’s homeworld—but that’s just the appetizer. The main course is Cybertron (with a side of Earth)... and it’s starting to look like no force in the galaxy can stop the end from coming.
FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Transformers: Unicron #1 (of 6)—Cover B: James Raiz—GEM OF THE MONTH
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a) • James Raiz (c)
FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
The end is nigh!
Variant covers by Andrew Griffith, Francesco Francavilla, and Bill Sienkiewicz!


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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969954)
Posted by steve2275 on July 10th, 2018 @ 7:58am CDT
this looks epic cant wait for the trade
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969962)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:06am CDT
Unless the issue does something really interesting, I'm definitely dropping the subscription, from the preview alone.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969970)
Posted by Decepticon Stryker on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:36am CDT
I see the Dark Syde! I can't wait to see the rest of this story develp.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969971)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:36am CDT
So we're going to see prime fight primal...or will primal turn and fight alongside the good guys leading bw megs to be turned into bw galvatron in a bizarre mish mash of homages...

That aside thus doesn't add anything other than the page of fighting which we already knew was coming and that page summarising everything to this point.

@AllNewSuper what's made you drop it considering this is pretty much what we've seen in the other preview?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969974)
Posted by Randomhero on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:40am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Unless the issue does something really interesting, I'm definitely dropping the subscription, from the preview alone.



Yeh you said that 2 days ago when you thought Roberts was the writer
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969975)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:40am CDT
I was planning to drop it from the first preview. This one hasn't altered that but I will wait for issue one to arrive. The hamfisted Beast Wars cameos really leave a bad taste in my mouth (yes I am aware they come from Shockwave/Onyx Prime in the OP book)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1969978)
Posted by Randomhero on July 10th, 2018 @ 8:42am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:So we're going to see prime fight primal...or will primal turn and fight alongside the good guys leading bw megs to be turned into bw galvatron in a bizarre mish mash of homages...

That aside thus doesn't add anything other than the page of fighting which we already knew was coming and that page summarising everything to this point.

@AllNewSuper what's made you drop it considering this is pretty much what we've seen in the other preview?



Man I have no idea what’s the deal with primal. I’m all about new interpretations of characters but having primal as a bad guy leaves some sour taste in my mouth. I’d like to see him switch sides but he’s been a follower of Onyx for 12 million years and is pretty much just a generic robot in ODW.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970074)
Posted by Flashwave on July 10th, 2018 @ 12:31pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:So we're going to see prime fight primal...or will primal turn and fight alongside the good guys leading bw megs to be turned into bw galvatron in a bizarre mish mash of homages...

That aside thus doesn't add anything other than the page of fighting which we already knew was coming and that page summarising everything to this point.

@AllNewSuper what's made you drop it considering this is pretty much what we've seen in the other preview?



Man I have no idea what’s the deal with primal. I’m all about new interpretations of characters but having primal as a bad guy leaves some sour taste in my mouth. I’d like to see him switch sides but he’s been a follower of Onyx for 12 million years and is pretty much just a generic robot in ODW.
WELL, i doynt we'll get thr expose for ot, but maybe since Unicron ate Eukaris, Primal Died, Unicron enslaved the Body.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970089)
Posted by YoungPrime on July 10th, 2018 @ 1:11pm CDT
......I've been wondering if Unicron would have Minions/Heralds but this is not what I hoped for.

Even Shoehorning Shockwave in as the mastermind over everything felt lackluster. And I never liked BW's at all. So I'm not all that hyped about buying this book anymore..

But if they violently kill Pyra Magna, I'll buy that issue twice!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970103)
Posted by itscramtastic on July 10th, 2018 @ 1:34pm CDT
Robot sacrifice, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970108)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 10th, 2018 @ 1:51pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:So we're going to see prime fight primal...or will primal turn and fight alongside the good guys leading bw megs to be turned into bw galvatron in a bizarre mish mash of homages...

That aside thus doesn't add anything other than the page of fighting which we already knew was coming and that page summarising everything to this point.

@AllNewSuper what's made you drop it considering this is pretty much what we've seen in the other preview?



Man I have no idea what’s the deal with primal. I’m all about new interpretations of characters but having primal as a bad guy leaves some sour taste in my mouth. I’d like to see him switch sides but he’s been a follower of Onyx for 12 million years and is pretty much just a generic robot in ODW.
WELL, i doynt we'll get thr expose for ot, but maybe since Unicron ate Eukaris, Primal Died, Unicron enslaved the Body.

Primal isn't from Eukaris though, he was part of onyx's entourage. Good news is that he's just an extra in this with no personality, but still...
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970443)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 11th, 2018 @ 7:38pm CDT

Not Gonna Die Tonight
A Seibertron.com somewhat Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers: Unicorn Issue #1



[quote]The Darkest Hour has come. Optimus Prime stages a desperate gamble as the world-eater, Unicron, approaches Windblade’s homeworld—but that’s just the appetizer. The main course is Cybertron (with a side of Earth)... and it’s starting to look like no force in the galaxy can stop the end from coming.[/quote]


Death surrounds
My heartbeat’s slowing down



Story

So here we are at last, the end of a dream, the end of 14 years of Transformers, the end of the longest running Transformers comic series in history. And here it goes out not with a bang nor a whimper. It goes out spectacularly and in glorious Big Screen Milne-D TV (that's a 2D 3D joke folks).

But we'll get to art later. First, let's focus in on the story shall we?


I won’t take this world’s abuse
I won’t give up, I refuse!



The story is sort of odd, but also pretty spectacular all in one. I will start with the odd: With the final Chapter of The Falling, over in IDW's Optimus Prime book, has not yet finished, meaning this book spoils some things but also sort of feels at odds, like you jumped into the action a bit too soon, like the first part of a 3 part finale from a TV show came before the 3rd to last episode. It may be a bit jarring, but that is hardly the book's fault.

Something that is also a bit strange is how this issue just feels like a slightly larger, more violent version of Unicron #0. Which I mean, that isn't necessarily a bad thing, considering the amount of action and Beast Wars cameos we get (though add a sin for only cameos at this point). But it also is a bit weird playing the script again. But at least (redacted as it is a spoiler, see the final thoughts)*.


The last thing I heard was you whispering goodbye
And then I heard you flat line



That all being said, we still get a great and fun story. Something you might not have seen coming, and shown pretty much front and center on the front of the page, is the comparison between Optimus Prime and Unicron. In many ways, these 2 characters are quite similar. And in this issue, we get plenty of Optimus, though we are still in the early days of Unicron, but that's OK! We are building up, as Unicron is building himself up, and I have to say, the 2nd half of the book had some pretty awesome things about Unicron.

All the character moments we get as well are incredible. Dirge, the Mistress, Soundwave and ROM, even Pyra Magna at the end. The characters are driving the story as much as the pictures and action on the page, and to that end, Barber once again delivers the goods.


We're gonna fight for us together



See final thoughts for 1 more story thing that is best left unsaid at this juncture.

Overall though, good story, slightly repetitive, but still freshened some, and ready to speed onward to the final 5 issues. And we even get a Furmanism!

Art

What would a comic be without art you might ask? It would be a book that's what. And while books are cool, comics drawn by Alex Milne and colored by Sebastian Cheng are even better. These 2 guys right here? They kill the book. They kill the book almost as well as Unicron killed the colonies and Wheeljack! (too soon?...)


They can’t keep their chains on me
When the truth has set me free



The art, as to be expected on a Milne book, is fantastic. Bold lines, insane attention to detail, not a wide shot or a background missed. And the work on Unicron is the 2nd half of the book is awesome, properly great, kinda like the Transformers version of Bosch's Visions of Hell (maybe a spoiler, depends if you've seen that). The whole book is filled with great detail, great character moments, both story and art wise, and some great backdrops, even if we are literally in space for half the issue.

The coloring really helps bring out all those details too. I envy not a person who has to color Milne art, but Cheng did an amazing job, stellar. All the detail Milne provided was intricately carved out in detail and wonderful colors. He made the fires burn bright and the darkness nearly consume the reader themselves.


When life pushes me I push harder
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger



And the art would not be complete without our resident Letterer, Tom B. Long. Long still kills the varied speech patterns, and I love the colors and fonts chosen for Unicron. He also is one of the best at making sure you miss as little art as possible while catching your necessary speech bubbles.

For even more information, you can check out our Unicron database entry for this issue

Final Thoughts
Majorly spoilerish ahead


We’re gonna stand and fight forever



Ok, so as promised from the story section, the final 2 notes before we plunge on:

1) We are pretty much out of filler. Cybertron is next, and the action is going to only heat up from here. Both we and Unicron had the appetizers, it's time for the giant main course guys.

2) Starscream. oh man Starscream. It feels good to have him around for this final push of the storyline. And once again, it's just the way Milne draws him, but the Steve Blum just oozes all over the speech bubbles. This is the Starscream we've always needed in a comic, Transformers: Prime personified in a "G1" comic. It is brilliant.

With that, I wrap things up with this: This is the end, the great finale, the Unicron event that will end a universe, as Unicron's actually pretty rarely do. And the threat is large, it has power, it isn't showing weakness, it isn't showing any cliches, and it knows that only a few, if any, can truly have that happy ending. Heroes will fall, the action will heat up even more, the pace will pick up even more. The final enigma of the universe will be solved.

It is a great read, a part 2 if you will to the Free Unicron #0, one that provides a bit new, repeats some stuff, but still kills you with what it is intended to do. Great job here, let's keep shooting to the stars (so long as Unicron doesn't eat them).

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PS: in case you're interested, I felt this song was perfect for this issue. (Obviously)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970456)
Posted by D R E W on July 11th, 2018 @ 9:03pm CDT
glad to know i'm not the only person that likes that song
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970459)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 11th, 2018 @ 9:09pm CDT
D R E W wrote:glad to know i'm not the only person that likes that song

I'm really glad someone can appreciate the music/lyrics/references I tag into my reviews. It is a great some, and perfect for the issue itself. there is gonna be a high body count...
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970501)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 2:10am CDT
Not in a place where I can click on the link so what is that song? Good to know things are starting well in unicron. Good review dmax!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970516)
Posted by Va'al on July 12th, 2018 @ 5:51am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Not in a place where I can click on the link so what is that song? Good to know things are starting well in unicron. Good review dmax!


Skillet - Not Gonna Die!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970523)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2018 @ 7:03am CDT
Thanks Va'al :-)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1970650)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 12th, 2018 @ 6:20pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Not in a place where I can click on the link so what is that song? Good to know things are starting well in unicron. Good review dmax!


Skillet - Not Gonna Die!

I kinda want to lay claim to the other 5 Unicron issues as well simply because I have a line of Skillet songs lined up for reviews, and I think most if not all line up greatly with Unicron!

As for other thoughts of mine on the issue other than those in the review, I know we haven't seen Dirge in a bit, but I was still sad to see him bite the dust.

Also, the scenes inside Unicron were fantastic. I love how he uses the inhabitants of the planets he's eaten as his immune system, all fused together and such. Maybe we'll see a part Wheeljack Antibody.

Also looking forward to learning more about Unicron.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1971257)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on July 15th, 2018 @ 5:24am CDT
See, I don't have the context of the other books, nor do I know who some of these characters are. To me this was Average. The visual-only Beast Wars cameos are completely wasted. The Dirge scene was pointless, I thought he died around AHM?. As a principal BW fan, seeing Not-Rampage did nothing for me, as with the other wordless cameos. What did annoy me is much like the squandered potential of The Gathering/Ascending we have BW2 & Neo characters practically vomited over the page.

Alas, Unicron's Galactus-lite dialogue continues...

To be honest, as I've mentioned before since there is no herald this time, I think it would be much better to learn nothing more about Unicron. Without him suddenly breaking into out of character monologue, he should just do his thing and remain an enigma in at least one continuity.

Note: I will stick around for one more issue, as they didn't have Prime pull some God-Bot BS to turn the tide. Long may that continue. 2.5/5
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron #1 (1971265)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 15th, 2018 @ 6:18am CDT
If prime did anything to turn the tide, it will be in issue 6, I'm fully expecting earth to be the last colony standing
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