Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

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Out this week with IDW Publishing are three new issues in their Transformers comics as we rush towards the end of it all in the Summer of Transformers - with our final preview below for the second chapter of the Transformers: Unicron mini-series that will bring an end to the IDW Hasbro universe as we currently know it.

Check out the preview and join the conversation in the Energon Pub discussion boards, and make sure to join us for the review discussion after the comic book is out this Wednesday!

Transformers: Unicron #2 (of 6)—Cover A: Alex Milne—GEM OF THE MONTH
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Bumblebee investigates a dark corner of Cybertron’s past, searching for answers: what is Unicron, and why does it want to destroy Cybertron? Meanwhile, Windblade scrambles to figure out a plan as Chromia makes her return—with a Decepticon fleet in pursuit!
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Transformers: Unicron #2 (of 6)—Cover B: James Raiz—GEM OF THE MONTH
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a) • James Raiz (c)
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Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

Transformers News: Ful Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2

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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1973610)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 24th, 2018 @ 9:01am CDT
Now that's interesting, will unicron be something that ancient cybertonians created (or more likely) be something that thy came across and woke up when they should have left be. Plus with the title 'strange eons' I'm getting small lovecraftian vibes...which I'm a-okay with!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1973649)
Posted by Randomhero on July 24th, 2018 @ 11:25am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Now that's interesting, will unicron be something that ancient cybertonians created (or more likely) be something that thy came across and woke up when they should have left be. Plus with the title 'strange eons' I'm getting small lovecraftian vibes...which I'm a-okay with!



I love speculating about the comics but without unicron I just can’t. I don’t think he’s robot Satan and I don’t think Primus existed or was a god and I can’t even fathom what he is. I’m really going into this series with no speculations for once. I feel like Shockwave In Marvel when he see unicron and his brain breaks.

“Can’t...figure...out...logic...logic...not...makes...sense...”
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1973680)
Posted by Silverwing on July 24th, 2018 @ 1:11pm CDT
Decepticon Vengeance Division, eh? That's pretty cool! And the acronym is ironically funny. Who's afraid of the D.V.D.?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1973759)
Posted by Randomhero on July 24th, 2018 @ 4:51pm CDT
Oh god re the Decepticons pulling a nova corps from guardians of the galaxy!? That’s not gonna work guys!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1973786)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 24th, 2018 @ 6:15pm CDT
Review coming tomorrow once more from yours truly! 2 things are blocking me at the moment, and one of them is trying to figure out which 5 Skillet songs I plan to use for the issues and which one may work best since I have almost no clue.

BTW, The marriage of artist and colorist for the series is absolutely killer.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974014)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 25th, 2018 @ 7:51pm CDT
Falling Inside The Black
A Seibertron.com somewhat Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers: Unicorn Issue #1


Synopsis

Bumblebee investigates a dark corner of Cybertron’s past, searching for answers: what is Unicron, and why does it want to destroy Cybertron? Meanwhile, Windblade scrambles to figure out a plan as Chromia makes her return—with a Decepticon fleet in pursuit!


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Tonight I'm so Alone, This Sorrow takes a hold


Story

And here we are again, on issue 2 of 6 of the grand IDW finale. Unicron is here. Unicron has killed planets and fan favorites. Unicron is unstoppable and unquestionably powerful.

Does part 2 of the tale live up to the hype? Just wait and see!

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Your Touch used to be so kind, Your Touch used to give me Life


So to catch up, Issue 0 was the first attack by Unicron, and in a way Issue 1 was a longer version of 0 with some more material and more action and attack and Maximals. So issue 2 was the fallout, the scene of defeat, the realization that Unicron had no weakness and burns full bore for Cybertron now. And the way the different characters were placed in that context was quite enjoyable to read.

We get some good ole fashioned Starscream, to an extent. We get some optimistic Bumblebee, paired with the used to be equally as optimistic but still very eager to at least do something Aileron, and then Optimus, more Starscream, and the council. Old plotlines and characterizations continue, even older plotlines and characters make returns, and it all blends together quite well. We got some history, we got some resolutions, and we got more questions to be asked. And we got a killer final 2 pages.

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Don't leave me alone, Cause I barely see at all


Story wise, Starscream is a standout here. Also important is Bludgeon, and his attack on Unicron and position in the grand scheme of things. At this point, Bludgeon is a con to keep an eye on, like really, go back and read all his adventures post Death of Optimus Prime, and then finish with this one.

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Falling in the Black, Slipping through the Cracks


Finally, as a nod to the Hasbro Universe itself, we get 3 different stories worth of appearances and 2 different creation/backstories, with the 3rd actually being a back up comic featuring a well known Maximal and the final stand of Scarlett's Strike Force.

Is it a filler issue? Yes, it is. It is the lull between storms. Is it a boring or not overly good filler? Absolutely not. It gives us so much, it still gives action, it still has the characters, it still has all the moments, and it has the perfect build up and a great lead in to the next. It is serialized, but it does not suffer all that badly for it.

And in case you forgot, Skywarp is equally as fun as Starscream. Now all we needed was a Thundercracker appearance and we would have had seeker gold.

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Dreaming of the Way it used to be, Can you hear me?


Art

Simply put, the marriage of artist and colorist for this series could not have been any more perfect. And this is not just me, this is the Seibertron.com review room talking here folks. You cannot beat the lines of Milne fused with the colors of Cheng. You can't, it's that simple.

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Falling to the Depths can I ever go back?


The vast backgrounds and equally vast cast, the uniqueness of each Cybertronian's design, the fun of space and the grounds of Cybertron, it all looks and feels so good. And it owes everything to Milne and Cheng. They have done fantastic for all 3 Unicron titles released so far, and there is no indication that we should expect less in the remaining 4. And if the last page is anything to go by, epic will still fail to describe the coming events.

And a final nod to the important final part of the art team: Tom B. Long. Letters are so easy to overlook, but in this issue, between Bludgeon, Omega Supreme, and the rest of the cast, the letters get a chance to shine, and it is fantastic at how many different ways you can create a conversation.

Well done crew!

Final Thoughts

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Falling Inside, Falling Inside.... The Black


As you can tell, this issue was mainly character driven, by interactions between characters fresh back for their final appearances. It has some action, some backstory, some main story, and bit of final payoffs. It was a good story with excellent art, and a great lead in that managed to not bore the audience nor make them think anything less than a good story is ahead.

With that all in mind, despite what we learned here, next issue cannot come soon enough. We have reached what appears to be the big moment fairly early in the story. While it may not be the climax of the story itself, it still will be big and fun, especially with characters by Barber and art by Milne, Cheng, and Long.

Have a score, and let's get on to that issue 3 folks.

:MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: out of :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL: :MAXIMAL:


And finally, as with all Unicron reviews, we feature a Skillet song as the theme for this review, and ultimately for things to come.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974077)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 2:17am CDT
Good review d-max! To think we're already a third of the way through this series...
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974079)
Posted by Va'al on July 26th, 2018 @ 2:23am CDT
Good stuff in here D-Max!

The way in which Starscream is being re-used, with Optimus Prime's reaction to it all, is a very nice way of playing with a character that has been established as mercurial but also considering the developments he's been through in recent stories.

I do wonder what on earth Bumblebee's role in all of this is, and I'm still not too keen on his return right now. Much as I wasn't with Shockwave. I mean, what's done is done, but still...


As for Unicron's true nature, and that organic character showing up - I know there's a lot of talk about that behind the scenes, but I don't know what I make of it. Yet. :-?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974092)
Posted by Steponahen Day on July 26th, 2018 @ 5:32am CDT
Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974093)
Posted by Steponahen Day on July 26th, 2018 @ 5:32am CDT
Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974096)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 6:09am CDT
Hate to break it to you but I doubt the return of that character will impact the unicron series. Would love to be wrong but everyone involved with ll is just going to sit this one out.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974118)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 8:17am CDT
Steponahen Day wrote:Having caught up with the whole thing, I really just want to see Unicron devour a universe in its full before he dies, if he even dies considering he has pretty much all of Shockwave's ores on him. But I hope that with Megatron's return things take a change, hoping Megatron isn't a Decepticon again which seems unlikely.

But Unicron needs to be able to devour an entire universe in our view for once, we've been told he's done it before but we've never seen it happen apart from a few planets getting eaten. In fact, I feel as if I might be the only one wants Unicron to win and devour everything. So All hail Unicron, the Chaos Bringer.



Yeah I kinda want a continuity that’s been the longest running amount of stories not be destroyed. The series deserves a good ending and Megatron and LL arnt part of this.

Also hate to break it to you but Optimus Prime #25 takes place after unicron #6. It’s an epilogue to the entire IDW-verse. So spoiler alert: they win. Shocking.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974120)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 8:29am CDT
Well to be fair, they win...but at what cost? It's going to be fun to see what the fallout is still this universe draws to a close. Though it will be interesting to see how long we'll have to wait till the next iteration begins :-?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974143)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:22am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Well to be fair, they win...but at what cost? It's going to be fun to see what the fallout is still this universe draws to a close. Though it will be interesting to see how long we'll have to wait till the next iteration begins :-?



Probably January.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974149)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:33am CDT
I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974154)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 26th, 2018 @ 9:44am CDT
I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974169)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 10:43am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Hate to break it to you but I doubt the return of that character will impact the unicron series. Would love to be wrong but everyone involved with ll is just going to sit this one out.



Ya know while reading lost light 22 and halfway through all dialogue of the coming of something that’s a threat to the universe I was literally saying out loud “oh god is this really tied in with Unicron?!” And then the final page reveal made me say “oh thank god!”

I really don’t think it’s going to have to do with Unicron. It’s james story that’s he’s planned since the get go however with Megatron back I am questioning that now. However with him back Lost Light will either end with them heading home and Optimus Prime#25 will be the a reunion with everyone(as it should be since it’s the final al IDW-verse issue coming out in October) or megatron takes whoever is left alive back to the functionalist universe.

I’m kinda good with either.

Cybertron isn’t surviving. I’ve made peace with that. The last stand will be on earth and when they defeat unicron earth will be this place everyone lives together.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974174)
Posted by ScottyP on July 26th, 2018 @ 10:51am CDT
Randomhero wrote:I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
I'd be down for that.

ZeroWolf wrote:I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
This too. How long have Animated fans said they'd settle for a comic? Basically forever, yeah?

Never-gonna-happen pipe dream for me: the conclusion of Furman's Energon run gets made.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974179)
Posted by Randomhero on July 26th, 2018 @ 11:04am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I don’t even want a new G1 continuity after this. Just do a Cyberverse ongoing to go with that show. Give G1 a break for a while.
I'd be down for that.

ZeroWolf wrote:I could be open to that :-? Or even do miniseries based on other continuities, like rid 2001 etc
This too. How long have Animated fans said they'd settle for a comic? Basically forever, yeah?

Never-gonna-happen pipe dream for me: the conclusion of Furman's Energon run gets made.



Yeah that’ll never happen for a lot of reasons. Mostly because IDW isn’t gonna she’ll out the cash to give everyone who participated in that series the back pay that Dreamwave didn’t pay them and becuase Simon already released the scripts for the issues never made.

It’s an okay read to see where that series was going but like Worlds Collide it was Furman not using existing characters and toys from the line that it’s suppose to be about which was kind of a middle finger to Energon.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #2 (1974262)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 26th, 2018 @ 4:51pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:Cybertron isn’t surviving. I’ve made peace with that. The last stand will be on earth and when they defeat unicron earth will be this place everyone lives together.

Unless, hear me out, unless the last issue of LL and OP reconcile the 2 and finish it properly by reuniting everyone either in a functionist universe, or even on one of the 5 Cybertrons that has shown up in LL. Or even Luna 1, since it is still out there.

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