Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 3:13am CDT

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Courtesy of IDW Publishing directly, and embargo dates passing, we have the full preview to share for this week's Transformers comics release in the form of Unicron #5 - the penultimate issue in the mini-series, and the end of the world as we know it!

The contents of the book do spoil a little of yet unreleased Optimus Prime #24, but nothing major from what is present in the preview below, so you're still clear to read if you're following the single issues. Take a look, and join us later this week for a Seibertron.com review and Energon Pub discussion!

Transformers: Unicron #5 (of 6)
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
THE END IS HERE! The Transformers bots make one last, desperate stand against Unicron, as Optimus Prime plunges deep into the monster—and into the dark history that spawned them both.
FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
• The final battle rages as Unicron attacks the Earth!
• Jam-packed with guest stars in a battle for survival—but will anyone make it out alive?
• Variant covers by Fico Ossio and Francesco Francavilla!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5

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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988281)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on October 9th, 2018 @ 7:42am CDT
After this issue publishes, everything else will be "last issues" and conclusions. :-(
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988290)
Posted by YoungPrime on October 9th, 2018 @ 9:19am CDT
I haven't read any of the Unicron books yet save for Zero.

Having BW characters as Unicron's minions or whatever is kind of a turn off. But I'll likely just binge read this entire series at some point.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988291)
Posted by Mr.MicroMaster on October 9th, 2018 @ 9:22am CDT
I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988296)
Posted by Flashwave on October 9th, 2018 @ 10:41am CDT
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.

Yeah, it’s hard to rule the world when someone else shows up and goes OM NOM NOM on it
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988297)
Posted by Mr.MicroMaster on October 9th, 2018 @ 10:42am CDT
Flashwave wrote:
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.

Yeah, it’s hard to rule the world when someone else shows up and goes OM NOM NOM on it

My thoughts exactly. :lol:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988324)
Posted by Nexus Knight on October 9th, 2018 @ 1:31pm CDT
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.

Yeah, it’s hard to rule the world when someone else shows up and goes OM NOM NOM on it

My thoughts exactly. :lol:

Till all are one. ;)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988339)
Posted by Randomhero on October 9th, 2018 @ 2:25pm CDT
Black Bumblebee wrote:After this issue publishes, everything else will be "last issues" and conclusions. :-(



Still two issues of Optimus Prime left
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988390)
Posted by ScottyP on October 9th, 2018 @ 6:56pm CDT
In case anyone needs a reference or is curious:

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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988481)
Posted by Va'al on October 10th, 2018 @ 3:50am CDT
"G2"

:APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :lol:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988523)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 10th, 2018 @ 10:15am CDT
Va'al wrote:"G2"

:APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :lol:

I not sure I get it...
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988537)
Posted by ScottyP on October 10th, 2018 @ 12:10pm CDT
YoungPrime wrote:I haven't read any of the Unicron books yet save for Zero.

Having BW characters as Unicron's minions or whatever is kind of a turn off. But I'll likely just binge read this entire series at some point.
It's a fun nod to Armada, and Beast Wars Neo to a much lesser extent. I only bring up BWN since Drancron was one of the first ones seen back in OP 14 (or 13 or whenever the Throttlebots stuff was.)

ZeroWolf wrote:
Va'al wrote:"G2"

:APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :lol:

I not sure I get it...
Be forewarned that most jokes are not funny once explained and this will likely be one of those cases. Anyway, the middle of the scene has a big tub or container of Sparks. One of the few of them to become a Transformer so far is, more or less, G2 Sideswipe, hence the joke.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988723)
Posted by o.supreme on October 11th, 2018 @ 2:53pm CDT
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.


ok, I'm glad I'm not going insane when I saw that. Why in the world are there 3 Cobra Commanders...man i'm glad this is all coming to an end... :BANG_HEAD:

I also think I saw a G2 Sideswipe, but he's dead right...RIGHT???....
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1988805)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on October 12th, 2018 @ 12:30am CDT
o.supreme wrote:
Mr.MicroMaster wrote:I love how even Cobra is helping. Including three different Cobra Commanders.


ok, I'm glad I'm not going insane when I saw that. Why in the world are there 3 Cobra Commanders...man i'm glad this is all coming to an end... :BANG_HEAD:

I also think I saw a G2 Sideswipe, but he's dead right...RIGHT???....

The reason there’s 3 Cobra Commanders is because there are 3 characters who have claimed that title: Krake (the dude in the cape) who led Cobra up until he disappeared between G.I. Joe vol. 3 and 4; Tomax (in the classic outfit) who took over leadership of Cobra from Krake but didn’t assume the Commander title until being forced into it by Baron Ironblood in Revolutionaries and now can’t remove the helmet; and the Baroness (in the cloth mask) who reorganized Cobra and declared herself the new Commander in G.I. Joe vol. 5.

Also, that G2 Sideswipe isn’t the same Sideswipe who died. He’s one of the new generation of protoforms that was born inside Trypticon back in OP #14.

I’m not sure you can really get mad if you haven’t read the other books.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1989586)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 17th, 2018 @ 3:28pm CDT
No Review yet?

Anyway, I've read issue 5 and this flowed a lot better than the previous issue. Felt considerably less like an exposition dump than the previous issues, although there was quite a bit here too. The "reveal" (I guess?) with Nemesis seems to both come out of nowhere and perhaps dilute the already underwhelming portrayal of Unicron. My issues with the panel to panel layout of the art persist. I gave up even trying to follow the big air battle that takes place here. Which according to the Wiki, someone dies, but I couldn't tell you who or where.
This one I would give a 6.5/10. An improvement, still held back by the (haphazard) visual narrative.
Not quite sure how this is going to all be tied up in one more issue, so I am cynically expecting an epilogue/Coda piece to follow.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1989587)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 17th, 2018 @ 3:48pm CDT
Yeah the epilogue is the last issue of Optimus Prime.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1989589)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 17th, 2018 @ 3:57pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Yeah the epilogue is the last issue of Optimus Prime.



After reading this issue, I thought that would be the case. Ta ;)^
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1989606)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 17th, 2018 @ 7:16pm CDT
Rebirthing
A Seibertron.com Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #5


Synopsis

THE END IS HERE! The Transformers make one last, desperate stand against Unicron, as Optimus Prime plunges deep into the monster—and into the dark history that spawned them both.

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I need a way out
I don't believe that it's gonna be this way
The worst is
The waiting
In this world I'm suffocating


Story

So here we are once more, with the issue before the end, the final non-final issue. And as a windup to the ultimate climax, did the book deliver? Well, see below.

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Feel Your presence
I take You in


So here's the thing about this particular book: the pacing felt much better in this issue and it feels the more cohesive compared to the other issues so far. While it was not particularly full of action, it wasn't supposed to be, as it is the calm after the destruction of Cybertron and before the final confrontation before the universe truly ends. And Jetfire and Prowl even say as much.

It also takes place following the Optimus Prime 24 comic that came out a week later (see the review from earlier today!), so it was spoilerish to review, hence the review waiting to give people time to access and process that book.

It was also cool that this book managed to make itself a Hasbro Universe book, more so than really any other book done so far. And unlike past Hasbro U events, this one finally has a proper team up across the board, even if the events feel a bit rushed, pushed, or forced. But hey, at least we got a large part of this mad universe together in some fashion!

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Breathe for the first time now
I came alive somehow


But the main issue I find in the story is the personalities of the people involved at times, as with little action and mainly setup, it feels like we got some big personalities that are clashing with each other more so than in previous issues. And with a grand total of 3 issues left in this Universe period after today with Optimus Prime 24, it feels like some of those characters may not get the ending of the story that they need or deserve. Slide is one that particularly bothers me, Spike is sort of there but not really, Prowl returning with a protege of sorts in Stardrive, and while Stardrive does play off nicely and her wraith moments are good, especially with other wraith-infected members, her taking a sort of Prowl approach doesn't really sit well with me, and it's kind of a bummer.

Shockwave is sort of still doing stuff, and the final standoff between masters of logic are set up, but I can't help but feel that this doesn't feel as rewarding as it should. The same way with the Maximals: we have memorable faces and names, but they have a small amount of lines between them, and nothing really to back them up beyond their mere recognizable appearance.

One thing the book definitely did get right though was Thundercracker, and as his story nears completion, I love the character that was made, and I love how he, Marissa, and Buster are a nice little family that loves and trusts each other. I also appreciated Trypticon and his direction, and the new generation and the protection so many feel over them. Well done there.

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I wanna break out
I found a way out
I don't believe that it's gonna be this way


But again, overall I felt there was a little bit more clashing than there could have been with different characters, and the story reads a bit less cohesively as it could, but the pacing here felt good as a pseudo-breath catcher. We got good moments, just maybe not as powerful as they deserved to be.

art

Art duties fall for the second-to-last time to Alex Milne and David Garcia-Cruz, and once again they do a masterful job. The art for the series has been fantastic, but seeing the different parts of Unicron looming over Earth, and really getting a good idea of the scale of the robot mode Unicron compared to the Earth is pretty awesome. We finally get a good scale done right for Unicron.

Scale does seem to be a good strength of the book too, as we get Titans involved as well, and the background scenery is very well done considering we jump from the US to a destroyed Canadian cityscape to the African jungles to space. I appreciate the level of detail and the coloring that went into each shot as well. The colors are dark and foreboding where they are needed, vibrant and bright when action is intense or Unicron's glow is present, space is beautiful, and it does a good job of mixing together the darkness (figurative and literal) of the end while still bringing some natural beauty and properly expressing the mood of the series.

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Tell me when I'm gonna live again
Tell me when I'm gonna breathe you in
Tell me when I'm gonna feel inside
Tell me when I'm gonna feel alive


If there is one complaint I would have, it would be that the Decepticons in Africa almost appear too lightly colored compared to what we see later and are used to, but it's a minor nitpick.

Letters are handled by Tom B. Long, who does his level best (and succeeds) in making sure those previously discussed lines and colors are enjoyed to the fullest extent to give us proper scenery and people on screen while still delivering the dialogue. Kind of a cool thing to note too is Bludgeon and his speech bubbles. He continues the "God of Death" black bubbles for most of the issue, but there is a particular moment where he loses that, and he falls back to regular Bludgeon, and the lettering pulling that off was a neat touch.

Final Thoughts

When writing up this review, it was hard to give this book a score and proper credit. It's a pretty good book, a decent read, and fun to look at. But while it is a good book, it's not necessarily a good Transformers book. It tries its hardest, but ultimately, I think the overall series needed a little bit better pacing to make it a proper and good Transformers book, especially when this book showed that proper pacing can allow you to better grasp what is happening and allow you to breath for a second and take in what you are reading.

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Rebirithing now
I wanna live my life
Wanna give You everything


Make no mistake though, it's still not bad. It is fun, dark, has some good character moments, some questionable characters, kind of a lot going on to the point of a bit too much, but also clever, and it even managed to make "Titan-Mastering" a verb.

So should you read this? Yes, I think you should. Is this Lost Light 22 good? Not quite. Is it Wreckers Trilogy good? Not by a decent amount. But is it still worth your time and effort? I'd say yes. Unicron himself may not be everything we wanted him to be, but he looks amazing, and his story ultimately fits in with what the Mythos is for this universe.

Take it like that, and you can enjoy this issue as a whole.

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


As has become the theme for the Unicron reviews, this week's issue anthem is Rebirthing by Skillet!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1989852)
Posted by ScottyP on October 19th, 2018 @ 8:50am CDT
Based on this issue I don't see most of the remaining '84 cast surviving. Guess we'll see! I do wish this and OP 24 had been wrapped into one book with the final battle actually starting with this chapter. There is a metric ton of plot to resolve in Unicron 6 now.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1993444)
Posted by william-james88 on November 10th, 2018 @ 8:02am CST
We have two pieces of news concerning the final chapter of the Unicron mini-series. Firstly, Scotty P has made us aware of a five page preview over at Comic Crusaders. For those unaware, this final issue is a double issue and Alex Milne will be accompanied by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith, and Kei Zama for art duties.

The preview is below but before that we wanted to share a variant cover sent to us by artist John Paul Paras who also wrote to us the following:

I've been a Transformers fan all my life and when I heard they were doing a Unicron Mini Series, I knew I had to be apart of it. I wanted to do a cover homaging the Classic "Infinity Gauntlet" Issue 4 George Perez Cover. IDW and Hasbro approved of the concept and I was off into the creative phase. I wanted to show that although Unicron was small compared to vastness of space, he was ready to conquer it. KRSComics.com are taking Preorders for the Release date of November 14th. The Variant is limited to 500 copies and is only available their online. I'm proud to be apart of Transformers history and hope you guys enjoy my cover to Transformers Unicron issue #6.



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Transformers: Unicron #6 (of 6)
Cover A: Alex Milne / Cover B: James Raiz
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

November 14 2018

This is it! The end of an era! Finishing off 13 years’ worth of continuity with a bang!

EARTH WAR!

With Unicron’s ultimate goal revealed, the shaky alliance of Autobots and Decepticons is all that stands between Earth and the planet-eater. Heroes will rise—and fall—as Optimus Prime journeys into the dark heart of Unicron for the final confrontation with evil. At stake: the soul of a universe.


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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Unicron #5 (1993445)
Posted by Nexus Knight on November 10th, 2018 @ 8:18am CST
Holy crap, Slide. You're... you're a special kind of idiot, aintcha?

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