Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 2:16am CDT

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This week's news from IDW Publishing, after their relatively busy week and weekend post-NYCC comes in the form of a full preview for the crossover main series Revolution, on its third issue out of five! Find out more about the Microverse, the Thirteen Primes, Ore-13, and MASK below, and head back here later this week for a review.

Revolution #3 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT
Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)
THEY CAME FROM MICROSPACE! What terror reaches through the tendrils of entropy into our universe—and why does ROM want to kill it? Meanwhile, M.A.S.K.’s MATT TRAKKER makes a startling discovery about the TRANSFORMERS—but will G.I. JOE’s SCARLETT believe him?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5)

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832545)
Posted by ricemazter on October 11th, 2016 @ 5:40pm CDT
I'll admit I haven't read any of the issues yet, but from the previews and the general conversation it seems to me like this is a partial retread of the transformers arc right before all hail Optimus.

Transformers show up on Earth for some reason. Humans don't like it. Human military outfit (EDC there, G.I. Joe here) want to stop the transformers from doing whatever while a morally ambiguous human ostensibly allied with the military (Blackrock there, Mayhem here) wants to kidnap and take apart transformers for reasons. Said reasons involve making better weapons out of the transformers (combiner zombies and other devices there, not sure yet here). Certain humans in the military start realizing that transformers are people too, and that all the imprisonment and vivisection probably isn't the best plan (Marissa Faireborne there, M.A.S.K and maybe Scarlet here).

This time around, though, the Micronauts and ROM are running all over the place. Heck, Skywarp and Thundercracker decided to switch places, with one of them seeking asylum/help from the humans. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I haven't read any of it, but that really seems to be where Revolution is going with all of this.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832547)
Posted by Kurona on October 11th, 2016 @ 5:45pm CDT
ricemazter wrote:I'll admit I haven't read any of the issues yet, but from the previews and the general conversation it seems to me like this is a partial retread of the transformers arc right before all hail Optimus.

Transformers show up on Earth for some reason. Humans don't like it. Human military outfit (EDC there, G.I. Joe here) want to stop the transformers from doing whatever while a morally ambiguous human ostensibly allied with the military (Blackrock there, Mayhem here) wants to kidnap and take apart transformers for reasons. Said reasons involve making better weapons out of the transformers (combiner zombies and other devices there, not sure yet here). Certain humans in the military start realizing that transformers are people too, and that all the imprisonment and vivisection probably isn't the best plan (Marissa Faireborne there, M.A.S.K and maybe Scarlet here).

This time around, though, the Micronauts and ROM are running all over the place. Heck, Skywarp and Thundercracker decided to switch places, with one of them seeking asylum/help from the humans. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, as I haven't read any of it, but that really seems to be where Revolution is going with all of this.

It's... somewhat accurate, but Micronauts haven't been shown to take part yet and ROM essentially escalated animosity between human and transformer.
Also it's a lot less interesting, to be quite frank. Say what you will about ex-RiD from the end of CW to the start of TR (and I really wouldn't blame you for saying some very bad things about it), but it at least did have some interesting and complex things about it; some mysteries in the background and some build-up going on. Revolution is... almost insultingly basic. The humans don't like the aliens and are being manipulated into such a thing by a bad guy. The aliens get framed accidentally by another alien. Now all three of those do not like each other and want to kill each other because of a misunderstanding but will clearly all team up to defeat the real bad guy.
There's just no substance here. No depth. The period between CW and TR at least had something interesting going on even if it didn't interest you, but this is just... dull.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832697)
Posted by Big Grim on October 12th, 2016 @ 7:25am CDT
Yeah, I'm not feeling it at all. What I will say is that I like ROM so far from his own book. In Revolution, not so much. Not at all sure what to make of MASK though, and that's the one I had high hopes for. They ain't a band of do-gooders with awesome tech. They're a black ops military unit under Mayhem's command with awesome tech derived from Cybertronian mechabiology. (Which is the only good thing thus far. An explanation as to how they created the tech is a solid, sensible take on the matter.)
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832718)
Posted by Kurona on October 12th, 2016 @ 8:23am CDT
Micronauts is also pretty solid and ties in the whole Cybertronian thing into their background and mythos into an interesting and sensible way.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832751)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 12th, 2016 @ 9:02am CDT
To me, Micronauts is the best of the franchises that has been re-hashed and brought into Revolution. They make much sense than the others and they have a good backstory tying them in.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832879)
Posted by 1984forever on October 12th, 2016 @ 1:19pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:Yeah, I'm not feeling it at all. What I will say is that I like ROM so far from his own book. In Revolution, not so much. Not at all sure what to make of MASK though, and that's the one I had high hopes for. They ain't a band of do-gooders with awesome tech. They're a black ops military unit under Mayhem's command with awesome tech derived from Cybertronian mechabiology. (Which is the only good thing thus far. An explanation as to how they created the tech is a solid, sensible take on the matter.)
"Cybertronian mechabiology".

So I guess this means that the MASK base mechanic can't do repairs on the vehicles because the parts aren't parts anymore... they're organs :roll:
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1832980)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 12th, 2016 @ 4:54pm CDT
1984forever wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Yeah, I'm not feeling it at all. What I will say is that I like ROM so far from his own book. In Revolution, not so much. Not at all sure what to make of MASK though, and that's the one I had high hopes for. They ain't a band of do-gooders with awesome tech. They're a black ops military unit under Mayhem's command with awesome tech derived from Cybertronian mechabiology. (Which is the only good thing thus far. An explanation as to how they created the tech is a solid, sensible take on the matter.)
"Cybertronian mechabiology".

So I guess this means that the MASK base mechanic can't do repairs on the vehicles because the parts aren't parts anymore... they're organs :roll:

No, but they are based on Blitzwing's ability to switch between 2 modes. The comics already showed that in this universe you can build your own Transformer without necessarily require "biology" instead of "technology" with the Thrust/Ramjet clones being indicators of that.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834649)
Posted by Va'al on October 19th, 2016 @ 4:42am CDT
Courtesy, as is customary by now, of iTunes, we have a three page preview of the upcoming Transformers one-shot that directly ties in with the IDW Revolution crossover event! You can check out the pages belowm and head back in a couple weeks for more.

THUNDERCRACKER AND BUSTER SAVE THE WORLD! A DECEPTICON who wants to be a screenwriter. A dog who wants to, I don’t know, eat stuff and chase squirrels or whatever dogs want to do. A White House under siege by DIRE WRAITHS. And the phone call that brings them all together.


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834670)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 19th, 2016 @ 8:02am CDT
Reasons why Thundercracker is my favorite seeker part.... some large number
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834689)
Posted by Shuttershock on October 19th, 2016 @ 9:38am CDT
Y'know, it's a real lesson in context when Marissa Faireborn is now the most sensible and logical person in the room.

Also, HOORAY for the return of our favorite part-time screenwriter!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834699)
Posted by Kurona on October 19th, 2016 @ 10:13am CDT
Finally, back to the good characters! Been meaning to see how Thundercracker's been dealing with the whole being an autobot thing. And Soundwave allying with them. And Revolution in general.

And it's nice to see Faireborn too! I was getting a bit sick of GI Joe in Revolution. Faireborn's at least fun. Not my favourite, but I like her.


AND they're fighting against dire wraiths? Suppose Revolution can be redeemed yet. Partly. In some parts.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834740)
Posted by Va'al on October 19th, 2016 @ 12:18pm CDT
Robots in (Micro) Spaaaaaaace
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THEY CAME FROM MICROSPACE! What terror reaches through the tendrils of entropy into our universe—and why does ROM want to kill it? Meanwhile, M.A.S.K.’s MATT TRAKKER makes a startling discovery about the TRANSFORMERS—but will G.I. JOE’s SCARLETT believe him?

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..does it really matter?


Story

Is this review a week late? Yes, yes it is, my apologies. I'm sure that whoever was wanting to read the third issue in the core story of Revolution has done so already - if you're a fan of any of the other franchises involved, make sure to check Tigertrack's guide to who this book might appeal to here - but nonetheless, we have a series to follow, a rep to maintain, and finally a spare afternoon to catch up!

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DRAMATIC RECAP CONCLUSION


And, admittedly, there's not that much more that can be said as we hectically stumble across the midpoint in the story, really. There was some brief discussion at Seibertron HQ, and the points raised are essentially the same as for the previous two issues: a lot of new material, a lot of old material reused, not enough space, time, or any other dimension to allow it to fit properly.

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..or aliens, sure


If, on one side, the Micronauts are finally close to finding out the much larger world out there - i.e. here - the fact that they are now part of that wider universe also waters down the charm that the title had kept while operating more or less on its own. They have yet to properly interact with the rest of the IDWverse, but I'm dreading what might happen at this point.

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Like, literally anything


The biggest sore note in Barber and Bunn's script, I'm sorry to say, is still GI Joe - and in particular, Scarlett. They have been proven incompetent, non-existing, pointless, replaceable, and the result? They're all angry, or sassy, or mouthy, or angry caricatures of the already tropey ensemble that they risk to be given the nature of their original characterisation.

Art

Much like the previous two issues, Fico Ossio's art has some wildly swinging reactions, in terms of consistency, in terms of clarity, in terms of getting the newly developed designs (which I still like!) to shine on the page instead of just making them flashier and bolder. Again, it's a shame, because the style can really work if taken at a slower pace and more neutral layouts.

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Oh, Kup


Similarly on the colours: Sebastian Cheng does some excellent work with lighting, and shades of different colours according to light sources, environments, characters and adding some sheen and chrome where it really can work - but I can't help but feel that sometimes it's just a little too vibrant, tripping into flashy for flash's sake.

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Best example of *everything* or what?


I also still have nothing else to add to the stellar work - that follows suit from the previous two comments - that Tom B. Long does on the lettering, not only following the visual narrative, but helping out with character and voice establishing too. And as for the covers, there are at least 8 variants (the thumbnailed one by Brandon Easton), and they're all worth a look, for sure! Make sure to check them out where you can.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said above, I have very little to add to previous comments that staff have made about the book, in the previous two reviews. If anything, we now have virtually all players on board for the ride, so it can only move forwards from here - with the final two issues, somehow. A lot of story, a lot of characters, a lot of patience to keep up with something that is not as engaging as it really wants to and deserves to be.

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Me, keeping up


I am actually going to say, though, that one of our comics readers on staff made an extremely good comment on the boards, and I'll use it to close off this review. Kurona, take it away:

it feels like some sort of labour of love; some well-intentioned fans of these series who wanted to do something awesome and bring them all together in some ultimate universe of great team-ups and diversity and all around fun. But then they had no clue how to do it and hastily ended up writing something really generic and disappointing.

This is what it feels like to me. Like someone had a really great idea and was really excited to do it but fell short at executing it. I can't say I feel rage at the guys behind this; just... a lot of pity, honestly.


. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1834745)
Posted by Big Grim on October 19th, 2016 @ 12:44pm CDT
Gotta say, I feel the same way as Kurona. I just hope that when this unholy mess is done with, the TFs can go back to normal with Optimus Prime, Lost Light and TAAO continuing on their original courses and quietly ignore the "Revolution".
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835564)
Posted by Va'al on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:28am CDT
The next book to tie in with the IDW Publishing Revolution crossover event is the John Barber/Andrew Griffith The Transformers series, wrapping up (for now) the presence of Cybertronians on Earth - with a good dose of Thundercracker and Buster (plus Bob, DOC, and Marissa Faireborn). Check out the full preview via Comics Alliance below, and head back to Seibertron.com next week for our review!

Transformers: Revolution #1
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
THUNDERCRACKER AND BUSTER SAVE THE WORLD! A DECEPTICON who wants to be a screenwriter. A dog who wants to, I don’t know, eat stuff and chase squirrels or whatever dogs want to do. A White House under siege by DIRE WRAITHS. And the phone call that brings them all together.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835565)
Posted by Va'al on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:30am CDT
In other IDW Publishing news, and still in the Revolution event, we follow Windblade to Earth as she joins the other Cybertronians already present, and as the link between Titans, Primes and Microspace is explored in all its tiny but giant ramifications. Check out the iTunes screenshots below!

WINDBLADE ON EARTH! The mysterious link between METROTITAN and MICROSPACE threatens to tear two universes apart, and only WINDBLADE has a chance to heal the Titan… and there she learns a terrifying secret that changes the stakes of the REVOLUTION.


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835568)
Posted by steve2275 on October 22nd, 2016 @ 4:43am CDT
yay for all
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835609)
Posted by Shuttershock on October 22nd, 2016 @ 10:32am CDT
I see Thundercracker has been catching up on his Seinfeld recently. Excellent!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835636)
Posted by BumbleDouche on October 22nd, 2016 @ 11:53am CDT
Shuttershock wrote:I see Thundercracker has been catching up on his Seinfeld recently. Excellent!


I answer the phone the same way when it's obvious who it is & they're (predictably) frantic about "nothing." The reactions are hilarious, but people rarely get the reference.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835645)
Posted by Kurona on October 22nd, 2016 @ 12:22pm CDT
And so the rest of the preview continues to prove the Thundercracker one-shot is going to be the best thing about this event. Trust him to do so :')

And Windblade's should be fun too. Nice to see an actual Torchbearer not combined. Maybe we can get around to giving them some personality soon?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #3 (of 5) (1835677)
Posted by ricemazter on October 22nd, 2016 @ 1:03pm CDT
Wait, if the human government is aware that dire wraiths exist doesn't that put ROM out of a job?

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