Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Friday, October 28th, 2016 4:12pm CDT

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Coming next week is the fourth part in IDW's multifranchise crossover Revolution, and we have Snake Eyes and what's left of G.I. Joe taking centre stage, and some odd timeline clashing (as the GI Joe one-shot hasn't happened yet) - check out below the full preview for Revolution #4, via Newsarama (kinda), and head back here for review after its release!

Revolution #4 (of 5)
Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)
SILENT INTERLUDE! One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5)

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837515)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 28th, 2016 @ 5:08pm CDT
I really don't like the art that much here. I was ok with it at the beginning but Arcee oh Arcee
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837526)
Posted by Deadput on October 28th, 2016 @ 6:12pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I really don't like the art that much here. I was ok with it at the beginning but Arcee oh Arcee


Yeah to me Arcee's face looks like an angry man with lick stick here with this art.

I mean I guess she was a man (Thanks Simon Furman) but still.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837530)
Posted by BombshellDaBug on October 28th, 2016 @ 7:17pm CDT
Can we just agree that we're all ready for Revolution to be over at this point?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837531)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 7:21pm CDT
BombshellDaBug wrote:Can we just agree that we're all ready for Revolution to be over at this point?

Kinda... but at least the upcoming MTMTE and Windblade Revolution one-shots look nice. Soothes the pain.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837731)
Posted by CaptainMagic on October 29th, 2016 @ 8:43pm CDT
I reread the Thundercracker issue again today, and I figured out what's off about it (at least for me). Simply put, Thundercracker and Faireborn are DICKS in this issue. We've definitely seen both of theses characters being rude, sarcastic, and generally pretty antagonistic to everyone around them, but they still usually come across as two of the more genuinely 'good' characters in the series. In this issue, they are too concerned with joking around and being clever, to the point where they both needlessly endanger other people just to set up a joke.

The review mentions that the script spends goes too far out of its way to set up clever moments, but I think it's even worse than that, because the characters are the ones doing that. I don't like TC just because he's funny; I like him because he's pretty much the only Transformer who really cares about people, and it's a shame to see Barber forget that in one of his most important moments in the spotlight.

That being said, I do agree that this is easily the most entertaining thing that Revolution has produced so far, and I do love the cheesy jokes even if they are off-putting.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837760)
Posted by Va'al on October 30th, 2016 @ 3:10am CDT
You may have a point or several there, CaptainMagic! :-?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837770)
Posted by Va'al on October 30th, 2016 @ 5:39am CDT
Another comic due next week is the one-shot issue of Transformers: Till All Are One, part of IDW's Revolution franchise crossover event, as written by regular Mairghread Scott and featuring art by Naoto Tushima! Check out the full preview below, and head back here for a review after its release.

Transformers: Till All Are One: Revolution #1
Mairghread Scott (w) • Naoto Tsushima (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
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.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
· Only WINDBLADE can heal the ailing TITAN—but what is his secret?
· Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, ROM, and much, much more!
· Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837778)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 8:14am CDT
Oh shoot.

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837785)
Posted by Hydrargyrus on October 30th, 2016 @ 9:13am CDT
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837786)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 9:15am CDT
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837871)
Posted by Hydrargyrus on October 30th, 2016 @ 7:43pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.


Well, I generally don't read the comics (Although I do like what I've read about them), and I'm too young to remember when these franchises started, so...

What I was getting at was that a good amount of the revolution has not been well-liked, and an obscure reference is always usually a good sign.

You probably figured as much with that last bit, though.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1837872)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 7:56pm CDT
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.


Well, I generally don't read the comics (Although I do like what I've read about them), and I'm too young to remember when these franchises started, so...

What I was getting at was that a good amount of the revolution has not been well-liked, and an obscure reference is always usually a good sign.

You probably figured as much with that last bit, though.

If you've liked what you've seen, I'd definitely recommend them if you get the chance. MTMTE is a pretty good fresh starting point with very few reading order diversions (though the crossover is a pain)

But yeah, definitely agree
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838541)
Posted by Va'al on November 2nd, 2016 @ 4:10pm CDT
Big Trouble in Micro Verse
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
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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They're definitely in this comic too


Story

We return the world of Till All Are One - which is pretty much the whole universe, given the presence of the Council of Worlds - for this one-shot of IDW's Revolution crossover, only to find out that while the universe out there is much bigger than it seems, it is also much smaller too - and may hold bigger revelations than we thought.

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CLUUUUEEEEESSSS


Some of the lines in this issue, storywise, were vaguely spoiled by the release order of Revolution being off - and we had the Micronus/Microverse reveal in the Micronauts books. And yet, despite knowing where things will end up, Mairghread Scott brings a well-rounded exploration of Windblade's character as a refraction of the universe she inhabits.

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..not promising


As a diplomat, City Speaker, ambassador, and tentative believer, Windblade has been placed in a number of fairly heated debates since her introduction - but here, we finally see once more act as intermediary between powerful, and potentially dangerous, factions, interacting with the Microverse's facets and the events happening in her own space.

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There is some very good material being offered, in terms of dialogue, characterisation (not just for Windblade, but also Shazraella, Micronus Prime, and even Optimus to an extent), and a penchant for darker twists to a story of diplomacy and compromise for greater goods. And I have one extra thought on that last point, below.

Art

Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work, has reigned in enough of his potentially unsavoury skills - especially for this type of book and narrative - resulting in a seriously stunning and craftily creepy series of pages, including a wonderful deconstruction splash page for Windblade herself.

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Creepy manga face is creepy!


On the colouring side, DAI-XT coordination with the artwork adds an extra dollop of creepy vibes, with a choice of fairly cold palettes, even in the red/pink accents and the excellent grey scales that make up that splash page - which I realise now is also a really interesting parallel with the explosion in the original Windblade run.

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Sky! Space! Gods!


While there is nothing overly fancy with the lettering, it is its usual crisp, clean, good fonted work by Tom B. Long, which is always a pleasure to see alongside nice art. We've shown all the covers - Pitre Durocher and Deer's, and Tsushima and DAI-XT's - with the different previews, and you can check them out again in our database entry for the issue, except for the Ken Christiansen one in the thumbnail. And they're all stunning, actually.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The whole team involved does an excellent job at conveying the delicate balance that Windblade is trying to achieve between four realities (at least) while also still coming to terms with her own place in relation to them - and her identity. The splash page on that point is marvelous.

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Bit of a teasing recap, right here


While there is a good line of enquiry to follow - at some point about - Scott's penchant to place Windblade in ..well, inquisitive contexts, with Starscream-esque parallels in the questioners (literally, in this book, too), there is also a definite dark streak to compromises, deals and greater good. I'm calling Madoka Magica, here, for the record.

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838580)
Posted by Shot Put on November 2nd, 2016 @ 6:16pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838667)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 2nd, 2016 @ 11:25pm CDT
Shot Put wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
I wouldn't quite call Sakamoto's work "NSFW". "Cheesecake", yes, but it's not full on X-rated porn. Something more like Kiss Players (for its first storyline) would better qualify as "NSFW", and we have Yuki Ohshima to thank for... that.

Naoto Tsushima, on the other hand, is known for many AWESOME TF works, including The Battle of the Star Gate, the RobotMasters manga, the Henkei! Henkei! manga, Transformers Animated: The Cool, and more.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838712)
Posted by Va'al on November 3rd, 2016 @ 3:51am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Shot Put wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
I wouldn't quite call Sakamoto's work "NSFW". "Cheesecake", yes, but it's not full on X-rated porn. Something more like Kiss Players (for its first storyline) would better qualify as "NSFW", and we have Yuki Ohshima to thank for... that.

Naoto Tsushima, on the other hand, is known for many AWESOME TF works, including The Battle of the Star Gate, the RobotMasters manga, the Henkei! Henkei! manga, Transformers Animated: The Cool, and more.


They are both unsafe for workplaces. Most definitely so.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838889)
Posted by Shot Put on November 3rd, 2016 @ 4:32pm CDT
Again, while there's been a lot of controversy over Sakamoto with that stuff, I recall seeing zero for Tsushima.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838895)
Posted by o.supreme on November 3rd, 2016 @ 5:04pm CDT
ok so I'm a little confused (ok a lot confused) IDW has this listed as between Revolution #3 and #4 in terms of reading order, but it clearly takes place before #3 (by which point Windblade is already on earth), to make matters worse...this just came out this week when it should have came out before, or at least the same week as Revolution #3. I guess they really don't care about confusing their fans much...
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838896)
Posted by Kurona on November 3rd, 2016 @ 5:14pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:ok so I'm a little confused (ok a lot confused) IDW has this listed as between Revolution #3 and #4 in terms of reading order, but it clearly takes place before #3 (by which point Windblade is already on earth), to make matters worse...this just came out this week when it should have came out before, or at least the same week as Revolution #3. I guess they really don't care about confusing their fans much...

It's a prequel that requires context from previous Revolution issues to understand entirely. It's just non-chronological order.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Revolution #4 (of 5) (1838903)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 3rd, 2016 @ 5:58pm CDT
Hey, for those looking for the Revolution #4 review, it will be going up within the next 2 hours or so. Been a bit busy and am still working on finishing it up. But it is coming!

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