Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

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Out this Wednesday is the first Transformers book from IDW Publishing that builds on the events of Revolution, rather than feed into it - we return to your regularly scheduled Till All Are One, with issue #5! Check out below the full preview, and head back here after its release for our review and thoughts.

Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
TITANS RETURNS returns—with a vengeance!
As OPTIMUS rules on Earth, so STARSCREAM tries to rule on CYBERTRON!
WINDBLADE returns to CYBERTRON… just in time to watch the world die!
Variant cover by Jack Lawrence!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842074)
Posted by steve2275 on November 19th, 2016 @ 5:11am CST
lovin the art as always
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842931)
Posted by Va'al on November 23rd, 2016 @ 2:23pm CST
Zombie Titans. In. Spaaaaaaace
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?

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Story
Rather than tying up what Windblade was concerned with in Revolution (though not disregarding it), the latest issue of Till All Are One brings us more directly to the aftermath of Titans Return, and Sentinel Prime/Infinitus' plan to unleash zombie Titans upon the universe - as they now approach Cybertron, we catch up...

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Or News Admins..


We know what's coming. We know the Titans are on their way, even if the story had been set on pause for the duration of Revolution, and we're being brought up to speed just when, just as Starscream is in-story, and probably with similar reactions to the Chosen Supreme Leader of Cybertron and his ghost pal, and the rest of the Council of Worlds.

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His Pettiness


Mairghread Scott provides a script that allows for a little de-tension before the ramping up of the tension starts again - dotted with some dry humour from the various parties involved - as a planet-wide action is taken to counter the Titans' arrival, allowing for each characters' capabilities to shine...

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Oh hi Zetca!


...but it also provides an excellent foil for a discussion around Windblade's role and position in the new society still forming, as worked towards in the Revolution one-shot already. That, and we have some very interesting deal/diplomacy parallels between her, and her frenemy-nemesis (frenemenemenemenisis?) Starscream himself.

Art

After the break, we have Sara Pitre Durocher take on the Cybertronian environments, as well as the layouts and everything else that comes with the artwork - including some seriously impressive work in conveying the tension of the script in the building of the panels and pages, running through the issue all the way to the handful of climax points towards the end.

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Nope, not spoiling


The colours are at the hands of not one but two regular artists: Joana Lafuente and Priscilla Tramontano; both work wonderfully in sync with the linework provided, and carry across the latter's work on the Titans Return books as well as bringing some wonderful backgrounds to life in a very tense sequence or seven. Astounding.

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Times, they are a-changin


Similarly, both Chris Mowry and Tom B. Long are involved in the lettering and, production wise, the issue has a fair load of different fonts, voices, effects and soundwords - perfectly handled for otherwise distractingly busy page. As for covers, we've seen the excellently slick Sara Pitre Durocher regular cover way back when, Tramontano's gorgeous 'every anime ever' variant in the preview, and now Jack Lawrence (hey, read our interview with him!) on in the thumbnail, with Prime's best couple.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The issue is excellent. That's my thoughts, right there. The constant build is constant, and incessant, not only in dialogue, script and direction, but also through the visual, the angles provided for the action, the layouts of the pages and the panels, and the decision not to rely on larger pages for the actual climax, but rather as a mid-point punctuation mark.

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I am very interested in those parallels between Starscream and Windblade I mentioned above, and curious to see whether they develop further. Seeing multiple characters from across the franchise's history work together brought a slow smile to my face, and their voices work really well as the interact with one another. As I said, this is great - and the end point is just evil.

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842951)
Posted by Randomhero on November 23rd, 2016 @ 4:03pm CST
It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842960)
Posted by LE0KING on November 23rd, 2016 @ 5:43pm CST
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842999)
Posted by Randomhero on November 23rd, 2016 @ 9:52pm CST
LE0KING wrote:
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.



See I liked the art in Revolution. I didn't have an issue with it. I thought it was very stylized and fun. Sarah's art, I'm not huge into it. Every time I see I'm reminded of her creepy Cyclonus/tailgate slash fic makeout art she makes.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1843017)
Posted by LE0KING on November 23rd, 2016 @ 11:11pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
LE0KING wrote:
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.



See I liked the art in Revolution. I didn't have an issue with it. I thought it was very stylized and fun. Sarah's art, I'm not huge into it. Every time I see I'm reminded of her creepy Cyclonus/tailgate slash fic makeout art she makes.


I've never seen those thank goodness, but at least Sarah doesn't make windblade doesn't look like an Easter island head.
I do miss the old Sarah though, her art was less cartoony.
But I'm off track, I meant to say that story wise this is more coherent and enjoyable than 90% of revolution.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1844759)
Posted by Sunstar on December 2nd, 2016 @ 1:12am CST
Just got my hands on the copy this evening.

good Story and Starscream has a bit of life in him once again. He is doing what he knows how to do,and for once, he is leading a unified Cybertron. Good Good characterisation.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1846985)
Posted by Va'al on December 13th, 2016 @ 12:28pm CST
Lost Light and Optimus Prime are not the only number 1 books to come out this week from IDW's Transformers output - the first volume of Transformers: Till All Are One is also hitting retail, in digital and print format, tomorrow, collecting the first four issues of the new ongoing series from Mairghread Scott and Sara Pitre Durocher. Check out the preview provided below!

Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
Starscream rules Cybertron. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream's secret police keep increasing the tension, destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. Collects issues #1–4.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-808-3

Bullet points:
“Till All Are One (has) the character of a novel or a prime time television series.” –Weekly Comic Book Review


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#SWINDLELIVES
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1846987)
Posted by Kurona on December 13th, 2016 @ 12:46pm CST
The Combaticons arc (ie what this volume collects) is fantastic and really sets a milestone for the Windblade comics as the place where it gets a huge spike in quality. The previous two Windblade comic series were both fantastic too, but TAAO is where it's really getting good and imo ahead of the main RiD/Transformers/OP ongoing. Not quite MTMTE level, but what is? The only problem I really have is that it can be a bit too short due to not having as many issues to flesh things out, but with what they do have to work with, the team working on this does excellently. Highly recommend.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1847035)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 13th, 2016 @ 3:50pm CST
and I just ordered Transformers 9 and 10, MTMTE 10, and Sins of the Wreckers 2 weeks ago. Should have waited to ship this out too. I'm not getting a TPB until the one with the Revolution one-shots and holiday special come out, so it's gonna be a comic void for now
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1847056)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 13th, 2016 @ 5:17pm CST
iTunes have provided us with a sneak peak at Till All Are One #6, as we rejoin the zombie titan battle, with Metroplex down, Knock out upset over some scratched paint, and Sparkstalker and Lightbright making a run for it. Check it out below!

A wave of undead TITANS has touched down on CYBERTRON! Even with the help of the massive METROPLEX, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM can only hold them off for so long. They need help from Elita-1—and they’re going to get it whether she agrees or not. The fate of CYBERTRON depends on it!


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1847064)
Posted by Va'al on December 13th, 2016 @ 5:47pm CST
Note: Sara Pitre Durocher says that the pages are actually out of order in this preview, and should be Windblade/Sparkstalker/Knockout instead of Knockout/Windblade/Sparkstalker. We'll find out more with the full preview!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1847129)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on December 14th, 2016 @ 2:20am CST
I know it's out of order, but honestly I kinda like the pacing this way, kinda makes it feel more like the situation's more dire.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1847178)
Posted by Va'al on December 14th, 2016 @ 11:29am CST
In even more comics news, we have the subscription variant cover for the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One #6, due out in a couple of weeks from IDW Publishing (short preview here). The image, from Previews World, is mirrored below though we have no indication as to who the authors are - check it out!

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848340)
Posted by Sunstar on December 21st, 2016 @ 6:41pm CST
is it out yet?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848446)
Posted by Va'al on December 22nd, 2016 @ 1:55pm CST
Coming out of a field so left it's almost out of frame, site Adventures in Poor Taste have broken the seal of the preview showing for the upcoming Till All Are One #6 - out next week from IDW Publishing. You can check out some watermark-free images of the pages below, and come back for the review after its release!

A wave of undead TITANS has touched down on CYBERTRON! Even with the help of the massive METROPLEX, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM can only hold them off for so long. They need help from Elita-1—and they’re going to get it whether she agrees or not. The fate of CYBERTRON depends on it!

Bullet points:
· TITANS RETURNS continues—but can our heroes survive?!

· Despite their differences, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM team up… for the sake of CYBERTRON’s survival!

· Variant cover by Zoner!


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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848475)
Posted by Bounti76 on December 22nd, 2016 @ 4:11pm CST
This looks like an exciting story. I really hope TAAO #9 missing from March solicits was an oversight. I'd hate to see this series end when it's the better of the three ongoings so far.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848482)
Posted by Aru on December 22nd, 2016 @ 4:41pm CST
Is anybody else kind of creeped out by this cover? It's kind of off putting. I will without a doubt be picking up this book of course, but not this particular cover. Seriously is it just me?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848484)
Posted by SynchroBunny on December 22nd, 2016 @ 4:58pm CST
Excited as usual for the next issue.

But didn't Vanquish get decapitated in the Drift series?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1848486)
Posted by Kurona on December 22nd, 2016 @ 5:18pm CST
SynchroBunny wrote:Excited as usual for the next issue.

But didn't Vanquish get decapitated in the Drift series?

There's two different Vanquishes in this universe; one's a Divisiun-born neutral, the other's a Cybertron-born Decepticon. The two writers just didn't realise the other was using the same character, basically.

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