Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 4:00am CDT

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Thanks to online comics resource Graphic Policy, we have the last of the three previews for this week's releases from IDW Publishing - Transformers: Unicron #4! The miniseries bumps over the mid way hurdle, and carries on destroying the entire universe as we know it, so check out the full preview below, and join us in the Energon Pub for a discussion, review, and more once the book is released.

NOTE: There is a major character moment happening in the last page of the preview, which we are not mirroring below to avoid spoilers. You can still see it at the link above, or wait for the issue's release.

Transformers: Unicron #4 (of 6)

John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

Unicron sets his sights on Earth… but is anyone left to defend it?

FC • 32 pages • $4.99


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982042)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 4th, 2018 @ 4:14am CDT
Well I followed the link: now I am sad. Why do I get the feeling the talisman will work but because unicron isn't sentient like before the poison would take a very long time hence why he goes after earth.

This comes out tomorrow right?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982044)
Posted by Va'al on September 4th, 2018 @ 4:45am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:This comes out tomorrow right?



Yep!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982046)
Posted by Big Grim on September 4th, 2018 @ 6:25am CDT
Gods, that character moment!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982056)
Posted by ScottyP on September 4th, 2018 @ 7:49am CDT
Big Grim wrote:Gods, that character moment!
Having re-read their Spotlight about 8 days ago (had no idea this was coming!), man, it works. I wish it didn't but it does.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982070)
Posted by Randomhero on September 4th, 2018 @ 8:45am CDT
Did tracks also die? Blur grabs him and then what?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982093)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 4th, 2018 @ 9:58am CDT
Randomhero wrote:Did tracks also die? Blur grabs him and then what?

I think he was saved and sent else where... Which was probably earth
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982114)
Posted by Randomhero on September 4th, 2018 @ 10:54am CDT
The art doesn’t convey it well at all
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982121)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 4th, 2018 @ 11:18am CDT
It is very ambiguous isn't it really.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982150)
Posted by Randomhero on September 4th, 2018 @ 12:42pm CDT
I guess we’ll find out tonight or tomorrow depending on when read.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982154)
Posted by Big Grim on September 4th, 2018 @ 12:51pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Gods, that character moment!
Having re-read their Spotlight about 8 days ago (had no idea this was coming!), man, it works. I wish it didn't but it does.

Really? Will dig that out and read it!
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982161)
Posted by ScottyP on September 4th, 2018 @ 1:27pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Gods, that character moment!
Having re-read their Spotlight about 8 days ago (had no idea this was coming!), man, it works. I wish it didn't but it does.

Really? Will dig that out and read it!
While there's no big continuity magic or anything, it felt similar, if that made sense? Even if it doesn't do it for you, still a fun old issue :)
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982227)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on September 4th, 2018 @ 6:55pm CDT
Given the apparent destruction of Cybertron here, I’m wondering if a certain someone in Lost Light is going to feel the effects or something
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982301)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 5th, 2018 @ 2:39am CDT
I'm not sure about that as I think ll events are happening before the unicron event but there's still time to be surprised.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982485)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 5th, 2018 @ 6:56pm CDT
Saviors of the World
A Seibertron.com Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4


Synopsis

Unicron sets his sights on Earth... but is anyone left to defend it?

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Streets filled with blood, black and red
Dreams and hearts that once knew love are cold and dead


Story

The Unicron tale has crossed the halfway point, and we are now on the downward slide towards and explosive final 2 issues. But the big question is, how did the setup for the finale go? Well, it did not disappoint on many fronts, yet felt slightly hollow in others.

Let me break it down for you.

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Breathing rust, it's come to this
We burnt to dust, an apocalypse


On one front, we had a very fast paced story, especially looking back at the previous 3 issues. That's not saying there are pacing issues at all, but a lot happens that you need to keep up with. A spotlight issue is nicely homaged and then in a way bookended. A story that began post-Dark Cybertron that was a dream turned reality for many characters reached its tragic conclusion. The big moment many have waited for finally took place, in pretty spectacular fashion. And how we are to the final battleground, the last stand.

And all that was in a single issue. You keeping up so far?

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Cities will burn, the end is come
Paradise is lost, we wonder what we've done


Now while the story did have a lot going on, and it did bring in some other Hasbro properties, as promised, it did have a few wonky moments, ranging from overly happy to the point of somewhat forced hugs to some fun and games in what should be a really dark moment. But those are somewhat minor compared to finally giving the Visionaries a proper and good use and seeing the better side of Prowl once more resurface, and speaking of Prowl the similarities drawn between him and Joe Colton were quite interesting and sort of unexpected despite making complete sense. Also neat was Skywarp once more showing his face and being snarky. Maybe, just maybe, we'll get a Seeker reunion soon.

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Riches rust
The iron fist crashes down on the powerless


I must add too that Stardrive had better not show up as a video game Boss level unless she is nerfed quite hard.

Overall, the story itself was good, and it continues to do a mostly great job with balancing characters. We continue to get new named characters on screen even as others leave the stage permanently, Strongarm being a great example of someone showing up late and new in the game. And it continues to give us good character moments, which are made but not drowned out by the very large stage they are performing on.

Art

Art duties once more fall to Alex Milne on lines and Tom B. Long on lettering, with the addition of David Garcia Cruz in addition to our regular Sebastian Cheng. No joke, the first time I read this issue, I did not know there were 2 colorists, that is how well they blended in together. The scenes of Unicron are very well done, and continue to properly show off his size and his power, even if to date he still only has 2 words and a noise expression for dialogue (itself not a bad thing, the art has been enough for this Titan).

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But we could live again if we can find ourselves


I think the art continues to be a very strong point in a story about a Planet killing robot, where the struggle really can be to properly keep things in scale and convey the proper size and might, both of which are done properly.

And in addition to all of that, Tom Long continues to do a great job not only conveying the text, but also making sure it does not block any of the scenery of the book.

Final Thoughts

As a final thought on the story itself, there are a 3 things that stand out from this issue, 2 of which are running minor complaints or questions from the whole series: why bring Bumblebee back other than to make quips and yell at Starscream and be heard by more than just him; why do the stars go out when Unicron kills a planet; and where did the Visionaries go and is there role in things really done? Sort of a disappointment that they almost appear to be doing a "Hi and Bye" thing, especially when they themselves are probably the best Anti-Unicron force.

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We are kings and conquerors
And I won't bow to you


With 2 issues to go, a lot is going to happen, and I'm intrigued not only by what will happen, but what can happen to finish the story off properly. We have seen so many stories ended here for characters that had major or minor roles throughout the Barber penned stories, and many quite Tragic, which is a wonderful and painful part about the book with the way so many die and so many die that mean things to the people reading it. But with many threads left to tie up, I'm hoping and trusting they find a way to do the remaining 2 issues justice. But for now, we have a pretty good one to set up that final dash.

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We are the saviors, the saviors
The saviors of the world


:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:


Continuing on with our Skillet/Unicron unity, this week's issue's Theme song is: Saviors of the World.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982532)
Posted by Skritz on September 5th, 2018 @ 9:18pm CDT
Being a Beast Wars fan, I'm sorry but the useage of Maximals as villains to end the serie almost reek of the author hating on BW and making them a secondary unsubtle giant mallet that says "See? They ruined and destroyed everything!"

Overall, so far? Meh, 5/10 with some bonus for ending this.

Edit: Deleted most of the post out of fear of backlash and flamewar.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982578)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 6th, 2018 @ 3:09am CDT
I don't think it was any malicious intent behind doing it, and certainly doesn't read to me like it's saying that. It's a bit of a shame that they were used like this but it is what it is.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982629)
Posted by Randomhero on September 6th, 2018 @ 10:51am CDT
I personally don’t dislike the use of beast wars characters being villains but it has been on my mind throughout all this as “yeah there’s gonna be a lot of people don’t like this”

I too don’t think John is doing this to make people mad. He’s using them because there is a lot of racism toward beastformers established in IDWs history and Shockwave is someone who has always been sympathetic toward cybertronians who have been treated like they’re lesser being so these characters being used as his army do make sense. Yes they are not these characters we all group up with but I feel they do fit with the history of IDW.

Again I do totally understand and can relate to people who do not agree with how these characters are portrayed.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982666)
Posted by Skritz on September 6th, 2018 @ 2:29pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:I personally don’t dislike the use of beast wars characters being villains but it has been on my mind throughout all this as “yeah there’s gonna be a lot of people don’t like this”

I too don’t think John is doing this to make people mad. He’s using them because there is a lot of racism toward beastformers established in IDWs history and Shockwave is someone who has always been sympathetic toward cybertronians who have been treated like they’re lesser being so these characters being used as his army do make sense. Yes they are not these characters we all group up with but I feel they do fit with the history of IDW.

Again I do totally understand and can relate to people who do not agree with how these characters are portrayed.


I find it a bit crappy that they just labelled 'Maximals': now admittedly, making Maximals the 'tribe of Liege Maximo' is admittedly an interesting idea given their name and that the maximal logo is sometimes depicted as green. Unfortunately, to me the idea fall apart because Barber took characters who were once fleshed out characters on their own right, the stars of their own show 20 years ago and turned them into mere cameos and later a near-faceless, dialogue-low army of vicious monsters. I find this interesting and telling of how much the crop of Neo-G1 writers still hold Beast Wars to be secondary, inconsequential or even not having any character of note that people care about. Nevermind this was the first story and character-heavy TF show when it came out.

Perhaps had they fleshed out 'Beast Megatron' and made him a prominent figure in the Maximal army it could have worked because his original portrayal did have an angle of him seeing his Predacon brethren as 'unjustly oppressed' (irrelevant of Predacons being genuinely dickbags safe for Dinobot), hence his plot to alter history in the show. They could have also gone with the angle of using him and Shockwave as flat out embracing the beast side and wanting to make everything beasts: a twisted reversal of Beast Machine Megatron's plan to make every cold, mechanical and logical.

To me this just seem like some sort of bizarre slapdash of ideas not really given time to stand out and be fleshed out combined with some misplaced desire to use 'cameo characters' as much as possible for the finale.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982676)
Posted by Sunstar on September 6th, 2018 @ 2:45pm CDT
I'm loving the setting taking place in toronto. The scenes with the CNtower (I've edge walked it) And I often though it would be quite fun to do a battle there. I chuckled at seeing the BMO tower as well <3 I was quite chuffed.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Unicron #4 (1982711)
Posted by Randomhero on September 6th, 2018 @ 6:12pm CDT
Skritz wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I personally don’t dislike the use of beast wars characters being villains but it has been on my mind throughout all this as “yeah there’s gonna be a lot of people don’t like this”

I too don’t think John is doing this to make people mad. He’s using them because there is a lot of racism toward beastformers established in IDWs history and Shockwave is someone who has always been sympathetic toward cybertronians who have been treated like they’re lesser being so these characters being used as his army do make sense. Yes they are not these characters we all group up with but I feel they do fit with the history of IDW.

Again I do totally understand and can relate to people who do not agree with how these characters are portrayed.


I find it a bit crappy that they just labelled 'Maximals': now admittedly, making Maximals the 'tribe of Liege Maximo' is admittedly an interesting idea given their name and that the maximal logo is sometimes depicted as green. Unfortunately, to me the idea fall apart because Barber took characters who were once fleshed out characters on their own right, the stars of their own show 20 years ago and turned them into mere cameos and later a near-faceless, dialogue-low army of vicious monsters. I find this interesting and telling of how much the crop of Neo-G1 writers still hold Beast Wars to be secondary, inconsequential or even not having any character of note that people care about. Nevermind this was the first story and character-heavy TF show when it came out.

Perhaps had they fleshed out 'Beast Megatron' and made him a prominent figure in the Maximal army it could have worked because his original portrayal did have an angle of him seeing his Predacon brethren as 'unjustly oppressed' (irrelevant of Predacons being genuinely dickbags safe for Dinobot), hence his plot to alter history in the show. They could have also gone with the angle of using him and Shockwave as flat out embracing the beast side and wanting to make everything beasts: a twisted reversal of Beast Machine Megatron's plan to make every cold, mechanical and logical.

To me this just seem like some sort of bizarre slapdash of ideas not really given time to stand out and be fleshed out combined with some misplaced desire to use 'cameo characters' as much as possible for the finale.


Yeah but in the same it’s not their story and there’s not really much of reason to give them time to be characters in ways. They’re there to be an army. They are just these characters in appearance and I don’t think we technically need to compare them to their cartoon personalities. In 35 years we’ve gotten over a dozen different versions of G1 characters to a point where have a megatron who has become a good guy.

With beast wars it’s a little harder since there’s pretty much one or two versions of primal and beast megatron. Beast wars is so modern no one has really ever tried or wanted to make new reinterpretations of these because nobody wants to or they don’t know how to because beast wars characterization was pretty perfect.

I asked while reading this “why not just call them predacons? Seems more appropriate- oh right, there are predacons in this universe...”

Again I do understand if you don’t like how they’re portrayed. They are just generics wearing iconic character costume. Literally since the reveal in issue 2 and I can say “if they’re just genetics why use them? Just use other beat characters.”

It’s a question really for John and if you ask him on Twitter and he might answer! He’s very friendly and does answer fan questions. The answer might just be “I wanted to use some beast wars characters in here”

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