IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview

IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview

Monday, November 24th, 2014 12:04pm CST

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If you haven't been following our news coverage recently, you might have missed (hard to, really) the announcements and teasers about the new Angry Birds / Transformers crossover - wich span so wide they include toys, a videogame, soundtrack with Vince DiCola and, of course, IDW comics. Check out below a preview of the first issue, out in shops and digitally this week!

Angry Birds/Transformers #1 (of 4)—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira & Livio Ramondelli (a) • Marcelo Ferreira (c)
You got TRANSFORMERS in my Angry Birds! No, you got Angry Birds in my TRANSFORMERS! ERGH, OOF, MPPHH!!! Hey! Waitaminit! This is actually pretty great! That’s right, comic lovers, two of your favorite IDW comics have morphed into one amazing new comic! When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island and the world of Angry Birds turns robotic! Prepare to meet… the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Angry Birds Transformers is the premiere Rovio game launch of 2014. Available for all mobile platforms on October 15th!
Written by John Barber! (TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE)
Special TRANSFORMERS Guest Artist Livio Ramondelli provides a “framing” story in the TRANSFORMERS style!
Variant Cover by Jorge Pachecho!


Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers Comics Thread

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Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624274)
Posted by Optimizzy on November 24th, 2014 @ 12:33pm CST
Hey Lockdown!! :APPLAUSE: and...AoE Drift...hrmm >:oP
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624280)
Posted by gothsaurus on November 24th, 2014 @ 12:58pm CST
I wish IDW would stick with ONE ARTIST per comic. These styles are so different they don't look good together. Same complaint for Robots in Disguise series.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624281)
Posted by Optimizzy on November 24th, 2014 @ 1:03pm CST
gothsaurus wrote:I wish IDW would stick with ONE ARTIST per comic. These styles are so different they don't look good together. Same complaint for Robots in Disguise series.


well, given the context, the "serious" art and the "cartoon" art make sense IMO
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624282)
Posted by gothsaurus on November 24th, 2014 @ 1:08pm CST
I "get it"... just don't think it looks good together. (I'm a designer and artist by trade.) Would be like flipping between Shakespeare and the Sunday funnies... I like both of them, just not on opposing pages of a book. Same with Indian food and Mexican food, etc.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624292)
Posted by Peridot on November 24th, 2014 @ 1:54pm CST
What continuity is this? They mostly look G1, but Bumblebee (with his original Volkswagen robot mode, no less!) turns into a Camaro, Drift looks like his AOE counterpart, Lockdown is a G1-ified version of the AOE design, Heatwave exists, and the Allspark appears to be the TF: Animated version. Strange. :-?
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624300)
Posted by Optimizzy on November 24th, 2014 @ 2:27pm CST
I thought lockdown looked more like his animated form. At least in colors.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624301)
Posted by Optimizzy on November 24th, 2014 @ 2:28pm CST
I thought lockdown looked more like his animated form. At least in colors.

As an aside: anyone else really disappointed with AoE Drift's stereotypical samurai? I mean. Not subtle. At least IDW Drift doesn't hit you over the head with the concept.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624315)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 24th, 2014 @ 3:05pm CST
Metro Prime wrote:What continuity is this? They mostly look G1, but Bumblebee (with his original Volkswagen robot mode, no less!) turns into a Camaro, Drift looks like his AOE counterpart, Lockdown is a G1-ified version of the AOE design, Heatwave exists, and the Allspark appears to be the TF: Animated version. Strange. :-?
A new continuity that's predominately G1-based. More than likely yet another Primax universe.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624324)
Posted by Gallifreyan Autobot on November 24th, 2014 @ 3:28pm CST
well here is a new universe for the TransTechs to discover/ catalog :KREMZEEK: :BOT: :-B :-B 8-} :lol: :lol:
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624421)
Posted by gopalkrishnan on November 25th, 2014 @ 1:50am CST
I am excited for the book's release. Angry Birds and Transformers. What a deadly combination.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624501)
Posted by DarkEnergon on November 25th, 2014 @ 9:52am CST
Well, I can tell you as a parent of kids playing this game in an unhealthy quantity, the game is full of G1 goodness. Just happens to take characters kids know from today and "G1-ify" them. Lockdown is in and silver, Heatwave looks like a dead ringer of his Rescue Bot self, Galvatron is a truck, etc.

Finally, we have the aligned continuity we've all wanted!
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1624930)
Posted by Va'al on November 26th, 2014 @ 4:49pm CST
Review is coming, by the way, I'm just a bit stuck with connection issues and time. :)
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1625087)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 27th, 2014 @ 11:52am CST
DarkEnergon wrote:Finally, we have the aligned continuity we've all wanted!
No we already had that. It was called Transformers Animated. ;)
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1625122)
Posted by Burn on November 27th, 2014 @ 2:22pm CST
I quite enjoyed it. Definitely tells a better story than the games cut scenes.

And if you're a fan of cheese, this is full of it. It's not a book to be taken seriously.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1625156)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 27th, 2014 @ 5:36pm CST
Burn wrote:It's not a book to be taken seriously.
Remember which fandom you're speaking to.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1626019)
Posted by Va'al on December 1st, 2014 @ 1:20pm CST
Autobirds vs Deceptihogs
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
You got TRANSFORMERS in my Angry Birds! No, you got Angry Birds in my TRANSFORMERS! ERGH, OOF, MPPHH!!! Hey! Waitaminit! This is actually pretty great! That’s right, comic lovers, two of your favorite IDW comics have morphed into one amazing new comic! When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island and the world of Angry Birds turns robotic! Prepare to meet… the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!

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Philip K. Dick would be hogrified


Story

Before time began, there was the egg. Or maybe it was the bird. The egg, or the bird, what came first..? In any case, there was an egg, and a green pig wanted to eat it. To eat all of them. As they do. Apparently. But the egg was also a cube, and the cube fell, rolled away, and became an egg. With the properties of a cube.

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Simples


John Barber is having a lot of fun with the script here, letting puns rip every other panel, juggling multiple identities, continuities, storylines and characterisations that fans of the Transformers franchise of the past decade will recognise, and aiming for a fairly contemporary target (with some nods to older fans too).

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Some things never change


There is very little one can do to spoil the issue, but I am not going to simply summarise the story of the comic, and I am actually quite glad something as light-hearted and - simply put - silly as this actually exists out there, reminding fans that kids are into our favourite robots too. And the transition page is really quite clever, verbally.


Art

The comic uses Livio Ramondelli to introduce and frame the story as part of a spin-off universe of the Transformers, something based on modern iterations of the Cybertronians, from Bayverse to Rescue Bots and some added G1 highlights to please a bit of everyone. And it works.

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Eggcellently so


The artists who will be gracing the pages of the series from here on, however, are a great addition to my knowledge of visual creators: Marcelo Ferreira has a great sense of visual humour, in facial expressions, character, dynamism and page layout - and the cartoon style art is perfectly apt in tone for the series.

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No fowl play here


And of course, all of it catches the eye even more thanks to the wonderful colour work by Nikos Koutsis, making sure all characters jump off the page, vibrantly and energetically, and Chris Mowry's brilliant lettering work, letting himself really go on the fun aspect of the job. Plus, the comic comes with three fantastic covers, that further show off the glorious silliness of the crossover, with Ramondelli, Ferreira and Koutsis being joined by action-packed Jorge Pacheco's variant (thumbnail).


Thoughts

I don't believe anyone was expecting a masterpiece of storytelling or the new rising star of the comics medium, but the issue is a whole lotta fun, pleasingly funny, enjoyably silly and most importantly, never takes itself seriously - something that the IDW Transformers titles can sometimes fall victims of (though less so as series progress).

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Angry Bots!


The art is also extremely refreshing, and the framing of the story by a Transformers regular sets the scene nicely for the very cartoony, series-appropriate Ferreira and Koutis approach to the illustration. The lettering is fun, the writing is fun, the issue is, overall a non-serious

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1626163)
Posted by padfoo on December 1st, 2014 @ 8:01pm CST
gopalkrishnan wrote:I am excited for the book's release. Angry Birds and Transformers. What a deadly combination.


I am loving everything about this game and the whole crossover. Its good not to take things too seriously sometimes; at the same time there is some much history and nostalgia mixed in its just amazing!
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1628409)
Posted by Va'al on December 9th, 2014 @ 3:30am CST
Ready to return to Piggy Island with the Eggspark, Autobirds and Deceptihogs? Check out below a full preview of this week's IDW Publishing release of Angry Birds Transformers #2, and if you can contain your eggcitement, head back here later this week for a Seibertron.com review.

Angry Birds/Transformers #2 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
With the fate of Piggy Island hanging in the balance, will this be the Age of EGGStinction!? Continuing the craziest crossover this side of CYBERTRON!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Written by John Barber! (TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS vs G.I. JOE)


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Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1628477)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2014 @ 10:32am CST
That. Is. GLORIOUS!
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Full Preview (1642249)
Posted by Va'al on January 23rd, 2015 @ 3:23am CST
In a strange turn of digital events, over on iTunes we can find short previews for comics coming out next week from IDW Publishing! The first one, mirrored below, is the third episode of Angry Birds Transformers - make sure to head back after the weekend for a full preview, too.

RAMP-EGG! When the Angry Birds’ precious eggs become leg-having, weapon-bearing rampaging eggs of mass destruction, the Autobirds must team up with the Deceptihogs to save Piggy Island! How much more mixed-up can this mash-up possibly get?!


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