IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review

IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review

Monday, December 1st, 2014 1:20pm CST

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Posted by: Va'al   Views: 63,480

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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!

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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).

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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.

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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).

Transformers News: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review
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

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Credit(s): IDW, Va'al


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Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (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 Review (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 Review (1628477)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 9th, 2014 @ 10:32am CST
That. Is. GLORIOUS!
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (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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Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (1642292)
Posted by Gallifreyan Autobot on January 23rd, 2015 @ 8:23am CST
what facility is that ? iron works, Metroplex , Fort max , Autobot city ?
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (1642305)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 23rd, 2015 @ 8:49am CST
"...We must stand as one--OR ALL SHALL FALL!" - - Normally I'd be put off by yet another variation of the tired old "One shall stand, one shall fall" line, especially with this one seemingly merged with the old "'Til all are one" line, but because the line is so different in both writing and contextual meaning, it doesn't bug me that much this time.

Autobot tap out wrote:what facility is that ? iron works, Metroplex , Fort max , Autobot city ?
Just looks like some generic tower, to me. I think we some one or some in the first VHS-style animated video.
Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (1643500)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2015 @ 2:21am CST
Did you think they were egg-stinct? Think again, as Angry Birds Transformers #3 rolls in this week's releases of IDW Publishing comics starring our favourite transforming robots - and birds - as we near the conclusion of the mini-series. Puns await in the full preview below, and even more in the Seibertron.com review later this week!

Angry Birds/Transformers #3 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
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?!
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 Review (1663600)
Posted by Va'al on March 17th, 2015 @ 4:02am CDT
This week with IDW Publishing, we reach the end of a Transformers comics mini-series, as a new story arc begins in the ongoings. Which mini-series, you ask? Angry Birds Transformers, of course! Grab a half shell to protect your heads from shrapnel, check out the full preview below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review.

Angry Birds/Transformers #4 (of 4)
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a & c)
The action heats up as the Eggspark begins to alter the fundamental forces of Piggy Island itself! With the Autobirds and Deceptihogs forming an uneasy alliance, will their combined might be enough to halt inevitable doom?! Find out in the thrilling conclusion to this years’ most mind-bending mash-up!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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Re: IDW Angry Birds Transformers #1 Review (1693379)
Posted by Va'al on June 2nd, 2015 @ 3:36am CDT
The mini-series ended quite a while ago, but if you missed the four issues then, this week is the chance to pick up the IDW Publishing Angry Birds Transformers collected trade: Age of Eggstinction! Check out a reminder preview of the first pages of the book, featuring introductory art by Livio Ramondelli, transitioning into Marcelo Ferreira, on the John Barber writing skillz.

Angry Birds Transformers: Age of Eggstinction
John Barber (w) • Marcelo Ferreira, Livio Ramondelli (a) • Marcelo Ferreira (c)
When the TRANSFORMERS lose their powerful ALLSPARK, it ends up on Piggie Island! Prepare to meet… the AUTOBIRDS and DECEPTIHOGS!
TPB • FC • $9.99 • 92 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-258-6

Bullet points:
“If any of you out there have kids, they’ll get a kick out of Angry Birds Transformers.” –RhymesWithGeek.com


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