IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue

Transformers News: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 6:54PM CDT

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Straight from IDW themselves, we have word that the new IDW Transformers #1 is getting a second run! The new Transformers continuity has reached issue #3 as of this week, and apparently it's first issue was a strong one, as we are getting a re-print of the pilot issue. The re-print is due for release on June 5, not too long after issue #6 is expected to be released.

You can check out the press release below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

IDW Proudly Announces Transformers #1 Second Printing After Sold-Out Debut Issue

Overwhelming Support from Fans and Retailers Marks Success for IDW Publishing’s 2019 Comic Book Relaunch

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 18, 2019) – IDW Publishing announces today that Transformers #1, the start of a bold new era of Transformers comic book continuity, has sold out at the distributor level. Due to its broad appeal, the swift sales of Transformers #1 has prompted a new printing of the issue, slated for release on June 5th.

"The response to the new Transformers series has been amazing," says editor David Mariotte. "For a franchise with such a rich history — not just here, but in so many mediums — the first issue was something we knew we had to get right and it's incredibly gratifying to me, the incredible creative team, the fine folks at Hasbro, and probably to Rubble and Bumblebee that so many people have jumped on-board. We have a lot more coming!"

Written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Cachét Whitman, the new Transformers series explores a critical time in Cybertron’s history: a world at peace, shaken by the first act of violence in generations. As a murder mystery unfolds, young Rubble and his mentor Bumblebee must come to grips with swirling conspiracies shattering the harmony of the society they hold so dear.

This bold new era of Transformers comics builds upon IDW Publishing’s fourteen years of storytelling with this beloved Hasbro brand. Delicately balancing action with startlingly personal drama, IDW’s Transformers comics have earned a fiercely loyal fanbase and much critical acclaim. The fresh new take of the bi-weekly Transformers series is designed to appeal to longtime fans and curious newcomers alike.

For information on how to secure copies of the Transformers #1 second printing (MAR198350) and subsequent issues, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.


Transformers News: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue
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Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019338)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2019 @ 6:55pm CDT
Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019343)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2019 @ 7:32pm CDT
Thanks to Jeffrey Veregge on Twitter, have a new cover to share with you today for the new IDW Transformers series! The Veregge cover is a continuation of the Travel Poster series, and this time features the Winged Moon and the Tether that featured in Transformers #2. The cover proudly asked the reader to "Take the Sky Bridge Today!" and features an interesting color palette for Cybertron and its satellite. This cover is for Issue #6 of the series, which will be due out in late May of this year.

Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019373)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 19th, 2019 @ 6:43am CDT
Maybe a lot little less pop culture referencing and more focus on an engaging narrative? >:oP
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019405)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 19th, 2019 @ 3:11pm CDT
It's not really an accomplishment for a first issue to a popular series to sell out. Get beyond the first arc with results like that and you're noteworthy.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019420)
Posted by Burn on April 19th, 2019 @ 6:19pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019500)
Posted by RobRobRobRobRob on April 21st, 2019 @ 7:36pm CDT
Good day, fellow Seibertronians! The fourth issue of the current Transformers Ongoing is scheduled to appear on your store shelves this week, despite the late release of last issue, and IDW Manager and Senior Editor Tom Waltz has seen fit to offer us a sampling of IDW's next issue via his twitter. The image features Chromia in her alternate mode, Orion Pax gazing into the night, Megatron and Soundwave leering, and a sulking Bumblebee. Take a look below, and tell us what you think in the forums below. Be sure to stay tuned this week to Seibertron.com for more Transformers news and reviews!

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Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019544)
Posted by ScottyP on April 22nd, 2019 @ 9:23am CDT
Burn wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Yeah second printings are great PR and usually a sign that there have been enough reorders to justify another run. It's also easy to print ten copies and declare a triumphant sellout at the distributor level.

The most recent second printings: TF vs Visionaries 1 after about 6,000 copies of the first printing were sold to shops, Unicron 1 over double that and Unicron 2 up over 9,000 - though please be sure to read the disclaimer on those links' destination as these are limited estimate numbers, best anyone can do though. The point is that we don't know yet if this indicates a roaring success or a small run.

My guess is that issue 1 probably did sell a ton (by TF comic standards) but the attrition rate is going to be painful to witness when we get beyond issue 3, assuming 4 continues the same pacing.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019545)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 22nd, 2019 @ 9:27am CDT
Marvel (and DC) relaunch constantly because slapping "#1" on the cover is an effective marketing tool to lure in the new reader.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019616)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 22nd, 2019 @ 6:14pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Burn wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Yeah second printings are great PR and usually a sign that there have been enough reorders to justify another run. It's also easy to print ten copies and declare a triumphant sellout at the distributor level.

The most recent second printings: TF vs Visionaries 1 after about 6,000 copies of the first printing were sold to shops, Unicron 1 over double that and Unicron 2 up over 9,000 - though please be sure to read the disclaimer on those links' destination as these are limited estimate numbers, best anyone can do though. The point is that we don't know yet if this indicates a roaring success or a small run.

My guess is that issue 1 probably did sell a ton (by TF comic standards) but the attrition rate is going to be painful to witness when we get beyond issue 3, assuming 4 continues the same pacing.

I really think Issue 4 is going to be the make or break. 2 and 3 went slow, and if you have a 3rd issue in a row where things don't grab attention, then that to me is strike 3 and a lot check out.

Which is sad, I hate watching something fall flat and disappoint.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019786)
Posted by william-james88 on April 24th, 2019 @ 9:03am CDT
We have some fun Transformers comic news for you today.Firstly, Scotty P found that the third John Gallagher exclusive is up for preorder at Mutant Beaver Comics. It is not cheap and will cost Americans more due to it being Canada exclusive with rather pricey shipping options all around (for Canadians too). But that's run of the mill for the niche exclusives comics market. You can see the image below featuring Jetfire.

We also have a bigger preview for issue 4, thanks to Itunes, to go with the out of order page we got earlier (which we included again). It features fan favourite Cyclonus which looks exactly like the Combiner Wars toy, undercarriage and all.

Enjoy!

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Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019797)
Posted by Seibertron on April 24th, 2019 @ 12:31pm CDT
Just realized one of the things that really bugs me about this series ... the characters seem like they're drawn just fine, but the many panels with open backgrounds with little on the horizon and nothing but sky really irk me. Where are Cybertron's buildings? Where are all of the unique towers and city scenes that should cover most of Cybertron such as in the G1 cartoon or Beast Machines or Transformers Animated or the Bumblebee movie? It looks boring (and artistically lazy) that there is very little going on in the background.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019800)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on April 24th, 2019 @ 1:04pm CDT
Even less hope for a new Cyclonus mold to match the TR Targetmasters... :(
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019802)
Posted by william-james88 on April 24th, 2019 @ 1:18pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:Just realized one of the things that really bugs me about this series ... the characters seem like they're drawn just fine, but the many panels with open backgrounds with little on the horizon and nothing but sky really irk me.

Me too. Not sure if I mentioned it before or not, but it really feels like the bots and the background dont exist in the same space. Cybertron feels very empty.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019804)
Posted by o.supreme on April 24th, 2019 @ 1:34pm CDT
I guess yay for Cyclonus finally looking the way he should, but boo because it only took 4 issues to shoehorn in Windblade (and yes I'm aware she was planned from the outset in this new series..) I mean I get why Hasbro forced IDW to push her into so much story previously, but this is a NEW continuity. The fact that Hasbro seems intent on retconning the original TF history to include Windblade is frustrating. Might as well draw her in the background of reprinted Marvel Comics, or insert her randomly into original series episodes Lucas *special edition* style...
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019805)
Posted by william-james88 on April 24th, 2019 @ 2:03pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I guess yay for Cyclonus finally looking the way he should, but boo because it only took 4 issues to shoehorn in Windblade


She is in issue 1.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019807)
Posted by Seibertron on April 24th, 2019 @ 2:38pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Seibertron wrote:Just realized one of the things that really bugs me about this series ... the characters seem like they're drawn just fine, but the many panels with open backgrounds with little on the horizon and nothing but sky really irk me.

Me too. Not sure if I mentioned it before or not, but it really feels like the bots and the background dont exist in the same space. Cybertron feels very empty.


Yes! Exactly. I dont have any real complaints about how the Transformers are drawn in this series. They look good,maybe a little more styling would be good, and maybe a little more detail such as mouths when they are drawn from a distance, but the lack of backgrounds and minimal characters makes the planet seem empty.
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019808)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on April 24th, 2019 @ 2:39pm CDT
Man you can really see those glaring toy designs when Chromia is shown next to Geomotus and Windblade. It’s like there’s 3 styles happening on the page all at one. They really just took those designs ultra-literally without any degree of stylization. The last time we saw over-literal designs was Energon/Cybertron and look how those turned out
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019811)
Posted by Randomhero on April 24th, 2019 @ 2:57pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I guess yay for Cyclonus finally looking the way he should, but boo because it only took 4 issues to shoehorn in Windblade (and yes I'm aware she was planned from the outset in this new series..) I mean I get why Hasbro forced IDW to push her into so much story previously, but this is a NEW continuity. The fact that Hasbro seems intent on retconning the original TF history to include Windblade is frustrating. Might as well draw her in the background of reprinted Marvel Comics, or insert her randomly into original series episodes Lucas *special edition* style...


She’s in issue one...
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019812)
Posted by o.supreme on April 24th, 2019 @ 3:07pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
o.supreme wrote:I guess yay for Cyclonus finally looking the way he should, but boo because it only took 4 issues to shoehorn in Windblade


She is in issue 1.


Randomhero wrote:She’s in issue one...



That only makes it worse...
Re: IDW Announces Transformers #1 Re-Print After Sold Out Debut Issue (2019814)
Posted by Randomhero on April 24th, 2019 @ 3:11pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
o.supreme wrote:I guess yay for Cyclonus finally looking the way he should, but boo because it only took 4 issues to shoehorn in Windblade


She is in issue 1.



That only makes it worse...



No it just makes your argument worse since it starts with your rant about taking 4 before “shoehorning” her in. She’s been in it from the start. Here’s the thing about Windblade. She debuted in 2013. Six years ago, the better half of a decade. She is now older than the length of the the original G1 cartoons and toyline. Windblade now has history in transformers and the complaints about her really matter anymore.

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