IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike

IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 3:18am CDT

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With issue #4 out, Previews World has now updated their listings for the variant covers for First Strike #5 - due next month from IDW Publishing - featuring artwork by Rob Duenas, Davide Fabbri and Monica Kubina, and Leonardo Manco, with the latter two choosing Joe Colton's scheming face with different entourages, and the former using the regular superdeformed brighly lit-up art we've come to see already. Check them all out below!

Transformers News: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri/Kubina, Manco


(W) Mairghread Scott, David Rodriguez (A) Max Dunbar (CA) Rob Duenas
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra's devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!
Bullet points:
* The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 continues!
* It's a race against time as Cobra reaches their goal! Can our heroes catch up? Or is Cybertron doomed?
* Filled with the action, drama and humor you've come to expect!


Transformers News: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri/Kubina, Manco


(W) Mairghread Scott, David Rodriguez (A) Max Dunbar (CA) Davide Fabbri


Transformers News: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri/Kubina, Manco


(W) Mairghread Scott, David Rodriguez (A) Max Dunbar (CA) Leonardo Manco

Credit(s): Previews World


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Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913309)
Posted by Big Grim on September 28th, 2017 @ 6:56am CDT
Ugh, they really cannot draw the masks, can they. The original worked. That does not look like any version of Viper I've known.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913311)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 28th, 2017 @ 7:43am CDT
Big Grim wrote:Ugh, they really cannot draw the masks, can they. The original worked. That does not look like any version of Viper I've known.

All the Masks got redesigned in the IDW continuity.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913313)
Posted by Big Grim on September 28th, 2017 @ 8:03am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Ugh, they really cannot draw the masks, can they. The original worked. That does not look like any version of Viper I've known.

All the Masks got redesigned in the IDW continuity.

Redesigned to look fairly generic and samey? GG IDW. Well done indeed.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913315)
Posted by ScottyP on September 28th, 2017 @ 8:31am CDT
I feel like a massive douche about putting down the pushups thing now. Apparently it's a real thing that happens. https://twitter.com/MairghreadScott/sta ... 5095305216
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913316)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 28th, 2017 @ 8:35am CDT
Big Grim wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Ugh, they really cannot draw the masks, can they. The original worked. That does not look like any version of Viper I've known.

All the Masks got redesigned in the IDW continuity.

Redesigned to look fairly generic and samey? GG IDW. Well done indeed.

*shrug* I wouldn't really say they're "samey," but to each his own. I find Mayhem's new Mask much better than the original, especially in how it recreates a peaked cap and his mustache.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913327)
Posted by Va'al on September 28th, 2017 @ 9:48am CDT
ScottyP wrote:I feel like a massive douche about putting down the pushups thing now. Apparently it's a real thing that happens. https://twitter.com/MairghreadScott/sta ... 5095305216


That is fascinating (and horrifying) - but it doesn't change my opinion of the reading, unfortunately.
The way in which Scarlett and Optimus are tied in the issue still falls a little short of what it could be, especially with his presence constantly being played down by the actual characters around him such as Elita, Windblade, Starscream - even Ironhide's defense recognises he's an old dude out of his element.


Personally, I'm not a fan of the very US-based military narrative that runs in a lot of the comics we see coming out of Hasbro universe (and I realise that's a lot, and I realise it happens in such wider comics circles too - we commented upon it with John Barber way back in our first interview with him on the Twincast). It may have kicked those sensors in my brain, and made it feel ..meh.

That said, I am hopeful for a pick up in the next issue, leading to the finale.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913381)
Posted by ScottyP on September 28th, 2017 @ 12:30pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Personally, I'm not a fan of the very US-based military narrative that runs in a lot of the comics we see coming out of Hasbro universe
I was pretty into how OP (the series) was handling GI Joe. Talon gave it some credibility. But this series very much has the 'Murica feeling and maybe that's why it's lacking some deeper punch.

Also, and I can't believe I'm saying this because I hate him but I thought it would've just happened by now since it's a hyper logical plot point that's been built up over 8 years - where is Spike and why is he not helping Colton?
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913387)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 28th, 2017 @ 12:59pm CDT
I'll be honest, I don't really get a "'Murica" vibe. Unless you're referring to Colton being a white baby boomer who appropriates German iconography who thinks foreigners are ruining his home. Of course, we also have Elita being a political candidate who paints an entire group of people as dangerous criminals.

I feel there's something kinda meta about the fact that all the Cybertronians brush the humans off as not being a substantial threat, considering that that idea has been one of the most common criticisms I've seen naysayers of Revolution/First Strike bring up.

One thing I don't get in regards to Scarlett's monologue is how it doesn't line up with IDW Joe history. The Joes aren't a group of wash-outs. In fact, they're usually the best of the best. And Hawk recruited her, not Colton.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1913466)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on September 29th, 2017 @ 1:10am CDT
Just have to say. I think Marissa as Earth's Council of Worlds rep wasn't the best writing choice. I think Blackrock would've been better. He's a cybertronian/human hybrid as far as we're concerned, it just seems like a perfect fit.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914372)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 3rd, 2017 @ 9:27pm CDT
Coming to us via iTunes, we have the three page preview for the penultimate issue in the First Strike event! Keeping right on schedule, this issue will be released on October 11th, after which we invite you all to spacebridge back to the Energon Pub Forums to discuss it!

Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!


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Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914381)
Posted by WreckerJack on October 3rd, 2017 @ 9:57pm CDT
Pyra looks so sad on the cover :( I don't follow this series normally but I wish I knew what's going on on that cover. Prime doesn't look so good himself.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914415)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 4th, 2017 @ 1:03am CDT
WreckerJack wrote:Pyra looks so sad on the cover :( I don't follow this series normally but I wish I knew what's going on on that cover. Prime doesn't look so good himself.


While covers aren't always a reliable source for what goes on inside the book, my guess is that Pyra Magna, Optimus, and the rest of the figures on the cover have fallen to Ironblood/Colton, and it's up to Scarlett to stop him.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914450)
Posted by ScottyP on October 4th, 2017 @ 8:40am CDT
Covers are indeed very unreliable as Pyra Magna has barely been in this series so far. If it's a crossover, expect Optimus, Soundwave, Arcee, Windblade, and pick one of Jazz or Starscream. Anything else is a bonus.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914454)
Posted by Kurona on October 4th, 2017 @ 8:54am CDT
Hell, Fat Tankor has featured on more than one cover in this series for some reason despite having I think all of one panel. Covers are usually weird, but they get extremely moreso during crossovers.
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914529)
Posted by DeadCaL on October 4th, 2017 @ 3:44pm CDT
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WaitAMinute, what is this, a comic about robots that transform into other things now? I came here for space politics! :lol:
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914537)
Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:19pm CDT
Also via iTunes is a three-page preview at another of the tie-in one-shot comics for the Hasbro Universe First Strike event: Optimus Prime! Bringing back characters from the Revolutionaries series (which just ended this week, by release if not narratively), check out the opening scenes below.

With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood's forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!


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Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1914541)
Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:30pm CDT
But wait! There is one more iTunes preview, though this one has not as much to do with Transformers as it completes the story started in Micronauts: First Strike - though still part of the event, of course - Rom: First Strike #1! Check it out below, and let us know what you think.

Rom’s team-up with the Micronauts leads our heroes right to the Dire Wraiths… and their new microscopic threat!


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Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1915198)
Posted by Va'al on October 7th, 2017 @ 12:15pm CDT
Also directly from IDW Publishing is the full preview of next week's First Strike #5, the penultimate issue in the Hasbro Universe crossover event, collecting Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, Micronauts and ROM, with Revolutionaries playing a major part plot-wise! Check it out below.

First Strike #5
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Prison Break! After a daring escape, Optimus Prime, the Autobots, Scarlett, G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. must venture into the heart of Cybertron to stop Cobra’s devastating weapon that will kill every Transformer on the planet!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 continues!
It’s a race against time as Cobra reaches their goal! Can our heroes catch up? Or is Cybertron doomed?
Filled with the action, drama and humor you’ve come to expect!
Variant covers by Jay Fosgitt, Davide Fabbri, Leonardo Manco, and Whilce Portacio!


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Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1915679)
Posted by Big Grim on October 10th, 2017 @ 11:40am CDT
I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
Re: IDW First Strike #5 Variant Covers by Duenas, Fabbri / Kubina, Manco #HasbroFirstStrike (1915685)
Posted by ScottyP on October 10th, 2017 @ 11:46am CDT
Big Grim wrote:I totally read Primes last word bubble in Cullens's voice...
The first clause sounds like a young, bright, 1985 Peter Cullen line while the second sounds like a grim, stern TLK line ><

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