IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron

IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron

Monday, April 21st, 2014 4:00pm CDT

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As they did with the first issue of Windblade, and teased by writer James Roberts, IDW Publishing are starting the second tranche of the Dawn of the Autobots teaser campaign, by posting an image on their Facebook page, and sending different exclusive artwork to Transformers sites, outlets and podcasts. Here at Seibertron.com, we were lucky enough to have the newly (self)appointed leader of the Decepticons: Galvatron. Check it out below, along with the Optimus Prime from IDW!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron

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Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567208)
Posted by Va'al on April 21st, 2014 @ 4:06pm CDT
TFW2005.com got Jazz - Beleaguered!

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The Underbase podcast had Arcee - Undecided.

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TransMissions has Cosmos - Disgruntled.

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Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567244)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on April 21st, 2014 @ 5:22pm CDT
Better Galvatron toy when? The deluxe one is in dire need of retirement.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567246)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on April 21st, 2014 @ 5:25pm CDT
Doubledealer93 wrote:Better Galvatron toy when? The deluxe one is in dire need of retirement.

This.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567256)
Posted by Henry921 on April 21st, 2014 @ 6:20pm CDT
So uncivilized.

Obi-Wan would be disappointed.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567257)
Posted by God Optimus Prime on April 21st, 2014 @ 6:24pm CDT
I'm late on the IDW comics. Galvatron is the new leader of the Decepticons now?
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567262)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on April 21st, 2014 @ 6:40pm CDT
God Optimus Prime wrote:I'm late on the IDW comics. Galvatron is the new leader of the Decepticons now?

After the events of Dark Cybertron, Megatron ultimately decides his cause has become diluted and tarnished. The death of Bumblebee spurs him to renounce his conquest, instead joining the Autobots aboard he starship Lost Lightto search for the legendary Knights of Cybertron in hopes that they can restore Cybertron to glory.

Many. Decepticons, including Soundwave, feel Megatron has betrayed and abandoned them. Galvatron, having survived the death of Nova Prime and the other inhabitants of the Dead Universe, promises to lead the Decepticons in a new conquest, in order to rid Cybertron of those he considers weak.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567279)
Posted by God Optimus Prime on April 21st, 2014 @ 7:38pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
God Optimus Prime wrote:I'm late on the IDW comics. Galvatron is the new leader of the Decepticons now?

After the events of Dark Cybertron, Megatron ultimately decides his cause has become diluted and tarnished. The death of Bumblebee spurs him to renounce his conquest, instead joining the Autobots aboard he starship Lost Lightto search for the legendary Knights of Cybertron in hopes that they can restore Cybertron to glory.

Many. Decepticons, including Soundwave, feel Megatron has betrayed and abandoned them. Galvatron, having survived the death of Nova Prime and the other inhabitants of the Dead Universe, promises to lead the Decepticons in a new conquest, in order to rid Cybertron of those he considers weak.

Now that's interesting and sound pretty cool.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567287)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 21st, 2014 @ 8:12pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:Better Galvatron toy when? The deluxe one is in dire need of retirement.

This.


As much as I want to defend the Universe (2008) Deluxe... I can't help but swallow that giganto pill that is acceptance and agree. My Galvatron's left leg pops off if you look at it funny, it's sorta fiddly... ugh, someone put me out of my misery.

For me, it doesn't have to be a Voyager. It could be a Deluxe for all I care... just make it in-scale with Classics Hot Rod/Rodimus.

Henry921 wrote:So uncivilized.

Obi-Wan would be disappointed.


You would...
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567315)
Posted by Stormrider on April 21st, 2014 @ 9:26pm CDT
Hope the artwork will be better than Heart of Darkness.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567339)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on April 21st, 2014 @ 10:20pm CDT
Stormrider wrote:Hope the artwork will be better than Heart of Darkness.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As if anything could be worse than HoD. Even Pat Lee can draw better than that.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567397)
Posted by Va'al on April 22nd, 2014 @ 4:52am CDT
This week in the IDW Publishing Transformers comics, we return to Robots in Disguise, Optimus Prime -- and to Earth! Check out the full preview below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28: Dawn of the Autobots—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth—with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back—and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- OPTIMUS PRIME LEADS THE AUTOBOTS ON EARTH!?
- The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
- Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!
- Variant interlocking cover by Livio Ramondelli!


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Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567400)
Posted by Henry921 on April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:24am CDT
Ooh, I like this flashback.

Think maybe this is the same big push Megatron made after the assassination attempt on Blaster waaaaaaaayyyyy back in Spotlight: Blaster?
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567490)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:34am CDT
Is that still Andrew Griffith on art in the flashbacks? I've always liked his style, but he's definitely getting noticeabley better.

Then again, that mysterious Skywatch woman's head is...a little wonky.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567698)
Posted by BumbleDouche on April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:40pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Is that still Andrew Griffith on art in the flashbacks? I've always liked his style, but he's definitely getting noticeabley better.

Then again, that mysterious Skywatch woman's head is...a little wonky.



Are you sure she's a member of Skywatch? Her arm patch clearly says EDC... Marissa Fairborne?
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567790)
Posted by Va'al on April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:02am CDT
Down to Eart(h)
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth—with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back—and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!

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Aaah, Eart


Story

Here we are again, on this blue planet of ours. This round, blue, beautiful, peaceful planet of ours: Eart(h). Which is not that peaceful, or round for that matter, or happy to see any more robots after what happened last time robots were around - yes, All Hail Megatron and the 2009 ongoing. Bit of a mess for everyone, really.

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Here's a recap, for our viewers at home


John Barber goes back to wearing his writing hat, and back to the Robots in Disguise cast as they see their ranks shifting a little. We get Optimus Prime leading a new team of Kup, Prowl, Jetfire, Arcee, Skylynx, Jazz, Cosmos and Sideswipe - so maybe not entirely the same cast, but it's one with good tensions and chemistry so far. And Prowl being his usual. As usual.

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Hellooo Generations Leader Jetfire


The dialogue seems to have lightened up from pre-Dark Cybertron RID, and there is definitely more action, a lot more action, even in the flashbacks scattered throughout the issue, taking place after the first few pages. Pages that feature some glorious fanfiction screenplays written by none other than the only (?) Cybertronian left on Earth last time round: Thundercracker.

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Handsome as an F-22 jet fighter


Good dialogue, nice selection of cast and interactions, really nice set-up with both the Cybertronian past, Alpha Trion showing up as a potential goal for the cast, Thundercracker's presence and Earth's inevitable hostility towards incoming Cybertronians. The mix so far is actually pretty good, and everything has freshened up a lot since the Cybertron days!

Art

The artwork duties, for both pencil and ink, flashbacks and present-day settings, are with Andrew Griffith. And my, do his robots and Earth shine. The -ation styled Thundercracker is impressive, and there are so many full page panels in this issue that I'm left in awe at the likes of Skylynx, spaceships, planets, cities and.. well, you'll see. Though I am left a little wondering about some strangely shaped human faces, especially in a couple of Marissa's shots.

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Here, have a Metroplex


Colour duties, on the other hand, are split between past and present, between Joana Lafuente and Josh Perez. But they both equally shine their own glossy, refracting, shaded light on their own respective sections. Lafuente's Cybertron looks gritty and grainy, with lasers pewpewing through everything, while Perez' Earth has the right amount of ominous shadows and glorious natural hues.

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And a good old purple-badged Megatron, too


The lettering duties fall with Tom B. Long, and dutifully and sparingly does he deliver sound effects and fonts. There are some really good WRUNCH and RUUUUNCH sounds later in the issue. We get three covers again, too, with Griffith and Lafuente on B, Casey Coller and Lafuente on A, and the RI interlocking variant cover by Livio Ramondelli - most of which featuring the big blue face of Optimus Prime.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Starting again almost afresh after Dark Cybertron? In my opinion, it works. It gives Barber and the Autobots a new playing field, a credible threat, complex negotiations with Earth and the possibility to make the running joke of robots being unable to pronounce trills and fricatives (you try, without lips or teeth or tongue). And it's still connected to what has just happened with Dark Cybertron, and some nice references to earlier stuff (and Megatron's trial, which we'll finally see in MTMTE #28).

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Cosmos, going all meta


The art crew do some impressive teamwork, too, with Griffith's art only slipping a couple of times, but showing off some amazing skill everywhere else. Add Lafuente and Perez' colours to all of that, with their slightly different hues and tones, top it off with good lettering - it's a comic worth reading, looking at and definitely buying. I am not concerned about the Earth setting at all, if this is telling of what will happen.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567927)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on April 23rd, 2014 @ 1:07pm CDT
On an unrelated note, the "Eart" thing reminded about how the Aliens in Farscape said "Erp" instead of Earth.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1567928)
Posted by 1984forever on April 23rd, 2014 @ 1:10pm CDT
I actually liked this issue :-(

I read it twice! :sad:
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1568018)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:06pm CDT
Henry921 wrote:(Re: Galvatron)So uncivilized.

Obi-Wan would be disappointed.

What I find interesting is that Galvatron, in IDW continuity, always considered himself to be from a more...civilized age.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1568049)
Posted by Stormrider on April 23rd, 2014 @ 6:24pm CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Henry921 wrote:(Re: Galvatron)So uncivilized.

Obi-Wan would be disappointed.

What I find interesting is that Galvatron, in IDW continuity, always considered himself to be from a more...civilized age.


Me, too. It spun an interesting take on the character.
Re: IDW Publishing Dawn of the Autobots Teasers - Seibertron Exclusive Robots in Disguise Galvatron (1568136)
Posted by craggy on April 24th, 2014 @ 4:25am CDT
I thought it was quite good. It's strange that the book with Prime in it should be the main title, but when I saw a new TF book was out, I was a little sad when I realised it wasn't MTMTE.

The new/updated cast is a bit of a hodgepodge, but quite interesting and strangely makes sense. They're all quite businesslike. When Kup is the guy most likely to goof off, you know you're running a tight ship. Orion Pax was only on the Lost Light for five minutes but he clearly went for the exact opposite when rounding up his crew here.

It'd be nice if Thundercracker sticks around for a while, but surely it's only a matter of time before he gets his big break and moves to Hollywood?

Dat Galvatron!

Gotta say, I did not see that twist coming at the end. And wow. I hope that Galvy design is from an upcoming toy...not because I'm 100% sold on it, but because otherwise the Tank Backpack seems inexcusable. I do kinda like that he's got toy/comic colours though.

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