IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada

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Directly from IDW Publishing, we have a list of covers and synopses for their Transformers titles being released in the new year: check out below the full info about what's what in March 2016! And if you notice the absence of Sins of the Wreckers, fear not - Nick Roche has confirmed via Twitter that there is a delay, and it has been accounted for. As you were.

Also, a word of warning: there may be spoilers for books between now and March in the synopses below.

Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—GEM OF THE MONTH
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
In a World… Where OPTIMUS PRIME Never Died! One would stand and one would fall… and we all know OPTIMUS PRIME fell. But how would history have played out if he hadn’t? Would the AUTOBOTS have still stood triumphant in their darkest hour… or would UNICRON have reigned supreme?!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers Deviations One-Shot—Subscription Variant
Brandon Easton (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:
Extra-length one-shot!
Find out what happens in a world… where Optimus Prime never died!
Writer Brandon Easton (TV’s AGENT CARTER) writes his first TRANSFORMERS comic!
Art from rising star Priscilla Tramontano!
Part of IDW’s Deviations 5-week event!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers, Vol. 8
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli, Andrew Griffith (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The COMBINER WARS are over, and OPTIMUS PRIME faces the aftermath. Meanwhile, ARCEE confronts GALVATRON; SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS come face to face; TRACKS and NEEDLENOSE meet up again; and JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Collects issues #42–45.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-585-3

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“Combined with strong art and entertaining character development, (these) philosophical ideas…make Transformers…a solid comic.” –Comic Book Resources


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers: Armada Omnibus
Chris Sarracini, Simon Furman (w) • James Raiz, Pat Lee, Guido Guidi, Don Figueroa (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The DECEPTICONS, feeding off the energy of captured Mini-Cons, are about to begin a hostile takeover of the TRANSFORMERS' home planet, CYBERTRON. Do OPTIMUS PRIME and the heroic AUTOBOTS stand a chance of defending the planet against these super-powered villains? And will the Mini-Cons ever get their freedom back? The action is so explosive that the shockwaves will shake not only CYBERTRON but even planet Earth right down to the core. All 18 issues of Transformers: Armada are collected in this omnibus.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 416 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-563-1

Bullet points:
Back in print!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers #51
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
“ALL HAIL OPTIMUS,” part 2! OPTIMUS PRIME is here to save the Earth—whether the Earth wants saving or not. A hostile world reacts the AUTOBOTS’ incursion, as GALVATRON gathers his forces. But is OPTIMUS alone in his head…?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers #51—Subscription Variant
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


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War of the World!
OPTIMUS PRIME—threat or menace?!
Nobody likes being told what to do—not even by a 60-foot tall talking truck!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!


Transformers News: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
"If you want to break someone—mentally, physically, emotionally—wait until they're happy. Let them live and love and thrive. Once they recognize the value of a life well lived... THAT'S when you move in for the kill. Because you can't take anything from someone who has nothing to lose." --Tarn
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #51—Subscription Variant
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Nick Roche (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The hunt for MEGATRON continues!
The Decepticon Justice Division will stop at nothing to bring the former Decepticon leader down!
Variant cover by Livio Ramondelli!

Credit(s): IDW


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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1748326)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 16th, 2015 @ 1:48pm CST
Wow, we got some good art and some dark stuff going on here. :BOT:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1748530)
Posted by steve2275 on December 17th, 2015 @ 7:21am CST
DEViATIONS!!!!
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1748558)
Posted by BumbleDouche on December 17th, 2015 @ 11:51am CST
What the heck is up with that All Hail Optimus solicit? "Is he alone in his head...?" Is that a bizarre typo or a cryptic hint that Prowl may be psychically influencing Prime following their merger into Optimus Maximus?
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1748598)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 17th, 2015 @ 2:37pm CST
MegaDump wrote:What the heck is up with that All Hail Optimus solicit? "Is he alone in his head...?" Is that a bizarre typo or a cryptic hint that Prowl may be psychically influencing Prime following their merger into Optimus Maximus?

Pretty sure it is relating Optimus Maximus to this. Remember: as cybertronians combine in this series, they begin to think more unified, and Prowl even said his mind will burn inside Prime's for eternity since they combined, so it appears that Prowl's behaviors may be having effect on Prime, or maybe Prowl dies in SotW and being dead, his mind is now haunting Prime so to speak :BOT:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776184)
Posted by Va'al on March 29th, 2016 @ 4:01am CDT
You might remember the old Dreamwave comics series, with all their ups and downs, and how IDW started reprinting them in collected editions - that was also the case for Transformers: Armada, and we all now have a chance of purchasing that 18 issues in one again! Check out a sneaky preview below...

Transformers: Armada Omnibus
Chris Sarracini, Simon Furman (w) • James Raiz, Pat Lee, Guido Guidi, Don Figueroa (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
The DECEPTICONS, feeding off the energy of captured Mini-Cons, are about to begin a hostile takeover of the TRANSFORMERS' home planet, CYBERTRON. Do OPTIMUS PRIME and the heroic AUTOBOTS stand a chance of defending the planet against these super-powered villains? And will the Mini-Cons ever get their freedom back? The action is so explosive that the shockwaves will shake not only CYBERTRON but even planet Earth right down to the core. All 18 issues of Transformers: Armada are collected in this omnibus.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 416 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-563-1

Bullet points:
Back in print!


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Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776198)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 7:07am CDT
I don't even know why. It's not like what was done with energon can be reprinted because they don't know who got paid for what so they can put it all out.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776202)
Posted by griftimus prime on March 29th, 2016 @ 7:35am CDT
if only pat lee did not run the company into the ground.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776208)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 8:05am CDT
griftimus prime wrote:if only pat lee did not run the company into the ground.


He wasn't the only one. No one at DW knew how to run a business. After dreamwave they made dream engine and he was removed from that company only for it to go under as well by his brother.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776239)
Posted by Amelie on March 29th, 2016 @ 9:54am CDT
griftimus prime wrote:if only pat lee did not run the company into the ground.


I'm glad Pat Lee is no longer involved in Transformers. I always thought his art-style was bad and that poorness permeated all through the in-house style. I remember excitedly buying the very first Dreamwave G1 6 issue miniseries each month (when it wasn't getting delayed) and was left feeling a little deflated with the poor writing and "static" artwork. Even Furman's writing for The War Within, which I also bought felt wrong and Don Figueroa's art whilst technically accomplished lacked any 'life' to it, much like Pat Lee's did.

There is more character writing and life in the MTMTE previews than whole story-arcs of Dreamwave.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776264)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 12:24pm CDT
Amelie wrote:
griftimus prime wrote:if only pat lee did not run the company into the ground.


I'm glad Pat Lee is no longer involved in Transformers. I always thought his art-style was bad and that poorness permeated all through the in-house style. I remember excitedly buying the very first Dreamwave G1 6 issue miniseries each month (when it wasn't getting delayed) and was left feeling a little deflated with the poor writing and "static" artwork. Even Furman's writing for The War Within, which I also bought felt wrong and Don Figueroa's art whilst technically accomplished lacked any 'life' to it, much like Pat Lee's did.

There is more character writing and life in the MTMTE previews than whole story-arcs of Dreamwave.



By issue 3 of the first G1 mini with the fight in Arctic you can see it was being drawn by someone else. It instantly changed and everyone became puffy and ridiculous.

Armada suffered the same fate. James Raiz was forced to draw anime and he could not do it. He participated in a Q&A on an issue of Armada energon or G1 and he was asked what's the hardest part about drawing for Dreamwave and he said it was being told he had to draw like pat and had to draw like he was working on a manga.

The 2 issue star saber story is one of the worst drawn comics in transformers where actual pictures and toy promo pieces were traced and put in panels.

Don's art was all poses and zero respect for story telling or physical space. Nobody remembers that. The dude just put transformers in these awful pat Lee squating poses and no one cared because he redesigned them all in Cybertronian designs and that's all the people at the time wanted. He'd hide Japanese in the backgrounds and play it off as Cybertronian language. Ugh

Ironic how a few years later IDW had EJ Su, AN ACTUAL MANGA ARTIST, being the main transformers artist for a couple years and people bitched it was too manga for transformers.

I miss EJ on transformers...
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776265)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 12:34pm CDT
I mean look at the last page of the preview and at megatron and how he is standing. His entire stomach and waste are being crushed by his chest! And what is going on with his arms?

No respect for how physical space works. And this James first run with transformers! It's really bad.

Anyone interested in drawing transformers, buy this and write on the cover "HOW TO NOT DRAW COMICS AND TRANSFORMERS"
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776286)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 29th, 2016 @ 2:13pm CDT
I can't say much regarding Pat Lee since he was many years before my time, but when I bought all the IDW comics for G1 back last May and I got and read them all, I was very impressed with EJ Su's work. It was really cool and I loved it. He had some good art, and I enjoyed the early IDW comics a lot. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776304)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 2:52pm CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I can't say much regarding Pat Lee since he was many years before my time, but when I bought all the IDW comics for G1 back last May and I got and read them all, I was very impressed with EJ Su's work. It was really cool and I loved it. He had some good art, and I enjoyed the early IDW comics a lot. :MAXIMAL:


Personally I would not recommend reading this than. It never fully finished and it never will be. Armada does have an ending but leads right into energon and it only 12 issues in before it went under. Don't spend money, just look them up on Tfwiki if you're intetesed in the story

When dreamwave came out I was 17 and I like most thought this was the best it could ever get. By 20 I was like "this is some of the worst art and story telling I've seen in transformers. It took me to Devastation to actually get into IDWs universe, personally I wasn't into what they were doing but by the time sixshot showed up on earth I was on board.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776306)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 29th, 2016 @ 3:00pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I can't say much regarding Pat Lee since he was many years before my time, but when I bought all the IDW comics for G1 back last May and I got and read them all, I was very impressed with EJ Su's work. It was really cool and I loved it. He had some good art, and I enjoyed the early IDW comics a lot. :MAXIMAL:


Personally I would not recommend reading this than. It never fully finished and it never will be. Armada does have an ending but leads right into energon and it only 12 issues in before it went under. Don't spend money, just look them up on Tfwiki if you're intetesed in the story

When dreamwave came out I was 17 and I like most thought this was the best it could ever get. By 20 I was like "this is some of the worst art and story telling I've seen in transformers. It took me to Devastation to actually get into IDWs universe, personally I wasn't into what they were doing but by the time sixshot showed up on earth I was on board.

The comic that got me was Spotlight: Trailcutter. Trailguy is my favorite, and when I got his toy I got the comic, and having remembered seeing all of Va'al's reviews for MTMTE (Which I read but really didn't get) I started looking into it more, and thus the comic storm began :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776320)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 3:58pm CDT
It's one of the best spotlights. Shockwave is still my favorite however but that's because its shockwave. Hard to believe he's been gone for 2 years now. Bumblebee too.

It's hard to believe DW did transformers 14 years ago. I can't even imagine that if they didn't go under they'd still have the license and if they did what stories would we be getting now.

It was a different time and they pretty much were blowing their wad at the beginning. By the second year they were already working toward Unicron. Unicron was 6 months away when they collapsed and they had already introduced every character from 84 to 86 and were craming everything possible just for nostalgiic purposes. It really didn't feel like they had long term goals.

This is IDWs 11th year with transformers, the war is over but it feels like they could put out another 11 years worth of stories. Who would have thought ending the war would just create better stories than continuing it.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776325)
Posted by Cyberstrike on March 29th, 2016 @ 4:17pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:This is IDWs 11th year with transformers, the war is over but it feels like they could put out another 11 years worth of stories. Who would have thought ending the war would just create better stories than continuing it.


I didn't. I was wrong and I'm glad to be proven wrong so many times since then.
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776347)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 29th, 2016 @ 5:07pm CDT
Cyberstrike wrote:
Randomhero wrote:This is IDWs 11th year with transformers, the war is over but it feels like they could put out another 11 years worth of stories. Who would have thought ending the war would just create better stories than continuing it.


I didn't. I was wrong and I'm glad to be proven wrong so many times since then.

The fact that the war is over and they have gone now over 4 years with post war comics and they are still going strong and look to continue that, it is amazing. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776371)
Posted by Randomhero on March 29th, 2016 @ 6:21pm CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:
Randomhero wrote:This is IDWs 11th year with transformers, the war is over but it feels like they could put out another 11 years worth of stories. Who would have thought ending the war would just create better stories than continuing it.


I didn't. I was wrong and I'm glad to be proven wrong so many times since then.

The fact that the war is over and they have gone now over 4 years with post war comics and they are still going strong and look to continue that, it is amazing. :MAXIMAL:


Two years this month Megtron put on an autobot symbol and renounced the Dcepticons and I know some people are waiting for him to put back on the deception badge but after two years and what's going on in MTMTE and TF it doesn't feel like that'll happen in IDW again. He doesn't have to be the leader, there can be others and dare I say IDW galvatron is becoming a scarier leader than Megatron. Megtron believed he was fighting for equality and all that, Galvatron is all "we are the dominant race and everything should belong to us."
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776373)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 29th, 2016 @ 6:30pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:
Randomhero wrote:This is IDWs 11th year with transformers, the war is over but it feels like they could put out another 11 years worth of stories. Who would have thought ending the war would just create better stories than continuing it.


I didn't. I was wrong and I'm glad to be proven wrong so many times since then.

The fact that the war is over and they have gone now over 4 years with post war comics and they are still going strong and look to continue that, it is amazing. :MAXIMAL:


Two years this month Megtron put on an autobot symbol and renounced the Dcepticons and I know some people are waiting for him to put back on the deception badge but after two years and what's going on in MTMTE and TF it doesn't feel like that'll happen in IDW again. He doesn't have to be the leader, there can be others and dare I say IDW galvatron is becoming a scarier leader than Megatron. Megtron believed he was fighting for equality and all that, Galvatron is all "we are the dominant race and everything should belong to us."

All true. I am very glad he has stayed an autobot and looks like he will. I like this new take on Megatron. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Publishing Transformers March 2016 Solicitations: Deviations, Delays, Armada (1776442)
Posted by King Kuuga on March 30th, 2016 @ 3:51am CDT
It seems like Megatron has to become a Decepticon again eventually, because status quo is god in ongoing comics, but I'm perfectly fine with them exploring Megatron the Autobot for a good five years or more.

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