IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

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Thanks to Comic Crusaders, we have the full preview for IDW's Revolutionaries #8! This is the final installment of the Revolutionaries series, and features the final pieces of the puzzle necessary to fully understand First Strike. Check out the preview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview
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Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913126)
Posted by Va'al on September 27th, 2017 @ 5:11am CDT
Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913134)
Posted by Kurona on September 27th, 2017 @ 7:56am CDT
Va'al wrote:Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.

:APPLAUSE:
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913168)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 27th, 2017 @ 11:05am CDT
Va'al wrote:Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.

What you talkin bout, Va'al? I just read the thing on Comixology.
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913169)
Posted by Va'al on September 27th, 2017 @ 11:14am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Va'al wrote:Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.

What you talkin bout, Va'al? I just read the thing on Comixology.


We weren't given it digitally! Has anyone had any luck in print format?
(Oh IDW, sometimes I do wonder..)
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913321)
Posted by Calvatron on September 28th, 2017 @ 9:26am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Va'al wrote:Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.

What you talkin bout, Va'al? I just read the thing on Comixology.


We weren't given it digitally! Has anyone had any luck in print format?
(Oh IDW, sometimes I do wonder..)


I got a hardcopy at my lcs yesterday. It’s a fitting final issue (physically) to the best thing to come out of the combined hasboroverse.
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913322)
Posted by Va'al on September 28th, 2017 @ 9:41am CDT
Calvatron wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Va'al wrote:Fun fact: this book is not actually out this week, according to IDW.

Which means a July book with a plot reveal for First Strike will be coming out the same month as the final issue of the mini-series it introduces.

What you talkin bout, Va'al? I just read the thing on Comixology.


We weren't given it digitally! Has anyone had any luck in print format?
(Oh IDW, sometimes I do wonder..)


I got a hardcopy at my lcs yesterday. It’s a fitting final issue (physically) to the best thing to come out of the combined hasboroverse.


Yep, I have emailed IDW. It wasn't even listed in their official solicits for the week. Odd. :-?
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1913434)
Posted by ScottyP on September 28th, 2017 @ 5:17pm CDT
Just read my paper copy. What a criminally underrated series, especially the second half. Definitely shows the potential of this universe to do something great.

Also, at last, [spoiler]a Titan Master does something befitting the name![/spoiler]
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915565)
Posted by ScottyP on October 9th, 2017 @ 6:48pm CDT

Ghosts, Machines, and That Joe Guy
A review of IDW Publishing's Revolutionaries #8, and a look back at the series



Just barely over a year after the initial Revolution issues hit stands, and several months after its originally intended release date, the final issue of Revolutionaries came out almost two weeks ago. As we were not supplied with a review sample from IDW Publishing, this review is quite late. Couple this with yours truly suffering from post-TFcon exhaustion and, well, sorry about the tardiness. How is this issue, and how well does it wrap up this series? Read on to learn more.


Remember, Titan Class Predaking next year!


Story


A book that started out being primarily about Kup and his human buddy Action Man has changed, with most of the plot from issue 5 and onward being directed toward the history of the Adventure Team (in-fiction, a predecessor to G.I. Joe; in reality, paying homage to some of the original Joe action figures hailing from the days before "A Real American Hero".) The narrative doesn't leave Kup and Ian by the wayside by any means, with their adventure still being the crux of the plot, but it definitely shares the focus in a big way as it has for the past several issues. Threads from the earlier (and too short) Action Man series aren't left aside either, which is a pleasing turn for myself and the three other fans of that book.


Most of Action Man's cast shows up! Mostly.


Of course, given the fictional roster of the Adventure Team in this series, by this eighth installment we've not had focus on its leader: "G.I." Joe Colton, the plot armored, narrative-charisma-sucking, walking Optimus Prime foil. While it's great to see John Barber playing with this universe's continuity in a masterful way that other series in this "Hasbroverse" haven't been able to live up to, Colton has the same detrimental effect on Revolutionaries as he does over in First Strike. In particular, I mean to say that this character takes away all the stakes. With the fakeout death he was handed in Revolution #1, coupled with the unfathomable good luck/timing/circumstances he keeps encountering in First Strike, prepare to have all tension zapped away once he enters the scene.


:yawn:


This is thankfully where the drawbacks come to a close. The cheeky, self-aware, over the top, borderline cheesy/campy nature of the book continues here, lending a charm that manages to overcome the more flattened Total Brand Awareness characters like Colton. From Skywarp's wisecracks, to Blackrock seeing insane unimaginable events occur that he laughs off with a smile, the potential of the Hasbro universe is realized to a pretty great extent on many of the panels within.


Remember Infraspace? No one will blame you if not.


Art


The line art duties are handled by series regulars Ron Joseph and Fico Ossio, and if you've read other issues of Revolutionaries you'll know precisely what to expect here. Though it must be said that just like many other artists more adept at drawing humans, as Ossio in particular shows, sometimes it just takes some time and practice to get drawing Transformers down. I do find myself agreeing with fellow site Administrator Dr. Va'al, in that the shifting artists throughout the course of the issue does take the edge off of some scenes.


Placing at least this issue after the entire nine-issue G.I. Joe run.


That said, the colors of David Garcia Cruz and Sebastian Cheng do help lend some consistency. Particular call-out is in store for the wonderful way in which these teams have found their voice through the techno-organic hybrid characters like Storm Shadow, Krieger, and Blackrock. Were it not for the incredible Guido Guidi Beast Wars pages (earlier in the series, not in this issue) I might be clamoring to see some of their takes on our favorite Maximals and Predacons!

As always, you can find full art credits and cover images in the Vector Sigma Database, just be wary of the spoiler filled character list!

Verdict



Right book, wrong time?


I have to admit that there's a part of me that goes easy on Revolutionaries from a critical perspective. It's not perfect, its surprises have been given away at every turn by publication delays, and there just don't seem to be many fans of the series. Despite starting from a disadvantage, this eighth issue is on par with the rest in its ability to just have fun and is both a fitting conclusion and a great, though sorely preempted, lead-in to the still ongoing First Strike.

For Revolutionaries #8:

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:



That wrap up may have seemed short, but this was intentional. We're not quite done here yet!

A Look Back on Revolutionaries


To say that IDW Publishing's creation of a shared universe of Hasbro properties has been less than well received by fans would be a monolithic understatement. My local shop's subscriptions are down for both Transformers and Joe, and things are worse for the Hasbroverse books with yours truly being the one and only Rom subscriber left in this pocket of Raleigh - they don't even buy extras for the shelf these days. Even our own site's owner has given up on Transformers comics for the first time in over 30 years. I was reminded recently by fellow podcaster Counterpunch that this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. After all, Transformers fans went berserk and swore off IDW in late 2011 when they had the audacity to split the story into an entire two ongoings. It was only the quality of the stories that came after that made that whole ordeal, well, pretty forgotten.


How much do these things cost to make? Because I kind of want to fund a whole series of this.


You may be wondering how this is relevant to Revolutionaries. You see, of all the Hasbro Universe tie-ins, this series replaces Micronauts for me as the "one that I would recommend to Transformers fans" when looking at the post-Revolution material. It features characters from other properties, yes, but the core cast was established in John Barber's Robots in Disguise/Transformers run, with Action Man serving as a really fun "plus one" - not to diminish his role, but maybe it'll help some potential readers get over the G.I. Joe hurdle they feel has been placed in front of them.


Space Colton! That's not a compliment.


The first issue, and maybe even the first half of this series won't ameliorate much if your default position is that these comics have gone too far, there are too many properties, and there are too many series to buy and keep track of. The first four issues' story arc does its job, which at that point was to (from my perspective) keep up the hard sell of this Hasbro Universe of monthly comics. The first trade is available now, and if you pick it up you may be wondering why, in hindsight, I recommend this title. It's really down to this second half, as I feel it's going to be looked back at as a pretty special thing despite a few critical flaws.


They do, Mr. McCarthy, they do. They even referenced your story.


The continuity weaving that happens is outstanding in the entire run, but notably in the second half of Revolutionaries, you get all of the following and more: closure of a minor but conspicuous character absence in Spotlight: Soundwave; actual tie-ins to All Hail Megatron; references to Spotlight: Doubledealer; more closure on Kup's "Dead Universe" story; and even a de facto retcon of Hearts of Steel and Infestation 2 into the shared Hasbro Universe. This doesn't even touch on the huge amount of material pulled from earlier IDW G.I. Joe stories, which I don't have any real idea of but the later pages of Revolutionaries #8 go through several Easter Eggs related to those books. We've jokingly nicknamed the author John "Continuity" Barber, but in this series you may come to realize he's no-joking, scary good at this world-building concept.


To your left: Smarts, a good friend.


And then there's Revolutionaries #6, and you can find my review at this link. This might have had the fewest Transformers related panels and pages in the entire run, but is such a touching while simultaneously heartwrenching story that it really elevated the legitimacy of the second half as a good story that exceeded what should have been bounds made of Brand Building and Multi-Channel Cross-Vertical Storytelling Synergy. When the second trade comes out, it might be worth it just for this alone.


Well, maybe after First Strike?


And with that, it's time to wrap things up on this longer than normal review. While I'm sure any endorsement of these books will ring hollow to many readers of this site, for those of you not stomping your feet with your hands over your ears refusing to check out any IDW books right now, pay attention. You should give some of this series a chance, and also know that even if you just go and pick this one (or parts of it) up it doesn't mean you have to suddenly grab five other books at the same time. This will have you more than prepared for First Strike, if you want, and quite honestly will save you some time you don't need to spend as a "Transformers-only" or "Transformers-first" reader on other Hasbro Universe titles.

For Revolutionaries, the series:

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915566)
Posted by Kurona on October 9th, 2017 @ 7:06pm CDT
As the second Action Man comic fan on the comic, I agree with that bit :lol:

In fact, I agree with pretty much all of this. I remember back when this comic was announced I felt that with the multiple factors it had going for it - the Hasbroverse already being set up; a slower read spread out over a year; a self-contained story that you are not required to read; a fun little ragtag group compared to having to get every major player involved - this would be one of the positives to the Hasbroverse, one of the things that would prove it could be done right, and the polar opposite to Revolution in how well it's handled. And I feel that for once I predicted correctly. Revolutionaries was a very fun mini (maxi?) that deserves a lot more attention and credit than it gets. I can only hope we get something else like this after First Strike -- this time throwing Sgt. Savage in the mix; he is so entertaining and so deserves to be on this team!
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915611)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on October 10th, 2017 @ 5:31am CDT
Checking in as one of the three Action Man fans, that series was wonderful. Now where are the other two...? :-?
I've said it before though and I'll say it again: Revolutionaries is a better crossover than any of Hasbro's actual crossovers. And that's even considering the huge step up that first strike is from Revolution. The world building tie-ins were delightful even if half of them were to stuff I've only read about on the wiki, and it really managed to strike the right balance and tone for such a varied cast.
I'm curious to see where they all end up next, as I don't think it's getting a direct continuation. Atomic Centuribee (I kinda hope he picks a new name for his new... self) seems to crop up on a couple of OP covers if memory serves, which is kind of a shame as the team could've done with another mech imo, but other than that I'm not sure?
Maybe I've missed an announcement, but the only new serials I remember are Scarlett's Joe Sequel, Robot And The Small Robots, and Somehow We'll Make The Visionaries Relevant I Promise.

Also, I've honestly not found the release offset too jarring, despite FS being 2/3ish of the way through already. Having not read Joe or Mask I don't know who half the villains are anyway, and both FS and Revolutionaries are at the same level of cool if you know them but fine if you don't, imo.
I am still confused about Head Ninja (storm shadow?)'s whole deal though, having wraith like powers and magic DNA that reverses the talisman's effects? Sure, why not :lol:
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915636)
Posted by Big Grim on October 10th, 2017 @ 8:48am CDT
I enjoyed the Action Man I read from the super IDW Humble Bundle a while ago. Was there more to that series? Or is it straight into revolutionaries? I am well behind with my comics at the moment, so info is appreciated. :)
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915638)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on October 10th, 2017 @ 8:56am CDT
Big Grim wrote:I enjoyed the Action Man I read from the super IDW Humble Bundle a while ago. Was there more to that series? Or is it straight into revolutionaries? I am well behind with my comics at the moment, so info is appreciated. :)

Ding ding ding! That's all three of us, folks :lol:
It ran last year for I think a 4-issue miniseries, with oneshot tying in to the Revolution event, in which he featured... probably? Tbh I can barely remember what happened in Revolution.
Pretty sure the 5 have been collected into a TPB if that's your style.
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915651)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 10th, 2017 @ 9:44am CDT
Then we have issues because Action Man was my favorite of the shared universe guys. He and Kup are a great team!
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915666)
Posted by Kurona on October 10th, 2017 @ 10:38am CDT
Action Man came in at the last second in the final battle of Revolution, where he did... uh... something. For all intents and purposes, Revolutionaries was his ongoing.

Scotty, looks like you counted wrong -- D-Maximus makes 5 Action Man fans here! :lol:
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915669)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on October 10th, 2017 @ 10:58am CDT
5? Well I never. The only question is when do we stage a takeover (or I guess you could say... Revolution?) and turn this into an Action Man fansite ;)

On a slightly more serious note, thinking about CenturiMike reminded me of MMC's tragically short-lived hearts of steel inspired line. Iirc they made a Prime (Knight Morpher Commander) and a billion repaints I never managed to get hold of, a stupidly big and expensive Shockwave, and altmode-combining Insecticons that never got past the prototype stage...
Now that these designs are canonised, and with MMC having a distinct IDW leaning in their Reformatted line, perhaps there's hope for a revival and we'll get an HoS Bee?
It's a stupendously long shot (though slightly more likely than an official hastak offering methinks) but what can I say, having a train nut for a dad has made the idea of transforming steam engines incredibly exciting to me :lol:
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915683)
Posted by ScottyP on October 10th, 2017 @ 11:45am CDT
Kurona wrote:Scotty, looks like you counted wrong -- D-Maximus makes 5 Action Man fans here! :lol:
I claim "figure of speech" ;) Really cool to see it got around a bit more. I forgot it was in that Humble Bundle, I'm sure that helped a great deal!
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915717)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on October 10th, 2017 @ 2:20pm CDT
Action Man is the greatest hero of them all. People who don’t like Action Man are like people who don’t like fun.

ArmadaPrime wrote:Robot And The Small Robots

Rom isn’t a robot, he’s a guy in cyborg armor, and only 2 of the Micronauts, Microtron and Biotron, are robots.
Re: IDW Revolutionaries #8 Full Preview (1915719)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on October 10th, 2017 @ 2:32pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
ArmadaPrime wrote:Robot And The Small Robots

Rom isn’t a robot, he’s a guy in cyborg armor, and only 2 of the Micronauts, Microtron and Biotron, are robots.

Yeah, I realised that as I was writing it. Couldn't think of anything else that was equally silly or amusing to my work-addled brain though :-P

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