IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Friday, September 25th, 2015 6:09pm CDT

Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al   Views: 22,268

Topic Options: View Discussion · Sign in or Join to reply

In more IDW comics news for next week, The Transformers #45 bring intrigue, mystery, hacking and of course, Buster the dog. Check out the full preview below, and head back here on Wednesday for the Seibertron.com review!


Transformers #45
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)
JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Meanwhile, GALVATRON… well, GALVATRON just doesn’t like anybody.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The events of the past months crash together—with disastrous results!
The stage is set for next month’s Earth-shattering (literally) epic!
Variant Cover by Golby!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview

Credit(s): IDW


News Search

Got Transformers News? Let us know here!

Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729032)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 25th, 2015 @ 6:28pm CDT
Gonna be a busy week of reading, that's for sure :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729048)
Posted by pie-man on September 25th, 2015 @ 9:06pm CDT
Finally... we get to Jazz again! :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729084)
Posted by steve2275 on September 25th, 2015 @ 11:59pm CDT
what you guys said
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729165)
Posted by Whifflefire on September 26th, 2015 @ 7:39am CDT
THE WATER IS DRY

I do enjoy the interpretation of the condors as Statler and Waldorf-esque duo.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729212)
Posted by Shuttershock on September 26th, 2015 @ 11:34am CDT
Whifflefire wrote:THE WATER IS DRY

I do enjoy the interpretation of the condors as Statler and Waldorf-esque duo.


It is good to see the other casettes getting characterization. Rumble and Frenzy are pretty consistently portrayed as street punks and Ratbat as a scheemer bigger than his size implies, but the others often go voiceless and without perso nality.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729234)
Posted by Randomhero on September 26th, 2015 @ 1:54pm CDT
Totally. It's hard to say anyone but blue rumble and marvel ravage were ever characters. Frenzy in the cartoon was just a red and black twin of rumble and ravage was a spy and sound waves kitty.

That's somethings James and John have really done well, give a lot of characters we know and love actual character traits. Needlenoes is starting to make his way to my top ten favorite characters
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729278)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 26th, 2015 @ 6:02pm CDT
That's a reason I fell in love with MTMTE: characters I'd never heard of before. When I finally started reading comics, it was around the time issue 21 came out and I wondered who the hell was on the front cover. I really had no clue! But I'm glad so many characters are finally getting good personalities and interpretation :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729338)
Posted by megatronus on September 27th, 2015 @ 12:42am CDT
Ten bucks says Kup has the 'argle bargle' line because of Antonin Scalia's recent publicity for using the phrase.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1729584)
Posted by Henry921 on September 28th, 2015 @ 1:13am CDT
Galvatron is lying to bloody everybody.

I get that the solicit for this issue is that he "doesn't like anybody" but to what end is he working towards? :-?
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730323)
Posted by Va'al on October 1st, 2015 @ 3:31am CDT
HaXXorz
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Meanwhile, GALVATRON… well, GALVATRON just doesn’t like anybody.

Image
LYING


Story

There is a web being woven, in which each piece of the puzzle so far seems to slot, slide, slip and get trapped. SkyLynx, Kup, D.O.C., Jetfire, Soundwave, Galvatron, the Onyx system, Blackrock, Faireborne, even Thundercracker and Buster. How does it hold together? Perhaps it doesn't.

Image
Zombiners?


John Barber, a long while ago now, talked about what was then Robots in Disguise as being the intrigue, thriller, Rome/Borgias/Game of Thrones-esque counterpart to the sitcom/space opera of MTMTE - and if anything were to prove that point further, it's this issue, with no doubt. The main plot carries on the workings of devious Blackrock mostly...

Image
Evil Steve Jobs is still evil


...but also those of Galvatron - perhaps even more so - as the Autobots are used for purposes that are still not entirely clear at this point. In fact, they seem to be the flies of that web. Galvatron's goals are shrouded in what comes across as pure cruelty, almost for the sake of it, if we are to take the example of Skywarp's function in his eyes - a repeated, ongoing agonising torture.

Image
Still LYING


What Barber is setting up is big, very much so, and informed by Combiner Wars in more ways than one, but giving some really emotive aspects to the lesser used characters, while keeping the spotlight pointed just to the side of the key players of something even bigger about to go down.

Art

Andrew Griffith continues a very strong stretch of regular work with this series - though I sometimes still find myself wondering at some of the human jawlines. His Galvatron is magnificently terrifying, and the way in which the art is laid out just ensures that, yes, he is in control of the space he inhabits. Not to mention some splash pages that...

Image
Swagatron


...with the addition of Josh Perez's colour-work, really drive the 'point' home. A lot of the action, if not all of it, takes place in a strange, ethereal locating of spaces that are both inside and outside - and then you have the snow scenes. So much snow. So much.

Image
I snow, right?


Tom B. Long is busy on this one, for pages and pages, in a sequence that I do not want to spoil for anyone reading, but the fontwork gives a fantastic sense of the scale of it all, and of what is at stake in the longer narrative of the upcoming issues. As for covers, the Griffith and Perez take on the main variant, while Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente add their own spin to the Autobot crew (thumbnailed). And of course, we have seen the Kei Zama and Yamaishi incentive variant Galvatron, being diplomatic.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If you were paying attention to other aspects of the Transformers universe, not just its fiction, you might start spotting some patterns emerging that were not there initially. Barber's weaving is intricate, logical, underlying a slower pace than MTMTE at times - but this month, this is definitely the book that delivers the most punches, in my view.

Image
I'll.. just wait shall I?


There are several moments - stunningly and darkly rendered by the visuals team - that feel not too dissimilar from major game-changing episodes or scenes in those same shows that stand as inspiration, and no one is really in control of their fate or condition, except for whoever is actually pulling the strings. Read this.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730326)
Posted by pie-man on October 1st, 2015 @ 4:03am CDT
To me, the last few pages felt like a sucker punch. Great read, with a lot of unexpected stuff happening to the autobots (unexpected by me, at least) and really tore away that aura of invincibility I thought they had... either because of Optimus' presence, or even Prowl & the Constructicons' presence.

I've been looking forward to this issue cause of the return of Jazz. I'm not optimistic about his fate :-(

Can't wait even more for the next issue.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730333)
Posted by Starsaber468 on October 1st, 2015 @ 6:27am CDT
Jetfire:Gurwalk mode activated
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730353)
Posted by Optimizzy on October 1st, 2015 @ 8:41am CDT
Sucker punch is right. Man. This is getting good and I LOVE Galvatron as the...villain? Is that what he is? That's why it's so good. You can't really be sure sometimes.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730357)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 1st, 2015 @ 8:54am CDT
Talk about everyone getting beat down, holy cats. And Blackrock, holy cats again. This issue hit some big punches :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730372)
Posted by MrBlack on October 1st, 2015 @ 9:39am CDT
This is really Barber at his best. He builds things up very slowly so that you feel the protagonists have a handle on things, and then BAM! Rug pulled out from under them, all hope is lost. It's what made his final arc in the first "season" of Robots in Disguise so fantastic.
Re: IDW The Transformers #45 Full Preview (1730391)
Posted by Va'al on October 1st, 2015 @ 11:15am CDT
MrBlack wrote:This is really Barber at his best. He builds things up very slowly so that you feel the protagonists have a handle on things, and then BAM! Rug pulled out from under them, all hope is lost. It's what made his final arc in the first "season" of Robots in Disguise so fantastic.


Precisely!

Featured Products on Amazon.com

Buy "Transformers Authentics Megatron" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of the Primes Titan Class Predaking" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Deluxe Class Autobot Novastar" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Deluxe 20 Mercenary Action Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Combiner Wars Blast Off Megatronus Prime Master" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Titans Return Deluxe Misfire and Aimless" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Quintus Prime Prime Master" on AMAZON
Buy "Cyberverse Warrior Class Megatron" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Legends Class Thundercracker Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Legends Class Insecticon Bombshell Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Series PK Bruticus Action Figure	B3899" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers RID Combiner Force Warriors Class Starscream" on AMAZON
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #289 - No Thanks Given
Twincast / Podcast #289:
"No Thanks Given"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Monday, November 29th, 2021

New Items on eBay

Buy "Transformers Prime Cyberverse - IRONHIDE - Commander Class -00500" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers G1 THRUST Vintage Generations One 1985- Nosecone defect-" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Generations FOC Fall Cybertron Deluxe Vortex (Bruticus) 100% Comp" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Studio Series Jazz #86, Blurr #86, Gnaw #86, Kup #86 4lot!!" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Studio Series Kup, Blurr, Jazz, Wreck-Gar #86" on EBAY
Buy "NEW IN-HAND Transformers Generations Kingdom Ultra Magnus War for Cybertron " on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Dinobots Unite - ThunderHowl" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Legends LG-15 Nightbird Shadow (not Arcee) MISB" on EBAY