IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

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The end of the Conquerors arc of The Transformers arrives from IDW next week, leading directly into All Hail Optimus - what is in store for the various factions, willingly and unwillingly caught in the middle of high-end politics? Check out the preview below, via Newsarama (ish), and head back here for a review on Wednesday!

Transformers #49
John Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
CONQUERORS: CONCLUSION! The most dramatic action ever taken by an AUTOBOT sets the stage for next month’s mammoth issue 50. Earth and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON. SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS. It all comes together at four billion miles an hour.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The end of the world as we know it!
Leads directly into next month’s epoch-changing issue 50.
They always say “this changes everything.” Hey, we’ve done it, too. But hold tight, TF fans—because the last page of this issue changes everything.
Variant Cover by Alex Milne!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview

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Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1755916)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 15th, 2016 @ 2:49pm CST
This issue has the potential to get really nasty, but still cool :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1755918)
Posted by Deadput on January 15th, 2016 @ 3:11pm CST
There goes the helicopter chick from Redemption.


If she is dead but knowing Arcee most likely is a goner.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1755925)
Posted by Bounti76 on January 15th, 2016 @ 4:23pm CST
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:There goes the helicopter chick from Redemption.


If she is dead but knowing Arcee most likely is a goner.


Swift is her name. And I dunno. I don't think she'll be killed. Just a feeling.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1755944)
Posted by Deadput on January 15th, 2016 @ 5:43pm CST
Bounti76 wrote:Swift is her name. And I dunno. I don't think she'll be killed. Just a feeling.




Looks like a death to me and if not she is getting a major scar on her face or she is now blind.



Also sounds like a death scream it's no SHEEAAAGH! but I think it's possible she died.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1755971)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 15th, 2016 @ 7:19pm CST
Nah, just a glancing blow. Nothing fatal yet: she still has to learn that the cons are not where she needs to be :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757629)
Posted by Va'al on January 20th, 2016 @ 1:30pm CST
Conquerors?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CONQUERORS: CONCLUSION! The most dramatic action ever taken by an AUTOBOT sets the stage for next month’s mammoth issue 50. Earth and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME and GALVATRON. SOUNDWAVE and COSMOS. It all comes together at four billion miles an hour.

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Good question


Story

Here we are, at the end of the big build up everything after Dark Cybertron, through Combiner Wars, across the Transformers universe as we know it, with old gods, fake gods, heroes, villains and conquerors converging into one single spot, one moment in time: Earth, Now.

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Build-up continues...


And to be entirely honest, it falls short of ..well, everything. All of the build up, all of the hype. It feels rushed, glossed over, reasons and motivations don't hold up, the major arcs created for however many past issues are just half-resolved without much else to go on. The various settings and scenes are just glomped together.

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Glomp


I am not sure what John Barber did with this issue, as his big landmarks usually pan out much better. It is likely that issue #50 will develop those shortcomings into something that sticks better together as the piece of a wider, universal puzzle. As it stands, however, the pieces are all mismatched and a little scattered.

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See, there, that is Windblade's character


The characters do, to an extent, still work, of course - but some of them just feel like they're going along with whatever Optimus has decided to do, for whatever reason. Galvatron's side of the story may be the most interesting here, and the repercussions it has among the Decepticon idealists hit hard - but everything else is just - there.


Art

On the other hand, I have no complaints whatsoever with the art. Sara Pitre-Durocher's style is a delight to follow through the various scenes, with some peaks in Skywarp's moments to shine (heh) and there is heavy emotion felt by the various characters - and the readers. The moments with Soundwave and Cosmos carry some serious weight, in light of the events taking place.

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...


The colours are also magnificent, blending fantastically well with Pitre-Durocher's lighter linework. Josh Perez and Josh Burcham are a wonderful team, and bounce off each other's style easily and seamlessly, bringing one of the crispest issues I've noticed in a while.

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Just glorious


Tom B. Long has a lot of playground space in the lettering sandbox, too, to work his own stuff, filling in the various silent spaces with good-looking sounds. Why do letterers never get enough praise? With all that action, we are still able to see what is being said. The covers are also great, with Alex Milne/Perez continuing the massive mural (thumbnailed), Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente dabbling with Victorion's hefty presence, and Andrew Griffith emulating Klaus Scherwinski.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If I sound disappointed, it's because I am. I had been seriously looking forward to the development, and preliminary conclusion, to this arc - to see what Galvatron was to do, to see how the Autobots would respond, how Soundwave in particular would respond, how the various characters would play out against each other and together, depending on their circumstances. I don't feel we got any of that, unfortunately.

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or Spotlight: Thundercracker


A less coherent, more Soundwave/Cosmos/Skybyte response: Seriously? Windblade and crew are just going along with Optimus' decision? Sideswipe, Alpha Trion and Arcee in a shuttle forever, just to get punked by Brawl and Needlenose? I do hope that the next issue, and All Hail Optimus in general, has more time, and space, to start straightening the puzzle out. I really do.

. :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757648)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 20th, 2016 @ 1:59pm CST
See, I don't know why, but MTMTE 48 (and I'm anticipating 49) and then this feel very rushed. Like Barber and Roberts have plans that suddenly they ran out of room to add preliminaries. Has to be the lead up to 50, cause all the rush does feel very uncharacteristic.

Also: RIP Sideswipe. Dammit you guys! You killed 2 of my 3 favorite transformers of all time!! (Trailbreaker being my first). Stop giving me heartache :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757674)
Posted by Randomhero on January 20th, 2016 @ 2:33pm CST
I very disagree I really liked this issue. It wasn't really a conclusion,! it really felt like the first half of a maxi-series and it kinda is. It didn't conclude anything it just built up and I'm pumped for All Hail Optimus now. Personally I felt it was a solid issue that was paced fine.

Let's be honest about Sideswipe, he's more than likely not dead. Sorry I'm not putting spoiler italics around but they don't work for whatever reason on the site. Sunstreaker, Kup, Cyclones, Rung, and more are but a small list of people that for all intended purposes have "died" in the past 5 years and are fine lol. Let's just wait and see before being upset.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757681)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 20th, 2016 @ 2:42pm CST
Randomhero, I really want you to be right. Trailbreaker's death hurt cause I love that guy,and Sideswipe is my 2nd favorite, with Brainstorm being right there too. Since he's on the cover of 50 I have hope, but getting blown up and then shot in the head by Brawl doesn't fill me with confidence, especially since the story notes for 50 implied someone would die :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757683)
Posted by CombaticonsCombine? on January 20th, 2016 @ 2:50pm CST
I don't know why, but I really liked seeing Soundwave losing his cool. He just had his dreams of a peaceful Deceptifuture smashed, and he's ready to fight for it.

A little confused seeing Frenzy and Rumble working with Galvatron against Soundwave's ideals, but they haven't really been as associated with 'Wave in this universe, have they?


:CON:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757689)
Posted by Va'al on January 20th, 2016 @ 3:07pm CST
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:I don't know why, but I really liked seeing Soundwave losing his cool. He just had his dreams of a peaceful Deceptifuture smashed, and he's ready to fight for it.


Same here. I love Barber's Soundwave. I really do, and I really feel for the guy.

Randomhero wrote:I very disagree I really liked this issue. It wasn't really a conclusion,! it really felt like the first half of a maxi-series and it kinda is. It didn't conclude anything it just built up and I'm pumped for All Hail Optimus now. Personally I felt it was a solid issue that was paced fine.


That's obviously fine, we are allowed to disagree! ;)

I just came away from my first read with '..is that it?', the second as 'Well, meh' and just a sense of growing frustration at the condensed version of a story that feels like getting to a point and sort of spilling part of its contents as it skips ahead. I am looking forward to AHO, but not because this issue built it up for me.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757722)
Posted by RevTibe on January 20th, 2016 @ 4:59pm CST
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:A little confused seeing Frenzy and Rumble working with Galvatron against Soundwave's ideals, but they haven't really been as associated with 'Wave in this universe, have they?
I'm curious about that too, but it might just come down to proximity - they're not suicidal, and telling big purple that they don't feel like being a Galvacon anymore when he's standing right there is a mite dangerous.

That, or they're just going with whoever offers them the most opportunities to get in scraps and break stuff. They are simple folk.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757727)
Posted by Genericon #378 on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:08pm CST
Come on, IDW! Why do you guys keep killing all the cool characters? Trailbreaker, Hardhead, Sideswipe, and, for the love of god, SWINDLE! You guys fucking killed Swindle! Have you seen the reaction to these deaths? These are beloved characters we're talking about. :evil:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757729)
Posted by Va'al on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:14pm CST
Genericon #378 wrote:Come on, IDW! Why do you guys keep killing all the cool characters? Trailbreaker, Hardhead, Sideswipe, and, for the love of god, SWINDLE! You guys **** killed Swindle! Have you seen the reaction to these deaths? These are beloved characters we're talking about. :evil:



Psst.. swindle lives
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757730)
Posted by RevTibe on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:15pm CST
Genericon #378 wrote:Come on, IDW! Why do you guys keep killing all the cool characters? Trailbreaker, Hardhead, Sideswipe, and, for the love of god, SWINDLE! You guys **** killed Swindle! Have you seen the reaction to these deaths? These are beloved characters we're talking about. :evil:
Of those, only the first two feel definite. Swindy got shot in the chest, climbed over to Rattrap and said whispered he had info that could take down Starscream. Rattrap calls over to Starscream that Swindle's totaaallllyyyy dead, don't worry boss, especially don't come over and check, you can trust me!

As for Sideswipe, sincerely doubting we've seen the last of him. Was only two or so issues ago Kup got ripped to shreds and an observer said "oooo look how dead he is. dang".

Show me the brain or spark being explicitly destroyed or total disintegration, then I'll believe the death will stick.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757738)
Posted by Randomhero on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:37pm CST
Va'al wrote:
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:I don't know why, but I really liked seeing Soundwave losing his cool. He just had his dreams of a peaceful Deceptifuture smashed, and he's ready to fight for it.


Same here. I love Barber's Soundwave. I really do, and I really feel for the guy.

Randomhero wrote:I very disagree I really liked this issue. It wasn't really a conclusion,! it really felt like the first half of a maxi-series and it kinda is. It didn't conclude anything it just built up and I'm pumped for All Hail Optimus now. Personally I felt it was a solid issue that was paced fine.


That's obviously fine, we are allowed to disagree! ;)

I just came away from my first read with '..is that it?', the second as 'Well, meh' and just a sense of growing frustration at the condensed version of a story that feels like getting to a point and sort of spilling part of its contents as it skips ahead. I am looking forward to AHO, but not because this issue built it up for me.


And I totally respect your opinion and the review. I can see this issue polarizing people. You either loved it or didn't. The solicites very much sold this as a conclusion and if you were looking for a conclusion I can understand frustration. The solicites are getting pretty bad in my opinion anymore. It said Optimus vs Galvatron, didn't happen. Cosmos vs soundwave, didn't happen. It all comes together! It didn't.

Personally with the last issue centering around buster and DOC I figured that it wouldn't and it didn't.

I totally understand both opinions.
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757739)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:38pm CST
Swindle has to live so they can form Bruticus (which Windblade #7 strongly implied was going to happen) and I really am hoping Sideswipe lives. Trailbreaker is definite dead cause his brain was crushed and I don't get Hardhead's death: Cyclonus and him were both ex-DU, and Cyclonus survived having his shield destroyed, but Hardhead disintegrated. I don't get that (some explain please?) :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757740)
Posted by Randomhero on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:40pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Swindle has to live so they can form Bruticus (which Windblade #7 strongly implied was going to happen) and I really am hoping Sideswipe lives. Trailbreaker is definite dead cause his brain was crushed and I don't get Hardhead's death: Cyclonus and him were both ex-DU, and Cyclonus survived having his shield destroyed, but Hardhead disintegrated. I don't get that (some explain please?) :BOT:



-COUGH STILL A BRIEFCASE WITH PARADOX LOCKS IN PLAY COUGH-
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757743)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:45pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Swindle has to live so they can form Bruticus (which Windblade #7 strongly implied was going to happen) and I really am hoping Sideswipe lives. Trailbreaker is definite dead cause his brain was crushed and I don't get Hardhead's death: Cyclonus and him were both ex-DU, and Cyclonus survived having his shield destroyed, but Hardhead disintegrated. I don't get that (some explain please?) :BOT:



-COUGH STILL A BRIEFCASE WITH PARADOX LOCKS IN PLAY COUGH-

:shock: Forgot about that. Interesting...

Still, my question stands: why did Cyclonus live and Hardhead die? Same circumstances, different bot :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #49 Full Preview (1757744)
Posted by Randomhero on January 20th, 2016 @ 5:50pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Swindle has to live so they can form Bruticus (which Windblade #7 strongly implied was going to happen) and I really am hoping Sideswipe lives. Trailbreaker is definite dead cause his brain was crushed and I don't get Hardhead's death: Cyclonus and him were both ex-DU, and Cyclonus survived having his shield destroyed, but Hardhead disintegrated. I don't get that (some explain please?) :BOT:



-COUGH STILL A BRIEFCASE WITH PARADOX LOCKS IN PLAY COUGH-

:shock: Forgot about that. Interesting...

Still, my question stands: why did Cyclonus live and Hardhead die? Same circumstances, different bot :BOT:



I CAN ANSWER THAT! Lol

The dead universe was being controlled by Nova Prime. He can can manipulate that universe. When hardhead's sheild was destroyed he became undead again and Nova disintegrated him! Nova was very vain too, he probably wanted to keep Cyclonus around to gloat.

Or: hardhead may be hard, but Cyclonus is harder.

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