IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

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It's here, the big landmark for The Transformers ongoing is out next week from IDW Publishing, and we have the full preview to share with you all directly from the source. It appears the preview received was missing a couple pages, so you may have noticed that a double page spread's second half shows below on its own. The first part of this can be found in the earlier iTunes preview.

Check it out below, and be ready to head back to Seibertron.com next week for our review!

Transformers #50—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith & Casey W. Coller (a) Griffith (c)
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS—PART 1! Backed by an army of zealous followers, OPTIMUS PRIME declares Earth to be a part of CYBERTRON’S Council of Worlds—and the DECEPTICONS and the people of Earth don’t won’t take it laying down! The story starts here, but the repercussions will last forever.
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Bullet points:
Will OPTIMUS PRIME become Earth’s savior or… or a dangerous demagogue? Nothing is sure!
The TRANSFORMERS status quo can never be the same again, and OPTIMUS PRIME’S actions will reverberate through every comic!
50 issues of the TRANSFORMERS ongoing have led to this moment!
The epic ongoing series by John Barber and Andrew Griffith reaches new heights!
Variant cover by Alex Milne!


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview

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Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768297)
Posted by CombaticonsCombine? on February 20th, 2016 @ 5:25pm CST
I love how mad Soundwave is. Things are about to get REAL hairy.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768373)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 20th, 2016 @ 9:42pm CST
I want Soundwave and Galvatron to fight by the end of this. Soundwave wants and needs to kick is tailpipe :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768462)
Posted by Windsweeper on February 21st, 2016 @ 5:53am CST
Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768481)
Posted by CombaticonsCombine? on February 21st, 2016 @ 7:35am CST
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?


My new favorite.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768619)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 21st, 2016 @ 7:59pm CST
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?

Twirl.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768629)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 21st, 2016 @ 10:29pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?

Twirl.


Except that there's already a Decepticon named Twirl, but she hasn't shown up yet in IDW continuity. ;)
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768636)
Posted by ScottyP on February 21st, 2016 @ 10:49pm CST
Bounti76 wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?

Twirl.


Except that there's already a Decepticon named Twirl, but she hasn't shown up yet in IDW continuity. ;)
I was about to call you out on that "Decepticon" jibber jabber BS, but then I looked up Twirl just to be sure my memory wasn't completely gone and I see that some stupid mobile game decided Linkage Mini-cons need factions. :SICK:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768644)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 21st, 2016 @ 11:54pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?

Twirl.


Except that there's already a Decepticon named Twirl, but she hasn't shown up yet in IDW continuity. ;)
I was about to call you out on that "Decepticon" jibber jabber BS, but then I looked up Twirl just to be sure my memory wasn't completely gone and I see that some stupid mobile game decided Linkage Mini-cons need factions. :SICK:

So, it'sssssssss...Swirl? Swirl.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768646)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 22nd, 2016 @ 12:02am CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Who is the Decepticon with the Whirl like head?

Twirl.


Except that there's already a Decepticon named Twirl, but she hasn't shown up yet in IDW continuity. ;)
I was about to call you out on that "Decepticon" jibber jabber BS, but then I looked up Twirl just to be sure my memory wasn't completely gone and I see that some stupid mobile game decided Linkage Mini-cons need factions. :SICK:

So, it'sssssssss...Swirl? Swirl.

Just think about what you have done. Do you really want to try to open up another can of horrid worms without knowing it again?? :-P :lol:

I didn't even know there was a Twirl until that. Wow. Definitely not her though! maybe Shockwave Jr. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1768999)
Posted by ScottyP on February 23rd, 2016 @ 2:01pm CST
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I didn't even know there was a Twirl until that. Wow. Definitely not her though!
I didn't see that bot in the comic acting like Elle Woods, so yes, definitely not Twirl.

Not even kidding a little. Honest.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769210)
Posted by Va'al on February 24th, 2016 @ 6:24am CST
Gearing up to our own review of the massive issue #50 of The Transformers from IDW Publishing, take a look at the thoughts of its writer - John Barber - in this interview conducted with Newsarama on the eve of the book's release!

IDW looks to be setting up a major change to the status quo of its Transformers line, as longtime series writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith begins the "All Hail Optimus" arc.

But the battle lines are more than just Autobots vs. Decepticons, as different factions emerge against Optimus, Galvatron and Starscream... and that's not even including the humans of Earth, which as you can imagine might have issues with Optimus Prime annexing Earth.

[...]

Barber: At the start of the series, Galvatron is poised to wreak havoc on the Earth with an army of disaffected Decepticons. This isn’t the first time the Earth’s been in this dangerous position—among other things, Earth’s useful to the Transformers because it has this substance called Ore-13 which can be converted to energon, their lifeblood. Optimus has tried battling on Earth to defend it; he’s tried leaving Earth behind to keep it out of the Cybertronian’s war. Neither of those really worked. So now, he’s looking at Earth and seeing the Decepticons striking again, and he’s seeing there are people starving on Earth and people being disenfranchised in many ways.
"Transformers #50" preview
[Pin It] CREDIT: IDW Publishing
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And Optimus’ motto has always been, “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.” It’s pointed out to him that he could act to make the people of Earth more free… and free from this eons-long Cybertronian war, that—while it’s technically over—is still endangering the planet.

So he decides to annex Earth into Cybertron’s council of worlds. Whether Earth wants to come or not; and whether the council wants Earth or not. He’s going to pull Earth into the cosmic community and try to improve life on the planet.

So, yeah—a lot of his friends see this as… not a good move. I think all of his enemies see this as bad. But Optimus has loyal allies, plus followers who view him as a messianic figure for being a Prime, and carrying (what’s left of) the Matrix of Leadership. Optimus has been unwilling to use that good will to his advantage… until now.

[...]

Nrama: Last question -- Transformers #50 looks to be extra-sized. Overall, what should fans expect?

Barber: There’s a 30-page story by me and Andrew, then Casey W. Coller drew a 10-pager that deals with the fallout. Plus some rambling reminisces by me. And some nice special guest covers, by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Choi and our regular gang of Transformers superstars like Andrew Griffith, Casey W. Coller, and Alex Milne.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769272)
Posted by Va'al on February 24th, 2016 @ 11:18am CST
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ALL HAIL OPTIMUS—PART 1! Backed by an army of zealous followers, OPTIMUS PRIME declares Earth to be a part of CYBERTRON’S Council of Worlds—and the DECEPTICONS and the people of Earth don’t won’t take it laying down! The story starts here, but the repercussions will last forever.

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Windblade, trying


Story

Fifty issues. Think about that. Fifty. That's over half the original Marvel US run. And this is but one part of the wider TF universe running over at IDW. What John Barber, with the other creators, have done, is impressive. And what he brings to the table this month, even after the weirdly disappointing issue last time, is equally impressive, and a testament to the world-building that has taken place up to this point.

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Plus, Bob and Buster are here


Overall, I really enjoyed the issue. While we may have seen a lot of Optimus' introspection of recent (and since DOOP, to be honest) the new turn in the story allows for that to be externalised in such a way that it actually affects the wider universe - and perhaps most importantly, the characters who inhabit it. Things are changing, and changing drastically and swiftly, by the looks of it.

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Er.. ok.


I will get the 'negative' thoughts about the issue out of the way, too, as it mostly has to do with the latter part of the issue and the overall length - and I'm taking cues from fellow staffer ScottyP here, too: the pacing is something to behold, until we hit the Spike Witwicky bump. Again. We do not like Spike, we are not supposed to, but he's made to be some sort of necessary prick evil for the series and human-Cybertronian relations (not always in the most diplomatic of ways). I like how much I dislike him, but.. I still dislike him, and his arc throws a lot of things off.

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Just shut up, will you


That said, the human (more or less, in some cases) factor in the issue is well developed, and coming in as late as it does, plus the afterstory, it helps to show the at least two sides of where the story might go from here. Humans are no longer just that, just as Cybertronians are no longer just aliens - and the ramifications, from a socio-political and narrative perspective, are fascinating.

Art

The art side of things is really interesting, with Andrew Griffith, the first artist, taking on the majority of the book and its weightier, meatier (metal-ier?) substance. I am still really quite impressed at his take on some of character designs, and the collaboration with Josh Burcham, Josh Perez and JP Bove on the colours brings out the sinister side of some of the action taking place, and helps locate the controversial position of Optimus' decision: practically everyone is weary, worn out, and exhausted. You can feel it.

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Seriously exhausted


The coda, of sorts, that Casey Coller offers, is a wonderful addition (with the above proviso about pacing, perhaps) for the human side of things, and a refreshing look with Joana Lafuente's colour work - though maybe with some overly heavy inks by Jamie Snell in places, given Coller's really quite fine pencilwork - at the multiple Cybertronian repercussions of the events on Earth.

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Political Power Grab!


All that, as well as Sara Pitre-Durocher's brief stint in what has led up to this point, in the Previously section of the book, wonderfully crisp in its recap. As crisp, of course, as the work that the two letterers bring to the exasperation, adrenaline, frustration, anger, and force of the voices in the book - the effort that Tom B. Long and Chris Mowry put into this is not to be underestimated.

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Extra image, because Sara Pitre-Durocher


With the landmark status of the book, we were bound to get a slew of covers, from the main Griffith/Thomas Deer annexation, to the Coller/Bove Optimus triumphant variant, via big shots Jonathan Hickman and Mike Choi's interpretations of the AHO concept - plus, of course, a special Comicave variant by Livio Ramondelli, with a twist on a familiar theme (thumbnailed), and another piece of the Alex Milne/Perez mural.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There are so many very things I have chosen not to talk about in the review, to allow readers to enjoy the experience of one of the most fast-paced, action packed, politically charged, arc-tying, positively tiring, visually enticing pieces of Transformers fiction. As arcs go, the beginning of All Hail Optimus promises very very well, and has managed to bring the conflict and Earth back together in a rather poignant and significant manner. Applause all round for the team, truly.

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Optimus Whine is back!


A lot of the things I was thinking about as I read the issue, and as I was writing the review, are pretty much covered in Barber's lovely words at the end of the book. I really do recommend taking some time to look at that afterword - but in case you don't, this part stands out in particular: a comment from Michael Kelly, from Hasbro, as AHO was pitched. 'Make sure these characters are people, and you guys have done it. You wouldn't be able to do a story like this if you hadn't.' Even with all the slips, the stumbled events, the jarring moments in the series, The Transformers have undoubtedly conquered Earth once more - here's to a peaceful coexistence, and productive dialogue with us as readers.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769280)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 24th, 2016 @ 11:46am CST
It really was a good issue and one that had lots of interesting points, some high rises and some good moments.

And how about this: The next issue synopsis says Prime may not be alone in his head. We saw that in this issue when Prime went to the EDC command to get Jazz and the others. He quoted Prowl exactly from the first story arc of season 2 (the whole "no one is there that didn't sign up for this" bit). It looks like the whole reason Prime is doing this and going in this direction is due to a part of Prowl being in his head, and he is affected by it.

Also: Yay Sideswipe lives (somehow, and he always drawn pretty blurry).

And finally: That vision with the Dark Cybertron prophesy being read. That is a bit frightening and interesting
:MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769282)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on February 24th, 2016 @ 11:52am CST
You know, I actually felt this was a fairly satisfying issue. I loved the microscope being turned on to the Autobot's and the Decepticon confessions as to what lead them to become Decepticons (course, I feel the same way which is why I throw myself behind the Decepticon banner:-) )
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769287)
Posted by Randomhero on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:06pm CST
This issue was amazing. It was a roller coast ride and I'm very please with it. It's an issue that should leave with unease and it it that for me.

I'm really starting to wonder if Optimus may in fact be The Fallen(Megatronus) reincarnated. Before this issue it felt that Optimus may be The Arisen reincarnated but after Galvatron calls Optimus "old friend" and the way he's smiling and his remark on hearing Prime's speech, it's really making me wonder if he's Megatronus reincarnated if they go that route.

the sentinel prime nod was good. It makes me think two things, the real Sentinal Prime has been alive all along and left Cyberton, conquered another work(like said in the issue) and is returning...OR... starscream is going to fabricate Sentinal Prime's return to turn the Prime worshippers on his side by having someone pretending to be Sentinal(little guy being a headmaster impersonating him)

Also I WAS RIGHT! I called it over a year ago! Earth is a colony world! Or was lol. It proves my long theory that if there's a Titan than there is/was an Ore and if there's an Ore than there is/was a titan!
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769288)
Posted by Va'al on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:08pm CST
ctrlFrequency wrote:You know, I actually felt this was a fairly satisfying issue.


Shock.

Horror.

Awe.

D-Maximus_Primal wrote:And how about this: The next issue synopsis says Prime may not be alone in his head. We saw that in this issue when Prime went to the EDC command to get Jazz and the others. He quoted Prowl exactly from the first story arc of season 2 (the whole "no one is there that didn't sign up for this" bit). It looks like the whole reason Prime is doing this and going in this direction is due to a part of Prowl being in his head, and he is affected by it.


Well...

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Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769290)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:11pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Also I WAS RIGHT! I called it over a year ago! Earth is a colony world! Or was lol. It proves my long theory that if there's a Titan than there is/was an Ore and if there's an Ore than there is/was a titan!

What if.... hang on..... What if the titan on Earth is a titan by the name of Fortess Maximus and that in IDW there are 2 versions of that character! (fits considering headmasters were Nexus' thing and Earth is technically his) :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769297)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:33pm CST
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Also I WAS RIGHT! I called it over a year ago! Earth is a colony world! Or was lol. It proves my long theory that if there's a Titan than there is/was an Ore and if there's an Ore than there is/was a titan!

What if.... hang on..... What if the titan on Earth is a titan by the name of Fortess Maximus and that in IDW there are 2 versions of that character! (fits considering headmasters were Nexus' thing and Earth is technically his) :MAXIMAL:


It's possible if they insert City Former fortress maximus, the IDW continuity will call this one Grand Maximus or brave Maximus. Or the could retcon it so that MTMTE Fortress maximus derived his name from the eponymous titan.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769298)
Posted by Randomhero on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:35pm CST
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Also I WAS RIGHT! I called it over a year ago! Earth is a colony world! Or was lol. It proves my long theory that if there's a Titan than there is/was an Ore and if there's an Ore than there is/was a titan!

What if.... hang on..... What if the titan on Earth is a titan by the name of Fortess Maximus and that in IDW there are 2 versions of that character! (fits considering headmasters were Nexus' thing and Earth is technically his) :MAXIMAL:


It's possible if they insert City Former fortress maximus, the IDW continuity will call this one Grand Maximus or brave Maximus. Or the could retcon it so that MTMTE Fortress maximus derived his name from the eponymous titan.


Or it's just a generic Titan.
Re: IDW The Transformers #50 Full Preview (1769304)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on February 24th, 2016 @ 12:50pm CST
Va'al wrote:
ctrlFrequency wrote:You know, I actually felt this was a fairly satisfying issue.


Shock.

Horror.

Awe.


*sarcasm detectors on full alert*

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