IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review

IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 8:21am CDT

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Head Start
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE LAST AUTOBOT! Once he ruled CYBERTRON with a brutal (and literal) iron fist... left for dead four million years ago, SENTINEL PRIME is back. But in a world where STARSCREAM rules CYBERTON, OPTIMUS PRIME has invaded Earth, and MEGATRON is an AUTOBOT—SENTINEL doesn’t like what he sees!

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I'll take revenge murder plot for 500, Alex


Story

The last couple of months (years?) have had a lot of change in the world of the Transformers - since Dark Cybertron ended, Dawn of the Autobots and Days of Deception happened, Megatron had several changes of heart, Windblade erupted into the world, Optimus started his journey to True Prick Prime status, Starscream actually still rules Cybertron, and the ex-colonies have returned. Now, imagine you were left for dead when you were a fascistic despot bent on superweapons and conquest. It's bound to mess with your brain, right?

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Even tyrants need recaps


The three-author structure is actually well deployed in the book, allowing us a pre-Dying of the Light look at a flashback under movie night banner from (predominantly, one assumes) James Roberts, and avoiding a talking heads part. Which also means Swerve and Whirl get to annoy Megatron for a bit, as Cyclonus lets the true noble purpleness of his heart shine - plus some smile-worthy social commentary. In fact, the whole section has heaps of it.

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Cyclobun


The second section has an unfortunate bit of a crossover - though not crucial, the two scenes are more complementary than anything - with the events of The Transformers #55, delayed in its print form to next week, but available on digital, it seems. Looking at the status on Earth after the rise of the Titan, and more Primes than you can can wrap your head around.

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The Actual True Primes


Between John Barber and Mairghread Scott, the two heads together prove that they can master the voices of the other, as the third section is also the longest, set on Cybertron with Sentinel doing a lot of stuff. Stuff that shows character in pretty much everyone around him, from Starscream to Ironhide to Windblade, along with establishing him as

Art

Livio Ramondelli is the sole author of the visuals, and - unless you're not a fan of his style in general - he does an excellent job of bringing together a chaotic, hectic, pretty much planet shattering return, even if not of Titanic proportions as such. Between some of the establishing shots, and the lighting games that are being used throughout the book...

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Shiny(dome?)


...and the more detailed looks at the characters, their interactions, and even some of the battle scenes, we get another strong performance in the G1-esque direction that Ramondelli's art, colouring and layouts has taken in later months. It works for the big bad bot, it works for the Lost Light cast, it works for Ironhide in particular. It works.

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PUNCH IT


Tom B. Long returns to the work he had been doing in books like Autocracy/Primacy/Monstrosity, keeping the fonts more or less simple and clear, but having fun with the sound effects as Sentinel brings on a bit of a rampage wherever he goes or might end up going. And we get some good covers too, in the main Ramondelli one we've seen for a while plus the ROM exclusive, the thumbnailed Priscilla Tramontano encapsulates the story's potential direction, and there's a very fun double cover by Chris Giarrusso for Acme Comics.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The visuals are Ramondelli at its best, as of recent, and it's good to see him in such top shape, and colour, and... The writing, not only of the different characters as pointed out so far, but of Sentinel himself, is very entertaining - as far as a character such as his can be. He will be loved and hated in equal measure, and stands as a dead ringer for certain vocal elements of the fandom at times, too.

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Yeah. I said it.


A one-shot that actually does fairly well in bringing together the three coexisting series at the moment, and sets up a stage that doesn't feel to constrained or artificial, with hints in the other books that can be linking bits together for detail-oriented readers, and a callback to a much earlier stage of the IDWverse. This book does good, and it does it well.

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Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809482)
Posted by Kurona on July 27th, 2016 @ 8:30am CDT
Trying to find the comic itself

Dr Va'al wrote:
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The Actual True Primes


But considering I've seen what is clearly the best panel I don't think I need to
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809484)
Posted by Randomhero on July 27th, 2016 @ 8:37am CDT
I really liked this. My god was this months comics filled with death!
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809512)
Posted by Va'al on July 27th, 2016 @ 9:47am CDT
One of my favourite panels, which didn't make the review cut.

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Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809528)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on July 27th, 2016 @ 10:56am CDT
Randomhero wrote:I really liked this. My god was this months comics filled with death!


I was just thinking the same thing, an especially bad month for the titans Return line with Galvatron, Ravage and Astrotrain biting the dust. Heck, Ravage and Astrotrain didn't even make it until their toys came out (assuming both are dead-dead).
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809548)
Posted by Randomhero on July 27th, 2016 @ 12:16pm CDT
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I really liked this. My god was this months comics filled with death!


I was just thinking the same thing, an especially bad month for the titans Return line with Galvatron, Ravage and Astrotrain biting the dust. Heck, Ravage and Astrotrain didn't even make it until their toys came out (assuming both are dead-dead).



well, I'm not losing sleep over Galvatron. His head is still intact and he was never alive to begin with. Galavtron is a unique character. He's from the dead universe and unlike Cyclonus and others who came back from the dead he wasn't cured. Galvatron has always been immune from the death effects of the dead universe and I once asked a John "what's going on with Galvatron? Is he dead? Alive? Undead?" John said "great question! You'll have to wait and see!" I'm saying now, as long as his head is intact he will return because he hasn't had a spark for 6 million years.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809618)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on July 27th, 2016 @ 2:46pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I really liked this. My god was this months comics filled with death!


I was just thinking the same thing, an especially bad month for the titans Return line with Galvatron, Ravage and Astrotrain biting the dust. Heck, Ravage and Astrotrain didn't even make it until their toys came out (assuming both are dead-dead).



well, I'm not losing sleep over Galvatron. His head is still intact and he was never alive to begin with. Galavtron is a unique character. He's from the dead universe and unlike Cyclonus and others who came back from the dead he wasn't cured. Galvatron has always been immune from the death effects of the dead universe and I once asked a John "what's going on with Galvatron? Is he dead? Alive? Undead?" John said "great question! You'll have to wait and see!" I'm saying now, as long as his head is intact he will return because he hasn't had a spark for 6 million years.


I don't doubt that Galvy will show up again somewhere/somehow. Pretty sure Ravage is perma-dead, who knows on Astrotrain, they were pretty close to Soundwave's sanctuatary so there's a chance his wreckage could be salvaged and revived.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809625)
Posted by Randomhero on July 27th, 2016 @ 3:14pm CDT
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I really liked this. My god was this months comics filled with death!


I was just thinking the same thing, an especially bad month for the titans Return line with Galvatron, Ravage and Astrotrain biting the dust. Heck, Ravage and Astrotrain didn't even make it until their toys came out (assuming both are dead-dead).



well, I'm not losing sleep over Galvatron. His head is still intact and he was never alive to begin with. Galavtron is a unique character. He's from the dead universe and unlike Cyclonus and others who came back from the dead he wasn't cured. Galvatron has always been immune from the death effects of the dead universe and I once asked a John "what's going on with Galvatron? Is he dead? Alive? Undead?" John said "great question! You'll have to wait and see!" I'm saying now, as long as his head is intact he will return because he hasn't had a spark for 6 million years.


I don't doubt that Galvy will show up again somewhere/somehow. Pretty sure Ravage is perma-dead, who knows on Astrotrain, they were pretty close to Soundwave's sanctuatary so there's a chance his wreckage could be salvaged and revived.



Yeah ravages was a death that was so emotional and well done you don't want it to be undone because it was a very good and meaningful scene
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809669)
Posted by Kurona on July 27th, 2016 @ 5:22pm CDT
I'm adoring seeing Soundwave and Optimus as allies.
I mean, I know they were in a couple issues before this; but now it's not conditional, now they're actually allied... it just feels really badass. Even moreso than Optimus + Megatron. I love this.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1809784)
Posted by Randomhero on July 28th, 2016 @ 6:45am CDT
Kurona wrote:I'm adoring seeing Soundwave and Optimus as allies.
I mean, I know they were in a couple issues before this; but now it's not conditional, now they're actually allied... it just feels really badass. Even moreso than Optimus + Megatron. I love this.



I totally agree. The first issues of them was more Optimus blackmailing Soundwave which I didn't like bey much now that Soundwave understands humans and has finally come around it's awesome. Even in 55 when he says Megatron was right was great! It feels like "wow the war is finally over" it's not, there still a lot of big name decepticons out there who are more than happy to start it up again but to have the big three, starscream, Soundwave and megaton changing and accepting it is pretty great.

Guess I should talk about the issue. This was good! It's all set up but it was good. It doesn't even feel like this is an event that's coinciding with a toy theme...well except the last page but it flows really well. It's only a two month event due to revolution kicking off in a couple months and I think if it wasn't for that this would have been a longer even but since it's only two months and 5 issues it'll collect in a trade really well.

Only issue I had was he destroys the spacebridge but which one? that spacebridge looked like a Titan spacebridge and not the decepticon one that's been in Optimus's possession for quite a while. If he did just destroy the one that was installed in the Titan than does it matter because they have a second one.

I'm really hoping that Sentinel isn't just showing up, causing trouble and then being killed off. Keep Thai jerk around!
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810205)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on July 29th, 2016 @ 4:27am CDT
If Sentinel was just a passing through character, I don't think he would have gotten a Voyager class figure in the toy line. Also, what are the chances of this month's TR one shot being included in a trade paperback?
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810209)
Posted by Kurona on July 29th, 2016 @ 4:32am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:If Sentinel was just a passing through character, I don't think he would have gotten a Voyager class figure in the toy line. Also, what are the chances of this month's TR one shot being included in a trade paperback?

I'm pretty sure we would have gotten Sentinel in the toyline whether he's a passing character or not. Hasbro doesn't really care what IDW do with him after as long as they advertise their new toy now.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810236)
Posted by Va'al on July 29th, 2016 @ 5:39am CDT
Kurona wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:If Sentinel was just a passing through character, I don't think he would have gotten a Voyager class figure in the toy line. Also, what are the chances of this month's TR one shot being included in a trade paperback?

I'm pretty sure we would have gotten Sentinel in the toyline whether he's a passing character or not. Hasbro doesn't really care what IDW do with him after as long as they advertise their new toy now.


I think we'll have Titans Return as a TPB, much like Dark Cybertron and Combiner Wars, given that it's a convenient five issues long. ;)
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810411)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on July 29th, 2016 @ 11:53am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:I think we'll have Titans Return as a TPB, much like Dark Cybertron and Combiner Wars, given that it's a convenient five issues long. ;)
Yes, I figured the TPB was on the way. I was wondering is if the one shot released this month will be included or not? In other words, should I go out and get the one shot at the comic shop now, or will it be in the TPB? :-P

ImageAnd this shot really makes me want to play with my Leader Class Starscream. So purrdy.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810536)
Posted by Va'al on July 29th, 2016 @ 6:05pm CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:I think we'll have Titans Return as a TPB, much like Dark Cybertron and Combiner Wars, given that it's a convenient five issues long. ;)
Yes, I figured the TPB was on the way. I was wondering is if the one shot released this month will be included or not? In other words, should I go out and get the one shot at the comic shop now, or will it be in the TPB? :-P

ImageAnd this shot really makes me want to play with my Leader Class Starscream. So purrdy.


Oh, I can't see them not including the opening issue to the 'event' in a collection! That only happened with Punishment and Redemption, as far as I'm aware. Even Combiner Hunters was included in Distant Stars. :-?
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810707)
Posted by Sunstar on July 30th, 2016 @ 1:14pm CDT
Spark disrupter: is that supposed to explode or scramble the spark?
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1810824)
Posted by Nisus on July 31st, 2016 @ 11:43am CDT
Sunstar wrote:Spark disrupter: is that supposed to explode or scramble the spark?


I'm going to assume it was meant to scramble the spark, kind of like the drugs we have that can induce a heart attack.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1812054)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 4th, 2016 @ 11:03am CDT
I liked the issue and the art was great. Livio did a great job with the art and I applaud him. 2 thumbs up! ;)^ ;)^

Sentinel sure is a series of unmentionable words. Still wondering about the whole titanmaster thing and how that will work out, japanese or american style, and how it played into his rebirth, but I like that they are doing it.

Also: Bob, Buster, and D0C. :D
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1812057)
Posted by Big Grim on August 4th, 2016 @ 11:07am CDT
Randomhero wrote:Yeah ravages was a death that was so emotional and well done you don't want it to be undone because it was a very good and meaningful scene


Yeah, I HATE when a really well done death is overturned/retconned.

I hated it that Aunt May was brought back to life after the stupendously poignant death she had in Amazing Spider-Man 400 for example.

Ravage went out brilliantly.
Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1812774)
Posted by Va'al on August 6th, 2016 @ 1:26pm CDT
Via online retailer Amazon, we have a full solicit with expected release date for a couple of IDW Publishing Transformers books: first up is the collected trade that brings together the entirety of the Titans Return storyline, from the one-shot (reviewed here) to the two issues each of More Than Meets the Eye and The Transformers (#56-57). Check it out below, as the solicit mirrors the same as the opening one-shot issue, and expected for January 12th 2017!

Once he ruled CYBERTRON with a brutal (and literal) iron fist... left for dead four million years ago, SENTINEL PRIME is back. But in a world where STARSCREAM rules CYBERTON, OPTIMUS PRIME has invaded Earth, and MEGATRON is an AUTOBOT-SENTINEL doesn't like what he sees! Collects the Titans Return one-shot, Transformers #56-57, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #56-57.

Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (12 Jan. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631408216
ISBN-13: 978-1631408212
Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm


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Re: IDW Titans Return One-Shot Review (1812981)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on August 7th, 2016 @ 7:47am CDT
...and this will be my first comic purchase of 2017! :-D

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