IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed

Transformers News: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 6:47PM CST

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Thanks to a Tweet from Tom Waltz, we have a new cover to look at for the upcoming IDW Transformers ongoing! The new cover is for issue #8, which will most likely come out in the latter part of June of this year. The cover art features Cyclonus, who is a fan favorite from the original IDW run, standing in a yellowish haze with a Titan that looks to have stolen Armada Megatron's head standing in the background. Interesting to note here is that Cyclonus is based on his 2015 Combiner Wars toy, the first time this body is seeing the light of day past his box art, and continues the trend of all characters showing up in this series being based on either upcoming Siege toys or older Prime Wars Trilogy toys.

The artwork for this issue was done by Anna Malkova, Who has already become quite the fan favorite cover artist thanks to previous covers revealed for the series.

Check out the cover below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008333)
Posted by Quantum Surge on February 5th, 2019 @ 6:51pm CST
Cyclonus was also in his Combiner Wars design in Forged to Fight.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008334)
Posted by Lore Keeper on February 5th, 2019 @ 6:55pm CST
It's amazing how much better this version of Cyclonus looks with better proportions!
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008339)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on February 5th, 2019 @ 7:11pm CST
Quantum Surge wrote:Cyclonus was also in his Combiner Wars design in Forged to Fight.


Exactly so :APPLAUSE:


Also, what is teenage Metroplex doing in the background? :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008348)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 5th, 2019 @ 7:40pm CST
Takara also used the Unite Warriors deco of CW Cyclonus in the Unite Warriors comics:

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Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008398)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 6th, 2019 @ 2:16am CST
To be fair guys, this is the first time IDW have used the design ;) After what Roberts did with Cyclonus, it'll be interesting what they do with him here.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008443)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 6th, 2019 @ 8:57am CST
Can't be any worse than that, true :P

As long as he has a :CON: on his chest, all will be well. They can start rebuilding a recognisable Cyclonus for a new generation. Not just use his 'skin' for a different kind of character altogether.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008453)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 6th, 2019 @ 9:39am CST
I quite liked Roberts Cyclonus, it was far better then anything that came before where he was just galvatrons nanny. I'm all for taking characters in new directions, exploring new concepts. What's the point of treading old ground? Given his form maybe they'll try out the Galvatronus combiner (they can easily transfer the mind to a solitary body or even better have the mind possess Megatrons body to play to the best of both worlds)

As it is I'm looking forward to this and to the outbreak of war.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008454)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 6th, 2019 @ 9:41am CST
ZeroWolf wrote:I quite liked Roberts Cyclonus, it was far better then anything that came before where he was just galvatrons nanny.
Or just a thuggish bully in Marvel G1.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008458)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 6th, 2019 @ 9:55am CST
ZeroWolf wrote: What's the point of treading old ground?



:lol: One word good sir, "Evergreen" ;)

Cyclonus was as bare bones as anyone else in previous continuities. Wherein the characterisation could generally be summed up in a blurb at the most. Re-treading "old ground" in the case of Cyclonus could be done in a page or less.

As an aside, the Partwork just began the first arc of MTMTE, "Liars A to D". I decided to go into it with an open mind and I'm not liking what I'm reading already. Plus the two 'Chibi' characters (Swerve and Tailgate) have been visually jarring from the outset.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008472)
Posted by Gemstonegemini on February 6th, 2019 @ 1:06pm CST
Well, I'm bit late to the party in this one, so I'm sorry if I'm repeating what anyone has said before. I've only just been able to catch up on the IDWverse thanks to picking up trades here and there when I can. (Damn you Hasbro, is it not enough that I spend all my money on transformers already? Must I spend more money on damn good comics too?)
I'm interested in the direction this line is going to take compared to the ways Roberts and Barbee went, and the bar they set. MTMTE/Lost Light was so good that I don't envy whoever is stepping in to fill those shoes. :lol:

One thing though, it does kill me that this means we'll probably never get official Lotty, Rung, and the DJD or a Nautica outside of a box set. :(
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008758)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2019 @ 9:16am CST
Personally I'd love to see stark reinventions of existing characters, as we are lumbered with the same tired old G1 faces. Akin to what Furman gave us with the -Ations and Spotlights. Thunderwing as The Hulk, Arcee as Frankenstein's Monster, Ultra Magnus as Judge Dredd, Galvatron as his own character etc etc

It annoys me that all of Transformers, from G1 to Modern Day, is there to make use of EG Furman had everything from Gestalts to Micromasters within a year or two. Alongside the ever present need to make new characters and some writers are just stuck reusing the same ones over and over. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008766)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 7th, 2019 @ 10:02am CST
Let's not just write this off just yet, but from hasbros point of view, this is to tell the story of the toys, where IDW was given a lot more freedom at first. Who knows what we could get if Hasbro stepped back and just made toys based on the comics instead of insisting on tie ins
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008769)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2019 @ 10:08am CST
I was more referring to the tail end of the previous continuity than assumptions on the new one, which I am relatively positive about.
Indeed, to sell the toys. So why not use as many as you can? Increased exposure would create a new fanbase for just about anyone. They could even make the Firecons or Hot Shot into something people actually want a Modern toy for, not just as a nostalgia piece.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008772)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 7th, 2019 @ 10:15am CST
Their first priority is selling toys that are out now. We may see more cases of being able to guess future toys from the comics (like now with them using the (at the time) Leader Class Prime redeco. Could be the upshot of how close hasbro and IDW are currently.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008775)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2019 @ 10:21am CST
Surely that was also the same priority for Furman when IDWverse began in 2006? But he still used everyone, even both iterations of Pretenders. Use the entire back catalogue and let HasTak pick and choose who to release at their leisure.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008782)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 7th, 2019 @ 10:49am CST
I don't know, especially if you think the designs of the characters then compared to the toys out at the time. Different marketing approaches for different times. If Hasbro really cared about the comic selling toys, would they let Mcathy reboot the designs back to the G1 toon style for All Hail Megatron?
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008784)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2019 @ 11:08am CST
The fallback to G1 always tends to be the knee jerk reaction to rebooting Transformers, regardless of media. Even though the brand is 35 years old now and there are entire generations of fans with no affinity towards G1 AT ALL, this is still the preferred "jump on" point. Because nothing quite says "modern" to fans of the 90's, 00's and 10's, like a throwback to the 80's :roll:

It is a shame HasTak were so late in adapting the IDW designs into toys. I would have loved to see Thunderwing, the -Ations Seekers etc as toys.
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008803)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 7th, 2019 @ 12:20pm CST
Thunderwing would have been a good one, but how many would have complained that he didn't stick to Marvel G1 stylings?
Re: IDW Transformers 2019 Issue #8 Anna Malkova Cover Revealed (2008806)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2019 @ 12:28pm CST
But it wasn't the Marvel series, it was IDW continuity - Is the counterpoint to shut down the whiners. Besides, I'm sure the ratio of people in 2006 thinking he was a new character, who probably had never seen the Marvel Comic from the 80's would have been quite high in itself.

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