IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight

IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 7:59am CST

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    IDW Transformers artist and a fan of fans Livio Ramondelli has started a new thread over on the IDW message boards, specifically addressing questions that anyone might have about the upcoming Combiner Wars comics event (and his past work on Punishment, Primacy and more). The thread will be the only way of fielding those questions and answers, but we've collected below some of the major points to be expected from the Transformers/Windblade crossover. Head over to the IDW boards to ask your own and find out more!

    Hey everyone!

    With The Combiner Wars about to begin, I thought I'd open a thread here where I can comment and answer any questions you might have. This will be the only thread that I'll be checking, so if you've got a question for me please post it here!

    When a new issue comes out, this thread will officially enter into all-out spoilers for that issue and I'll speak freely about it. But until then, I'll do my best to refrain from anything spoilerish. Also, feel free to ask any lingering questions you might have about Primacy or anything else I've worked on.

    Looking forward to chatting with everyone again!

    -Livio


    Points so far:

  • There is a bit of an explanation for Menasor looking different. The Stunticons roster has changed, slightly. One new member. Also- it's been so long since we've seen Menasor, and he's basically being created by a completely different source than last time, that I think it makes sense that he might look a bit different.
  • There's no Galvatronus in Combiner Wars, nor are Galvatron or Cyclonus a part of it. I don't know if something is coming with them in the aftermath, but as for right now they are not part of the main six part Combiner Wars story.
  • Aside from a brief cameo, the Lost Light doesn't appear in Combiner Wars. Haven't seen that solicit, but it probably refers to something after.
  • There's one more [Combiner other than Menasor, Devastator, Defensor and Superion], but I can't say who it is yet.
  • Starscream is a big part of it, but there are a lot of different agendas at play. Prowl is also a gigantic part of it. And a gigantic threat.

Credit(s): Livio Ramondelli


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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1658623)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 4th, 2015 @ 8:35am CST
The news of prowl as a gigantic threat pleases me as does the news that cyclonus doesn't combine in this arc at least (maybe he's from GI Joe Transformers mini series)
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1658645)
Posted by Yweggo on March 4th, 2015 @ 9:06am CST
Only one new member? So is it Offroad replacing Wildrider with Blackjack being part of Motormaster? Or is Wildrider still part of the team and Blackjack is the new guy? OR is Offroad Wildrider's new body (and Blackjack is still the new guy?


Personally I'm leaning towards the first option based on the cover art we've seen so far.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661102)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 9th, 2015 @ 8:58pm CDT
I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661175)
Posted by Va'al on March 10th, 2015 @ 5:25am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.


We was really quite good in Windblade #4! :D
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661177)
Posted by Va'al on March 10th, 2015 @ 5:57am CDT
As is by now customary, we have a very brief preview of the first issue of IDW Publishing's Combiner Wars event, via iTunes thanks to Mariel Romero, which takes place in The Transformers #39: Opening Salvo! Check out the pages by Livio Ramondelli below, which we have ancountered already in the sneak peeks we got previously. Are you ready for this storyline?

OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons' uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM -- ruler of CYBERTRON -- makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld -- and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS -- multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms! STARSCREAM’s scheming collides with WINDBLADE’s past! OPTIMUS PRIME takes control! Who will be the first Combiner to strike? Continues in this month’s TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE -- COMBINER WARS #1


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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661179)
Posted by steve2275 on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:05am CDT
cant wait till next week
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661185)
Posted by TimothyR on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:26am CDT
man.. it would be super cool if voyager prime actually looked like that rather than a glorified fisher price toy.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661202)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:44am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.


We was really quite good in Windblade #4! :D

Windblade is one of the few items left on my list to catch up on.

And yes, the voyager CW prime figure is quite the letdown. :-(
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661231)
Posted by Shuttershock on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:39am CDT
Y'know, Prime. If you really want to keep the peace, quit picking fights in the Deceptighetto!
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661232)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:42am CDT
I like CW Prime. He's not my favorite and he could be improved but he's ok. I only bought one of him...rather than the 3 AoE EM Prime.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661244)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:23am CDT
I wonder if optimus maximus will appear as a power up for optimus at the end of the event. Looking forward to this
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1661538)
Posted by padfoo on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:19pm CDT
Shuttershock wrote:Y'know, Prime. If you really want to keep the peace, quit picking fights in the Deceptighetto!


So true, at least send your subordinates to do it!
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1662746)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 14th, 2015 @ 3:57pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.


We was really quite good in Windblade #4! :D

Also, thanks to humble bundle, Ive been catching up and just read the part where Starscream takes out Turmoil. Badassness achived. 8)
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663050)
Posted by Va'al on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:11pm CDT
How do the Combiner Wars begin? Find out in the Comic Book Resources full preview to Opening Salvo of the new story arc in The Transformers #39, out this week with IDW Publishing, as the story links Cybertron, to Earth, to Caminus, to maybe so much more. Make sure to return to Seibertron.com, though, for a review of the issue!

Transformers #39—Combiner Wars Opening Salvo—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Tying in with Hasbro’s 2015 Transformers: Generations toy line, this 6-part epic will be supported across multiple media platforms!
STARSCREAM’s scheming collides with WINDBLADE’s past!
OPTIMUS PRIME takes control!
Who will be the first Combiner to strike?
Continues in this month’s TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE—COMBINER WARS #1
Variant Cover by Transformers game and toy artist Sara Pitre-Durocher!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663057)
Posted by Flashwave on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:40pm CDT
I love how 3 of the 5 page previews are catch up. Was really hoping there was something here besides what we saw in the Apple preview to tide me over before release
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663058)
Posted by dragons on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:50pm CDT
like how prime is slender lokoing compared to his fat bulky voyager looking shelf does his mean prime may become combiner since he have same look as voyager toy?
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663062)
Posted by Va'al on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:07pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:I love how 3 of the 5 page previews are catch up. Was really hoping there was something here besides what we saw in the Apple preview to tide me over before release


I know, that gets to me every time as well. Sigh.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663067)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:14pm CDT
I love how droll the naming conventions on the roll call page are; it's like opening for rocky horror. Combiner Wars; Starring
Starscream (Ruler of Cybertron),
Optimus Prime (A Hero),
Windblade (A heroine),
Wheeljack (A Rival Scientist)
And Meatloaf as Motormaster (a combiner leader)
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663219)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:21pm CDT
Not that I don't like Ramondelli's art, but the stuff I've seen from Sarah Stones part of Combiner Wars makes me wish she and Griffith were the 2 working on this. Stone's art and Ramondelli's are just too far apart to truly blend together, and I feel Griffith would fit better. That Caminus preview we saw of Stone's was amazing too. She did a great job with Windblade and I look forward to her part of the story.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars - A Livio Ramondelli Ongoing Insight (1663228)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:50pm CDT
The Combiner Wars may just be getting started but Amazon has a pre-order for those who like their comics in collected Trade Paperback form. Transformers: Combiner Wars collects issues #39-41 of Transformers as well as the first three issues of Transformers: Windblade-Combiner Wars. This Trade is 152 pages has a scheduled release date of August 25, 2015. There is currently no cover image available.

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