IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 5:06am CDT

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We have seen a tiny preview for this week's first issue of the returning Transformers: Windblade series, also serving as the second chapter of Combiner Wars - but how about another couple of pages to get some more hype up? Check them out below, and head back here to Seibertron.com for a review tomorrow!

Transformers: Windblade #1 (of 3)—Combiner Wars Part One—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
THE WAR BEGINS! The first strike in COMBINER WARS is against WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and she’s not happy about it! Her long- lost CYBERTRONIAN colony is found… and the only thing that can protect it is SUPERION.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The creative team from the first smash-hit WINDBLADE series returns!
WINDBLADE is the biggest new TRANSFORMERS character in years—don’t miss out!
All the drama and pathos of the original WINDBLADE series—plus more COMBINERS!
Variant Cover by Transformers game and toy artist Sara Pitre-Durocher!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666200)
Posted by prjkt on March 24th, 2015 @ 7:05am CDT
did Dreadwing/Depthcharge (whoever that is) just get crushed?
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666206)
Posted by Umbra on March 24th, 2015 @ 7:23am CDT
I find Blackjack's description on the roll call page particularly interesting as well
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666209)
Posted by CrankyOldTruck on March 24th, 2015 @ 7:36am CDT
prjkt wrote:did Dreadwing/Depthcharge (whoever that is) just get crushed?


That would be the polite way to put it, yes! :P
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666212)
Posted by Va'al on March 24th, 2015 @ 7:50am CDT
CrankyOldTruck wrote:
prjkt wrote:did Dreadwing/Depthcharge (whoever that is) just get crushed?


That would be the polite way to put it, yes! :P


It's a severe case of Pipes syndrome.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666236)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 24th, 2015 @ 8:34am CDT
I can't wait to read it! Menasor's face looks awesome in that panel.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666346)
Posted by Shuttershock on March 24th, 2015 @ 11:52am CDT
MENASOR HATE MACHINE WARS FACES!!!
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666348)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 24th, 2015 @ 11:56am CDT
Shuttershock wrote:MENASOR HATE MACHINE WARS FACES!!!



You sir, have just made me guffaw.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666372)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 24th, 2015 @ 1:23pm CDT
Can't wait to read this.
The art is amazing (As I have repeatedly addressed), and I love Menasor's head and Hot Shot and Afterburners looks are beautiful.
finally, Damn you Menasor! Afterburner looked really cool! Superion is gonna kick your A$$!! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666382)
Posted by Shuttershock on March 24th, 2015 @ 1:38pm CDT
D-Mamus_Prime wrote:Can't wait to read this.
The art is amazing (As I have repeatedly addressed), and I love Menasor's head and Hot Shot and Afterburners looks are beautiful.
finally, Damn you Menasor! Afterburner looked really cool! Superion is gonna kick your A$$!! :BOT:


Pssh, the hell you say!

Stunticons kick your aft!
Stunticons kick your face!
Stunticons kick your bearings into OU-TER-SPAAACE!

:P
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666411)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 24th, 2015 @ 2:35pm CDT
Shuttershock wrote:
D-Mamus_Prime wrote:Can't wait to read this.
The art is amazing (As I have repeatedly addressed), and I love Menasor's head and Hot Shot and Afterburners looks are beautiful.
finally, Damn you Menasor! Afterburner looked really cool! Superion is gonna kick your A$$!! :BOT:


Pssh, the hell you say!

Stunticons kick your aft!
Stunticons kick your face!
Stunticons kick your bearings into OU-TER-SPAAACE!

:P

Aerialbots will grab stunticons,
CARRY them to outerspace,
And then drop them where they SHATTER WITH NO HOPE OF BEING PUT BACK IN PLACE! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666512)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 24th, 2015 @ 5:21pm CDT
You know, Sarah Stone's art has actually improved if you can wrap your head around it. It was good before but now it just seems even better.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666545)
Posted by Deadput on March 24th, 2015 @ 6:24pm CDT
prjkt wrote:did Dreadwing/Depthcharge (whoever that is) just get crushed?



It's G2 Afterburner.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666636)
Posted by Triptykon on March 25th, 2015 @ 12:03am CDT
Love that Swindle is inspired by his Transformers Animated iteration. Rewatched the final season of animated, and, while I didn't care much for it when the first season originally aired, it is now one of my favorite Transformers runs.

Been back collecting figures from this line, and kicking myself in the ass for not picking up Rodimus the only time I ever saw one at retail right after the show ended.

Maybe this year at Chicago Comic-Con I'll find one, last year I picked up Jetstorm and Jetfire. Love em. :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666662)
Posted by prjkt on March 25th, 2015 @ 2:13am CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:
prjkt wrote:did Dreadwing/Depthcharge (whoever that is) just get crushed?



It's G2 Afterburner.

Is that confirmed? Character seems to take design cues from all three characters.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666669)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 25th, 2015 @ 2:57am CDT
You know I was just thinking, with all these regards about a cybertonian empire and starscream becoming even more power hungry, I wonder if it will turn out that Jihaxus is in control, and we're seeing the plot after combiner wars laid out.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666675)
Posted by Va'al on March 25th, 2015 @ 4:28am CDT
We Caminus, We Sawinus, We..
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE WAR BEGINS! The first strike in COMBINER WARS is against WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and she’s not happy about it! Her long- lost CYBERTRONIAN colony is found… and the only thing that can protect it is SUPERION.

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And of course, Alpha Bravo


Story

Last week's Opening Salvo to Combiner Wars highlighted the major players and stages for the IDW event to take place, but it's with the first issue of a returning Windblade series (reuniting its creative team, if briefly) that the refuse really hits the propeller. And you can blame Swindle again, of course.

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..or can you?


Mairghread Scott, one half of the plotting team behind the event with John Barber, takes the writing duties as seriously and as cruelly as she can, with death death rampage, death, destruction, no gardening, a bit more destruction and, on a different side altogether, talks of religion, diplomacy, incorporation and assimilation, politics and cultural differences - and makes both sides work really really well, if sometimes a little disjointed due to two worlds almost literally clashing.

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ALL THE BACK-UP


Swindle is still pretty glorious all the way through this issue too, though the spotlight goes to Windblade unsurprisingly, and her political, diplomatic (with an edge) skills as a Camien and a Cityspeaker - as opposed to the machinations of Starscream or war-like leadership of Optimus Prime. The interactions and moments that the three have are wonderful, and at times smirk-inducing, as a result.

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And some dynamics never really die


What the issues offers, then, other than some mighty fine scenes of destruction and good old fashioned imperial foreign policy, is a glimpse into how different strands of continuities are addressed as belief systems, how ex-Cybertronian societies have evolved very differently from their original soil, and how all of that, right now, holds a trepidantly unexpected set of consequences.

Art

Sarah Stone returns to interiors, too, and shows off some more lovely digital artwork, spreads, splashes, body language and physical/facial interactions corresponding and developing Scott's script ever so marvellously. Especially with the foregrounded characters, new Camien introductions and Starscream's undying quest for the perfectly suited chassis befitting his own ego.

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So haaard to choooose..


We had seen Stone's amazing work on chases and landscape type panels, and we are now also treated to bigger scale creatures that are not hanging from rafters in repair workshops - and the interactions between the big brutes. Coupled with some trademark contrasting chromatic effects, highlighting key moments in fights and heated exchanges.

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Dennis the Menasor


If at times, especially in the second half of the book, you might feel a little dazzled by the locations, Tom B. Long's letters are a godsend (heh), identifying not only voices but pinpointing the scenes with needed, fontastic accuracy. A slew of covers also allows to cover the multiplicity of worlds we're encountering, slowly, from the Travis Sengaus/Josh Burcham Devastator retailer variant, the Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente established Superion cover, Livio Ramondelli's poster Menasor - and the thumbnailed gorgeous Sara Pitre-Durocher Superion/Windblade variant.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There is a lot going on in this issue, even more than was the case in Opening Salvo. While it may not sit entirely well with some readers, the material Scott (with Barber) are covering is both established and a new take, new aspects and new introductions to the mythology, world-building and conventions of the until now Cybertron/Earth axis - with minor detours - of the Transformers fiction, thanks to the Way of the Flame and its repercussions among the governing side of Caminus. And it works, for this reviewer.

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Holy Mistress of Tall Flames, Batman


It is really good to see more Sarah Stone artwork too, and the fight scenes look great - but much like the writing aspect of the issue, it's what is going on around the fighting that is really the crux of the story. And trust me, you want to get all the engines running on multiple franchise continuities with this one, and revisit and reassess some older pacts that were made in light of the ongoing ark arc.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666694)
Posted by TimothyR on March 25th, 2015 @ 6:29am CDT
the next panel after the shot of the jets in pursuit should show how ridiculously far behind alpha bravo is, and showing how he's incapable of catching up with the jets.

then, they should murder him and bring slingshot back.
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666695)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 25th, 2015 @ 6:31am CDT
I see that Starscream is going to get the Jetfire toy mold. How sad. :-(
Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666699)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 25th, 2015 @ 6:45am CDT
TimothyR wrote:the next panel after the shot of the jets in pursuit should show how ridiculously far behind alpha bravo is, and showing how he's incapable of catching up with the jets.

then, they should murder him and bring slingshot back.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Combiner Wars Windblade #1 Full Preview (1666701)
Posted by Tigertrack on March 25th, 2015 @ 6:59am CDT
Now wishing I had never made that GOT connection. Can't stop unseeing it.

It's good stuff. Enjoying your reviews as always Vaal. The Blackjack and Starscream interactions confuse me slightly... But I think I get the gist of it, and if so... Stupid, Starscream just have to continuously stir the pot. I wonder if he is bored because of actually achieving his goal of being ruler. Trying to strengthen his power base I suppose. I don't know how nobody has taken him out yet...I guess people/Cybertronians must like him better than I do.

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