IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 1:23AM CDT

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Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain
Thanks to a post to artist Clayton Crain's website we've learned of an alternate cover to Transformers: Galaxies #1. Mr. Crain has certainly constructed an amazing piece of art showing the king of the Combiners in mid assembly. The issue is written by Tyler Bleszinski with art by long time Transformer artist Livio Ramondelli. The issue is expected to ship next month which is just a few weeks away. Also shown below is the finalized art for the regular retail cover, and also an interview with the writer and artist from the San Diego Comic Con last month where they go into detail of their own personal histories with the characters. Enjoy the images and as always share your view with the Seibertron crew in the forums. Make sure to stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

Finalized regular retail cover for issue #1:
Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain

Interview from SDCC from pexelatedgeek.com with Tyler Bleszinski and Livio Ramondelli from the SDCC2019:


Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain


Cover for issue #2:
Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain

Transformers News: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain
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Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034847)
Posted by soundwave765 on August 17th, 2019 @ 2:04am CDT
Artwork looks great. Im very interested in this series and where it goes. Do we know if it's a mini series or another, longer run?
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034850)
Posted by Agent 53 on August 17th, 2019 @ 2:25am CDT
soundwave765 wrote:Artwork looks great. Im very interested in this series and where it goes. Do we know if it's a mini series or another, longer run?

The way I understood I think it's sort of like the old Spotlight stuff, but instead of a series of one shots, it's effectively a collection of mini series focused on different characters. According to the wiki after the Constructicons they'll be looking at Cliffjumper, then Arcee, then Ultra Magnus.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034863)
Posted by soundwave765 on August 17th, 2019 @ 9:46am CDT
Thanks! That would be nice. A bit more bread and butter to the characters versus a one shot. Now I'm really optimistic about this series.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034864)
Posted by Stargrave on August 17th, 2019 @ 10:19am CDT
soundwave765 wrote:Thanks! That would be nice. A bit more bread and butter to the characters versus a one shot. Now I'm really optimistic about this series.


Hey Soundwave we’ve done a few articles about this so far including a way cool panel interview from SDCC2019 just go up to the main forums and type in Galaxies and that should pull you up everything we’ve got so far. Hope that helps ;)^ if you’re this excited now wait till you hear the writers talk about the issues coming down the road. It totally got me pumped.

This series is looking like it has a lot of potential and I believe is currently planned as a 12 issue maxi-series but I could easily see this going beyond that.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034866)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 17th, 2019 @ 10:43am CDT
This mini series, in concept, does open up a really maligned idea of Transformers and Combiner Teams specifically. What they actually do, their role within Cybertronian society? Why "Constructicons": Obvious yet ignored explanation: They are the builders of Cybertron!

If Galaxies follows through with this concept, it could literally add the last untapped concept of depth to the G1 characters.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034867)
Posted by Stargrave on August 17th, 2019 @ 10:47am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:This mini series, in concept, does open up a really maligned idea of Transformers and Combiner Teams specifically. What they actually do, their role within Cybertronian society? Why "Constructicons": Obvious yet ignored explanation: They are the builders of Cybertron!

If Galaxies follows through with this concept, it could literally add the last untapped concept of depth to the G1 characters.


Exciting stuff right? Gets me all goosebumpy :lol:

I’m totally ready for it.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034871)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 17th, 2019 @ 10:52am CDT
Stargrave wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:This mini series, in concept, does open up a really maligned idea of Transformers and Combiner Teams specifically. What they actually do, their role within Cybertronian society? Why "Constructicons": Obvious yet ignored explanation: They are the builders of Cybertron!

If Galaxies follows through with this concept, it could literally add the last untapped concept of depth to the G1 characters.


Exciting stuff right? Gets me all goosebumpy :lol:

I’m totally ready for it.


Infinitely more interesting than the lame duck that is the Regular Series...
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034876)
Posted by Stargrave on August 17th, 2019 @ 11:18am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
Stargrave wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:This mini series, in concept, does open up a really maligned idea of Transformers and Combiner Teams specifically. What they actually do, their role within Cybertronian society? Why "Constructicons": Obvious yet ignored explanation: They are the builders of Cybertron!

If Galaxies follows through with this concept, it could literally add the last untapped concept of depth to the G1 characters.


Exciting stuff right? Gets me all goosebumpy :lol:

I’m totally ready for it.


Infinitely more interesting than the lame duck that is the Regular Series...


The Spotlights kind of served as a bridge in a lot of ways in the prior run wouldn’t you say? Very much from that first phase into the gosh would it be Dark Cybertron? It’s starting to all blur together. I’m wondering if there may be a similar template at play here. Like time to kick things up. Maybe. We’ll see. The regular series has me not wanting to get my hopes up too much.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034878)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 17th, 2019 @ 11:28am CDT
The -Ations intermixed with the Spotlights, was one of the most creative and innovative ways I've seen, to establish world building very quickly. The first phase (Origin up until Last Stand of The Wreckers) was probably the best Transformers has ever been, in print.

Having read quite a bit of the post-Death of Optimue Prime, via the part work now, I don't rate any of it as comparable. In my view (just like IDW 2.0) they either lost sight of or didn't know how to convey Transformers stories. So they just told the stories they wanted to tell and slapped Transformers likenesses and branding on top of it.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034901)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 17th, 2019 @ 4:45pm CDT
Personality I rate the stuff after death of Optimus Prime better then before ;) then the pre all hail Megatron series (-ations series and spotlights) then AHM and most of the Costa run. But of course this is all opinions.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034902)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 17th, 2019 @ 5:04pm CDT
The thing with MTMTE/RiD/LL/OP/TAAO I found, with different character designs, is they could be anything. LSoTW, -Ations, Origin, Spotlights (well, most of them) etc have an unmistakable Transformers air/vibe to them. I think the post-DoOP stuff was more interested in being quirky, with slapstick comedy and GoT type intrigue, than in sticking to the source material. I've said before, Furman left virtually everything from Headmasters to Micromasters to Pretenders, in play following Spotlight: Sideswipe. They literally had the entire Transformers toybox open to them and what did they do with it? Absolutely nothing...

Just like IDW 2.0
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034903)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 17th, 2019 @ 5:19pm CDT
Maybe thought that's why they didn't touch them? Because Furman had used them? Using Hasbro's characters is one thing (and bowing to their authority on certain issues like character designs matching forthcoming toys or forced appearances) but having to stick by a previous writers limitations is another. I'm glad the writers did their own things, every creator should leave their mark. I'd say that is a, big problem with version 2, that the writers aren't leaving a mark. Again though, this is just opinions. Clearly some people do like this version as otherwise they wouldn't have had to do reprints of so many issues
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034905)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 17th, 2019 @ 5:33pm CDT
That's just it, Furman's run didn't leave "limitations", instead he basically said "They're all here, all canon in this universe. Feel free to use whoever you like". The only latter characters he put any development into were the Pretenders, via Stormbringer. Even then, it was superficial characterisation at best. I just think the last era of IDWverse thought the limitation was the Source Material. Hence all the nonsensical retcons that were never necessary for a series that was barely a decade old.

Reprints are not always indicative of sales either. Sometimes it is just a sign of limited supply.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2034962)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 18th, 2019 @ 4:50pm CDT
I really like that Crain cover, it's pretty good!

I'm interested to see where Galaxies takes us. It has an interesting concept, I want to see it followed through on
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2035002)
Posted by serre prime on August 19th, 2019 @ 1:30am CDT
awesome cover, all the détails are very impressive.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2035201)
Posted by Stargrave on August 21st, 2019 @ 2:01pm CDT
IDW is really letting the green and purple fly with a series of Transformers Galaxies: Constructicons Rising promotional material. First off we have two exclusive covers for issue #1 by story arc artist Livio Ramondelli. Livio posted both of these to his account on Twitter. The covers, one in line art, one completed, depict the king of the Combiners sitting on a throne of fallen Autobots. These are exclusive through Torpedo comics and can be found here. They are limited to only 500 copies so act fast and don't miss out!
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Then just this morning on the official IDW Twitter they have posted two slick Constructicon Wallpapers!
From the post: "They built Cybertron’s gleaming spires, but were erased from the planet’s history. Where did the Constructicons go... and what are they planning? Get ready for TRANSFORMERS: GALAXIES with these wallpapers! Pre-order the series with your local comic shop! --comicshoplocator.com"

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The title is due out September 29th. Do you feel the excitement building? Are you assembling your comic stacks and making room for Transformers Galaxies at the top? Are you ready to get totally Devastated by Devastator? Let us know in the forum and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2035202)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 21st, 2019 @ 2:07pm CDT
Yikes, well those exclusive covers look awful. The head looks terrible and the angle is all kinds of wrong. Livio's art in a nutshell, I guess. >:oP


At least those wallpapers look decent.
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2035238)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 21st, 2019 @ 6:39pm CDT
Damn... I love that cover of Devastator on a throne of the dead. That is sweeeeeeet! Livio does some great work.

also really enjoy those Casey Coller covers, might make the one my phone wallpaper for a bit
Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2036159)
Posted by Stargrave on August 28th, 2019 @ 4:35pm CDT
Thanks to a new post to Graphic Policy we have a full preview for IDW's Transformers issue #11 due out this week. Per the rundown from Graphic Policy:
"Chromia and Windblade raid a Rise base in search for clues about the identity of Brainstorm’s murderer, only to be discovered—and the Rise isn’t happy. Meanwhile, Bumblebee sees his first bit of action as the Ascenticon Guard is called to defend a building under siege!"

Enjoy the preview pages and alternate covers mirrored below and be sure to share your thoughts in the forum. And as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

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Re: IDW Transformers Galaxies Issue 1 Alternate Cover by Clayton Crain (2036161)
Posted by Decepticon Stryker on August 28th, 2019 @ 5:48pm CDT
Seeing Slipstream's name gives me hope of a new figure. Hopefully not just a straight recolor of the seeker mold.

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