IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character

Transformers News: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 7:27PM CDT

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We have a pair of news pieces to bring to you tonight related to the new IDW Transformers series.

Up first, we have a new cover to share with you for Issue #7 of the series! This cover comes to us from Christian Ward, and features Orion Pax in his Siege Leader toy's inner robot design that he is using in the comics. Issue 7 is currently solicited to come out in June.

And the other piece of news is a pretty cool little bit of information for those who enjoyed the original IDW run. Andrew Griffith has announced that he will be doing some artwork for the interiors of the upcoming Issue 4, which currently looks to be due May 1st. Griffith also has the honor, courtesy of the issue and pages he will be drawing, of designing a brand new character for us! While he cannot share her name or really anything about her yet, he was able to share with us her design, which looks pretty dang cool!

Check out the cover and the new yet-to-be-named character below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018658)
Posted by Wireless_Phantom on April 10th, 2019 @ 7:54pm CDT
I like the design. I hope we get a figure of it.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018659)
Posted by avarathriul on April 10th, 2019 @ 7:56pm CDT
Mistress of Flame?
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018683)
Posted by Flashwave on April 10th, 2019 @ 9:58pm CDT
Wonder of thats the new xharacter Termagax or whatever its spelled
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018692)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on April 10th, 2019 @ 11:17pm CDT
avarathriul wrote:Mistress of Flame?
yup, looks a lot like her, but those wings also look a bit like deathsarus
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018710)
Posted by Latebrus-K on April 11th, 2019 @ 7:24am CDT
Flashwave wrote:Wonder of thats the new xharacter Termagax or whatever its spelled

^^This. Looks like she may have a beast mode, too? Seems different from everything we've seen thus far, including other newcomers.

Edit: That Optimus cover is the last thing you see before you die
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018765)
Posted by TrypticonCarne on April 11th, 2019 @ 8:52pm CDT
fun fact the gun Optimus is holding in the cover is the gun from the leader toy
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Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018811)
Posted by DeadCaL on April 12th, 2019 @ 2:03pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Image


I like her dingly danglies :D

She's giving me an Airazor vibe. But then I barely remember Beastwars other than the bit with Ravage it in :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018869)
Posted by Windsweeper on April 13th, 2019 @ 11:28am CDT
DeadCaL wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Image


I like her dingly danglies :D

She's giving me an Airazor vibe. But then I barely remember Beastwars other than the bit with Ravage it in :lol:


I got an Airazor vibe too. Be nice to see her in modern fiction. It's probably not her but it is a cool design.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2018870)
Posted by Windsweeper on April 13th, 2019 @ 11:29am CDT
DeadCaL wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Image


I like her dingly danglies :D

She's giving me an Airazor vibe. But then I barely remember Beastwars other than the bit with Ravage it in :lol:


I got an Airazor vibe too. Be nice to see her in modern fiction. It's probably not her but it is a cool design.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019031)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 15th, 2019 @ 6:59pm CDT
Windsweeper wrote:I got an Airazor vibe too. Be nice to see her in modern fiction. It's probably not her but it is a cool design.

There was an Airazor in the previous IDW continuity, and she played a pretty decent part in the final 3 or 4 years of the series as the representative of her world to the Council of Worlds on Cybertron
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019337)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2019 @ 6:54pm CDT
Straight from IDW themselves, we have word that the new IDW Transformers #1 is getting a second run! The new Transformers continuity has reached issue #3 as of this week, and apparently it's first issue was a strong one, as we are getting a re-print of the pilot issue. The re-print is due for release on June 5, not too long after issue #6 is expected to be released.

You can check out the press release below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

IDW Proudly Announces Transformers #1 Second Printing After Sold-Out Debut Issue

Overwhelming Support from Fans and Retailers Marks Success for IDW Publishing’s 2019 Comic Book Relaunch

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 18, 2019) – IDW Publishing announces today that Transformers #1, the start of a bold new era of Transformers comic book continuity, has sold out at the distributor level. Due to its broad appeal, the swift sales of Transformers #1 has prompted a new printing of the issue, slated for release on June 5th.

"The response to the new Transformers series has been amazing," says editor David Mariotte. "For a franchise with such a rich history — not just here, but in so many mediums — the first issue was something we knew we had to get right and it's incredibly gratifying to me, the incredible creative team, the fine folks at Hasbro, and probably to Rubble and Bumblebee that so many people have jumped on-board. We have a lot more coming!"

Written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Cachét Whitman, the new Transformers series explores a critical time in Cybertron’s history: a world at peace, shaken by the first act of violence in generations. As a murder mystery unfolds, young Rubble and his mentor Bumblebee must come to grips with swirling conspiracies shattering the harmony of the society they hold so dear.

This bold new era of Transformers comics builds upon IDW Publishing’s fourteen years of storytelling with this beloved Hasbro brand. Delicately balancing action with startlingly personal drama, IDW’s Transformers comics have earned a fiercely loyal fanbase and much critical acclaim. The fresh new take of the bi-weekly Transformers series is designed to appeal to longtime fans and curious newcomers alike.

For information on how to secure copies of the Transformers #1 second printing (MAR198350) and subsequent issues, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.


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Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019338)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2019 @ 6:55pm CDT
Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019343)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 18th, 2019 @ 7:32pm CDT
Thanks to Jeffrey Veregge on Twitter, have a new cover to share with you today for the new IDW Transformers series! The Veregge cover is a continuation of the Travel Poster series, and this time features the Winged Moon and the Tether that featured in Transformers #2. The cover proudly asked the reader to "Take the Sky Bridge Today!" and features an interesting color palette for Cybertron and its satellite. This cover is for Issue #6 of the series, which will be due out in late May of this year.

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

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Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019373)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 19th, 2019 @ 6:43am CDT
Maybe a lot little less pop culture referencing and more focus on an engaging narrative? >:oP
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019405)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 19th, 2019 @ 3:11pm CDT
It's not really an accomplishment for a first issue to a popular series to sell out. Get beyond the first arc with results like that and you're noteworthy.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019420)
Posted by Burn on April 19th, 2019 @ 6:19pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019500)
Posted by RobRobRobRobRob on April 21st, 2019 @ 7:36pm CDT
Good day, fellow Seibertronians! The fourth issue of the current Transformers Ongoing is scheduled to appear on your store shelves this week, despite the late release of last issue, and IDW Manager and Senior Editor Tom Waltz has seen fit to offer us a sampling of IDW's next issue via his twitter. The image features Chromia in her alternate mode, Orion Pax gazing into the night, Megatron and Soundwave leering, and a sulking Bumblebee. Take a look below, and tell us what you think in the forums below. Be sure to stay tuned this week to Seibertron.com for more Transformers news and reviews!

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Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019544)
Posted by ScottyP on April 22nd, 2019 @ 9:23am CDT
Burn wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Yeah second printings are great PR and usually a sign that there have been enough reorders to justify another run. It's also easy to print ten copies and declare a triumphant sellout at the distributor level.

The most recent second printings: TF vs Visionaries 1 after about 6,000 copies of the first printing were sold to shops, Unicron 1 over double that and Unicron 2 up over 9,000 - though please be sure to read the disclaimer on those links' destination as these are limited estimate numbers, best anyone can do though. The point is that we don't know yet if this indicates a roaring success or a small run.

My guess is that issue 1 probably did sell a ton (by TF comic standards) but the attrition rate is going to be painful to witness when we get beyond issue 3, assuming 4 continues the same pacing.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019545)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 22nd, 2019 @ 9:27am CDT
Marvel (and DC) relaunch constantly because slapping "#1" on the cover is an effective marketing tool to lure in the new reader.
Re: IDW Transformers News - Christian Ward Cover for #7, Andrew Griffith Reveals New Character (2019616)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 22nd, 2019 @ 6:14pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Burn wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Much like Visionaries #1, I feel this only sold out because of the death on the last page

Or they just didn't print enough copies.
Yeah second printings are great PR and usually a sign that there have been enough reorders to justify another run. It's also easy to print ten copies and declare a triumphant sellout at the distributor level.

The most recent second printings: TF vs Visionaries 1 after about 6,000 copies of the first printing were sold to shops, Unicron 1 over double that and Unicron 2 up over 9,000 - though please be sure to read the disclaimer on those links' destination as these are limited estimate numbers, best anyone can do though. The point is that we don't know yet if this indicates a roaring success or a small run.

My guess is that issue 1 probably did sell a ton (by TF comic standards) but the attrition rate is going to be painful to witness when we get beyond issue 3, assuming 4 continues the same pacing.

I really think Issue 4 is going to be the make or break. 2 and 3 went slow, and if you have a 3rd issue in a row where things don't grab attention, then that to me is strike 3 and a lot check out.

Which is sad, I hate watching something fall flat and disappoint.

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