IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Monday, August 24th, 2015 11:55am CDT

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Coming up this week from IDW Publishing is the second issue of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise comics series, running alongside the story seen in the soon to be ending first season of the animated show, in the US at least (as much of the rest of the world has seen the finale already). Check out the full preview below - because who needs embargo dates when you're Newsarama, right? Seibertron.com review coming on Wednesday, too.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #2
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
All-new stories based on the hit animated series!
As promoted on Free Comic Book Day!
Fan-favorite characters who appear only in this comic book!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720489)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 24th, 2015 @ 12:01pm CDT
"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720505)
Posted by Va'al on August 24th, 2015 @ 12:14pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720510)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 24th, 2015 @ 12:36pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.
Well, other countries haven't gotten the finale on TV yet either.

The first place to get the finale was iTunes. :-P
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720548)
Posted by Flashwave on August 24th, 2015 @ 2:59pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.



Just remember which continent the center of the universe this website is built on :-P
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720670)
Posted by Deadput on August 25th, 2015 @ 12:15am CDT
Hey Spoke and Curly in the last panel
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720712)
Posted by Va'al on August 25th, 2015 @ 7:44am CDT
Flashwave wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.



Just remember which continent the center of the universe this website is built on :-P


Brainstorm's briefcase?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720752)
Posted by Madeus Prime on August 25th, 2015 @ 11:07am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.



Just remember which continent the center of the universe this website is built on :-P


Brainstorm's briefcase?


It's Alpha Bravo you numpty.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720758)
Posted by Va'al on August 25th, 2015 @ 11:23am CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:"Recently ended"? Image

Not in America, at least.


I forget you forget the world exists outside that landmass sometimes.


Fiiiiiiiiine, I'll fix it.



Just remember which continent the center of the universe this website is built on :-P


Brainstorm's briefcase?


It's Alpha Bravo you numpty.


Unless Roberts changes it again.
Image
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720760)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 25th, 2015 @ 11:29am CDT
In all seriousness, has any country in the world gotten the season 1 finale aired on TV yet?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720766)
Posted by Va'al on August 25th, 2015 @ 11:54am CDT
France, I believe.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720813)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 25th, 2015 @ 2:26pm CDT
Brainstorms briefcase is the center of all universes, the multiverse!

And IDK if the finale has aired anywhere but online yet. wouldnt think so :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720934)
Posted by Va'al on August 26th, 2015 @ 6:42am CDT
The Magic Con Bus
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?

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Can they even deal?


Story

With only a couple of weeks left until the end of season one of the animated series, the second issue of Robots in Disguise still falls a little behind plot-wise, but Georgia Ball delivers an entertaining, intriguing and suspenseful enough script to keep interest even in older readers.

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..and what?!


After my own heart, the humour - a Cybertronian perspective on Earthling behaviour, media and general popular culture - allows for a number of puns, plays on concepts, wordplay via Fixit's pixlexia (yes yes yes I know that's not it but bear with me). All within a frame that does not jar with the silliness, at all.

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Legit assessment


Additionally, it keeps the light side in the running mystery we had been made aware of since the FCBD issue #0. While team Prime does make its appearance, and that is not spoiling anything, something else is definitely afoot with the various cast members, and Ultra Magnus in particular. Plus another special cameo, too...

Art

Priscilla Tramontano delivers an excellent arrangement of panels - though I might have some comments at a later stage on the fluidity of the layouts - with some fan-tastic cameos from across the multiple incarnations of the Transformers fictions, not only Prime. Plus, we get some magnificent expressivity across the entire board, from background to main cast.

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Oh hey Spike and Carly


You wanted a colourist? Well, you get three, as Tramontano is joined by the Joshes, Perez and Burcham, in colouring in her own linework. And as much as they usually have their own identifiable styles, the transitions and collaboration here are strikingly fluid. Which is never a bad thing, and leads to some excellently vibrant pages, in tone with the series.

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Express delivery!


Also, a title such as this one allow, nay, calls for some fun on the fonts and letters side of things, and Tom B. Long does not disappoint. Enjoying the multiple opportunities to play with soundwords and squiggles, Long adds the finishing touches of lightness even where scenes may get more serious. Cover-wise, Burcham returns from interior colours to overall cover work in the Subscription variant (thumbnailed), while Tramontano still has the great main cover we've seen for a while now.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Again, as for last month and the first issue, the target audience of the book is obvious, and may deter some of the older readers (who do have three other series at least, to be fair) - but what Ball brings to the table is the same good blend of lighthearted humour with enough of a twist to keep the mind intrigued and willing to go along for the (bus)ride.

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But no DINOPILE?


And of course, the visual result of Tramontano, Perez, Burcham and Long are a feast for the optic sensors, too. The vibrancy, cameos, hints, slapstick and more subtle humour are excellently enjoyable, and work well as a parallel reflection of the animated series - obviously with its own take, and all the better for it.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720950)
Posted by Noideaforaname on August 26th, 2015 @ 9:35am CDT
As someone who hates public buses, I feel obligated to pick this issue up.
(seriously, "bus turns into a rhino and fights a T rex" would be expected after some of the crap I've had to sit thru...)
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1720996)
Posted by durroth on August 26th, 2015 @ 1:50pm CDT
DeadCaL wrote:"Don't worry citizens, those giant robots attacking each other are just, erm... malfunctioning fairground... rides?"


Blackrock Entertainment presents: Five Nights at Fixit's
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1731846)
Posted by Va'al on October 6th, 2015 @ 2:02am CDT
This week's release from IDW Publishing sees the continuation of the parallel adventures of the cast of both Transformers Robots in Disguise and Transformers: Prime, as Bumblebee finds himself between the two teams. Come back on Wednesday for the Seibertron.com review!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #3
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
BUMBLEBEE’s investigation of a mysterious DECEPTICON’s past uncovers a new lead… but unraveling this mystery may not reveal the answer he wants to hear.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Based on the hit Cartoon Network television series!
All-ages Transformers adventures!
Featuring fan-favorite TRANSFORMERS PRIME characters ULTRA MAGNUS, ARCEE, and BULKHEAD you’ll only see here!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1731874)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 6th, 2015 @ 8:34am CDT
Poor Sideswipe. And another Buffaloid! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1731881)
Posted by psj333 on October 6th, 2015 @ 9:23am CDT
Upon viewing the RID2015 #3 of the comic book online, I've recently noticed that Steeljaw has just recently formed his own army by recruiting Springload, Bisk, and along many others, which leads me to believe that it is expected that the captured Decepticons would soon escape once again and join Steeljaw's group in order for him to form a powerful Decepticon army in Season 2, as shown in the comics. But what is really interesting to me is that there is another female Decepticon in the comic under the name, Overhead, which I don't know if she is really Terrashock's girlfriend or a direct relative of his. What I do already know is that Overhead is identical to that of Terrashock, only pink instead of orange. I do have a strong feeling that Overhead will likely appear in Season 2, have Terrashock released, and finally get revenge on the Autobots for what they had done to him. Do you really think that 3rd issue of this comic book will be most closely related to what will happen in Season 2? Ever since that the Cons were already and before prisoners, they were not organized, but I do believe that in Season 2, they definitely will be, thanks to Steeljaw and Kickback. :CON:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1731882)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 6th, 2015 @ 9:28am CDT
From what this preview has, I'm more inclined to say they simply share a body type, like Prowl, Bluestreak and Smokescreen, not any others sort of thing. Fixit even says they are buffaloids, a specific body style :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1731978)
Posted by Flashwave on October 6th, 2015 @ 3:29pm CDT
Wait. This dropped last week. I read it! Why are we getting the preview, or did Comixology goof?
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview (1735799)
Posted by Va'al on October 21st, 2015 @ 7:27pm CDT
Directly from the blog of Georgia Ball, the current writer for IDW Publishing's Transformers: Robots in Disguise (the cartoon tie-in of sorts) we have some sad news for the series, which has been confirmed as ending with issue #6 in December 2015. You can find out more about the decision and motivation behind this here, and snippets below.

I’ve been waiting for this question to come along so I can answer - Yes, we were not given the green light to continue the comic past six issues. I’m turning in the script for #6 tomorrow and it will be the last issue in the regular series.

There are a lot of factors that went into this:

1. Almost all comics are pitched in short sets even if they are solicited as ongoing.

[...]

2. Comics are sold to retailers, not fans.

[...]

3. It was not digital-first.

[...]

All of that said, the reviews were good and the fan response couldn’t have made me happier. Priscilla did a brilliant job and made everything easy. Hasbro LOVED this book and it’s possible more of it could come out in the future but I can’t give out any details! Thank you all so much for posting about the comic, sending me questions and letting me get to know you.

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