IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 3:49am CDT

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The second IDW Transformers comic being released this week looks at a very different past, through the words and memories of unknown variable Alpha Trion - read on below to find out more about Robots in Disguise #34, including a full preview, and head back later this week for the Seibertron.com review!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Andrew Griffith (a)
THE ENIGMA! At last… the secret origins of CYBERTRON’s golden age are revealed to OPTIMUS PRIME—and what he learns changes everything about the AUTOBOTS’ mission on Earth!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The greatest secret in AUTOBOT history? Or the greatest secret anywhere? You decide!
30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Ken Christiansen!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1615526)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on October 21st, 2014 @ 5:15am CDT
i hope we get a new galvatron toy soon
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1615709)
Posted by Dark Ops on October 21st, 2014 @ 5:02pm CDT
Ugh... if you're going to show a moon landing site, don't leave the crew section on the lander. Or if you do, have the good grace to show the corpses so we know this one was supposed to look that way. :HEADHURTS:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1615842)
Posted by Va'al on October 22nd, 2014 @ 3:03am CDT
Dark Side of Future's Past - The Return
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE ENIGMA! At last… the secret origins of CYBERTRON’s golden age are revealed to OPTIMUS PRIME—and what he learns changes everything about the AUTOBOTS’ mission on Earth!

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They're off to meet Michael Bay!


Story

After a month's pause to take a look at Cybertron and whatever mess is taking place over there, we return to Earth's orbit to check in with Alpha Trion, Optimus Prime and whatever mess is about to go down here - by looking at what happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... if you're new to the Transformers, that is. Though there is plenty for veteran fans, too. Read on!

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Ah, the good old days


The frame of the issue is the conversation between Alpha Trion and Optimus, as they take a wander over the dark side of the moon (oh-ho), to discuss important things of importance, without anyone listening in - and we finally find out the role that Trion has played since forever in the shape of Cybertron and its lineage.

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"..and now you tell me you're Professor X?!"


Which leads us nicely into a long flashback of the early days of Cybertron, with Galvatron running around chopping people to bits and decapitating others, stabbing, slashing and generally being his usual killing machine self. The 'twist' however, is that he has a perfectly good reason to do so, and we discover just how far the Enigma teased in the synopsis goes, and what it has to do with Earth and some old frie-- ene-- frenemies.

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Plus this guy


John Barber's dialogue and characterisation in this issue are great: from Skylynx' wonderful quips, to characters calling out each other's pompous formalities, to seeds of deception and scheming planted in some key players of the past, to the roundedness of Galvatron and the deceitfulness of Alpha Trion, and that's without considering the source material being drawn upon for the flashback's plot, and really setting the stage for Combiner Wars.


Art

In addition to all of that, Livio Ramondelli is really on top form with the artwork: there's a lighter, cleaner feel even to some of the busier battle scenes (though some make Galvatron look a bit too powerhouse-y, but that's writer's choice), there is a nice use of reference material again, in both toy form and pre-existing fiction, and some great body language deployed.

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DRAMATIC REVEAL


Also, the lighting and colour used for the contrast between the past and present is switched compared to usual, with dark used for Trion and Optimus' conversation on the Moon, and a lot of light shining over Galvatron's battles. Combine that with some great panel layouts, a cinematographic style of composition, angles and shots, and you have a visually pleasing issue indeed.

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Keeping things in perspective


Tom B. Long returns on lettering, choosing some very well placed addition contrast in caption boxes and dialogue bubbles, with a smattering of great sound effects throughout the book. All serves to further identify the separation and similarity of the different stages, and it all works perfectly. The two main covers by Andrew Griffith and Josh Perez, and Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente also do a great job of hyping up the Galvatron element, and it is a great part of the issue - but don't miss out on the stunning Ken Christiansen 30th anniversary variant (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

I have tried hard to not give away any of the major plot points, names of key characters, storylines or references, as I think this issue needs to be enjoyed as a new exploration of Cybertron's past in the comfort of personal reading. But I also believe fans of different Transformers continuities will really enjoy the various parts of fiction that are touched upon, and how Barber brings them all under the one issue.

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Without leaping to conclusions


Ramondelli's art does some great things with Barber's writing, too, and accomplishes some nice visual clarity and dynamism needed for the warrior 'king' Galvatron. It also gets closer in its shading and hues as the past and present become darker and darker as they converge, with a great final sting tying us back to the running thread of RID so far. As we get ever closer to the beginning of Combiner Wars, this issue does great things to actually make me look forwards to it. Well played.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1616026)
Posted by padfoo on October 22nd, 2014 @ 5:51pm CDT
I am really liking what I see here Ramondelli's art has some extra cleanliness about it this time.
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1616038)
Posted by 1984forever on October 22nd, 2014 @ 7:44pm CDT
"Only a Prime can kill a Prime".

Galvatron killed Nexus Prime.

Galvatron serves no master (Prime).

Galvatron is the missing Megatronus reformatted!
Re: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #34 Full Preview (1616457)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on October 24th, 2014 @ 7:18am CDT
1984forever wrote:"Only a Prime can kill a Prime".

Galvatron killed Nexus Prime.

Galvatron serves no master (Prime).

Galvatron is the missing Megatronus reformatted!

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