IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO

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Synopsis
PEACE IN OUR TIME! STARSCREAM and WINDBLADE have given everything to bring together CYBERTRON’s Lost Colonies into a Council Of Worlds. But when the increasingly brutal tactics of STARSCREAM’s secret police increase tension among the former DECEPTICONS… how long can the Council maintain this fragile peace?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
By sitting in circles!


Story

We've seen the actions and influence that Windblade, as a character, has brought to the Transformers universe in recent years, from her introduction in Dark Cybertron, the first story arc in the mini, the creation of the Council of Worlds in the second - let's get back to where it started, then and see what the new Starscream-led Cybertron is up to.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
Um...


Ironhide, actually, is the character getting the most page-time in this first issue, and a fitting choice it is: he's been a constant in the IDW verse, and he's gone through a lot of weird things, and as we know, is now at times a little lost in this new, wider world. Mairghread Scott uses Ironhide's almost neutral status as the pivot for a lot of the story, though sometimes misses his voice, as if unsure what he should be sounding like - which may, saying that now, be intentional given the above.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
Mellow banter


One of the points I'd question concerns the Combaticon crew, Brawl in particular - whom we've seen up until recent as being a big player for the new Decepticons (both Soundwave and Galvatron's sides), and is now suddenly not really doing much. But with the team being so crucial to the story, there may be more for him to shine again.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
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Windblade is prominent, of course, though not more than necessary, as the streets of Iacon and their inhabitants are really what's at the fore. The Badgeless, the ex-factions, the factionless, the newcomers from the ex-colonies - something is bound to happen, and something does, and Starscream may or may not know what is what, and who is where. And we get a reference to the big unsolved Chromia moment from the first trade, as a result, too.

Art

Sara Pitre Durocher is on the full art duties for the book (except for Revolution) and we ok - it's phenomenal work. Moving between body language, panel layouts, facial expressions, we get a very unsure Ironhide, a determined Windblade, a nasty Starscream and a truly ominous Obsidian. Each character has their own demeanour again, which is just. great.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
Variations on a theme of 'I want to murderkill you'


Priscilla Tramontano comes in with the mastery of colours, perfectly in sync with the linework, and playing wonderfully with tone and lighting, giving different hues and shades to the different locations. They're crisp, they're clean, they're clear, they're wonderfully appropriate. And the glow of the various optics - especially the Badgeless visors - is just great.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
And we get some great backgrounds, too


This is probably the first time I will say something negative about the lettering, once more by Tom B. Long: the order of some of the dialogues seems a little off on certain pages (e.g. the first Council session), which through me a little. That said, the rest of the work is its usual excellency! Let's look at the covers, then - not only is Pitre Durocher's main cast piece lusciously triumphant, we also have the more tone-appropriate Tramontano Batman Ironhide one, and Teyowisonte Thomas Deer bring his skills to another Pitre Durocher Metroplex/Windblade (thumbnail); plus, more exclusives from Alex Milne and Josh Perez than you can shake a piston at!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Scott has always had a penchant for the more horrorific storylines, and the start to this new chapter is nothing different: yes, it's a political crime thriller, touching on authoritarian brutality, perceptions of differences and discrimination, the turmoils of an increasingly populated planet - but we're going to chop people's heads on the way too. It's a hook, and it got me.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review
There, tied in


Pair that, and the rising tension between all the major players, with some excellent art - both in composition and in expression - from Pitre Durocher, and of course Tramontano's colours, and you have a very strong start to a new Cybertronian chapter, and one that I am extremely intrigued and invested in already. Just look at my signature on here. Someone lives.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797909)
Posted by Randomhero on June 15th, 2016 @ 7:51am CDT
This was a decent issue. Does a lot of good set up I'm hoping it keeps this way. Scott's first and second issues always stand out well but it always starts selling flat once it goes on. Hopefully with this being an ongoing that won't happen.

I liked blastoff, the one combaticon who has had no character at all in IDW, is getting so much attention. Once I saw the slingshot head I instantly thought "well there's going to be a lot of moaning about that" only for him to activate his mouth plate. That gave me a chuckle.

Glad to see this is not Windblade's book(for now). Honestly I'm just so burned out by her at the moment it's great to see so many other character shine. It really feels like the first dozen issues of RID ongoing. The politics is something I have missed a lot. Also nice to see obsidian for once is not a bunch of shapes that is just just colored solid blue. He actually looks great. Still wish he was a more greener blue to break up some of him though.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797911)
Posted by Va'al on June 15th, 2016 @ 7:58am CDT
Randomhero wrote:I liked blastoff, the one combaticon who has had no character at all in IDW, is getting so much attention. Once I saw the slingshot head I instantly thought "well there's going to be a lot of moaning about that" only for him to activate his mouth plate. That gave me a chuckle.


YES. That was a good little moment to address the issue - or maybe poke fun at it. I chuckled too.

[quote]Glad to see this is not Windblade's book(for now). Honestly I'm just so burned out by her at the moment it's great to see so many other character shine. It really feels like the first dozen issues of RID ongoing. The politics is something I have missed a lot.[/quote]

While we knew this was going to be the case, and I'm not tired of the character myself, I do agree with you that it's nice to see the wider world around the post-colony situation. Even the nameless characters in the various scenes get a chance to shine (for better or worse as the case may be), and it speaks to the size of scope that the books will have to play with. Let's hope for good things!

[quote] Also nice to see obsidian for once is not a bunch of shapes that is just just colored solid blue. He actually looks great. Still wish he was a more greener blue to break up some of him though.[/quote]

He a scary moddafodder.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797912)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 15th, 2016 @ 8:12am CDT
Besides my Brawl concerns, this was a great start!

I like Ironhide's new role in the world and it is good to see him get the attention he deserves. He's been in need of some more screen time seeing as how he has been a lighter used character since season 1 of RiD ended, and throwing him into the middle of the badgeless is a good idea.

I love Knockout OK? He is awesome and he is drawn awesome. But, Obsidian definitely rules this book with regards to the council so far. He is a figurehead, a floating one at that, and the fact that he comes from a colony whose very titan is still up for questioning considering who it is and why it isn't someone else makes me excited. I want to see how he goes through this. He has potential to be a big story character. And, as Va'al said, He's a bit intimidating
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797930)
Posted by Randomhero on June 15th, 2016 @ 9:28am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
Randomhero wrote:I liked blastoff, the one combaticon who has had no character at all in IDW, is getting so much attention. Once I saw the slingshot head I instantly thought "well there's going to be a lot of moaning about that" only for him to activate his mouth plate. That gave me a chuckle.


YES. That was a good little moment to address the issue - or maybe poke fun at it. I chuckled too.

[quote]Glad to see this is not Windblade's book(for now). Honestly I'm just so burned out by her at the moment it's great to see so many other character shine. It really feels like the first dozen issues of RID ongoing. The politics is something I have missed a lot.


While we knew this was going to be the case, and I'm not tired of the character myself, I do agree with you that it's nice to see the wider world around the post-colony situation. Even the nameless characters in the various scenes get a chance to shine (for better or worse as the case may be), and it speaks to the size of scope that the books will have to play with. Let's hope for good things!

[quote] Also nice to see obsidian for once is not a bunch o
f shapes that is just just colored solid blue. He actually looks great. Still wish he was a more greener blue to break up some of him though.[/quote]

He a scary moddafodder.[/quote]

She's just someone I'm tired of being told how amazing she is and her title of "fan favorite" when I've yet to see her do anything amazing other than not like starscream. She did nothing in her debut in Dark Cybetron, I wasnt thrilled with how she was handled in her own series and her contribution in Combiner Wars was 'stand there and give a line here and there and remind us you don't like starscream'. Remember how everyone felt that Drift was being choked down their throats 8 years ago? That's honestly how I feel with Windblade

"You created her two and half years ago so now you're going to get her in everything"
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797945)
Posted by Ironhidensh on June 15th, 2016 @ 9:55am CDT
Yeah, I don't really get the Windblade love either. Nautica, in the other hand, is vastly underused.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797948)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 15th, 2016 @ 10:01am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:Yeah, I don't really get the Windblade love either. Nautica, in the other hand, is vastly underused.

She honestly is my favorite of the female transformers and has become one of my favorite in fiction. She really deserves some attention and I'm glad she gets to be a main character over in MTMTE.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1797951)
Posted by Randomhero on June 15th, 2016 @ 10:04am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:Yeah, I don't really get the Windblade love either. Nautica, in the other hand, is vastly underused.



Nautica is an amazing character! She's wonderfully established character oozing with personality that doesn't steal scenes and when she says something it's important to a scene of shows what her personality is. The only time I wasn't thrilled with her was that space barnacle story when it took 3 pages for her to say "we're forced to have friends on Caminus" other than that she's a wonderfully fleshed out character. It's something I'd like to see happen with Chromia and Windblade and its why ice said I wish Till All are One was a collaborative book with James and John. John handles the story and James handles the characterization
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798032)
Posted by Va'al on June 15th, 2016 @ 3:42pm CDT
Concepts!


Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798034)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 15th, 2016 @ 3:45pm CDT
I adore the faceplate on Blastoff.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798207)
Posted by 1984forever on June 16th, 2016 @ 8:18am CDT
I was finally able to find someone who downloaded this comic late last night so I could share their copy by logging into their account. Finding people who still read IDW Transformers comics is like trying to find a unicorn.

Anyways TAAO was awful as expected. Too humanized, too short and too weak. Ironhide gets punched in the olfactory sensors and it gets drawn as a bloody (energon) nose. Ironhide was portrayed as a tin plated twerp who still stuck up for his oppressors even after getting sucker punched. The Badgeless remind me of real world corrupt lunatic and psycho cops and their victims. But I'd rather read about those stories in the news instead of a Transformers comic. Their victim died too easily. If IDW Transformers didn't die so easily I might have a sense of gratification now.

The Combaticons were well behaved as expected. All the Transformers characters will become less violent in the coming months so that a crossover with My Little Pony will seem less jarring. The Combaticons don't need jobs, they need struts.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798229)
Posted by Randomhero on June 16th, 2016 @ 10:15am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:Concepts!




Those are some nice designs.

Va'al is it just me or are votex's rotars in that position homaging something? I don't think it invokes United's version but they seem so familiar. Maybe that's what his body looked like in Spotlight arcee
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798241)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 16th, 2016 @ 11:33am CDT
I'm not Va'al, but I can tell you that is how his Unite Warriors body looks.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798245)
Posted by Randomhero on June 16th, 2016 @ 11:44am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I'm not Va'al, but I can tell you that is how his Unite Warriors body looks.


It does but I swear I've seen that look somewhere else too and it bugging the hell out of me
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798248)
Posted by Randomhero on June 16th, 2016 @ 11:51am CDT
I just looked up Spotlight Arcee and he had regular rotars but I wear I've seen someone have Rotars like that in the comics.

Speaking of spotlight Arcee there's a nice line from Blastoff mentioning fighting an autobot with flaming swords. While she did plenty of that at the beginning of RID it's a call back to when she stabbed blastoff in the chest during the first attack on Garrus 9
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798249)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 16th, 2016 @ 11:53am CDT
IDW spotlight Arcee?


Fall of Cybertron?


Animated Vortex?


Or was it even Vortex? I'm trying here dude, but I'm not really sure where the look has been seen before
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798268)
Posted by Randomhero on June 16th, 2016 @ 2:02pm CDT
Ya know I think it was fall of cybertron. Like the concept art for the guy

And what the hell is that animated vortex?! :lol:

Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Brawls design though. Looks like it's straight out of Pat Lees art book. He looks like he can't even walk. He'd have to have wheels on his feet and be pushed in and out of rooms.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798271)
Posted by Randomhero on June 16th, 2016 @ 2:55pm CDT
Seeing these guys take center stage is really making me consider getting Takara United set but not for the reasons most want it. I don't like the cartoon colors, he's too vibrant I like the muted almost melancholy colors of hasbro, and blast off does nothing for me and speaking of colors the chest plate just doesn't look right IMO. I do however like the retooling of Vortex, I want a grey head instead of the black one and I'm a huge fan of Swindle. I have a small swindle collection, original, G2, the FOC versions, animated and the Kreo and maybe the red car one from the movie in a box somewhere
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1798305)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on June 16th, 2016 @ 5:35pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:Ya know I think it was fall of cybertron. Like the concept art for the guy

And what the hell is that animated vortex?! :lol:

Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Brawls design though. Looks like it's straight out of Pat Lees art book. He looks like he can't even walk. He'd have to have wheels on his feet and be pushed in and out of rooms.

Finally! Hit a home run :D

And I think that was fanart for an animated Vortex. Still all kinds of funny though :lol:

And as for Brawl, I like his design. He has the bulk he really needs and he looks good. Still angry at him over Sideswipe still.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1800840)
Posted by Va'al on June 26th, 2016 @ 9:15am CDT
Courtesy of the iTunes page for the issue, we have the usual three-page preview of the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One #2 from IDW Publishing. It looks like the first page is actually cut out, but you can take a look below before the full preview hits in a couple of weeks!

[quote]PANIC ON THE STREETS OF CYBERTRON! As STARSCREAM’S secret police continue on their rampage, IRONHIDE is caught between the BADGLESS and a population looking for retribution![/quote]





Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #1 Review #TAAO (1800918)
Posted by BumbleDouche on June 26th, 2016 @ 2:19pm CDT
Is it just me, or is Obsidian's vehicle mode kinda dumb looking? It looks like Generations Scourge with some arbitrarily placed propeller blades, not very imaginative...
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