IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 11:50am CDT

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Mobbing Along
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
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!

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Story

We're back on Cybertron once more, as the second issue of the new Transformers: Till All Are One ongoing series from IDW Publishing hits the stands (be they digital or physical) - and there is little time lost since last month's issue, as the streets boil, the 'law' is questioned, and Starscream looks on, apprehensive.

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In his own way


We had already seen Ironhide as being one of the major players in the first issue, but it feels like he's more of an instrument of the new orders trying to establish themselves than anything fully agent - though time will tell on this front. He is charismatic, and his dialogue works better now that emotion runs a little higher, too.

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See? Charming


Who really gets the spotlight this time round though, are the Combaticons, with Onslaught and Blastoff in particular hogging all of the spotlight. Mairghread Scott has not only tapped into their 'original' writing, but has given them an extra spin in the new post-colonial, post-war, post-combiner, and the interactions all show their individual voices, in both clash and rapport.

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Con-raderie?


While Starscream is a pleasure to read in this new take on his dry approach to life, the weariness and edge to his voice is palpable, and an interesting way to see where it might all go. Add that to the fact that Obsidian is obviously planning things with Elita One, and you got yourself the political intrigue we were (/I was) looking for. More thoughts below.

Art

In how many ways can one Starscream be depicted as bored, despondent, scheming and trying to feign superiority? Sara Pitre-Durocher manages quite a few, with a truly entertaining and impressive array of facial expressions. That, and some really effectively used cinematographic techniques in the more fraught discussion and scenes, create a palpable sense of underlying tension across the whole book - as there should well be.

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Mob. Tense


Much like last issue, again, Priscilla Tramontano bring some clean, crisp colouring to the linework, and gives some nice depth to the larger crowd scenes, picking out details where needed, and making the mob more mob-like on the other side of the coin. The glow of the various optics is a nice touch, too, and one I keep going back to admire.

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Tom B. Long, despite not having the space to have too much fun with the fonts, does a great job, and my quibbles with last month's issue are nowhere to be found this time. I have also tried showing off the multiple covers in previous stories, with the regular, and powerful Pitre-Durocher Windblade taking the main stage, followed by her collaboration with Thomas Teyowisonte Deer on the ROM variant, and finally, this review's thumbnail variant, by Carlos Valenzuela.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Allow me an excursus: I have some ideological concerns with the direction that some of the story is taking, especially in terms of handling powers and justice systems - trying not to spoil anything here - but am also willing to see how it's employed in the larger picture. The political drama being set up (the multiple stages, even) are promising something fairly big, and I don't just mean another combiner.

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While a little slower than the previous issue, this month's TAAO brings the set-up that the new status quo on Cybertron probably needs, from a fictional standpoint, and it does it well; it also manages to sneak in a number of issues that can easily be found in our own reality, and that is where I am really interested in their handling and development, hoping for a critical evaluation of sorts, really. Plus, it all looks So Good.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803658)
Posted by Randomhero on July 6th, 2016 @ 12:15pm CDT
I liked this issue but the 4 page prelude was my favorite. It's four pages that explains how GI Joe and MASK are in this universe and its makes complete sense. I read it and said "alright that works for me"
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803831)
Posted by Randomhero on July 7th, 2016 @ 2:15pm CDT
Did no one else read this it is there just nothing to discuss about it?
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803918)
Posted by Va'al on July 8th, 2016 @ 3:56am CDT
I read it! :P
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803922)
Posted by Ironhidensh on July 8th, 2016 @ 4:20am CDT
Randomhero wrote:Did no one else read this it is there just nothing to discuss about it?

With revolution coming, I've kinda lost interest in the comics.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803925)
Posted by Va'al on July 8th, 2016 @ 4:30am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:
Randomhero wrote:Did no one else read this it is there just nothing to discuss about it?

With revolution coming, I've kinda lost interest in the comics.


I think that's not ideal right now, there's definitely good stuff happening before the event hits. I mean, I get what you're saying, but I'm still sticking to it until it burns (if it does, that is).

I may have to go update the Revolution thread, actually.. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803940)
Posted by Randomhero on July 8th, 2016 @ 7:24am CDT
Revolution should not be anyone's reason to stop reading the comics. Like I've said and others have, there is a preview story in TAAO and it's good! It makes sense! Please people! Have faith. This isn't marvel and DC with over a dozen editors that don't follow they're own stuff. It's a small group of people that are communicating and making this work.

People are so worked up about MTMTE getting ruined and James has said so many times "stop worrying, I'm still writing what I always had plans for"
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803980)
Posted by Sunstar on July 8th, 2016 @ 11:37am CDT
I can see the sort of world weary of Starscream. I am not sure if it is why the artist seems to draw Starscream with his head frequently tilted to the right - this lends an extremely fatigued sense.

I don't think bumblebee is a hallucination, I am starting to think he is actually there, as a spectre, trying to help Starscream rule their world. I am liking the artwork.

I am curious as to where this comic goes, I almost feel like Starscream is dying.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803987)
Posted by Randomhero on July 8th, 2016 @ 12:04pm CDT
Sunstar wrote:I can see the sort of world weary of Starscream. I am not sure if it is why the artist seems to draw Starscream with his head frequently tilted to the right - this lends an extremely fatigued sense.

I don't think bumblebee is a hallucination, I am starting to think he is actually there, as a spectre, trying to help Starscream rule their world. I am liking the artwork.

I am curious as to where this comic goes, I almost feel like Starscream is dying.



The head tilt is actually a thing with starscream. He does it a lot in fiction

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It's a sign of arrogance
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803989)
Posted by Sunstar on July 8th, 2016 @ 12:10pm CDT
Yeah, that as it may be, this is not the same. he has life in those pics, he lacks life in the comic. its as if his head is too heavy to hold and he just wants to lay down and die type position. There is no life or power in his drawings. Only just extreme fatigue.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803990)
Posted by Randomhero on July 8th, 2016 @ 12:15pm CDT
Those are just two quick examples I found online. I just typed in starscream in Google and there's examples of him tilting his head. It's a small thing not many notice or discuss. He did it even back in 1986 when he tossed megatron out of astrotrain. He said "how it pains me to do this" and then tilts his head.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803995)
Posted by Va'al on July 8th, 2016 @ 12:44pm CDT
Sunstar wrote:Yeah, that as it may be, this is not the same. he has life in those pics, he lacks life in the comic. its as if his head is too heavy to hold and he just wants to lay down and die type position. There is no life or power in his drawings. Only just extreme fatigue.


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I agree on the fatigue (the whole point of this issue, as I hoped to highlight in the review, was that he's kind of had enough of things - he caught the car, now he's getting bored of it) but I disagree on the lack of life or dynamic art. I think both Sarah Stone and Sara Pitre Durocher have had and are having a lot of fun with the expressive elements of the body language that these characters can have.

Look at him sitting into his place at the Council - look at how weary and tired he looks:

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Then compare to his nonchalant pose at the beginning of the issue:

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Starscream has always been a favourite for fan art, too, and - on my part - I see the appeal is in the 'aloof', 'not caring', 'bad boy' vibes that his character has brought to the fiction. His power is sleek, subtle and lean, he is not a bulky, strong, imposing Megatron, in that sense.

Randomhero wrote:Those are just two quick examples I found online. I just typed in starscream in Google and there's examples of him tilting his head. It's a small thing not many notice or discuss. He did it even back in 1986 when he tossed megatron out of astrotrain. He said "how it pains me to do this" and then tilts his head.


And I quote this as an example. There is so much art about Starscream tilting, and one panel in particular in issue two captured his character wonderfully, I thought (same tilt and position as first image I just used, but look at the overhaul that comes from the expression change and bold font):

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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1803998)
Posted by Kurona on July 8th, 2016 @ 1:16pm CDT
One thing to comment on,

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This is a complete lie. Screamer's totally hot for Onslaught
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804009)
Posted by Sunstar on July 8th, 2016 @ 1:50pm CDT
I am not saying its drawn with a lack of life.... HE has a distinct lack of life... its drawn well. Other pics of him shows intensity of life, but he has that sort of intense depression. the art is well done and portrays his exhaustion.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804037)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 8th, 2016 @ 2:54pm CDT
I loved the Ironhide bits. He is my character to watch for this storyline. Enjoying him being back in the spotlight
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804039)
Posted by Va'al on July 8th, 2016 @ 2:56pm CDT
Sunstar wrote:I am not saying its drawn with a lack of life.... HE has a distinct lack of life... its drawn well. Other pics of him shows intensity of life, but he has that sort of intense depression. the art is well done and portrays his exhaustion.



Oooooh, I get you now, sorry! Misread your post. :D
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804373)
Posted by Sunstar on July 10th, 2016 @ 11:21am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
Sunstar wrote:I am not saying its drawn with a lack of life.... HE has a distinct lack of life... its drawn well. Other pics of him shows intensity of life, but he has that sort of intense depression. the art is well done and portrays his exhaustion.



Oooooh, I get you now, sorry! Misread your post. :D


sometimes my working can be clunky. Its a side of Starscream we don't usually see.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804519)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on July 10th, 2016 @ 11:17pm CDT
Kurona wrote:One thing to comment on,

Image

This is a complete lie. Screamer's totally hot for Onslaught


I still want Blackarachnia and Starscream to hook up
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(he's so not into it, but she is)

Though thinking about it, it would be an interesting plot development if Starscream had to get a Conjunx Endura for political purposes; provided he stays ruler which i hope he does.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804871)
Posted by Kurona on July 12th, 2016 @ 11:08am CDT
Finally got around to reading this - had to get through ex-RID and Windblade first, but now I've actually caught up on all of them and MTMTE.

I just have one thing to ask... what's the thing everyone was talking about that 'explains' Revolution? I couldn't find anything about that.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804885)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 12th, 2016 @ 11:54am CDT
It was a short story but not all issues had it with some having a preview of ROM instead.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #2 Review #TAAO (1804886)
Posted by Kurona on July 12th, 2016 @ 11:59am CDT
Hmmm. Is there anywhere I can read it?

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