IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 6:10am CDT

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Full Metal Hackin
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
WINDBLADE TURNS TRAITOR?! With the rise of the COMBATICON threat, STARSCREAM issues an ultimatum to WINDBLADE: do his - or everyone on Cybertron will learn her darkest secrets!

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*mumblegrumble*


Story

The shift from 'Windblade' to 'Till All Are One' is one that perfectly adapts to and suits the way in which the story, plots and cast are handled in this new series. The various characters each have their own path, and while they do cross at multiple intersections, it's refreshing to see them work both with and against each other so subterfugey.

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What is her rooollleee??


There are some key players of course, in terms of how Mairghread Scott approaches the script, playing pivotal roles in the issue - especially the Combaticons. Individuals, well-rounded, well-scripted voices and characters that operate well on their own and as a team (when necessary), even with the Blast Off ...play from last issue.

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Aw diddums


The other excellent written bot is Ironhide, who seems to be channelling a lot more of his past/future self from the miniseries, Pax Cybertronia, and possible connections with the other comic out this week (and the one not out at all until the end of the month). Whatever is going to happen, and still with my tentative dislike of the ideology behind it, he's doing it well, and it's a good hook and tease.

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Va'al, training news staff


The one thing I was not too keen on, and worth pointing out here, is the slight confusion with timelines and where this fits in the greater picture of the IDWverse. Even that, however, was solved again once reminded that the book was supposed to start in March, pre-Sins of the Wreckers. Brawl leaving the AHO arc makes sense again, as do other enigmatic events, and EVERYTHING IS FINE again.

Art

Sara Pitre Durocher does some fantastic work in laying out some of the parallel scenes, between fighting and hacking, more fighting, some talking, a bit of fighting, and tensions running just a little higher between one of sides in the book. Plus, we get an actual montage. A training montage. With Ironhide and Blast Off. A Montage.

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Not shown: the Montage


The colours are really well played too, in the vibrant approach that Joana Lafuente brings to the linework and layouts. The nice contrasts between night/day and under/overground have some great touches to them, too, and the fight scenes - as a juxtaposition to the Metroplex scenes with Chromia and Windblade - are given an added layer of dynamism.

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Red is the colour of VIOLENCE


The fighting and training, along with Metroplex scenes, allow for some nice space in terms of lettering too, and Tom B. long delivers his neon magic once more (keep an eye out for the location/setting captions, too). As for the covers, we've seen the hauntingly good main one by Pitre Durocher for a while now, but both Alex Milne/Josh Perez and Thomas Teyowisonte Deer (this one thumbnailed) play around with the tone of the book, pitting the pawns under Starscream's control on the game board.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Things I have yet to figure out: Elita One's role in all of this. Obsidian is still a menacing presence, but much more in the background - what is the plan behind things? Rattrap - what does he have to do with everything? because he's stuck in the middle of it, always. Things I really enjoy: the Combaticons, all of them. More please. The breaking point that Windblade seems to be reaching with both Starscream and Chromia, on two different sides.

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It aLL MAkses SNSE


The book may have been a slow burner at first, but it's paying off, significantly, already. More tension, more political play, more teasing of something MUCH BIGGER (and maybe not even entirely intentional, going by my own speculation from the cover of #4), and more humour where you might not expect it. And a training montage, you guise.

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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816145)
Posted by Va'al on August 17th, 2016 @ 1:17pm CDT
The Milne/Perez cover, as shared by IDW.

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And my favourite Vortex in the issue.

Image He don't like you.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816149)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 17th, 2016 @ 1:19pm CDT
Despite the faceplates, the combaticons have been really emotive
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816842)
Posted by Kurona on August 19th, 2016 @ 5:22pm CDT
Swindle is brain-dead = Bruticus has a cripple for a leg. Discuss.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816846)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 19th, 2016 @ 6:04pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Swindle is brain-dead = Bruticus has a cripple for a leg. Discuss.

I'm wondering how that will work.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816920)
Posted by Brakethrough on August 20th, 2016 @ 6:10am CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:
Kurona wrote:Swindle is brain-dead = Bruticus has a cripple for a leg. Discuss.

I'm wondering how that will work.


We've seen from Prowl's run with the Constructicons that combining with others can lead to a sort of shared point of view and sympathy, maybe the hope Onslaught has is that combining with Swindle will jumpstart his brain module, using all of their memories of him much like how Rewind's storytelling group helped Rung in MTMTE.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1816928)
Posted by Kurona on August 20th, 2016 @ 7:04am CDT
There is, funnily enough, a similar situation that happened with IDW Devastator - the constructicons combined... when Scrapper was still dead. Devastator literally had a dead leg and was crippled because of it.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1817259)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 21st, 2016 @ 1:12pm CDT
Kurona wrote:There is, funnily enough, a similar situation that happened with IDW Devastator - the constructicons combined... when Scrapper was still dead. Devastator literally had a dead leg and was crippled because of it.

I do remember that, which is why I wonder how this will work, but I believe this guys right:
Brakethrough wrote:We've seen from Prowl's run with the Constructicons that combining with others can lead to a sort of shared point of view and sympathy, maybe the hope Onslaught has is that combining with Swindle will jumpstart his brain module, using all of their memories of him much like how Rewind's storytelling group helped Rung in MTMTE.

I believe this will be right since Swindle is completely dead
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823069)
Posted by Va'al on September 9th, 2016 @ 1:18am CDT
There has been a bit of a quiet spell on the comics front from IDW Publishing, but we do have a new three-page preview of the next Transformers: Till All Are One issue - the fourth - via the iTunes page for the book. You can check out the short look at a Bruticus in progress below, and get ready for its release in the next couple of weeks!

SWINDLE LIVES! And ONSLAUGHT knows the perfect way to unlock the secrets in his head. As the COMBATICONS rampage through Iacon, can IRONHIDE and his newly formed police force stop them before they annihilate STARSCREAM—and anyone else who gets in their way?


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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823070)
Posted by King Kuuga on September 9th, 2016 @ 1:38am CDT
Here's those last two pages stitched back together for the full effect.
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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823073)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 9th, 2016 @ 2:25am CDT
Daaaaaaaaaamn. Pitre-DuRocher is knocking it out of the park. Loving the art.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823085)
Posted by Kurona on September 9th, 2016 @ 4:00am CDT
... okay, so.

Admittedly, the last three issues... haven't been amazing. They haven't been bad either; but they've just been good, y'know? A fun little read but that's about it.

But already this preview is blowing me away. What always disappoints me about Combiner stories is how they don't really focus much on how their being a Combiner effects the components psychologically; what the mental effect and strain on them is; what it means to be a Combiner. IDW's been pretty good with it recently by showing some complicated stuff with Superion, but we barely if ever get a good look at how the components feel.

But we do now. And it's perfect. THIS is the combiner story I wanted! I wanted to see what it means for the components within; what this does to their heads; what it's like to still be yourself but at the same time 5 guys but AT THE SAME TIME the new combiner! Hopefully this keeps up throughout the issue because if it does, this is by far the best representation we've gotten of a Combiner by a long shot aside from maybe Prowlastator who because of CW never got to fulfill his true potential. And maybe Optimus Maximus, but this is still proving to be a bit more interesting.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823091)
Posted by steve2275 on September 9th, 2016 @ 4:42am CDT
indeed kurona
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823102)
Posted by Microraptor on September 9th, 2016 @ 7:20am CDT
Kurona wrote:... okay, so.

Admittedly, the last three issues... haven't been amazing. They haven't been bad either; but they've just been good, y'know? A fun little read but that's about it.

But already this preview is blowing me away. What always disappoints me about Combiner stories is how they don't really focus much on how their being a Combiner effects the components psychologically; what the mental effect and strain on them is; what it means to be a Combiner. IDW's been pretty good with it recently by showing some complicated stuff with Superion, but we barely if ever get a good look at how the components feel.

But we do now. And it's perfect. THIS is the combiner story I wanted! I wanted to see what it means for the components within; what this does to their heads; what it's like to still be yourself but at the same time 5 guys but AT THE SAME TIME the new combiner! Hopefully this keeps up throughout the issue because if it does, this is by far the best representation we've gotten of a Combiner by a long shot aside from maybe Prowlastator who because of CW never got to fulfill his true potential. And maybe Optimus Maximus, but this is still proving to be a bit more interesting.


Yeah. They always pay lip service to the idea, but never actually explore it. Combine it with the fabulous art and I'm really excited for this issue.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823103)
Posted by Kurona on September 9th, 2016 @ 7:28am CDT
Also, just noticed that Swindle's flashing back to Combiner Wars. While that event was easily the worst arc of post-DoOP IDW, it's still nice to see that they're still dealing with it's consequences and repercussions instead of just sweeping it under the rug and trying to pretend it never happened. I love it when fiction does this; instead of trying to scrub a bad story out of it's history, they use it as a springboard to improve other stories.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823106)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 9th, 2016 @ 7:58am CDT
Great art. And I too am glad for the perspective of the individuals, it shows so much more about combining.

And Blastoff is going to be fun for this issue
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823112)
Posted by Flashwave on September 9th, 2016 @ 8:25am CDT
Onslaught is using Combining as a method of interrogation. This is epic. But if he's doing that, who's driving Bruticus?
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823139)
Posted by Glarryg on September 9th, 2016 @ 9:48am CDT
Flashwave wrote:Onslaught is using Combining as a method of interrogation. This is epic. But if he's doing that, who's driving Bruticus?


Looks like maybe Brawl. Isn't that him on the top of the splash page?

Glarryg
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823140)
Posted by Kurona on September 9th, 2016 @ 9:51am CDT
Glarryg wrote:
Flashwave wrote:Onslaught is using Combining as a method of interrogation. This is epic. But if he's doing that, who's driving Bruticus?


Looks like maybe Brawl. Isn't that him on the top of the splash page?

Glarryg

That's Vortex. Brawl is in Swindle's eye having a massive freakout.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823159)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 9th, 2016 @ 10:50am CDT
I'm not sure anyone is driving Bruticus. It seems more like they are all adapting to a meshed mind very differently
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #3 Review (1823176)
Posted by Ballistic90 on September 9th, 2016 @ 11:16am CDT
It looks to me that Bruticus is acting out Onslaught's action of reaching for the memory.

Anyways, this may be the first Transformers issue i have ever gone out of my way specifically to buy....

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