IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review

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World in Shambles

Spoiler-ish review of Till All Are One #9


Synopsis

After the costly victory against the Titans, Iacon is in shambles and Starscream finds himself on shakier ground than ever. The key to his political (and likely literal) survival rests in the outcome of a very unlikely event: the trial of the Council’s first official war criminal-Chromia of Caminus!

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Story

Till All Are One is a book that thus far has managed to exceed expectations. Between the first arc involving old fan-favourites the Combaticons in a grand political drama and the second arc bringing in a Titan invasion straight from Luna 1, the comic has not only managed to beat out its predecessors in the Windblade volumes, but arguably it has been the best of all three Transformers ongoings this year. However, after two world-shattering arcs, it's time for the book to slow down a little and deal with the aftermath - and it isn't short on things to deal with. This issue balances so many dangling plot threads - the aftermath of the Titan invasion; the repercussions and explanation of the Liege Maximo and Elita's crew; a trial concerning a Badgeless' allegiance with the Combaticons; a decision on what to do with Chromia, and where Starscream will stand in all of this. Oh, and they somehow managed to bring in a plot thread from Combiner Wars too. So after such a fantastic arc, it might be one's worry that this issue in trying to balance so many bullet points may not be up to snuff. But oh, my friends, there is no worry to be had. For this might just be the best issue of Till All Are One so far.

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With Windblade ominously missing from this issue, the narrative mic is handed to Starscream - and as you'd expect from the silver-tongued manipulator he somehow finds a way to talk for ages and ages and ages... without mincing his words. The Windblade books have done a fine job of building up just the sort of person Starscream becomes when he's essentially gotten all he's ever wanted and this continues that development following the huge events in the last eight issues. I won't spoil it all here; but all the interesting introspection and dilemmas he plagues himself with throughout the pages makes it all the more satisfying when he finally reaches a conclusion on what to do and how exactly to play around all his foes - it's exactly the kind of thing that could only come from a guy called Starscream.

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Talking of his foes, let me give this last little drabble to Elita One. Ever since she first appeared way back in 2015 the mystery surrounding her, the crew she commands and the ship she captains has been played up - and in the last arc it all came to fruition. And as the mysteries of 'Carcer' have now been borne to all the public, Elita lays out all the cards of her goals, her motivation and her backstory to Starscream and what remains of the council. While a lot of it does show her roots on working on the Aligned continuity, Mairghread Scott nevertheless manages to weave in some very interesting worldbuilding to an already very interesting world. And by the time it's done, by the time it's clear where exactly she stands; Elita has in this reviewer's opinion been turned into one of the most interesting characters in the comic.



Art

Sara Pitre-Durocher and Joana Lafuente handle lineart and colours in this issue, respectively; as they have done almost the whole book. As such, a lot of what has been said about them the past issues can be said here - they're very good at what they do, they have a great understanding of composition and sequential art; and their style fits the book and helps make the characters pop. There is, however, one particular section of the issue very much worth commenting on art-wise - and that's the flashback to the age of the Primes.

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This only goes on for two pages, but it shows they can go for another very different style extremely well. The section stands out for its darker, sharper colours and lines; creating a great contrast between then and now - the blurred figures and misty panel separation help create an aura of mystery and wonder without veering too far so that it feels like a smudge. While I adore Pitre-Durocher and Lafuente's style employed for most of Till All Are One, this is some beautiful artwork the likes of which I would be very excited to see in future issues.


Final Thoughts

As far as aftermath issues go, this is one heck of a good one. Starscream is interesting. Elita One is interesting. Chromia is interesting. The way the consequences of last issue are dealt with are interesting. This is an interesting issue! We got so much character development and revelations and story advancement in so few pages - this creative team has come a long way since Windblade volume 1 and I truly believe they're at the top of the game and know exactly what they're doing. And what they're doing is some truly excellent work.

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And even with all it managed to give us, it still leaves me wanting more. The repercussions wrought by both Starscream and Elita are shaping up to be some very interesting development for Cybertron, and there's still characters we haven't checked in on yet. But if the upcoming issues dealing with said characters are anything like this one, then I can look forward to excellent storytelling with masterclass character studies and some absolutely stunning art.



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Credit(s): IDW


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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879000)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on May 3rd, 2017 @ 5:46pm CDT
This was an awesome issue!

I like that they keep going on like Windblade is dead.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879079)
Posted by Sunstar on May 3rd, 2017 @ 11:40pm CDT
I'm sending out my husband to pick this up for me - CHIRR! *excited!*
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879139)
Posted by ScottyP on May 4th, 2017 @ 8:00am CDT
Starscream is just so perfectly Starscream-like in this. This incarnation is creeping up on Armada Starscream as my favorite. Scott has such a handle on the character that it's astounding, and really damn fun to read!
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879169)
Posted by MrBlack on May 4th, 2017 @ 10:17am CDT
This issue was peak Starscream. Clever, ruthless, and manipulative. I like the fact that he knows that what he's doing is wrong, but that he's also self-aware enough to know he'll never change. His statement to Chromia closes the character arc that started way back in Robots in Disguise under John Barber. Starscream has changed, but he's never going to be a good guy, and both he and the readers understand that now.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879292)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 4th, 2017 @ 6:23pm CDT
via the usual suspects we bring to you today our first of several previews, that of Till All Are One #10! With the latest issue coming out only yesterday, it seems perfect that the first 3 pages of the next issue come out today. Check out the preview below!

As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!


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Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879299)
Posted by Kurona on May 4th, 2017 @ 7:00pm CDT
Oh scrap, we're gonna be focusing on Blast Off?!
... I mean, okay, yes; cover implied that, but still! :D :D :D
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879308)
Posted by homicide on May 4th, 2017 @ 7:50pm CDT
I couldn't help but notice the arms around the edges of the cover for issue 10, do I see hints of Airachnid coming to the IDWverse?!
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879313)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on May 4th, 2017 @ 8:26pm CDT
homicide wrote:I couldn't help but notice the arms around the edges of the cover for issue 10, do I see hints of Airachnid coming to the IDWverse?!


Well, he is rendezvousing with someone who guess by the initial "A".
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879316)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 4th, 2017 @ 8:33pm CDT
Nik Hero wrote:
homicide wrote:I couldn't help but notice the arms around the edges of the cover for issue 10, do I see hints of Airachnid coming to the IDWverse?!


Well, he is rendezvousing with someone who guess by the initial "A".


Mairghread Scott confirmed via her Tumblr that Airachnid will be introduced in this issue.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879319)
Posted by Deadput on May 4th, 2017 @ 8:47pm CDT
Bounti76 wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:
homicide wrote:I couldn't help but notice the arms around the edges of the cover for issue 10, do I see hints of Airachnid coming to the IDWverse?!


Well, he is rendezvousing with someone who guess by the initial "A".


Mairghread Scott confirmed via her Tumblr that Airachnid will be introduced in this issue.


Hopefully she's an actual good villain with effort put in this time around.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879326)
Posted by Sunstar on May 4th, 2017 @ 9:39pm CDT
Argh! he either forgot or didn't bother getting them! I have to wait until tomorrow.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879340)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 4th, 2017 @ 10:31pm CDT
I like how they removed the faceplate from Vigilem so he has his old face again.

Also, Airachnid. Argh. She creeped me out very badly in Prime, in a good way mind you, so I'm interested to see how they handle her here. As she appears to be a mnemosurgeon, she has the potential to be even badder
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879391)
Posted by Va'al on May 5th, 2017 @ 2:42am CDT
Thank to PreviewsWorld, we have another cover for the upcoming issue #10 for Transformers: Till All Are One by IDW Publishing, courtesy of artist Sara Pitre-Durocher! Check it out mirrored below, and take a look at a brief preview as reported here.

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Marcelo Matere
As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!


Image
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879397)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 5th, 2017 @ 4:08am CDT
Va'al wrote:Thank to PreviewsWorld, we have another cover for the upcoming issue #10 for Transformers: Till All Are One by IDW Publishing, courtesy of artist Sara Pitre-Durocher! Check it out mirrored below, and take a look at a brief preview as reported here.

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Marcelo Matere
As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!


Image


Sweet....Solus....Prime.....just when I think the cover to TAAO #8 was mind bogglingly good, Pitre-Durocher goes and does this. I think, bar none, she's the best artist on any of the TF books right now. She, Scott and Lafuente have been the consistently good with the whole book.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879415)
Posted by Big Grim on May 5th, 2017 @ 7:34am CDT
Stone the crows! That's a fantastic cover!
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879462)
Posted by Evil Eye on May 5th, 2017 @ 10:59am CDT
Airachnid's getting introduced? Awesome! Airachnid is IMO one of the most creative and legitimately terrifying villains Transformers has ever had (which made me very sad when she was unceremoniously stuck on the moon) and if she gets to appear in IDW, hopefully she'll be wonderfully disturbing.

I just really hope they don't hold back on making her as twisted and evil as she should be. Given the somewhat darker nature of IDW compared to Prime (due to being aimed at older audiences) they could in theory make her a truly horrific character. I don't care how they go about it- go a bit further with the whole "alien big game hunter" thing she had going in the cartoon, make her a cannibalistic murderer, have her as a sadistic robosexual predator (like her Japanese dub version except less "female Pepe le Pew" and more "female Buffalo Bill"), do all three at once...I don't care as long as she's an absolutely abhorrent villain that would send shivers up the spines of the DJD.

Anyway. British IDW fans: Where's the best place to get the trade copies of the IDW comics in the UK? I know there's Comixology but I don't really like digital copies of reading material, and whilst I do have a very good comic shop in my town the only TF stuff they have is individual issues, and I much prefer trades.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879473)
Posted by homicide on May 5th, 2017 @ 12:11pm CDT
Black Hat wrote: Anyway. British IDW fans: Where's the best place to get the trade copies of the IDW comics in the UK? I know there's Comixology but I don't really like digital copies of reading material, and whilst I do have a very good comic shop in my town the only TF stuff they have is individual issues, and I much prefer trades.


Hey dude, I'm not a Brit, but couldn't you just order them off Amazon, seem like that'd be the easiest solution...
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879508)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 5th, 2017 @ 2:22pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:Stone the crows!

WHAT???

Serious, 2nd straight thread I've visited where I have no idea what the hell something means!
Black Hat wrote:Airachnid's getting introduced? Awesome! Airachnid is IMO one of the most creative and legitimately terrifying villains Transformers has ever had (which made me very sad when she was unceremoniously stuck on the moon) and if she gets to appear in IDW, hopefully she'll be wonderfully disturbing.

I just really hope they don't hold back on making her as twisted and evil as she should be. Given the somewhat darker nature of IDW compared to Prime (due to being aimed at older audiences) they could in theory make her a truly horrific character. I don't care how they go about it- go a bit further with the whole "alien big game hunter" thing she had going in the cartoon, make her a cannibalistic murderer, have her as a sadistic robosexual predator (like her Japanese dub version except less "female Pepe le Pew" and more "female Buffalo Bill"), do all three at once...I don't care as long as she's an absolutely abhorrent villain that would send shivers up the spines of the DJD.

this goes right with what I posted. She is creepily terrifying, and then she is a mnemosurgeon here based on the first issue 10 cover. I hope they do her justice
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879595)
Posted by Sunstar on May 5th, 2017 @ 9:56pm CDT
That was a very good book.
I am gonna spoiler block this just in case I say too much.
As a female Starscream fan, I think this book neatly ties up why he cannot be changed. Many fangirls feel that Starscream can become "good" - and to a degree maybe he can become less bad, but he will never ever be the good guy. Bumblebee here almost represents the goody fangirl who keeps saying, you can do this, you can be good you can absolve your sins for your crimes. With him, he is a war criminal - he knows it. He knows he is incurable - at least not this soon after the war, Maybe in many 10's of thousands of years he m ight come around, but not now.

I will say he loves his world. That's why he will do anything and whatever cost to protect it - sort of killing himself.


Fantastic book. This is MY Starscream.
Re: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review (1879618)
Posted by steve2275 on May 6th, 2017 @ 3:55am CDT
Sunstar wrote:That was a very good book.
I am gonna spoiler block this just in case I say too much.
As a female Starscream fan, I think this book neatly ties up why he cannot be changed. Many fangirls feel that Starscream can become "good" - and to a degree maybe he can become less bad, but he will never ever be the good guy. Bumblebee here almost represents the goody fangirl who keeps saying, you can do this, you can be good you can absolve your sins for your crimes. With him, he is a war criminal - he knows it. He knows he is incurable - at least not this soon after the war, Maybe in many 10's of thousands of years he m ight come around, but not now.

I will say he loves his world. That's why he will do anything and whatever cost to protect it - sort of killing himself.


Fantastic book. This is MY Starscream.


i can go with that

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