IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

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After last week's initial epilogue of the Combiner Wars event in The Transformers #42, IDW Publishing picks up the other strands of the stories from Cybertron and the Council of Worlds in Windblade #4! Check out a full preview below, now that ComicBookResources have posted their exclusive, and head back here later this week for the Seibertron.com review.

Transformers: Windblade #4—Combiner Wars Epilogue
Mairghread Scott (w) • Corin Howell (a) • Priscilla Tramontano (c)
MORE WORLDS—MORE PROBLEMS! After the events of COMBINERS WARS, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM race to recruit the lost CYBERTRONIAN colonies to the Council of Worlds—but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The COMBINER WARS are over, but the fallout has just begun!
A new universe opens to the TRANSFORMER—will a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE follow?
Featuring the art debut of new TRANSFORMERS superstar Corin Howell!
Variant Cover by Naoto Tsushima!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701467)
Posted by Shuttershock on June 21st, 2015 @ 10:50am CDT
Good old Knockout. Stylin' and profilin'.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701471)
Posted by Radix on June 21st, 2015 @ 11:00am CDT
Love Knockout, glad he is back doing his thing.

We know about 4 colonies right?
Caminus
Velocitron
Eukaris
Onyx

What is the fifth one Starscream mentioned?
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701482)
Posted by death of orion pax on June 21st, 2015 @ 11:44am CDT
Now that we have a full preview I can say I'm happy with the art and this story arc now that combiner wars is sort of over. Love Knockout :grin: :grin:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701510)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 21st, 2015 @ 12:52pm CDT
Nice, always good to see more non-g1 interpretation of characters being added to the idw-verse. Knock out is always a hoot.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701513)
Posted by Randomhero on June 21st, 2015 @ 12:55pm CDT
So here is my theory. We know for the most part where all the colony titans are/were possibly.

Issue 34 of RiD mentioned that shockwave did not choose planets randomly to seed The Regenesis Program. Alpha Trion hints that Shockwave chose those planets because they had a significance to to Cybertron.

Ore-1, "Time", from LV-117, which allows travel through time
Ore-2, "Death", from Gorlam Prime, which causes living matter to decay and die
Ore-6, "Cold", from Arduria, which causes the cessation of thermodynamic processes
Ore-7, "Change", possessed of transmutation properties
Ore-8, "Destruction", from Tsiehshi, which manifests as radioactive and explosive crystals
Ore-13, "Power Itself", from Earth, which boosts a Transformer's capabilities

Ardurians were mentioned to be "cousins" to Cybertronians.

we know that Golram Prime had a titan on it that laid dormant and there were structures similar to Cybertronaian culture.

The planet that appeared in Heart of Darkness was noted to have the same cybertronian like structures. it's possible theres a titan on that planet too.

We also know that Nickel hails from a colony that met a tragic end and with Earth having an Ore it's possible a titan is laying dormant.

that makes 8 colonies(maybe) plus Caminus, Veliocitron, Eurikaris and the 2 others this preview mentioned makes THIRTEEN.

Also shockwave did mention not all his ores grew to fruition yet Caminus has Energon and if there's othere colonies they too must have energon so his ores did mature just didnt become unique.

this is just my theory on this.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701530)
Posted by Shuttershock on June 21st, 2015 @ 1:33pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:So here is my theory. We know for the most part where all the colony titans are/were possibly.

Issue 34 of RiD mentioned that shockwave did not choose planets randomly to seed The Regenesis Program. Alpha Trion hints that Shockwave chose those planets because they had a significance to to Cybertron.

Ore-1, "Time", from LV-117, which allows travel through time
Ore-2, "Death", from Gorlam Prime, which causes living matter to decay and die
Ore-6, "Cold", from Arduria, which causes the cessation of thermodynamic processes
Ore-7, "Change", possessed of transmutation properties
Ore-8, "Destruction", from Tsiehshi, which manifests as radioactive and explosive crystals
Ore-13, "Power Itself", from Earth, which boosts a Transformer's capabilities

Ardurians were mentioned to be "cousins" to Cybertronians.

we know that Golram Prime had a titan on it that laid dormant and there were structures similar to Cybertronaian culture.

The planet that appeared in Heart of Darkness was noted to have the same cybertronian like structures. it's possible theres a titan on that planet too.

We also know that Nickel hails from a colony that met a tragic end and with Earth having an Ore it's possible a titan is laying dormant.

that makes 8 colonies(maybe) plus Caminus, Veliocitron, Eurikaris and the 2 others this preview mentioned makes THIRTEEN.

Also shockwave did mention not all his ores grew to fruition yet Caminus has Energon and if there's othere colonies they too must have energon so his ores did mature just didnt become unique.

this is just my theory on this.


There's also the matter of the deep space freighter Elita was piloting and why the bridge locked on to it. Either the ship is a titan, albiet a small one, or she cannibalized parts from a titan that Metroplex could pick up on.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701535)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 21st, 2015 @ 1:42pm CDT
Well caminus ended up cannibalising their titan (which he was fine with apparently). So its probable that it's happened several times before.

What happened to the titan that proclaimed Starscream to be the chosen one? He was obviously not connected to a colony unless he abandoned them
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701542)
Posted by Shuttershock on June 21st, 2015 @ 1:47pm CDT
[qe="ZeroWolf"]Well caminus ended up cannibalising their titan (which he was fine with apparently). So its probable that it's happened several times before.

What happened to the titan that proclaimed Starscream to be the chosen one? He was obviously not connected to a colony unless he abandoned them[/quote]

Also, remembering the titan mass grave from Luna 1, either there are a lot fewer titans still alive or there were a lot more to begin with.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701569)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 21st, 2015 @ 2:44pm CDT
I forgot about that actually, you're right. Hopefully we're given more information about this as time goes on though I hope it's not a retcon...
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701592)
Posted by YoungPrime on June 21st, 2015 @ 3:13pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:So here is my theory. We know for the most part where all the colony titans are/were possibly.

Issue 34 of RiD mentioned that shockwave did not choose planets randomly to seed The Regenesis Program. Alpha Trion hints that Shockwave chose those planets because they had a significance to to Cybertron.

Ore-1, "Time", from LV-117, which allows travel through time
Ore-2, "Death", from Gorlam Prime, which causes living matter to decay and die
Ore-6, "Cold", from Arduria, which causes the cessation of thermodynamic processes
Ore-7, "Change", possessed of transmutation properties
Ore-8, "Destruction", from Tsiehshi, which manifests as radioactive and explosive crystals
Ore-13, "Power Itself", from Earth, which boosts a Transformer's capabilities

Ardurians were mentioned to be "cousins" to Cybertronians.

we know that Golram Prime had a titan on it that laid dormant and there were structures similar to Cybertronaian culture.

The planet that appeared in Heart of Darkness was noted to have the same cybertronian like structures. it's possible theres a titan on that planet too.

We also know that Nickel hails from a colony that met a tragic end and with Earth having an Ore it's possible a titan is laying dormant.

that makes 8 colonies(maybe) plus Caminus, Veliocitron, Eurikaris and the 2 others this preview mentioned makes THIRTEEN.

Also shockwave did mention not all his ores grew to fruition yet Caminus has Energon and if there's othere colonies they too must have energon so his ores did mature just didnt become unique.

this is just my theory on this.
I guess it's a matter of distinguishing the 13 colonies from the ones the Knights of Cybertron used on a regular basis. During the "Remain in the Light" arc there were scores of dead Metrotitans on Luna 1?
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701618)
Posted by Randomhero on June 21st, 2015 @ 4:11pm CDT
Shuttershock wrote:
Randomhero wrote:So here is my theory. We know for the most part where all the colony titans are/were possibly.

Issue 34 of RiD mentioned that shockwave did not choose planets randomly to seed The Regenesis Program. Alpha Trion hints that Shockwave chose those planets because they had a significance to to Cybertron.

Ore-1, "Time", from LV-117, which allows travel through time
Ore-2, "Death", from Gorlam Prime, which causes living matter to decay and die
Ore-6, "Cold", from Arduria, which causes the cessation of thermodynamic processes
Ore-7, "Change", possessed of transmutation properties
Ore-8, "Destruction", from Tsiehshi, which manifests as radioactive and explosive crystals
Ore-13, "Power Itself", from Earth, which boosts a Transformer's capabilities

Ardurians were mentioned to be "cousins" to Cybertronians.

we know that Golram Prime had a titan on it that laid dormant and there were structures similar to Cybertronaian culture.

The planet that appeared in Heart of Darkness was noted to have the same cybertronian like structures. it's possible theres a titan on that planet too.

We also know that Nickel hails from a colony that met a tragic end and with Earth having an Ore it's possible a titan is laying dormant.

that makes 8 colonies(maybe) plus Caminus, Veliocitron, Eurikaris and the 2 others this preview mentioned makes THIRTEEN.

Also shockwave did mention not all his ores grew to fruition yet Caminus has Energon and if there's othere colonies they too must have energon so his ores did mature just didnt become unique.

this is just my theory on this.


There's also the matter of the deep space freighter Elita was piloting and why the bridge locked on to it. Either the ship is a titan, albiet a small one, or she cannibalized parts from a titan that Metroplex could pick up on.


i apologize i shoud have noted I do count Elita's ship as one of the 2 unnamed titans mentioned because metroplex did bridge the combiners there.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701627)
Posted by Randomhero on June 21st, 2015 @ 4:31pm CDT
YoungPrime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:So here is my theory. We know for the most part where all the colony titans are/were possibly.

Issue 34 of RiD mentioned that shockwave did not choose planets randomly to seed The Regenesis Program. Alpha Trion hints that Shockwave chose those planets because they had a significance to to Cybertron.

Ore-1, "Time", from LV-117, which allows travel through time
Ore-2, "Death", from Gorlam Prime, which causes living matter to decay and die
Ore-6, "Cold", from Arduria, which causes the cessation of thermodynamic processes
Ore-7, "Change", possessed of transmutation properties
Ore-8, "Destruction", from Tsiehshi, which manifests as radioactive and explosive crystals
Ore-13, "Power Itself", from Earth, which boosts a Transformer's capabilities

Ardurians were mentioned to be "cousins" to Cybertronians.

we know that Golram Prime had a titan on it that laid dormant and there were structures similar to Cybertronaian culture.

The planet that appeared in Heart of Darkness was noted to have the same cybertronian like structures. it's possible theres a titan on that planet too.

We also know that Nickel hails from a colony that met a tragic end and with Earth having an Ore it's possible a titan is laying dormant.

that makes 8 colonies(maybe) plus Caminus, Veliocitron, Eurikaris and the 2 others this preview mentioned makes THIRTEEN.

Also shockwave did mention not all his ores grew to fruition yet Caminus has Energon and if there's othere colonies they too must have energon so his ores did mature just didnt become unique.

this is just my theory on this.
I guess it's a matter of distinguishing the 13 colonies from the ones the Knights of Cybertron used on a regular basis. During the "Remain in the Light" arc there were scores of dead Metrotitans on Luna 1?


That is something as well. i do realize that because Remain in light did show a graveyard of Titans and my thought is maybe those were the titans of those colonies from the working ores and Tyrest used their space bridge to bring them to Luna One but even i will say im making an excuse because there were dozens if not hundreds. they thought they were heading to mountains in the the comic only to be a mass grave.

I am continuity nut, comics are my medium. i am a fan of the comics before everything else anymore. as a kid it was the cartoon, as an adult its the comics and im not tooting my own horn when i say i take pride in knowing as much as possible about IDWs universe.

that being said, i will say im pretty unhappy with how continuity is going post Dark Cybertron. John and James have done an amazing job working with past continuity and retconning past stories to fix errors or modify what they are working on but post Dark Cybertron has just gotten out of hand.

Im willing to be fine with the 13 in IDW because it's established that they were just great cybertronians that were leaders of tribes. they weren't Primus' children forged to battle unicron. They dont prove The Guiding Hand exist or the Knights of Cybertron or Primus for that matter.

What im not okay with is trying to interlink them with colonies because IDW is using elements of the Aligned history like Megatronus betraying Solus yet apparently she is well known on Caminus and is their religious figure and their society is based on her. Same with Nexus Prime, even down to his design and Alpha saying only a Prime can kill a Prime yet 4 pages later Galvatron kills him.

They try to say females may have been native to Caminus, which i was cool with and say they may be that way because they believe that Solus Prime flows within every Camian. Im fine with that but then Nickel is introduced, then Moonracer, Elita One, Airrazor...so its not because Camians evoled, theres just more female transformers out there...

thats makes me ask "well why are there none on Cybertorn that were naturally forged? At first they say its all about Caminus but then were introduced to more from other colonies so that makes me ask "well whats the deal with Cybertron?"

biggest problem for me was during Combiner Wars when optimus opens his chest revealing the matrix when we now know he doesnt have it. he relinquished what was left after remain in light and dark cybertron back to cybertron. i asked John Barber on twitter "was it just his spark shining?" he wouldnt say, just stay tuned.

latley i just feel things are being rushed and mistakes are being made.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701718)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 21st, 2015 @ 9:22pm CDT
Making an attempt at answering questions:
1) Prime had the whole matrix container the whole time: he only ever gave away the crystal cores. He reclaimed Bee's back in issue 29 and he didn't scatter it to the winds. He just brought it back and has kept a hold of it. It is still whole.
2) We need to give them time to explain all the 13 colonies as well as the 13 primes connections and the 13 ores. We need all 13 colonies to explain it, and we have only been dealing with 2 (soon to be 6 (Eukaris, elita-1, prima and velocitron).
3) The primes ASSUMED they could only be killed by another prime, but it is when Galvatron kills Nexus that they flee, now aware that others can kill primes.
4) Cybertron ran dry a long time ago with regards to sparks. The titans could have had new sparks and let them go bit by bit, not a huge release that dries them up. Also, I feel this will be explained. After all, Cybertron has proven to be the exception rather than the norm. I feel it will all be figured out. Just gotta give it time to pan out. :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701731)
Posted by steve2275 on June 21st, 2015 @ 10:05pm CDT
thanks d
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701766)
Posted by Bounti76 on June 21st, 2015 @ 11:04pm CDT
Ugh......I am not a fan of the art. Over-the-top, TV cartoon expressions in EVERY panel, even when it doesn't make sense- like she's just drawing them that way to show off how expressive she can make them. Grimaces, huge wide eyes, mouths gaping open, quizzical looks.....I half expect the Road Runner to drop a safe on Windblade- the art is that goofy. None of the characters seem dignified or scary. And in my opinion, it severely detracts from the serious portions of the plot. I thought Chromia was going to give a noogie to the one Decepticon who tried to attack Windblade. She doesn't look angry, she looks......weird.

I just really REALLY don't like the art style, and I feel like it detracts from my enjoyment of the story almost enough to unsubscribe. I don't want to pay money for a good story with accompanying visuals that look like they belong on a Loony Toons marathon, or a kiddie cartoon. Ms. Howell is talented, to be sure-I can't draw to save my life.. I'd MUCH rather have Sara Pitre-DuRocher or Alex Milne drawing this book. Unfortunately, it looks like Sarah Stone won't be back on the book any time soon, if ever, which sucks. She and Mairghread Scott created something amazing on the Windblade mini.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701807)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 22nd, 2015 @ 2:17am CDT
Actually I assumed that the 'only a prime could kill a prime' meant there was more to galvatron then I we were being told, basically he is one of the thirteen.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701831)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 22nd, 2015 @ 8:13am CDT
I just can't like this art. I don't feel it's appropriate. I mean it is overly cartoony. Wow. I wish Sara Stone would come back.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701834)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 22nd, 2015 @ 8:18am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Actually I assumed that the 'only a prime could kill a prime' meant there was more to galvatron then I we were being told, basically he is one of the thirteen.

I may not be right, but I'm pretty sure it meant that the primes were undivine but thought of themselves as divine. However, it would be a twist if he were a prime. afterall, we do not know the names of all 13
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701839)
Posted by Shuttershock on June 22nd, 2015 @ 9:03am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Actually I assumed that the 'only a prime could kill a prime' meant there was more to galvatron then I we were being told, basically he is one of the thirteen.

I may not be right, but I'm pretty sure it meant that the primes were undivine but thought of themselves as divine. However, it would be a twist if he were a prime. afterall, we do not know the names of all 13


Personally, I like the Underbase Podcast interpretation. The Primes built up a mythology around themselves that made them seem divine and untouchable, like the Egyptian pharaohs. They ARE very powerful to begin with, but they're no less mortal than anyone else who's got the bearings to challenge them.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Full Preview (1701842)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 22nd, 2015 @ 9:08am CDT
Shuttershock wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Actually I assumed that the 'only a prime could kill a prime' meant there was more to galvatron then I we were being told, basically he is one of the thirteen.

I may not be right, but I'm pretty sure it meant that the primes were undivine but thought of themselves as divine. However, it would be a twist if he were a prime. afterall, we do not know the names of all 13


Personally, I like the Underbase Podcast interpretation. The Primes built up a mythology around themselves that made them seem divine and untouchable, like the Egyptian pharaohs. They ARE very powerful to begin with, but they're no less mortal than anyone else who's got the bearings to challenge them.

That idea does sound good to me. I believe you are right

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