IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review

IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 2:25am CDT

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The Doctor is In
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
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?

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Perhaps Wheeljack?


Story

Once more, we look at the almost immediate aftermath of Combiner Wars, as one of the minds behind the arc's story takes her writing back to the series that first launched the multiverse. Mairghread Scott dwells on Cybertron, and the many worlds that refer back to it, more or less, and some old-but-new friends make their appearance.

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Be still my racing heart


Scott's script manages to be fresh while drawing from a number of sources, from Animated to Prime to older material still, and we finally also get a look another of the colonies: Velocitron, and its peculiarly self-assured inhabitants, as Starscream begins to build his empire Council - just as the Transformers fiction re-expands, too.

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Worldsss


Having someone like Knock-Out, with his Prime personality, is a magnificent counterpart to the snark that Starscream brings to the scene, and provides some great character bouncing off for both Blurr and Windblade. The latter, however, is even better placed next to the more humble Moonracer, while louder egos clash in ..er.. negotiations.

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Okay, cheesus


Character-establishing, world-building, great interactions, fabulous characters from previous strengths and preferences, the first fully-fledged Windblade issue is a great venture into a wider verse and the smaller realities of the individuals populating it. And it's darn good fun, of course.

Art

While we have seen Corin Howell debuting in the previous issue of Windblade, this is the first time we get to see a full issue featuring her linework, from pencils to inks. And, despite some expected criticisms from readers expecting a 'Stone continuation', I enjoy the Animated-influenced perspective we get in the issue. Some sequences are full of life, and even joy - with some excellent homages and call-backs to what Windblade has already been established as in the previous run.

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Exhibit A


Thomas Teyowisonte Deer is another very nice addition to the creative team on the book, and the colouring style does fit quite nicely with Howell's line-and-ink performance. Some of the backgrounds are magnificent, though there are some more muted, almost silently contrasted to the otherwise joyous atmosphere of the party scenes. Nonetheless, you can see below what he can do elsewhere.

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Exhibit B


Lettering is left to Tom B. Long once again, a mainstay in the TFverse by now, and his work blends particularly aptly with Howell's small sound additions in the linework, both in font work and subtlety, and keeps some level of continuity with previous comics. As for the covers, we have another impressive array, with Priscilla Tramontano on main variant, the dramatically splendid Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente Cityspeaker, the stunning Windblade by Naoto Tsutshima and Jet Enter plus the SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunter version, by Sara Pitre Durocher (thumbnail).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There are many Seibertron.com staff words and thoughts in this review, and thought I should acknowledge them here before I get lost in my own - and overall, we agree on its merits. It's a fun, well-dialogued interaction between different cultures, characters and references that fans from across the franchise will enjoy as it starts laying out the steps to something bigger.

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And more parties!


So big, in fact, that we may have seen the beginning of Titan Wars dropped in, very casually, in the early pages. There are cameos, there are homages, there are redesigns and reworkings of established elements of the mediatic Transformers universe, and most of all - it's fun. Light enough after the heavy-fisted Combiner Wars, without drifting off, or going off track. Chapeau.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Credit(s): IDW, Va'al


This article was last modified on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 2:32am CDT

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Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702467)
Posted by Bounti76 on June 24th, 2015 @ 3:13am CDT
I agree, it was a nice change of pace to have a more light-hearted issue.

But by Primus, that's some mighty distracting art. Over exaggerated facial expressions on EVERY single panel? Really, we get that Howell can draw facial expressions. We do. But when they become the focus of the page, rather than working WITH the words to tell the story, I lose interest VERY quickly. I've said it before, I'll say it again, I half expected the Road Runner to drop a safe on someone. The art is that juvenile to me.

I really hope Howell won't be a permanent artist on this series. Her style is a bad fit for it. Too bad Animated isn't still around; she'd be perfect for that.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702469)
Posted by Va'al on June 24th, 2015 @ 4:00am CDT
*shrug*

Agree to disagree, of course. :D
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702488)
Posted by Jeen0808 on June 24th, 2015 @ 7:09am CDT
Nice read, I'd say. Loved the whole bar sequence.

Quite like the art as well. It's a lovely refresher from that all red, all skewed, all depressing Livio stuff. Do not mind at all.

Looking forward to this whole racing adventure, as well. Sounds exciting. Also, Blurr. I wonder what will come off it.


And I agree, the one on the left is cuter.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702501)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 8:21am CDT
I actually do like the art. It feels better this issue. As much as I miss Stone, this is still good art, and I do not mind the cartooniness of it. :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702519)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 24th, 2015 @ 9:01am CDT
The art is the only thing I have a problem with in this comic. I love the idea that windblade seems to be a series that explores the larger transformers universe. I just wish the art wasnt so silly.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702529)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 9:39am CDT
The whole colony/empire building direction that is being taken is very nice. I cannot wait for the next issue. Blurr in action! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702562)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 24th, 2015 @ 11:05am CDT
I do have to add that I am LOVING Knock-out. I am so glad he is in the IDW-verse. He was one of the best things about Prime in my opinion and I'm so glad he's here. I can hear Daran Norris in every word. I just hope they dont make him too nefarious. He never seemed to be a "real" villain. Just a narcissist.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702596)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:53pm CDT
Optimizzy wrote:I do have to add that I am LOVING Knock-out. I am so glad he is in the IDW-verse. He was one of the best things about Prime in my opinion and I'm so glad he's here. I can hear Daran Norris in every word. I just hope they dont make him too nefarious. He never seemed to be a "real" villain. Just a narcissist.

HA! Very true. Love his character. Smooth-talking-back-stabbing-speed-demon narcissist. "Oh, and he's ruuuuuuude" :lol: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702628)
Posted by Counterpunch on June 24th, 2015 @ 2:45pm CDT
I love this. It has big fun implications for my two collecting joys: Classics and the AEC Universe.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702662)
Posted by King Kuuga on June 24th, 2015 @ 4:53pm CDT
After reading the full issue, the art still bothers me, but I think a combination of Howell growing into the role and me getting used to it will let it improve in my eyes as the series go on. The writing is excellent. This is what Scott can do when she isn't being tied down by a rushed crossover storyline. I love the inclusion of Knock Out, I like how Moonracer balances him out by being reserved and reasonable, I love the whole party scene, I love Windblade and co going behind Starscream's back to try to win an alliance with Velocitron. I really hope that Starscream eventually comes to see Windblade as a valuable political ally instead of just an asset, but he's Starscream, or should I say, Starscheme, so I doubt that's going to happen.
Nice nod to Prime there, Knock Out's conjunx is slow and unwanted among Velocitronians. That'd be Breakdown, presumably. I hope we see him.

This issue has me looking forward to the next issue much more than TF 42 has me looking for the continuation of that series. Bring on the expansion of the universe!
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702717)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 24th, 2015 @ 6:59pm CDT
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Oh if only exhaust was part of the Cybertronian federal government or whatever; I know what he'd say to that.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702749)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 24th, 2015 @ 8:29pm CDT
Loving that a Prime writer officially made Knock Out "gay" by giving him a husband... and who does it end up being? Breakdown of course!
http://mscottwrites.tumblr.com/post/122 ... at-read-is
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702776)
Posted by King Kuuga on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:33pm CDT
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:Loving that a Prime writer officially made Knock Out "gay" by giving him a husband... and who does it end up being? Breakdown of course!
http://mscottwrites.tumblr.com/post/122 ... at-read-is

Mairghread Scott wrote:There was a really valid concern that two Breakdowns from two worlds with similar designs that could conceivably meet would be confusing.

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I'm not confused.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702781)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:44pm CDT
It would have been cooler if they went with Polar Claw as Knock Out's Conjunx...
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Since KO is more than likely the catcher, his husband should be a bear. Get it?? :lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702785)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:50pm CDT
Can't we have "combiner Breakdown" and "Muscle Man Breakdown"? I mean come on! We have "Tall Tankor" and "Fat Tankor"! :lol: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702789)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:57pm CDT
Muscle Man Breakdown :lol: Hot
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702910)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 25th, 2015 @ 8:12am CDT
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:Muscle Man Breakdown :lol: Hot

It Works! He was always a muscle bound lunkhead, it fits. Besides, in this story he is big and slow, so muscular works :lol: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702948)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 25th, 2015 @ 9:47am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:Muscle Man Breakdown :lol: Hot

It Works! He was always a muscle bound lunkhead, it fits. Besides, in this story he is big and slow, so muscular works :lol: :BOT:

Totes. I agree! And the meathead is a perfect fit for twink-jock Knock Out, haha
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702956)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 25th, 2015 @ 10:07am CDT
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:Muscle Man Breakdown :lol: Hot

It Works! He was always a muscle bound lunkhead, it fits. Besides, in this story he is big and slow, so muscular works :lol: :BOT:

Totes. I agree! And the meathead is a perfect fit for twink-jock Knock Out, haha


ok. I actually have a problem with Breakdown(prime) being in IDW. it's a serious problem too.


I don't have the arms micron figure.

Now I'll have to pay extra for it. Dang it.
Re: IDW Transformers: Windblade #4 Review (1702958)
Posted by MartianSpyGirl1996 on June 25th, 2015 @ 10:11am CDT
Optimizzy wrote:
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
MartianSpyGirl1996 wrote:Muscle Man Breakdown :lol: Hot

It Works! He was always a muscle bound lunkhead, it fits. Besides, in this story he is big and slow, so muscular works :lol: :BOT:

Totes. I agree! And the meathead is a perfect fit for twink-jock Knock Out, haha


ok. I actually have a problem with Breakdown(prime) being in IDW. it's a serious problem too.


I don't have the arms micron figure.

Now I'll have to pay extra for it. Dang it.

I have the same problem! Fuck!

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