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Thanks to iTunes we have our preview for the next upcoming Transformers comic, #5! Issue #5 gives us a look at Megatron as he gives yet another speech, this time done as a recording and aired out to all of Cybertron. We also get a bit more of a look at Chromia as she and Sideswipe start looking into members of society going underground.

And finally, and adorably, we have Prowl playing around with what looks like a potential pet green pterodactyl. Hmm, now could this be a simple coincidence, or Siege related (Pteraxadon)? Let us know what you think!

These pages are also our first glimpse at interior line work from Anna Malkova, so check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Transformers News: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5

Transformers News: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5

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Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020966)
Posted by steve2275 on May 8th, 2019 @ 9:00pm CDT
the art :-D
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020968)
Posted by Wireless_Phantom on May 8th, 2019 @ 9:37pm CDT
Well, I guess I now have to buy a Siege Prowl specifically for the purpose of having pteraxadon perch on his arm.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020977)
Posted by Nexus Knight on May 8th, 2019 @ 10:31pm CDT
This... this newest is awesome. I've never thought of Cybertron having organic lifeforms, but it makes so much sense (I know, they've been introduced before in this series). Just seeing Prowl with the dinobird is great.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but is this the first we're seeing of Megatron's actual politics? Beyond the surface "things need to change". He's basically saying that the Autobots as a ruling class are being too restrictive? Am I the only one interpreting this way?
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020978)
Posted by Randomhero on May 8th, 2019 @ 10:39pm CDT
Nexus Knight wrote:This... this newest is awesome. I've never thought of Cybertron having organic lifeforms, but it makes so much sense (I know, they've been introduced before in this series). Just seeing Prowl with the dinobird is great.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but is this the first we're seeing of Megatron's actual politics? Beyond the surface "things need to change". He's basically saying that the Autobots as a ruling class are being too restrictive? Am I the only one interpreting this way?


He’s been saying that throughout the series in his scenes
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020980)
Posted by Flashwave on May 8th, 2019 @ 11:02pm CDT
Great, now I need a Pteraxodon to go with my Prowl..

I wonder if thats a genuine Earth import, establishing a relative time stamp for this stoyry, or some alien knock-off dinobird? If it is, its a clever way to say “Millions of Years ago, by SHOWING instead of telling.
Nexus Knight wrote:This... this newest is awesome. I've never thought of Cybertron having organic lifeforms, but it makes so much sense (I know, they've been introduced before in this series). Just seeing Prowl with the dinobird is great.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but is this the first we're seeing of Megatron's actual politics? Beyond the surface "things need to change". He's basically saying that the Autobots as a ruling class are being too restrictive? Am I the only one interpreting this way?
Second time, the first in depth look was the end of Book 2 or 3 when someone fired on Megatron during his speech, but this is a much more in depth look at Cybertron’s past and past politics than we have gotten.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020987)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 3:35am CDT
Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020990)
Posted by spiderbob007 on May 9th, 2019 @ 5:41am CDT
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.

..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.


Every a-hole is a product of nature and environment and no two are alike. Batman and his rouges gallery are a case study.

Batman = a-hole for justice
Joker = a-hole for chaos
Riddler = smart a-hole
Penguin = greedy a-hole
Catwoman = sneaky a-hole
Poison Ivy = environmentalist a-hole

None of them were born a-holes, it took time and circumstance to make them the archetypal a-holes that they all are.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020992)
Posted by Randomhero on May 9th, 2019 @ 5:44am CDT
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.



Yeeeeeeah Megatron was a one note villain for over 20 years that just cackled and screamed domination with no depth. No thanks. I’d rather have characters that are interesting and have a good background.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020995)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 6:46am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.



Yeeeeeeah Megatron was a one note villain for over 20 years that just cackled and screamed domination with no depth. No thanks. I’d rather have characters that are interesting and have a good background.


Yeah I can see and understand the container argument.

but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Making your heroes out to be the bad guy faction isn't good writing either.

Megatron isn't Magneto and and should never be Magneto and doesn't need those layers.

By robbing the Leader-1 / Cy-Kill backstory you aren't doing anything new.

Glad you're liking this take on Megatron though, i guess this just isn't for me anymore.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2020998)
Posted by Randomhero on May 9th, 2019 @ 7:10am CDT
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.



Yeeeeeeah Megatron was a one note villain for over 20 years that just cackled and screamed domination with no depth. No thanks. I’d rather have characters that are interesting and have a good background.


Yeah I can see and understand the container argument.

but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Making your heroes out to be the bad guy faction isn't good writing either.

Megatron isn't Magneto and and should never be Magneto and doesn't need those layers.

By robbing the Leader-1 / Cy-Kill backstory you aren't doing anything new.

Glad you're liking this take on Megatron though, i guess this just isn't for me anymore.


Except it was broke which made those characters not that memorable. When a character just cackles and screams evil things. That’s not great. It worked for a children’s cartoon 35 years ago but not nowadays.

This is also a Megatron that hasnt started the war yet. It’s inevitable he will lose his way but guess what? That’s how most villains start.

The most memorable villains in media have tragic origins that made them who they were. Even going back to transformers with Beast Wars Megatron. A character that was evil but he was evil because he was created on the side of the war that lost and grew up oppressed and became obsessed with changing his heritage.

What you’re wanting is the very thing that people have complained about with the first half of the marvel movies. That the villains were just cookie cutter one dimensional characters that were evil to just be evil and was a big criticism for some of those movies.

Nobody wants what you’re asking for because it doesn’t work
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021001)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 8:04am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.



Yeeeeeeah Megatron was a one note villain for over 20 years that just cackled and screamed domination with no depth. No thanks. I’d rather have characters that are interesting and have a good background.


Yeah I can see and understand the container argument.

but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Making your heroes out to be the bad guy faction isn't good writing either.

Megatron isn't Magneto and and should never be Magneto and doesn't need those layers.

By robbing the Leader-1 / Cy-Kill backstory you aren't doing anything new.

Glad you're liking this take on Megatron though, i guess this just isn't for me anymore.


Except it was broke which made those characters not that memorable. When a character just cackles and screams evil things. That’s not great. It worked for a children’s cartoon 35 years ago but not nowadays.

This is also a Megatron that hasnt started the war yet. It’s inevitable he will lose his way but guess what? That’s how most villains start.

The most memorable villains in media have tragic origins that made them who they were. Even going back to transformers with Beast Wars Megatron. A character that was evil but he was evil because he was created on the side of the war that lost and grew up oppressed and became obsessed with changing his heritage.

What you’re wanting is the very thing that people have complained about with the first half of the marvel movies. That the villains were just cookie cutter one dimensional characters that were evil to just be evil and was a big criticism for some of those movies.

Nobody wants what you’re asking for because it doesn’t work


I understand to take out the saturday morning cartoon element i agree but you shouldn't feel sorry for your villains. never.

I can see that but i doesn't stand for all villains Norman Osborn was nasty before he became the Green Goblin for example.

Now I think you have beast wars all wrong the Predacons were not 'oppressed' that was just the political dogma Megatron spouted to gain followers and to take total power for him self (sound familiar to a real life example) so much much so he wanted to kill the ultimate good in auto/max history to gain said power Optimus Prime. He was greying the lines between the Predacons and Maximals. It wasn't the maximals being evil the writers should not grey the lines between good and evil. People incredibly ticked off people with Hydra Captain America (rightly so) and the constant hero vs hero stories, no one wants that either.

Again not true Abomination had a full character arc (corrupted by power), Loki again not exactly a cookie cutter. Iron Monger a full nasty character arc. (i'll give you Malaketh but that film was rubbish anyway).

No one is asking for all villains to have multiple layers either. the writers to should refer back to budiansky's profiles for where the character came from imo.

I do appreciate your side though
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021005)
Posted by Flashwave on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:02am CDT
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Coptur wrote:Honestly i'm happy for those that are enjoying this.


..but here we go again the "Autobots are bad wah wah" this is NOT Megatron.

Megatron should be a power hungry **** no more no less. Idw please please stop justifying your villain it ruins your villain sometimes people are just ****holes simple as that.



Yeeeeeeah Megatron was a one note villain for over 20 years that just cackled and screamed domination with no depth. No thanks. I’d rather have characters that are interesting and have a good background.


Yeah I can see and understand the container argument.

but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Making your heroes out to be the bad guy faction isn't good writing either.

Megatron isn't Magneto and and should never be Magneto and doesn't need those layers.

By robbing the Leader-1 / Cy-Kill backstory you aren't doing anything new.

Glad you're liking this take on Megatron though, i guess this just isn't for me anymore.


Except it was broke which made those characters not that memorable. When a character just cackles and screams evil things. That’s not great. It worked for a children’s cartoon 35 years ago but not nowadays.

This is also a Megatron that hasnt started the war yet. It’s inevitable he will lose his way but guess what? That’s how most villains start.

The most memorable villains in media have tragic origins that made them who they were. Even going back to transformers with Beast Wars Megatron. A character that was evil but he was evil because he was created on the side of the war that lost and grew up oppressed and became obsessed with changing his heritage.

What you’re wanting is the very thing that people have complained about with the first half of the marvel movies. That the villains were just cookie cutter one dimensional characters that were evil to just be evil and was a big criticism for some of those movies.

Nobody wants what you’re asking for because it doesn’t work


I understand to take out the saturday morning cartoon element i agree but you shouldn't feel sorry for your villains. never.

I can see that but i doesn't stand for all villains Norman Osborn was nasty before he became the Green Goblin for example.

Now I think you have beast wars all wrong the Predacons were not 'oppressed' that was just the political dogma Megatron spouted to gain followers and to take total power for him self (sound familiar to a real life example) so much much so he wanted to kill the ultimate good in auto/max history to gain said power Optimus Prime. He was greying the lines between the Predacons and Maximals. It wasn't the maximals being evil the writers should not grey the lines between good and evil. People incredibly ticked off people with Hydra Captain America (rightly so) and the constant hero vs hero stories, no one wants that either.

Again not true Abomination had a full character arc (corrupted by power), Loki again not exactly a cookie cutter. Iron Monger a full nasty character arc. (i'll give you Malaketh but that film was rubbish anyway).

No one is asking for all villains to have multiple layers either. the writers to should refer back to budiansky's profiles for where the character came from imo.

I do appreciate your side though

Loki i will give you. Didnt see Hulk, But Iron Monger was the first in a line of Marvel Villians that were just mirrors of their heroes. Iron Monger had Charisma, and that made him memorable, but he didnt jsve an arc. Sn arc implies change. He juat backslid. The guy from Iron Man 2 had more of an arc, we knew his father had been potentially burned by thr Starks previously. But it sounds like Obafiah Iron Monger Stain is exactly who you want as a Megatron. But IDW is building towards another villian like, to continue the metaphors, Thanos.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021006)
Posted by Randomhero on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:02am CDT
But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021009)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:50am CDT
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.


The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron.

Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021010)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:50am CDT
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.


The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron.

Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021011)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:51am CDT
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.


The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron.

Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021012)
Posted by Coptur on May 9th, 2019 @ 9:54am CDT
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.


The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron. Peace would feel oppressive to war mongers and haters they would say and do anything (i.e lie) to have full power back in their court.

Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021018)
Posted by Randomhero on May 9th, 2019 @ 10:33am CDT
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.


The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron. Peace would feel oppressive to war mongers and haters they would say and do anything (i.e lie) to have full power back in their court.

Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.


The council even states that predacons are second class citizens. That’s why a lot of predacons are living on space stations instead of Cybertron the cartoon

The Tripredacus was planning a war to take back Cybertron. They didn’t stall anything because of a Megatron. He was causing problems in the name of their faction. That’s why they sent ravage to take him out and everyone on prehistoric earth. They didn’t want him and his actions causing a rift in what they were planing.

Megatron knew what he was doing. He himself is as much a biproduct of the end of the autobot/Decepticon war as the maximals. He knew killing Optimus would remove the predacons too because it meant his ancestors would win.

Tigerhawk even states that in the episode that revealed tarantulus’s plan by saying if he does this it will affect the predacons too where the twist was revealed he and the council are not from either side. That’s a bit of retconning because when megatrons plan was revealed a season earlier the Tripredacus council were intended to be decedents of Decepticons.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021019)
Posted by Flashwave on May 9th, 2019 @ 12:23pm CDT
Coptur wrote:
Randomhero wrote:But they were oppressed. The episode that introduced the Tripredacus Council explained that after the war the predacons were oppressed in ways and were treated as second class citizens. And BW megatrons plan by the end of season two was to wipe out not just the autobots and maximals by killing Optimus Prime it was to wipe himself out so his ancestors ancestors would become the victors of the war. That very act would destroy himself too and he knew it.



The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron. Peace would feel oppressive to war mongers and haters they would say and do anything (i.e lie) to have full power back in their court.


Megatron didn't fall victim to the time-nado his plan would've killed only Autobots whereas later on Tarantulas saw the opportunity to do the same but to both factions (in turn serving the Tripredacus Council) by wiping out the Ark with all on board.

The Tripredacus Council could be seen loosely analogous to post WWI Germany. The Allied Powers saddled Germany with enormous debt and responsibility for repairing the damage done by the war, so much so that Germany was forced into exorbinant inflation and was exporting resources it needed to rebuild for itself. For his part, Woodrow Wilson cautioned against such harsh reperations, but was largely ignored.

Now, the Autobot/Decepticon War was probably not anythibg like WW1, but we really don't know how the Pax Cybertronia went down, and its entorely possible, even likely, that Autobot Victors punished the Cons by making them rebuild. And much as how the Nazi party gained traction in the Shadows, (remember, Hitler was ELECTED by a tired, broken people, the Jew-hating, baby eating villianous bad guys part came later) the Tripredacus Council likely evolved under similar circumstances.

Your saying
The Tripredous council no doubt 'believed' that and told the masses the same, don't forget they had their own plans in motion which are some what put on hold by BW Megatron. Peace would feel oppressive to war mongers and haters they would say and do anything (i.e lie) to have full power back in their court.
is only creating plausible deniability in a story where there is none. The writers have told us through the writing that the Predacons were born of a downtrodden loser of a bloody. Costly war. Take that at face value because its Canon.
Re: iTunes Preview for IDW Transformers #5 (2021022)
Posted by sol magnus on May 9th, 2019 @ 1:30pm CDT
Even though he's using the "Autobots are containing us" as a "legitimate" reason for his speaking out, I think this issue already makes clear he's not just addressing some grievance. It definitely appears self-serving just based on the dialogue. But we'll see.

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