iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 11:37am CDT

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Thanks to iTunes we have the three page (four including the cover) for IDW's Transformers #13! Here's the synopsis from iTunes:
"The hunt is on! Chromia and Prowl launch a massive security operation, desperately trying to track down two murderers. Bumblebee visits an injured Windblade, Orion Pax, Sentinel Prime, and Megatron wrestle for control and influence—and nobody knows whose side (if anyone’s) Termagax and Starscream are on in all of this!"

Interesting to note Jhiaxus in his Thrilling 30 rendition which itself was a retool of the Armada Starscream homage released that same year. Despite what some fans have described as slow pacing the title does not appear to be lacking in fun obscure references for fans of all Generations. Enjoy the preview and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

Transformers News: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

Transformers News: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

Transformers News: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

Transformers News: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13

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Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041337)
Posted by Shockblast7 on October 9th, 2019 @ 12:19pm CDT
Um, wow! Savage
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041343)
Posted by Archforce on October 9th, 2019 @ 1:36pm CDT
A few issues behind, but I've gotta say I love how the series is using a lot of the pre-existing Generations figures as the basis for characters who didn't get a Siege figure, especially since the toyline is leaving Cybertron earlier than most of us would've probably liked. I've gone about moving TR Sentinel Prime and Quake to my Siege shelf.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041351)
Posted by ScottyP on October 9th, 2019 @ 2:47pm CDT
Milne is a god, wow. These pages look great, that first one is especially effective.

Kaon, Helex, Deadlock and Fulcrum on the screen behind Jhiaxus, that'd be fun but I won't read into it.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041377)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 9th, 2019 @ 6:13pm CDT
Ah, there is the art I love!

Milne is the best artist for TFs, my opinion of course
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041408)
Posted by Flashwave on October 9th, 2019 @ 10:07pm CDT
*Has more action and reaction in 3 pages than the previous 12 issues*
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041418)
Posted by serre prime on October 10th, 2019 @ 1:20am CDT
alex milne is the best.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041441)
Posted by ScottyP on October 10th, 2019 @ 10:34am CDT
william-james88 wrote:And yeah, the only thing it really references is Grant Morrison's new X-Men which is great because that's the last time such pure and deep sci fi notions were explored.
Picked up the big hardback omnibus of this, through roughly ten issues or so. Just finished up Germ Free Generation and the silent issue. Story's good, I like the tight casting. The art is pretty bad if I'm honest, the layouts are fine but the details, eh, not so great. Still cool to get some additional context on Genosha.

These ten issues have also done way more than the Bold New Era. Heard it suggested that the Netflix series is supposed to tie in and that's why we're moving at a snail's pace. I really hope this isn't true, it makes the current product suffer and multimedia tie-ins rarely age well.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041442)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 10th, 2019 @ 10:47am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
william-james88 wrote:And yeah, the only thing it really references is Grant Morrison's new X-Men which is great because that's the last time such pure and deep sci fi notions were explored.
Picked up the big hardback omnibus of this, through roughly ten issues or so. Just finished up Germ Free Generation and the silent issue. Story's good, I like the tight casting. The art is pretty bad if I'm honest, the layouts are fine but the details, eh, not so great. Still cool to get some additional context on Genosha.

These ten issues have also done way more than the Bold New Era. Heard it suggested that the Netflix series is supposed to tie in and that's why we're moving at a snail's pace. I really hope this isn't true, it makes the current product suffer and multimedia tie-ins rarely age well.

Thats the first I've heard of that, my thoughts were how would the comic react when the toyline outstrips its pace? Given that hasbro likes the comics to be advertisement, I wonder how it will work.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041468)
Posted by william-james88 on October 10th, 2019 @ 4:43pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
william-james88 wrote:And yeah, the only thing it really references is Grant Morrison's new X-Men which is great because that's the last time such pure and deep sci fi notions were explored.
Picked up the big hardback omnibus of this, through roughly ten issues or so. Just finished up Germ Free Generation and the silent issue. Story's good, I like the tight casting. The art is pretty bad if I'm honest, the layouts are fine but the details, eh, not so great. Still cool to get some additional context on Genosha.

These ten issues have also done way more than the Bold New Era. Heard it suggested that the Netflix series is supposed to tie in and that's why we're moving at a snail's pace. I really hope this isn't true, it makes the current product suffer and multimedia tie-ins rarely age well.

Some of the art is notoriously atrocious, one artist was drawing 3 issues a month. But did you find it all bad? The first few issues are by Quitely who is rather revered. Both he and Morrison have wirked a lot together and their work is covered in the class Va'al used to teach.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041790)
Posted by ScottyP on October 14th, 2019 @ 12:01pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
william-james88 wrote:And yeah, the only thing it really references is Grant Morrison's new X-Men which is great because that's the last time such pure and deep sci fi notions were explored.
Picked up the big hardback omnibus of this, through roughly ten issues or so. Just finished up Germ Free Generation and the silent issue. Story's good, I like the tight casting. The art is pretty bad if I'm honest, the layouts are fine but the details, eh, not so great. Still cool to get some additional context on Genosha.

These ten issues have also done way more than the Bold New Era. Heard it suggested that the Netflix series is supposed to tie in and that's why we're moving at a snail's pace. I really hope this isn't true, it makes the current product suffer and multimedia tie-ins rarely age well.

Some of the art is notoriously atrocious, one artist was drawing 3 issues a month. But did you find it all bad? The first few issues are by Quitely who is rather revered. Both he and Morrison have wirked a lot together and their work is covered in the class Va'al used to teach.
Art in the first few issues was mostly good, it was mainly Cyclops' face that bugs me. Is lumpy the right word? He looked lumpy. The layouts and sequential work were stellar regardless, no complaints there.

Read the Xorn focused issue (127) yesterday where John Paul Leon did pencils with Sienkiewicz on inks and some of those pages were really really nice to look at, that last page especially.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2041797)
Posted by william-james88 on October 14th, 2019 @ 2:00pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Read the Xorn focused issue (127) yesterday where John Paul Leon did pencils with Sienkiewicz on inks and some of those pages were really really nice to look at, that last page especially.


Oh man, I absolutely LOVE that art. It was such a breath of fresh air while i was reading that run the first time. It's not your typical art, but it works. And yes, I feel the same about Quitely's Cyclops. I find his Emma frost costume also odd, I feel Van Sciver makes it work better (his art was probably the most traditional of the bunch).
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2042570)
Posted by ScottyP on October 21st, 2019 @ 11:55am CDT
The lack of discussion here tells me skipping the review for issue 13 while I was on vacation was the right call. Loved the Milne art and what he added to some of the characters just through the visuals. Not sure about this Springer yet, we'll see where it goes. I would hate to have to follow Roche's take on Springer so maybe just sticking to G1 there is the way to go.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2042822)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 23rd, 2019 @ 8:50pm CDT
Thanks to the Twitter account of IDW Manager and Creative Director Tom Waltz we bring to you a sneak preview of Transformers #14! Due out on November 6th, this brief handful of panels ratchets up the action (pun intended) and introduces a character into this continuity who had some brief panel time in the last few issues of the previous IDWverse, and was something of a fan favorite in previous media.

The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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This issue features story by Brian Ruckley, and art by Anna Malkova and Beth McGuire-Smith. Does this whet your appetite for the coming issue? Let us know what you think of this preview, and if you'll be picking this up two weeks from now.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2042836)
Posted by TulioDude on October 23rd, 2019 @ 11:10pm CDT
Strongarm is hanging out with Sideswipe suppose to be a reference to the RID 2015 cartoon?
They are using Shadow Striker form Cyberverse?
I just wish the series was more its own thing,instead of being a variation of G1.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2042844)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 24th, 2019 @ 3:31am CDT
I think they're just borrowing shadow strikers design as an Easter egg as they called her Kaskade (unless that was her original name)
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2043080)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 27th, 2019 @ 2:38pm CDT
Now that the rebooted IDW Transformers series is starting to rev up action, it promises to be an exciting read. Coming to you from iTunes, we have a three page preview, due out on November 6th.

The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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We also have word of a new retailer incentive cover done by artist Andrew Griffith for the Transformers: Galaxies series of "Spotlight" style arcs, featuring everyone's favorite lean, green, building machines, the Constructicons! Feast your eyes on this below, before you pick up your copy on October 30th.

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Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2043120)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 27th, 2019 @ 8:53pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I think they're just borrowing shadow strikers design as an Easter egg as they called her Kaskade (unless that was her original name)

Shadowstriker appeared based on her Cyberverse design. Kaskade is an entirely new character
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2043973)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 6th, 2019 @ 7:38pm CST
Attack on Titan
A Seibertron.com Semi-Spoilerish Review of IDW Transformers #14


Synopsis

Now shipping monthly! The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!


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Genre Savvy Swiper


Story

After a bit of a hiatus, we return to you with a review for the just released IDW Transformers #14, part of the Bold New Era. And as for how that Bold New Era is doing, keep reading below! And for more information on this issue, you can check out our database entry!

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There is a light that never goes out


So far, the Bold New Era has been heavy on the dialogue, but not so heavy on the story or intrigue. If anything, that has been the weakness of the Bold New Era to date, not a lot happening for the page space. The story has been slow going, and every time we get something that seems intriguing, it stalls out.

But after the Rubble of issue 5 and the return of Sentinel Prime to Cybertron, it seems the story might finally be making some ground. While it still wasn't very deep, there was some excitement to the story, it felt like there were more risks and consequences. We also learned some things about a few characters and also got to see some new ones. Motivations that were seemingly not there or unclear have focused in some, and we got some more character development, though we still don't really have many highly intriguing characters.

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Pictured: a new character and one existing character sorely needing some fiction


I liked the inclusion of Starscream in this issue, and he proved to be a welcome addition, bringing to the table some of the traits described in the paragraph above. I also think it was important for Orion Pax to be entirely absent and Megatron to only briefly show up. Both characters are very important Transformers characters, but so far have proven to be more attention vacuums than intriguing characters. It was good to have a good sized cast represented here without them with a chance to shine on their own, and Starscream, Soundwave, and to a lesser extent Sideswipe, Kup, Landmine, and Geomotus.

On another note, the inclusion of Strongarm alongside Sideswipe in this issue is a continued sign of the thing I so far like most in this comic: the variety of the characters showing up. Sure it has a lot of G1/Siege going on, but non-G1 characters showing up and referencing things outside of previous G1 stories is refreshing. I enjoy inclusions such as this, and want a little bit more of those characters and story too. The comic has showed a cast with variety, it just needs to flex that diversity a bit more.

Art

Art for this issue is split between Anna Malkova and Bethany Mcguire-Smith on lines, Joana Lafuente on colors, and Tom B. Long on letters. The art for the series so far has been a bit loose and all over the place in terms of quality, but outside of issue 13, I feel this is the best comic issue in terms of artistic consistency. While there were some questionable shapes thrown during this issue (Nautica being a primary offender compared to her prior appearances), the art overall was good quality, the two line artists had similar styles that allowed for a smooth transition between the artists, and the facial expressions were very well done in this issue.

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He knows he's in one of the best panels of the comic so far


The colors matched up with the line art pretty dang good as well, giving you a good sense of what time it is on Cybertron, and it also helped give the book some depth, showing shadows and sun glistening off of the lined surfaces. It was very pleasing to look at. The glowing optics were also a highlight in terms of colors.

The lettering is once more of good quality, and helps compliment the art while not getting in the way. I also enjoyed the word effects for all the different types of action happening throughout the issue, it helped augment the lines and colors of the different panels.

Conclusion

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Overall, I would argue that this is the best overall chapter of the Bold New Era so far. We had a good first issue that helped set things up, but after that, there haven't been many highlights, and the ones that have happened have had a bit too much dead space between them to truly have a impact. If issue 14 had come earlier, such as being issue 8 instead of 14, I feel like the story would be progressing better and more coherently. The story needs better pacing and some more intrigue to it. We don't necessarily need to be told everything, let stuff happen in the background. Speech and walking heads can get in the way.

On those notes, issue 14 seems to be a step in the right direction. No real depth, nothing really to pick up with a 2nd read, but it was intriguing, it had some depth to it, and it made you want to actually read through it again. If we can actually keep this tempo up, the story will progress and we will start having some more depth and more enjoyment for the readers.

:CON: :CON: :CON: out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2044030)
Posted by ScottyP on November 7th, 2019 @ 10:12am CST
Very fair review, good stuff D Max!

If I put this issue in a vaccuum it was pretty entertaining. Overall it isn't in a vaccuum though, so my confusion on why this is all happening to this degree dampens the experience. This is turning into Char's Counterattack where the motivations are all explained but the actions based on them take such a leap that I have a hard time believing the characters.

Also still find the dialogue too stiff and not character driven, for the most part. The Nautica, Prowl and Road Rage scene would be an exception where that was done better.
Re: iTunes Three Page Preview for IDW's Transformers Issue 13 (2044046)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on November 7th, 2019 @ 12:36pm CST
I like the art. Crisp colors and lively panels, unlike Galaxies. Why is it that I can't get a book where both the art and story are good? Why does it have to be one or the other? My opinion only, of course.

I pretty much gave up on this book, but I still read the reviews out of morbid curiosity. Maybe eventually it'll pick up.

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