Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot)

Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot)

Friday, October 28th, 2016 1:14pm CDT

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Josh Boyfriend Saves the Day
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THUNDERCRACKER AND BUSTER SAVE THE WORLD! A DECEPTICON who wants to be a screenwriter. A dog who wants to, I don’t know, eat stuff and chase squirrels or whatever dogs want to do. A White House under siege by DIRE WRAITHS. And the phone call that brings them all together.

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Featuring: Bob


Story

I am still catching up on schedules and timings, so apologies for the slightly late review again! And, with that out of the way, a word of warning: I have not had the easiest time with this comic or its review. I spoke to other staff members, and took a look around other readers to form a better idea of it. I'm still unsure about some aspects, too. BUT - read on for more!

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Buster


The Transformers ongoing dips its toes in the Revolution pool by letting John Barber bring us back to one of the unsung heroes of the series, Thundercracker - and it's definitely the most apt choice that could've been made for the setting and plot: Earth lover, dealing with Earth issues and truths and things that may not be what they seem.

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D.O.C.


The device used in the script - using the infamous Josh Boyfriend screenplay as running introspective commentary - is well placed, and nicely executed. Sometimes, however, I felt like some of the action was forced for the sake of a joke or a twist in the words, and it jerked me out of the enjoyment. On the other hand, we also get some very nice Faireborn characterisation, and some good moments with sounboards Buster, DOC, Bob, too.

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..and Marissa Faireborn


The plot itself, while obviously not irrelevant, is nothing to write home about, and the book truly is about Thundercracker's place in the conflict, in the story, in the factions, and in relation to the characters around him since we've seen him return in the IDWverse. But for me, sometimes, that doesn't land fantastically. Yet more thoughts below.

Art

It's good to see the other hand responsible for this incarnation of the big blue back in action on the title, and Andrew Griffith brings all of his experience into the visual side of the book, with some great layouts and accompanying presence to the wordings - including some of the human features that I still at times find a little off putting (some of the jawlines, mainly), though never too distracting.

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Composition!


A relatively new colour collaborator joins Griffith on the book: Teyowisonte Thomas Deer. We've seen in on covers and in action on Till All Are One, but the style he uses with this linework is more muted, perhaps a little grittier and definitely fitting the Dire Wraiths plot side of the story - and a pleasure to watch, really. Some of the contrasts in palette are top notch.

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Fonts!


Lettering wise, we also have a new name: Gilberto Lazcano. And he really does bring it all: the screenplay captions, the Dire Wraith dialogue, the differences in volume and the sound effects are incredible, and incredibly well balanced, something that is very much needed with this type of issue. And of course, we once more have a whole lotta covers, so you can pick and choose, from Matere to Griffith and Lafuente, to Christiansen to Ramondelli (thumbnailed), to Tyndall and Moss, via Coller and Bove.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The script device, while amusing and introspective as I said above, can also lead to some crowded panels, and the visual team are good at making sure they're not over crowded, but still. It got in the way at times, and I kept thinking something was off - though I still cannot figure out what or why (there are definitely some editing issues, that much is true).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot)
This issue, more or less


The dialogue is good, but the words are busy; the art is busy, but it does everything pretty much right; the lettering, the colouring, the layouts are clearer than what the script might create, and the story is impacting the Revolution plot somewhat tangentially, and it leaves a great hook for Thundercracker from here on. So please bear with me as I try placing my finger on what didn't work for me.

. :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: ½ out of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837482)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 3:37pm CDT
I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837492)
Posted by Va'al on October 28th, 2016 @ 4:00pm CDT
Kurona wrote:I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.


I know that's what it was, and by all means and reasons I should've loved it too. But I didn't. And I cannot figure out why. :-?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837495)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 4:04pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
Kurona wrote:I loved it personally. Easily the best thing out of Revolution so far - it's funny, it advances the plot, it has characters that are fun and I actually care about, there's none of the trite let's-me-and-you-fight-over-stupid-shit-even-though-we're-obviously-gonna-end-up-allies that has made Revolution such a bad read... this is great. I loved it.


I know that's what it was, and by all means and reasons I should've loved it too. But I didn't. And I cannot figure out why. :-?

I can certainly see why it'd fall flat for someone too. It has all the ingredients it needed to be great - great characters, great dialogue, great art, great... an okay story for those to play on - but it was kind of... a bit overcooked? I don't mind that because if my fish is a little burnt it's okay, but it's definitely not gonna taste as great as it could have been.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837498)
Posted by Va'al on October 28th, 2016 @ 4:12pm CDT
Coming next week is the fourth part in IDW's multifranchise crossover Revolution, and we have Snake Eyes and what's left of G.I. Joe taking centre stage, and some odd timeline clashing (as the GI Joe one-shot hasn't happened yet) - check out below the full preview for Revolution #4, via Newsarama (kinda), and head back here for review after its release!

Revolution #4 (of 5)
Cullen Bunn & John Barber (w) • Fico Ossio (a) • Tradd Moore (c)
SILENT INTERLUDE! One human has the skill to break into AUTOBOT CITY—but what is SNAKE EYES going to do when he finds himself face-to-knee with OPTIMUS PRIME? And outside, MILES MAYHEM and the M.A.S.K. team wait to see who walks out alive…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837515)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 28th, 2016 @ 5:08pm CDT
I really don't like the art that much here. I was ok with it at the beginning but Arcee oh Arcee
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837526)
Posted by Deadput on October 28th, 2016 @ 6:12pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I really don't like the art that much here. I was ok with it at the beginning but Arcee oh Arcee


Yeah to me Arcee's face looks like an angry man with lick stick here with this art.

I mean I guess she was a man (Thanks Simon Furman) but still.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837530)
Posted by BombshellDaBug on October 28th, 2016 @ 7:17pm CDT
Can we just agree that we're all ready for Revolution to be over at this point?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837531)
Posted by Kurona on October 28th, 2016 @ 7:21pm CDT
BombshellDaBug wrote:Can we just agree that we're all ready for Revolution to be over at this point?

Kinda... but at least the upcoming MTMTE and Windblade Revolution one-shots look nice. Soothes the pain.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837731)
Posted by CaptainMagic on October 29th, 2016 @ 8:43pm CDT
I reread the Thundercracker issue again today, and I figured out what's off about it (at least for me). Simply put, Thundercracker and Faireborn are DICKS in this issue. We've definitely seen both of theses characters being rude, sarcastic, and generally pretty antagonistic to everyone around them, but they still usually come across as two of the more genuinely 'good' characters in the series. In this issue, they are too concerned with joking around and being clever, to the point where they both needlessly endanger other people just to set up a joke.

The review mentions that the script spends goes too far out of its way to set up clever moments, but I think it's even worse than that, because the characters are the ones doing that. I don't like TC just because he's funny; I like him because he's pretty much the only Transformer who really cares about people, and it's a shame to see Barber forget that in one of his most important moments in the spotlight.

That being said, I do agree that this is easily the most entertaining thing that Revolution has produced so far, and I do love the cheesy jokes even if they are off-putting.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837760)
Posted by Va'al on October 30th, 2016 @ 3:10am CDT
You may have a point or several there, CaptainMagic! :-?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837770)
Posted by Va'al on October 30th, 2016 @ 5:39am CDT
Another comic due next week is the one-shot issue of Transformers: Till All Are One, part of IDW's Revolution franchise crossover event, as written by regular Mairghread Scott and featuring art by Naoto Tushima! Check out the full preview below, and head back here for a review after its release.

Transformers: Till All Are One: Revolution #1
Mairghread Scott (w) • Naoto Tsushima (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)
WINDBLADE ON EARTH! The mysterious link between METROTITAN and MICROSPACE threatens to tear two universes apart, and only WINDBLADE has a chance to heal the Titan… and there she learns a terrifying secret that changes the stakes of the REVOLUTION.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
· Only WINDBLADE can heal the ailing TITAN—but what is his secret?
· Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, ROM, and much, much more!
· Variant cover by Ken Christiansen, part of a 13-part connected cover!


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837778)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 8:14am CDT
Oh shoot.

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837785)
Posted by Hydrargyrus on October 30th, 2016 @ 9:13am CDT
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837786)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 9:15am CDT
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837871)
Posted by Hydrargyrus on October 30th, 2016 @ 7:43pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.


Well, I generally don't read the comics (Although I do like what I've read about them), and I'm too young to remember when these franchises started, so...

What I was getting at was that a good amount of the revolution has not been well-liked, and an obscure reference is always usually a good sign.

You probably figured as much with that last bit, though.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1837872)
Posted by Kurona on October 30th, 2016 @ 7:56pm CDT
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:
MagicDeath wrote:
Kurona wrote:Oh shoot.

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This might be one of the few interesting things in the Revolution, based on what I've gathered.

Micronauts and the Thundercracker one-shot are the only things worth it so far imo. TAAO and MTMTE are promising to me, though - admittedly mostly because both books have been tremendous so far imo.


Well, I generally don't read the comics (Although I do like what I've read about them), and I'm too young to remember when these franchises started, so...

What I was getting at was that a good amount of the revolution has not been well-liked, and an obscure reference is always usually a good sign.

You probably figured as much with that last bit, though.

If you've liked what you've seen, I'd definitely recommend them if you get the chance. MTMTE is a pretty good fresh starting point with very few reading order diversions (though the crossover is a pain)

But yeah, definitely agree
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1838541)
Posted by Va'al on November 2nd, 2016 @ 4:10pm CDT
Big Trouble in Micro Verse
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
WINDBLADE ON EARTH! The mysterious link between METROTITAN and MICROSPACE threatens to tear two universes apart, and only WINDBLADE has a chance to heal the Titan… and there she learns a terrifying secret that changes the stakes of the REVOLUTION.

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They're definitely in this comic too


Story

We return the world of Till All Are One - which is pretty much the whole universe, given the presence of the Council of Worlds - for this one-shot of IDW's Revolution crossover, only to find out that while the universe out there is much bigger than it seems, it is also much smaller too - and may hold bigger revelations than we thought.

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CLUUUUEEEEESSSS


Some of the lines in this issue, storywise, were vaguely spoiled by the release order of Revolution being off - and we had the Micronus/Microverse reveal in the Micronauts books. And yet, despite knowing where things will end up, Mairghread Scott brings a well-rounded exploration of Windblade's character as a refraction of the universe she inhabits.

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..not promising


As a diplomat, City Speaker, ambassador, and tentative believer, Windblade has been placed in a number of fairly heated debates since her introduction - but here, we finally see once more act as intermediary between powerful, and potentially dangerous, factions, interacting with the Microverse's facets and the events happening in her own space.

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There is some very good material being offered, in terms of dialogue, characterisation (not just for Windblade, but also Shazraella, Micronus Prime, and even Optimus to an extent), and a penchant for darker twists to a story of diplomacy and compromise for greater goods. And I have one extra thought on that last point, below.

Art

Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work, has reigned in enough of his potentially unsavoury skills - especially for this type of book and narrative - resulting in a seriously stunning and craftily creepy series of pages, including a wonderful deconstruction splash page for Windblade herself.

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Creepy manga face is creepy!


On the colouring side, DAI-XT coordination with the artwork adds an extra dollop of creepy vibes, with a choice of fairly cold palettes, even in the red/pink accents and the excellent grey scales that make up that splash page - which I realise now is also a really interesting parallel with the explosion in the original Windblade run.

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Sky! Space! Gods!


While there is nothing overly fancy with the lettering, it is its usual crisp, clean, good fonted work by Tom B. Long, which is always a pleasure to see alongside nice art. We've shown all the covers - Pitre Durocher and Deer's, and Tsushima and DAI-XT's - with the different previews, and you can check them out again in our database entry for the issue, except for the Ken Christiansen one in the thumbnail. And they're all stunning, actually.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The whole team involved does an excellent job at conveying the delicate balance that Windblade is trying to achieve between four realities (at least) while also still coming to terms with her own place in relation to them - and her identity. The splash page on that point is marvelous.

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Bit of a teasing recap, right here


While there is a good line of enquiry to follow - at some point about - Scott's penchant to place Windblade in ..well, inquisitive contexts, with Starscream-esque parallels in the questioners (literally, in this book, too), there is also a definite dark streak to compromises, deals and greater good. I'm calling Madoka Magica, here, for the record.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1838580)
Posted by Shot Put on November 2nd, 2016 @ 6:16pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1838667)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 2nd, 2016 @ 11:25pm CDT
Shot Put wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
I wouldn't quite call Sakamoto's work "NSFW". "Cheesecake", yes, but it's not full on X-rated porn. Something more like Kiss Players (for its first storyline) would better qualify as "NSFW", and we have Yuki Ohshima to thank for... that.

Naoto Tsushima, on the other hand, is known for many AWESOME TF works, including The Battle of the Star Gate, the RobotMasters manga, the Henkei! Henkei! manga, Transformers Animated: The Cool, and more.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Revolution #1 (One-Shot) (1838712)
Posted by Va'al on November 3rd, 2016 @ 3:51am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Shot Put wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:Artist Naoto Tsushima, infamous in the Transformers art community for his NSFW work


Pretty sure that's Hayato Sakamoto who's infamous for that stuff, not Naoto Tsushima.
I wouldn't quite call Sakamoto's work "NSFW". "Cheesecake", yes, but it's not full on X-rated porn. Something more like Kiss Players (for its first storyline) would better qualify as "NSFW", and we have Yuki Ohshima to thank for... that.

Naoto Tsushima, on the other hand, is known for many AWESOME TF works, including The Battle of the Star Gate, the RobotMasters manga, the Henkei! Henkei! manga, Transformers Animated: The Cool, and more.


They are both unsafe for workplaces. Most definitely so.

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