Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6

Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 9:37am CST

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Elita Done
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
A wave of undead TITANS has touched down on CYBERTRON! Even with the help of the massive METROPLEX, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM can only hold them off for so long. They need help from Elita-1—and they’re going to get it whether she agrees or not. The fate of CYBERTRON depends on it!

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Now, where were we?


Story

With the weird time shifts of IDW's release schedules - seriously, even continuity has nothing on them - we're still working in the aftermath of Titans Return, and really quite heavily so. Said aftermath continues to provide an excellent backdrop to the evolving dynamics of the Council, and the whatonearthisgoingon-ness of Elita-1 and her Titan Carcer. How? Read on...

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What Sparkstalker said!


An issue which rolls much faster than the previous one, which was more focused on build-up than resolution, we start to see the direct consequence of having called all major players into play, and Elita One still unwilling to lend a hand - because something is up with Carcer, as everyone knows by now.

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but yyyyy


Though there is plenty of character building in the various scenes across the issue, and Windblade, Ironhide, Starscream, and even Metroplex get a good dose, the one that stood out the most was Obsidian, this time round. We've seen him loving his tiny 'gotcha' screens, being imposing and menacing and lurking and looming - we get to see a very different side of him, now that he's next to his First. She's probably worse things than him.

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concerned creepy puppy


Mairghread Scott has also been able to do some subtle characterisation of the various names and faces that appear in group shots - keep an eye out for all of them as you dodge lasers, blasters, missiles. I have some further thoughts on the issue in terms of plot, but more on that below, of course.

Art

There is a lot happening all at once. It's a giant battle with giant Titans, occurring both in space and on Cybertron. It's a big canvas. Sara Pitre Durocher fills it masterfully, using panels, action layouts, character interactions and page breaks to convey the sheer scale of the event and of its impact upon Starscream's current rule, along with the Council.

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pictured here


And if crowd and battle scenes weren't hard enough for lineart, colourist Joana Lafuente blends her skill with equal mastery, and makes individuals in a crowd stand out, from the guards around Ironhide, to the Titans attacking, to the faces appearing between convicts, citizens, dwellers and ex-colonists. That, and we still have some excellent space scenes, too.

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And this shot


Tom B. Long, still on letters as we've come to expect, still delivers (as we've also come to expect) in fonts, captions, and interplaying the two and more into a coherent part of the visual storytelling. Metroplex's speech-style is still one of the highlights of this book, and so very nice to look at. We also then have Pitre Durocher on main cover, with a similar, echoing variant by Priscilla Tramontano (thumbnailed), plus a continuation of fan artist spotlights with Zoner taking a turn on RI.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Diplomacy also means strategy. Leadership also means compromise. Both definitely mean tough choices, and the unique mix of Windblade and Starscream's takes on the current situation at hand brings out a definitely intriguing and potentially incredibly consequential storyline revolving yes around Carcer, but also Metroplex, but even more also - and particularly - Elita-1.

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One Scary Lady


As I said above, I like Obsidian's 'new' side, I like his interaction with Elita, I like that Windblade and Starscream are collaborating on a difficult task, I like that we have a side-support from Chromia, I like that we have everyone - and I mean everyone - in the issue (Check out ScottyP's spoilery character roster in our database!). I like that I have no idea where this is going. I can only think of other Titans, past storylines, speculate, and mostly, just wait for the evil to unfold. Join me?

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849239)
Posted by Kurona on December 28th, 2016 @ 3:13pm CST
It's honestly amazing how good TAAO has gotten. It deserves to be an ongoing so much; the few issues it gets right now do not do it justice.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849242)
Posted by o.supreme on December 28th, 2016 @ 3:25pm CST
Agreed. It feels more like the natural continuation of RiD (which I always preferred to MTMTE) rather than Windblade Vol 3.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849246)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on December 28th, 2016 @ 3:31pm CST
They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849250)
Posted by Va'al on December 28th, 2016 @ 3:38pm CST
Nik Hero wrote:They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.


It is, in the blurb/synopsis of last issue. The fact that it's not happening before Revolution is entirely IDW's scheduling fault. They're.. not very good at keeping schedules to schedule.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849257)
Posted by Kurona on December 28th, 2016 @ 3:57pm CST
o.supreme wrote:Agreed. It feels more like the natural continuation of RiD (which I always preferred to MTMTE) rather than Windblade Vol 3.

To be fair, Windblade's books have all been about Cybertron and it's relations with other planets. So in that sense, Windblade has always felt like a continuation of the political side of things with Starscream and such in pre-Dark Cybertron RiD while post-Dark Cybertron RiD feels like a continuation of the whole Orion Pax thing in pre-Dark Cybertron RiD.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849261)
Posted by o.supreme on December 28th, 2016 @ 4:10pm CST
True. I guess what I'm getting at is I've pretty much preferred any TF story that wasn't MTMTE since the whole MTMTE/RiD era in the last 5 years. I know its a fan favorite, but I tend to enjoy more the stuff going on with Cybertron, and Optimus Prime (which were once the same, now are separate stories)
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849289)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on December 28th, 2016 @ 5:19pm CST
Dr Va'al wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.


It is, in the blurb/synopsis of last issue. The fact that it's not happening before Revolution is entirely IDW's scheduling fault. They're.. not very good at keeping schedules to schedule.



I bet it would have sold more with the label on the front.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849301)
Posted by Bounti76 on December 28th, 2016 @ 5:41pm CST
Dr Va'al wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.


It is, in the blurb/synopsis of last issue. The fact that it's not happening before Revolution is entirely IDW's scheduling fault. They're.. not very good at keeping schedules to schedule.


Va'al, I checked out the database like you suggested, and I was surprised to see Slammer listed among the characters. I've studied every panel and can't see Slammer anywhere, unless he's got a robot mode that has hithertofore been unseen in the last 30 years.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849359)
Posted by Va'al on December 29th, 2016 @ 3:37am CST
Bounti76 wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.


It is, in the blurb/synopsis of last issue. The fact that it's not happening before Revolution is entirely IDW's scheduling fault. They're.. not very good at keeping schedules to schedule.


Va'al, I checked out the database like you suggested, and I was surprised to see Slammer listed among the characters. I've studied every panel and can't see Slammer anywhere, unless he's got a robot mode that has hithertofore been unseen in the last 30 years.


ScottyP suggests that one of the guards - the one you see shouting at people, I believe - is in fact slammer, mostly due to the presence of Metroplex in the story. I cannot confirm or deny either way, but it's worth considering as an option!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849360)
Posted by Va'al on December 29th, 2016 @ 3:43am CST
Fellow Seibertronian Bounti76 has found an update on IDW writer Mairghread Scott's blog, concerning the lack of a Transformers: Till All Are One in the March 2017 solicitations (which you can find here). Apparently, this is just a scheduled one month break, and not a cancellation or delay. Read more about it below!

Noticed there was no TAAO issue in the March solicitations; it's not cancelled, is it? D:


Nope. We’re just taking a month off for Sara to catch up. Unlike our characters (or like them, depending on how you define it) she is not a machine.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849364)
Posted by Bounti76 on December 29th, 2016 @ 5:04am CST
Dr Va'al wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:
Nik Hero wrote:They should have clearly labeled this as part of Titans Return.


It is, in the blurb/synopsis of last issue. The fact that it's not happening before Revolution is entirely IDW's scheduling fault. They're.. not very good at keeping schedules to schedule.


Va'al, I checked out the database like you suggested, and I was surprised to see Slammer listed among the characters. I've studied every panel and can't see Slammer anywhere, unless he's got a robot mode that has hithertofore been unseen in the last 30 years.


ScottyP suggests that one of the guards - the one you see shouting at people, I believe - is in fact slammer, mostly due to the presence of Metroplex in the story. I cannot confirm or deny either way, but it's worth considering as an option!


That's fair. Considering we have such obscure characters as Greenlight, Lancer, Moonracer and the Devisen twins in this story, I wouldn't put it past Scott to slip Slammer into one of the issues. Though given that TAAO generally hews close to 'bots classic color schemes and Slammer's color scheme has always been white-on-white, and this bot's is predominantly gray.....eh, if it is Slammer, maybe Scott, Pitre-DuRocher and LaFuente are taking creative liberties with him, since he's never appeared in robot form before.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849367)
Posted by Randomhero on December 29th, 2016 @ 6:15am CST
Like I said weeks ago, probably just taking the month off. If it was canceled IDW would announce it.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849381)
Posted by ScottyP on December 29th, 2016 @ 8:07am CST
Bounti76 wrote:That's fair. Considering we have such obscure characters as Greenlight, Lancer, Moonracer and the Devisen twins in this story, I wouldn't put it past Scott to slip Slammer into one of the issues. Though given that TAAO generally hews close to 'bots classic color schemes and Slammer's color scheme has always been white-on-white, and this bot's is predominantly gray.....eh, if it is Slammer, maybe Scott, Pitre-DuRocher and LaFuente are taking creative liberties with him, since he's never appeared in robot form before.
It's a case of me having fun with it for one, but also making the most educated guess that I can. If it comes out 'officially' that it's just a generic 'bot, I'll take it out of there pronto ;)^

I did say educated guess and you were right to say that Slammer never had a robot mode. However, in the spoopy world of third party Transformers, the Iron Factory Generations Metroplex upgrade set came with a Slammer that has a bot mode that's at least a little like the one drawn in the book:
Image

On another note, very glad to see that this is continuing on in April, and also glad they just skipped March instead of throwing out a solicitation that might not make it in.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849425)
Posted by Randomhero on December 29th, 2016 @ 11:21am CST
I'm less concerned about skipping a month and once again we have ANOTHER artist that can't keep up. Guess that's what happens when you pull people from tumblr and deviantart. Be great if we could see the return of some artist who actually have experience in drawing monthly comics.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849434)
Posted by Va'al on December 29th, 2016 @ 12:12pm CST
Yeah it's a shame that we're still using humans that have lives and the such. How dare they.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849458)
Posted by Randomhero on December 29th, 2016 @ 1:39pm CST
Dr Va'al wrote:Yeah it's a shame that we're still using humans that have lives and the such. How dare they.


Nothing stopped Mark bagley frrom drawing 111 issues of ultimate Spider man in the span of 7 years. That's almost 2 issues a month continuiously through out his whole time on the book. Same with Charlie adlard on walking dead for 13 years. WD got delayed a couple times but never a point of slipping an actual solicitation. I'm just saying if you can't meet the monthly deadline then don't commit to it. That's why Sarah stone isn't drawing for Transformers anymore, she did great work but couldn't do the monthly deadline and drawing comics isn't a hobby it's a job.when you can't do it, a new artist comes in that can do it because when you miss a month, sales get smaller. I know, I've actually drawn comics and just had to turn down a story in a self published this month because my day job is in the way. I didn't tell the creator "gimme a few months I can do it" I said "I thought I could but I can't, if you want I can do a story for the next one"

Honestly I'd rather see some verterans on this book like dan khanna, Robbie musso or Emiliano Santalucia because those are artist that can draw good transformers comics on timely basis.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849493)
Posted by Va'al on December 29th, 2016 @ 2:53pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:Yeah it's a shame that we're still using humans that have lives and the such. How dare they.


Honestly I'd rather see some verterans on this book like dan khanna, Robbie musso or Emiliano Santalucia because those are artist that can draw good transformers comics on timely basis.


I'd rather we gave creators a chance to continue their own work, rather than drive them to burnouts and having to turn down work. I'm sure you also know that artists are pretty much all work for hire at IDW, and that this is not their only job.

We (readers and editors) gave Nick Roche a chance with Sins of the Wreckers. Happy to do the same for Sara Pitre Durocher. And much happier IDW did this than their usual -whoops, let's just publish two weeks late because the writers are too slow to get their work over to the artists.

EDIT: Image have been doing the couple of months hiatus for a while now, and none of their sales have been affected. It's a model I really do quite like: one monthly issue for five months, one month is the TPB, one month break, repeat.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849520)
Posted by Rael on December 29th, 2016 @ 4:24pm CST
Between the idea that a TF packaging art director was picked up by IDW because of social media (and iirc, Sarah Stone wasn't either), the comparison with select artists who weren't drawing a robot for every character, and the comparisons with (great) artists who've never done more than 6 TF issues back-to-back on a given run, I don't know where to start. Misplaced assumptions abound.

Count me as another glad they're going this route with the schedule as opposed to sliding releases back a week several times in a row to even it out. Many of the fill-in artists IDW brings in are fantastic, but there's always something to be said for keeping the ongoing artist in the chair when it means consistent trades and minimized continuity oversights in designs and details.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849531)
Posted by Randomhero on December 29th, 2016 @ 4:49pm CST
personally Id rather have consistency in release dates. im fine giving people a shot but if they cant keep up than they cant keep up. Its one of my biggest worries with Kei Zama, got total faith, shes great artist but this is her first go and we have now had one artist stop because she couldnt do it and another now that apprently needs a break. when that happens then maybe TAAO needs to go to a revolving art team like Lost Light. I know some people are being very harsh at Jack Lawrence not because of his art but because hes not Milne while Milne even admitting that all the delays the past 5 years on MTMTE were his fault. yeah he had an injury and i respect and understand that but he has admitted that couldnt keep up sometimes and a filler artist came in.

Biggest reason i miss the Spotlights. they were an easy way to get new artists and see if they can handle it
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #6 (1849541)
Posted by Va'al on December 29th, 2016 @ 5:08pm CST
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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