Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7

Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 12:22pm CST

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Strika a Pose
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
As Windblade and her team fight their way through Elita-1’s Titan, Carcer, they face opposition at every turn to stop them from awakening the sleeping giant… and they soon find out why!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
eeep


Story

Till All Are One is still keeping up the tension and the storyline that was so quickly done with in the Titans Return mini-arc (the trade was only out these past weeks, with MTMTE and Transformers joining the One-shot - all of these, their casts, and the covers and credits can be found in our database entries), and it does it in a very natural way, not forgetting its other sources and bringing in some very intriguing twists.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
Fight me


The major players, as we know are Starscream and Windblade, the Council and Cybertron on one side, Elita, Obsidian and Strika, and her crew on the other (there is also the faction of undead titans, I guess, like whatever - again, full cast can be found here, though beware of some spoilers), and it's in the contrasts between the characters and the writing of their interactions that the meatier stuff comes out.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
With the ever-present Bumbleghost


In particular, Strika and Obsidian get a nice dose of spotlight each this month, with the latter already playing a fairly major, menacing role on the Council as the bearer of bad news (backed up with facts and data), and we also finally see what the former can do, dipping into both of their seeding in the Beast Machines series.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
..dang


What we also get in the issue, which is exciting and almost a little surprising, I'll admit, is a direct link to information and story development that were achieved in the Revolution tie-in issue for this series, in the form of the issue's resolution/cliffhanger... and more on that below.

Art

Sara Pitre Durocher delivers yet another pearl of linework and layouts, with some truly memorable Starscream and Elita-1 condescending looks, and some impressively expressive faceplated faces (Obsidian and Strika are but two). The concluding pages echo the very first Windblade series, too, with some other hints towards the Revolution tie-in, again.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
He so smug, SO smug


Joana Lafuente adds to the excellent linework performance, once more, too - the panel below I believe proves it marvellously: the lighting, the shades of purple, the way they work with the inking beneath them, almost drowning out everything else in the image, all goes to show how the visual language of the medium can be fully employed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
kchoom indeed


Likewise, the lettering in the example above is an integral part to the frame (and the storytelling), actually adding weight to the word itself rather than just remaining sound - Tom B. Long does this often, and still well. The covers are also this month a full IDW TF grouping too, with Pitre Durocher on main, Priscilla Tramontano on Chromia's criminal cover, and Joana Lafuente (thumbnail) joining the theme of her other two pieces this month.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Till All Are One was ramping up the tension since issue 5. It took a potentially good story seedling in Titans Return and made sure it took roots in the ongoing series, while also connecting previous aspects of Transformers lore, the expanded mythos we are encountering across IDW, and bringing in a new-but-old major player, if the last page is to be believed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7
there's those dead Titans I mentioned


We will not know what makes Elita and her crew so adamant to protect their Titan-ship, until another month at least, but we can enjoy just how hard, how strenuously, how viciously, how well laid out and constructed each scene is, and how the visual and verbal languages are co-deployed for this month. Very, very good indeed.

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:

Credit(s): IDW


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1857950)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 8th, 2017 @ 3:48pm CST
So my big thing is... how are they making this work titan wise? Metroplex registered the titan as Tempo, Elita called it Carcer, and it is actually Vigilem? Was Plex wrong? Why would Elita even want to employ the evil prime's titan?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1857952)
Posted by Kurona on February 8th, 2017 @ 4:02pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:So my big thing is... how are they making this work titan wise? Metroplex registered the titan as Tempo, Elita called it Carcer, and it is actually Vigilem? Was Plex wrong? Why would Elita even want to employ the evil prime's titan?

Well, Elita and her crew haven't exactly been depicted as angels either.

But my personal theory? Elita didn't want him activated; Obsidian was clearly distressed at his activation - like, beyond just disobedience of orders; this was 'this is the worst possible catastrophe you could perform' distressed - and he's even been referred to as a Prison Ship.

Elita has an intensely strong army - whose commander can apparently face off the goddamn Devastator - and if we're to assume some strong sense of duty (not out of the blue considering her colony's general philosophy)... if they came across the personal Titan of one of the greatest villains in Cybertron's history, surely the best way to keep them prisoner would be to de-activate them and keep them under your constant watch by being within them?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1857955)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 8th, 2017 @ 4:11pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:So my big thing is... how are they making this work titan wise? Metroplex registered the titan as Tempo, Elita called it Carcer, and it is actually Vigilem? Was Plex wrong? Why would Elita even want to employ the evil prime's titan?


Oh gosh. I had the same question. My first thought, back when Elita One called him Carcer, was that she and the Carcerians were essentially holding Tempo hostage and mode locked in his starship form, and that Carcer was dead or his people had overthrown Tempo.

With this though, man. Maybe the Carcerians had imprisoned Vigilem to keep him from contacting or serving Liege Maximo and destroying the universe. When Elita said last issue "You can die. I can die. The galaxy can burn in flame and darkness. But Carcer will never transform." maybe she meant that because Carcer IS dead and can't transform.

Makes me REALLY curious to find out who the massive Titan on the cover to #8 is now. Thankfully we'll only have to wait a couple of weeks.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1857957)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 8th, 2017 @ 4:14pm CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:So my big thing is... how are they making this work titan wise? Metroplex registered the titan as Tempo, Elita called it Carcer, and it is actually Vigilem? Was Plex wrong? Why would Elita even want to employ the evil prime's titan?

Well, Elita and her crew haven't exactly been depicted as angels either.

But my personal theory? Elita didn't want him activated; Obsidian was clearly distressed at his activation - like, beyond just disobedience of orders; this was 'this is the worst possible catastrophe you could perform' distressed - and he's even been referred to as a Prison Ship.

Elita has an intensely strong army - whose commander can apparently face off the goddamn Devastator - and if we're to assume some strong sense of duty (not out of the blue considering her colony's general philosophy)... if they came across the personal Titan of one of the greatest villains in Cybertron's history, surely the best way to keep them prisoner would be to de-activate them and keep them under your constant watch by being within them?


THIS. :APPLAUSE:

Though I am curious why, if the Carcerians are so powerful, Obsidian was so easily taken down by Tigatron, Moonracer and Fireshot. Granted, Strika is not only built like a tank, she IS a freaking tank, but you'd think Obsidian would have put up more of a fight than he did.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858007)
Posted by Sunstar on February 8th, 2017 @ 8:03pm CST
Wow, Ominous..

One thought though inCARCERation makes sense if he was called a prison ship.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858023)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 8th, 2017 @ 9:11pm CST
Sunstar wrote:Wow, Ominous..

One thought though inCARCERation makes sense if he was called a prison ship.


"Carcer" is Latin for prison. At least, according to TFWiki.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858174)
Posted by Sunstar on February 9th, 2017 @ 10:55am CST
Bounti76 wrote:
Sunstar wrote:Wow, Ominous..

One thought though inCARCERation makes sense if he was called a prison ship.


"Carcer" is Latin for prison. At least, according to TFWiki.


then there may be something to my thinking now.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858183)
Posted by ScottyP on February 9th, 2017 @ 11:29am CST
Bounti76 wrote:Though I am curious why, if the Carcerians are so powerful, Obsidian was so easily taken down by Tigatron, Moonracer and Fireshot. Granted, Strika is not only built like a tank, she IS a freaking tank, but you'd think Obsidian would have put up more of a fight than he did.
From what little we've seen of Tigatron, that kitty ain't no slouch. Or it's just the most powerful of Cybertronian Relics: good ol Plot Armor ;)

On a different note, maybe it's a prison ship because that's where Maximo was keeping bots as candidates for domestication while he did his messed up stuff on the farm? This is to assume they're borrowing some stuff from The Covenant of Primus but from what we saw in MTMTE 47, 56, and 57 with the Roboids I'd guess that's the journey we're on.

I'm also going to assume that Carcer is dead, Tempo is dead, and Vigilem is using one of their bodies since we've seen that Titan brains can kinda just get jumped from one place to another.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858345)
Posted by Sunstar on February 9th, 2017 @ 6:10pm CST
is Vigilem a pre existing character?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858347)
Posted by Kurona on February 9th, 2017 @ 6:12pm CST
Sunstar wrote:is Vigilem a pre existing character?

Vigilem is not a name that has existed in the franchise before, no.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858371)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 9th, 2017 @ 7:56pm CST
Kurona wrote:
Sunstar wrote:is Vigilem a pre existing character?

Vigilem is not a name that has existed in the franchise before, no.

But the name was mentioned in the Till All Are One Revolution one-shot, noted as being Liege Maximo's titan, and he was evil
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858402)
Posted by Sunstar on February 9th, 2017 @ 9:08pm CST
I am not sure I got that one shot or not. I googled it. thanks
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858465)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2017 @ 7:28am CST
Image
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858477)
Posted by ScottyP on February 10th, 2017 @ 8:22am CST
Is that Obsidian's rotor blade in his mouth? That's how I'm going to interpret it anyhow, really :D
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1858517)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2017 @ 11:14am CST
ScottyP wrote:Is that Obsidian's rotor blade in his mouth? That's how I'm going to interpret it anyhow, really :D


Yup, it's Sara playing about with art.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1862297)
Posted by Va'al on February 23rd, 2017 @ 3:44am CST
From Sara PD:

Image

Also, made me chuckle (from here):

What are Onslaught and Blast Off doing?

They're just being bros, man. Two bros, just hangin' out, one embracing the other tenderly, the other looking up at him as if to say "I feel safe in your arms, bro", as all best bros do.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1862315)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 23rd, 2017 @ 7:04am CST
Airachnid man, Airachnid. I found her to be the creepiest and scariest of the cons from Prime, and probably from ever. The fact they are bringing her in as a mnemosurgeon is very unsettling but very cool
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1862316)
Posted by Kurona on February 23rd, 2017 @ 7:07am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Airachnid man, Airachnid. I found her to be the creepiest and scariest of the cons from Prime, and probably from ever. The fact they are bringing her in as a mnemosurgeon is very unsettling but very cool

Wait, they're what?! :shock: Did I miss something in an issue because I never heard this before. That's friggin' amazing!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1862327)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 23rd, 2017 @ 7:52am CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Airachnid man, Airachnid. I found her to be the creepiest and scariest of the cons from Prime, and probably from ever. The fact they are bringing her in as a mnemosurgeon is very unsettling but very cool

Wait, they're what?! :shock: Did I miss something in an issue because I never heard this before. That's friggin' amazing!

Issue 10 cover, the one Va'al posted above and in the May solicites
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #7 (1862335)
Posted by Va'al on February 23rd, 2017 @ 8:11am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Airachnid man, Airachnid. I found her to be the creepiest and scariest of the cons from Prime, and probably from ever. The fact they are bringing her in as a mnemosurgeon is very unsettling but very cool

Wait, they're what?! :shock: Did I miss something in an issue because I never heard this before. That's friggin' amazing!

Issue 10 cover, the one Va'al posted above and in the May solicites


Doesn't say she's a mnemosurgeon though!

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