Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8

Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 3:26am CDT

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Low-Key Comeback
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
This is it: the final stand for Cybertron! Will Starscream and Windblade’s gamble finally pay off or will all of Iacon be destroyed by the zombie titans?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
This is where we started


Story

We know how this story ends. We know from solicitations and other ongoings that have a differed timeline in the storytelling. We know that the Titans are defeated, and that something happens on Cybertron and Caminus that requires the Mistress of Flame to show up, and wider repercussions. But we did not know it would happen like this.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
..ummmkay


This is the culmination of an action sequence that started three issues ago, one that began much earlier, and one sustained excellently through the arc, while trying to deal with one landscape of scenarios so crowded and multi-sided that anything wrong would've tipped it all off. It didn't. It doesn't.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
Very apt, Chosen One


The most surprising part? Metroplex is the one voice running through the story, as the ties he and his kind have to Carcer/Vigilem are the ones that Windblade must use, exploit and endure to bring an end to the Titans' return at the hands of Infinitus/Sentinel and Sovereign (yeah, remember them, that long while ago?). And it works, in such a powerful, moving, way. The connection is palpable.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
geddit? connection?


There are two stories being told here, through Windblade and Carcer, Vigilem and Metroplex: one has to do with Titans Return, and the end of that story arc; the other has to do with the entire TFverse, and digs much deeper than some of Windblade's moments have done so far (go back to the Revolution tie-in, for example). Both are poignant, neither detracts from the other, and they deliver blows of equal violence - as only Scott's evil writing can do.

Art

Sara Pitre Durocher truly, really shines in the issue. She combines the use of layers and contrasts, playing with negative space and foregrounds, sizes and overlays in such a way as to convey the scale - and not just in a tangible sense - metal warfare, as well as physical, are exquisitely portrayed in a very concrete way, and the designs of some newcomers (of sorts) only add to that.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
The Boy(tm)


Those uses of negative space and contrast? They wouldn't be as effective without the perfect synchronised work of Joana Lafuente's colours, playing with the layers, adding shadows and light where the two can bring the most to the panel, shutting out either where only one suffices. Adding transparency to some overlays. Allowing us to savour the art on its many battlefields.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
just look at it


TAAO has always brought some fascinating ways of using Titan brain modules and captions into the storytelling, and with Metroplex taking centre narratorial stage, Tom B. Long has some significantly hefty work on his plate, which he also delivers, as usual, effortlessly. And cover-wise, we have seen two out of three with Pitre-Durocher on the looming main, Priscilla Tramontano on the thumbnailed ominous silhouette, and Nelson Daniel (found in our database entry) taking the Awesome Twosome to front page material.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The three current ongoing series from IDW Publishing all have their degrees of excellence, and appeal to slightly different readerships perhaps: Till All Are One, for me, maintains the perfect balance of lore shaking/building, character development, sustained action (it just did so for over four issues) and the more light hearted sides - even with darker humour - of the series. And it does so with such glee and revelling in its twisted, even darker plot turns.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8
welp, there it is


What has just happened may probably not be revisited soon enough, as there will be a settling arc and story to follow this up as we find out what happens to its key players. There will be more, so much more to come now that some of the even BIGGER players are on the board; or perhaps, starting to move from outside the board altogether. I am most definitely in for the ride - you coming?

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870449)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 4:22am CDT
Next month...

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870471)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 30th, 2017 @ 7:58am CDT
Va'al wrote:
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welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870478)
Posted by Kurona on March 30th, 2017 @ 8:19am CDT
Va'al wrote:
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What most fans see when they hear or see the name 'Windblade'
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870484)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 8:35am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
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welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!


Always do, I'm just quiet about it. ;)

Kurona wrote:What most fans see when they hear or see the name 'Windblade'


Nevertheless, she persisted.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870487)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 30th, 2017 @ 8:36am CDT
Va'al wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Image
welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!


Always do, I'm just quiet about it. ;)

Hmm, being literal or a slight dig at how I talk too much?

You decide! :-P

But really though, this was a great issue. TAAO has done some amazing things within the minds of cybertronians. First Bruticus, then this!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870496)
Posted by Optimus Prime13th on March 30th, 2017 @ 9:03am CDT
Now that the titan arc seems to have finally come to a end, it looks like the next part of the series is about to begin. Prime Wars. Can't wait to see how this pans out with Onyx Prime and Liege Maximo being introduced into the series. Also I wonder if they'll mention anything about the Mistress of Flame believing Optimus is the Thirteenth Prime or as she puts it he is The Arisen
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870497)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 9:05am CDT
Optimus Prime13th wrote:Now that the titan arc seems to have finally come to a end, it looks like the next part of the series is about to begin. Prime Wars. Can't wait to see how this pans out with Onyx Prime and Liege Maximo being introduced into the series. Also I wonder if they'll mention anything about the Mistress of Flame believing Optimus is the Thirteenth Prime or as she puts it he is The Arisen



She's back next month, so we'll find out soon enough!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870502)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on March 30th, 2017 @ 9:30am CDT
Speaking of sales, TAAO is not that much lower that the other Transformers Books:

#211 Optimus Prime 4

#214 Lost Light 2

#231 Lost Light 3

#242 Till All Are One 7

#263 Revolutionaries 2

And they all sell better than any of the other Hasbro Universe comics (Other than Jem), so I would not be too worried at this time.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870506)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 10:00am CDT
Even though the Thirteen in IDW are not these got like deities I still get chills when one shows up. I am getting really pumped for what's coming. It's a real interesting spin on the Thirteen that they are not good guys. So far the only ones we know are good is Optimus. Micronus doesn't seem bad but who knows and I'm now on the fence with Alpha trion. Some of the stuff he's done has been real shady. Really makes me think that when they come back they're all gonna come together and try and wipe everyone out to start over. That is something I want to see. I want to see an evil version of Prima because he's always been labeled as a goody-goody.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870511)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 10:18am CDT
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Ok, so I just came to a realization: the whole 13 ores ending up on the planets that the 13 primes ended up on is starting to fall apart more.

it was already in danger because of Alpha Trion being on cybertron, thus leaving 13 ores to 12 primes, and then micronus being in a whole other universe (though the entropy cloud as an ore can still be said to make sense).

But this does break it. Liege Maximo was onboard Carcer AKA Vigilem, who I really think had some salvaged Tempo parts forming him, hence how Metroplex detected that titan as Tempo. But if Liege Maximo was on board that titan the whole time, then was the titan resting on a planet where an ore was planted, only to take off later? or is this a continuity order with the 13 ores and the 13 primes?

IIRC, Shockwave planted the Ores where he thought the Primes had gone. There was no indication of just how correct he was, if he got all of them right if any at all; nor any indication of if he knew Trion was a Prime or not. It's very possible that Shockwave was simply incorrect.



I don't think Shockwave was wrong. Alpha Trion confirmed in that Galvatron story that Shockwave knew and hid lot of stuff and one of the things he knew was where the colonies were and that's where he launched the ores. It's like I've been saying, where there's an Ore there is or was a colony/Titan and where there's those there is or was a prime. Not all the ores fermented or mutated like he wanted. During Dark Cybertron he only collected the ones that were altered for his plan. Several of those ores didn't work out or became standard energon like the energon on Caminus, Eurakis, Prion, velocitron and Devisiun. All those planets and colonies have or had energon and energon is only natural on Cybertron. It can't grow anywhere else naturally (said by jetfire allllllll the way back in stormbringer) which would mean some of Shockwaves ores had to have landed on those planets or colonies.

This is Why I'm hoping Shockwave returns before Power of the Primes starts or when it starts because what he's done and what he's knows is very important.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870515)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 10:27am CDT
Va'al wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Image
welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!


Always do, I'm just quiet about it. ;)

Kurona wrote:What most fans see when they hear or see the name 'Windblade'


Nevertheless, she persisted.



She's not dead. Mistress Flame said in OP 3 she's recuperating from what's happened in this issue.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870524)
Posted by ScottyP on March 30th, 2017 @ 10:48am CDT
If there's a Titan everywhere Ores are then I hope Elonia's Titan is Ejector.

Earth already messes that up since the Titan there doesn't arrive until the 2012 RiD Annual. Unless there's a second one someplace.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870526)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 10:54am CDT
ScottyP wrote:If there's a Titan everywhere Ores are then I hope Elonia's Titan is Ejector.

Earth already messes that up since the Titan there doesn't arrive until the 2012 RiD Annual. Unless there's a second one someplace.



And that's what I've been thinking since the beginning. That there's another Titan on earth or Metrotitan was suppose to go to earth but he wasn't able to for whatever reason and he stayed on Cybertron till Dai atlas took him. Once he awoke he went back to Cybertron and then he went to earth after like he was always meant to.

But I do think there is another Titan. Soundwave said human minds are just like cybertronians in ways which has always lead me to believe humans are the fully organic cybertronians and our "souls" are sparks. Little fanfic wanky but would justify earth being a colony and why an ore is there.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870535)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 11:25am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Va'al wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Image
welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!


Always do, I'm just quiet about it. ;)

Kurona wrote:What most fans see when they hear or see the name 'Windblade'


Nevertheless, she persisted.



She's not dead. Mistress Flame said in OP 3 she's recuperating from what's happened in this issue.


I didn't think we were suggesting she was dead. :-?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870537)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 11:36am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Va'al wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Image
welp, there it is

YAY! You listened to me!


Always do, I'm just quiet about it. ;)

Kurona wrote:What most fans see when they hear or see the name 'Windblade'


Nevertheless, she persisted.



She's not dead. Mistress Flame said in OP 3 she's recuperating from what's happened in this issue.


I didn't think we were suggesting she was dead. :-?



Sorry i miss read that as "perished" instead I persisted. Wow...sorry lol
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870551)
Posted by Optimus Prime13th on March 30th, 2017 @ 12:46pm CDT
Still wondering what Titan and Prime colonized Junkion. If I had to guess though my money would be Prima.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870553)
Posted by Va'al on March 30th, 2017 @ 12:51pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:Sorry i miss read that as "perished" instead I persisted. Wow...sorry lol



Oooh gotcha! Fair fair, but yes, no illusion about recovery, as I hinted at in review too.
We knew how it would end up, just not how it would get to that point.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870566)
Posted by Randomhero on March 30th, 2017 @ 1:15pm CDT
Optimus Prime13th wrote:Still wondering what Titan and Prime colonized Junkion. If I had to guess though my money would be Prima.



I've been thinking Almagalmus or alchemist for Junkion.

Tempo has to be Vectors since Temp is Italian for time which raises the question what happened to Tempo since Elita originally said they renamed Tempo Carcer and we know that was a cover but that still begs the question what happened to Tempo.

Little nitpick but I really with IDW would have made their own designs for the thirteen instead using the Aligned designs. I'm sure that prolly was a Hasbro request which I get but I really hate Liege Maximo's design. I'm not a fan of robot Loki.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870569)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 30th, 2017 @ 1:21pm CDT
I really think Tempo was used as parts for Carcer/Vigilem. They found that colony and used it to repair their own, hence how Metroplex detected Carcer as Tempo first.

Also, a bit of shameless plugging here, but I created a thread that tries to keep up with the 13 Primes, Titans, and ores in IDW as a reference for everything that is exploding onto the scene.

Here it is: idw-the-13-primes-titans-and-colonies-t108628.php
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #8 (1870596)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on March 30th, 2017 @ 4:36pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I really think Tempo was used as parts for Carcer/Vigilem. They found that colony and used it to repair their own, hence how Metroplex detected Carcer as Tempo first.

Agreed, though I wouldn't necessarily write Tempo off just yet. Unless I'm mistaken what Metroplex was reading was just the signatures of the spacebridge each Titan held, so it's entirely possible that a spacebridge-less Tempo is still out there somewhere with little means of contacting other Titans (possibly with Vector in tow, I don't think we've actually seen his IDW incarnation at all yet)

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