Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 5:58am CDT

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As is by now customary, we have a very brief preview of the first issue of IDW Publishing's Combiner Wars event, via iTunes thanks to Mariel Romero, which takes place in The Transformers #39: Opening Salvo! Check out the pages by Livio Ramondelli below, which we have ancountered already in the sneak peeks we got previously. Are you ready for this storyline?

OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons' uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM -- ruler of CYBERTRON -- makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld -- and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS -- multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms! STARSCREAM’s scheming collides with WINDBLADE’s past! OPTIMUS PRIME takes control! Who will be the first Combiner to strike? Continues in this month’s TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE -- COMBINER WARS #1


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661179)
Posted by steve2275 on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:05am CDT
cant wait till next week
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661185)
Posted by TimothyR on March 10th, 2015 @ 6:26am CDT
man.. it would be super cool if voyager prime actually looked like that rather than a glorified fisher price toy.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661202)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 10th, 2015 @ 7:44am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.


We was really quite good in Windblade #4! :D

Windblade is one of the few items left on my list to catch up on.

And yes, the voyager CW prime figure is quite the letdown. :-(
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661231)
Posted by Shuttershock on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:39am CDT
Y'know, Prime. If you really want to keep the peace, quit picking fights in the Deceptighetto!
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661232)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 10th, 2015 @ 8:42am CDT
I like CW Prime. He's not my favorite and he could be improved but he's ok. I only bought one of him...rather than the 3 AoE EM Prime.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661244)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:23am CDT
I wonder if optimus maximus will appear as a power up for optimus at the end of the event. Looking forward to this
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1661538)
Posted by padfoo on March 10th, 2015 @ 9:19pm CDT
Shuttershock wrote:Y'know, Prime. If you really want to keep the peace, quit picking fights in the Deceptighetto!


So true, at least send your subordinates to do it!
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1662746)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 14th, 2015 @ 3:57pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:I just hope Starscream can finally be a badass.


We was really quite good in Windblade #4! :D

Also, thanks to humble bundle, Ive been catching up and just read the part where Starscream takes out Turmoil. Badassness achived. 8)
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663050)
Posted by Va'al on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:11pm CDT
How do the Combiner Wars begin? Find out in the Comic Book Resources full preview to Opening Salvo of the new story arc in The Transformers #39, out this week with IDW Publishing, as the story links Cybertron, to Earth, to Caminus, to maybe so much more. Make sure to return to Seibertron.com, though, for a review of the issue!

Transformers #39—Combiner Wars Opening Salvo—SPOTLIGHT
John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Casey W. Coller (c)
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Tying in with Hasbro’s 2015 Transformers: Generations toy line, this 6-part epic will be supported across multiple media platforms!
STARSCREAM’s scheming collides with WINDBLADE’s past!
OPTIMUS PRIME takes control!
Who will be the first Combiner to strike?
Continues in this month’s TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE—COMBINER WARS #1
Variant Cover by Transformers game and toy artist Sara Pitre-Durocher!


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663057)
Posted by Flashwave on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:40pm CDT
I love how 3 of the 5 page previews are catch up. Was really hoping there was something here besides what we saw in the Apple preview to tide me over before release
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663058)
Posted by dragons on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:50pm CDT
like how prime is slender lokoing compared to his fat bulky voyager looking shelf does his mean prime may become combiner since he have same look as voyager toy?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663062)
Posted by Va'al on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:07pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:I love how 3 of the 5 page previews are catch up. Was really hoping there was something here besides what we saw in the Apple preview to tide me over before release


I know, that gets to me every time as well. Sigh.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663067)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:14pm CDT
I love how droll the naming conventions on the roll call page are; it's like opening for rocky horror. Combiner Wars; Starring
Starscream (Ruler of Cybertron),
Optimus Prime (A Hero),
Windblade (A heroine),
Wheeljack (A Rival Scientist)
And Meatloaf as Motormaster (a combiner leader)
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663219)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:21pm CDT
Not that I don't like Ramondelli's art, but the stuff I've seen from Sarah Stones part of Combiner Wars makes me wish she and Griffith were the 2 working on this. Stone's art and Ramondelli's are just too far apart to truly blend together, and I feel Griffith would fit better. That Caminus preview we saw of Stone's was amazing too. She did a great job with Windblade and I look forward to her part of the story.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663228)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:50pm CDT
The Combiner Wars may just be getting started but Amazon has a pre-order for those who like their comics in collected Trade Paperback form. Transformers: Combiner Wars collects issues #39-41 of Transformers as well as the first three issues of Transformers: Windblade-Combiner Wars. This Trade is 152 pages has a scheduled release date of August 25, 2015. There is currently no cover image available.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663295)
Posted by Optimizzy on March 16th, 2015 @ 8:37am CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:And Meatloaf as Motormaster (a combiner leader)


Oh man. I love that.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663343)
Posted by triKlops on March 16th, 2015 @ 10:49am CDT
Thanks for the link.
I just added the trade to my preorder list.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663563)
Posted by Flashwave on March 16th, 2015 @ 11:26pm CDT
So, funny thing happened to me as I'm organizing my stack of comics: In the Dark Cybertron introduction to the Fembots, Chromia and Magnus are discussing the former's run in with Trion... and Chromia's words are "He was being enigmatic and I wanted to lampshade him." I realize this is not that far from when they were writing Dark Cybertron, but does anyone else find these writers frightening how far out they plan these things?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1663578)
Posted by Shuttershock on March 17th, 2015 @ 12:56am CDT
Flashwave wrote:So, funny thing happened to me as I'm organizing my stack of comics: In the Dark Cybertron introduction to the Fembots, Chromia and Magnus are discussing the former's run in with Trion... and Chromia's words are "He was being enigmatic and I wanted to lampshade him." I realize this is not that far from when they were writing Dark Cybertron, but does anyone else find these writers frightening how far out they plan these things?


To be fair, Alpha Trion is nothing if not enigmatic, always off on his own with an agenda that Primus only knows.

Still, it's entirely possible. Chaos Theory is still playing out to this day.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #39 Combiner Wars: Opening Salvo iTunes Preview (1664049)
Posted by Va'al on March 18th, 2015 @ 7:49am CDT
Swindle Me This
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
OPENING SALVO! The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is threatened by the flames of war! STARSCREAM—ruler of CYBERTRON—makes contact with WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and the only defense against a new CYBERTRONIAN EMPIRE are COMBINERS—multiple CYBERTRONIANS forming together into huge, dangerous forms!

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SUSPENSE


Story
Days of Deception is over, Windblade was over a long time ago, Punishment saw both its digital and print run, and we have been really setting the stage for Combiner Wars for a long long time now. And yet, The Transformers #39 takes another small step, piecing together the various parts leading up to here, preparing the spark, the casus belli, if you will and giving it all just a gentle prod.


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Oh hey random Starscream that has nothing to do with this at all


John Barber takes main writing duties for the issues, but both him and Mairghread Scott are palpably present in the plotting of story. The dialogue provides a great framework of power dynamics and hierarchy being subverted at every turn, with some further development for a lot of older faces - and Swindle, of all characters, whose perspective guides the story.

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Sup


We have Windblade and Optimus and some intriguingly almost 'post-colonial' moments of perspective shifts; we get Wheeljack and Ironhide and Chromia just trying to do their jobs, and being almost entirely confused; we get Starscream being Starscream, and gloriously so; we are introduced to Offroad, and given a *fantastic* explanation for their presence; we get another addition to the chapter in Transformers fiction that is Alpha Bravo, and Powerglide.

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The legend continues


As an introduction, the Opening Salvo of Combiner Wars does much more than wht it could've,and is an immensely enjoyable read, with good humour, a good establishing of the playing field and just enough references to older continuity points to keep older fans entertained while bringing in some new ones too. Kapoom.

Art

Livio Ramondelli, as we knew, takes on the whole brunt of the artistic duties for this and the majority. And I have to unfortunately admit this time, we are not seeing the great work he provided in recent publications such as Punishment. The composition is great, and there are really good layouts in the issue, and some of the expressivity is well conveyed.

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Successful


At other times, however, some of those same faces, especially the newer or less frequently used ones, fall a little short of the full enjoyment of the piece. The tone is captured, and the washed-up, grimy sense of a post everything Cybertron works well - as might Caminus - but sometimes it really does jar a little.

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Not as successful


The lettering does work quite well, even so, and Tom B. Long demonstrates once more the craft of a good letterer in some great sound effects and speech modifications. And While we have seen the beautiful Casey Coller/Joana Lafuente regular Menasor cover, and Ramondelli's poster variant for B, the gem of the variants is undoubtedly Sara Pitre-Durocher's Menasor and Swindle - see the thumbnail!


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Being able to follow what is going on on Cybertron from Swindle's perspective is, in and of itself, a treat. Seeing the world how he sees it and through those purple eyes, with the cynicism, degrees of naivete and, well, Swindle attitude, is truly refreshing. We get all of that, plus some very good interactions, and a great cameo from the Lost Light, too.

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Heh


If this what we are to expect from the crossover event, and the merging of Barber and Scott's plotting minds, then we're certainly in for a fun trip down six or so issues. Combiner Wars is playing on multiple angles without, so far, reaching too far out to be forced to justify the number of players, has a healthy dose of Swindle and Starscream, and is suitable for anyone under or over the age of Galvatron.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:

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