Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview

Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview

Monday, September 15th, 2014 6:34pm CDT

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In further comics news today, some unlettered pages from the upcoming Shane McCarthy/Guido Guidi miniseries from IDW - Drift: Empire of Stone - have surfaced courtesy of the PreviewsWorld article we reported on yesterday! Check them out mirrored below, as they show the ex-Lost Lighter getting involved in some non-robotic (and some robotic) affairs.

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1606646)
Posted by Shuttershock on September 15th, 2014 @ 11:58pm CDT
Looks pretty good. I think a little time away has been good for Drift, and I'm interested to see what he's been doing. Provided he's not just effortlessly cutting through every obstacle, which can make any character boring, I think it could be a neat miniseries.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1606677)
Posted by Heckfire on September 16th, 2014 @ 6:54am CDT
I'm kinda torn. On one hand, this feels a little too much like "ROB LIEFIELD COMES BACK TO DO SHATTERSTAR!", where a creator comes back to one of his creations who was turned from an embarrassing joke under his hand into a popular character under someone else's JUST for the sake of a gimmick buck. On the other hand, I am legitimately curious as to whether McCarthy will keep the character development Drift received in MTMTE and build on it, plus the artwork looks pretty good to boot.

If I see it before I read any reviews, I'll check it out.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1606753)
Posted by Shuttershock on September 16th, 2014 @ 12:14pm CDT
Heckfire wrote:I'm kinda torn. On one hand, this feels a little too much like "ROB LIEFIELD COMES BACK TO DO SHATTERSTAR!", where a creator comes back to one of his creations who was turned from an embarrassing joke under his hand into a popular character under someone else's JUST for the sake of a gimmick buck. On the other hand, I am legitimately curious as to whether McCarthy will keep the character development Drift received in MTMTE and build on it, plus the artwork looks pretty good to boot.

If I see it before I read any reviews, I'll check it out.


If John Barber edits, maybe he can reign in some of Shane's self-destructive tendencies. I'd like to believe he did learn SOMETHING about working with established continuity, given how badly AHM veered off and we've spent the better part of a decade coming back from it.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1606855)
Posted by Blurrz on September 16th, 2014 @ 8:57pm CDT
I'm actually excited for this...
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1612629)
Posted by cybercat on October 9th, 2014 @ 6:51pm CDT
Sign me up for 'torn'. I actually like McCarthy's Drift, and have soured on Roberts's writing (seriously can he please think of something else to do plotwise than 'THEN HE DIIIIIEEESS NO NOT REALLY'?), but then I saw the above released snippets and....ugh no. Having flashbacks to Spotlight Cliffjumper.

What's my problem? It's what I like to call Old Trek aliens--remember old Star Trek where the aliens were just like...people in bodypaint and funny clothes? Yeah, you could get away with it in the 60s and with live action. With comics...tell me why ALL the aliens have to look like that? And with a 'dog'? Seriously? Was it McCarthy or the artist who has the serious lack of creativity? I'm not sure which answer would be better.

I know that might sound like a petty thing (but trust me, I know people who claim that Livio's art hurts their soul), but it makes me suspect that McCarthy may be back into his tropey days and the story itself suffers from a lack of world-build and thought.

CC, but we can all agree anyone's better than COSTA
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1619924)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on November 5th, 2014 @ 4:54pm CST
Today Comic book Resources has published an interview between them and Shane McCarthy on new developmens on the soon to be released Miniseries, Drift: Empire of Stone
The full article can be read here http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=56820

Excerpt from the article:
Shane McCarthy wrote: Empire of Stone" takes place after Drift was booted off the Lost Light and sent on his way into the galaxy. It's about what he's been doing while he's been gone and how he's trying to be relevant and find his place in the galaxy now he's neither Autobot or Decepticon. Knowing Drift was wrongly accused, Ratchet comes looking for him to bring him back and the two become well and truly caught up in something from Drift's days as a Decepticon. While Drift is trying to save the galaxy, Ratchet is attempting to save Drift from himself. Buddy cop meets space adventure.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620232)
Posted by Va'al on November 7th, 2014 @ 4:39am CST
Thanks again to fellow Seibertronian SW's Silverhammer eagle eyes, we can share an interview conducted by Comic Book Resources with the writer of the upcoming IDW Transformers mini-series Drift: Empire of Stone (and the creator of the character in the first place) - Shane McMCarthy. Read on below for some snippets on the book, head here for the full thing, and check out the preview pages here!


Later this month, writer Shane McCarthy returns to the samurai Transformer he created in "Drift: Empire of Stone," a four-issue mini-series from IDW Publishing with artist Guido Guidi. As a former Decepticon who found sanctuary with the Autobots, Drift is currently on a journey of self-discovery, attempting to discover his place in the Galaxy. Along with Autobot medic Ratchet, who is along for the ride to help clear Drift's name from a wrongful accusation, Drift will go through what McCarthy describes as "buddy cop meets space adventure."

The writer discussed re-visiting his samurai Transformer in the new IDW mini-series "Drift: Empire of Stone," revealing why Drift finds himself without alliances yet again, his feelings on Michael Bay's interpretation of the character in "Transformers: Age of Extinction" (and why it was "bordering on offensive") and more.

CBR News: Shane, what's the main story behind "Drift: Empire of Stone?"

Shane McCarthy: "Empire of Stone" takes place after Drift was booted off the Lost Light and sent on his way into the galaxy. It's about what he's been doing while he's been gone and how he's trying to be relevant and find his place in the galaxy now he's neither Autobot or Decepticon. Knowing Drift was wrongly accused, Ratchet comes looking for him to bring him back and the two become well and truly caught up in something from Drift's days as a Decepticon. While Drift is trying to save the galaxy, Ratchet is attempting to save Drift from himself. Buddy cop meets space adventure.

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Are you coordinating your story at all with IDW "Transformers" architects John Barber or James Roberts? Will it connect to either "Robots in Disguise" or "More than Meets the Eye?"

Nothing beyond having John as my editor, no. John let me know what happened prior to "Empire of Stone" and I read up on Drift's appearances but, outside of that John's left me completely alone. He's a great guy to work with. Whilst the mini series takes place after the events on the Lost Light, the mini doesn't connect with the major books.

What's it like working with artist Guido Guidi?

Working with Gui is always a treat. He's a great artist! As I was writing up "Empire of Stone" I was sending Guido ideas and letting him know what characters I'd be using that he'd need to design. As the scripts start coming through to him he sends through sketches and pages for John and I to look at. It's like Christmas every time. I really enjoy working with Guido a lot and was over the moon when I found out we'd be able to work together. He was the one guy I really wanted for this and it's fantastic to come together to work on the character we created.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620274)
Posted by JazZeke on November 7th, 2014 @ 9:25am CST
He won't be the wacky hippie guy that's been seen in the comics recently

But that was miles more interesting--and fleshed out--than anything he did with his own character.

I think the "Transformer" films are terrible cinema with no story or plot to speak of.

Funny, that's what I think about "All Hail Megatron" sometimes.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620301)
Posted by SlyTF1 on November 7th, 2014 @ 10:45am CST
It still baffles me how people can sit there and say the movies have no story or plot. If anything, AOE was a bit overplotted.
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Posted by Dead Metal on November 7th, 2014 @ 3:53pm CST
So Drift will ignore all the character development he's had, plus instead of leaving the Lost Light as a fall guy (his own idea) he'll actually be kicked of and look for his lot in life, also Ratchet (the Lost Light's medic who's been on the ship before and after Drift left) will come looking for him.

Ignoring continuity and the rest of the comics, as usual, classic McCarthy.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620338)
Posted by Randomhero on November 7th, 2014 @ 4:49pm CST
JazZeke wrote:
He won't be the wacky hippie guy that's been seen in the comics recently

But that was miles more interesting--and fleshed out--than anything he did with his own character.

I think the "Transformer" films are terrible cinema with no story or plot to speak of.

Funny, that's what I think about "All Hail Megatron" sometimes.


You want to put the entire sentence from the quote instead of stopping where nodoubt you quit reading? He's not ignoring Drifts character development from MTMTE, it's going to be there as background like McCarthy even says in the rest of the sentence, but he's going to try and developed him further into what he-as the creator- always imagined.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620345)
Posted by JazZeke on November 7th, 2014 @ 5:59pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
JazZeke wrote:
He won't be the wacky hippie guy that's been seen in the comics recently

But that was miles more interesting--and fleshed out--than anything he did with his own character.

I think the "Transformer" films are terrible cinema with no story or plot to speak of.

Funny, that's what I think about "All Hail Megatron" sometimes.


You want to put the entire sentence from the quote instead of stopping where nodoubt you quit reading? He's not ignoring Drifts character development from MTMTE, it's going to be there as background like McCarthy even says in the rest of the sentence, but he's going to try and developed him further into what he-as the creator- always imagined.

Oh I read the whole interview, but I'm quoting the key sentence. What he-as a creator-always imagined is boring, two-dimensional, and sanctimonious compared to the more interesting "flaky spiritualist" Roberts fleshed him out into. Dead Metal hit the nail on the head:
Dead Metal wrote:So Drift will ignore all the character development he's had, plus instead of leaving the Lost Light as a fall guy (his own idea) he'll actually be kicked of and look for his lot in life, also Ratchet (the Lost Light's medic who's been on the ship before and after Drift left) will come looking for him.

Ignoring continuity and the rest of the comics, as usual, classic McCarthy.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620409)
Posted by Rampage on November 8th, 2014 @ 8:19am CST
I don't know what to think. I'm definitely not going to jump the gun and proclaim this is going to suck, but I don't see Ratchet going out of his way to bring Drift back.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620511)
Posted by JazZeke on November 8th, 2014 @ 10:42pm CST
"Pre-order your copy of Drift: Empire of Stone today and get your copy personally fapped over by Shane McCarthy!"
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1620897)
Posted by Dead Metal on November 10th, 2014 @ 2:58pm CST
So I was at my local comic store and had a look at the previews catalog, in the TF section was the cover to the third issue of this series, only took a pic of that due to well, this:
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Looks like RID Megatron/ Car Robots Gigatron is going to be part of the idw G1 cannon.


The description of what happens is something along the lines of "Drift's past problems become his present problems and Ratchet is unhappy that he got caught up in all of it."

It also claims that it ties directly into MTMTE, so make of it what you will.
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Posted by Va'al on November 10th, 2014 @ 4:32pm CST
We've seen that image in the latest batch of solicitations, I believe, and IDW keep saying that it does feed into MTMTE - but that McCarthy interview confuses that point, as he claims he isn't working with Roberts at all, but only Barber. Hmm. :-?
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Posted by Dead Metal on November 11th, 2014 @ 9:53am CST
Va'al wrote:We've seen that image in the latest batch of solicitations, I believe, and IDW keep saying that it does feed into MTMTE - but that McCarthy interview confuses that point, as he claims he isn't working with Roberts at all, but only Barber. Hmm. :-?

Ah Ok, didn't know, I don't follow the solicitations anymore, I have a subscription for the tpbs.

Well, my guess is that idw commissioned this series to tie directly into MTMTE, but McCarthy doesn't bother to communicate with the other people working with the cannon because that's they way he works. And now that all the promo material has already been printed (the Previews catalog was likely being printed before actual work on the series actually started) it's too late for any changes made to the promotional material.

Anyway, this does not bode well, idw was winning me over with all the work they put into fixing the universe post Ongoing. But this along with McCarthy's interview really puts me off of continuing to read the tpbs. It just makes it look like they don't give a toss about their own continuity anymore and let random writers do what ever the hell they want now. I'll wait for reviews of this series, if there are continuity errors in it and the reviews point out that it connects badly to MTMTE, then, well, I'll use the TF tpb money instead to buy Sandman tpbs and get through that series faster than I currently am.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1624435)
Posted by Va'al on November 25th, 2014 @ 3:01am CST
And finally, are you ready for the return of your average Decepticon gunman turned Autobot swordsman with a spiritualist tendency? IDW Publishing has you covered this week! Find out below a full preview for the first issue of Drift: Empire of Stone, and head back to Seibertron.com for a review later this week!

Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #1 (of 4)—SPOTLIGHT
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Alex Milne (c)
DRIFT RETURNS! Last year, TRANSFORMERS readers were shocked when DRIFT left the AUTOBOTS in disgrace… and now he’s alone, on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy—until RATCHET shows up to try to bring him home!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The creative team behind the classic—and best-selling—All Hail Megatron return to the character they introduced!
Ties directly in to the ongoing MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE series!
The fan-favorite character from the big screen returns to where he started—the comics page!
Artist’s Edition Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1624460)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on November 25th, 2014 @ 7:10am CST
Yay. Drift. Whoopy.

I'm not sure I'll get this; on one hand, I've all of the IDW stuff since "Death of Optimus Prime".on the other, it's about Drift.

Also, was he really a fan favorite? Not that I'm bashing anybody for liking him, I just thought he was more divisive of a character when he was introduced. Maybe I'm just remembering it wrongly...
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 Unlettered Preview (1624463)
Posted by Shuttershock on November 25th, 2014 @ 7:47am CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:Yay. Drift. Whoopy.

I'm not sure I'll get this; on one hand, I've all of the IDW stuff since "Death of Optimus Prime".on the other, it's about Drift.

Also, was he really a fan favorite? Not that I'm bashing anybody for liking him, I just thought he was more divisive of a character when he was introduced. Maybe I'm just remembering it wrongly...


He was divisive when he started, mainly because he was hyped out the ass for All Hail Megatron (but then, that book had a lot of other problems) and didn't really live up to anything beyond "super cool sword guy doing awesome things".

Roberts' tenure with the character has been more favorably received, mainly by actually giving him a character with flaws and ideals. Of course, now McCarthy (the AHM writer) is doing this book, so it's hard to say if we'll see the return of "Drift Do'Urden" or if he's learned something from his early work.

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