Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 3:15pm CST

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We return to your regularly scheduled Transformers comics from IDW, now that the end of the crossover Revolution is in sight, with a quick iTunes preview of Transformers: Till All Are One #5! The regular team in back on board, with Scott, Pitre Durocher, Deer and (probably) Long at their posts. Check it out, and head back for a full preview in the next week or so!

REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840293)
Posted by Kurona on November 10th, 2016 @ 3:24pm CST
So a few things to note.

-It's really good to get back to regular issues again after the mess of Revolution. It feels like I'm back home <3
-I'm really liking Obsidian's character
-OH MY GOD THE COMBATICONS ARE STILL ALIVE YES YES Y E S
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840298)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 10th, 2016 @ 3:33pm CST
Brain-damaged Combaticons.

Obsidion is looking to be a good character.

Windblade is disillusioned by Prime.

Titans.

Good start, and welcome change to the Revolution stuff
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840309)
Posted by Crosscheck on November 10th, 2016 @ 3:48pm CST
I am glad I started this comic. The political intrigue is very fun to read. I am interested to see what Obsidian's motives actually are.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840317)
Posted by RNSrobot on November 10th, 2016 @ 4:09pm CST
Oh, I am SO with sensible, pragmatic Ironhide. I've absolutely loved him under Barber and Scott's pens.

And I'm really loving TAAO. I hope the Combaticons aren't gone too long. There was some tremendous material in the first four issues and i want to revisit them, especially Blast-off's complicated ideas. Plus, Brawl and Vortex being entertaining twits.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840324)
Posted by Crosscheck on November 10th, 2016 @ 4:32pm CST
RNSrobot wrote:Oh, I am SO with sensible, pragmatic Ironhide. I've absolutely loved him under Barber and Scott's pens.

And I'm really loving TAAO. I hope the Combaticons aren't gone too long. There was some tremendous material in the first four issues and i want to revisit them, especially Blast-off's complicated ideas. Plus, Brawl and Vortex being entertaining twits.

Here is hoping that combining with Swindle will wake Swindle up from his coma. I hope that this is why they are having trouble waking up. I, too, really liked the Combaticon's characterization.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840325)
Posted by Kurona on November 10th, 2016 @ 4:36pm CST
Swindle got shot through the chest, was on ER for months (maybe a year) on end, got combined and is now dealing with the stress of having been combined and now de-combined in ER.
If he survives this... goddamn. Who needs point one percenters when Swindle can make deals with death
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840336)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 10th, 2016 @ 4:54pm CST
Actually, that may be part of the reason why the combaticons are comatose/brain damaged. They combined with a bot who was basically dead since his brain was declared dead by Wheeljack, and then were shot through the head, causing them to decombine. So far in IDW, being forcefully decombined has been a bad situation, with the torchbearers being weakened as a result along with Galvatronus and Sky Reign, not to mention Menasor stayed combined after a head shot but was still knocked unconscious. The only one who really didn't show many problems was Devastator being forcefully decombined, but he's been around long enough he may be more resilient to things like that.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840338)
Posted by Kurona on November 10th, 2016 @ 4:59pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Actually, that may be part of the reason why the combaticons are comatose/brain damaged. They combined with a bot who was basically dead since his brain was declared dead by Wheeljack, and then were shot through the head, causing them to decombine. So far in IDW, being forcefully decombined has been a bad situation, with the torchbearers being weakened as a result along with Galvatronus and Sky Reign, not to mention Menasor stayed combined after a head shot but was still knocked unconscious. The only one who really didn't show many problems was Devastator being forcefully decombined, but he's been around long enough he may be more resilient to things like that.

And even then, in the original ex-RiD run where Devastator showed up (pre-dark cybertron), Prowl and the Constructicons were shown really worn out when decombined. When Megatron was starting to combine with the Constructicons they still looked really tired and fatigued.
De-combining's not fun. I can only imagine how the Aerialbots are right now.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840356)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on November 10th, 2016 @ 5:57pm CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Actually, that may be part of the reason why the combaticons are comatose/brain damaged. They combined with a bot who was basically dead since his brain was declared dead by Wheeljack, and then were shot through the head, causing them to decombine. So far in IDW, being forcefully decombined has been a bad situation, with the torchbearers being weakened as a result along with Galvatronus and Sky Reign, not to mention Menasor stayed combined after a head shot but was still knocked unconscious. The only one who really didn't show many problems was Devastator being forcefully decombined, but he's been around long enough he may be more resilient to things like that.

And even then, in the original ex-RiD run where Devastator showed up (pre-dark cybertron), Prowl and the Constructicons were shown really worn out when decombined. When Megatron was starting to combine with the Constructicons they still looked really tired and fatigued.
De-combining's not fun. I can only imagine how the Aerialbots are right now.

At least the aerialbots chose to decombine. They weren't forced apart.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840357)
Posted by Kurona on November 10th, 2016 @ 6:06pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Actually, that may be part of the reason why the combaticons are comatose/brain damaged. They combined with a bot who was basically dead since his brain was declared dead by Wheeljack, and then were shot through the head, causing them to decombine. So far in IDW, being forcefully decombined has been a bad situation, with the torchbearers being weakened as a result along with Galvatronus and Sky Reign, not to mention Menasor stayed combined after a head shot but was still knocked unconscious. The only one who really didn't show many problems was Devastator being forcefully decombined, but he's been around long enough he may be more resilient to things like that.

And even then, in the original ex-RiD run where Devastator showed up (pre-dark cybertron), Prowl and the Constructicons were shown really worn out when decombined. When Megatron was starting to combine with the Constructicons they still looked really tired and fatigued.
De-combining's not fun. I can only imagine how the Aerialbots are right now.

At least the aerialbots chose to decombine. They weren't forced apart.

True, but it was right after they pretty much cancelled their combined form's existence. That's gotta hurt.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1840473)
Posted by Big Grim on November 11th, 2016 @ 5:42am CST
It's gonna be so nice to get back to normal and ignore Revolution. It really has been crap.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842068)
Posted by Va'al on November 19th, 2016 @ 3:42am CST
Out this Wednesday is the first Transformers book from IDW Publishing that builds on the events of Revolution, rather than feed into it - we return to your regularly scheduled Till All Are One, with issue #5! Check out below the full preview, and head back here after its release for our review and thoughts.

Transformers: Till All Are One #5
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
TITANS RETURNS returns—with a vengeance!
As OPTIMUS rules on Earth, so STARSCREAM tries to rule on CYBERTRON!
WINDBLADE returns to CYBERTRON… just in time to watch the world die!
Variant cover by Jack Lawrence!


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842074)
Posted by steve2275 on November 19th, 2016 @ 5:11am CST
lovin the art as always
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842931)
Posted by Va'al on November 23rd, 2016 @ 2:23pm CST
Zombie Titans. In. Spaaaaaaace
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
REVOLUTION is over but the danger isn’t over! A wave of undead TITANS threatens CYBERTRON! STARSCREAM will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but our Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon—and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?

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Story
Rather than tying up what Windblade was concerned with in Revolution (though not disregarding it), the latest issue of Till All Are One brings us more directly to the aftermath of Titans Return, and Sentinel Prime/Infinitus' plan to unleash zombie Titans upon the universe - as they now approach Cybertron, we catch up...

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Or News Admins..


We know what's coming. We know the Titans are on their way, even if the story had been set on pause for the duration of Revolution, and we're being brought up to speed just when, just as Starscream is in-story, and probably with similar reactions to the Chosen Supreme Leader of Cybertron and his ghost pal, and the rest of the Council of Worlds.

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His Pettiness


Mairghread Scott provides a script that allows for a little de-tension before the ramping up of the tension starts again - dotted with some dry humour from the various parties involved - as a planet-wide action is taken to counter the Titans' arrival, allowing for each characters' capabilities to shine...

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Oh hi Zetca!


...but it also provides an excellent foil for a discussion around Windblade's role and position in the new society still forming, as worked towards in the Revolution one-shot already. That, and we have some very interesting deal/diplomacy parallels between her, and her frenemy-nemesis (frenemenemenemenisis?) Starscream himself.

Art

After the break, we have Sara Pitre Durocher take on the Cybertronian environments, as well as the layouts and everything else that comes with the artwork - including some seriously impressive work in conveying the tension of the script in the building of the panels and pages, running through the issue all the way to the handful of climax points towards the end.

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Nope, not spoiling


The colours are at the hands of not one but two regular artists: Joana Lafuente and Priscilla Tramontano; both work wonderfully in sync with the linework provided, and carry across the latter's work on the Titans Return books as well as bringing some wonderful backgrounds to life in a very tense sequence or seven. Astounding.

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Times, they are a-changin


Similarly, both Chris Mowry and Tom B. Long are involved in the lettering and, production wise, the issue has a fair load of different fonts, voices, effects and soundwords - perfectly handled for otherwise distractingly busy page. As for covers, we've seen the excellently slick Sara Pitre Durocher regular cover way back when, Tramontano's gorgeous 'every anime ever' variant in the preview, and now Jack Lawrence (hey, read our interview with him!) on in the thumbnail, with Prime's best couple.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The issue is excellent. That's my thoughts, right there. The constant build is constant, and incessant, not only in dialogue, script and direction, but also through the visual, the angles provided for the action, the layouts of the pages and the panels, and the decision not to rely on larger pages for the actual climax, but rather as a mid-point punctuation mark.

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Obsidian just loves good news


I am very interested in those parallels between Starscream and Windblade I mentioned above, and curious to see whether they develop further. Seeing multiple characters from across the franchise's history work together brought a slow smile to my face, and their voices work really well as the interact with one another. As I said, this is great - and the end point is just evil.

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842951)
Posted by Randomhero on November 23rd, 2016 @ 4:03pm CST
It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842960)
Posted by LE0KING on November 23rd, 2016 @ 5:43pm CST
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1842999)
Posted by Randomhero on November 23rd, 2016 @ 9:52pm CST
LE0KING wrote:
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.



See I liked the art in Revolution. I didn't have an issue with it. I thought it was very stylized and fun. Sarah's art, I'm not huge into it. Every time I see I'm reminded of her creepy Cyclonus/tailgate slash fic makeout art she makes.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1843017)
Posted by LE0KING on November 23rd, 2016 @ 11:11pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
LE0KING wrote:
Randomhero wrote:It's convenient how everyone who fights a Titan is literally the size of omega superme when battling one and a handful together can destroy one.

My friend, did you just mention scale in a transformers forum? Ha ha.
Seriously though, I usually don't care for Scott's work, but this was a fantastic issue. But then again anything would look good after revolution.



See I liked the art in Revolution. I didn't have an issue with it. I thought it was very stylized and fun. Sarah's art, I'm not huge into it. Every time I see I'm reminded of her creepy Cyclonus/tailgate slash fic makeout art she makes.


I've never seen those thank goodness, but at least Sarah doesn't make windblade doesn't look like an Easter island head.
I do miss the old Sarah though, her art was less cartoony.
But I'm off track, I meant to say that story wise this is more coherent and enjoyable than 90% of revolution.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1844759)
Posted by Sunstar on December 2nd, 2016 @ 1:12am CST
Just got my hands on the copy this evening.

good Story and Starscream has a bit of life in him once again. He is doing what he knows how to do,and for once, he is leading a unified Cybertron. Good Good characterisation.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #5 (1846985)
Posted by Va'al on December 13th, 2016 @ 12:28pm CST
Lost Light and Optimus Prime are not the only number 1 books to come out this week from IDW's Transformers output - the first volume of Transformers: Till All Are One is also hitting retail, in digital and print format, tomorrow, collecting the first four issues of the new ongoing series from Mairghread Scott and Sara Pitre Durocher. Check out the preview provided below!

Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (a & c)
Starscream rules Cybertron. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream's secret police keep increasing the tension, destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. Collects issues #1–4.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-808-3

Bullet points:
“Till All Are One (has) the character of a novel or a prime time television series.” –Weekly Comic Book Review


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