Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3

Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 3:42pm CDT

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IDW Publishing digital assistant Mariel Romero has been busy today! Another iTunes three-page preview has emerged, this time for the third issue of the Transformers: Windblade mini-series. Check out the images mirrored below - it's Terrorcon time.

THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3

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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1580920)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on June 10th, 2014 @ 3:57pm CDT
LOVE Slug's expression there. XD
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1580980)
Posted by #Sideways# on June 10th, 2014 @ 9:50pm CDT
I honestly don't think Starscream is trying to kill Windblade and friends (Windblade primarily) -- rather, I think it's Rattrap. He's already been established to be a backstabber (Starscream expressed it himself), and even though the fact is given that I have not read the comic yet so I cannot know whether or not logic has been presented otherwise, I cannot help but to feel that he is the true culprit. The motive I see is the fact that Rattrap is practically next in line to Starscream's position, and by framing him (it's pretty clear he's the primary suspect), it would make sense politically. Starscream's practically standing on the precipice of being ousted from office on a regular basis, and a scandal would just push his career right over the edge and into oblivion. I think that's who did it and why.

Good artwork, by the by, and hilarious Slug is hilarious.

"Buuuurrrrn"
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1581098)
Posted by Yweggo on June 11th, 2014 @ 9:24am CDT
What's Blur worried about? He has Slug. Dinobot vs. Terrorcon, I'm putting my money on the Dinobot.
And before anyone says there's only one Dinobot and at least three Terrorcons other guys can keep them busy, right?

Also, I'm glad to see the Terrorcons back in IDW.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1583608)
Posted by Va'al on June 19th, 2014 @ 4:47am CDT
In further comics news from IDW Publishing, via Newsarama, we also get a full preview for the third in the four-issue mini-series of Transformers: Windblade - and it's time to fight for Metroplex, Cybertron and the Truth. Check the pages out below!

Transformers: Windblade #3 (of 4): Dawn of the Autobots
Mairghread Scott (w) • Sarah Stone (a & c)
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- WINDBLADE battles for the future of CYBERTRON!
- BLURR and the patrons of MACCADAM’S join the struggle against STARSCREAM!
- The biggest TRANSFORMERS character debut since DRIFT continues!
- Variant cover by Guido Guidi!


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1584319)
Posted by zwann on June 21st, 2014 @ 7:47am CDT
I love the art style, but funnily I always confuse between chromia and Blurr. Maybe if they gave Chromia thicker lips?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585613)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 2:36am CDT
Twisted Plot
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE FATE OF CYBERTRON! WINDBLADE learns more about the new face of CYBERTRON—and lesson number one is: never underestimate STARSCREAM! She’s trapped in a no-win situation—but what is the scheming DECEPTICON really after, and how far will he go to keep WINDBLADE out of his way?

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Hum, far..?


Story

We left Cybertron last month as Windblade, Chromia, the Maccadam's crew - the jolly jumble of Blurr, Snarl, Waspinator, Tankor and Tankor - and reporters Longtooth and Circuit entered the lower levels of Metroplex, as the Terrorcons prepared to pounce on the cast, and the battle was on the very brink of commencing.

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On the edge, even


The fight sequence that ensues, at the opening of the issue, is gloriously long with good narration and exposition (and world building, too) at just the right pacing from Mairghread Scott to not be either boring nor too much of a punch fest. And also serves its function as the first of many minor twists in the story of the mini-series so far, before some major changes towards the end. None of which I'll show.

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Have some air-fighting


Not only does the pacing work, with the captions recapping the story so far from Windblade's view, the dialogue aiding the progression of the story and some great exchanges in the aftermath of the fight, there's space for a little humour (without too much tonal discordance), and some very very dark moments during and after.

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Comedy gold


Starscream has some very nice traits in the issue, Rattrap is a little stinker, Windblade shines through her fighting skills, as does Chromia, the story goes in multiple directions at once, then returns to itself as everything changes - and we even get a new type of character introduced. Not a character, a type.

Art

The artwork, of course, makes my appreciation of the issue rise even further, with Sarah Stone's excellent panel work, returning to Longtooth's head camera (as in, his head is a camera) device and commentary on the technique. Combined with some brilliant facial expressions, the result is an issue of dynamic, clear fight sequences and truly terrifying moments later on.

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'Is this thing on?'


Moments which are expertly enhanced by Stone's use of colour and shading, and some great contrasts in how the light, be it fire, glow or else, reflects on and refracts off different Cybertronian surfaces and bodies. Add in some subtle touches in sound effects and lettering by Chris Mowry, and we get a truly thrilling addition to the mini-series.

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See? Stinker. And creep.


Additionally, not to forget, the covers. Stone's amazing 'crying' Windblade has made the rounds many times now, but Alex Milne and Joana Lafuente (thumbnail) create an impressive valiant rendition of the character, too. And continuing the 30th Anniversary celebratory series, Guido Guidi and John-Paul Bove recreate a victorious Stascream over Megatron for the retail incentive!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Well. I mean, well. Scott had me convinced that the story would be doing certain things, and then took it wildly away, only to drag it back and split it again and end it on a note that appeared from nowhere - but could still make sense. In the next issue. Because of course there's a cliffhanger that actually leaves you wanting more.

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What? WHY WHAT?!


So the narration works, the characters really work with and against each other, so many questions, points, issues, revelations are addressed and made to hang. There. Just hang. And then you get so much in terms of body language and expressions and behaviour in Stone's artwork and colours, a mixture of glee and repulsion, and - I just want more. Please?

(Though again, next issue is the last for now, at least until 2015. But still.)

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: - out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585705)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 25th, 2014 @ 12:07pm CDT
It will be a shame to see this series end. Its been a good read and the artwork is amazing, I hope she gets more tf work.

Also glad that Windblade is getting another series.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585709)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 12:33pm CDT
Sarah is doing interior art once RID shifts back to Cybertron, apparently!
(The September issue, according to solicitations.)
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585783)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:01pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Sarah is doing interior art once RID shifts back to Cybertron, apparently!
(The September issue, according to solicitations.)


That's good to hear. It was seeing Sarah's art work in the previews for Windblade #1 that made me start drawing again.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585785)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:04pm CDT
As you said, Va'al, Stone does a nice job on facial expressions. But with Slag here, this was all I could think about looking at the panel:

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Gave me a good chuckle.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585790)
Posted by Va'al on June 25th, 2014 @ 5:27pm CDT
Dinobots. No manners *and* they're always high.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585828)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 25th, 2014 @ 10:57pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Dinobots. No manners *and* they're always high.
That's cuz they're taller than most everyone. :P
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1585942)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 26th, 2014 @ 11:43am CDT
I just read it and while I like stone's artwork when there is a static image, I find it a little messy when there is action.

However, her expressions and the interrogation scene. Brilliant. Liking the comic. Just would like a little more clarity in the art but honestly not complaining about it.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586019)
Posted by Va'al on June 26th, 2014 @ 4:07pm CDT
IDW newcomer artist Sarah Stone has shared both her pencil work and a progression GIF (from pencils to inks to colours) for one of the pages in this week's release of Transformers: Windblade. Take a look!

(Not newsing this, potential spoilers if you haven't read yet, but still gorgeous stuff.)


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586193)
Posted by cybercat on June 27th, 2014 @ 10:22am CDT
Man, I dunno. I keep expecting this series to grow on me and it hasn't. I'll be honest, I find Nautica and Chromia to be much more interesting characters than Windblade, and I'd much prefer one of THEM get another series.

Things I don't get:
* Why Windblade seem pretty savvy when Roberts and Barber write her, and then, six months later in canon (when Windblade is set) she's somehow, uh, kind of really overly trusting? Like she's been there how long and she's not picked up the vibe of Starscream not being a Nice Guy? Did she not talk to ANYONE for those six months?

* Why she was 'ground zero' at a bomb that we're told was deliberately targeting her but she lived, but later we hear that a lot of people died from that explosion. That...is not how bombs work? There's no magic 'safe zone' in the kill radius.

* Torture doesn't work like that. I'll leave out that the torture the babe is a really problematic gendered trope discussion just to say that I find it improbable that she's instantly able to attack Starscream, both physically and psychologically. And moreover that it is to become this massive turning point where she goes from being gentle and hopeful to LET"S KILL EVERYONE--so bloodthirsty even Chromia is more reasonable, insisting they not kill guards unless they have to.

* Can we talk about the strangling? I get it was played for laughs, and I sure did laugh, but it was that secondhand embarrassment kind of laugh for the writer. Because, well, if Windblade's been pretty isolated from other cultures and if she is a Cybertronian herself, WHY WOULD SHE EVEN THINK OF STRANGLING STARSCREAM? You or I might because we're human and it works on humans. But if we weren't? We wouldn't even think of it.

The big issue I have with it is that it seems to be written based off a plot diagram, and Scott will bend and twist and mangle her characterization to get them to follow her carefully mapped plot points. The result is that finding a coherent characterization for Windblade herself is really difficult. Considering the main question that was used to pimp the story was "WHO IS WINDBLADE?" I have to say I still don't have a clue. Innocent, naive city speaker? Out of control angry fighter? Victim? Hero? The last issue has a LOT to try to pull together.

CC, [UNNECESSARY VOICEOVER RECAPPING EXPOSITION]
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586204)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 27th, 2014 @ 11:25am CDT
cybercat wrote:Man, I dunno. I keep expecting this series to grow on me and it hasn't. I'll be honest, I find Nautica and Chromia to be much more interesting characters than Windblade, and I'd much prefer one of THEM get another series.

Things I don't get:
* Why Windblade seem pretty savvy when Roberts and Barber write her, and then, six months later in canon (when Windblade is set) she's somehow, uh, kind of really overly trusting? Like she's been there how long and she's not picked up the vibe of Starscream not being a Nice Guy? Did she not talk to ANYONE for those six months?

* Why she was 'ground zero' at a bomb that we're told was deliberately targeting her but she lived, but later we hear that a lot of people died from that explosion. That...is not how bombs work? There's no magic 'safe zone' in the kill radius.

* Torture doesn't work like that. I'll leave out that the torture the babe is a really problematic gendered trope discussion just to say that I find it improbable that she's instantly able to attack Starscream, both physically and psychologically. And moreover that it is to become this massive turning point where she goes from being gentle and hopeful to LET"S KILL EVERYONE--so bloodthirsty even Chromia is more reasonable, insisting they not kill guards unless they have to.

* Can we talk about the strangling? I get it was played for laughs, and I sure did laugh, but it was that secondhand embarrassment kind of laugh for the writer. Because, well, if Windblade's been pretty isolated from other cultures and if she is a Cybertronian herself, WHY WOULD SHE EVEN THINK OF STRANGLING STARSCREAM? You or I might because we're human and it works on humans. But if we weren't? We wouldn't even think of it.

The big issue I have with it is that it seems to be written based off a plot diagram, and Scott will bend and twist and mangle her characterization to get them to follow her carefully mapped plot points. The result is that finding a coherent characterization for Windblade herself is really difficult. Considering the main question that was used to pimp the story was "WHO IS WINDBLADE?" I have to say I still don't have a clue. Innocent, naive city speaker? Out of control angry fighter? Victim? Hero? The last issue has a LOT to try to pull together.

CC, [UNNECESSARY VOICEOVER RECAPPING EXPOSITION]


Well with the first point, I got the impression she had only minor contact with otherd as she was very, very busy with sorting Metroplex out the best she could. So any spare time was kept to herself (probably exploring Cybertron or inside Metroplex).

Not sure what to say about the torture thing, I don't see the problem myself, especially with the 'torture the babe' trope as you put it. I mean screamer wanted information, giving Windblades status, only logical that she'd have the information. I mean they're not going to torture blurr are they when it's clear that Windblade is the one he wants. At that point her gender doesn't matter.

As far as the blast goes I assumed the deaths were caused by aftereffects of the blast, I.e. Buildings collapsing, more explosions etc. Of course having said that, I'm used to characters surviving un-survivalable explosions. Indy 4 and Gundam Seed/ Seed Destiny spring to mind.

Now the strangling thing, I thought it was just because she'd had enough and wanted to just attack him, not the best reason but I don't think it was intentionally funny.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586261)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 27th, 2014 @ 6:43pm CDT
Dun Dun Duhhhn
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Speculation? :-?

Starscream and Rattrap are red herrings sorta, so who is it?
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586375)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 28th, 2014 @ 3:28am CDT
I've got two possible subjects, ironhide and Metroplex. Admittedly can't think why either of them would do it. There is also the possibility that it was someone who hasn't even been introduced yet.

Actually, thought of another suspect while typing. Circuit, an attempt to show media corruption perhaps
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586399)
Posted by Va'al on June 28th, 2014 @ 7:51am CDT
I'd also say Ironhide, or even Chromia.

As someone else pointed out, having someone we have yet to see in the story would belittle the entire thing, and using characters that show up either early or regularly could work as a twist.

Also, I still think there *could* be a connection between Skids' venture into 'Cyberutopia' and Metroplex' way of talking to Windblade. But it may just be visuals.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Windblade #3 (1586460)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 28th, 2014 @ 3:15pm CDT
I hope it isn't Chromia I actually really like her :(

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