Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD

Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD

Sunday, February 18th, 2018 12:01pm CST

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Courtesy of Previews World's catalogue, we have three page preview of the Free Comic Book Day issue provided by IDW Publishing for the first Saturday in May event, given out to customers in comic book shops for free - Unicron:The Darkest Hour #0!

The images are mirrored below, but please be aware there are some SPOILERS concerning a well known Transformers character on the second page, alongside Rom the Space Knight, Optimus Prime, Pyra Magna, Arcee, and Wheeljack. With the recent news that the IDW continuities currently running may be coming to an end, do you think this is its beginning? Join the discussion!

Not a whimper, nor a bang-the end comes with a squall of entropy shrieking from the ravenous maw of death itself. The message is clear: Unicron has arrived. The Transformers lock into a desperate bid to save Rom’s homeworld from the world-killer — but why has Unicron chosen this world on his path to Cybertron... and Earth? The biggest story in the history of Transformers starts now: for Unicron’s arrival can mean nothing less than the end of a universe.


Transformers News: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD

Transformers News: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD

Transformers News: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD

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Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940232)
Posted by Randomhero on February 18th, 2018 @ 12:34pm CST
Oh hi bumblebee...hi Soundwave. I guess everything works out in The Falling story arc...


I’m very bummed after hearing from the QnA panel that everything is coming to an end this year for IDW. I know they also said the comics will continue but it’s still sad to know we’re probaly more than likely getting rebooted next year.

I blame ScottyP...this is all your fault dude. Wanting Unicron for so long :lol: :(
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940234)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 18th, 2018 @ 12:36pm CST
So they bring beeback to life just to kill them again with the rest of the universe? Neat.

Though I think this will lead up to a similar place as cybertron (the animated series) I. E. Unicron becomes a massive black hole in whatever continuity follows this reset. Allowing the possibility that Unicron may return for another event
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940243)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on February 18th, 2018 @ 12:57pm CST
It looks like after this UNICRON series, the Have IDWverse ends and begins anew. A good point to jump off.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940246)
Posted by Ironhidensh on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:02pm CST
Va'al wrote:So is Unicron actually devouring the whole IDWverse? Looks like it might be the case after all...

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... ytf/40719/

We are wrapping up current IDW continuities this year, Unicron is coming to devour everybody. The intention is to continue after that, whatever comes next. Towards end of year we should know more, but we will collaborate on more stories.



Now I feel as if I've wasted my time with the series. :-(
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940247)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:03pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:Now I feel as if I've wasted my time with the series. :-(



I thought that at The Death of Optimus Prime...
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940265)
Posted by Randomhero on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:28pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:
Va'al wrote:So is Unicron actually devouring the whole IDWverse? Looks like it might be the case after all...

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... ytf/40719/

We are wrapping up current IDW continuities this year, Unicron is coming to devour everybody. The intention is to continue after that, whatever comes next. Towards end of year we should know more, but we will collaborate on more stories.



Now I feel as if I've wasted my time with the series. :-(



Not if you’ve enjoyed the ride. My favorite comic Invincible ended this week. 15 years, was that a waste? When Chew ended last year did that too feel like years wasted? Hell no! If you enjoy something and it ends it’s never a waste.

That’s like saying you feel like you wasted your childhood after watching all of G1 as a kid becuase rebirth was the finale.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940268)
Posted by That_Guy on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:56pm CST
Guess this is IDW’s version of Flashpoint to reset the continuity? I’m all for it, not all of the new 52 was bad.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940270)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 18th, 2018 @ 1:58pm CST
I'm currently collecting a Transformers part work, exploring the history of all Transformers comics. The newest ones this week were Dark Cybertron (part 2) and All Hail Optimus Prime.

Bearing in mind I tapped out of IDWverse with Death of Optimus Prime yet, if these stories are indication of what IDWverse has become... Unicron should devour it
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940278)
Posted by Ironhidensh on February 18th, 2018 @ 2:20pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:
Va'al wrote:So is Unicron actually devouring the whole IDWverse? Looks like it might be the case after all...

https://www.seibertron.com/transformers ... ytf/40719/

We are wrapping up current IDW continuities this year, Unicron is coming to devour everybody. The intention is to continue after that, whatever comes next. Towards end of year we should know more, but we will collaborate on more stories.



Now I feel as if I've wasted my time with the series. :-(



Not if you’ve enjoyed the ride. My favorite comic Invincible ended this week. 15 years, was that a waste? When Chew ended last year did that too feel like years wasted? Hell no! If you enjoy something and it ends it’s never a waste.

That’s like saying you feel like you wasted your childhood after watching all of G1 as a kid becuase rebirth was the finale.



I don't feel time was wasted because it's ending, I feel time was wasted because I'm willing to bet Hasbro is ending it so the IDW comics can be turned into a toy commercial first, and a story a distant second.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940280)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 18th, 2018 @ 2:22pm CST
They're really putting those issues out of order aren't they? Dark Cybertron was almost two years before all hail optimus.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940282)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 18th, 2018 @ 2:24pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:They're really putting those issues out of order aren't they? Dark Cybertron was almost two years before all hail optimus.



It's pretty random how they pair the volumes. Dark Cybertron was Vol.60, All Hail Optimus Vol. 71. It is clear that a lot happened in the interim.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940309)
Posted by ricemazter on February 18th, 2018 @ 3:35pm CST
That_Guy wrote:Guess this is IDW’s version of Flashpoint to reset the continuity? I’m all for it, not all of the new 52 was bad.


Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. IDW got the transformers universe into a really interesting place. I don't want to have to spend another decade going through the war all over again, reintroducing each character and scrapping all the current story directions instead of fixing the ones that don't work as of now. Thee war ending was probably the best thing to happen to transformers.

Also, I thought it was odd that the TAAO annual would put Windblade in charge with significant changes to Cybertron while the rest of the titles ignore what happened and play catch up in between. Now I know why, because they planned to flush everything down the toilet anyway, so who cares what happens in the nebulous future if the universe is going to explode before that happens? Ugh.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940311)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 18th, 2018 @ 3:49pm CST
ricemazter wrote:
That_Guy wrote:Guess this is IDW’s version of Flashpoint to reset the continuity? I’m all for it, not all of the new 52 was bad.


Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. IDW got the transformers universe into a really interesting place. I don't want to have to spend another decade going through the war all over again, reintroducing each character and scrapping all the current story directions instead of fixing the ones that don't work as of now.


Reminds me of when the -Ations ended and AHM took over. Shattering everything interesting that Furman was building, for Sunbow 2.0. All the more disappointing was that AHM was successful, indicating to Hasbro and IDW, Sunbow was all people actually wanted from Transformers.

IDWverse does need a reboot now though. It's become too convoluted and bloated. It started with the Primacy trilogy and the pointless retcons and later by shoehorning too many other properties into Transformers.

ricemazter wrote:The war ending was probably the best thing to happen to transformers.


Not in IDW, as the war never really took off in this continuity. Furman gave highlights, some tertiary battlegrounds such as Earth in Infiltration. Then AHM "ended" the Sunbow War and now we are at "people in robot suits".
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940323)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 18th, 2018 @ 4:23pm CST
I don't see how you can say the war never took off as it did happen, and is pointed out every so often, or do you mean because IDW haven't displayed it much? Still one thing we have to be clear on is that after the reset hits, the franchises will still be together but I'm hoping they'll roll in together a lot more organically this time. After all gi joe and tfs have a long history together and technically the generation 2 comic series launched out of a gi joe series, as megatron rebuilt himself with Cobra tech he bartered for from Cobra Commander.

Though IDW if you're listening please let some other series serve as a launch pad for new stuff this time round, give the Transformers a break.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940328)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 18th, 2018 @ 4:30pm CST
Yeah, the War has been a case of "Tell, don't show" in IDW. The closest it came to showing The War was Megatron: Origin and Stormbringer. After Spotlight Kup and Wheelie, implication of The War seemed to be the last way it would be mentioned as an ongoing conflict.

They have characters such as Thundercracker decrying all the killing and destruction they have witnessed, yet we haven't be shown any of that.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940340)
Posted by ricemazter on February 18th, 2018 @ 5:27pm CST
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
ricemazter wrote:
That_Guy wrote:Guess this is IDW’s version of Flashpoint to reset the continuity? I’m all for it, not all of the new 52 was bad.


Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this. IDW got the transformers universe into a really interesting place. I don't want to have to spend another decade going through the war all over again, reintroducing each character and scrapping all the current story directions instead of fixing the ones that don't work as of now.


Reminds me of when the -Ations ended and AHM took over. Shattering everything interesting that Furman was building, for Sunbow 2.0. All the more disappointing was that AHM was successful, indicating to Hasbro and IDW, Sunbow was all people actually wanted from Transformers.

IDWverse does need a reboot now though. It's become too convoluted and bloated. It started with the Primacy trilogy and the pointless retcons and later by shoehorning too many other properties into Transformers.

ricemazter wrote:The war ending was probably the best thing to happen to transformers.


Not in IDW, as the war never really took off in this continuity. Furman gave highlights, some tertiary battlegrounds such as Earth in Infiltration. Then AHM "ended" the Sunbow War and now we are at "people in robot suits".


We had,I think, plenty of highlights from the war itself. Unlike the Sunbow cartoon, the IDW war was a massive galaxy spanning affair taking place on multiple fronts. Last Stand of the Wreckers was a good example of the war itself, and we saw it again multiple times throughout MTMTE, like in the first couple Scavengers issues and when Sunder got loose, not to mention the various spotlights. I think the war was always something best left implied and kept to singular stories as it was never very interesting. The fallout and implications of the war were, however and all we needed were snippets. I think any ongoing series that seriously used the war as a focus would get very boring very quickly, which is why the spotlights worked so well.

Also, with the specifics of the war being kept vague, any writer could come in and do a prequel story at any point and make an interesting or crazy setting like in ROM vs Transformers. Heck, if we did want to go back to the war, we wouldn't even need a reboot. There's 4 million years of untold stories just waiting for someone to take a crack at.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940355)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 18th, 2018 @ 6:15pm CST
Also the destruction that upset Thundercracker so much was in all hail megatron as he saw the campaign against the humans. That's actually something of want to survive in the reboot, screenwriter Thundercracker and his dog buster...I love it whenever he's used.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940366)
Posted by Randomhero on February 18th, 2018 @ 6:54pm CST
QUICK! EVERYONE RUN TO THE FUNCTIONALIST UNIVERSE! MEGATRON HAS BEEN PREPPING IT FOR US!!!!!

If only
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940380)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on February 18th, 2018 @ 7:42pm CST
Randomhero wrote:QUICK! EVERYONE RUN TO THE FUNCTIONALIST UNIVERSE! MEGATRON HAS BEEN PREPPING IT FOR US!!!!!

If only


I think you might be onto something. Why suddenly dump Megatron away like that? There’s probably a lot in the planning of this, as truncated as it is probably going to be.

What if Lost Light? Is that just going to fade out on it’s own? Seems like there’s some universe shattering stuff coming up there too.
Re: Three-Page Preview for IDW Transformers Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0 #FCBD (1940390)
Posted by Randomhero on February 18th, 2018 @ 8:23pm CST
Stormshot_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:QUICK! EVERYONE RUN TO THE FUNCTIONALIST UNIVERSE! MEGATRON HAS BEEN PREPPING IT FOR US!!!!!

If only


I think you might be onto something. Why suddenly dump Megatron away like that? There’s probably a lot in the planning of this, as truncated as it is probably going to be.

What if Lost Light? Is that just going to fade out on it’s own? Seems like there’s some universe shattering stuff coming up there too.



Well I think this is all just hype. IDW isn’t losing the rights or anything. They said the comics will come after this event. The entire “Unicron is coming to destroy everything” is just hype. He’s not going to eat earth, he’s not gonna eat Cybertron. The universe is not getting reset. Comics do this all the time. Unicron will be defeated and we wil be entering into phase 4(?) of the IDWverse.

Lost light? I don’t know. I can’t even imagine but I don’t think that series is really ending but maybe it is. We got this Scavengers story ending and it’s supposedly their final story and then we got this story about Rodimus and crew “Dying” so I means that would leave around 7-8 issues to get the crew to Cyberutopia and conclude...maybe that’s enough I don’t know.

Even IF lost light ends let’s all be grown ups for a moment and look at the real picture. It’s james Roberts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he is this generations Simon Furman. He will always have a place writing transformers fiction. Just like Simon did for the span of 25 years if James wants to continue and he more than likely will if offered. Just like how John has cemented himself as one of the best writers too. Unless these guys don’t want to continue doing it or IDW doesn’t want them which I find hard to believe considering how their relationships with the company are they won’t be going anywhere. John may not be editor anymore but let’s not kid ourselves he’s still running this whole universe for transformers,

While I don’t want a new start but let’s not deny that over 13 years so far we’ve gotten way more good stories than bad and it’s the longest running continuity that transformers has ever had. It’s been a helluva run

Over 300issue I think. That’s damn good for company like IDW

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