Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge

Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 11:53am CST

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Also thanks to a pointer from Seibertronian Sunstar and directly from the IDW Publishing website, we have the Jeffrey Veregge alternate cover for the upcoming issue in the comics mini-series, Transformers vs Visionaries #3. Cover B, shown below, is a gloriously neon rendition of the main characters Ironhide and Virulina, current leader of the Darkling lords in the new crossover series, complete with a purple sharkado made of MAGIC and LIGHT.

Check it out below, and take a look at other upcoming titles later this year in our coverage of April's book releases from IDW Publishing right here!


The clock is ticking! Leoric finds himself exiled from New Prysmos by Virulina, who Merklynn has named the new leader of all the Visionaries. Can Leoric and his loyalists save Cybertron from being totally changed into a new homeworld for his people? Should they?


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Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933488)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 24th, 2018 @ 12:50pm CST
Wow ironhide really gets a lot of hate in these covers...poor bot
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933547)
Posted by Transcendent30 on January 24th, 2018 @ 5:22pm CST
Poor bot....Poor comic.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933580)
Posted by Sunstar on January 24th, 2018 @ 9:01pm CST
Ironhide aside, I rather like the design of the sharks? it almost has a native or Inuit flavour.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933613)
Posted by Va'al on January 25th, 2018 @ 3:09am CST
Sunstar wrote:Ironhide aside, I rather like the design of the sharks? it almost has a native or Inuit flavour.


Well, Jeffrey Veregge is from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. :D
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933688)
Posted by misfire19d on January 25th, 2018 @ 12:57pm CST
https://mobile.twitter.com/nerkish/stat ... 17/photo/1

Screw every one of you neckbearded weebs and neon haired imbeciles that support the jerk.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933729)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 25th, 2018 @ 4:25pm CST
To be fair, no matter how you beat around the bush, it is a comic about action figures, or is this about her supporting socialism?
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933754)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 25th, 2018 @ 5:37pm CST
misfire19d wrote:https://mobile.twitter.com/nerkish/status/956379071939776517/photo/1

Screw every one of you neckbearded weebs and neon haired imbeciles that support the jerk.
Didn't you read the previous conversation between Burn (forum admin) and Transcendent30? Name-calling is not tolerated just because you don't agree with someone. Please remember that going forward.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933806)
Posted by misfire19d on January 25th, 2018 @ 10:03pm CST
Tfw you just want the bullshit out of transformers comics and intersectional losers keep trying to sea lion you

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/ori ... xpyl7n.jpg
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933823)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 26th, 2018 @ 2:45am CST
That link doesn't appear to work, just to let you know
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933943)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on January 26th, 2018 @ 4:50pm CST
Full Preview for issue 2 is up now. http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/20 ... onaries-2/
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1933986)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on January 26th, 2018 @ 10:53pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:That link doesn't appear to work, just to let you know

Don't bother responding, I think he's just a spambot.

And whether intentional or not, Kup's severed, corroded head is a nice homage to the Kup-like zom-bot head the Sparkabots found in the abandoned Wrecker base at the beginning of City of Fear, so at a glance this is hitting enough of the right notes. I swear I'll catch up someday...
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1934005)
Posted by Deadput on January 27th, 2018 @ 1:44am CST
Man, I really do not like the Darkling guys, especially the chick she's just so smug and obnoxious, but not just her lines and character, the stupid poses she makes on covers and such just make me want to pop in the Hasbro verse and just punch her in her stupid mug...


Anyways, in comparison I actually like the Spectral Knights, they seem to be actually decent folk I like them better then the Joe's already.



But seriously screw Virulina and Wizard guy too.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1934016)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 27th, 2018 @ 4:50am CST
If you want to dive into a comic and throttle them I think the writers are doing a good job of highlighting them as the bad guys ;-) I bet if the visionaries get their own solo series they'll start to add more layers than these characterisations currently. Pure bad guys are fun and all but I rather see why they are like that and see them in moments of doubt.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1934029)
Posted by Va'al on January 27th, 2018 @ 8:06am CST
Out next week from IDW Publishing is the second issue (of 5) of the current crossover mini-series featuring Transformers vs Visionaries. The battle between two 80s brands in the pages of a comic that has had mixed initial reactions continues, as the Darkling Lords reveal their actual motives and actions, as the Spectral Knights prepare to resist - Cybertronians are also there.

Check it out below mirrored from Adventures in Poor Taste!, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

Virulina, leader of the Darkling Lords, has discovered that the Transformers are vulnerable to magic–and now she’s using that weakness to try and gain control of Cybertron and wipe them out! Leoric and Ironhide team up to stop her, but quickly find themselves facing not only the Darkling Lords, but all of New Prysmos itself!

Bullet points:

· Don’t miss the vintage style cover by Philip Murphy!

· Variant cover by Brendan Cahill!

Transformers Vs. Visionaries #2
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Fico Ossio
Color by David Garcia Cruz
Release Date January 31, 2018
FC • 32 pages • $3.99



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Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1934993)
Posted by ScottyP on January 31st, 2018 @ 10:55am CST
Not that I think anyone's too fussed about it, but review of #2 will be up later on tonight.

Spoiler: it was awful but just in the regular boring-awful kind of way, not the insulting-awful way #1 was.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1935128)
Posted by Deadput on January 31st, 2018 @ 6:17pm CST
ScottyP wrote:Not that I think anyone's too fussed about it, but review of #2 will be up later on tonight.

Spoiler: it was awful but just in the regular boring-awful kind of way, not the insulting-awful way #1 was.


Well...I guess that's a "improvement" in a sort of it's still not good way.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1935227)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on February 1st, 2018 @ 9:38am CST
ScottyP wrote:Not that I think anyone's too fussed about it, but review of #2 will be up later on tonight.

Spoiler: it was awful but just in the regular boring-awful kind of way, not the insulting-awful way #1 was.

Wait, y'all still got review copies even though the book didn't get released?
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1935257)
Posted by ScottyP on February 1st, 2018 @ 12:32pm CST
Daniel Adkins wrote:
ScottyP wrote:Not that I think anyone's too fussed about it, but review of #2 will be up later on tonight.

Spoiler: it was awful but just in the regular boring-awful kind of way, not the insulting-awful way #1 was.

Wait, y'all still got review copies even though the book didn't get released?
We're able to access them along with other press outlets the Friday before release. Every once in a while, this being one of those times, stuff gets delayed at the very very last minute. Even IDW's weekly newsletter lists this and SSF 2 as being out 1/31, so something really weird must have happened! Ah well, work's done so I can just hold off on posting it for six more days.
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1936430)
Posted by ScottyP on February 7th, 2018 @ 6:20am CST
One of These Things Is Not Like The Other: Part 2 (of 2)
A review of IDW's latest Visionaries comic, Transformers vs Visionaries #2

Very Spoiler Filled - You Have Been Warned!
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Featuring Burt Reynolds, She-Ra, and Willie Nelson (I wish)

Two comics arrive from IDW Publishing this week that feature Transformers, in the form of Transformers vs. Visionaries #2, which is the topic of this review, and Scarlett's Strike Force #2. These reviews will both be pretty spoiler heavy, as this is meant to assist with comparisons and contrasts with the other book whose review is meant to be read before or after this as a companion piece. You can find that review, for the lastest chapter of Scarlett's Strike Force by clicking or tapping on over to this link.

I found myself quite enjoying one of this week's entries in the IDW Hasbro Universe, and really not enjoying the other at all. Which will Transformers vs. Visionaries #2 be? Read on to find out! Or if you read these in Part 1, Part 2 order, you already know!

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Number of Autobots with emergency vehicle alt modes that are called: 0

This is one ridiculous, completely unbelievable, out of this world comic. There are magical aliens with a portion of their planet trapped on Cybertron, which is itself a planet of sentient, giant robots. There are light totems fighting other light totems, holograms, magicians, and even a villain character that somehow has that trendy but ugly Skrillex haircut where half of someone's head is buzzed down with like a #2 clipper but then the rest is really long and they comb it over and look, very very few people can pull that off without looking strung out so let's stop that. There are only 20 pages, so you're probably thinking there's no way that could all work together in a coherent, meaningful way. If so, you'd be right - like this opening paragraph, this comic just isn't very good.

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Like when Budiansky did it except not because it's really poorly executed

Character moments are important. These need to exist in stories like this. Roll-call moments are a nice way to do this, and with a cast that isn't tremendously large there should be opportunity to present some establishing lines that give the Spectral Knights unity but also some individuality. Leoric aside, this opportunity isn't really taken. Sure, Witterquick is fast, but that's sort of implied by his name. Arzon says things, sure, but none of it feels like anything uniquely his to say. Galadria makes some wooden point/counter-point retorts. I don't feel like I know anything about these characters, while over in Scarlett's Strike Force #2 a similarly unfamiliar (to me) pair in Raptor and Croc Master were introduced who ooze so much personality that I can already tell you which one is an accountant with opinions on the evolutionary path of avian species.

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Wheeljack should have already figured out this fruit-based vulnerability

That's really the crux of the problem with Transformers vs. Visionaries now that we're past the initial, questionable setup. Why are they here? I don't mean "why are they on Cybertron", as the story explains this, it's more of a question of why they're in this role at this time in this fictional universe. Borrowing now a bit from fellow comic reviewer/fellow site Administrator Va'al, Magdalene Visaggio, while not a bad writer, falls into the trap JJ Abrams did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where the setting is just... the setting. New Prysmos is ultimately on Cybertron because someone in marketing and/or editorial said so, despite what the story tells you. That's not a good feeling to deliver to readers two books in to an attempt at re-launching a franchise which three people (not an exact figure) had any nostalgia for.

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"They tore the roof off!" - The Talent

Things just happen for no reason. It's great that we get to see some spectral totem animal fights - a dolphin with a unicorn horn fighting a gorilla is freaking awesome, but why not give a reason for why they use this ability beyond the already implied "because that's what they do"? Maybe Cybertron has some latent energy allowing this lost art (if it even was) to be used again or something like that. You can tell the pitch here was for a Visionaries story, and instead of taking the Transformers element and having fun with the toy box, it feels shuffled off to the side in what is I daresay an antagonistic manner.

Virulina thinks this is all stupid, so she wants to kill all the Cybertronians. This does not make her charming or compelling, it makes her a shallow caricature.

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It's not quite the G1 cartoon anymore though, is it? Maybe read some other Transformers material, yeah?

There's another comic out this week that isn't about Transformers which contains a Transformers character, that character being Skywarp. If you read that review first, you'll know that Skywarp is handled really well and brings something beyond the basics that's fun to read.

Transformers vs. Visionaries #2 continues to primarily feature Ironhide and Wheeljack for its cast of Cybertronians. Ironhide is one of the most well developed characters in IDW's Transformers lore, yet he continues to take more steps backwards towards the irrational Sunbow cartoon gunslinger in this issue. Wheeljack, who is known for his wit, irritability, and blazingly-fast science work in IDW, is presented as an entirely incompetent lab rat that "needs more time". IDW Wheeljack doesn't need more time, he needs you to shut up so he can do science faster and save Cybertron again. Someone please buy Visaggio an IDW Transformers back catalog. Please.

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Yeah ok, this in particular is pretty cool.

The art is perhaps the one thing saving this from complete irrelevancy. Fico Ossio does an outstanding job throughout with the humanoid characters, with the panel above of Leoric guaranteed to wash away any desire you had left to see the 80s cartoon Burt Reynolds looking version of the character. There's still a little I'd like to see out of his robotic output, mainly in the faces, but it reeks more of unfamiliarity than a lack of ability. The spectral totems look great, the environments look great, and the layouts are a treat while still being easy to follow. For what little story there is, Ossio does everything I can imagine to enhance it. The pairing of his lines with colors from David Garcia Cruz continues to be a natural fit, with things popping where they should and blending smoothly where they shouldn't. Shawn Lee's letters complement the action and never get in the way of the visual storytelling work done by the book's layouts.

There are three covers available for the issue, including the "A" cover by the Ossio/Garcia Cruz team which is seen in this news story's thumbnail. As always, you can find images of all of the covers and full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers vs Visionaries #2, but do note it contains a character appearance list that may yield more spoilers!

Verdict
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At least this one isn't insulting?

Va'al's review of the first issue didn't yield a very high score, but it's about double what I would have given that issue. This is a little better because I can at least imagine some modicum of future potential after reading it. The book is nice to look - the art really is well done - but make no mistake, this is a Visionaries comic with Transformers used as seasoning, and sparingly. It seems like the creative team is disappointed that they have to play with other properties. At least that's what comes through on the page, because this story and its lack thereof continues to be high-level disappointment.

This is the series that should be ending after three issues.

. :KREMZEEK: and ½ out of :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Re: Variant Cover B for IDW Transformers vs Visionaries #3 by Jeffrey Veregge (1936454)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on February 7th, 2018 @ 8:58am CST
So this is my first time hearing about this series (I am out of the loop in IDWverse - clearly). So looking through this thread and the scans, well, things to say...

What have they done? These redesigns are absolutely horrendous. That's not Merklynn, it looks like his "edgy" punk nephew. Likewise Leoric didn't actually look like a damn lion :roll:
Why is Virulina, a sub-character at best, leader of the Darkling Lords? Where is Darkstorm, the only fleshed out and charismatic Darkling Lord?
Why does this book even exist?? If they wanted to revive Visionaries (for the 20 people out there who remember a cartoon that only lasted one season) just make a Visionaries mini-series. The editorial mandate of this crossover reeks of low level marketing. Trying to capitalize on the "Shared Universe" BS Marvel needed to sell C-List characters to a mainstream audience with the MCU.

The worst part was I actually liked Visionaries. The Original. The show, the toys (which I owed a fair few) etc This, like Bayformers, I will never endorse nor support in any way.

End Rant

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