Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio

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Again coming to us from PreviewsWorld, a look at the Fico Ossio variant cover for Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 is now available. Look for this issue sometime next month, and check out the cover mirrored below!

(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Fico Ossio
Stardrive is torn between joining her fellow Transformers and staying with Rom and his knights... and the fate of an innocent world rests in her choice!


Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio

Also of note, the Nick Roche variant cover featuring Ultra Magnus that was originally solicited as a cover for issue 2 of the same series has been moved to the cover roll for this fourth installment instead.
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Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1912908)
Posted by Va'al on September 26th, 2017 @ 3:01am CDT
Out this week from IDW Publishing are two next chapter in the current Hasbro universe that involve Transformers - and next up, it's a full preview of the third issue of the past events taking place in Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor! Come back for a review of the issue later this week, too.

[quote]Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3 —Cover A: Alex Milne
John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
An all-star lineup of Christos Gage (Rom), John Barber (Optimus Prime), and Alex Milne (More Than Meets the Eye) tell the never-before-revealed secret history of Rom and the Transformers!
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Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1913212)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on September 27th, 2017 @ 1:14pm CDT
Review will be coming. Had internet issues yesterday, today was cut short due to some stuff, an interview tomorrow, and helping someone move Friday. I'm hoping to have the review tomorrow morning sometime
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1913317)
Posted by ScottyP on September 28th, 2017 @ 8:37am CDT
3 was pretty. Not actually bad story-wise like 2 was, but nothing's landing deep. Characters go around and do things and look really nice while doing those things. They have understandable motivations for those things. Two days later I kinda forget what they were. It's like one of the lesser Ghibli movies for me at this point - nice to look at and clearly made with care and passion but for whatever reason all you get at the end of the day is Princess Kaguya.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1914430)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:51am CDT

Processor Over Matter
A Seibertron.com review of IDW ROM Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3



Synopsis

[quote]Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves![/quote]


ROM: voice of every character in Hasbro Crossovers so far



Story

After the good story starter of issue 1 and then the stall out of issue 2, we are mostly back on track with a pretty good issue 3 of the Transformers vs ROM. The story progressed, we got some great characterization, and we got a good setup for the final 2 issue run.


Sata totally should have surfed on the little yellow rolling disk



Firstly, the positives: Ultra Magnus, at least in this past incarnation of himself, is a great character in the book, and may be the best overall. Following this incarnations actions, such as his dismissive attitude towards organics, how he feels about the Solstar order, and overall how he is such a hardnose to everyone around him, it really is quite a journey. and I love me some Magnus smack talk (or at least I think it was smack... he could be dead serious).


Wonder if he was taking "Talk 'em to death" lessons from Prowl



Livia is also a pretty great character to follow, and overall I am enjoying the 3 non-transforming Solstar knights we have featured. They each have some good characterization to them, though Livia with her points of view on Wraiths, Cybertronians, and how a planet needs to be razed because Wraiths have set down is interesting to read and follow.

Keeping with the knights, I enjoy this issue from ROM's perspective, though it felt like it did bog the issue down a few times, like the issue should have moved forward that extra step instead of giving that panel or 2 to ROM where it wasn't necessarily needed.


Stardrive and ROM: voices of reason



It was also good to get to Stardrive more, and she does finally regain her share of the issue. I enjoy her as a character, how she tries so hard and feels the pain of her 2 worlds colliding and her simple desire to help. Now mind you that last page is surely setting up the last 2 issues, and it will also set up her fate. It was not what I was expecting to happen, but then again I really should have seen something like that coming. Also, I liked how the actual act of Transforming is used here. It's good to see that seemingly sometimes forgotten aspect of Transformers get overlooked.

One last note is I love the Wraith/Con talk. The Wraiths are creepy and the cons are very distrusting and overall disgusted by the Wraiths, and it is fun to watch how uncomfortable they are with each other. Snarkscream is perfectly suited for his role here, and I continue to hear Steve Blum every time Screamer speaks. The comments thrown around by both sides make me smile too.


the Blum is strong with this one



Art

Art work for the series continues to be run by Alex Milne, and once again his art has done some justice to the series. One thing that has been stated in past reviews for the series and is worth restating here is his ability to draw the technical, the organic, and find ways to blend the 2. In a series where half the name is robotic and the other half is organic coated in chrome armor, and where the current setting is an organic planet, this attention to detail is key, and Milne continues on with that balance.

Also important is how the artwork handles the Dire Wraiths, which can be difficult considering the whole "organic transformer" sort of ideal behind them. But once again, the artwork is able to handle the transformations and that sort of infestation style the wraiths have in stride.


Taking lessons from the Fallen



Coloring is handled this issue by Josh Perez, who also does some very nice work, but with an ever so slight critique: the warmth of the environment throughout the issue. The issue makes many remarks on how cold the planet is, yet the coloring portrays a slightly warmer planet than described, with the sky using brighter colors than maybe a dimmer winter evening would usually have and the surrounding landmarks featuring a neutral green that should have been several degrees cooler to properly show the chill of the surrounding landscape.


See? The explosion blends in more than it super heats it



Lettering is handled by Shawn Lee, and the lettering is done well. One thing I love about the series is how anything associated with the Wraiths has the inverted speech bubble coloring and the font styling. It really helps them stand out and adds another layer of just how bad they really are.

If you're interested in the variant covers, you can find them all in our database entry here. In the thumbnail is the one by Casey Coller!

Final Thoughts


No... don't remind me



After going slightly off-track with issue 2, I feel issue 3 gets us back on track wonderfully. It was an overall good issue, but yet nothing wholly special. It didn't have that wow factor that left an impression on my mind and memory. But, I will say that with 2 issues to go, I feel this is the best crossover event that has happened thus far, I'd say better than the criminally underrated Revolutionaries series (which was great, honestly!). I look forward to seeing the end of the series, and I hope the final 2 issues can slam this thing home. This has great potential, good writing, great art, and a chance to hold the crown of best crossover event so far. Just avoid too much talk, add some action, and some sort of defining moment to end the series, and BANG! you got it!

Score
:SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: 1/2 Out Of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:

Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1914534)
Posted by DeadCaL on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:03pm CDT
This is my favourite TF comic at the mo :D Proper bad guys, proper space adventure, proper D'bag Starscream. And it's nice seeing Milne get cut to loose with the art.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1914535)
Posted by Va'al on October 4th, 2017 @ 4:04pm CDT
Thanks to the usual iTunes uploaders, we have a three page preview of the next issue of the miniseries from IDW Publishing Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor! The fourth issue continues its quest of telling Stardrive's story, featuring on this version of Ultra Magnus as the running narrator - check it out below!

[quote]Stardrive is torn between joining her fellow Transformers and staying with Rom and his knights… and the fate of an innocent world rests in her choice![/quote]







Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1914678)
Posted by ScottyP on October 5th, 2017 @ 11:53am CDT
That was a good three pages. Hopefully this and issue 5 keep up the pace, took a little longer to get here than I'd have preferred but again, promising start to 4!
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1914973)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 6th, 2017 @ 10:28am CDT
A good preview, though i really hope we don't get a Wraith/Magnus combo. Wouldn't that corrupt the whole trigger hand thing so he could teleport back?

Either way, I like this version of Magnus.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1917065)
Posted by Va'al on October 17th, 2017 @ 5:53am CDT
Our final IDW Publishing comic book preview for now features the penultimate chapter in the mini-series set in the past from both Rom's world and the Transformers - as Stardrive's story continues, and Ultra Magnus deals with some stuff right about now. Check it out, and head back here after its release for a review!

[quote]Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4
John Barber & Christos Gage (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
Stardrive is torn between joining her fellow Transformers and staying with Rom and his knights… and the fate of an innocent world rests in her choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
An all-star lineup of Christos Gage (Rom), John Barber (Optimus Prime), and Alex Milne (More Than Meets the Eye) tell the never-before-revealed secret history of Rom and the Transformers![/quote]













Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1917103)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 17th, 2017 @ 10:15am CDT
I'm going to be writing the review in about an hour or so, but this issue is pretty great, there is some good stuff to look forward to! The preview itself is pretty good too
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1917237)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on October 18th, 2017 @ 3:01am CDT

Kong: Wraith Island
A Seibertron.com review of IDW ROM vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4



Synopsis

[quote]Stardrive is torn between joining her fellow Transformers and staying with Rom and his knights… and the fate of an innocent world rests in her choice! [/quote]


My actual face come page 16



Story

Here we are, issue 4 of 5, the leadup to the grand finale, the final chance to brace ourselves for the great conclusion. And let me tell you: the issue is spectacular in so many ways. Barber and Gage have done their job in an awesome way.


Oh, it really has been



Let's get this out of the way straight out of the gate: this story is strange and weird, spectacularly so, and would not fit anywhere else but in the pages of a crossover from 200 years ago. The very concepts tackled over the course of the story, dealing with possession, wraith magic, and techno-organic fusions are very unique, and really only have 1 chance to be done right. And in this series, they are all done right. They are done in never before seen ways that really do capture your attention and make you want to see more (go to page 15's King Kong scene followed by the 16/17 shot to truly understand why this statement is so).


He's just jealous he's not getting all the praise



Outside of the absolute uniqueness of the story and the concepts, we have some fairly good characters to go with things. Character building, as was said in the previous reviews, is nothing to really be concerned about, seeing as how all characters involved already have good characterization already set up, or we won't really need to worry about what kind of characters they are for long. I liked how Magnus was used for the brief narration moments, how deliciously manipulative Starscream is, and how the character's voices work with each other, drowning out the more boring ones and providing a good overall balance.

So, good established characters, decent new characters, bizarre concepts and magics, and you have Shining Armor!

Art

Art duties are covered by the famous team of Alex Milne and Josh Perez, and while the story has been pretty good, save for some him-hawing around in issue 2, the art has not wavered from the amazing spectacle that it is. The characters, the backgrounds, and the spectacle that is the weirdness and outlandish of Shining Armor all shine through with Milne and Perez. The lines are great, the designs are good, the expressions are juicy, and the coloring works better this issue, with the nighttime better fitting the cold atmosphere described and the rising sun allowing the curtain to rise on the final sprint to the finish of the series a great scene.


Like I said, expressions



Shawn Lee covers the lettering in this issue, and while there is nothing really spectacular to write home about, there are no faults in the lettering. The speech bubbles don't inhibit the visuals in any way, and the standard knight/cybertronian speeches collected with the wraith bubbles are a nice balance.


The face you will make by the end of the issue



Final Thoughts


I laughed at this. Had to include it



This series has proven to be one of the best crossovers the shared universe has had so far, and I would go so far as to say it is the best, but Kup and Action Man over in Revolutionaries makes that a bit difficult. The story is a good one, even if the main new character, Stardrive, is a bit predictable. The Wraiths and the Decepticons are great in this story though, and the art is fantastic, perfectly capturing how unique this series is. This is an issue I would highly recommend, and I'm hoping issue 5 finishes this off nicely, because it deserves it.

.:SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: out of :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS: :SG-CONS:

Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1919271)
Posted by Va'al on November 1st, 2017 @ 3:20am CDT
Courtesy of Previews World, we have variant covers for the upcoming final issue in the Transformers vs Rom: Shining Armor miniseries set 200 years before current events, and featuring the first interaction between Cybertronians, the Solstar Order, and Dire Wraiths. Check out the art below and in our database entry, by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham first, by David Messina second, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!



[quote]Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 Cover B
(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Nick Roche
Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off-this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate!
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99[/quote]



[quote] (W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) David Messina
Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off-this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate!
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99[/quote]
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1919284)
Posted by Kurona on November 1st, 2017 @ 9:08am CDT
Ooft, I don't like that second cover much. Doesn't fit Bumblebee at all.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1922008)
Posted by Va'al on November 16th, 2017 @ 5:12pm CST
In another bout of iTunes preview magic, we have an initial look at the final issue of the mini-series crossing over two of the current IDW Hasbro licensed franchises - set 200 years before anything we're currently seeing in-universe - Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor #5!

We start straight off with the Ultra Magnus/Dire Wraith hybrid, so be ready for some eldritch and (robo)body horror from artist Alex Milne - plus obvious spoilers if you're not caught up yet - and some Starscream schadenfreude for those of you into that sort of thing. Check the preview out below, and join the conversation as we wait the couple of weeks left until the book's release.

[quote]Bumblebee vs. Rom vs. Starscream vs. the Dire Wraiths! All alliances are off—this is a fight for survival! Torn between her Cybertronian heritage and her Solstar Knight upbringing, Stardrive takes control of her fate![/quote]







Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1922091)
Posted by Sunstar on November 16th, 2017 @ 11:14pm CST
Starscream and tentacles. OH BOY!
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1922167)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on November 17th, 2017 @ 11:40am CST
I'm still interested to see how they are going to handle Magnus and whoever is Magnus at this time. I'm excited to see how Magnus and Vekktral fight it out in mindspace, and I'm curious as to how the wraith takeover will affect the recall switch.

I'm also bummed this series has gotten little discussion. It is a good series, and one of the best actual crossovers
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1922904)
Posted by Sunstar on November 20th, 2017 @ 11:48pm CST
I find anything involving good starscream writing is a fair story. TAAO and this has been wonderful.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1923133)
Posted by Big Grim on November 22nd, 2017 @ 4:27am CST
Decided to pick this up on Comixology and admit, I've really enjoyed it. Great art, solid story and Starscream being awesome. Quite like this version of Magnus too.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1923147)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on November 22nd, 2017 @ 7:47am CST
So just a quick PSA for anyone reading this series. If you enjoy this series, you might wanna pick up Optimus Prime #13.
Re: Variant Cover for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 by Fico Ossio (1923166)
Posted by D-Maximus_Prime on November 22nd, 2017 @ 9:40am CST
Big Grim wrote:Decided to pick this up on Comixology and admit, I've really enjoyed it. Great art, solid story and Starscream being awesome. Quite like this version of Magnus too.

I'm honestly shocked more people won't read this. It is a great story, and a great crossover!
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