Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente

Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 9:32am CDT

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While I try finding the time to review the second issue of the series, Previews World has updated their pages with some variant covers for IDW Publishing's Rom vs Transformers: Shining Armor #3! The first one below is by gruesome twosome Nick Roch and Josh Burcham, while the second has profile art by Casey Coller and (probably; yo, start crediting people properly, thanks) Joana Lafuente - check them out!


UPDATE: The Coller cover is confirmed as being coloured by John-Paul Bove.


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche/Burcham and Coller/Lafuente


(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Nick Roche
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!


Transformers News: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche/Burcham and Coller/Lafuente


(W) John Barber, Christos Gage (A) Alex Milne (CA) Casey Coller
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!

Credit(s): Previews World


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1908200)
Posted by Kurona on September 2nd, 2017 @ 3:31pm CDT
Now it looks like we're getting to the interesting stuff. This was something brought up by Scotty initially but I greatly agree with it so I'm gonna re-iterate -- it feels like this was thought out well as a very interesting story, but it wasn't enough story to fill out the number of issues they got so that's why #2 felt a bit filler-y with that drawn out battle.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910754)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 13th, 2017 @ 7:11pm CDT
Shining Armor #3 iTunes preview: https://t.co/O9iLhLMuBg
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910825)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 14th, 2017 @ 3:19am CDT
Via iTunes, we now have a three page preview for the third (of five) issue of Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor. It's due to be released on September 30th, so while you're waiting, check out the pages below, and be sure to read the issue review after it comes out!

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!


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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910845)
Posted by Kurona on September 14th, 2017 @ 6:43am CDT
I was a bit worried that this was gonna go the same route of Earth hating all Cybertronians and not willing to differentiate; and it was looking like that, but... by the end of page 3 this feels a lot more natural. And a lot more interesting. Can't wait for release :)
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910851)
Posted by Va'al on September 14th, 2017 @ 7:16am CDT
I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910859)
Posted by Randomhero on September 14th, 2017 @ 7:51am CDT
Va'al wrote:I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..



Just say it's good and be done with it
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910881)
Posted by Va'al on September 14th, 2017 @ 8:42am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Va'al wrote:I.. am.. still.. working.. on.. reviewing.. issue.. 2..



Just say it's good and be done with it



It's not. It's.. just ok. But there's reasons.

Also, you've seen my reviews, I'm not just going to say something simply. :-P
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1910889)
Posted by Kurona on September 14th, 2017 @ 9:04am CDT
My big problem with #2 is that it's basically just a big fight scene. And that's... alright; it's a decent fight scene with a few interesting things going on, but it's basically just a fight scene that only at the end is used as a vehicle to get from point A to point B. #3 just from this preview is looking to be a lot more interesting with a lot more plot and characterisation.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911178)
Posted by Va'al on September 15th, 2017 @ 3:44pm CDT
Transformers vs Rom?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

Starscream forges an unholy pact with the Dire Wraiths—and Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus are hot on his trail. Unfortunately for them, Rom and the Solstar Knights don’t know the difference between Autobots and Decepticons—and they’re ready to fight all comers!

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Even STEVE!


Story

Once again, I find myself apologising for the lateness in delivering a review, and I won't use the usual IDW jab to justify it. The series we cover at Seibertron.com deserve our attention no matter when they come out, and sometimes it's just too much to get all in one go with other news around. So my apologies, and on with the show.

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..ok, posh face


After a fairly impressive opening act with the first issue, Shining Armor #2 does something bizarre for this new mini-series set as a prequel to current Hasbro Universe ongoing events: it stalls. The issue itself is not static, but all the set-ups and building we saw in the first book are effectively just repeated in the second chapter... out of five, which is the frustrating part of this.

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Can you hear the Blum?


Where characters like Starscream get good lines and characterisation (previous points still stand), Ultra Magnus has a lot to be talked about, the Dire Wraiths are a serviceable villain overall - but the supposed pivot of the series, the Cybertronian Knight of the Solstar order, Stardrive, is relegated to background character almost immediately, for the entire issue.

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one of five* panels she's in


There is some more decent world-building, yes, but I was curious to see how Barber and Gage would approach the difficulty of the character they introduced, and am left a little whelmed overall at her handling, to be instead replaced by a lot of fighting and interactions between the Autobot crew and Starscream/Dire Wraiths - a fault of the plot-first approach? More below.


Art

Alex Milne's art is still in top form. There is a good discussion over here about the use of negative space for emphasis, too, in case you're interested. What stands out most for me in this issue are the designs, flitting between organic and mechanic, Cybertronian and Dire Wraith, Solstar Knight and everyone else - and finally, a full Cybetrtonian-Dire Wraith hybrid (infection, really), which I'll leave to you to discover in full.

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but I want to show you the design at least


Josh Perez does not have an easy task with the choice of subject, as the lighting on chrome is different from metal, and different still from organic and spikes - but he performs the duties magisterially, working beautifully in tandem with Milne's lines and compositions.

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ftoom you too


Equally, the lettering by Tom B. Long is very apt in playing with those elements of space mentioned in the Refined Robo article I link to above, and not using up all of the space left by a very dedicated artist with his panels. You can view all the cover variants, with credit, in our Comics Database, as usual, and choose your favourite - but the one used for the thumbnail is the Nick Roche / Josh Burcham one.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said, I wonder whether the elements that made me feel as though I was reading the same issue again have something to do with how the writing task is approached in this series, compared to other methods that Barber usually employs. Point notwithstanding, the preview for issue 3 already shows significant improvement, so we may just be looking at a pacing issue in the serialisation instead.

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OK maybe nine panels


I do want to see more of Stardrive. I do want to find out more about the character and her torn origins - but I also feel like Rom fans may also be slighted in this issue, as it's very much about the Cybertronian presence in relation to the wider cosmic order (Council, Consortia, even Solstar Order, but mostly by name and references), and will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books.

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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911195)
Posted by Tigertrack on September 15th, 2017 @ 8:07pm CDT
I'm sure this was discussed already, but we're looking at someone else other than Minimus in the Ultra Magnus armor, right? His actions are just so out of character compared to the current version.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911196)
Posted by ScottyP on September 15th, 2017 @ 8:10pm CDT
This is much nicer than I would have been to it. #JusticeForSkyblast

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Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911212)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 15th, 2017 @ 9:38pm CDT
I don't get the "nothing happened, just a fight scene" criticism. Like, yeah, it was a fight, but this issue established a lot of the key plot points, including the Dire Wraith/Decepticon alliance, how Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus became aware of the Decepticon activity, and what happens when a Dire Wraith tries to infect a Cybertronian (something that was teased as being a big deal back in ROM #4.)

I actually think having Bumblebee narrating this issue works really well because of how similar he is to Stardrive. He's a young bot who doesn't shoot first and ask questions later and genuinely wants to get along with everybody. And considering how ROM-heavy the last issue was, its good to pull back and see things from the Cybertronian perspective.

Also, Va'al, I gotta say, I really don't get this part of the review: "will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books." Do you really think that Gage is only contributing things in regards to ROM? Cause I can go ahead and tell you that's not how comic books work.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911238)
Posted by Va'al on September 16th, 2017 @ 1:16am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Also, Va'al, I gotta say, I really don't get this part of the review: "will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books." Do you really think that Gage is only contributing things in regards to ROM? Cause I can go ahead and tell you that's not how comic books work.


Daniel, I would like to ask you to stop assuming that no one but you knows how comics work. This is not the first time you've made that statement relating to someone disagreeing with your reading or appreciation of a text.


As for the point I was trying to make, which I realise is phrased badly now: what I've seen in these two issues is a lot of Barberisms, rather than Gage's take on characters that I know he writes well. I'm not saying only Barber is writing the books, or that one writes one side and the other writes the other, just that - to me, while reading - I felt like it was a mostly Barber script in its development of certain points. And I'd like to see more recognisable thumbprints of Gage's handiwork in the next issues, alongside Barber's.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911241)
Posted by Kurona on September 16th, 2017 @ 1:41am CDT
Tigertrack wrote:I'm sure this was discussed already, but we're looking at someone else other than Minimus in the Ultra Magnus armor, right? His actions are just so out of character compared to the current version.

That's what heavily implied. Especially since, well, Magnus dies in this.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911251)
Posted by Tigertrack on September 16th, 2017 @ 5:28am CDT
Kurona wrote:
Tigertrack wrote:I'm sure this was discussed already, but we're looking at someone else other than Minimus in the Ultra Magnus armor, right? His actions are just so out of character compared to the current version.

That's what heavily implied. Especially since, well, Magnus dies in this.



I know the covers highly suggested that, I just always take covers with a huge grain of salt. If there's more info, whoops, I missed it. Thanks!
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911328)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 16th, 2017 @ 4:12pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:Also, Va'al, I gotta say, I really don't get this part of the review: "will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books." Do you really think that Gage is only contributing things in regards to ROM? Cause I can go ahead and tell you that's not how comic books work.


Daniel, I would like to ask you to stop assuming that no one but you knows how comics work. This is not the first time you've made that statement relating to someone disagreeing with your reading or appreciation of a text.


As for the point I was trying to make, which I realise is phrased badly now: what I've seen in these two issues is a lot of Barberisms, rather than Gage's take on characters that I know he writes well. I'm not saying only Barber is writing the books, or that one writes one side and the other writes the other, just that - to me, while reading - I felt like it was a mostly Barber script in its development of certain points. And I'd like to see more recognisable thumbprints of Gage's handiwork in the next issues, alongside Barber's.

Alright, I'll admit that got a little dickish. I'll try not to do that again. Thank you for clarifying what you meant.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1911907)
Posted by ScottyP on September 19th, 2017 @ 10:14pm CDT
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!


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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.
Re: Variant Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (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.

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 Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (1913212)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal 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 Covers for IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3, by Roche / Burcham and Coller / Lafuente (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.

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