(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Angel Hernandez, Cachet Whitman, Bethany McGuire-Smith, Andrew Griffith, Anna Malkova, Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Cryssy Cheung In Shops: Jan 22, 2020 SRP: $49.99
In the infinite universe, there exists no other planet like Cybertron. Home to the Transformers bots, and a thriving hub for inter-stellar commerce, it is a world brimming with organic and constructed diversity. Immense structures line its landscapes. Mechanical giants roam across its surface. Ancient Cybertronians merge into its very fabric. Small, mysterious creatures skulk in its shadows. It is a truly amazing realm, long untouched by war, and exuberantly reaching for the stars. This is the Cybertron that Orion Pax and Megatron compete for in this bold new origin-a world of seemingly endless peace. All that changes when Bumblebee and Windblade take a newly-forged Cybertronian on his first voyage through this world of wonders, only to discover the first murder to occur on Cybertron in living memory! Soon, they’ll face the hard reality that the planet is on the brink of an unprecedented shift, and nothing will ever be the same. Collects issues #1-12 of IDW’s new Transformers saga.
(W) Mairghread Scott, John Barber, More (A) Nick Roche, Corin Howell, Andrew Griffith (CA) Marcelo Matere In Shops: Jan 01, 2020 SRP: $49.99
Collects issues #44-45 of The Transformers series, issues #45-49 of More Than Meets The Eye, issues #6-7 of Windblade Vol. 2, the Sins of the Wreckers mini-series, the Combiner Hunters one-shot, and the Holiday Special.
At New York Comic Con, IDW Publishing announced that the next three story arcs of their Transformers: Galaxies series will be dedicated to some of the most fan-favorite characters from the franchise: Cliffjumper, Arcee, and Ultra Magnus!
Beginning in issue #5, the two-part story “Wannabee” by Kate Leth, Cohen Edenfield, and Alex Milne will explore just how different Cliffjumper is from his similarly-designed (and much more adored) counterpart, Bumblebee. Featuring the Probats and Deathsaurus!
In Transformers: Galaxies #7-9’s “Gauging the Truth” storyline, Sam Maggs and Umi Miyao will explore partner Arcee and Greenlight with an all-new character, Gauge.
Rounding out the first year of Transformers: Galaxies with a storyline running from issues #10 to #12, the “Storm Horizon” arc will focus on Ultra Magnus, featuring the talents of Brandon Easton and Andrew Griffith.
Brian Ruckley (w)
• Andrew Griffith & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • James Raiz (c)
Windblade raid a Rise base in search for clues about the identity of
Brainstorm’s murderer, only to be discovered—and the Rise isn’t happy. Meanwhile, Bumblebee sees his first bit
of action as the Ascenticon Guard is called to defend a building under siege!
Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 9
John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott
(w) • Livio Ramondelli, Sarah Stone, Andrew Griffith, Marcelo Ferreira, Corin
Howell, Alex Milne, Hayato Sakamoto (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
The Autobots and Decepticons’ uneasy peace is
threatened by the flames of war! Starscream, ruler of Cybertron, makes contact
with Windblade’s homeworld—and the only defense against a new Cybertronian
Empire is the Combiners—multiple Cybertronians joining together into huge,
dangerous forms! Collects Transformers
issues #39-43, More Than Meets the Eye
issues #41-44, and Windblade, Volume 2
HC • FC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-484-8
Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez &
Cachet Whitman (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The investigation into the mystery of
Cybertron’s first murder continues! Windblade closes in on answers, Rubble
finds a job that suits him, and Bumblebee… well, Bumblebee has a secret that
could lead to chaos.
Prowl and Chromia are investigating the disappearance of a missing scientist in the wilds of Cybertron when a mysterious figure crosses their path. Who is he and what does he know about the disappeared scientist? And where is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?
Brainstorm is dead and the search for his killer continues. There’s also political unrest brewing. All of that is set upon the background of a forging and Brainstorm’s funeral.
Transformers #4 can be summed up with one word… dull. It slows the story down even more so taking its police procedural genre and turning it more into drama. This wouldn’t be bad if there was some emotion and excitement about it at all. Writer Brian Ruckley has taken all that has made the previous volume so interesting and sucked it out in four issues. The glimpses of a solid story before the Transformers Civil War are teased and then put to aside focusing on mentorship and a murder mystery. Its result is just a slow plodding story that you want to get to the point.
The art by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, and Andrew Griffith is as solid as always and though there’s differences in their styles none of it stands out enough to create a bump in the reading experience. Still, having one artist consistently on an issue would help the series overall.
From what was an amazing run to this, this new volume is a drag of a story facing pacing issues. The series plays out more as a drama and police procedural than anything else delivering a drab experience that’s a struggle to enjoy beyond playing spot the bot. A “Bold New Era” is exactly what it’s not.
Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Sara Pitre-Durocher, Angel Hernandez, Andrew Griffith Color: Joana Lafuente, Josh Burcham Story: 6.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Andrew Griffith (c)
The end is nigh! Unicron, a planet-sized being that devours other
worlds, has set its sights on Cybertron and all of its colonies–including
Earth! Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and their friends must unite every
Cybertronian, Earthling, and ally they have to stand against this threat to all
existence. But why is Unicron hell-bent on destroying Cybertron–what original
sin did Optimus Prime’s ancestors commit to earn this wrath? It’s an all-out
battle against extinction as the world-destroying, universe-shattering threat
of Unicron is on its way.
Barber (w) • Sara Pitre-Durocher, Kei Zama, Andrew Griffith, & Priscilla
Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)
of the Road! The Autobots are faced with multiple threats, one of them a danger
not only to Cybertron, but to the whole universe! Trapped between Shockwave’s
attack and Unicron’s onslaught, Optimus and the Autobots struggle to make sense
of what’s left of their world, as Optimus’ colonist soldiers contend with a
brutal reality–they have no homes to return to. Plus, Shockwave reveals ancient
truths–as an old friend tries to reconnect with Cybertron. Collects the 2018 Annual and issues #22–25, which
conclude the series.
John Barber, James Roberts, Shane McCarthy (w) • Alex Milne, Andrew Griffith, Guido Guidi (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)
Rodimus leads a team of Autobots into Cybertron’s past, pursuing the Decepticon double-agent Brainstorm, who plans on killing Orion Pax before he can become Optimus Prime. Meanwhile, on Earth,Prowl is left in command gathering his allies, the Constructicons, to search for the one human he holds a grudge against, Spike Witwicky. Then, Drift returns! After leaving the Autobots in disgrace, he’s now alone, on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.
Collects Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye issues #35-40, Transformers: Robots in Disguise issues #35-38, Transformers: Punishment, and Transformers: Drift—Empire of Stone.
HC • FC • $49.99 • 400 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-372-8