(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Angel Hernandez, Ron Joseph (CA) Gabriel Rodriguez In Shops: Mar 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
A NEW ERA DAWNS! In the infinite universe, there exists a planet like no other: Cybertron! Home to the Transformers, and a thriving hub for inter-stellar commerce, it is a world brimming with organic and constructed diversity. Immense structures line its landscape. Mechanical giants roam across its surface. Starship-sized titans orbit its skies, keeping a constant protective watch above and below. Ancient Transformers 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 Optimus Prime and Megatron vie 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-they are confronted by the hard reality of the first murder to have occurred on Cybertron in living memory!
Alien worlds, a
sacred sword, brave knights, horrific demons, and a mythic origin story like no
other, courtesy of the co-creator of Locke
epic adventure from master illustrator Gabriel
Rodríguez! Join Avalon as she becomes
the first warrior to wield the most famous and sacred weapon of all time!
Follow this young champion as she fights for her world’s survival, inspiring a
legion of heroes to join her struggle against a ruthless alien force. The line
between science and magic might blur, but the line between heroes and villains
will be drawn in blood!
HC • FC • $24.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-267-7
IDW Publishing proudly announces that a brand-new Transformers series will debut in March 2019 that will explore the very moment when a glorious, peaceful Cybertron begins its downward spiral into chaos.
Available twice monthly, IDW’s Transformers comic will be written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph.
In this new Transformers comic, IDW will explore Cybertron in ways never seen by audiences before – delving into an idyllic society, peaceful for thousands of years, as it faces the most momentous event in its history: the mysterious end of a single life. Through the eyes of young Bumblebee and his friends, fans will witness conspiracies forming, harmony giving way to conflict, and the very fabric of Cybertronian civilization tearing itself apart.
The debut issue of this new Transformers comic will be available with multiple cover variants, by artists Gabriel Rodriguez, Angel Hernandez, Casey W. Coller, and Freddie E. Williams II. Issue #2, also available in March, will feature covers by Nelson Daniel, Ron Joseph, and Jeffrey Veregge.
Joe Hill (w) • Charles Paul Wilson, III (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)
A graphic novel prequel to Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel NOS4A2. Discover the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the ageless monster who rules it. Climb into the passenger seat as Hill and artist Charlie “Talent” Wilson III explore Charlie Manx’s twisted beginnings, introduce a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and take us for a 100 MPH ride down an icy nightmare road in a car with no brakes…
Gabriel Rodríguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)
War! It all ends here with the climatic conclusion to an epic two-issue battle! Will Avalon and her companions emerge victorious against the combined might of the Red Clan and the Templar Order? Do our heroes have what it takes to prevail?
War! Witness the beginning of the end as Avalon and her companions face off against the combined might of the Red Clan and the Templar Order in the first half of an epic two-issue battle! Do our heroes have what it takes to prevail?
Story: Gabriel Rodríguez
Art: Gabriel Rodríguez
Color: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Cover A: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Cover B: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Retailer Incentive Cover: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Editor: Chris Ryall
Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh
The Sacred Sword has been drawn! Avalon and her new companions must work against overwhelming odds to prevent all-out war! New villains are introduced, allegiances questioned, and battle joined as Gabriel Rodriguez continues his epic science-fantasy series!
Gabriel Rodriguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)
The reluctant warrior Avalon meets new partners with questionable motives as her quest to prevent a power struggle from exploding across her planet continues. Will the guardian of the Sacred Lake help her on her quest, or present an even greater challenge? Covenants are sworn, unknown magic forces are revealed, and a new power rises in this series written and drawn by acclaimed Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez!
Gabriel Rodriguez (w & a & c) • Lovern Kindzierski (colors)
A mythic origin story you never expected to see! This winter, the Sword will be drawn for the first time ever, courtesy of writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez in a five-issue miniseries adventure of epic proportions! A young woman will become the first wielder of the most famous sacred weapon of all time to champion for her world’s survival, inspiring a legion of heroes to join her struggle against a merciless alien force. The line between science fiction and magic might get fuzzy, but the line between heroes and villains will be drawn in blood.
Do you like board games? What about murder? Well, if you like both then you’re in luck. The popular and infamous board game CLUE has been brought to life once again. As most murder mysteries begin, we are brought to a strange dinner party with a hodgepodge of guests, someone is killed, and an old lady is put into a chokehold. That being said, humor is dropped in throughout the pages at all the right places, making it an enjoyable and fast read. The story is narrated by the butler, Upton, who consistently breaks the fourth wall to speak to readers. He brings the most light-hearted banter to the piece.
From the start, readers are told to be on a lookout for at least three clues in this issue alone. This had me scanning each panel several times over. Much to my disappointment, I couldn’t find them if there were any blatant visuals. My hope is that the clues weren’t simply in the dialogue. That seems too easy. I had fun searching for them though, and I wish there was at least one blatantly obvious clue to help the curious and invested, like me.
I’m looking forward to getting to know the other characters more. While they are introduced, we don’t learn much about their motives just yet, and the story is merely pushing the plot to the kill. It moved fast and I would have liked to see it a little slower but I supposed there are only so many pages a comic can have.
Just when you think the story is over, after the last few pages of advertisements, it’s made known an additional three pages has been added to each edition, and each variant has a different storyline. This is there way of getting readers to buy more comics and confuse you further about whodunnit. As much as I want to know where the story goes, I don’t think I’m will to shell out the extra funds for even my favorite of comics.
Story: Paul Allor Art: Nelson Daniel Cover: Gabriel Rodriguez Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review