(W) James Roberts (A/CA) Aurelio Mazzara In Shops: Jan 01, 2020 SRP: $4.99
Everything’s going right for Starkid and the Solaris crew’s first QWST! They’re on the wrong planet, doing a totally unrelated mission, surrounded by robots, and a massive armada led by the Starcadia Alliance’s worst enemy just showed up-which actually kinda works out great! Well… if they live through all those bad parts! The hilarious and action-packed QWST concludes!
Starkid, a delivery-boy-turned-spaceship-captain, and his crew of
a gamer barista and a, well, criminal, are off on their first adventure! They
have to get to Teklawn and run a secret mission, because if they don’t, they’ll
never be Freelance Adventurers. The only thing that could send them off-course
is… a well-placed holo-ad?! The action-packed and hilarious QWST continues!
Out in the Frontier, the toughest
jobs in the galaxy are handled by Freelance Adventuring Crews, and on his
sixteenth birthday (kinda), the delivery boy known as Starkid sends out a call
for the best recruits he can get… at his local Stardollars coffee shop. An
action-packed and hilarious QWST begins!
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
Game developer CMON’s highly-anticipated tabletop game (and Kickstarter darling) Starcadia Quest will come to comics beginning in August, courtesy of IDW Publishing. The first-ever expansion of the Starcadia universe, this three-issue miniseries welcomes James Roberts – the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed writer of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and Lost Light – to craft a wild new adventure for Starkid and his Freelance Adventuring Crew.
The comic is old-school science fiction with a modern twist mashing up classic space opera tropes with weird twists and turns. As it’s a game, the comic helps the world-building aspects of this world and setting.
Illustrated by Aurelio Mazzara and colored by David García Cruz, Starcadia Quest takes comic readers and game fans deep into the Frontier, where the toughest jobs in the galaxy are handled by Freelance Adventuring Crews. On his sixteenth birthday, the delivery boy known as Starkid sends out a call for the best recruits he can get… at his local Stardollars coffee shop. An action-packed and hilarious QWST begins!
The game and comic features solid character design, homages to science fiction movies and enemies, and acknowledges the stories and tropes that have come before. All of that and some laugh out-loud humor.
As a special bonus, each issue of Starcadia Quest will be jam-packed with additional pages’ worth of exclusive playable content, allowing readers to incorporate the issue’s story elements into their tabletop gameplay!
James Roberts (w) • EJ Su, Casey W. Coller,
Jack Lawrence & Brendan Cahill (a) • Nick Roche (c)
The adventures of Rodimus and the crew of the Lost Light come to a close in this
action-packed thriller! Years ago, the crew of the Lost Light fought a demonic Cybertronian mutant that fed on its
victims’ souls. Now, Rodimus and Co. are about to discover that the only thing
worse than a sparkeater… is an army of sparkeaters! Plus, something is coming.
It cannot be stalled. It cannot be avoided. It cannot be reasoned with. As the
end of everything draws near, a simple instruction rings out across the
universe: prepare, confront, repel. Collects issues #19-25.
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
MORE THAN MET THE EYE. The quest is over, the dust has settled, and everything has changed—forever. But before the fond farewells, before the parting of ways, before the unkept promises to stay in touch, there’s time—surely, there’s time—for one last drink…
(W) James Roberts (A) Brendan Cahill (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
LAST STAND! All they wanted was an adventure. Now, as worlds turn to dust and every sacred truth is undone, as everything they’ve run from catches up with them and every gruesome future comes to pass, Rodimus and his loved ones just want it all to stop. But the end of the universe waits for no one, and so the survivors of the Lost Light must take up arms… for the very last time.
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Only two issues left! Closing a story six years in the making!
Don’t miss the B cover by beloved Transformers artist Geoff Senior!
The final battle is here! Bots will live, bots will die, and the craziness can only increase! We’re halfway through a finale six years in the making! And if you’ve ever loved a bot, you won’t want to miss this.
While Cybertron burns due to Unicron, Cybertrons burn due to Primus from another dimension. Writer James Roberts is giving us an epic story that rivals the main event as the Lost Light and all of those picked up do their best to stop a rampaging robot the size of a planet.
While Transformers: Unicron has a disaster feel about it all, Transformers: Lost Light has a solid sense of humor to it all and moments that lighten it all. This is the Armageddon to the more serious Deep Impact. And it’s all enjoyable.
A good chunk of the comic is focused on the revelation that the Transformers’ “gods” are among them. It’s a weird revelation and one hell of a twist that definitely has you rethink a lot of what we’ve read in the past and what they’ve experienced as characters. There’s also some philosophical stuff there that I’m still trying to unpack.
The art is fantastic with a style that feels like the traditional look of the Transformers comic but a little lighter in style. The art by Jack Lawrence with color by Joana Lafuente matches the tone perfectly. There’s also some great imagery as a giant destroys everything around them.
There’s a twist later in the comic that feels like a shift on the level of the gods reveal. I’m still trying to process all of that. It’s a hell of a comic that’s part of an epic story. While there’s a main event, this is pretty close to surpassing it in entertainment. Don’t miss out of this one as it’s bringing together so much and paying off in a way that’ll put a smile on your face.
Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review