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Preview: Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

(W) Danny Lore (A) Marcelo Matere (CA) Nick Brokenshire
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Shattered Glass is back! Optimus Prime is a ruthless tyrant, and Megatron is a compassionate peacekeeper. Cybertron sits on the brink of war as Autobots and Decepticons race to gain control of a Titan that could destroy either side in nanocycles. While everyone has their eyes on the Titan, Ultra Magnus, a powerful shadow broker, puts into action a plan kilocycles in the making!

Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

Review: Transformers: Shattered Glass II

Transformers: Shattered Glass II

While it was fun to dive into the first volume of Transformers: Shattered Glass, the comic miniseries didn’t feel so much story as a series of shorts tied together. It was an introduction to this twist on the classic Transformers where the Autobots are despots and Decepticons are the ones fighting for freedom. While interesting, it never quite clicked for me as a whole. Transformers: Shattered Glass II on the other hand feels like it can hit the ground running having set things up in the previous volume. Without the need to world build, it can instead focus on the action, the drama, and deliver a much more focused start.

Written by Danny Lore, the issue takes us to where the resistance currently stands but also the corruption of one particular Cybertronian, Ultra Magnus. For those who don’t know the character, Magnus is a rather serious individual focused on the law and rules. He basically has a stick up his ass. Tight, humorless, he’s the rules lawyer (quite literally depending on the take).

Lore delivers an interesting corruption of Magnus as Optimus uses his knowledge of the rules and laws to bend Cybetron to his rule. We get to see through Magnus how the rule of law can be used to impose a fascist state. We also get to see how easily those who uphold that law can become a tool of that fascist state as well. With a Faustian like bargain, Magnus has taken over the Wreckers, Optimus’ chosen shock troops to impose the rule of law. But, in modern times there’s an uprising and one warlord’s city has fallen to the Decepticons. So, what will someone who is so focused on the rule of law do? That seems to be the focus and hopefully this volume keeps that very tight focus instead of following the first volume’s tour of this new world.

The art by Marcelo Matere and Andrew Lee Griffith is solid. With color by John-Paul Bove and lettering by Jake M. Wood, Transformers: Shattered Glass II delivers much of the same as the first volume. The characters are familiar and keep their general design but there’s slight changes that might make them stand out. The obvious part of that is their color but there’s more. In Ultra Magnus’ case, his face hides a secret and with some of the Wreckers, it might be something as simple as a mustache. The body language and emotion too has slight tweaks. We can see some of that towards the end as the Wreckers overlook what Magnus has done. Their expressions and stances say so much about their personalities. It all works and works really well, especially for long time fans of the characters.

Transformers: Shattered Glass II doesn’t feel like as much a tour as the first volume, instead delivering quite a few “holy shit” moments in the first issue alone. It feels focused in on the corruption of one character and their journey and if it continues that, this could be one of the best Transformers miniseries in quite a while.

Story: Danny Lore Art: Marcelo Matere, Andrew Lee Griffith
Color: John-Paul Bove Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

(W) Danny Lore (A) Marcelo Matere (CA) Nick Brokenshire
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Shattered Glass is back! Optimus Prime is a ruthless tyrant, and Megatron is a compassionate peacekeeper. Cybertron sits on the brink of war as Autobots and Decepticons race to gain control of a Titan that could destroy either side in nanocycles. While everyone has their eyes on the Titan, Ultra Magnus, a powerful shadow broker, puts into action a plan kilocycles in the making!

Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1

Return to the world of Transformers: Shattered Glass in August

By popular demand, the dark reflection of the Transformers universe returns with IDW Publishing’s upcoming five-issue comic book miniseries, Transformers: Shattered Glass II, debuting in August!

Following the overwhelming success of 2021’s original Shattered Glass series, writer Danny Lore, artists Daniel Khanna and Guido Guidi, and colorist John-Paul Bove are back to tell more harrowing tales from this twisted alternate reality, with the new addition of artist Marcelo Matere rounding out the creative roster.

In a world where the virtuous icons you once knew are monstrously evil, Optimus Prime is a ruthless tyrant and Megatron is a compassionate peacekeeper. Cybertron sits on the brink of war as Autobots and Decepticons race to gain control of a Titan juggernaut whose raw power could decide the ultimate victor. However, while seemingly everyone is laser-focused on the Titan, the powerful shadow broker Ultra Magnus puts a sinister plan into action!

Transformers: Shattered Glass II #1 will be widely available with three cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by interior artist Marcelo Matere, Cover B by Red Powell, and a retailer incentive variant by Nick Brokenshire. Hasbro Pulse, the official marketplace for beloved Hasbro brands, will also offer exclusive variant covers of each issue.

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

(W) John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli, Priscilla Tramontano (CA) Marcelo Matere
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $59.99

Presenting IDW’s Transformers comics in recommended reading order!

All Hail Optimus! Backed by an army of zealous followers, Optimus Prime declares Earth to be a part of Cybertron’s Council of Worlds-but the Decepticons and the people of Earth won’t take it lying down! Meanwhile, on Cybertron, Starscream rules. He and Windblade vie for control of the Council of Worlds, each aligning themselves with as many long-lost colonies as they can. But Starscream’s secret police keep increasing the tension and destabilizing the fragile peace that has been established. All of this leads to one momentous event-Titans Return!

Collects Transformers #51-57, Transformers: Till All Are One #1-4, Titans Return #1, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #56-57.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 12

Preview: Transformers IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 11

Transformers IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 11

(W) John Barber, James Roberts (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne (CA) Marcelo Matere
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $49.99

Presenting IDW’s Transformers comics in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series! OPTIMUS PRIME struggles to find his place on CYBERTRON where half the population hates him and the other half worships him. Meanwhile, on Earth, GALVATRON doesn’t care what anybody thinks. And, although Megatron has rejected his past, that doesn’t keep him safe from the Decepticon Justice Division. Plus, Getaway is staging a mutiny on the Lost Light, all leading to a climactic showdown, and not everyone will come out the other side.

In the one-shot special, the Dinobots battle for Redemption! Cybertron is dead. No new life has been created in millions of years. But when the Dinobots make a brutal play for a briefcase full of cash, they find something else: a chance for a better future… for their world, and for themselves.

Transformers IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 11

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 10

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 10

(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.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Vol. 10

Preview: Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 9

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 issues #1-5.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-484-8

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 9

Preview: Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 8

Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 8

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: DriftEmpire of Stone.

HC • FC • $49.99 • 400 pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-372-8

Preview: Revolution: Transformers

Revolution: Transformers

Mairghread Scott, James Roberts, John Barber, Nick Roche (w) • Andrew Griffith, Naoto Tsushima, Alex Milne, Corin Howell, Kotteri, Josh Burcham (a) • Marcelo Matere (c)

The Revolution continues in The Transformers! Thundercracker and Buster save the World! A White House under siege by Dire Wraiths! Windblade on Earth! And a date with destiny for Krok, Crankcase, Fulcrum, Spinister, and Misfire! Collects The Transformers, More Than Meets The Eye, and Till All Are One Revolution One-Shots plus the 2015 Holiday Special.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-842-7

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