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Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing

Transformers: Last Bot Standing

(W) Nick Roche (A/CA) E. J. Su
In Shops: Nov 16, 2022
SRP: $17.99

The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. When Visitors arrive on this far edge of nowhere, they threaten to reveal the secret Rodimus has given up his life to protect. With carnivorous mechanical lifeforms threatening its inhabitants’ very existence, Donnokt will never be the same again. But its protector has one last job to do: can he rid the world of the Visitors or will someone else be the Last Bot Standing?

Transformers: Last Bot Standing

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #4

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #4

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $5.99

It’s come to this! Donnokt-no, the universe-hangs in the balance. The last true Cybertronian stands against Visitors from another world to determine the future. One shall stand, one shall fall. Find out who will be the Last Bot Standing!

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #4

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #3

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #3

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Jul 20, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The Last Bot Standing has finally come face-to-face with the Visitors. Neither can believe the other still exists. But the Visitors are gracious, in their way. They want to help the last Cybertronian… but he knows what the Visitors are, he knows what they do, he knows what they bring, and he’s not going down without a fight!

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #3

Preview: Transformers: Best of the Beasts

Transformers: Best of the Beasts

(W) Simon Furman, Mairghread Scott, Erik Burnham, Nick Roche (A) Don Figueroa, Corin Howell, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Josh Burcham, Nick Roche (CA) James Biggie
In Shops: Jul 13, 2022
SRP: $6.99

Maximize or terrorize? Either way, things are going to get epic in this collection of the best of the Maximals, Predacons, and characters from the world of Beast Wars! Featuring classic characters like Optimus Primal, Megatron, Cheetor, Blackarachnia, Airazor, Tigatron, and Dinobot in clashes for the ages! Collects Transformers: Windblade (Vol. 2) #6, Transformers: Beast Wars #9, Beast Wars: The Gathering #4, and more exciting stories, including some rarely and never-before reprinted hits!

Transformers: Best of the Beasts

It’s Love Unlimited on Marvel Unlimited

An all-new Infinity Comic anthology series has launched on Marvel Unlimited! The new romance track, Love Unlimited kicks off with Ms. Marvel & Red Dagger. Love Unlimited releases new issues every Thursday and features fan-favorite characters including Ms. Marvel, Hulking & Wiccan, and more. The exciting full line-up and creative teams can be found below.

Romance and heartbreak! Tension and drama! Angst and elation! Love Unlimited has it all! This Infinity Comics series dives deep into the lives and loves of some of Marvel’s most swoon-worthy characters and relationships! From delightfully dreamy to spectacularly sultry, Love Unlimited has a story for everyone!

MS. MARVEL & RED DAGGER

Nadia Shammas (writer), Natacha Bustos (artist), Alanna Smith (editor) 
6-part series launches on June 9

Ms. Marvel and Red Dagger have shared a kiss…but not their secret identities! When they team up to investigate a series of relic thefts, the chemistry is off the scale. Will they find the courage to take off the masks and give love a chance? 

VIV VISION

Marieke Nijkamp (writer), Federico Sabbatini (artist), Alanna Smith (editor) 

Teen synthezoid Viv Vision has long been unlucky in love. But when she’s swept along on the world’s strangest first date by a girl who makes her feel like she’s malfunctioning, her fortunes may be about to change… 

MILLIE THE SPY

Stephanie Phillips (writer), Nick Roche (artist), Annalise Bissa (editor) 

Millie Collins’ ultra-glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle is the perfect cover for S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most recent recruit! But when she butts heads with her new partner, sparks fly in an all-new adventure featuring one of Marvel’s most iconic romantic heroines. 

X LOVES OF WOLVERINE

Sean Kelley McKeever (Writer), Diogenes Neves (Artist), Mark Basso (editor) 

Logan’s mutant healing factor has saved his life countless times, but it has never healed his heart!  And as Wolverine plunges into perhaps the greatest romance of his long life, he will have to risk it all! 

HULKLING & WICCAN

Josh Trujillo (writer), tokitokoro (artist), Alanna Smith (editor)  

Continuing the story from the hit Infinity Comic HULKLING & WICCAN: POSSIBILITIES! Still reeling from an alternate reality where they fell in love with other people, Hulkling & Wiccan are shocked when Hulkling’s alternate-reality ex-boyfriend shows up on their doorstep! And unfortunately for the rattled newlyweds, Goebig the space pirate needs their help badly… 

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $5.99

After ages of isolation, the Last Bot meets with the Visitors, the last straggling survivors of a dying race and the greatest threat Donnokt’s ever seen. But how will the locals react to not only mysterious Visitors from the stars but also a robot in disguise in their midst?

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #2

Review: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

As a child of the 1980s, I loved watching Transformers. There was nothing like it, as the cartoon got me into mecha anime altogether. It showed a world where robots coexisted with humans. It also gave me one of my first examples of good and evil.  We saw the Autobots and Decepticions as refugees from planet light-years away from Earth who brought their conflict to our world.

The cartoon was pure fun growing up and was able to surprise fans with major moments like the death in Transformers: The Movie. It rocked most of us to the core, killing off a major character. I still think of how I felt when I saw it and how deaths in most cartoons now are no longer shocking. In the debut issue of Transformers: The Last Bot Standing, we catch up with Rodimus Prime

We’re taken to the planet, Donnokt where a spaceship has just crash landed on this desert planet. We also meet one of the locals, Shib, who runs a small mining business with her brothers. Everything gets tuned on it s head when long slumbering secrets wake up bringing a conflict to Donnokt. By the issue’s end we’re left with many questions as we ponder what the conflict is and how certain bots arrived in the situation they’re in.

Overall, Transformers: The Last Bot Standing #1 is a great beginning to this space western. The story by Nick Roche is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, it’s a story that’s a fine addition to the Space Western canon.

Story: Nick Roche Art: E.J. Su and Nick Roche
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Johanna Nattalie
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out one last time. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. And on the far edge of nowhere, a Visitor arrives, and Donnokt will never be the same again. The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Review: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 is an intriguing concept of a comic. After billions of years of battle, what happens to the last Cybertronian and who will it be? There’s a lot of directions this series can go and after the first issue, I’m not sure which it’ll be in what is a rather frustrating debut.

Written by Nick Roche, Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 takes us to Donnokt, a planet that’s somewhat like the Wild West but a bit more technology. After a tease of a crash landing of an object, we’re introduced to the locals of a town and particularly one, who is their local delivery person. She’s challenged by a new team offering similar services who use a bit more technology to get it done. The comic, for what feels like about 3/4 of it, is a story of a struggling business who is facing the challenges of new technology. It’s a rather slow, plodding opening where you feel like you want it all to speed up and get to the point. Sure, it throws out some potential themes for the series, but we’re here for the Cybertronians!

Eventually, that happens with a big reveal which doesn’t go as expected. In fact it’s far from that which instantly got me to take notice. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there. That last 1/4 of the comic is great for its feints and what it sets up. As I said, there’s a lot of potential and a lot of questions to ask and be answered.

Art is provided by E.J. Su and Roche with color by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Johanna Nattalie. The art is pretty good but feels like it fits more in a Back to the Future story than Transformers. The setting and art style felt more Back to the Future III than the world it’s set in. The art isn’t bad but it doesn’t excite and doesn’t deliver quite enough detail to really give us more of an idea about this world. There’s enough to get the story going but it doesn’t have that little bit extra of small details to really give it a boost. Like the story itself, the art in the last quarter of the comic is what stands out with a brutal battle and some emotional kick.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 isn’t a bad start, it’s just not exciting. It has all the chance of people something great going forward but it takes too long to get to the point and what we’ve come for. It almost feels like two comics and those two don’t quite line up. Still, there’s just enough I want to read more and see if the series goes where it could and really deliver something special.

Story: Nick Roche Art: E.J. Su and Nick Roche
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Johanna Nattalie
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Preview: Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1

(W) Nick Roche (A) E. J. Su (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

When the last stars flicker and fade, who will be the only Cybertronian left? The planet Donnokt sits on the edge of the universe, far away from all the stars that are flickering and fading out one last time. It is a world on the precipice of revolution-industrialization-taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical. And on the far edge of nowhere, a Visitor arrives, and Donnokt will never be the same again. The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1
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