(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.
(W) Sara Pitre-Durocher, Patrick Ehlers (A) Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Bookish Glyph wants a challenge-to do work for xeno-relations, not just data analysis. Athletic Tap-Out needs a challenge-his boxing career isn’t working out so well. When one mission presents both of them a chance to meet new challenges head-on, will they be able to lift each other up to the task or will they just get in each other’s way?
Robo-mance is real in this adventure focusing on love in the Transformers universe!
The perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or any romantic occasion!
Back-up story written by the real-life engaged couple: Kate Leth & Cohen Edenfield!
When the Mane Six gallop alongside Autobots in battle, the forces of villainy stand no chance! IDW Publishing and Hasbro welcomes comic fans of all ages to enjoy the wildest crossover of Hasbro creations ever: My Little Pony/Transformers, a four-issue miniseries shipping weekly in May!
In My Little Pony/Transformers, the scheming Queen Chrysalis casts a spell in search of changeling allies, but accidentally interferes with a distant Cybertronian Spacebridge… and brings the Autobots and Decepticons to Equestria! As the dust settles, it’s up to Twilight Sparkle, Optimus Prime, and others to overcome the menace of malevolent magic and machinery!
My Little Pony/Transformers assembles an all-star team of comic creators for this mind-blowing series: writers James Asmus, Ian Flynn, and Sam Maggs, and artists Casey W. Coller, Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Priscilla Tramontano, and Tony Fleecs (who also provides cover artwork for the entirety of the series).
(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher In Shops: Jan 29, 2020 SRP: $4.99
Jean-Luc Picard has traveled to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, defeated impossible foes, and survived in the face of unthinkable odds, but it’s the end of this one mission that will change his life forever.
The official countdown to CBS All Access’s Star Trek: Picard ends here, and things will never be the same…
(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) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A) Angel Hernandez (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $4.99
As the situation on the Romulan colony continues to unravel, Picard finds himself faced with a difficult choice that will affect millions. The official countdown to the Star Trek: Picard series on CBS All Access continues here!
Transformers #5 is an improvement on the previous four issues but still falls short of being enjoyable. Written by Brian Ruckley, the issue bounces around the various characters involved with the murder mystery as well as peals back some of what Bumblebee has been up to.
This is an issue I want to like and a series I’m attempting to enjoy. Transformers #5 though bounces around a bit too much never quite focusing enough on one plotline or character.
Ruckley delivers an issue that’s an improvement on the previous. It still falls short in entertainment. The issue is a piece of the larger narrative and in that way it is one of the strongest released so far. The structure of the issue is interesting as well delivering some scenes that feel out of place and not needed and others that feel out of order or could have benefited from not being broken up into various segments.
This is most evident in Rubble’s story. Instead of the breaks in his narrative, the issue would have been stronger focusing just on his story and building up the tension and fear better. As is, the ending feels a tad out of place and not the impact it was going for. Instead of terror and dread leading to sadness the overall delivery is that of melancholy.
The art doesn’t help matters either. A trio of artists work on the issue as they have in the past and their differing styles are standing out more. Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, and Sara Pitre-Durocher all would be great on their own. Together though, the styles don’t quite work anymore. At times it also doesn’t quite match the tone either. Opening pages have a more cartoon like quality which doesn’t work for Megatron’s serious nature and moment. That transition to the next segment and art style becomes more abrupt due to the mismatched nature of the start. With a bi-monthly comic, picking two artists and switching off would make for a stronger comic visually or banking issues with one artist and switching on the next arc would have been the best overall.
Transformers #5 is absolutely an improvement on the series moving the murder mystery forward and adding more political intrigue. Still, the issue’s pacing and narrative structure works against it creating an experience that again falls short of what was and what could be.
Story: Brian Ruckley Art: Anna Malkova, Angel Hernandez, Sara Pitre-Durocher Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
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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
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Brian Ruckley (w) • Angel Hernandez & Ron Joseph (a) • Sara
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 murdered scientist? And where
is Bumblebee disappearing to at all odd hours?
In recognition of Women’s History month, IDW and Hasbro are teaming up to create SYNERGY: A HASBRO CREATORS SHOWCASE, a celebration of fan-favorites and new talent working with some of the most beloved Hasbro characters. With 13 fabulous covers drawn from the IDW archives and 27 pages of new material—including autobiographical works by Mairghread Scott (drawn by Sara Pitre-Durocher, reuniting the creative team behind the beloved Transformers: Till All Are One series) and Katie Cook (writer on the hit My Little Pony comic), as well as three original stories inspired by G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Jem and the Holograms—this anthology celebrates the women who have made, or will make, an impact on the world of Hasbro for many years to come.