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Preview: Transformers: First Strike #1

Transformers: First Strike #1

John Barber (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)

Continued from Optimus Prime: First Strike! When a bounty hunter drags one of their own into the wilds of Cybertron, the Revolutionaries join forces with Arcee and pursue! But in the midst of war, can humans and Cybertronians put aside their differences, or has the invasion of Cybertron doomed any chance at peace?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Transformers: Lost Light #10

Homecoming! First Aid, the Autobots’ Chief Medical Officer, returns to the Lost Light to find that everything has changed: the ship is now under the command of the treacherous Getaway, half of his closest friends are missing, and – most shocking of all – the crew is actually making progress…

Transformers: Lost Light #10 answers the question as to what the mutinous crew under Getaway have been up to. The issue is rather ominous with a horror vibe tone, and then we get to the end of the episode and we get to see the brilliance of the issue.

Written by James Roberts, it’s difficult to completely review the issue and its amazingness without spoiling why and it’s best to experience the comic on your own.

Throughout the issue we follow First Aid as he, and his crew, explore the Lost Light and attempt to figure out what happened to Rodimus and its members. We know what has happened and know things aren’t right but Roberts still infuses the issue with a tenseness about it all. It build and builds until the reveal which may be one of the best twists I’ve read in a comic all year. The writing by Roberts is fantastic and how the issue is plotted becomes even more impressive when you get to that twist.

The art by Jack Lawrence is great and each Transformer is unique and has personality of their own. The fact so much tension and emotion is brought forth isn’t just Roberts’ writing but also has a lot to do with Lawrence’s art which enhances it all with the positioning of the characters and what emotion can be delivered in their faces and bodies. This is also a crew with variety in their looks and styles.

The issue is good and then you get to the end and it all becomes clear as to what’s going on. The rug is pulled out from under the reader and it goes from good to amazing. This is one of the best comics I read this week and one of the most fun I’ve read all year.

Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Story: 10 Art: 8.25 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime: First Strike #1

Transformers: Optimus Prime: First Strike #1

John Barber (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Sara Pitre-Durocher (c)

With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood’s forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #10

Transformers: Lost Light #10

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)

HOMECOMING! FIRST AID, the Autobots’ Chief Medical Officer, returns to the Lost Light to find that everything has changed: the ship is now under the command of the treacherous GETAWAY, half of his closest friends are missing, and—most shocking of all—the crew is actually making progress…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Transformers: Optimus Prime #11

With Optimus Prime embroiled in the First Strike event, the Autobots on Earth set off on a mission to find one of their own-before anti-Cybertronian humans get to him first!

With war raging on Cybertron, the Transformers on Earth are cut off and their leader Optimus is away. Transformers: Optimus #11 allows us to focus on some of the other Transformers who don’t get much of a focus. It’s a great issue in that way. And what the issue does really well is that it brings out the various personalities allowing the characters to clash as they figure out what they should do with a void in leadership. There’s emotion here as many of the members let out their opinions without filters.

But what John Barber does that’s impressive is he uses the issue to question Oprimus Prime and the Transformers leadership itself. Through the varied characters focused on we get a cross section of opinions about Optimus and even the concept of the Primes. It’s an interesting read the lays things out as far as the various beliefs that are held and also the conflict between them. All of this is done in a simple story that’s all about searching for a missing Autobot.

The art by Kei Zama is solid. As usual, the Transformers look great that matches the solid read. In this issue there’s diverse settings, characters, it just shifts a lot. Zama is able to deliver it all so that it all looks great and consistent. No matter if it’s a small Mexican town or a high tech facility, it all works well and even the high tech guns in the hands of humans don’t look out of place.

A great issue that’ll get you to think about the Primes and the role of Optimus. All of that’s done without Optimus present. The comic is engaging and shows that IDW’s line of Transformers comics are more than meets the eye.

Story: John Barber Art: Kei Zama
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #9

Transformers: Lost Light #9

James Roberts (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)

All sides converge on Troja Major as the race to unlock the secrets of a unique Cybertronian reaches its desperate, violent conclusion. As old secrets are revealed, Nautica must pay the ultimate price—by resorting to the ultimate currency.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers HASCON 2017 Exclusive Reveals. Dinobots! Prime Master! Orion Pax!

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES MICRONUS PRIME MASTER

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available Fall 2017)

The TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES MICRONUS PRIME MASTER figure is a 1.5-inch-scale figure that hides inside the included CLOUDBURST decoy armor (aka Pretender). The Prime Master robot can convert into spark mode and attach to a Power of the Primes Deluxe, Voyager, or Leader Class figure (Not included. each sold separately). The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the legendary bots who shaped the universe: the Primes. The MICRONUS Prime Master gives other bots the ability to link and share powers. How will the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use this power-link ability? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES LEADER EVOLUTION OPTIMUS PRIME

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available Spring 2018)

AUTOBOTS unite around Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES LEADER EVOLUTION OPTIMUS PRIME figure. This 9-inch-scale figure comes with a Matrix of Leadership accessory and converting Evolution Armor.  Change the trailer into the Evolution Armor to evolve this figure from ORION PAX OPTIMUS PRIME. With the Prime Masters (Not included. Each sold separately), imagine AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS can wield the incredible powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES VOYAGER CLASS GRIMLOCK

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available Fall 2017)

The leader of the DINOBOTS returns with Hasbro’s new TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES VOYAGER CLASS GRIMLOCK figure. This is a 7-inch-scale figure that comes with 2 Prime Armor accessories. Insert a Prime Master figure (Not included. each sold separately) into one of the accessories, attach it to the figure, and imagine GRIMLOCK wields the power of a Prime. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the godlike powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the mighty DINOBOT leader GRIMLOCK wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed!  Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SLUDGE

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available Fall 2017)

The TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SLUDGE is a 5.5-inch-scale figure that comes with a Prime Armor accessory. Insert a Prime Master figure (Not included. each sold separately) into the accessory, attach it to the figure’s chest, and imagine DINOBOT SLUDGE wields the power of a Prime. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the mighty DINOBOT warrior wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SNARL

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available Fall 2017)

There’s no need to snarl at the new TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SNARL figure. This is a 5.5-inch-scale figure that comes with a Prime Armor accessory. Insert a Prime Master figure (Not included. Each sold separately) into the accessory, attach it to the figure’s chest, and imagine DINOBOT SNARL wields the power of a Prime. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the surly DINOBOT SNARL wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SWOOP

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available Fall 2017)

Fans can soar through the air with Hasbro’s new TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SWOOP figure. This is a 5.5-inch-scale figure that comes with a Prime Armor accessory. Insert a Prime Master figure (Not included. each sold separately) into the accessory, attach it to the figure’s chest, and imagine DINOBOT SWOOP wields the power of a Prime. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the fearsome bombardier DINOBOT SWOOP wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SLUG

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $16.99/Available Fall 2017)

Watch out for the horns on this TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES DELUXE CLASS DINOBOT SLUG figure. This is a 5.5-inch-scale figure that comes with a Prime Armor accessory. Insert a Prime Master figure (Not included. each sold separately) into the accessory, attach it to the figure’s chest, and imagine DINOBOT SLUG wields the power of a Prime.  The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the most legendary bots in the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the fire-breathing warrior DINOBOT SLUG wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES LEGENDS CLASS DINOBOT SLASH

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available Fall 2017)

The fearsome SLASH is back with the TRANSFORMERS: GENERATIONS POWER OF THE PRIMES LEGENDS CLASS DINOBOT SLASH figure. This is a 3.75-inch-scale figure. When this LEGENDS CLASS DINOBOT SLASH figure is in raptor mode, Prime Master (Not included. Each sold separately) figures can ride on the figure’s back. The AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS use Prime Masters to wield the incredible powers of the legendary bots who shaped the universe: the Primes. Prime Masters carry the spark of a Prime, allowing them to share a Prime’s godlike ability with other bots. How will the elite DINOBOT tracker wield this epic power? Anything is possible and everything is at stake when the Power of the Primes is unleashed! Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Review: Transformers: Optimus #10

When Optimus Prime of Alpha Trion, the ancient sage reveals a tale of Cybertron’s earliest days, when the original Thirteen Primes united the world. Optimus Prime meets with Alpha Trion, the ancient sage, who reveals a tale of Cybertron’s earliest days, when the original Thirteen Primes united the world.

After last month’s near perfect issue that featured the death of a character in a beyond touching story, this month takes a very different route. In a tale told by Alpha Trion we’re told the story of the uniting of the Cybertronian tribes and the beginning of the Autobot sigil.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 we get an allegory heard by Pyra Magma, Optimus, and Starscream as Earth meets to elect its leader who will represent it before the Council of Worlds. It’s a prequel story to the currently ongoing First Strike event but the majority of the content stands on its own.

Written by John Barber we get an allegory, something IDW Publishing‘s Transformers comics excel in and even after reading this story I debate the lesson within. Part of me says to not believe false gods and religion as an opiate of the masses, part of me thinks “fake news,” part of me is that this is a story to shed light on the nature of Arcee and Galvatron, and part of me thinks this is a text to read again and again and really think about. Barber again shows Transformers has morphed into something that’s more than giant robots beating each other up.

The art by Livio Ramondelli and Kei Zama is stunning helped by the colors of Ramondelli and Josh Brucham. At times Ramondelli’s art and colors is dark and hard to make out but here it’s just nailed in every sense with each character standing out in their own way and everyone being unique with tons of personality. The mix of a primitive world with cybernetic beings too is fascinating and visually unique in so many ways.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #10 continues to show that IDW’s Transformers comics are so much more than people give them credit for and deliver commentary and lessons regularly like the best sci-fi does. A layered story and issue that’ll leave you pondering its meaning for some time to come.

Story: John Barber Art: Livio Ramondelli and Kei Zama
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.55 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Transformers/G.I. Joe Comic Book Humble Bundle Available For a Limited Time

Humble Bundle and IDW Publishing have launched their biggest comics bundle together to date – the Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW. This two-week digital promotion is offered in support of the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

This two-week digital promotion featuring digital content previously never bundled, including volumes from The IDW Collection. These popular volumes collect all of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE comics in chronological order making it fun and easy to dive in and get caught up on their comic book adventures.

Featuring work from some of the most talented writers and artists to ever take on these iconic characters, including James Roberts, John Barber, Mairghread Scott, Mike Costa, Christos Gage, Jae Lee, Andrew Griffith, Alex Milne, S.L. Gallant, Antonio Fuso, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Corin Howell, Livio Ramondelli, John Rieber, and more.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW supports the Hasbro Children’s Fund.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Transformers vs. G.I. Joe presented by IDW will run from August 16 – August 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

What’s included in the bundle:

Customers can pay $1 or more to receive: G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 1: Homefront; G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 2: Threat Matrix; G.I. Joe (2013) Vol. 3: Siren’s Song; G.I. Joe (2014), Vol. 1: The Fall of G.I. Joe Part 1; G.I. Joe (2014), Vol. 2: The Fall of G.I. Joe Part 2; G.I. Joe: Cobra Command Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: Cobra Command Vol. 2; G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra; G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow, Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files, Vol. 2; and Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get: G.I. Joe: Cobra – The Last Laugh; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files Vol. 1; G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files, Vol. 2; Transformers: Combiner Wars; Transformers: Evolutions – Hearts of Steel; Transformers: Nefarious; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 2; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 3; Transformers: Regeneration One Vol. 4; and Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1.

Customers can pay $15 or more for all of that plus: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1; Transformers vs. G.I. Joe: Tyrants Rise, Heroes are Born; Transformers: Autocracy Trilogy; Transformers: Salvation; Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 2; Transformers: Windblade – Dawn of The Autobots; and Transformers: Windblade – Distant Stars.

Customers who pay $20 or more will receive the content from the first three tiers as well as: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 2; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 1.

Customers who pay $25 or more will receive all of the above, plus: G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 4; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6; G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 5; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 6; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7; The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 8; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 2; Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 3; and Transformers: IDW Collection Phase Two, Vol. 4.

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