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Preview: Transformers: Bumblebee—Win If You Dare

Transformers: Bumblebee—Win If You Dare

James Asmus (w) • Marcelo Ferreira (a) • Nicoletta Baldari (c)

Life can feel rough when you aren’t the fastest, or the bravest, or the tallest Autobot, and Bumblebee’s feeling the pressure. When he’s hurt, Bumblebee takes it upon himself to prove his worth to his fellow Autobots. Things get tense as ‘Bee and his new human companion race into action hunting down dangerous foes and a devastating device. It’s ready, set, go in this new exciting ’80s adventure packed filled with laughs and thrills!

TPB • FC • $9.99 • 72 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-227-1

Cyclonus Flies into Transformers: Forged to Fight!

Kabam has revealed that the Deception Cyclonus, the second-in-command to Galvatron, is now available for players to earn in Transformers: Forged to Fight! Some brief info on Cyclonus is below:

Faction: Decepticon
Class: Tactician

Resurrected by the same dark energies as his master Galvatron, Cyclonus leads a mighty armada provided by Unicron himself. Loyal, patient, and skilled, Cyclonus is ultimately the counterbalance to Galvatron’s chaotic rule.

Cyclonus’ Bot Intel Report is here if you want to know more about the character if you add him to your roster.

Review: Transformers: Lost Light #23

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

Review: Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality-they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?

Transformers: Optimus Prime #23 could have been an interesting tie-in to the current “Unicron” storyline. Instead of exploring the concept of the end of the world and what you should do, the issue devolves into a typical battle due to misunderstandings. Like the “Unicron” main series, it also has no problem killing characters off, indicating the end is near in multiple ways.

Writer John Barber gives us a pretty typical story of things getting out of hand due to misunderstandings. It all escalates in expected ways and of course there’s that moment of no return. In all of those ways, the comic is pretty lackluster for what’s presented.

What’s interesting though is the exploration of the Cybertronian history and their true nature of destruction. Even though they think they protect, they destroy. It’s a cycle that seems to play out in numerous ways over and over. It’s even manifested in the character Jazz himself. Unfortunately, the protector/destructor duality is spelled out for us. Jazz reminds us multiple times in his dialogue. So, even the interesting aspects stumble in this issue. Add in those who reject Optimus and decide to attack, it all just comes together in a comic that throws a lot into the pot but doesn’t quite make the case for any of it.

The art by Priscilla Tramontano is also a let down. The G.I. Joe characters look a bit too cartoony and their style doesn’t mix well with both their vehicles and the Transformers that surround them. It feels like two different stories mashed together in that way. Tramontano’s style would work really well for a younger reader Transformers/G.I. Joe series, or if the Cybertronians had a similar flow in their style as the humans. The color by Josh Burcham is cool and reminds me of the comics from the 80s that I love so much.

The issue has an interesting idea and set up but never quite lands things. It has to spell things out for the reader or falls into a story that we’ve seen too many times before. As far as a tie-in, this issue falls flat when so many others have been so good. It feels like a wasted opportunity to explore more of the Hasbro universe before things wrap up.

Story: John Barber Art: Priscilla Tramontano
Color: Josh Burcham Letterer: Tom B. Long
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Transformers: Unicron #4

Unicron sets his sights on Earth… but is anyone left to defend it?

The end nears. Transformers: Unicron is THE story bringing together years of plotlines together. With references to G.I. Joe, Visionaries, the comic reads like concepts explored too little. Written by John Barber, the event brings the doombringer Unicron into the Transformers universe as part of a plan by Shockwave to rule all. With the Transformer colonies destroyed, Unicron has set its focus on Cybertron. And, with the results of this issue, it’s clear that we may be looking at the end of what we’ve known about IDW’s Transformers or the end of IDW’s run of Transformers.

There’s death. Lots of death. There’s destruction. Lots of destruction. Characters we love are killed off and everything is on the table as to what goes. It feels like everything is by end.

The issue is crammed packed with so much, much of it feels like cut scenes of a movie giving us 30 second bites as to what’s going on. Those cut scenes still give opportunity for heroes to be that and for fans to mourn their loss. Barber, along with art by Alex Milne, color from Sebastian Cheng and David Garcia Cruz, and lettering by Tom B. Long, are delivering a cinematic event. It’s an update on the classic animated film incorporating the Hasbro Universe concepts. Some of that isn’t given enough to shine with so much thrown at us.

The art is jawdropping with scenes that evoke my memory of Unicron raking his hand across Cybertron so many years ago. There’s lots here, lots packed in, and the artistic team pulls it off giving nothing short shrift.

The back-up story features the Micronauts and it’s ok, an bonus to the main feast. It’s ending of a “thanks to all of you” has me wondering if the Hasbro Universe’s time at IDW is up? That simple line along with the epic changes happening within the main story point to nothing being the same.

The comic continues an epic event that lives up the promise and shows you can do big budget popcorn event comics and make them work. The team taps into the emotion of it all giving us deaths that feel heroic and remind us “till all are one.”

Story: John Barber Art: Alex Milne
Color: Sebastian Cheng, David Garcia Cruz 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

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #23

Transformers: Lost Light #23

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

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.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

Transformers: Optimus Prime #23

John Barber (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a) • Kei Zama (c)

The battle against Unicron forces Optimus Prime’s colonist soldiers to contend with a brutal reality—they have no homes to return to. But when they make a move against Trypticon, the human-controlled home of the next generation of Cybertronians… can the end be far behind?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Unicron #4 (of 6)

Transformers: Unicron #4 (of 6)

John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

Unicron sets his sights on Earth… but is anyone left to defend it?

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Prequel #3 (of 4)

Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Prequel #3 (of 4)

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a & c)

Energon is Forever. It’s war in the streets of swinging 1960s London, baby—and it’s freaking Bumblebee out! The Decepticon scheme to lure the world’s top espionage organizations into war shifts into high gear—so Bee and his super-spy friends call in some international help!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Cyberverse Launches this Monday on the Cartoon Network App

Bumblebee is on a critical mission where lives are at stake… only, he can’t remember what it is! It’s a good thing his best friend Windblade has found him to help repair his damaged memory chips. With each recovered memory, Bumblebee rediscovers his past adventures on Cybertron before coming to Earth. As each memory is repaired, another clue comes to light that will lead them both to complete their shared mission to save their friends and Earth… however, the Decepticons are hot on their heels and time is running out.

The series features:

Autobots

  • Bumblebee – Jeremy Levy
  • Windblade – Sophia Isabella
  • Optimus Prime – Jake Tillman
  • Grimlock – Ryan Andes

Decepticons

  • Megatron – Marc Thompson
  • Starscream – Billy Bob Thompson
  • Shockwave – Ryan Andes
  • Shadowstriker – Deanna McGovern

Transformers: Cyberverse Episode 1 will appear on the CN app on Monday, 8/27 (then weekly on Fridays starting with Episode 2, throughout).

Transformers: Cyberverse Episode 1 will appear on VOD and Broadcast (CN) on 9/1.

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