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Optimus Prime series to spin out of “Revolution”

Beginning in November, Optimus Prime will headline his own series from IDW. Writer John Barber discusses the book.

Not to give anything away, but as Revolution starts, Optimus is in a fairly antagonistic relationship with … well, almost everybody. He’s come to Earth and said the whole planet is going to be part of Cybertron’s Council of World, without asking if the people of Earth wanted to be in it — or if the people of Cybertron wanted them. He’s doing this because he thinks he’s out of options to protect the Earth — he’s tried fighting evil Cybertronians, tried leaving the place alone. But bringing Earth into Cybertron’s fold is the only thing he hasn’t tried.

In Revolution this comes to a head: there’s a big, dangerous thing happening with Ore-13, which is a form of Energon that’s on Earth, and it looks to G.I. Joe like Optimus is behind it, so the threat becomes immediate. This isn’t a spoiler — Optimus is not behind the problem, and in the process of resolving the complex web ofRevolution, alliances are formed and new relationships are established.

So…Optimus still has the goal of bringing Earth into the cosmic community of Cybertron. But who’s with him and who’s against him have shifted a bit.

See the remainder of the interview here.

Posted in Comics and Books on September 17th, 2016 by andersonh1

TILL ALL ARE ONE Will Be ‘The Most Human Of All TRANSFORMERS Books’

Till all are oneTransformers is about giant robots that can change into vehicles and other forms, but its finest moments are when these would-be automotons show their own kind of humanity. And in the new ongoing series Transformers: Till All Are One debuting this June, writer Mairghread Scott is looking to make it the most human story yet.

Set on Cybertron and the political in-fighting between Starscream and Windblade to craft a new era for Transformers on Cybertron and beyond, the series has a broader scope than any Transformers series before. Picking up thematically from her last series, Transformers: Windblade, Scott and artist Sara Pitre-Durocher are looking to delve deeper into the heart of being a Transformer.

Read the full interview at Newsarama’s website, here.

Posted in Comics and Books on May 9th, 2016 by andersonh1

IDW And Hasbro Celebrate 10 Years

IDW-bannerFrom IDW’s website comes the following news:

This year marks the Tenth anniversary of IDW Publishing and Hasbro being in business together, a relationship that began in 2005 with the publication of IDW’s firstTRANSFORMERS title. To celebrate a decade of creativity, innovation, and success, the two companies are announcing the extension of their blockbuster relationship.

Once TRANSFORMERS was established as an immediate success, IDW expanded its comic line to include the Hasbro property G.I. JOE, then eventually the smash-hit MY LITTLE PONY and coming this March, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS! IDW will also continue to publish the LITTLEST PET SHOP and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS comics.  These titles have become perennial staples at IDW, and will continue to play key roles in IDW’s publishing slate going forward, in all existing formats, both print and digital. Fans of the line can expect much more of the quality products they’ve come to expect: Comics, Trade Paperbacks, Hardcovers, Micro Comic Fun Packs, IDW Limited collections, and more.

Follow the link to read the rest of the press release.

Posted in Comics and Books on February 9th, 2015 by andersonh1

Comics Alliance interviews Mairghread Scott about the new Windblade series

windblade2Mairghread Scott has some things to say about Windblade’s partipation in the upcoming “Combiner Wars” miniseries.

”Combiner Wars” is a six-issue event crossing over the books Transformers (written by John Barber) and Transformers: Windblade (written by me). “Combiner Wars” is also an epic, political and actual battle over the future of Cybertron as Starscream (ruler of the entire planet) tries to establish the largest empire Cybertron has ever seen – and pretty much everyone from Optimus to Ironhide tries to stop him.

Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli bring some really eye popping art that fans of Transformers are going to love and non-fans are going to be blown away by. A great jumping-on point for the series, we’ve tried to make “Combiner Wars” the sort of summer blockbuster that delivers on story as well as visuals. Secrets will be revealed! Giant robots will beat each other into the ground! If you’ve never given us a try before, now is the time.

Follow the link for the full interview. The Combiner Wars crossover begins in March.

Posted in Comics and Books on January 31st, 2015 by andersonh1

IDW’s John Barber and Mairghread Scott “Combiner Wars” Interview

CombinerWarsObviously, SPOILERS.

Newsrama has an interview with IDW Comics’ editor/writer John Barber and writer Mairghread Scott about next year’s Combiner Wars comic crossover event series.

Info like the art being done by Livio Ramondelli and Sarah Stone is interesting, as those two artists’ current Transformers comics art styles couldn’t be much further apart in most ways.

The comics will treat Combiner Wars as an arms race, and the search for new colonies may start to bear fruit.

And is “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” getting renamed just in time for the new cartoon of the same name?

Read all this and more on Newsrama.

 

Posted in Comics and Books on August 13th, 2014 by JediTricks TF

TRANSFORMERS LEGACY: A CELEBRATION OF TRANSFORMERS PACKAGE ART

transformerslegacyAgain courtesy of Comics Continuum comes news of a new publication by IDW: Transformers Legacy, A Celebration of Transformers Package Art.

Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster

Remember the thrill of tearing open the wrapping on Christmas morning, discovering a brand new TRANSFORMERS toy in a shiny new box? While the toys were amazing in their own right, what made the packages stand head-and-shoulders above the competing action figures on shelves was the stunning box art. Transformers: Legacy collects hundreds of beautifully airbrushed paintings from the iconic first decade of The Transformers. Essays and interviews from the original illustrators give unprecedented insight into the process behind the art. This book is chocked full of extras, including never before seen artwork from toys that never were, original design sketches, catalog artwork, and more.

300 pages, $49.99.

Posted in Comics and Books on January 17th, 2014 by andersonh1

Following Dark Cybertron is…

Courtesy of Comics Continuum, we now know what storyline will follow Dark Cybertron. To preserve future plot developments for those who don’t wish to be spoiled, details will be posted below the break.

Posted in Comics and Books on January 17th, 2014 by andersonh1

Dark Cybertron chapter 6 preview

TF_MTMTE_25-pr_00001_1389658400Courtesy of Newsarama, we have a preview of this week’s More Than Meets the Eye #25, or chapter six of Dark Cybertron.

TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #25
A HERO FALLS-AND ONE RETURNS! The struggle in the DEAD UNIVERSE heats up as ORION PAX-the ‘bot who was once OPTIMUS PRIME-and RODIMUS struggle with the legacy of PRIMES! Meanwhile, the Lost Light is under attack in deep space-and SHOCKWAVE and the terrifying NECROTITAN threatens CYBERTRON!

This issue is due in stores on Wednesday, January 15th.

Posted in Comics and Books on January 13th, 2014 by andersonh1

Transformers / GI Joe Ongoing Comic Series Coming Next Summer

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Tom Scioli, John Barber, IDW, The Transformers, GI Joe, ongoing, starting next summer.

Oh, you want more? The thumbnail to the right clicks to view the full-sized image.

You still want more details? Below is the official IDW press release.

Two of the most popular comic book franchises of all-time, TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, will be going head-to-head in a brand-new ongoing series debuting next summer! Written and drawn by comic luminary Tom Scioli (Godland, American Barbarian) with co-writer and TRANSFORMERS veteran John Barber (TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, FALL OF CYBERTRON), these classic characters will explode off the page like never before! (…more)

Posted in Comics and Books on October 17th, 2013 by JediTricks TF

TRANSFORMERS: DARK CYBERTRON Architects: Unlike Any Event to Hit Franchise

DRKCYBRTRN01_cvrRIThe Autobots are dispersed across the galaxy and an ancient prophecy is looming to come to fruition…Dark Cybertron is near. Taking place in both of IDW’s Transformers Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye, the Dark Cybertron event will bring the two factions of Autobots together, but at what price?

Newsarama recently spoke to the Dark Cybertron event architects John Barber and James Roberts as they delve into some of what has been going on with the Transformers leading up to the event starting next month with Dark Cybertron #1 and rotating between both Transformers titles until the finale in March. We got all the secrets that Hasbro and IDW would let loose, and have a sneak peek inside the special first issue.

Posted in Comics and Books on October 5th, 2013 by andersonh1