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Transformers Dark Cybertron #1 Preview

Posted on 10-22-2013 at 02:51 PM by Sol Fury under Comics
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The event that will shake up everything as we know it in IDW's Transformers comics begins in just two weeks time - and in preparation for the launch of the first part of IDW's Transformers Dark Cybertron, IDW has posted a preview on iTunes. In this preview, we flash back and finally see one fateful event that has underscored many stories in the IDW canon, going right back to Transformers Escalation! Check out the three page preview, and be sure to pick up Transformers Dark Cybertron #1 when it is released on 6 November 2013!
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Bass X0
I only dislike Jhiaxus' face and expressions. I just can't accept this reimagining of him. Otherwise its perfect and I look forward to buying it.
General Tekno
Hmmmm. So is this a soft retcon of Spotlight Galvatron here? Trying to figure that out.
General Tekno
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I only dislike Jhiaxus' face and expressions. I just can't accept this reimagining of him. Otherwise its perfect and I look forward to buying it.
It's directly based off how Guido drew the Ark-1 guys in the annual. Very deliberate stylization.
scubaboy31
I love this so much. I can't wait! The art is glorious and the story is FINALLY covering stuff I've waited years to see!
Scaldron
Gotta say, I'm really digging the retro feel that Cahill and Bove have got going on with these first few pages. Looks really excellent.
Wrecker217
Is this the first time we get to see Tailpipe?
General Tekno
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Is this the first time we get to see Tailpipe?
Yep.

And he's the DOTM Human Alliance toy with a new head.
megatronski
Am I the only one who is hating how cartoony Jhiaxus is looking compared to everyone else?

these pages only make me want good official toys of the Dead Universe crew even more....
I'm already thinking about getting Tailpipe and making him a newer, accurate head. The one toy I desire the most right now is a good official Nova Prime... the third party options are too expensive and just don't look good enough to me
Yggdrasil
Really liking the retro style they went with. It's not full on Guido retro but it's not Wildman ugly human face. Can't wait for this thing to start already!
Jalaguy
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Hmmmm. So is this a soft retcon of Spotlight Galvatron here? Trying to figure that out.
Oh, wow, yeah, I'd forgotten how detailed a flashback there was in that issue.

Well, I guess it's still Galvatron who "sets course for the anomaly", but it's certainly not a case of him recklessly plunging the ship through...
Enterlaw
Wait, this already screws up their continuity, doesn't it? Didn't we learn that Shockwave wasn't Shockwave (yet) WAY after these guys left Cybertron?

Confused.
Dark Magnus
Shockwave was always Shockwave, he just wasn't ol' cyclops until empurata

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It's directly based off how Guido drew the Ark-1 guys in the annual. Very deliberate stylization.
I'm fine with the art style, it's just the fact that he looks befuddled and confused in every panel he appears in.
Chris McFeely
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Wait, this already screws up their continuity, doesn't it? Didn't we learn that Shockwave wasn't Shockwave (yet) WAY after these guys left Cybertron?

Confused.
Not at all, no. Shockwave's been established to be Jhiaxus's student since way back in the Furman days early in IDW's run, and he's always been CALLED Shockwave, he didn't change his name when he got Empurata'd.
Toonimator
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Not at all, no. Shockwave's been established to be Jhiaxus's student since way back in the Furman days early in IDW's run, and he's always been CALLED Shockwave, he didn't change his name when he got Empurata'd.
Yep, they just kept him unidentified except as a senator in Chaos Theory and Shadowplay until the very end, for the surprise-factor. I wasn't reading the books regularly (or the boards) back when either story hit, but I imagine there was plenty of speculation about who the senator was during both those storylines.
RatTrap1985
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Oh, wow, yeah, I'd forgotten how detailed a flashback there was in that issue.

Well, I guess it's still Galvatron who "sets course for the anomaly", but it's certainly not a case of him recklessly plunging the ship through...
What issue are you talking about? Oh, Never mind reading it now. Yeah, it is a retcon, a soft one, though.
TF14
^Spotlight: Galvatron
Anguirus
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Originally Posted by General Tekno View Post
Yep.

And he's the DOTM Human Alliance toy with a new head.
AHHHHH WHAT YESSSSSS love it. Gotta give his weapon mode to Nemesis Prime.
Enterlaw
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Not at all, no. Shockwave's been established to be Jhiaxus's student since way back in the Furman days early in IDW's run, and he's always been CALLED Shockwave, he didn't change his name when he got Empurata'd.
Gotcha. Thanks. I need to reread those. Great issues.
negamegatron
Nova really is an ass, isn't he?
In IDW, all the Primes were corrupt, until Optimus, correct?

I need to go back and re-read a lot of those books, so many little details are being built-upon lately.
Jalaguy
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Nova really is an ass, isn't he?
In IDW, all the Primes were corrupt, until Optimus, correct?

I need to go back and re-read a lot of those books, so many little details are being built-upon lately.
Well, Nova was an egomaniac, techno-supremacist facist, Nominus saw in a system of social apartheid, Sentinel was a militaristic thug and Zeta was a deranged zealot, so pretty much, yeah.

And of those, only Nova bore the real Matrix. Nominus, Sentinel and Zeta were all essentially false Primes.
MyTea Boc
Interesting. Nice to see more elaboration on the dead universe crew.

Does seem to be a bit of a flub about Galvatron 'recklessly plunging them into the portal', but it wasn't a massive plot point really.
WilyMech
Hmmm it might be point in time where Jhaixius went insane. Or to highlight the flashback to show what led to the events of Dark Cybertron
Murasame
Jhiaxus looks like the typical bumbling Henchman.
WilyMech
Which I thought is odd. ^
Dark Magnus
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Which I thought is odd. ^
Right, because he's supposed to be Cybertron's greatest scientific mind. This is the guy who was beaming at Shockwave when he created a monster out of six normal cybertronians. He's not some low IQ henchman.
Murasame
this
Kraken
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Right, because he's supposed to be Cybertron's greatest scientific mind. This is the guy who was beaming at Shockwave when he created a monster out of six normal cybertronians. He's not some low IQ henchman.
He's always been weak at the knees in Nova's presence though.
Lumpy
Is this confirmed to be on the 6th? Comixology has it listed for the 13th still.
FantomLibrarian
I wish artists would give Jhiaxus the same hunched over movieverse-Starscream body he had when EJ Su did Revelation...I liked that concept and his design had a mouth similar to Cyclonus from MTMTE (skeletal and overtly mechanistic). I always wondered what he transformed into...

Also, we've never seen Nova's alternate mode either - it's like every member of the Ark-1 never transformed.
General Tekno
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I wish artists would give Jhiaxus the same hunched over movieverse-Starscream body he had when EJ Su did Revelation...I liked that concept and his design had a mouth similar to Cyclonus from MTMTE (skeletal and overtly mechanistic). I always wondered what he transformed into...

Also, we've never seen Nova's alternate mode either - it's like every member of the Ark-1 never transformed.
Jhiaxus does still have that body in the modern era. This is his retro-style Marvel US-esque body design.

As for Nova, we haven't seen his altmode in the comic, but the concept art for him is in the back of Spotlight Optimus Prime - if memory serves I think he was an unused concept Don did for Hasbro.
Mechafire
Really not a fan of how Jhiaxus' face is being drawn here. It just looks bizarre.

Also, the soft Spotlight: Galvatron retcon is a bit strange, but whatever.
GFH
I have so much apathy for Dark Cybertron I just... Don't care...

I'll buy it and I'll read it still just so I still know what's going on when we get back on schedule I just... I'm not as excited as usual...

Sorry for the negativity I just... yeah ._.
SPLIT LIP
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I have so much apathy for Dark Cybertron I just... Don't care...

I'll buy it and I'll read it still just so I still know what's going on when we get back on schedule I just... I'm not as excited as usual...

Sorry for the negativity I just... yeah ._.
I feel the same way.

Nothing makes me want to read this. It seems vague, uninteresting, and I have no idea what the point is. Nothing tells me this has anything to do with MTMTE's actual plot, so I don't know why it's crossing over besides "it just is."
Josh
because toys guys geez
xD
Stryker055
I didn't expect to be excited about Dark Cybertron, but I actually kind of am. I like that it looks like we're going to finally get proper closure on the Dead Universe/Gorlam Prime/etc. storylines that have been around since IDW started.
GFH
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I feel the same way.

Nothing makes me want to read this. It seems vague, uninteresting, and I have no idea what the point is. Nothing tells me this has anything to do with MTMTE's actual plot, so I don't know why it's crossing over besides "it just is."
I'm more excited that I just realised why I don't care than I am about this crossover in general. It's like a huge change out of no where (I know we were warned but storywise in MTMTE the only indication it was happening was in the prose at the back) and like the name is different, there's new characters from the other series, and the art is different too, and it's this big grand affair and it's all just a lot for what it is. It's just so different and there's no reason why.

Does anyone think it'd be worthwhile to read RID before this starts or just wiki it or?

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because toys guys geez
xD
some people aren't big on toys josh jeez
xP
Jalaguy
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Does anyone think it'd be worthwhile to read RID before this starts or just wiki it or?
Wiki-ing it would probably suffice. If you're just concerned with knowing what's going on in Dark Cybertron, you could pick up issues 6, 10 and 17-22, since they're the ones that actively lead into it.
Yggdrasil
Just read the Syndromica + Dark Cybertron Prelude issues and you're good if you don't feel like reading all of it.

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