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CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel

| #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | TPB | PREVIEWS |

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #1

Originally released on 5th July 2006.

Written by Chuck Dixon.

Art by Guido Guidi.

Colours by Jay Fotos.

Edited by Chris Ryall and Dan Taylor.

$2.99 cover price, choice of covers.

Synopsis: Back in one of Earth's four major ice ages, the Transformers fight on Earth, before running low on energy and retreating to caves and stasis pods. Flash forwards to the 19th century, and a group of Autobots are awakened by the sound of railroad hammers. Elsewhere, an inventor called Tobias Muldoon is testing an experimental submarine, but it and his investment sink. The sub re-awakens the Decepticon Skywarp. Bumblebee brings Prowl and Ratchet back online, then disregards their assessment that the Autobots should wait another century before making contact. About to be seen by John Henry and the rest of the railroad crew, he reconfigures into a steam engine. After being humiliated and left penniless, Muldoon is walking the dock area when he's approached by Shockwave in the form of a gunship, who offers assistance in re-shaping the future of Earth...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: The issue starts with a battle of TFs in prehistoric alt-modes, including Ironhide, a seeker, Prowl, the Insecticons, the Dinobots, Cliffjumper, Bumblebee, Soundwave, and other cameos. Later we can add Huffer, Ratchet, Gears and Optimus Prime to those. Ongoing human characters include the railroad workers John Henry, Cletus and Brawley, the authors Mark Twain and Jules Verne, inventor Tobias Muldoon, his love interest Kitty and her father. 'Cons glimpsed in this age are Skywarp and Shockwave, though presumably others survived...

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Denyer

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #2

Originally released on 16th August 2006.

Written by Chuck Dixon.

Pencils by Guido Guidi.

Inks by Aaron Leach.

Colours by Jay Fotos.

Edited by Chris Ryall and Dan Taylor.

$2.99 cover price, choice of covers.

Synopsis: John Henry works to keep up with the rail-laying engine Bumblebee has disguised himself as. Elsewhere, the Decepticons have revived much of their force, when Shockwave arrives with Muldoon. Starscream proposes an enriching alliance. Back at the rail construction site, Bumblebee reveals himself to John Henry and they reach a mutual appreciation. Starscream sends the Insecticons to ram-raid a bullion train, which Bumblebee hears about and informs his fellow Autobots. At the rapidly developing Decepticon factory base, Muldoon overhears Starscream telling of the Decepticons' true plans, and escapes to San Fran to warn people...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: John Henry, Brawley, Cletus, other railroad workers, Mister Vanflint, Smythe, Tobias Muldoon, a whole array of Decepticons, Shockwave, Bombshell, Skywarp, Thrust, Starscream, Octane, Bumblebee, all three Insecticons, definitely Thrust, Soundwave, Gears, Ratchet, Tracks, Prowl, Huffer, Blitzwing, Kitty, Cleveland, Stanford, Samuel Clemens.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Denyer

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #3

Originally released on 30th August 2006.

Written by Chuck Dixon.

Art by Antonio Vasquez and Luis Czerniawski.

Colours by Jay Fotos and Josh Burcham.

Edited by Chris Ryall and Dan Taylor.

$2.99 cover price, choice of covers.

Synopsis: A venture capitalist discovers the Decepticon factory base and offers his assistance to Starscream in return for technology. Elsewhere, Tobias Muldoon pours out his story to Samuel Clemens and the Merriweather family when the account is interrupted by Ravage, sent by the Decepticons to silence him. Ravage is defeated, and the proof the giant robot offers gains Muldoon the support he needs to launch a counter-offensive. At the railroad, Bumblebee arrives to take his leave of John Henry and the crew, but the hammerer insists on accompanying the Autobots in their fight. The Decepticons race for New York, with Twain's men and the Autobots aiming to head them off...

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Frenzy (or Rumble, if Chuck's following the long-running error from the cartoon), Jacob Lee Bonaventure, Starscream, Muldoon, Cleveland, Stanford Merriweather, Kitty Merriweather, Mark Twain, Ravage, generic Decepticons, Shrapnel, Squawkbox, Skywarp, Kickback, Bombshell, Cliffjumper, Brawley, Cletus, John Henry, Bumblebee, what looks like Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Ratchet or Prowl, US cavalry, generic Decepticons, Astrotrain.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Denyer

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #4

Originally released on 27th September 2006.

Written by Chuck Dixon.

Pencils by Guido Guidi.

Inks by Aaron Leach.

Colours by Jay Fotos.

Edited by Chris Ryall and Dan Taylor.

$2.99 cover price, choice of covers.

Synopsis: Soldiers wait outside Arizona, with orders to stop an unscheduled train — but they don't even slow the Astrotrain down. Elsewhere, the train chartered by Mark Twain's party converges with Bumblebee's convoy, and the two groups form an easy alliance. The Autobots transform and they're watched by a station clerk who sends a telegram through to Bonaventure and Vanfleet, Starscream's human allies. A Decepticon blimp is dispatched to bomb the Autobot railcars, but is fought off by Ironhide. Their last hope, Bumblebee and John Henry outrace the Astrotrain and (using the railroad man's knowledge of the route) switch the track to a dead end — whereupon it careens over the buffers into a deep ravine. The Autobots too return to deactivation.

Characters Featured [in rough order of appearance]: Soldiers, Mark Twain, Tobias Muldoon, stoker, John Henry, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide, station clerk, Bonaventure, Vanfleet, Scourge, Kitty Merriweather, Standford Merriweather, Starscream, Gears, random Decepticon with a box-shaped head.

Reviews & Commentary: Reviewed by Denyer

Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel TPB

Released 28th December 2007.

$19.99 list price.

Reprints issues #1-4 of Hearts of Steel.


Publisher solicitation: Ever wondered what form your favorite Transformers would take if they existed in different eras? Wonder no more, as IDW's new Evolutions line debuts with "Hearts of Steel," writer Chuck Dixon and artists Guido Guidi transplant the 'bots to the Industrial Revolution, where a charismatic hammer-man named John Henry discovers that a steam drill is really an alien robot named Bumblebee. Before he can process this information, the pair is attacked by Decepticons disguised as tanks, trains and walking engines. Is this all part of a larger scheme by Starscream? And if so, will the other Autobots arrive in time to stop his nefarious plans?

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