Transformers: Windblade

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Transformers: Windblade

Post by Grayfox » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:24 pm

"In the aftermath of Dark Cybertron, Windblade takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from - and what does her secret mean to the future of the Transformers?"

TPB will contain Transformers: Windblade #1-4. More information @ Amazon.

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http://www.newsarama.com/20577-windblad ... ormer.html

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Post by Red Dave Prime » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:10 pm

Didnt read the dialogue as its bound to spoiler dark cybertron but I do like the art style. Other than that, I gots nothing.

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Post by Denyer » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:11 pm

If this is treading RID ground, shouldn't it be a story arc in RID?

Not hugely against the cutesy art, faux oriental styling, etc. but not seeing anything of interest, personally.

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Post by Warcry » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:13 pm

Denyer wrote:If this is treading RID ground, shouldn't it be a story arc in RID?
Possible Dark Cybertron spoilers, if you care...
SPOILER! (select to read)
Actually, I think some of the post-Dark Cybertron covers that they've put out in solicits imply that RID will be moving to Earth soon.

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Post by Red Dave Prime » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:40 pm

I think that what Warcry spoilerd has been all but confirmed.
SPOILER! (select to read)
If I'm reading the preview stuff right, MTMTE will go back on its search for the nights but what an Autobot branded Megatron on board, Optimus will lead RID to earth and the Windblade 4/5 parter will stay on Cybertron. If things go well with Wingblade the plan I think is for it to become a full ongoing. Also as a guess, given that Wingblades story has the runner of Dawn of the Autobots its possible that Megatron has joined the Autobots so much as disbanded the Decepticon army completely and Cybertronians in general are back under an Autobot government

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Post by Denyer » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:52 am

Ah well, easy pass then.

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Post by Terome » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:45 pm

I may be opening myself up to easy caricature by my lack of caution here but I like that well enough to give the series a shake. The art is a big draw.

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Post by Red Dave Prime » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:21 am

Nice isnt it? The cover by Sarah Stone for the first issue is very eye-catching as well.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:53 pm

Ooh so pretty...will have to give this a go. Having a new writer on board is good!

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Post by Terome » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:55 pm

Yes. I'd say its as much of a breath of fresh air as Nick Roche was in Spotlight: Shockwave.

Not to say that Roche has gone stale, he's only gone from strength to strength since then, but that its good to have these injections of new blood every once and a while. Even if this turns out to a Heart Of Darkness kind of miscalculation, at least it's a bit different.

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Post by Terome » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:56 pm

And, that said, if this is a success then I hope the people involved aren't sidelined the way Roche has been.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:07 pm

Indeed. Stupid IDW.

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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:37 pm

As a writer Roche could easily give Roberts a run for his money but as an artist he's not great and to be brutally honest about it other than Spotlight: Megatron his art has looked more like it was drawn by a bad Pat Lee knockoff.
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Post by Warcry » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:53 pm

I wouldn't go that far, but I agree that Roche isn't anything special in the art department. His writing, though...small sample size, but it's some of the best that IDW have had. It's really a shame they can find extra work for Shane McCarthy but not him. :(

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Post by Red Dave Prime » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:26 pm

I disagree completely with you guys on roche art - it's so expressive and full of energy. I think the problem with him is that if he has a tight deadline or a lot of issues his work becomes somewhat rushed (LSOTW starts off great but has a few wavy panels as it goes on). But on the whole I think his style is great. And it clearly brought out the best in Alex Milne too. To my mind spotlight:shockwave, spotlight:megatron and the two spotlight: kups are fantastic. Death of Optimus Prime is top drawer stuff too.

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Post by Denyer » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:46 pm

I really enjoy the energetic feel of his stuff, although Milne riffing off Roche is arguably the best of all worlds.

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Post by inflatable dalek » Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:13 pm

I love pretty much evertything Roche has done in terms of writing and art, and I do think it's a shame IDW basically pushed him away during the Costa era with that "We've got plenty of good writers, so we only want you to draw" attitude.

On the other hand though, I think his absence these days is very much down to his choice, he's keen to do other things and, as much as his is a fan, he also enjoys drawing and writing humans so it's hardly surprising he's got the itch to do other things (IIRC not being the regular artist on MTMTE was very much his choice).
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Post by Cyberstrike nTo » Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:33 pm

Red Dave Prime wrote:I disagree completely with you guys on roche art - it's so expressive and full of energy. I think the problem with him is that if he has a tight deadline or a lot of issues his work becomes somewhat rushed (LSOTW starts off great but has a few wavy panels as it goes on). But on the whole I think his style is great. And it clearly brought out the best in Alex Milne too. To my mind spotlight:shockwave, spotlight:megatron and the two spotlight: kups are fantastic. Death of Optimus Prime is top drawer stuff too.
My problem with his art is his constant attempt to mix G1 with Animated/Prime/LAM asthetics. IMHO they don't mix. Figuroa couldn't do it, and Roche also couldn't do it. All the engery and expressiveness can't help if I can't tell who is who and what is going on.

His style in TDoOP and MTMTE #1 was some the worst art since Pat Lee. TLSotW was a mixed bag he drew great dialoge scenes but his fight scenes were a mess.

Spotlight: Shockwave and Spotlight: Kup were nothing special (I didn't remember he did them) and Spotlight: Megatron was the first time I actually work.
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Post by Denyer » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:15 pm

Cyberstrike nTo wrote:All the engery and expressiveness can't help if I can't tell who is who
Think that's more you than him.

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Post by inflatable dalek » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:21 pm

I'm really struggling to think of any LAM influence on Roche's work (and he's fairly open about both not liking the film look and finding it really hard to draw when he did it for Titan). Plus, he was doing the big square jaw and clean lines thing before Prime and Animated, so it's unfair to say he's riffing on them.
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