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Review & Preview – Transformers Annual 2017

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Review & Preview – Transformers Annual 2017

This year’s Transformers Annual features two stories that are very different in style, but they’re tied together by the storytellers (Optimus and Pyra Magna, trying to work out their differences) and the eavesdroppers (Starscream and Bumblebee, though Bumblebee’s a figment of Starscream’s imagination of course, right? …..right…?)

See below for preview pages and a review of Transformers Annual 2017.

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Review: Titans Return

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Review: Titans Return

“The planet reeks of concession. It’s time to wipe the slate clean. Tear down, so that we might rebuild.

Hot off the presses, it’s the latest IDW graphic novel, Transformers: Titans Return. A tyrannical leader from Cybertron’s past has returned from the dead, and he’s looking to make a few changes to the home world of the Transformers. Nothing too drastic, he’s just going to bring in an entire army of undead Metrotitans to kill everyone on the planet.

If you read Transformers on a regular basis then you’ll  already be familiar with the content here; it collects issues 56-57 of both the regular The Transformers title and More Than Meets The Eye, along with the Titans Return one-shot issueHowever, if you find it a little hard sometimes to follow the story from month to month across two titles (like I do), and you were thrown for a loop by scheduling problems that caused some of the chapters to be released out of sequence, this book puts the whole story together in its intended order.

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Review and Preview: Transformers Holiday Special

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Review and Preview: Transformers Holiday Special

If you’re looking for one of those sappy, cheesy, awkward holiday specials, this is not that book. If you’re looking for serious, gut-wrenching, intense drama…this is also not that book.

The Transformers Holiday Special is ridiculously fun. It pokes fun at itself and any other holiday trope it can reach, but the writing and artwork are some of IDW’s best (not surprising considering who wrote and drew it.) Click the jump for preview pages and a review!

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Review and Preview – Transformers: Redemption

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Review and Preview – Transformers: Redemption

INTO THE WILD! The Dinobots engaged in some of the most brutal missions of the war—which made them damaged goods in the peace. Now, a mission to change the face of Cybertron offers a chance for something they never imagined… redemption.

The Dinobots, Slug especially, have been walking around with chips on their shoulders for a long time. Disliking Autobots and Decepticons alike, Slug looks for meaning in the bottom of an engex bottle up until someone waves a briefcase of money in his face. He takes the deal for one reason, justifies it with another reason, and ends up finishing the deal in a way that surprises even him.

Click the jump for a review and preview pages of Transformers: Redemption.

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Review and Preview – Transformers #46

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Review and Preview – Transformers #46

CONQUERORS part 1! Optimus Prime struggles to find his place on Cybertron where half the population hates him and the other half worships him. Meanwhile, on Earth, Galvatron doesn’t care what anybody thinks.

No matter where you are (Cybertron, Caminus, Earth, a disintegrating Ark) tensions are high and getting worse. Click the jump for a review and preview pages of IDW’s Transformers #46!

Plus, scroll down for a poll, because I like polls.

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