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Now, with one (I think only one) not very flattering represntative (and even less flattering than usual) a certain highly popular subset of the Transformers-verse has been rather un-represented so far in the IDW take on the genre...

The Windblade series (#6 of which has a preview up here) which is looking at the introduction of the 13 lost Titans Colonies and how they relate to Cybertron.

As for the subset of the Transformers I'm talking about, well here's a clue;

One word...

MAXIMISE! )
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When last we left our exasperated heroine, she was defending Metroplex's spacebridge as Swindle and a bunch of Decepticons stormed it. Meanwhile a bunch of combiners were duking it out over on Caminus... again.

You'd think they could find someplace else to fight )

ALSO! Several of you have commented in previous posts that you enjoyed Sarah Stone's artwork on the issues she did. Well, guess who now has an art book out? (Hint: it's Sarah Stone.)

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Marcelo Ferreira & Corin Howell
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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When last we left our not-in-these-scans heroine, Prowl and the Constructicons formed Devastator to wreck Metroplex's spacebridge so as to stop Starscream from creating a Cybertronian empire. Then a bunch of other Transformers combined and put down Devastator and Prowl got arrested.

Now it's time for visiting hours )

Writer: John Barber
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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When last we left our aerodynamic heroine, she was trying to help clean up Caminus and create a multi-planet Transformers council of worlds, where Cybertron and its colonies would have an equal voice. Meanwhile, Prowl decided to ruin things because he's kind of a jerk.

He didn't phrase it exactly that way )

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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When last we left our ambassadorial heroine, she was undermining the elected leader of Cybertron by establishing Optimus Prime as a living deity on Caminus. Also there were rampaging giant giant robots, so now there's a lot of repair and clean-up to be done.

Quick! Does anyone transform into a dustpan? )

Writer: John Barber
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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When last we left our unfortunate heroine, her home planet Caminus was being invaded by the combiner Menasor.

Well, the police can handle it, right? )

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Sarah Stone
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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When last we left Cybertron, the Aerialbots had somehow fused into a combiner, Superion, but were left comatose afterward. A bunch of Transformers left for Earth to retrieve the Enigma of Combination, an ancient artifact that allows Transformers to turn into actual functioning combiners. They got their hands on it, and Scoop secreted it to Starscream.

This can have no bad results )

Writer: John Barber
Story by: Mairghread Scott & John Barber
Artist: Livio Ramondelli
Cover artist: Casey W. Coller
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Alas, alack, this is the last of this four-issue miniseries! But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? Windblade, her writer Mairghread Scott, and her artist Sarah Stone shall be returning in an on-going series and the upcoming crossover "Combiner Wars"!

So we see a really different side of Windblade, one trying to hold her own in the shadowy political world of Cybertron (a world Starscream is the undisputed master of) while still trying to hold onto some sort of moral compass. The question for Windblade in "Combiner Wars" is really: How far can you go in the name of good until you aren't good anymore? When does the end stop justifying the means?

--Mairghread Scott

So I guess I just spoiled that she doesn't die at the end of this series? Oh well. )

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Sarah Stone
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"My strategy was to backtrack her design into a character. Work from the outside in, as it were. It was pretty clear she had a very important, formal position. But, because I don't like any of my character's lives to be easy, I thought it would be more interesting to make that a major contrast in her. So Windblade became a very hopeful, youthful character trying to fill a role that's a little too big for her. Everything else built from there," she explained.

...

"I, personally, am working toward the future, and the future I want to see is one where more little kids, and grown men, and teenage girls—where more people like Transformers and get joy from it," Scott said. "It's not the grandest dream, but it's mine."

--Mairghread Scott

I guess Metroplex is a little big for her )

Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Sarah Stone
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The most important thing for me when constructing Windblade was to make her a fully three-dimensional (read: flawed) character, so if I had to pick one word to describe her I would say that Windblade is trying. She's an optimistic, hard-working Transformers character who is genuinely interested in helping others, but she's also been dropped in the aftermath of a millennia (for real) long war that she was not really part of, so while she's a very competent character, she's way behind the curve when it comes to knowing who's who and what's what on Cybertron. This actually makes Transfomers: Windblade a really good starting point for new readers because almost everything on Cybertron is as new to her as it is to someone just entering the brand.

--Mairghread Scott

Below! )

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