New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012
Two “Transformers” titles out this month take place at the same time and deal with Cybertron’s past and planning for its future.
January 11th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

A new title hitting comics shelves this week is more than meets the eye.

IDW’s “Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #1” marks a major shift in the storied robotic franchise, starting as the Autobot-Decepticon war ends and Cybertron, the homeworld of the Transformers, is revitalized and recolonized.

Don’t worry if you’ve gotten a bit foggy on the details of all of that. The book - and a sister book, “Tranformers: Robots in Disguise,” which comes out later this month - do such a good job of giving you enough back story - and a “who’s who” of the main characters - that this is a really good jumping-in point for new readers.

Talking about this book with our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, led to the obvious question: Who is your favorite Transformer?

“Someone's favorite Transformer says a lot about him or her,” Dean said. “Younger fans might say Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, and that's understandable. Big fans of the original 1984 TV show might say Soundwave or Megatron or Jazz, and these are all good options - especially Jazz."

While fans of the 1986 animated film might choose Grimlock or Hot Rod, Dean says his favorite is Ratchet, from the old Marvel Comics series.

"(That series) wrote the book on the Transformers, building a foundation that the show took a cues from and expanding into a much bigger, richer book mostly about power struggles and internal politics," he said.

With a lot of good titles hitting the stores this week, Dean said, “Transformers” was a book he wasn’t planning to pick up. “Now,” he said, “I’m very glad that I did.”

This month’s two titles take place at the same time. “More Than Meets The Eye” follows Hot Rod and a group of other bots leaving a now unrecognizable Cybertron in search of their fabled Cybertronian ancestors. Meanwhile, “Robots In Disguise” features a Bumblebee-led cadre trying to build a new Cybertronian society. It’s equally interesting.

“Transformers” is a property that both Dean and I agree we would never consider ourselves big fans of.

That is until we hear ourselves talking about them.

“I never have that much nostalgia for the franchise most of the time, and I'd rather be roasted alive by laser scorpions than watch the Michael Bay-directed live-action movies again,” he said. “However, I do have a surprising amount of affection for them. I mean it was really surprising to me how eager I was for this relaunch, a perfect entry point for new readers or long-lost readers like myself.”

So, until next week, Go forth and read, my people, and the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics.

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves Wednesday. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, and make sure to check with them for more details.

IDW PUBLISHING

ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN HC, $19.99
ARCHIE BEST OF DAN DECARLO HC, VOL. 03, $24.99
BROOKLYN DREAMS HC, $39.99
COBRA ANNUAL 2012 ORIGIN OF COBRA COMMANDER #1, $7.99
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING, VOL. 2 #13, $3.99
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR, $7.99
GI JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #174, $3.99
HP LOVECRAFT THE DUNWICH HORROR #4 (OF 4), $3.99
INFESTATION HC, $34.99
SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #9, $3.99
TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS TP VOL. 02, $24.99
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #1, $3.99

MARVEL COMICS

ALPHA FLIGHT BY PAK AND VAN LENTE PREM HC, VOL. 01, $19.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677, $3.99
AVENGERS 1959 #5 (OF 5), $2.99
AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP, VOL. 02, $19.99
AVENGERS X-SANCTION BY LEINIL YU OVERSIZED POSTER, $34.99
BATTLE SCARS #3 (OF 6), $2.99
BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #528, $2.99
BRILLIANT #2 (MR), $3.95
CAPTAIN AMERICA #7, $3.99
CARNAGE USA #2 (OF 5), $3.99
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #19, $2.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BATTLE OF TULL, PREM HC, $24.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #2 (OF 5), $3.99
DEADPOOL #49, $2.99
ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO IN ONE TP, VOL 04, $19.99
FEAR ITSELF AVENGERS, PREM HC, $24.99
FEAR ITSELF GHOST RIDER, PREM HC, $19.99
FORMIC WARS SILENT STRIKE #2 (OF 5), $3.99
GHOST RIDER BY DANIEL WAY ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP, $34.99
GHOST RIDER CYCLE OF VENGEANCE #1, $5.99
GHOST RIDER OFF INDEX TO MARVEL UNIVERSE GN TP, $19.99
INCREDIBLE HULK #4, $3.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #633, $2.99
MAGNETO NOT A HERO #3 (OF 4), $2.99
MMW CAPTAIN MARVEL HC, VOL. 04, $59.99
MMW CAPTAIN MARVEL HC, VOL. 04, DM VAR ED 173, $59.99
MYSTIC TENTH APPRENTICE TP, $14.99
NEW AVENGERS #20, $3.99
NORTHANGER ABBEY #3 (OF 5), $3.99
PUNISHERMAX #21 (MR), $3.99
SCARLET SPIDER #1, $3.99
SECRET AVENGERS #21, $3.99
SPIDER-MAN COMPLETE BEN REILLY EPIC TP, BOOK 03, $39.99
SPIDER-MAN SPIDER-ISLAND HC, $39.99
STAND NIGHT HAS COME #6 (OF 6), $3.99
SUPER HEROES #22, $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #6, $3.99
WOLVERINE #300, $4.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #4, XREGG, $3.99
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS BROKEN QUARANTINE, PREM HC, $24.99
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS CONTAGION TP, $19.99
X-FACTOR #230 XREGG, $2.99
X-MEN BY CLAREMONT AND LEE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 02, $125.00
X-MEN LEGACY #260.1, $2.99

DC COMICS

ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #15, $2.99
BATGIRL #5, $2.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #5, $2.99
BATMAN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS HC, $22.99
BATWOMAN #5, $2.99
CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #66, $2.99
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #21, $2.99
DEATHSTROKE #5, $2.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #5, $2.99
FLASH TP VOL. 01, THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES, $14.99
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF SHADE #5, $2.99
GREEN LANTERN #5, $2.99
GRIFTER #5, $2.99
LEGION LOST #5, $2.99
MISTER TERRIFIC #5, $2.99
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #4 (OF 6), $3.99
NORTHLANDERS #47 (MR), $2.99
PREACHER HC BOOK 06 (MR), $39.99
RAY #2 (OF 4), $2.99
RESURRECTION MAN #5, $2.99
SCALPED #55 (MR), $2.99
SHADE #4 (OF 12), $2.99
STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS HC, VOL 02, $59.99
SUICIDE SQUAD #5, $2.99
SUPERBOY #5, $2.99
UNWRITTEN #33 (MR), $2.99
UNWRITTEN TP VOL. 05, ON TO GENESIS (MR), $14.99
YOUNG JUSTICE TP, VOL. 01, $12.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #5, JEANTY VAR CVR, $2.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #5, MORRIS CVR, $2.99
DARK MATTER #1 (OF 4), $3.50
KULL THE CAT & THE SKULL #4 (OF 4), $3.50
LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #1 (OF 5), JOHNSON CVR, $3.50
NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP, VOL. 10, $9.99
ORCHID #4, $3.50
PC CAST HOUSE OF NIGHT #3 (OF 5), $2.99
STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE IRON ECLIPSE #2 (OF 5), $3.50
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WAR #1 (OF 5), CARRE CV, $3.50
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WAR #1 (OF 5), WILKINS, $3.50
STAR WARS LEGACY TP VOL. 11, WAR, $19.99
TARZAN THE JESSE MARSH YEARS HC VOL. 10, $49.99
THE OCCULTIST #3 (OF 3), $3.50
THE STRAIN #2 (OF 12), $3.50

IMAGE COMICS

ACTIVITY #2, $3.50
AVENGELYNE #6, CVR A LIEFELD, $2.99
AVENGELYNE #6, CVR B GIENI, $2.99
AVENGELYNE #6, CVR C ROSSMO, $2.99
BLUE ESTATE TP VOL. 02 (MR), $12.99
DARKNESS #97, CVR A HAUN (MR), $2.99
DEADLANDS BLACK WATER ONE SHOT, $2.99
EPOCH #1 (OF 5), SDCC VAR CVR (MR), $10.00
HEART #3 (OF 4) (MR), $2.99
INTREPIDS TP VOL 01, $16.99
INVINCIBLE #87, $2.99
INVINCIBLE TP VOL. 15, GET SMART, $16.99
LAST OF THE GREATS #4, CVR A PEEPLES, $2.99
LAST OF THE GREATS #4, CVR B FRISON, $2.99
MORIARTY #8, $2.99
PIGS #5 (MR), $2.99
REED GUNTHER #7, $2.99
SEVERED #6 (OF 7) (MR), $2.99
SPAWN #215, $2.99
STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE #4 (OF 6) (MR), $2.99
WHISPERS #1, $2.99
WITCHBLADE #146 COMIC CON EXC VAR, $10.00

BOOM! Studios

7 WARRIORS #3 (OF 3) (MR), $3.99
HELLRAISER TP VOL 02 (MR), $14.99
OPERATION BROKEN WINGS 1936 #3 (OF 3) (MR), $3.99
ROGER LANGRIDGE'S SNARKED #4, $3.99

Archie Comics

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #225, $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment

VAMPIRELLA #1 1969 COMM GOLD FOIL ED $39.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Raina

    Your review didn't inmteon it, but in your picture up top that shows the physical and digital comics next to each other, are there black bars on the left and right side of the screen due to the comic being thinner and taller than the iPad screen? I was recently doing some research on tablets as comic book readers. One thing I found useful to my shopping was that the 10 inch Android tablets use a wider aspect ratio. This means they are closer to the aspect ratio used in comic books, so you end up with more of the screen displaying the comic page. That, combined with the larger than iPad screen had me leaning towards getting an Android tablet over an iPad.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  2. JEFF

    one of my favorite comics has been Scud: the Disposable Assassissan. the whole comic series was a riot of laughter from one issue to the next.

    January 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Bill H

    II am a fan of Transformers but, like GI Joe, there seems to be so much comic matter I don't know where to start. Is this series part of that series, does this that I've read here count with that stuff over there.

    So it was nice to read that these books are a good jumping on point.

    And then I read "I'd rather be roasted alive by laser scorpions than watch the Michael Bay-directed live-action movies again” and have decided to pass. Slagging off the work of another creative while trying to get me to read your stuff? Pass. Make your work good, don't drag down other people's.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Emperor Norton

      Dean isn't responsible for the Transformers comic. He just owns a comic book store. You're blaming the wrong guy.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  4. Emperor Norton

    My books this week are Invincible, Battle Scars, and Wolverine and the X-Men #4.

    Battle Scars is probably doomed, but it'd probably be a popular book for some people. It features a black Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan who suddenly finds himself targeted by supervillains.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm |