Diamond Shipping List For The Week Of September 17th

It’s that time of the week again. Next week there’s 2 Transformers releases, one of which is guaranteed to be the talk of the fans for the next month.

First up is the long-awaited issue 33 of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. The issue will have three covers, as per the norm, but Nick Roche’s cover is still simply marked as ‘Top Secret’. Speculate away on what you think that means. Below are the following covers, featuring the usual arrangement of Cover A by Alex Milne, Sub Cover by Nick Roche, and RI Cover by Sarah Stone. We don’t have Sarah’s cover on hand at this time Updated due to IDW posting the RI Cover on their Facebook page. Just to be sure we’re not accidentally ‘spoiling’ anything for you, we won’t show the image itself below. It seems that the Sub Cover may be the most interesting, which means it’s time for baseless speculation. If you’d like to see Sarah’s wonderful cover then just click right here to be taken to the image. There’s also a fourth cover, which is exclusive to the Alamo City Comic Con. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge them. The issue is written by James Roberts, with Alex Milne on interior art, as usual.
Here’s the solicitation info: ‘REVELATIONS! The fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance as MEGATRON races to solve the dark riddle of Sector 113. As unseen forces move in for the kill and old friends reveal their true colors, the AUTOBOTS realize that everything-everything-is a lie. All this… and an open briefcase.’

Next we have the first instalment in a new series of Transformers omnibus collections. These are a lower cost alternative to the more expensive oversized hardcover IDW Collections. These have the added moniker of ‘Phase One’, and the addition of the ‘Omnibus’ in the title, which is a word the other collections don’t feature. This may actually cause some confusion, as the latest hardcover IDW Collection is now labelled as Phase Two Volume 1, so while the first 8 IDW Collection hardcovers weren’t named ‘Phase One’ they now gain that title retroactively, much like the way the ‘Generation 1’ term came into use. Despite that, these softcover editions are marked as ‘Phase One Omnibus’, so you will still be able to work out which is which. If it says ‘Phase One’ on the cover, it’s the softcover editions. Also keep in mind it’s not the exact same content as the first hardcover edition, though presumably they will still cover all the same material.
These lower cost alternatives are a great value, and an easy and inexpensive way to get new readers familiar with that original material. As a rough guide, a usual 4-6 issue Transformers trade paperback is around $20US. These omnibus editions have 18 and a half issues, and are only $29.99, so if you’ve been holding out for cheaper ways to jump in, now is the time. All material here is written by Simon Furman, with art by EJ Su, Nicke Roche, and Robby Musso. It collects Infiltration, Escalation, and Devastation. Those are the first 3 miniseries set on Earth, but Stormbringer, a 4 issue miniseries set on Cybertron, came between Infiltration and Escalation, and takes place at the same time (roughly) as Infiltration. It’s not necessary to the story presented here, but it is an enjoyable miniseries, and we don’t know where they’ll now slot that one in, but it will presumably be in volume 2. This book will still read perfectly, as you don’t need the additional story from Stormbringer. That comes into play later.
Here’s the solicit info: ‘Phase One collects the first three arcs of IDW’s Transformers continuity, Infiltration, Escalation, and Devastation, written by longtime TF scribe Simon Furman with art by E.J. Su.Click the thumbnail below to enlarge the cover.

There’s no My Little Pony comics or collections out next week. The only MLP items are some t-shirts in the apparel section, and an assortment of 10-inch plush sitting Friendship Is Magic characters. Here’s the description for those: ‘Fans of My Little Pony will love Aurora’s new plushes of the Mane Six that depict them seated and regal! Choose from Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Princess Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, or Fluttershy.’
Thanks to Midtown Comics for the weekly lists. That’s all, and we’ll see you next week!