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CMON's SDCC Exclusives: A Betrayal to Loyal Fans and Backers?

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In recent years, CMON has built a reputation for creating some of the most beloved board games in the industry. Titles like Zombicide, Dune, Cyberpunk 2077, Cthulhu: Death May Die, Arcadia Quest and Marvel United have garnered a dedicated fanbase, many of whom have supported these games through Kickstarter campaigns and retail purchases. However, CMON's recent decision to make exclusive content for these games available only at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has sparked significant outrage among its loyal supporters. The Exclusivity Issue At the heart of the controversy are the exclusive expansions and content for Zombicide: White Death, Cthulhu: Death May Die, and Marvel United. These exclusives include: Zombicide: White Death TMNT Expansion: Featuring comics and Rocksteady and Bebop miniatures for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles expansion. This expansion is only available at SDCC, but was highly requested by backers during the entire campaign. Godzilla Expansion for Cthulhu: Death M

Review: The Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax #1

The Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax Cover

Omega's Conundrum


Solicit


BEFORE OPTIMUS PRIME-there was Orion Pax! Four million years ago, the future leader of the AUTOBOTS disappeared into the Cybertronian wilderness to save a friend. What happened next would take him to the very brink-and have startling repercussions on the current comics!

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See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic


Cover & Solicit 5/5


I liked both covers for this issue. The art style and of the first matches what we see in the comics, while the second cover is more of a toy style representation. Who wouldn't want an Orion Pax toy that looked like that. The solicit however is inaccurate as Orion doesn't get lost in the wilderness, and is instead on a rescue mission traveling thru the Sea of Rust.

Art, Colors & Inking 5/5


The art and coloring in this issue were beautiful. I always hate Transformers books that try to get to stylized because you can't tell whose who. IMO the Transformers are best drawn in a more Anime style (while not being cartoony) with clean lines and bright colors.

Layout & Flow 5/5


Being a prequel to not only Autrocity and the current IDW series this book did a good job of not overwhelming the readers. I personally forgot how Orion was damaged to the point of needing a new body, but in the end it didn't really hinder my reading and enjoyment.

Story 5/5


Like I mentioned this issue takes place before Transformers: Autocracy at the start of the rebellion on Cybertron. Orion has just been given a new body by Wheeljack, minus one key feature, Optimus' signature face-plate. Orion and company have to escort two prisoners to the Sea of Rust to exchange with the Decepticons for the Autobots chief medical officer Ratchet. Things go down hill fast as the Autobots are first attacked by the Sea of Rusts inhabitants before being escorted into the heart of the Decepticon base. This issue does a great job of outlining the character of Optimus before he became Prime and lays the groundwork for the followup comics in the IDW universe. I'd highly recommend this to old and new Transformers fans alike.

Verdict 5


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