Pull List: Transformers, Darth Vader, Superior Spiderman, Forever Evil.
I think I am going to like More Than Meets the Eye more than Robots in Disguise, though RiD has better artwork IMO. I'm still not sold on Bee being a leader, though I have trouble differentiating the way IDW characterizes the Transformers from how they were characterized in the G1 animated stuff.
Was glad to see Ratchet go with Rodimus for MTMTE, liked how the two issues seemed to sync up in terms of introducing the story for both lines. While I hope both books maintain independent stories, I wouldn't mind seeing some crossover type stuff in the future.
Ultimately, I've got high hopes for both books. MTMTE seems like it will fulfill my need for fun action/adventure type stuff while RiD seems to be taking the approach of actually trying to take a very realistic approach to a war that essentially brought about planetary armageddeon
I knew I'd bury you one day, you sanctimonious, self-righteous pain! -- Lex Luthor
Is any one reading the Infestation II books?
Pull List; seems to be too long to fit in my sig...
Just finished reading MTMTE #2 and it was a fun read. Without going in depth and spoiling it, Roberts once again proves he understands the characters and it shows in his writing style. Honestly could do without the extra characterization of D-listers like Whirl and Swerve though even if Whirl was a mainstay of the Wreckers. Feels forced to include these characters along with Drift as they sound like an order from Hasbro to make these dudes more popular in mainstream culture.
I'm miffed IDW let Costa get away with 2 years of B.S.-ing in the previous series and in the end he still didn't understand the subject matter of what he was writing. I guess thats what happens when you make friends with random dude from Marvel and "know people" like former IDW editor Andy Schmidt who was still acting like a newbie to the business as the editing was next to non existent in the last few issues of the previous series. The crap stories still get told and this is pretty much indicative of modern comics in general.
Roberts and Barber truly get Transformers with the restart even though they are continuing the previous storylines is refreshing. Barber's work on the Robots in Disguise book is very much in the spirit of Classic Transformers from the Furman era and this is what was mainly missing from Costa's run.
Last edited by ayof; 02-15-2012 at 03:47 PM.
Pull List: Transformers, Darth Vader, Superior Spiderman, Forever Evil.
I'd've pulled Costa a year earlier than they did. Great ideas, zero ability to execute them, even less understanding of the concept. Michael Bay and the guy co-wrote DOTM handled the global politics of the TFs on Earth better in DOTM than Costa did in that entire run. That's like saying Rob Liefeld has a better grasp of the anatomy of the human foot than another artist. Even his "good book" Cobra, has suffered without a co-writer. Blackhawks was a fiasco. 3 for 3 as a solo writer should show publishers that the guy just can't write.
Thankfully we have new writers. Two issues in, we have a TF comic that can hold it's own with the best comics on the market.
I've been catching up on the IDW run of Transformers.
Love how the Transformer cultures from America, Japan and UK have been brought together and meshed into one huge TF Universe.
And all those preconcieved ideas about popular characters, forget about it.
Who knew that Megatron had such a tragic background, or that both he and Optimus share the same dream for Cyberton, but just have different ideas about how it can be achieved.
But can someone tell me when Last Stand of the Wreckers takes place with the events in the main title?
5-16. Autocracy #1-12 (4-12 unpublished)
17. Spotlight - Blurr
18. Spotlight - Shockwave
19. Spotlight - Cliffjumper
20. Spotlight - Wheelie
21. Spotlight - Hot Rod
22. Spotlight - Sixshot
23. Spotlight - Ultra Magnus
24. Spotlight - Soundwave
25-28. Infiltration #0-3
29-31. Stormbringer #1-3
32-33. Infiltration #4-5
34. Stormbringer #4
35. Infiltration #6
36. Spotlight - Kup
37-40. New Avengers/Transformers #1-4
41-42. Escalation #1-2
43. Spotlight - Nightbeat
44-47. Escalation #3-6
48. Spotlight - Ramjet
49. Spotlight - Galvatron
50. Spotlight - Optimus Prime
51-54. Devastation #1-4
55. Spotlight - Blaster
56. Spotlight - Arcee
57-58. Devastation #5-6
59. Spotlight - Mirage
60. Spotlight - Grimlock
61-64. Revelation #1-4 (contains Spotlights on Cyclonus, Hardhead, Doubledealer & Sideswipe)
65-69. Maximum Dinobots #1-5
70. Spotlight - Drift
71. All Hail Megatron #15
72. Spotlight - Metroplex
73. Spotlight - Jazz
74-88. All Hail Megatron #1-14 & 16
90. Spotlight - Prowl
91. Last Stand of the Wreckers #1
92. Transformers #1
93-94. Last Stand of the Wreckers #2-3
95. Transformers #2
96. Last Stand of the Wreckers #4
97-98. Transformers #3-4
99-102. Bumblebee #1-4
103-104. Transformers #5-6
105. Last Stand of the Wreckers #5
106-109. Ironhide #1-4
110-113. Drift #1-4
114-115. Heart of Darkness #1-2
116. Infestation #1 (main series)
117-118. Infestation #1-2 (Transformers series)
119. Infestation #2 (main series)
120-121. Heart of Darkness #3-4
122-146. Transformers #7-31
147. Transformers: Death of Optimus Prime
148-151. More Than Meets the Eye #1-4 (3-4 unpublished)
152-155. Robots in Disguise #1-4 (2-4 unpublished)
Last edited by wyokid; 02-20-2012 at 11:21 AM.
Im still catching up on everything via the hardcovers.
My amazon reviews, check them out sometime!
Yeah, I'm also slowly catching up with the IDW Transformers universe.
Anyone else reading the Robots in Disguise series?
The political intrigue and drama is on the gradual slow boil. Can't wait to see what else happens.
The line of distinction between Autobot and Decepticon is becoming more an more hard to discern.
Are we to assume Arcee was the shadowy character Prowl was talking to in the first issue?
The only problem I have with the TF Universe is that we have these beings that can live for millions of years, can repair themselves from the most horrible of injurys and disfigurment, almost to the point that death becomes questionable. I am finding it hard to beleive when characters are killed off they are permanently gone.
When it comes to the new direction of IDW's Transformers comics, one thing stands out in my mind. Something I heard in an online review: "These are Transformers comics, but they're actually surprisingly good." Says it all.
What I find interesting is that we currently have three (soon to be four) very different, yet all sublime, Transformers series. There is something for everyone and all stories are of high quality. If you like Decepticons and a more political storyline, and prefer more "traditional" Transformers art and storytelling, Robots in Disguise is for you. Autocracy seems to borrow as much from the cartoon as from the IDWverse (judging by the characterisation of Soundwave and his cassettes in #3), so if you're into that and like stories set in the early days of Transformers history, you can have a field day with this one. More than Meets the Eye, my personal favourite, is the quirky book of the lot; it has way more humour than you'd expect from a Transformers title and there are a lot of strange things happening already - although I expect the story will have its share of dark, bleak storytelling in time too. It also has some of the best characterisation of characters I've ever seen. At any rate I'm hard-pressed to think of a comic where all characters are my favourites. No, scrap that, I think MTMTE is the only one. If you like fun in your comic, and good characters (and a well-written story to boot), pick this one up.
In case you didn't know...