Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by Denyer, Jun 19, 2006.
Found here by Aardvark.
I am wary. Budiansky did some very cool stories back in the day, but he also did a lot of crap that's gone on to be remembered as some of the worst Transformers stories ever. I'd like to think that over a decade away from TFs and the lack of pressure from Hasbro to introduce fifty new characters each month will have recharged his batteries for the franchise, but we are still talking about the guy who wrote the Micromaster pro wrestling issue.
Bob did my favorite Transformers story ever - the one where Skullgrin becomes a Hollywood star. He befriends a human, to the point that he opens up and reveals his robotic inside, only to have Circuit Breaker come and trash him, ruining everything.
It was such a happy/tragic story, a lot like King Kong, and if he can write stuff like that again, I'm all for his return.
Can't wait to hear more about this. DON can make even wrestling Micromasters look cool.
Anything new is nice in the TF world, although I didn't really care for Budiansky, but then again I don't care for Furmen and I buy the current G1 title, bring it on!
the whole scraplet story arc dealie was very under rated.
at one point the throttlebots hadda smelt goldbug while goldbug was served the quandry: to save blaster of leave the 3changers to die.
great stuff. except the fact that there were throttlebots.
Figueroa is AWESOME! Glad to hear something new on his future endeavors!
QFT. Can't wait!
Looking forward to what Bob will be able to come up with without the restraints to introduce New Toys #56, #57, #58, #59, #60 and #61 in a specific issue.
I think everybody can remember Budiansky's bad stories (Car Wash of Doom, and the afore-mentioned Micromaster wrestling), but there's so much of his storytelling was damn good and original.
In fact, I'd call originality Budiansky's stock-in-trade. He came up with the Transformers backstory, most of the tech specs, and 50-odd issues of the comic. He laid the foundation for the stories and in those first few issues also gave solid reasons how the Transformers wars could last millions of years. For his negatives, when taken as a whole, his stories could be considered scattershot in quality. He also wasn't great with dialogue.
For my money, however, I prefer him over Furman (yeah, I know, that's blasphemy). Furman does epic well and his dialogue is pretty damn good, but there's no way that wars between Transformers could have lasted millions of years with the way he writes things, which kills some things for me. He also relies on certain stock plot elements and keeps using them, even if they weren't good to begin with.
All-in-all, since Budiansky has the originality on his side, and isn't juggling at least three other things at the same time as writing this, I'm really looking forward to what he'll come up with.
*I* liked the Mechannibals. They were freaky-looking.
Budiansky had a wide range in quality. His stuff could be REALLY good (Ratchet's arc from early in the series) or REALLY bad (Prime killing himself over a video game).
He's done enough good quality stuff for me to give him the benefit of the doubt.
You're talking about a guy who created most of the early TF mythos. Try offering a tad bit of respect.
I've read his entire run on Transformers. My apprehension is well-informed and, I feel, warranted.
"GOOD GAWD! GOOD GAWD!! THEY SLAGGED HIM!!...AS PRIMUS AS MY WITNESS...HE IS BROKEN IN HALF!!"
Some interviews if anyone hasn't or is interested in what the writing process was like whilst working for Marvel:
Good old J.R. ? I'm really looking forward to this series.
Rodimus Prime. Someone will bring to life Rodimus Prime.
Separate names with a comma.