Let's rate the whole IDW G1 series

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  1. Arsenic

    Arsenic Well-Known Member

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    After reading this post, I thought it wolud be interesting if we personally rate the whole series. So I rated the TPBs I read.

    3/5 for Infiltration
    2/5 for Strombringer
    3/5 for Escalation
    2/5 for Spotlight #1
    3/5 for Megatron Origin
    2/5 for The New Avengers/The Transformers
    3/5 for Spotlight #2
    2/5 for Devastation
    3/5 for Spotlight #3
    3/5 for Spotlight: Revelation
    2/5 for All Hail Megatron #1
    3/5 for Maximum Dinobots
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #2
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #3
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #4
    3/5 for Ongoing #1 "For All Mankind"
    2/5 for Bumblebee
    2/5 for "Last Stand of the Wreckers" Why everybody die? Why, Roberts, why?
    4/5 for Ironhide
    4/5 for Ongoing #2 "International Incident"
    2/5 for Drift
    2/5 for Ongoing #3 "Revenge of the Decepticons"
    1/5 for Ongoing #4 "Heart of Darkness"
    3/5 for Ongoing #5 "Chaos Theory"
    3/5 for Ongoing #6 "Police Action"
    1/5 for Ongoing #7 "Chaos"
    3/5 for The Death of Optimus Prime
    5/5 for More than Meets the Eye
    4/5 for Robots in Disguise
    2/5 for Autocracy

    Of course, this is my (biased) rating. So please don't take it too seriously. :) 
     
  2. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    Overall I would give it a 4/5, All Hail Megatron was a bit boring at times. And it felt as if somewhere in the middle they just left the old story where it was and started a new story.

    What about Verite and the other guys? It felt like I was missing a whole bunch of issues, but obviously I have read everything. Strange.

    Uh and making Arcee a transgender instead of having regular fembots is kinda weird.
     
  3. LegendAntihero

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    I loved the IDW universe. IDW was okay and would've been great if it was a cartoon. Costa's run was the low point for IDW's Transformers run, especially For All Mankind. The best part about the ongoing was seeing Roberts write solo for the first time.
     
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    WHAT?!?! Please explain futher.
     
  5. Nachtsider

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    All in all, I give the IDW run to date a solid three stars out of five, all of which is thanks to Furman's run, Last Stand of the Wreckers and the stuff by Roberts and Roche.
     
  6. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    Jihaxus created Arcee and introduced the female gender to Transformers, before Arcee was male.
     
  7. scubaboy31

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    Actually before, Arcee had NO gender. as did any of them. Jhiaxus introduced Gender into the Transformers race (presumably) starting with Arcee. This doesn't mean that she was physically any different, or that what we view as fembots in the comics are all neccesarily 'female'.

    Arcee has not been made a transexual fom male to female, she has changed from no gender to female. The fact that we 'see' the other bots as 'male' is just our way of identifying with them. Not a fact that they ARE male.
     
  8. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    However. Philosophically this might be interesting, but I wish it did not happen in Transformers and I pretend she's just normal like I know her.
     
  9. ZacWilliam

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    My ranks:

    4/5 for Infiltration

    3/5 for Stormbringer

    4/5 for Escalation

    3/5 for Spotlights (Not about to look all these up to rate individually but on average they were pretty good)

    3/5 for Megatron Origin

    0/5 for The New Avengers/The Transformers (worst IDW book easy)

    3/5 for Devastation

    2/5 for All Hail Megatron (and that only for art)

    4/5 for Maximum Dinobots

    2/5 for Ongoing (Chaos Theory excepted)

    5/5 for "Last Stand of the Wreckers"

    2/5 for Drift

    4/5 for The Death of Optimus Prime
    5/5 for More than Meets the Eye
    4/5 for Robots in Disguise


    -ZacWilliam, hasn't read some of these in a while, so this is from memory impression.
     
  10. SPLIT LIP

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    Used you list to save typing:


    4/5 for Infiltration - I thought it was a great start. Lots of intrigue and a fairly, even to this day, unique pemise.
    3.7/5 for Strombringer - I thought it was good. The whole pretender thing was interesting.
    3.5/5 for Escalation - Again, I liked the intrigue and mystery aspect.
    4/5 for Spotlight #1 - for Kup and Shockwave.
    2/5 for Megatron Origin - It was okay. The art was garbage and the story was pretty ciche.
    1/5 for The New Avengers/The Transformers - What little I read I really didn't care for.
    4/5 for Spotlight #2 - I do enjoy the spotlight series.
    3.5/5 for Devastation - I like that shit got real, even if it sort of marked the start of the continuity headaches.
    4/5 for Spotlight #3 - This one had Ramject, right? Fuckwinium.
    3/5 for Spotlight: Revelation - Ehhh, I like what it tried to do.
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #1 - Fuck McCarthy.
    3.5/5 for Maximum Dinobots - Everything besides Grimlock was good.
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #2 - Ugh.
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #3 - Ugh.
    0/5 for All Hail Megatron #4 - Argh.
    2/5 for Ongoing #1 "For All Mankind" - I barely read any of this, but again, what I did I didn't care for.
    2/5 for Bumblebee - Never read. Can only judge the premise.
    6/5 for "Last Stand of the Wreckers" - Fucking. Awesome.
    3/5 for Ironhide - Okay.
    2/5 for Ongoing #2 "International Incident" - Never read, judging from synopsis.
    2/5 for Drift - Hahaha!
    1/5 for Ongoing #3 "Revenge of the Decepticons" - Meh.
    0/5 for Ongoing #4 "Heart of Darkness" - Argh.
    1/5 for Ongoing #5 "Chaos Theory" - Meh.
    2/5 for Ongoing #6 "Police Action" - Meh.
    1/5 for Ongoing #7 "Chaos" - Meh. I almost gave up on comics completely because they just did nothing for me.
    4.5/5 for The Death of Optimus Prime - Now that's more like it.
    5/5 for More than Meets the Eye - Friggin' great so far.
    3/5 for Robots in Disguise - I like it's story, not so much the art.
    3/5 for Autocracy - Haven't read, but looks okay. I'll get the TPB.

    Overall, IDW G1 gets a 2.5 out of 5 from me. The only saving graces are Roberts and Roche, with a little bit of Furman.

    Now IDW's Beast Wars... that's shit on top of shit covered in sadness.
     
  11. YoungPrime

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    I would've aggreed with you if not for the 2/5 for Autocracy.

    It's a 4.5 for me!
     
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    3/5 for Infiltration
    4/5 for Strombringer
    3/5 for Escalation
    3/5 for Spotlight #1
    4/5 for Megatron Origin
    3/5 for Spotlight #2
    3/5 for Devastation
    3/5 for Spotlight #3
    3/5 for Spotlight: Revelation
    4/5 for All Hail Megatron #1
    n/a for Maximum Dinobots
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #2
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #3
    3/5 for All Hail Megatron #4
    3/5 for Ongoing #1 "For All Mankind"
    0/5 for Bumblebee
    5/5 for "Last Stand of the Wreckers"
    4/5 for Ironhide
    1.5/5 for Ongoing #2 "International Incident"
    3/5 for Drift
    1/5 for Ongoing #3 "Revenge of the Decepticons"
    0/5 for Ongoing #4 "Heart of Darkness"
    2.5/5 for Ongoing #5 "Chaos Theory"
    1.5/5 for Ongoing #6 "Police Action"
    3/5 for Ongoing #7 "Chaos"
    3/5 for The Death of Optimus Prime
    5/5 for More than Meets the Eye
    4/5 for Robots in Disguise
    4.5/5 for Autocracy
     
  13. LegendAntihero

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    Trade which deserve 5/5 are the Escalation, Last Stand of the Wreckers, and Chaos Theory.
     
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    I haven't read many of them yet, but I plan to catch up on the entire series. So far I've read Last Stand (5/5), and six of the spotlights; Optimus Prime (5/5), Ultra Magnus (3/5), Grimlock (5/5), Ramjet (4/5), Soundwave (5/5), Shockwave (5/5). So overall I really like them! :D 
     
  15. dj_convoy II

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    Going by the semi-established TPB order- I've got all of this as singles and dropped the ongoing pretty early on-

    3/5 for Infiltration
    4/5 for Stormbringer
    4/5 for Escalation
    4/5 for Spotlight #1
    2/5 for Megatron Origin
    3/5 for Spotlight #2
    4/5 for Devastation
    1/5 for The New Avengers/The Transformers
    3/5 for Spotlight #3
    3/5 for Spotlight: Revelation
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #1
    3/5 for Maximum Dinobots
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #2
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #3
    1/5 for All Hail Megatron #4
    1/5 for Ongoing #1 "For All Mankind"
    N/A for Bumblebee
    5/5 for "Last Stand of the Wreckers"
    N/A for Ironhide
    N/A for Ongoing #2 "International Incident"
    N/A for Drift
    N/A for Ongoing #3 "Revenge of the Decepticons"
    N/A for Ongoing #4 "Heart of Darkness"
    5/5 for Ongoing #5 "Chaos Theory" (for Chaos Theory itself- didn't read the rest)
    N/A for Ongoing #6 "Police Action"
    1/5 for Ongoing #7 "Chaos" (read the end bit, thought it wasn't very good)
    5/5 for The Death of Optimus Prime
    5/5 for More than Meets the Eye
    3/5 for Robots in Disguise
    2/5 for Autocracy (what I read- it didn't grab me)

    Oh, and that one thing that was poorly written and terribly drawn... what was it... oh yes, HoD. 0/5
     
  16. Matty

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    Instead of rating each individual issue/trade (because they are all blending together in my mind right now), I would rate the IDW run a solid 3.5/5. There were a lot of shining moments (LSOTW, AHM, Current ongoing), but A LOT of downfalls (Heart of Darkness :puke2: , AHM had it's shitty times).

    The current ongoing is where it's at. I love it.
     
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    More Than Meets the Eye is the saving grace of IDW Publishing. Until this comic came out, I was contemplating suggesting they just stop doing Transformers comics. There's some justifiable arguments that it's a "cartoon comic book", but that stereotype is already embarassing enough as it is, why add to it by putting someone who stated they didn't care (Costa) on to a book that has such rabid and vocal fans?

    IDW Publishing thus far this year is "Transformers licensee of the Year" in my eyes. They took all the necessary steps to finally give the fans everything they've wanted, including the continuation of the original G1 comic.

    BotCon could stand to learn a few things.
     
  18. dj_convoy II

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    How DARE you insinuate that Costa didn't care!

    Oh, wait- that's what he said! Nevermind! :) 

    IDW does seem to have steeped up their game in regards to Transformers. Perhaps they realized that they were starting to alienate the core fanbase in their attempts to grab the general public, which, let's face it, is about all the comics have left.
     
  19. Matty

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    Couldn't agree more on either post. Very well said. It is a pleasure to read these comics after the several up and downs of the IDW run. This year has seemed to be incredibly promising for Transformers comics.
     
  20. mrgalvaprime

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    I might redo mine in a liitle more detail.

    Infiltration: 3.5/5
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    Writing/Story: 4/5
    Great premise, good dialogue but point deducted for being slow at times
    Art: 3/5
    Not the biggest fan of EJ Su at this point but I do think the character redesigns are spot on as modern reinterpretations of classic characters.

    Stormbringer: 5/5
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    Story/Writing: 5/5
    Great premise, action packed and great dialougue
    Art: 5/5
    Love don fig. End of story

    Escalation: 4/5
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    Story/Writing: 5/5
    A great improvement over infiltration. More action and faster pace but still leaves you wanting for more
    Art: 3/5

    Devastation: 3.5/5
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    Story/Writing: 4/5
    Somewhat muddled but far from poor
    Art: 3/5
    Added a point for Nick Roche but deducted a point for Robby Musso
    Will add more later
     

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