Spotlight: Kup (Spoilers)

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  1. GogDog

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    Oh man. Again, an amazingly written issue.

    First, the art. At first the art took me be surprise a little. It was very different than what we had in past IDW Trans comics. A somewhat rough, sketchy feel. But I dug it. Then you realize it's there to convey Kup's mind, as you learn fairly quickly that he is not all there in the head. When the second act arrives with Springer and Perceptor, we get the traditional clean feel. Very cool touch Mr. Roche!

    I really liked the scenario of Springer risking it all to save someone everyone else forsook. Apparently Kup was the man, even training a younger Prime back in the day.

    They also used a very retro design for Kup, almost 60's scifi, and made it a story point that he was old and stubborn and refused upgrades over his life. Very cool. In one frame, his pipes are even shootong out black smoke as he drives. Also at the end are several pages of sketches my Mr. Roche, very cool extra.

    For once in his life, Kup is a deep character, and this troubled, insane version of him is going to seek out my attention.
     
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    I think that this was the best spotlight issue so far. A very different take on a character, and a completely different style, too. The cameos were great, and it really pulls you into the story. Kup has never been my favorite character, but now I want to know more about him.
     
  3. Infosaur

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    First off,,,,,,DAYUM! the "specialist" is HUGE (you'll have to read it to find out who)

    That was a head slapper, at first I was like who could it be? HIM?!? Oh shoot that makes PERFECT sense.

    Good use of established charachters.

    2nd, anyone recognise "Mr. one arm"? I'm not sure of all the various Japanese TF's so anyone recognise him?

    3rd, Poor Outback,,, but then, How old is Outback? Kup seemed to know HIM, they crashed together, so when did HE go missing?

    4th, the crystals, more of Shockwave's handiwork?

    Verdict: Almost the closest to a Twilight Zone episode of Transformers yet. Especially loved the ending. And how truly small Kup looked in the end.
     
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    Nah, the one armed dude looks nothing like Fort Max, look again. It IS however the spiting image of Siren. Definately Siren.

    As for the issue...

    GREAT issue. One of the best from IDW I'd say, (and I like their stuff in general). It told a stand alone story that was moving, meaningful and cool. We had emotional conflict and physical conflict, and unanswered moral delemas, just good, meaty stuff. I'm all for continuing storylines, but a done in one story like this can go so much more into depth with character development and when done right is really satisfying.

    The art was also great. Roche has a really dynamic animated style (love the full sketch of Kup at the end). It's very nice and fun and a great change of pace. He made Kup's mad-world suitably unhinged and nightmare-ish, Springer and company looked cool, animated and dynamic, and the savior of the day ariving was just an awesome shot of someone who doesn't get near enough air time for an '84 character.

    Final thoughts: Loved the issue. Prowl really is a DICK. Roche needs to draw more TF comics.
     
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    Yep, best Spotlight thusfar. The art, which I didn't care for initially before I got the 'point' of the rougher style, provided the perfect atmosphere and made the scenes with Kup sufficiently creepy. I liked how it didn't just focus on Kup, despite his name being on the cover, but we also learned more about Springer and Prowl, as well as some general history (Kup training Prime, etc). I guessed the "twist" as soon as the holographic Springer showed up, but the rest of the story and the appearance of the "specialist" was worth all of it. Looking forward to more TF art and writing in the IDW from Roche in the future.

    Three random points:
    - TFs seems to be less durable in IDW's universe. I was honestly surprised when the story didn't end with Kup back on his feet/getting repaired...and Outback seems to have stayed dead permanently. It lends some more weight to the story when the TF characters can actually die or be seriously damaged, as opposed to just being able to be repaired back from virtually any injury.
    - Liked that Outback, a named character, died. Again, lent weight to the story and I prefer it to just killing off cannon fodder...like the Random Anti-Rad Armored Autobots.
    - Didn't see it mentioned, and not sure whether IDW-universe TF teleportation technology has been addressed enough to cover this, but why was "teleport Kup up to the ship" not a strategy? Even a throw-away line to cover this would have been nice (can't have been the radiation, since multiple orbital jumps were made). My speculation would be that TFs need to have a special beacon/signal/device on them for the teleporter to home in on.
     
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    Don't forget everyone, Roche also wrote this one. Did everything but colored it.
     
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    I think they did kind of explain it. Not directly, but in a round about way, I think it was explained when they said Kup was too stubborn to upgrade over the years and wasn't compatable with current Transformer Tech. He probably, like you said, just didn't have the proper hardware and software installed. That makes sense.

    Overall, I really loved the issue. Not quite as good, IMO, as SHOCKWAVE, but SHOCKWAVE is one of my favourite characters... Really loved the creepy art and the whole story. Outback's corpse being his only friend was pretty cool. Wonder what his joke to Kup was?

    I hope to read and see more from Roche. He seems to have a great grasp of how to tell a story.
     
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    "Have you tired the Universal Greeting?"

    Actually I'm kinda sad that it was the Autobots who ultimatly trashed Outback. I guess he was dead/dead, not "sorta dead"

    And Kup killed a LOT of Autobots! Not to mention that crash survivor on the first page. I hope he (Kup) was worth it.
     
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    Crap, I need to get this then.
     
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    I really didn't like this issue at all for one reason. They were very clear that a lot of Autobot rescuers were killed trying to recover Kup. I don't see how anyone, especially the Autobots, can justify killing several people just to save one. That really seems to go against everything the Autobots stand for, especially since it looks like Kup can be saved. If Kup has some value (as a trainer of young soldiers) that makes him worth several lives, they should have said so.

    I, unlike other posters, hated that they killed Outback. I don't think it's fair to kill known bot who got character development at all. If Outback was one of your favorites, wouldn't you be pissed that he died without even a flashback?

    Kup had better be fixed and do something VERY important to justify this issue.
     
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    i enjoyed it, once it hit the point of twist....then it got really cool....and yeah, the autobots losing that many soldiers to save one seemed very odd, but springer was also very determined, and it also seemed that it wasnt really a big mission that alot of people knew about...hence why prime didnt even know.

    and i dont mind outback being offed, but i understand your point gort...if it was tracks or dirge that was just cast aside like that i'd be on here bitching and moaning like crazy.....maybe at some point later they will have a flashback to show how kup crashed, and possibly who else was with him....

    i do really dig how all these one shots tie in the this major overall story.....im definately an IDW convert....this story is epicly huge and awesome....i really wish they would release this stuff in a hardcover format, im really getting into the hardcover thing now, and having infiltration, stormbringer and then escalation as well as a couple of hardcovers featuring spotlights would be great....
     
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    I thought this was about middle-of-the-road as far as the Spotlights went. Certainly very unique, and I loved the art transition from Kup's World to the Real World. But a lot of the explanations for why Kup was the way he was and how they were helping him seemed rather muddled, and in a few cases nonsensical (like the aforementioned "killing many Autobots to save one" bit).

    It will be very interesting to see how this comic ties in with the main story.
     
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    I thought it was a good issue, though I was saddened with what they did to poor Outback :( 
     
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    And write. I have to say that Nick has quite the nack for writing and drawing. I would love to see him do writing on a comic at some point.
     
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    Who was the specialist? Some of us don't have a comic store even near them!
     
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    Spoiler...
    Trailbreaker. Using his force field, he went down to the planet and was protected from the dangerous radiation. Since Trailbreaker wasn't wearing the anti-rad armor, Kup recognized him and stopped attacking long enough for Trailbreaker to shield Kup's spark from melt-down.
     
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    Edit: Beaten to the punch..
     
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    The more I think about it, I wonder if Kup has something to do with the crash of the "original" Ark? Or at least somehow ties into it...
     
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    Absolutely INCREDIBLE. This has to be the best thing IDW has done with Transformers to date. Absolutely genious!
     

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