The UK TF:ROTF Comics Thread

Discussion in 'Transformers Comics Discussion' started by Ratchet2007, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Ratchet2007

    Ratchet2007 Neither Here Nor There

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    Ok so I thought it'd be better to have just one topic instead of the little threads.

    So my Issue #6 arrived and at least the story is getting somewhere now, the introduction of Wheelie was quite nice and I now want to know where the story goes.

    The mail section had more then 2 mails this time !

    And next issue we can win a Devastator ! :eek: 
     
  2. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    I totally forgot this was already out so I nipped and grabbed one this morning.
    Glad the story with the Twins is finally going somewhere, but the magazine still has a lot of the same old problems. Maybe if I hadn't already bought AHM from IDW I might not feel so cheated that something like fifteen pages are devoted to reprinting it. And we'll be stuck with it for months more too.

    I still wish profiles were limited to a single page, and I wish the competitions didn't take up a whole page each, although I suppose some deal had been struck to get as much page for the product as possible. Also those puzzles really don't need a whole page each either.

    I dunno... why am I still buying it apart from OCD? It has none of the charm the Marvel UK TF comics had. It just seems to want to fill the maximum pagecount with the minimum content.

    And really, enough with the disc launchers already. Every other bloody issue has a disc launcher...
     
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    Black Oracle Black Convoy's Dark Angel

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    I can guess what the Twins are up to in apparently allying themselves with Soundwave: they'll betray the Decepticons later thus proving their innocence to the Autobots! It's so obvious!

    Plus i have to agree with Gingerchris about the disc launchers. Too many of 'em. I just wish they could scrap the free gifts altogether and give us more pages of original comic strip instead.
     
  4. Magnus' Mate

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    The comic is awful IMHO. It's just been handled so badly.

    I'm probably going to sell my comics, so if anyone wants in on this series with some back issues, PM me!!
     
  5. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Yep - I think anyone with a brain can see it coming. Been done a thousand times. For one they're good guys and part of the Autobot team again in the movie so you know it won't last. Although perhaps we'll see them take on the ice cream van mode in this strip.
    As much as I'd love that, especially as when they dump some extra gift on the cover the price of that issue jumps from £2.70 to £2.99, covermounted gifts have become inseparable from UK kids comics. I think you'd be hardpressed to find a kids comic on stands that doesn't have a gift of some kind taped to it or stapled within it. Kids these days look to the gift, not the content, to decide if they want a particular comic, so a comic without any gift at all would probably be passed over and eventually fold through lack of sales. So I'm afraid we're stuck with them.
     
  6. rodster6

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    Back when I were a lad, I didnt need a free gift to make me buy a comic, I actually wanted to read the stories! Kids today......
    Like Gingerchris said, I think I only buy it now out of OCD as I loved the old UK comics and want to try and have a complete collection of UK released TF comics. Same with the terrible UK annuals.
    I have already read the AHM stories and didnt like ROTF so the stories based in that continuity dont interest me especially as they focus on those two annoying bots who are not even in their ice cream truck mode. Why would they downgrade to an ice cream truck then back up again to cars? Or were they forced to as some kind of punishment for being stupid? Even though this would effect their combat effectiveness.
     
  7. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    And it wasn't even just that - I remember the early UK Marvel TF comics had articles about robots in real life and fiction ('Robot Roundup' I think it was called). I really can't see kids of today being interested in or probably even understanding something like that because slapdash strips and pages taken up with just a few sentences are what they're exposed to now. I recently bought some Doctor Who comics from back in 1979 (issue #1 cost just 12p!) and compared to the Doctor Who ones I see these days it's just amazing how less complex comics are for today's kids. I suppose simplicity is the norm now, but it's a real pity that youngsters are missing out on a worthwhile product that a few decades ago was the norm. But hey, they get a free disc launcher so it's all good, right?
    And the comic strip artwork in those old Who issues is pretty damn cool, like the Star Fleet strip artwork they had in the old Look-In magazine. :) 
     
  8. rodster6

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    The thing with these cheapo toys they give away free is that no child is going to play with it more than once or twice before getting bored with it and throwing it aside forever. Thats how I was anyway and especially now that toys are so much more advanced, surely a cheap little disk launcher is redundant. Especially as they give them away so often.
     
  9. Gingerchris

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    I'm sure somewhere they have a couple of those disc launchers locked up and are farming them to make more. Like how coathangers seem to breed in your wardrobe.
    If they wanna give away something cool then how about some TF trading cards?

    Okay, I've been negative enough. Name five good things about the UK TF comic.

    1) It's a UK TF comic back on shelves that's lasted more than a few months, unlike the last few efforts.
    2) It isn't entirely based around BayFormers.
    3) Erm...
    4) Sometimes they have sweets on the cover.
    5) I... like Transformers.

    Difficult.
     
  10. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    I haven't seen this in months. I bought occasional issues.

    How's the circulation holding up? It was something like 45,000 in 2007, and then fell to about 24,000 around 2008.
     
  11. rodster6

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    I have no idea how to find out about the circulation figures lol.

    Other than it being a UK comic, I dont really have much good to say about it anymore. If only I knew in advance which US comics would eventually make it into the UK comic id save my money and just buy the UK reprints. That would make the UK comic more interesting for me but the UK reprints are so behind now compared to in the 80s when they were pretty much reprinted over here straight away. I wish they had skipped AHM and started re-printing the new ongoing US comic.
     
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    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    They're printed right inside the cover, usually bottom of page 3 or so. Underneath credits for cover art and other things.

    Just wondering why I haven't been seeing it around. I figure circulation would be a good indication of the health of the publication, how it's faring these days and if there's any danger of cancellation.
     
  13. rodster6

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    The last circulation figures I can find were back in volume 2 issue 3 as since then the comic is no longer registered with ABC. It says the average net circulation per issue from July to December 2008 was 24,617. Since the movie id imagine it would have gone up surely.
    Apparently Diamond uk dropped the title after volume 2 issue 4 after low sales.
     
  14. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    Thanks for checking... Interesting that they've stopped publishing their circulation. I'd attempt to read something into that, but I'd only be guessing.

    How's the art holding up? Last I heard they were getting a regular artist. Even though some of the artists did a pretty bad job, I actually enjoyed the variation.
     
  15. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    The art is okay-ish. Not brilliant, but still fairly functional. It's like IDW-lite.

    I'd be interested in the current circulation figures as well. I still find the issues fairly easily in Asda and Tescos so it's not like the copies aren't out there if people want them.
    Doesn't this comic have a MySpace page or something? I wonder what comments they get about this title.
     
  16. rodster6

    rodster6 Well-Known Member

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    Their myspace page has not been updated for over a year now, the last comments are about that old too.
     
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    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Well, that's not a good sign. Were the final comments positive or negative?
     
  18. rodster6

    rodster6 Well-Known Member

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    It was pretty much just people saying 'hi, thanks for adding me' not much in terms of constructive critisism.
     
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    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    I think they have a FaceBook page now so I guess they just upgraded to the more popular social site. Not that I'm going anywhere near FaceBook to check it out.
     
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    Yea I had a look at their facebook page, doesnt seem to get updated much either.
     

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