Transformers #2

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  1. Andersonh1

    Andersonh1 Man, I've been here a LONG time Veteran

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    Since this issue's running late on the west coast, SPOILERS FOLLOW for those who haven't read it yet.











    Nice. A definite improvement on the already good first issue. We’re moving away from the setup/establishment phase and into different stories as various characters choose the direction they want to go. I like where Costa is taking the characters.

    With Prime gone, the Autobots have to choose a new leader. In a military unit, I’d have expected the second in command to step up and take the job, but I guess that’s not the way things work in the Autobot military. About half the group want to remain on Earth, while the other half, who follow Hot Rod’s example, want to blow the joint and go anywhere but Earth. Problem is, the only way they can leave is if Omega Supreme takes them, and he won’t go without Prime.

    We get to see a few other Decepticons who are still on Earth, with Scrapper and Swindle among them. They attack the Autobots on sight, and the Autobots return fire, but ultimately the battle ends when Hot Rod and Swindle decide that with the war over, there’s no reason to fight. They all just want to leave Earth and go home, or whatever the equivalent is with Cybertron out of the picture. Plot wise, this could be a very interesting direction to go. I’ve often wondered just how certain militant Transformers could possibly adjust to peacetime, and if Costa actually takes some time to explore that type of situation, then I’m all for it. We’ve never really seen the Transformers post-war. There’s a lot of potential here.

    Continuity looks good to me, though I’m sure the nitpickers will find plenty of faults somewhere. They always do. Cybertron is still uninhabitable so it’s not an option as a place to settle, Omega Supreme is still on Earth, Scavenger wants revenge on Omega Supreme (presumably after the events of AHM #12), Ultra Magnus still considers himself the enforcer of the Tyrest Accords… though with the war over, should the accords still apply? Prowl gives a bit of a justification for his defense of Breakdown last issue. And so on. A number of little details like that jumped out at me during my initial reading of the issue. I get so tired of reading “AHM isn’t in continuity” complaints, so I hope we don’t go through that all over again with the ongoing. It seems very apparent to me that attempts are being made to very visibly remain true to all that’s come before this story, so I have to applaud Costa for that.

    And in the end, who gets voted leader of the group remaining on Earth? In any other continuity, it wouldn’t be believable, but here it’s entirely possible that Bumblebee is known and trusted to the point that he’d win such a contest. The Autobots at least know Bumblebee and know what he’s capable of, so he’s not entirely a shot in the dark. That being the case, it’s yet another interesting twist to throw at the reader. It’s not just a cliffhanger, it’s potentially a major bit of development for the character of Bumblebee, and that’s always welcome.

    I have to end with Spike, the major who knows there are good and bad Transformers out there but doesn’t care. The guy who expects a counterattack after the capture of Prowl, and yet leaves his troops to deal with it on their own while he’s picking up chicks with his alien car. The guy who looks like he is indeed going to suffer some consequences for his irresponsible actions.

    Making the main human character in a Transformers comic the very opposite of likable and heroic is an unusual choice. This is not good old familiar Spike; this is a jerk who I really don’t like. He’s also potentially far more interesting and has plenty of room for growth, if Costa chooses to take the character somewhere.

    In the end, this issue leaves me wanting to know what happens next. That’s the type of feeling I’d like to have after just about any issue that I read. I’m calling it a success.
     
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  2. Empir3

    Empir3 Bedstructicon Empir3

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    It came out already? I didn't see it today...
     
  3. Lord Shockwave

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    Having a TF comic that takes longer than a minute to read is certainly a welcome change. That's the first sign that something positive is happening here.

    But there are other signs as well. This second issue further sets the stage for things to come, which IMO, look to be entertaining. There's something very "UK Marvel" about all of this, which I think is a good thing.

    I think what lends itself to feeling like one of the fun UK Marvel romps of times past are two main elements. Already we are seeing an Bot/Con alliance shaping up. Very Furman UK. And secondly, the dialogue. It certainly has it's lighthearted moments, which I admit, brought a smile to my face. Been a while since that happened.

    Loving the focus on character and character interaction here. It's going to be key in making this ongoing worth it to me.

    On top of that, of course, is Don's fabulous work. Say what you will about the faces, I'm digging this new style. I think it lends itself to creating an overall more serious tone, a far departure from that old cartoony feel that has been done to death. Trying something new is always a risk, but then, it's the taking of those risks creatively that can lead to better and brighter things.

    Some things were annoying, like calling Octane "Tankor" and Bluestreak "Silverstreak" for the sake of the toy. No doubt Hasbro mandate. Minor quibble, so I'll let it slide. And of course, the humans continue to have little appeal. Does Bumblebee as leader make sense? Hmmm. Not sure, but given the departure of so many other more worthy bots, it might not be so far-fetched a selection. No doubt this is what the Bumblebee mini will hit on.

    All in all, I'm digging this. Best stuff since Roche's spotlights. Give it a "B+". Looking forward to how the whole Magnus thing plays out.
     
  4. wheeljack01

    wheeljack01 Happiness is a warm gun

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    I loved this book! If anyone was wondering where Thundercracker went..well this issue has your answer. Loved seeing more cameos and mentioning of other unseen characters this issue. Is it possible that Spike is going to actually reason and talk with prime or is he just going to play hard ass to get what he wants? Great job to all and I can't wait till the next issue!
     
  5. General Magnus

    General Magnus Da Custodes of the Emprah

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    Soo..we left Hunter, who was a cool character and got this jackass character instead?

    Wow...
     
  6. Beastbot X

    Beastbot X The Toad Knows.

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    The fact that they made it quite clear at the end of AHM that the Autobots had only won a battle, not the war, and now here a mere 12 months later the war has apparently ended just 'cause Megatron's apparently dead really miffs me.

    Other than that it was alright.
     
  7. UltraMagnus3786

    UltraMagnus3786 That's what it is

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    shane my man, it's not hitting here in ny until wednesday. i'm so tempted to read your post but i must resist. so i'll post this instead, and quickly close the window =)
     
  8. Sideswipe80

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    We can only hope someone else gets the license or we get a new writer.
     
  9. Scrapper6

    Scrapper6 Lord of Constructicons

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    No, we can't/don't, I for one do not want another company to get the dang license, unless it was like Archie comics and the price went down to 2$ a title. :lol  Seriously though, IDW is alright in my book and should continue to hold the license, and this writer has only done two friggen issues so far, so saying he should be replaced when we haven't seen near what he can do is kind of being a little pig headed/righteously indignated for no reason.

    I hope that Mister Costa will blow all the naysayers out of the water with some awesome twist, just like he managed to do in the GIJoe Cobra title. That would be something worth seeing.
     
  10. Sinestro

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    :rolleyes: 

    I think the question to ask you is, who do you want to write the main title? You wanted Furman out, and now Costa, who's only two issues into the story.

    I like where it's going so far, certainly a lot more thought has gone into this compared to AHM. I think for the first time since Revelations finished, I'm actually looking forward to the next issue.
     
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  12. wheeljack01

    wheeljack01 Happiness is a warm gun

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    I love the direction this book is going...I don't want to see IDW lose the license anytime soon.
     
  13. Ratchet2007

    Ratchet2007 Neither Here Nor There

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    Wow, that is awesome
     
  14. Takara_destron

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    I never saw #1 in my comic shop so this is the first issue I've read, and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. I'm also warming up to the new designs, I thought the 'cons looked especially good in this issue.
     
  15. ChopperByrne

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    Very enjoyable issue which sets up a lot of things for the future.

    Roll on #3.
     
  16. Boo

    Boo Addicted to candy canes.

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    Wow. Now THAT looks sick. Keeps most of the edgy-ness and tech detail that DON has, but without it looking too busy and without the ugly faces. If DON 'evolves' these new designs to look like this, I'd be a happy happy camper. At least with the art.

    *sigh*

    After all my bitching and moaning and after swearing up and down that I was done with TF comics... I still bought the issue. And, overall, I enjoyed the story. A lot of the details (You have ranks and command structures... so you hold elections?) still annoy the crap out of me (booty call b**ch?) but the overall direction of the story is starting to get me a little interested. Fix the art, smooth out some of the crap, and it really could get to be a decent comic.
     
  17. SPLIT LIP

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    The faces look just as ugly there as in the comic. But I agree, if Don were to tone down the business and dop more traditional faces in his art style, then that'd look awesome.
     
  18. Dinobot Nuva

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    I love this series already, even the artwork isn't as jarring as some have made it out to be. Costa's setting it up pretty nicely, let's see if he can keep up the momentum.
     
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    I liked the second more than the first for sure, but it seems to lack... something. The art's improved for sure. Still not a fan of the "wants to be movie but lacks the uniqueness and intricacy of the headwork and charatcer-specific proportions" faces, but the body designs look way better here. I like Swindle's design and his idea of working together, but it's Swindle, so who knows if he's totally sincere.
     
  20. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    Unless he gets killed, this series is done to me.
     

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