IDW’s Transformers (2019) Comic Series: Issue #8 Preview

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  1. AzT

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    is this our first on-page mono-eye in this continuity? shockwave hasn't show up yet, right?
     
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    Assuming this isn't him
    Looks like one eye, blaster hand, and SHOCK drone.
     
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    The tweet seems to imply that it's this "Termagex' character. I don't think it's a Cyclops eye, it looks like some kind of welding mask thing.
     
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    My point was it wouldn't be unusual for shockers to start as someone else
     
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    I don't think anyone wants that again.
    "Oh look! Onyx Prime is Shockwave!"
    Thanks, IDW. Don't do anything like that again!
     
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    I like seeing everyone before they were all lifelong warriors, and how the factions really are along ideological lines and that we see different characters mixed across them. It’ll be interesting to see how each person falls into their faction once this powder keg kicks off.

    In this light, I could see Grimlock struggling as a Decepticon, and I can see Damus becoming the maniac Tarn so much easier than the previous IDW in this light.

    Also, I know this story is slow, but art reflects life. Nations don’t NORMALLY go to war without months and years of buildup prior. It does happen sometimes, but global conflict often has years or decades of slowly brewing hostilities.
     
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    This art is so crap I can't even tell what I'm looking at.
    IDW been fallen off :/
     
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    “Termagax?”

    No wonder TFs always sticks to “Megatron” and the like. I don’t know if this is an obscure character or new name, but why is it the comics-only characters always sound so blatantly out of place?

    Oh, and the art and story are still bland as shit. That dialogue is just... ugh. Imagine the character speaking that and how awkward and lengthy it would sound.
     
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    I have to disagree. With the exception of Elita-1, it feels like everyone has already been sorted into their respective factions. It feels like a wasted opportunity.
     
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    This is why I always suggest my would-be novelist friends to take time to read their dialogues aloud before finalizing their work. Hate to say this after reading just a handful issues, but at this point even Costa's run seems well written and interesting by comparison.
     
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    I like the last sentence. Pretty obvious they wrote "Repulsive little being", figured it was too cliche, and looked up synonyms for 'repulsive' and chose 'repellent' without considering that most people associate the word in its noun form. I'm sure this won't result in people being taken out of the story as they re-read the sentence to make sure it was written correctly.
     
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    Author's seem terrified of cliches in dialogue even though given the context they don't always sound cliche.

    The worst thing you can do as a dialogue writer is get hung up on synonyms. Often times I find myself writing a sentence, worrying it sounds too straightforward or bland, then altering it only to find it now sounds unnatural and forced. Like DerVernichter said, written it may seem like you've taken the time to make the dialogue engaging, but read or said aloud it just comes across as weird.

    And this goes for all the dialogue, not just the example you mentioned. Honestly IDW's had this problem, I want to say, as far back as MTMTE. But back then it was mitigated a bit by the storytelling and characters, but as those began to waver the shear unpleasantness of reading it became unbearable.

    It's like every characters speaks like a message board post, where they have seemingly infinite amount of time and "self-edit" on the fly to make sure their words and sentences are structured perfectly. It's verbose, clunky, and distracting.
     
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    "there're"

    That bugs me.......
     
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    A terrible place for a contraction.
     
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    Because IDW thinks it's a silly idea pay Bob Budiansky a consultant's fee to return to his old (unofficial) job. Back in the Marvel days, we had comic-only names like Straxus, Spanner, and Scrounge...and (IMO) they worked well.
     
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    Uh, dude, I think that *is* a totally silly idea. Bob naming comic characters isn’t going to drive revenues of the comics up. It would be a complete waste of money on their part.
     
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    Bob Budiansky also is quoted at saying he doesn’t really care about transformers like the fans do. He does the interviews and what not and doesn’t have a lot of nostalgia for it. He’s on record of saying that it was a job and when it was done he moved on and had no clue until the late 90s and early 2000s there was a fan base. He’s also said he doesn’t care about people criticizing or praising his work on the franchise and says “so? It was a job. I just did my job”
     
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  19. SPLIT LIP

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    And TBF, Bob's names were hardly groundbreaking with a few exceptions.

    You can make good TF names. Hasbro's been cooking up names past G1 for decades. You just have to not be a hack.
     
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    Replace Bob with anyone who doesn't suck. Even when their characters weren't terrible, such as Nickel (who wasn't a great character, but hey, at least it wasn't yet another evil/mad doctor for the Decepticons), the name is flat and doesn't really work, imo.