Robots in Disguise Issue 6 Discussion

Discussion in 'Transformers Comics Discussion' started by ZacWilliam, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. ZacWilliam

    ZacWilliam Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2002
    Posts:
    2,900
    News Credits:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +1,935
    Just read the complete issue on Comixology.

    L's art is better than it was in Chaos. Decently solid on the whole. Still a tad loose/rough on the pencils here and there, but a better, more comprehensible presentation.

    The story was just a bit lighter than I'd have prefered. I mean it's a solid set up for the future threat, but that's kinda all it was. It would have been nice to have that AND deeper/expanded characterization for Optimus and his crew and maybe even the bad guys. I really don't want to compair this book to MTMTE constantly, because it has it's own charms, but I can't help but feel Roberts could have given us this exact same story with another layer of worldbuilding and interesting character revelations on TOP of what we get here.

    But I don't want to be too negative either. It was a decent set up issue that gives Optimus and a number of other "left over" characters direction and story for the future.

    The use of the word 13 fooled me for a minute... I'm actually glad about what it turned out to reference.


    -ZacWilliam, curious if some loose ends/hints that start with "Q" from the Wheelie Spotlight might be tied in...
     
  2. PrimeOQZ

    PrimeOQZ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Posts:
    762
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    157
    Likes:
    +8
    Not a big fan of the art. Everytime I read a book like this I feel like I have been reading in the dark, straining my eyes to see what is happening.

    Story wise, a slower pace than what we have seen but like you said Zac, a set up issue.

    I liked the decepticon characters revealed and all the references to the past IDW stories.
     
  3. ScottyP

    ScottyP Got The Touch

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Posts:
    1,703
    News Credits:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    247
    Likes:
    +68
    I agree with Zac, Livio's art isn't nearly as distracting to me in this issue as it was in Chaos. I still prefer his art way more for posters/covers than for inside the actual comics, but it has improved a lot.

    I only read it once very, very quickly so far, during work, and ended up leaving it there on accident, did they go into what happened to Shockwave? Was it assumed he was on the Decepticon ship?
     
  4. Arsenic

    Arsenic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Posts:
    890
    News Credits:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    147
    Location:
    South Korea
    Likes:
    +7
    Ramondelli's art is becoming more and more "visible". I also loved how previous plots tied in this issues.

    When will Syndromica(2) comes? Issue 12?
     
  5. Chris McFeely

    Chris McFeely Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Posts:
    5,084
    News Credits:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +2,395
    Twitter:
    YouTube (Legacy):
    Shockwave is back on Cybertron. His presence in the opening scene - set half a million years ago, prior to his being entombed on Earth - is to set up the fact that the fate that befell Arduria was caused by one of his seeding rockets, as discovered by Prime and Hardhead later in the issue, and that Jhiaxus is now investigating the thirteen planets he seeded.
     
  6. ORIO

    ORIO Team Sentinel Prime Moderator News Staff

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2002
    Posts:
    20,564
    News Credits:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    412
    Location:
    Albuquerque
    Likes:
    +793
    Ebay:
    I loved this issue. RID is steadily getting better in my opinion. I really loved all the references to old spotlight issues. There is so much....stuff from back then that it's nice to see both writers not ignoring them and instead using them to build the new stories.

    Thumbs up
     
  7. General Tekno

    General Tekno Lugnut Supremor & Arkivist

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2006
    Posts:
    11,767
    News Credits:
    242
    Trophy Points:
    382
    Location:
    The Teknodrome
    Likes:
    +5,542
    I loved the whole "You think my apprentice is so stupid that he wouldn't fix the one weakness in Monstructor's design?!?" bit.

    Seriously, great issue. And it's VERY interesting how the guy who Jhiaxus freed back in Garrus-9 (by breaking him out to use against Jetfire as a puppet) is now working for him, and how Bludgeon's crew HAPPENS to be the same bots Jhiaxus used as a science project.
     
  8. Sockie

    Sockie Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Posts:
    3,860
    News Credits:
    226
    Trophy Points:
    272
    Likes:
    +1,382
    Wow. Great issue, maybe my favorite. It's nice to see all of those missing villains back--I really got an "-ation" vibe out of it. Excited to see where this goes.

    And poor Garnak. Thanks to Bludgeon, he's got one less eye.
     
  9. Sideswipe80

    Sideswipe80 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2002
    Posts:
    11,839
    News Credits:
    26
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Likes:
    +1,867
    Nice issue, art was little tough on the eyes but good. RID is still my favorite of the 2 new ongoings. Good to Prime back.
     
  10. Anguirus

    Anguirus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Posts:
    11,270
    News Credits:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +584
    Ebay:
    Ok, I haven't read the issue so maybe it somehow works out to be awesome, but my general impression of IDW Jhiaxus is "will someone just kill this bastard already?"

    He's no fun to read, and I'm sick of hearing about all the brilliant evil stuff he has his fingers in. Arcee leaving him in torment was actually a decent wrap-up for him.

    Although if it does something worthwhile with Bludgeon and Monstructor maybe it's worth it.
     
  11. Sockie

    Sockie Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Posts:
    3,860
    News Credits:
    226
    Trophy Points:
    272
    Likes:
    +1,382
    Isn't Jhiaxus still immortal from being in the Dead Universe? Killing him might not be an option.
     
  12. Anguirus

    Anguirus Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Posts:
    11,270
    News Credits:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    312
    Likes:
    +584
    Ebay:
    Well I THOUGHT Arcee had that pretty well figured out, but Galvatron had to interfere. Still, just dump him into a sun or something.

    Also, I'm really not sure those guys are immortal anymore. Whirl defeated Cyclonus very soundly, though he was prevented from attempting to execute him. So they could be but, I wouldn't assume they are with the gateway to that universe apparently closed. (At least I think/hope it is, what a clusterfuck.)
     
  13. MECHADOOM

    MECHADOOM I'm Doombot and I know it

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2004
    Posts:
    2,094
    Trophy Points:
    307
    Likes:
    +1,271
    When we first see Hardhead in the alien bar, he looks like a Muppet to me. I think it's the nose that does it.

    Orion/Optimus's statement at the end of the book leaves me feeling a little ripped-off. He's ALREADY "tired of walking away"? We didn't get to see any of his time away from all this. I was hoping for a story or two (maybe even a 4-6 issue mini series) that would be along the lines of Spotlight:Cliffjumper, where we see Orion Pax living a peaceful life, only to have his peace disturbed by some injustice *NOT* caused by the Decepticons. Towards the end of the series you could have Hardhead call him back. A wasted opportunity, methinks.
     
  14. Kickback

    Kickback @GeekWithChris Administrator News Staff

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2002
    Posts:
    40,473
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    447
    Location:
    Greenville, SC
    Likes:
    +629
    Ebay:
    Facebook:
    Twitter:
    Instagram:
    YouTube (Legacy):
    Tumblr:
    Agreed on the "too soon" for Optimus Prime bit. We saw him in the equivalent of 5 issues ago in "Death of Optimus Prime", and now he's back again, "tired of walking away" ... he walked away once. Unless they're discussing how he "walked away" after All Hail Megatron, and then again after Chaos, but this is getting annoying. Emo-mus Prime is more like it right now.

    Happy Monstructor is back though.
     
  15. Rexidus

    Rexidus Autobot

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Posts:
    14,390
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    362
    Likes:
    +318
    I enjoyed it. I didn't love it but I enjoyed it. I'm disappointed they didn't have the balls to actually follow through at the end but oh well.

    Oh, also why are we getting RiD #6 before MTMTE#6?
     
  16. ORIO

    ORIO Team Sentinel Prime Moderator News Staff

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2002
    Posts:
    20,564
    News Credits:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    412
    Location:
    Albuquerque
    Likes:
    +793
    Ebay:
    They're switching up the order the books ship. Not sure if that's permanent or something they plan to do every six months or what though
     
  17. slugslinger2004

    slugslinger2004 TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2002
    Posts:
    5,756
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    367
    Likes:
    +653
    Ebay:
    Enjoyed this issue a lot. The return of Bludgeon and Monstructor is welcomed, especially since they killed off Devastator. I also have to echo the sentiment that it's too soon for Prime to return though. Prime's "clairvoyance" about the Lost Light crew didn't sit well with me either:

    Hardhead: Optimus, I'm sorry but Rodimus and several hundred Autobots died...
    OP: He's probably fine.
    Hardhead: But we've got several thousand eye witnesses that saw the ship explode!
    OP: I know Rodimus, he's fine.

    WTF???
     
  18. CelticMutt

    CelticMutt Baka Mitai

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Posts:
    3,231
    Trophy Points:
    262
    Location:
    Outside Atlanta
    Likes:
    +1,647
    Shared Matrix holders. They just should have said he could still feel Rodimus.
     
  19. Chris McFeely

    Chris McFeely Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Posts:
    5,084
    News Credits:
    25
    Trophy Points:
    337
    Likes:
    +2,395
    Twitter:
    YouTube (Legacy):
    I WAS onboard with thinking it was too soon to bring Optimus back before I read the comic. But after reading it, really, this is just the prologue to some other story that we're probably not going to come back to for another six months. I'm okay with it as a one-stop look-in, and it really made me excited to see what happens with it next, whenever "next" may be.
     
  20. Tom-K

    Tom-K Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2005
    Posts:
    369
    Trophy Points:
    182
    Likes:
    +13
    Ebay:
    so they are like Tomax and Xamot from the gijoe universe? "I can feel my brothers pain...." jk

    but I agree, something with the Matrix would be the tie in to connect them in some way