Skybound’s Transformers Comics Solicitations: January 2024

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by omegafix, Oct 20, 2023.

  1. jackgaughan

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    You think anyone reads? Or retains knowledge on here?
     
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    So others have answered but, and no offense to them, I think they've gotten a few things wrong so here is my take on the answer:

    1) Baroness HAS been on GI Joe's side before. in fact her and Storm Shadow have both been aligned with the joes MANY times.

    2) This is during the time before Cobra truly came into power and GI Joe was a massive organization. This is their start. So Baroness could easily be a member of the group that turns traitor and leaves them for Cobra Commander once he truly reveals himself to the world.
     
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    This is what i've been saying for years!!!
     
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    Who is surprised? I see people being annoyed but not surprised.
     
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    I don't think so - you probably don't want to read Cobra Commander #1, but it does suggest a pivotal role in this. It was also a great badass read.

    I actually don't care for merging them, never have, I like Transformers on their own and they don't need G.I.Joe. However this creative team has 80s blood in their veins and clearly knows these characters and their stories. It does feel like the cartoons come back to life with more of a PG-13 or even R rating. It's pretty awesome. Plus it will give me an excuse to buy all the G.I.Joe collaborations if I can budget it.
     
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    Bye! It's okay if you skip on all this really good content. I just wanted to point out that we've had a ton of TF comics that were self-contained but were average at best in quality. This is the first time we've ever gotten a Transformers comic book launch that's been really good across each book and the level connectivity between each book is just right. You can read all four books and get a larger story. Or you can just read individuals books that work just fine on their own. I feel like its perfectly balanced.
     
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    I read all of the IDW TF run from the start till mid way through MTMTE/RID. I probably would have finished if I only read MTMTE but I read both concurrently and RID was so bad I dropped all of it.
     
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    The trailer is great and i am loving the GI joe and Transformers comics so far . I enjoyed the Megatron being found and repaired story in TFA so this looks like it may be on similar lines 
     
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    I'm waiting until I can read a trade paperback and it is driving me INSANE.

    MAN, I love how they're using the G1 music.
     
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    Well the overall Designs, Timeframe, and whatnot are set around when G1 premiered so it makes sense
    TBF, I'd say go for Soundwave first as he's honestly the best looking one as Megatron's kind of a Retool and Bumblebee doesn't exactly have a fitting Alt-Mode as it is Beachcomber that turns into a buggy
     
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    I think it's partly about giving these characters some story runway.

    Mercer is also shown with Cobra.

    Traditionally, Mercer is ex-Cobra (it's kind of his gimmick that he's a defector) but he almost always debuts in G.I. Joe as ex-Cobra. We never see him WITH Cobra.

    Having Mercer with Cobra and Baroness with Joe does a couple of things:

    It actually gives characters a storyline to follow if they have to switch sides before they get "where they belong".

    It also makes these stories a bit unpredictable if those characters don't seem to go there.

    It's also a classic prequel trick. The show "Better Call Saul" took sleazy, well-to-do criminal lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad. But they deliberately had him be the opposite of what he was on the original show in the prequel. Poor, living in a nail salon, struggling to be a good brother, and -- while he had sleazy tendencies -- he kept rejecting them to do the right thing, probably to the frustration of people who wanted the funny, sleazy guy. It made the character more complex and when the show ultimately told what happened after Breaking Bad, the character did things that you'd never expect from watching Breaking Bad. Critics who stuck with it called it one of the best prequels.

    The Joe stuff especially here is a prequel/origin story. By having characters start in unfamiliar or unexpected places, how they get where they're going becomes interesting -- and once they arrive in those familiar roles, we may see them do new things.

    Maybe Baroness is a loyal Joe who hooks up with Destro due to their overpowering chemistry and they have a baby and she defects because protecting their kid means siding with Cobra.

    Maybe Mercer ends up on Cobra's bad side over refusing to kill a kid and ends up on the run and defecting to G.I. Joe! But then maybe his character arc has a natural but surprising second swing when he actually goes through with killing a kid to stop a Cobra plot.

    Just silly examples, really. But the underlying idea is that the characters get to be unexpected by starting on the "wrong" side and then when/if they do end up in their traditional roles then they now have backstory that can lead them to do new or unexpected things.
     
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    My feeling has always been that GIJOE goes fine with Transformers... but Transformers doesn't mix with GIJOE, if that makes sense.

    This is because I've always been a fan of the Larry Hama Joe stuff (Marvel and beyond) and that kind of storytelling happens in a particular kind of universe and contains certain kinds of possibilities... and Transformers just mess all of that up.

    (so yes, obviously the overt scifi treatment of GIJOE from the Sunbow series never appealed to me. It always seemed VASTLY inferior to the comics)

    Meanwhile, if you're reading a Transformers series, who cares if there's an Earth-based special forces team with named characters? I mean, it feels like there should be such a team, so why not use Joes?

    So I have mixed feelings about all of this.

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    As long as the Transformers retain agency as characters and don't have it stripped from them in favor of the Joes (like nearly every single other time), then I'm good.

    Skybound's stuff is extremely promising so far.

    Their Optimus Prime alone blows IDW's clean out of the water, and I'll not hear any different.
     
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    I will say, the inclusion of other franchises in this universe is way better than how the IDW comics did it, at least for now.

    Anyways, the new Energon Universe (is that what it's called?) comic series seems to be pretty good, read a few issues of it already and I love the story already.
    I've also just finished reading Cobra Commander #1 and I like it a lot, even though I'm not a fan of G.I. Joes (I read it only for the Megatron cameo).

    Altogether I'm quite excited for future issues of this comic series. The art style is awesome, writing is great, the action feels rather necessary, it's not edgy, everything is near perfect. Skybound really knows what they're doing.
     
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    So Cobra Commander is keeping a damaged Megatron captive and playing Isaac Sumdac with him? We have seen that in like, TWO TF-Joe crossovers already. Usually does not end well for CC.
    Honestly, the issues I read of the new TF comic left me just lukewarm. Neither the art nor the writing is exceptional or interesting. I was not blown away like with was with The War Within at DW, Infiltraton and Lost Light at IDW.
     
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    Most fiction that has ever been created anywhere is selfindulgent normaltrash propaganda crap.
    mangas contain the same evil normal prittleprattle as western fiction.
    Very few works of fiction have ever aimed to tell an interesting and creative story that isn't dragged down by self-important normaltrash propaganda.
     
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    I understand this sentiment. So far it has been easy to put the different storylines together since there is only a handful of issues but western comics requiring fan-made read orders to do what a manga would have just had as sequential chapters can be exhausting.
     
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    Your taking my statement to make a comment on whatever irrelevant point you're making.

    The Advantage Manga has over Western comics is that the series are self contained. You don't have to read any volumes of Naruto to get into One-piece. You don't have to read any Bleach to get JJK.

    You just pick up Volume 1 of whatever it is that you want to read.

    I still shudder at the IDW read order. Not just how not fun it was, but how much utter dogshit IDW released along it's run. The highs were high, but the lows were below ground.
     
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