Dead Metal wrote:Comics wise (G1), I never liked them I've tried getting into them a couple of times but never managed to really enjoy myself while reading them or even care enough to read following issues.
That's interesting, since I've been reading the Marvel Comics for the first time recently and found them to be better than the cartoon for the main reason that they told a story
. Each issues, more or less, matters to some degree in regards to the overall story of the series. Whereas the cartoon, aside from the first few episodes, some multi-parters, some new character debut episodes, and the movie, was largely just filler stories with little-to-no nutritional value or development to the overall story. It felt to me that the Marvel Comics told an actual story, while the cartoon merely told a ton of sidestories.
Still, that isn't to say that the Marvel Comics were superior in every way. There were plenty of stinkers throughout its run. I'd say the best stuff came at the beginning and at the point when Simon Furman took over after Bob Budiansky. There were some few good issues here and there in the middle, but the best ones came near the start and towards the end. And in the UK. Oh MAN, the UK stuff rocks! The Marvel UK comics are SO much richer in story and character than most of the Marvel U.S. stuff.
Though, the Marvel G2 comics weren't of the same caliber as this. They felt kinda disappointing, being "dark for the sake of being dark" with less gravitas than Furman's G1 stuff.
Haven't read the Dreamwave or IDW G1 stuff yet, so I'm still working on that.
But there is one thing I will say the cartoon handled better than the Marvel Comics: Characterization. While Marvel did characterize some characters, the couldn't get all of them. The cartoon, however, gave personality to many of them, even if some of them were mere archetypes. Though, there were still some that the cartoon didn't develop as much, so I guess they both kinda fall short of this, with the cartoon being less so.
Still, it was the comics that made me really come to appreciate the likes of Ratchet, Shockwave, Soundwave, Ravage, Bumblebee/Goldbug, Blaster, Zarak/Scorponok, Thunderwing, Bludgeon, Carnivac, Ultra Magnus, Unicron, and others. whereas the cartoon didn't give them the great portrayals that the comics did.