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Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby El Duque » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:26 pm

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Our friends at IDW have supplied us with the preview for the final issue of Transformers: Autocracy. Enjoy the preview below.

TRANSFORMERS: Autocracy #12
Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (w) • Livio Ramondelli
12 CHAPTER DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE SERIES! Its time for the endgame! OPTIMUS PRIME comes face-to-face with MEGATRON and the fate of their world hangs in the balance! Nothing will be the same after this EXTRA-LENGTH conclusion!


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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Stormrider » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:02 pm

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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby MGrotusque » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:27 pm

So whats the common consensus on the Autocracy series? I haven't been to the comic shop in eons so i haven't been picking any up but these little 5 pagers i'm reading in the forums here seem pretty interesting to me. I like what i'm seeing so far.

I'll have to wait for the trades to come out now to get the whole story.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Sodan-1 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:43 am

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monstergrotusque wrote:So whats the common consensus on the Autocracy series? I haven't been to the comic shop in eons so i haven't been picking any up...

From my understanding no one's been picking this series up from the comic shops and generally speaking folks seem to really like it.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby zodconvoy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:51 am

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Sodan-1 wrote:
monstergrotusque wrote:So whats the common consensus on the Autocracy series? I haven't been to the comic shop in eons so i haven't been picking any up...

From my understanding no one's been picking this series up from the comic shops and generally speaking folks seem to really like it.


What he's trying to say is that it's a digital series, only available for download until the trade comes out. If you want to read it online, there are plenty of places where it can be found but even after reading it online, I'm getting the trade. I've already read 11.5 of 12 and I'm still willing to plop $20 on the counter for it. It's that good.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Hotrodimust » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:29 pm

It was a good story but the ending was kinda done before lol
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Burn » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:59 pm

Yeah ... issues 1 - 11 were good, but issue 12, aside from recycling one particular scene, just felt a little flat. There needs to be some form of continuation.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Trikeboy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:56 pm

The good:

Dynobots
Metroplex
Prowl's foreshadowing to the current IDW storyline

The bad:

reused ending from Transformers The Movie
the ending felt rushed
where did all the Decepticons go?

All in all, Autocracy has been ok but it is not my favorite Optimus Prime/Autobot origin story. I loved the inclusion of Metroplex and he really kicks ass. The Dynobots have a funny panel too. However, I felt the ending was very rushed and it is obvious they will do a sequel. The call back to old stuff like last issue's "More than you imagine Optimus Prime" just feels sloppy even though the ending was changed. It felt like a fanboy rewriting the end of that scene.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Jazz813 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:03 am

Trikeboy wrote:The good:

Dynobots
Metroplex
Prowl's foreshadowing to the current IDW storyline

The bad:

reused ending from Transformers The Movie
the ending felt rushed
where did all the Decepticons go?

All in all, Autocracy has been ok but it is not my favorite Optimus Prime/Autobot origin story. I loved the inclusion of Metroplex and he really kicks ass. The Dynobots have a funny panel too. However, I felt the ending was very rushed and it is obvious they will do a sequel. The call back to old stuff like last issue's "More than you imagine Optimus Prime" just feels sloppy even though the ending was changed. It felt like a fanboy rewriting the end of that scene.


That's true, I must admit that I was a little dissapointed of the last issue. Flint Dille tried to maked the thing right this time but it didn't work. Because I thought it would be a great original showdown between Optimus Prime and Megatron. But then this...to recycling some scenes...
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby El Duque » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:33 pm

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The official Transformers facebook page has posted the creator commentary for IDW's Transformers: Autocracy #12. Writer Chris Metzen shares his thoughts on the first 5 pages, which has been mirrored below for those without facebook access.


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PAGE 1: The big climatic battle begins. After 11 previous issues, was this the way the story was always going to end, or did it go through different versions before arriving at what we see here?

CHRIS METZEN: This was it! When we started conceptualizing the story, we knew it was really all about Hot Rod – and how he was at this tipping point between the two ideologies… we wanted Prime and Megatron to duke it out – but create a scenario where Hot Rod would finally have to buck up and “choose” which side he’d be on. Given my obsession with the 1986 animated film, it seemed like a slam-dunk to relook at that famous “duel” scene and spin it the other way. I think Flint really wanted to push the idea of Hot Rod getting a “web-redemption” and making good for the screw-up all those years ago. This ending was one of our favorite scenes in the series.

That said, even 12 pages was pretty tight to get all these ideas to “breathe” and really take shape. But I think as people read the series all in one sitting, they’ll see that Hot Rod was always right in the center of the tale – and this ending both pays homage to his role in the franchise’s history, as well as his role in its future.

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PAGE 2- The Dynobots and a few familiar Autobot allies arrive to make their stand against Megatron as the battle escalates. Was going through the IDW backstory and finding places to bring these characters in a challenge in itself?

CHRIS METZEN: Sometimes. There were a few characters we wanted to show/include who (through some research) we discovered weren’t quite on the scene yet. But I feel we painted a pretty good illustration of the stakes and scale of the conflict and I’m very happy with the results. Hey, we got in HUFFER – so I’m good to go.

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PAGE 3- Zeta Prime’s Vamparc weapon reappears. We all saw how dangerous this was in previous issues. The new design and colors really give it that greater threat here.

CHRIS METZEN: Yeah, I think Livio [Ramondelli, the series artist] really portrayed the ultimate version of the weapon in a striking way. The whole vamparc concept was just a tool to illustrate how far Zeta and the Senate would go to maintain order. There’s something really draconian and elemental about the way Livio rendered the weapons and their effects. I also loved the scene at the end of 12 where we suggested that the vamparc stuff was just the tip of the iceberg… It was Flint [Dille, series co-writer]’s idea to show how Optimus handles that revelation - and I think the scene is a testament to how Optimus will be a different kind of Prime than any one before him.

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PAGE 4- Metroplex arrives too really up the odds, in terms of sheer size and scale! When thinking of these pages, was the way Livio does his pages always in the back of your minds?

CHRIS METZEN: The way Livio lays out his pages is always in our minds as we write the scripts. In many ways it defines how we approach the storytelling. Livio’s pages are so deep and cinematic; they just lend themselves to certain shots and angles. Doing something epic scale (like Metroplex smashing through a city) was always something we wanted to build toward. It’s always good to see Livio unleash.

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PAGE 5- Metroplex wrecks things and brings Megatron crashing down to Earth (or Cybertron in this case). Just how much bigger is this finale going to get!?

CHRIS METZEN: Umm... pretty damn big. It cuts right to the heart of the conflict between Prime and Megatron… The WAR has begun. It’s no holds barred from here out.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Trikeboy » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:59 pm

CHRIS METZEN: This was it! When we started conceptualizing the story, we knew it was really all about Hot Rod – and how he was at this tipping point between the two ideologies… we wanted Prime and Megatron to duke it out – but create a scenario where Hot Rod would finally have to buck up and “choose” which side he’d be on. Given my obsession with the 1986 animated film, it seemed like a slam-dunk to relook at that famous “duel” scene and spin it the other way. I think Flint really wanted to push the idea of Hot Rod getting a “web-redemption” and making good for the screw-up all those years ago. This ending was one of our favorite scenes in the series.


It was lazy to go back and it is nothing fan fiction writers haven't done before. That fight was boring because I have already seen it and it was much better animated. The dialog was the same so I went through it so fast. It was an epic battle in Transformers the Movie, in Autocracy, it just fell flat.
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Re: Transformers: Autocracy #12 Preview

Postby Hotrodimust » Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:09 am

Trikeboy wrote:
CHRIS METZEN: This was it! When we started conceptualizing the story, we knew it was really all about Hot Rod – and how he was at this tipping point between the two ideologies… we wanted Prime and Megatron to duke it out – but create a scenario where Hot Rod would finally have to buck up and “choose” which side he’d be on. Given my obsession with the 1986 animated film, it seemed like a slam-dunk to relook at that famous “duel” scene and spin it the other way. I think Flint really wanted to push the idea of Hot Rod getting a “web-redemption” and making good for the screw-up all those years ago. This ending was one of our favorite scenes in the series.


It was lazy to go back and it is nothing fan fiction writers haven't done before. That fight was boring because I have already seen it and it was much better animated. The dialog was the same so I went through it so fast. It was an epic battle in Transformers the Movie, in Autocracy, it just fell flat.

I agree
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