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Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Anonymous. » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:49 am

Courtesy of IDW, we have our preview for the Wednesday release of Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker. Much like Transformers Spotlight: Orion Pax, this issue is set in the past - featuring the likes of the titled character, Bumblebee, and Metroplex. Check it out below!

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Grimlock64 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:36 am

Hey, Waspinator, whatcha, um... whatcha doing here in this G1 comic? You doing some sight seeing? Visiting some old friends? That's cool, that's cool.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Hans » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:21 am

Looks great! That second page reminds me of one of those classic Star Wars comics by Al Williamson :)
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby VioMeTriX » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:53 am

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looking forward, and they are doing well to keep it true to FOC... wish for once we would have a steady and continuous story... not a rewriting of the history every 2 - 3 years.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Flashwave » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:32 am

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Grimlock64 wrote:Hey, Waspinator, whatcha, um... whatcha doing here in this G1 comic? You doing some sight seeing? Visiting some old friends? That's cool, that's cool.


I saw that. And with Insecticons, o less. I guess he had to be someone before the Beast Wars...

Nice fanwank there, idw, well played.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Skywarp64 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:10 am

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:44 am

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Flashwave wrote:
Grimlock64 wrote:Hey, Waspinator, whatcha, um... whatcha doing here in this G1 comic? You doing some sight seeing? Visiting some old friends? That's cool, that's cool.


I saw that. And with Insecticons, o less. I guess he had to be someone before the Beast Wars...

Nice fanwank there, idw, well played.


Skywarp64 wrote:What the hell is Waspinator doing there? :???:


Not to worry! Knowing the character, he will blown to bits almost immediately if he shows up again in the issue.

All back to normal. :D

Not sure how much I'm looking forward to this, but if it leads to BuBMlebee and Megatron it's a keeper.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:59 am

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I like the art. More classic style flashbacks it seems. Not sure about the story though. But I do love pre AHM Bludgeon.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby SLUGSLINGER81 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:20 am

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Grimlock64 wrote:Hey, Waspinator, whatcha, um... whatcha doing here in this G1 comic? You doing some sight seeing? Visiting some old friends? That's cool, that's cool.


Just read that in Mark Walhberg's voice...classic! :lol:
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby YoungPrime » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:40 am

VioMeTriX wrote:looking forward, and they are doing well to keep it true to FOC... wish for once we would have a steady and continuous story... not a rewriting of the history every 2 - 3 years.

No, the writers are actually adhering to "Autocracy's" story among others in IDW continuum. Nothing said in this Spotlight has been changed.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Ultra Markus » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:59 pm

Motto: "“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight"
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so does that explain were metro-titan came from?
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Sodan-1 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:58 am

Motto: "Motive is a universal weakness."
Waspinator? Indeed, what the hell? Not only is his presence unusual, but so is his size. And what the fook is wrong with Bludgeon's arm in that last panel of his? Maybe he's mocking Grimlock's stumpy alt-mode arms.

Seeing that panel of all those Titans leaving Cybertron has put me in a ridiculously expensive troop building mood.

I'm intrigued to know where this story is going.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Flashwave » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:39 pm

Motto: "Our society's downfall will not be this war. The war IS our society. That which will get us will be the little things. Some humanoid race, some tossed cannon, the little things that no one looks out for. THAT is for what we must be vigilant."
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Sodan-1 wrote:Waspinator? Indeed, what the hell? Not only is his presence unusual, but so is his size. And what the fook is wrong with Bludgeon's arm in that last panel of his? Maybe he's mocking Grimlock's stumpy alt-mode arms.

Seeing that panel of all those Titans leaving Cybertron has put me in a ridiculously expensive troop building mood.

I'm intrigued to know where this story is going.


Yes, but Waspinator's animated form was more tf sized. And before you say "yeah, but that was Animated," where did Bulkhead come from?
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby El Duque » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:11 pm

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The official Transformers facebook page has shared the Creator Commentary for Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker. Writer John Barber shares his thoughts on the first five pages. We've mirrored the commentary below for those without facebook access.


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PAGE 1- Thundercracker is with a group of Decepticons who appear to be looking for Metroplex. What was your motivation to tie this story into recent events involving Metroplex from TRANSFORMERS: AUTOCRACY and the MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Annuals?

JOHN BARBER: Well, as much as this story is a nice, self-contained war-era Thundercracker story, it also plays into the bigger picture of what’s happening in the ongoing ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE stories. It was important to writer James Roberts (who’s writing three of the other SPOTLIGHT comics) and I—and Nick Roche, when he wrote SPOTLIGHT: MEGATRON—that these stories have an impact on the continuing Transformers comics—and to each other.

This story in particular continues a thread that James started in the SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX comic last month–that Thundercracker and a few other Decepticons on Metroplex’s tail. Except now they’ve had it confirmed that Metroplex is real. You don’t have to have read that other SPOTLIGHT—I mean, you should, it’s a good comic—but you don’t have to read it. There are just some threads that will weave in and out of all of the spotlights. This page, in particular, was also an opportunity to sort of line up some of the things we’d learned about Metroplex and the other Titans, from various comics. Clarify everything, to some degree, and make sure everybody sees how it coheres.

Also, it was cool to get to see Chee draw these guys crawling around, looking for stuff. Chee and I worked together on an issue of TRANSFORMERS: SECTOR SEVEN a few years ago, and it was great to work with him again. He’s a master of clear storytelling, and I love the visual quality he brings to the ’bots. They’re not shiny and smooth—they’re kinda scraped-up and lived-in.

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PAGE 2- Thundercracker and the Decepticons continue their search for Metroplex. How’d you find the challenge of writing Thundercracker, a Decepticon who necessarily doesn’t want to be one?

JOHN BARBER: I think that reluctance is a defining characteristic of him, yet we know he goes on to remain a loyal Decepticon for millions of years after the end of this issue. What I wanted to show here was a key moment of decision for him—when the doubts start creeping in about the Decepticon methods, if not the ultimate goals. He tries to tell himself the mission is more important than his own morality, but I think it’s eating at him a little. It’ll eat at him more as the story goes on.

We see him looking at Autobots and Decepticons as individuals throughout the story—like, he bristles a little at his commanding officer, and during the story he gains a grudging respect for at least one Autobot. I think that’s the key to him—he sees the two sides as made up of individuals, some good and some bad, and over the centuries that wears away his allegiance to a symbol or a movement.

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PAGE 3- Back story on Metroplex and the Metrotitans, along with a link to SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX. How much trading/give or take did you have to do with James Roberts (SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX writer) to tie your story’s together and potentially have then read as a single narrative?

JOHN BARBER: That was the plan from the beginning. He used a couple characters in ORION PAX that I thought would be good to use here, picking up on their lives after some time had passed. And there were a couple characters that had shown up here, that wound up in Orion Pax. It was a pretty natural collaboration. We were each building forward and back from ideas we each had.

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PAGE 4- More backstory on Metroplex and what happened to him after AUTOCRACY. With all of this new information we are getting on the Titans, is there still plenty more to tell with these giant race of Cybertronians?

JOHN BARBER: Yeah—definitely more to come with the Titans. As you may guess, something big is on the horizon with them… They’re huge and dangerous and mysterious and lots of people seem interested in them. So, yeah, there’s definitely more to tell, and more to be revealed about what’s happened in the past.

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PAGE 5- Thundercracker heads back to his home base. We haven’t seen him appear in either of the ongoing comic book series, since the “Chaos” storyline in 2011. Any chance he could reappear, and will his choices in this issue have lasting consequences?

JOHN BARBER: Thundercracker didn’t return to Cybertron with most of the other Cybertronians—and this is something we’ll see a little of in SPOTLIGHT: BUMBLEBEE in March. So what he’s been doing, how he’s been keeping busy… all of that hasn’t been revealed yet. I say “yet," so, yeah, I think his story is far from over.

I will hint that there’s a character in SPOTLIGHT: THUNDERCRACKER who isn’t Thundercracker (or an obvious pick like Bumblebee or Metroplex or Bludgeon) who’s going to play a pretty big role in the Transformers comics in the next year or so…
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Sodan-1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:14 pm

Motto: "Motive is a universal weakness."
Flashwave wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:Waspinator? Indeed, what the hell? Not only is his presence unusual, but so is his size. And what the fook is wrong with Bludgeon's arm in that last panel of his? Maybe he's mocking Grimlock's stumpy alt-mode arms.

Seeing that panel of all those Titans leaving Cybertron has put me in a ridiculously expensive troop building mood.

I'm intrigued to know where this story is going.


Yes, but Waspinator's animated form was more tf sized. And before you say "yeah, but that was Animated," where did Bulkhead come from?

Well, if it's alright with you, my response was going to be 'oh yeah, fair point.' I've got no problem with folk taking issue with what I actually say, but please don't presume to know how my side of the conversation is going to go. That's just wude. :-(
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby Va'al » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:04 am

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Sodan-1 wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:Waspinator? Indeed, what the hell? Not only is his presence unusual, but so is his size. And what the fook is wrong with Bludgeon's arm in that last panel of his? Maybe he's mocking Grimlock's stumpy alt-mode arms.

Seeing that panel of all those Titans leaving Cybertron has put me in a ridiculously expensive troop building mood.

I'm intrigued to know where this story is going.


Yes, but Waspinator's animated form was more tf sized. And before you say "yeah, but that was Animated," where did Bulkhead come from?

Well, if it's alright with you, my response was going to be 'oh yeah, fair point.' I've got no problem with folk taking issue with what I actually say, but please don't presume to know how my side of the conversation is going to go. That's just wude. :-(


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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker Preview

Postby padfoo » Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:25 pm

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I am really enjoying this story, I get really tired of the old he is good and he is bad. I hope we see more of this type of character portrayal in the future and not just with Thundercracker.
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Retrospective Reviews - Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker

Postby Va'al » Wed May 15, 2013 11:46 am

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THA-BOOM
(Spoiler free-ish)


With this week's reveal of the official images of Generations Hoist and Thundercracker, it's time to complete the reviews for the Spotlight series, which now seems to have concluded as far as we know. Read the others so far: Orion Pax, Megatron and Trailcutter and Hoist.

Time for Spotlight: Thundercracker!

Synopsis

In the dark days of the war for Cybertron, THUNDERCRACKER had a special mission—one never revealed before! Now, as he faces off against BUMBLEBEE for the first time, the fate of METROPLEX—and an entire civilization - is at stake!


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The first of many THA-BOOMs



Story

Like Orion Pax, this issue takes place before Transformers: Autocracy and, in fact, after the previous Spotlight issue too. It carries on the Metroplex, and later Metrotitans plot, while focusing on everyone's favourite reluctant Seeker(?).


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And Waspinator!


The story does continue and pick up previous threads quite nicely, but there are some elements that just don't feel right. Why does he keep information to himself? Does it really follow directly from him not being a fully-convinced Decepticon? How does it advantage his own goals - if he has any?

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What indeed


The events in the issue do involve combat, and we're again introduced to Bumblebee (and some other 'Bots), the next Spotlight feature. But it all seems so rushed, and the Metroplex plot is resolved extremely quickly, deciding to focus on the planet's inhabitants instead.

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And they ain't pretty


I'm glad that the Metrotitan plot is developed further, and we get some insight into the powers and abilities of the big 'uns. The protagonist's characterisation, while interesting is a bit.. I actually can't think of the right words. Wait for the Thoughts section, below.

Art

I really don't mind Chee's work on this issue! I think there are some really good pages and detailing, even though the perspective is not always consistent with all the characters. The protagonist himself has some chin-length issues, and I'm still a bit confused about the alt-mode: the robot seems to be based on the upcoming toy (FoC mold) but the jet really isn't. Artistic license?

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Another!


Ronda Pattinson's colours are a very nice touch, too, and work really well between background and foreground, and there's a lot of space to colour outside of ships, around planets and you know, space, up there. Shawn Lee's lettering is nice, and creators always seem to enjoy playing with Thundercracker's signature soundword: THA-BOOM.

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See? Nice contrast


Overall, the artwork does present some minor faults, but nothing that distracted me from the story. The idea for the Spotlights is a good one, as new artistic teams can showcase their talent and abilities to different audiences, and this one, to me, delivers.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The story isn't bad, but I kept having the feeling that something was missing, constantly. It was a nice way for Barber to blend different plots, but not enough time was given to either as a result, unfortunately. And like Thundercracker, I'm not really sure what I come away with.

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Er.. ok


If you haven't read this issue yet, it's not that much of a problem. It pads in some stuff for what is hopefully to come, gives some information on the Metrotitans and Metroplex, kind of rounds off Thundercracker, and then just leaves it there. Shame really.

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