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Postby Blurrz » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:10 am

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I would like to officially lobby for a full time comic to follow around Nick Roche’s Wreckers, and/or his new/old baddie Overlord. How about ‘Tales of the Wreckers’? Last stand be damned.

Last week, we didn't have the opportunity to review LSOTW #3 (of 5), but it needs to be discussed. Since it is no secret about my love of that series as opposed to the Transformers Ongoing, I am going to review each comic, sort of step by step, and you can be the judge. Juxtaposing the plot, characters, and so forth may help me to like TFOngoing more...or less. Hoping maybe it gives you all a chance to sound off on the similarities and differences you like as well.

First of all, Wreckers #3 came out last week. There are not a lot of secrets left about that issue. Transformers Ongoing #5 brings March to a close this week...but does it close in an exciting and stormbringery manner, or just kind of pitter around, quietly going about it’s business in a petrorabbit like way?

TFOn #5: The first six pages are a dialogue between Major Witwicky and Optimus Prime. Spike is trying to find out what is motiviating Optimus Prime and the Autobots on Earth. Optimus Prime is reflecting on his leadership abilities, and reasons through aloud to Spike, why it is that he left the Autobots. Deeply heartfelt, and sentimental, this section contradicts and yet compliments the other section of the book. Spike seems to start to understand that there is more than a war torn leader here, and that Optimus’ actions may not be some strategic ploy. Optimus is trying to learn, but has been both selfish, and selfless at the same time in his surrender to the humans.

OPTIMUS PRIME:
“We needed to change. And so I chose to abdicate, and to turn myself upon your mercy for what my leadership has brought to your world.”

“You humans have the ability to learn in less than a single lifetime what it has taken me uncountable generations to grasp.”


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But what if Optimus leaving the Autobots has caused an even worse fate to be thrust upon them than what would have been if he stayed?
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LSOTW #3: The first two pages are Overlord freeing Shockwave from Garrus-9, and Shockwave monocularly seeing through Overlord’s ploy, as an attempt to get Megatron’s attention. The phase six robot idea is brought up again...

OVERLORD:
“Having one eye makes you see the world in unusual ways, Shockwave...”

SHOCKWAVE:
“Thankfully. You’re not the first phase sixer to bait Megatron, Overlord...”

OVERLORD:
“True. But I only need to be the last...”


Fantastic dialogue. One can ‘hear’ these powerful robots having this conversation.

They have reached a bargain, and Shockwave is going to remove a virus that Overlord has, a blindspot, that Shockwave himself installed on Megatron’s orders in exchange for a crew, ship, and his freedom. We are led to wonder what this blindspot is or did? And how will Overlord be without it? Could this be like the kill switch that Sixshot had in him that Starscream used successfully in the -tion series?

Then, the next four pages-- Wreckers getting in over their heads, making a crash landing on Garrus-9, and infiltrating in two smaller groups. A very fun part, Fisitron’s Unofficial Wreckers’ Training Manual narrative absolutely contradicting the actions of said Wreckers’ actions on the pages. A nicely done piece of writing and art there. Very well thought out.

ROTORSTORM:
“Bold words Overlord. But you reckoned without one thing... Wreckers combine!”


*Pause*

ROTORSTORM:
“Well, I thought it was funny.”


An entertained Overlord ends up delivering the real punchline to the joke, and ending the life of Rotorstorm.
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TFOn #5: Ultra Magnus proceeds to the Autobot headquarters cave, and decides he needs to deputize some of Bumblebee’s team to help him arrest the offending group (Rodimus’ group offended Ultra Magnus last issue, Magnus made like the Terminator and vowed to be back after he was summarily dismissed by Rodimus PRIME’s, perhaps, short-sighted thinking).

Ultra Magnus:
“We’re heading out in ten minutes. Get Huffer to bring me some Energon.”


Poor Huffer.

Cliffjumper:
“Who’s Rodimus?”


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Witwicky’s new ride (Brakedown) is ‘jacked by Dead End, and Dragstrip with him in it. Spike makes a funny right before he goes for this fateful drive...

Spike:
“...unless some robot turns up that’s capable of eating the entire planet or something, don’t bother me, I’m heading out for a drive to clear my head.”


Foreshadow? Mr. Costa you do tease.

And the Stunticons true motivations are somewhat revealed as they communicate about the squishing of the pesky human even at the expense of their damaged teammate.

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Spoiler and bad news: Spike escapes squashing.
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LSOTW #3: Non-stop action as the Wreckers are in deep doo-doo. Both teams are overrun by cons, but they do not look as sharp, or as powerful as it seems we were led to believe they were in their legendary buildups in Stormbringer and the -tion series.

Jumpstarter fans are rewarded with some cool fan-wank about shared sparks. Turns out these two are like the Tomax and Xamot of the TF G1 Universe. (Don’t know who Tomax and Xamot are? Read G.I. Joe: Cobra II for some insight).

We also get to learn the fate of two Autobots in this issue that we have not heard from since issue #1. Poor Kickoff...You did not choose wisely. Or Overlord is simply sick and messed up.

Overlord issues rewards for the Wreckers’ heads...Decepticons get motivated. Wreckers get sloppy.
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TFOn #5: Swindle tinkers with the Stunticons...‘fixing’ Brakedown. Bluestreak comments on the sudden overwhelming Decepticon interest in this action and how much time they are devoting to it instead of the ship. FORESHADOW!

Magnus and his Barney Fifes head back to the illegal starship created by Team Rodimus and Team Swindle. Ultra Magnus makes his normal decree about being an officer of the Tyrest Accord, he has a warrant, etc. Rodimus says no leave us alone, Bumblebee tries to step in. Magnus dismisses them both.

Swindle comes over to the negotiations, offers to “take over from here” almost giddy. Definitely smug.

Rodimus is confused. Swindle’s and the Decepticons’ true colors are revealed as he offers to take the ship, and kill every Autobot here, starting with Magnus.

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Guess who’s doing the killing? Swindle’s creation. Must have some illegal tech specs being the arms dealer and all because he sure did make some improvements...robot has skills.

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There is a very nicely rendered splash page here to emphasize the awesomeness of this creation’s 1st appearance in the IDW-verse. Nice work Don!
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LSOTW #3: The Wreckers luck upon Fortress Maximus next. Overlord was using his barely online husk to try to pick the lock codes that will let them in to ‘Aequitas’ cell. This mysterious thing (Aequitas) was introduced last issue, but we don’t know anymore about it now than we did then. All we know is it is important, even Prowl thinks so.

Issue #3 ends with one group of Wreckers being tortured and the other group looking to enter Aequitas’ cell...

PERCEPTOR:
“At last everyone, this is Aequitas. I don’t think introductions are appropriate, do you?” (Wreckers are looking up into very tall, well lit cell)

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Both issues were really solid reads this month. Wreckers is really panel to panel fun, both art and dialogue-wise.

Ongoing, while still the slower of the two stories, has come to a point where there is some good, solid action...that we should see next issue. Of course, being an ongoing series, story arcs can take more issues to build than in the minis.

If you have been reading these issues, you won’t be surprised by what is happening in either. Ongoing is doing its slow build to the excitement we should see in issue #6, where Rodimus’ ideals are ultimately betrayed, and we get some good bot on bot fighting. Fighting like we have been getting from issue #1 of the Wreckers series. The Don Fig TF Ongoing covers are dead giveaways of what is happening next. Looks like it should be a fun time based on the issue #6 wrap-around cover . Don has always been great at his splash pages, and his cover work. No surprise that this issue’s events warrant this ultra-awesome piece.

In the next issue of the Wreckers, we should see the reveal of Aequitas, and somehow, someone should be making a move to help out the Wreckers, or else issue #5 will be it. Maybe that’s why the series is called, “Last Stand of the Wreckers”. *sad*

‘Tales of the Wreckers’ needs to happen. Roche needs to be on it. Just saying.

I am curious as to how Mike Costa and Nick Roche were allowed to choose up characters for their series. Was it like a draft? After ‘All Hail Megatron’ and what we saw as a group that was Wreckers and a few others combined, we get split into groups that have Wreckers long time roster members left on Earth (noticeably Roadbuster, and Sandstorm), and new members joining in space.

The Earth-bound bots in ongoing don’t make sense to me. Why can’t they be extracted? Why didn’t the Wreckers come after Roadbuster, Sandstorm, Drift, Blurr, Hot Rod, Blaster, or any others that were with them before the great team meld of AHM?

I think my sense of time is off here. And I am confused by the end of AHM and who ended up where, and why, and what resources the Autobots have where. Who wasn’t confused by the end of AHM though?

Anyway, Wreckers is worth it, pick it up last week, Ongoing #5 comes out this week Wednesday, and well, same art, same story, slow build, and an exciting issue coming up next month! This issue is okay, and needed for story, but lacks the excitement of last week’s Wreckers. You can enjoy it for some fun puns, the Swindle-ness, or the art...

March’s Transformers comics end like a lamb-bot this week offering us something to get excited about in April anyway.

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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Blurrz » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:18 am

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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Dead Metal » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:39 am

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Unicron's going to show up or is that just a bit of a nod to the old-school stuff.

Yea this comic's starting to get pretty good, the faces get better and I love how Swindle looks like his TF Animated self.
I think I'll wait and see where this is going before I restart my subscription.
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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Oilspill » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:45 am

Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?
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Postby Dead Metal » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:44 am

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Oilspill wrote:Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?

It happened in between issues, which has to do with the whole taking place 3 years after Max Dinos.
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Postby Oilspill » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:50 am

Dead Metal wrote:
Oilspill wrote:Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?

It happened in between issues, which has to do with the whole taking place 3 years after Max Dinos.


Ah ha. Cheers my good man!
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Postby Dead Metal » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:03 am

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Dead Metal wrote:
Oilspill wrote:Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?

It happened in between issues, which has to do with the whole taking place 3 years after Max Dinos.


Ah ha. Cheers my good man!

Don't mention it, I was a little WTF?! myself when I saw what happened to Shocky. God I love idw Shockwave.
I bet we'll get a bit more on the Shockwave on G9 though, maybe as a mini series.
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Postby JRFitzpatrick7 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:32 am

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first let me say that I love reading the recent reviews of transformers comics, I find Tigertracks' musings of the goings-on in wreckers, bee, and ongoing interesting and tidbits about eastereggs laid throughout the story are very helpful to this adolescent fan (meaning i'm approximately a 7th grader trying to catch up to the university students who know a bit more). That being said, I wish these came out after the release date, I feel these reviews are fairly spoiler heavy considering how much story we get from IDW per issue. It's hard enough trying (and failing) not to read the 3-5 page previews every week, now I have those and a very interesting review to wrestle with internally. I do also appreciate the exclusivity of the review to this site. All that being said, I feel it would make for a better dialogue in the discussion of each review if they came out the day-of or day-after, give readers a chance to pick up a copy, read it a few times and bounce questions and comments off eachother. I loved th rehash of wreckers this week, bummed I had to spoil ongoing to read it.

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Postby Darth Bombshell » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:40 am

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Dead Metal wrote:It happened in between issues, which has to do with the whole taking place 3 years after Max Dinos.


So essentially, it amounts to little more than "it happened off screen, so we don't need to explain it." Which pretty much sums up the whole of the ongoing, really.

It sounds like Costa continues to have no clue how to write for a Transformers comic, and has all the subtlety of a runaway train when trying. (Re: the Unicron gag. Ugh.)
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Postby Cyberstrike » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:59 am

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Darth Bombshell wrote:It sounds like Costa continues to have no clue how to write for a Transformers comic, and has all the subtlety of a runaway train when trying. (Re: the Unicron gag. Ugh.)



Like Transformers: Animated were any better on the subtlety of the homages/nods/winks/gags durning all 3 seasons of that show.
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Postby Darth Bombshell » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:05 am

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Cyberstrike wrote:Like Transformers: Animated were any better on the subtlety of the homages/nods/winks/gags durning all 3 seasons of that show.
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As a matter of fact, I didn't very much like that, either, especially in Season 3, when it obviously got out of control.
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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby MYoung23 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:10 am

Oilspill wrote:Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?


In Maximum Dinobots #5 Grimlock blew up a building filled with explosives with he and Shockwave in it and it incapacitated Shockwave.

When Ultra Magnus is talking to Grimlock in his cell after Scorponok was defeated he mentions to Grimlock that he has both Shockwave and Scorponok in custody.

Garrus-9 must have been the place where Ultra Magnus took them.
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Postby Dead Metal » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:01 am

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Oilspill wrote:Fill me in. When did Shockwave get taken to Garrus-9? I forget.

Last I rememeber he was on Earth. Am I forgetting something from Max Dinos or something?


In Maximum Dinobots #5 Grimlock blew up a building filled with explosives with he and Shockwave in it and it incapacitated Shockwave.

When Ultra Magnus is talking to Grimlock in his cell after Scorponok was defeated he mentions to Grimlock that he has both Shockwave and Scorponok in custody.

Garrus-9 must have been the place where Ultra Magnus took them.

#-o I just rechecked my copy, and noticed that I had missed reading the final page. Yes I managed to not read the final page of a comic. :BOOM:
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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Oilspill » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:14 am

Haha, looks like I need to re-read Max Dinos too.
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Postby zodconvoy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:18 pm

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say "Aequitas" is a ship like the Wreckers had in Stormbringer, the "Xantium" which had visable robot parts and looked very Fort Max like. The now limbless Maximus will be plugged in to it, finally meeting the minimal height requirement for the name "Fortress" and throwing down with Overlord. Remember Sixshot versus Metroplex from the Spotlight? Wreckers style!
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Postby Supreme Convoy » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:59 pm

Just read Transformers #5.

I love Swindle now :)
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Postby Mechabreaker » Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:55 pm

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Postby Random » Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:31 pm

I'm really liking this series so far. Just have a few questions:

Is Swindle considered a Combaticon at this time? It seems to be that he will be the creator of Bruticus if it ever comes to that. Have they showed the other Combaticons yet?

I was hoping at some point Devastator would have been brought into play during the building of the ship. Does he even exist yet? He may have been in AHM and I can't recall at this time.

All in all, the story is interesting...just having some issues with timelines and various versions of the same story.
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Postby Calvatron » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:46 pm

Random wrote:I'm really liking this series so far. Just have a few questions:

Is Swindle considered a Combaticon at this time? It seems to be that he will be the creator of Bruticus if it ever comes to that. Have they showed the other Combaticons yet?

I was hoping at some point Devastator would have been brought into play during the building of the ship. Does he even exist yet? He may have been in AHM and I can't recall at this time.

All in all, the story is interesting...just having some issues with timelines and various versions of the same story.



The Combaticons were shown in Spotlight:Arcee. They invaded Garrus 9 for Bonzaitron and captured the Monstercons. But swindle has never been seen near them in this incarnation. He seems to be an bit of an outcast among the other decepticons.
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Postby Darth Bombshell » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:48 pm

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Calvatron wrote:The Combaticons were shown in Spotlight:Arcee. They invaded Garrus 9 for Bonzaitron and captured the Monstercons. But swindle has never been seen near them in this incarnation. He seems to be an bit of an outcast among the other decepticons.


Or we can chalk it up to the fact that Costa, obviously having no knowledge of what happened in the IDW TFverse before he started to work on it, just decided to have him there.
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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Calvatron » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:41 pm

Darth Bombshell wrote:
Calvatron wrote:The Combaticons were shown in Spotlight:Arcee. They invaded Garrus 9 for Bonzaitron and captured the Monstercons. But swindle has never been seen near them in this incarnation. He seems to be an bit of an outcast among the other decepticons.


Or we can chalk it up to the fact that Costa, obviously having no knowledge of what happened in the IDW TFverse before he started to work on it, just decided to have him there.



As much as you are pretty good about expressing and validating your opinions, i fail to see what Costa's writing and placement of Swindle on Earth has anything to do with Furman's portrayal of Swindle and his relationship to the other Combaticons.
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Postby Blurrz » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:45 pm

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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby MYoung23 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:11 pm

Random wrote:I'm really liking this series so far. Just have a few questions:

Is Swindle considered a Combaticon at this time? It seems to be that he will be the creator of Bruticus if it ever comes to that. Have they showed the other Combaticons yet?

I was hoping at some point Devastator would have been brought into play during the building of the ship. Does he even exist yet? He may have been in AHM and I can't recall at this time.

All in all, the story is interesting...just having some issues with timelines and various versions of the same story.



As mentioned above the Combaticons were in Spotlight: Arcee. I think Swindle is part of the Combaticons. He was seen in a battle with Monstructor alongside Arcee, Bonzai-Tron and the other Comabaticons in Spotlight: Sideswipe after Arcee agreed to help Bonzai-Tron track down Monstructor as part of her quest to find Jhiaxus in Spotlight: Hardhead.

In regard to Devastator he was wreaking havoc in New York in AHM and wound up getting ran through by Omega Supreme in AHM #12 and the Constructicons have seemingly been either been split up or some are not operational. In Transformers Ongoing #4 Swindle wants to bring in more Contructicons but Rodimus wisely objects. The last thing the Autobots need is to have all the Constructicons together and once the ship is finished they form Devastator, kill the Autobots and take off. I haven't read TO #5 yet but I guess Swindle quickly moved on to Plan B.
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Re: Transformers: Ongoing #5 Reviewed and Last Stand of the Wreckers #3 Rehashed!

Postby Supreme Convoy » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:10 pm

Did anyone see Swindle's plan coming?

I knew that the Decepticons were up to something. Hell, we even saw the cover of #6 with Menasor but it was still shocking to see Swindle admit that they're stilling a ship and just built Menasor.

I was legitimately surprised.
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