Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic

Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 9:58pm CDT

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Live from a hotel room in Louisville, Kentucky, this slightly jetlagged reviewer brings you a fresh update frome the 2016 BotCon event, in addition to the stellar work the news crew are doing in updating on the ground situation: a review of the event exclusive 'Dawn of the Predacus' comic - read on below!

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(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
In the last 48 hours of the Great War between Decepticons and Autobots, new measures are taken, paths chosen, fates decided, and acts of sacrifice kickstart a whole new saga...

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
4-10


Story

A comic which is clearly, undoubtedly, obviously, a pack-in story with a set of toys. A big toy advert. A narrative tying together toys that share a theme. Easy to get wrong. And yet, John-Paul Bove in his first official IDW Transformers writing gig, delivers a story that works on a number of levels.

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
..precisely


Much as anticipated in the interview we conducted with him, the comic contains a very good balance of fictional universes, setting up threads between G1 and Beast Wars which we both know the developments of, and others that could still yield something very very different - time will tell if we'll get an exploration of the latter, I suppose.

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
I laughed for a good minute, here


What works particularly well is the blend of lighter-hearted humour to what is, effectively, a fairly dark chapter in the history of the two narratives, and the end of a war in general - once again as a testimony to the two universes, with the G1 gravitas (resulting silly at times) and the BW intentional silliness.

Art

Corin Howell fits this melange excellently, too, with artwork focusing on the fraught, tired, elated - and wonderfully skeptical and sarcastic - emotions that are running amok across the different factions, not just two as we might think. The simpler, cartoony style fits the tone set by the script, and still delivers some great pages with a grim undercurrent.

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
(Wanted: rubber ducky!)


Both of which are undoubtedly helped by Bove returning in his role as colourist on the book, injecting his own authorial perspective of tonalities and emotive hues to the visual side of things, helped out by letterer Chris Mowry from the IDW stables. The lighting definitely heightens that contrast pointed out above, with contrasting, but not jarring, results.

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
What maniacal laughter?


Visual and verbal together, you might ask? Read some thoughts below, and make sure to look closer at the two covers available for the comic at the event, variant by Sara Pitre Durocher and string pulling, and 'regular' cover with all the souvenir characters by Robby Musso (both in thumbnail).

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Having read this in-hand, on-site, as soon as I possibly could, I feel odd giving a review and a mark to the book but you know what? It's good, and not just as a 'let's featured all the new toys and some old ones and sorta mash them together' way. Compared to previous releases from the BotCon team, we are several notches higher here, even with the full reveal of the souvenir figures in its pages - and even the main cover.

Transformers News: Review - BotCon 2016 FunPub/IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic
The Knights of Ren Prime


That may very well be Bove's writing, and the control he has over the art with colouring Howell's work, but the synergy between the two is palpable, as the overall tone of the book is set well by mixing light and heavy, positives and negatives, humour and gravitas, past and future. If you get a chance to read the issue, please do. It's truly enjoyable.. in fact, it's just Prime.

. :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: out of :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: :MAXIMAL:

Credit(s): Dr Va'al, IDW, FunPub


This article was last modified on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 3:17am CDT

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Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1778632)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 6th, 2016 @ 10:07pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:

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This. This just drove me insane. that is awesome and I love it :MAXIMAL:
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1778652)
Posted by Deadput on April 7th, 2016 @ 1:36am CDT
That revelation about a certain Inferno though man it was just you know.


I won't say anything else but those who read it will know what I'm talking about.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1778669)
Posted by Randomhero on April 7th, 2016 @ 6:18am CDT
I'll look forward to reading it in December when diamond releases it...if i remember. Totally spaced off last years which I was surprised about but then again Botcon comics are never a seek to get comic.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781056)
Posted by Va'al on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:23am CDT
*Some people* (Which I Kannot Identify) are being arses about the comic.
JP has some answers.

http://wordmongerer.tumblr.com/post/142 ... mers-story
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781058)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:27am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:*Some people* (Which I Kannot Identify) are being arses about the comic.
JP has some answers.

http://wordmongerer.tumblr.com/post/142 ... mers-story
In response to this, I've gone and made corrections to some of the complaints that those "some people" were making, but a lot of their points are still pretty valid, as some of JP's arguments really do conflict with what was depicted in the BW cartoon.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781067)
Posted by Va'al on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:42am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:*Some people* (Which I Kannot Identify) are being arses about the comic.
JP has some answers.

http://wordmongerer.tumblr.com/post/142 ... mers-story
In response to this, I've gone and made corrections to some of the complaints that those "some people" were making, but a lot of their points are still pretty valid, as some of JP's arguments really do conflict with what was depicted in the BW cartoon.


Valid point does not warrant being an arse about it, though.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781072)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:47am CDT
"Some people"? Am I missing something here?
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781077)
Posted by Va'al on April 14th, 2016 @ 11:03am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:"Some people"? Am I missing something here?


Some of the TFWiki editors/contributors were pretty mean about the write-up.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781129)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 14th, 2016 @ 12:55pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:"Some people"? Am I missing something here?


Some of the TFWiki editors/contributors were pretty mean about the write-up.

I see, just because they had issues with it? Doesn't seem very professional of them since they should be doing the wiki neutral
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781136)
Posted by Counterpunch on April 14th, 2016 @ 1:05pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:"Some people"? Am I missing something here?


Some of the TFWiki editors/contributors were pretty mean about the write-up.

I see, just because they had issues with it? Doesn't seem very professional of them since they should be doing the wiki neutral


Frankly, the people behind the wiki are not necessarily known for being professional. It's a clique. If you aren't on the inside, you essentially don't count.

That's not to say that it isn't a great source of information. It's just stereotypical caustic academic types.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781257)
Posted by RevTibe on April 14th, 2016 @ 6:09pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:"Some people"? Am I missing something here?


Some of the TFWiki editors/contributors were pretty mean about the write-up.

I see, just because they had issues with it? Doesn't seem very professional of them since they should be doing the wiki neutral


Frankly, the people behind the wiki are not necessarily known for being professional. It's a clique. If you aren't on the inside, you essentially don't count.

That's not to say that it isn't a great source of information. It's just stereotypical caustic academic types.
Eh, really? I do some editing on there occasionally, fix up typos, correct things, remove a bit of naff humor, make a few small articles etc. and I haven't encountered any such cliquishness (what a messy word) or causticity. Not familiar with the stereotypes, but experience in other communities tells me to never trust what one fansite says about another fansite.

I haven't done anything with the Dawn of Predacus article (haven't had the chance to read the comic), but most of the complaints on that list seemed to revolve around a face-value reading of the comic, since a lot of the author's response focuses on the ideal interpretation of these points. This seems fair enough, since the meat of an article should usually focus on a literal reading of the work, avoiding excessive interpretation, but now the site does have a source of authorial intent when filling out the later subsections of the article.

Edit: (The "me-too!" mentality of a lot of social media can definitely lead to excesses in the wiki's irreverent tone, but these usually seem to be stomped out fairly quickly. I can't draw any concrete conclusions on Dawn of Predacus's article with the information I have available to me. Makes me wonder if this has been a problem with other pieces of low-distribution material.)
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781349)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 14th, 2016 @ 10:33pm CDT
In defense of the points argued by the Wiki (but NOT in defense of its hostility), a lot of the insight provided by JPB's responses was not present in the comic. Without already knowing what he personally had in mind and/or planned for both this comic and the yet-to-be-told stories surrounding its events, one would not get this all this insight from just reading the comic alone.

Some of this insight was even only provided by the script reading that took place at BotCon on Friday, and not everyone who attended BotCon (let alone everyone in this fandom) attended the script reading. And even those who did attend (myself included) found its story rather difficult to follow. It wasn't until Jesse Wittenrich graciously posted some clarifying info about it on another board yesterday (five days after the script reading took place) that some sense was made out of its story.

But even taking the script reading into account, my original point still stands that not everything JPB revealed about the comic's story in his response to the Wiki was evident in the comic on its own.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781831)
Posted by ScottyP on April 16th, 2016 @ 11:40am CDT
I've said it in other threads but I'd love it if we could stop talking/gossiping about TF Wiki so much. I'm guilty of having done this maybe once in the past, yes, I know. Would just like to see it stop going forward without going and lobbying Burn about implementing actual rules about it.

On comics in particular, trying very hard to get our own resources improved - was very close to completion before the site data problems last month :/
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1781838)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 16th, 2016 @ 11:54am CDT
ScottyP wrote:I've said it in other threads but I'd love it if we could stop talking/gossiping about TF Wiki so much.
It did stop. Last post was made days ago.
Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1792321)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 24th, 2016 @ 5:33pm CDT
This made me laugh:

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Re: Review - #BotCon16 FunPub / IDW Dawn Of The Predacus Comic (1792323)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 24th, 2016 @ 5:34pm CDT
HA! someone from tfwiki must have wrote it :MAXIMAL:

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