Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers"

Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers"

Monday, November 7th, 2011 2:45pm CST

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:
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It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted. These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love. No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

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FREELANCERS
(This story is set within the G1 continuity)

Story and art by:
Paul Vromen

Colors by:
Eman B. Zubia

Letters by:
HdE

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Credit(s): Richter


This article was last modified on Monday, November 7th, 2011 2:50pm CST

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Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309558)
Posted by Crosshairs on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:04pm CST
Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist yet.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309562)
Posted by WarMachine555 on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:08pm CST
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309558)
Posted by Crosshairs on November 7th, 2011 @ 4:04pm EST
Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.


Why?swindle was in G1.The combaticons.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309563)
Posted by Vic on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:09pm CST
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.


Maybe I'm missing something, Crosshairs, but how's that? In the cartoon, the 5 sparks Starscream took to activate the Combaticons were Decepticon war criminals who's sparks had been removed and were in a storage facility on Cybertron. That is, unless the comics changed that continuity I don't know about...
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309564)
Posted by WarMachine555 on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:09pm CST
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.



Why?swindle was in G1.The combaticons.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309566)
Posted by Crosshairs on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:19pm CST
Vic wrote:
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.


Maybe I'm missing something, Crosshairs, but how's that? In the cartoon, the 5 sparks Starscream took to activate the Combaticons were Decepticon war criminals who's sparks had been removed and were in a storage facility on Cybertron. That is, unless the comics changed that continuity I don't know about...


Were they sparks? I only watched The Combaticons' first episode once and there was a lot of background noise (thank you AA 2011) so i couldnt really hear much at all. Thanks for that info though, ive learned something new :)
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309570)
Posted by Vectorshot on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:28pm CST
When they introduced the combaticons in the old G1 series they were Decepticon war criminals being held in detention by Shockwave
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309571)
Posted by Vectorshot on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:31pm CST
Their sparks or brain modules had been extracted. However Starscream stole them brought them back to Earth, and installed them into the forms that we know and love.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309572)
Posted by Vectorshot on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:32pm CST
Ooops, somebody beat me to the fact/punch.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309605)
Posted by RhA on November 7th, 2011 @ 5:06pm CST
Blahblah whining. Cool comic. Period.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309613)
Posted by redguyver on November 7th, 2011 @ 5:21pm CST
So we already wheeljack is somewhat of a mad scientist ( dinobots, and the transenstein monster) but what gets me the most is swindle pushed along a device that seems to be the reason that later in the show they have no bodies... At least that's the way I gathered it . I like it the animation was very different from the usual mosaics , which are dark....hey what ever happen to the tank force mosaic ? Did it ever finish ?
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309615)
Posted by Baneblade on November 7th, 2011 @ 5:25pm CST
a nicely done bit of art for the newest mosaic.

I often wonder however, when someone places a character (swindle) that was post arrival from earth in the G1 cartoon its instantly disagreeable, yet when the same portrayal of another character movie and post movie (ultra magnus) no one bats an eyelid.

need minds be refreshed that this follows comic continuity and whilst officially recognised by Hasbro and idw, it is not taken into consideration when it comes to the entire story arc of transformers. (its like Lucas and star wars novels - a wealth of information at his fingertips, but he has the official right to totally disregard any and ever bit of history/lore brought in by the novels)

anyway - mallets aside - I really love the art in this comic, and the story arc has a nice twist at the end, and definitely rare to see swindle with a very happy look on his face without having his arm twisted (or something blown up)
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309617)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 7th, 2011 @ 5:29pm CST
Great concept but it would have been better if Swindle was portrayed in the last panel as intercepting the conversation between UM and WJ.

It kind of seems like Swindle manipulated(?) Iacon Council for the technology's development.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309626)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on November 7th, 2011 @ 5:55pm CST
Nicely done mosaic. I love the expression on Wheeljack and Ratchet's faces after the explosion. Very nice work.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309644)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 7th, 2011 @ 6:26pm CST
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.
There are well more than one G1 continuity. The cartoon does not take precedence over any of the other G1 worlds. ;)

Crosshairs wrote:
Vic wrote:
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.


Maybe I'm missing something, Crosshairs, but how's that? In the cartoon, the 5 sparks Starscream took to activate the Combaticons were Decepticon war criminals who's sparks had been removed and were in a storage facility on Cybertron. That is, unless the comics changed that continuity I don't know about...


Were they sparks? I only watched The Combaticons' first episode once and there was a lot of background noise (thank you AA 2011) so i couldnt really hear much at all. Thanks for that info though, ive learned something new :)
Vectorshot wrote:Their sparks or brain modules had been extracted. However Starscream stole them brought them back to Earth, and installed them into the forms that we know and love.
Not sparks. Personality Components.

Plus, who says this has to take place in the cartoon continuity? Can't it be seen as its own continuity without needing to fit anywhere into canon? It is a fan work, after all.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309655)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on November 7th, 2011 @ 7:05pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.
There are well more than one G1 continuity. The cartoon does not take precedence over any of the other G1 worlds. ;)

Crosshairs wrote:
Vic wrote:
Crosshairs wrote:Brilliant work, though one point: if that is Swindle at the end and this is set in the G1 continuity, then Swindle shouldnt exist.


Maybe I'm missing something, Crosshairs, but how's that? In the cartoon, the 5 sparks Starscream took to activate the Combaticons were Decepticon war criminals who's sparks had been removed and were in a storage facility on Cybertron. That is, unless the comics changed that continuity I don't know about...


Were they sparks? I only watched The Combaticons' first episode once and there was a lot of background noise (thank you AA 2011) so i couldnt really hear much at all. Thanks for that info though, ive learned something new :)
Vectorshot wrote:Their sparks or brain modules had been extracted. However Starscream stole them brought them back to Earth, and installed them into the forms that we know and love.
Not sparks. Personality Components.

Plus, who says this has to take place in the cartoon continuity? Can't it be seen as its own continuity without needing to fit anywhere into canon? It is a fan work, after all.



Also: in the G1 Cartoon, Ratchet's helmet is white, not red. So it could just as easily be from the comic's continuity, and even then, there are several different comic continuities, so... I dunno.... pick one.
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1309800)
Posted by PiusInk on November 8th, 2011 @ 6:56am CST
It's amazing how much people get worked up over which continuity this is supposed to be. I have to say I quite enjoy it ;)

This is essentially the G1 cartoon continuity with a LOT of liberties taken by me. For starters, CR technology was retconned into the G1 cartoon via Beast Wars. Ratchet indeed looks like his Marvel comic self, but I prefer that look over his white helmet.

Also, Swindle being here makes sense to me. After all, he was merely given a new body by Starscream, but apart from his spark being stored in a sparkholder/energon cube he was very much alive and could have well been so for the last 9 million years...

Please also pay in mind that he's still a civilian here, hence the lack of faction labels. That goes for old 'Jack as well!
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1310006)
Posted by zodconvoy on November 8th, 2011 @ 2:13pm CST
I think this fits in with G1 and/or fan theories about G1 just fine. Nowhere does it actually say it's a CR chamber. Hell, the only thing we do know about it is it didn't work, having blown up on Wheeljack and Ratchet. It could be a very promising prototype or design that just never was perfected and implemented during the Great War. And as for my boy Swindle: there has long been a theory about him having started as an Autobot. There's pretty much a straight line down the center of Cybertronians: blue eyes means Autobot, red eyes means Decepticons and Swindle always had purple eyes. This has lead some to believe that he was a deserter, a traitor or at the very least switched sides. And here his eyes are very, very blue. And the Combaticons were part of the war on Cybertron and evidently went AWOL or just plain disobeyed orders enough to be considered war criminals by the Decepticons (which I always figured was due to Swindle playing both sides anyway.) As an IRL bonus, history has plenty of stories of a traitor not being trusted by the side he defected to with the primary case being the way the British treated Benedict Arnold once he left the colonies for England. One who betrays his own is never truly trusted by either side afterwards.

Still, enough dissecting. I liked it!
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1310022)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 8th, 2011 @ 2:28pm CST
Long story short, this is a G1 story, but does not have to be with the G1 cartoon. The G1 cartoon is not G1 gospel. This is its own G1 story.

In fact, why single this mosaic out of all of them? There's plenty that told their own stories without being related to any existing continuity. Why are people nitpicking about this one when its no more special than any others?
Re: Transformers Mosaic: "The Freelancers" (1310060)
Posted by Baneblade on November 8th, 2011 @ 3:17pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Long story short, this is a G1 story, but does not have to be with the G1 cartoon. The G1 cartoon is not G1 gospel. This is its own G1 story.

In fact, why single this mosaic out of all of them? There's plenty that told their own stories without being related to any existing continuity. Why are people nitpicking about this one when its no more special than any others?


that's just people being people...

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