Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview

Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 5:30am CDT

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Still reeling from the events in Transformers ongoing #17? IDW has just supplied us with a five page preview of issue #18 that will be hitting shelves on Wednesday.

  • Written by Mike Costa
  • Art by Alex Milne
  • Colors by Andrew Dalhouse
  • Letters by Shawn Lee
  • Assistant Editor Carlos Guzman
  • Editor Andy Schmidt

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Credit(s): IDW Publishing


This article was last modified on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 5:34am CDT

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Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208100)
Posted by Blurrz on April 12th, 2011 @ 5:42am CDT
I`m sorry, but this is just.. I dunno, out of Prime's character. I can see that shit hit the fan for the boys, but Prime doesn't crack under pressure like that and start speaking out of character. He's supposed to be there to be the voice of reason, to steady the ship, not to collapse and be Charlie Sheen v2.0. Since when does Prime sass? When I read comics, I go through it with.. basically the voices from the 'toons and I just can't see Peter Cullen, let alone Garry Chalk or David Kaye saying these lines. I'm a fan of TF comics and IDW, and I basically let things go because they're building a story line and I can't judge a series from one issue. But for the love of god, we're 18 in, and I dunno, it's not fun anymore. I can see why there's a huge majority against Ongoing during the beginning, and I'm starting to slip away from the side of fans who enjoy this, 'cause the reasons are getting closer to donuts. The art is beautiful, the fact that we're getting Transformers weekly is a joy... but there needs to be something more than just being 'a Transformers weekly comic'. Flesh it out more. Build some bloody character. Fuck, I wouldn't mind if they threw in some Furmanism and actually let characters die. Ugh. Grunt. Nudge. I'm sure even a Caveman can do it.

Well, at least there's movie comics to fall back on. Oh who am I kidding, that stuff ain't even worth my 2 minutes in the comic store anymore. When I found out that there was no line between canon and non-canon, I just gave up altogether. And when the hell did this turn into a rant? Shit, am I putting more emotion into this than then the people behind the scenes?

I can't really say what IDW is doing with the current TF continuity is wrong, and I don't mind where it's going. But for the love of everything, you can change how a character looks, you can change who's leader, you can change how many lives a Transformers have, but just don't change a character's personality! Prime does not talk like that, ever.

I'm done. This is a hobby and it's not enjoyable to turn my opinion into critic's criticism.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208109)
Posted by Hans on April 12th, 2011 @ 6:31am CDT
I know what you mean...
I've been saying since the very beginning of Corsa's... tenure that his characterisation is way off.

That being said though, the Ongoing has slightly improved lately, in my opinion. The art certainly is a step up (but the designs are still the godawful Don movie/G1 hybrids...), and the issues are getting slightly meatier. Slightly.

It's nowhere near the quality of a Furman-written comic though.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208120)
Posted by Prime Evil on April 12th, 2011 @ 7:24am CDT
I've left the comic a few issues ago myself. I've been collecting straight since the very beginning of the DW days, and I just couldn't read this anymore. I did however enjoy LSoTW though, so I will be picking up issues #22 and #23 to see if they can pull me back, but until then, this is about as much TF comic book reading I'll get.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208128)
Posted by Coptur on April 12th, 2011 @ 7:55am CDT
Well I for one like this.

I can see a side of Prime I hadn't seen since the end of More Than Meets the Eye part 3 (or 'Arrival from Cybertron' if you had the all in one video in the 80's), when the decepticon had won and prime lost it shouting at the top of his voice towards the decepticon ship having lauched into space and then demanding sideswipe give up his rocket pack. Prime does loose his cool at times of great need, cullen liked prime to his brother and said that he is a great and respected warrior capable of furious wrath when needed as a soldier.

I don't problem with this characteristaion with Prime (just not to frequently)
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208137)
Posted by Springer on April 12th, 2011 @ 8:27am CDT
Coptur wrote:Well I for one like this.

I can see a side of Prime I hadn't seen since the end of More Than Meets the Eye part 3 (or 'Arrival from Cybertron' if you had the all in one video in the 80's), when the decepticon had won and prime lost it shouting at the top of his voice towards the decepticon ship having lauched into space and then demanding sideswipe give up his rocket pack.


You mean in the same storyline where Autobots were flying around in the air by themselves, even without a rocket pack? Yeah, that does sound about like the same writing as this.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208139)
Posted by Hans on April 12th, 2011 @ 8:30am CDT
Coptur wrote:Well I for one like this.

I can see a side of Prime I hadn't seen since the end of More Than Meets the Eye part 3 (or 'Arrival from Cybertron' if you had the all in one video in the 80's), when the decepticon had won and prime lost it shouting at the top of his voice towards the decepticon ship having lauched into space and then demanding sideswipe give up his rocket pack. Prime does loose his cool at times of great need, cullen liked prime to his brother and said that he is a great and respected warrior capable of furious wrath when needed as a soldier.

I don't problem with this characteristaion with Prime (just not to frequently)


That was a situation they were in at the moment. But the situation has passed here, this was well into the aftermath. It's just a fictional character of course, but Prime does have a certain "voice" that is off since the ongoing started, imo.

It's much worse with Prowl, Onslaught, Jazz and many of the others, though.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208141)
Posted by Darth Bombshell on April 12th, 2011 @ 8:45am CDT
So, not only do we have an OOC Prime, but we also have (apparently) no explanation as to why Jazz doing what he did last issue.

...

Wish I could say I'm surprised. Not getting a reason for things happening is becoming a habit of Costa's.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208181)
Posted by #Sideways# on April 12th, 2011 @ 11:13am CDT
What did Jazz do for crying out loud!?
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208183)
Posted by Hans on April 12th, 2011 @ 11:16am CDT
He killed a human. But that is okay, because the human in question was very poorly written and had no personality to begin with. :|
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208186)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on April 12th, 2011 @ 11:23am CDT
I'm glad they finally got the Magnus massaging SW foot thing cleared up. But seriously, get Bee off the table already and move on. And i hate that they are going to let the whole Jazz incident drag on. You had my attention at the end of the last issue, now don't lose it.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208195)
Posted by Astronopolis on April 12th, 2011 @ 11:37am CDT
I haven't been following this book other than the previews on the site, but Jazz answers to Bumblebee?! no thanks.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208206)
Posted by burning_sirius on April 12th, 2011 @ 12:08pm CDT
Oh jeez, I love Generation 1 the most of all franchises, but come on people. Do we want early Marvel Comics Optimus Prime who had tons of artificial moral crises? This Optimus has a plan. This plan is foreshadowed with his use of Jetfire because he needs a 'scientist'. I bet he is going to counter the mind control caused by Soundwave. He of course is manning up, and is preparing for action. (Just like what he did with Sideswipe, side not for you snarky GEEWUNERS: the Autobots could not fly as fast as the Decepticons.)

Seeing Bumblebee in a position of authority is interesting, but I am getting sick of the Bee to be quite honest. When in Generation 1 was Ultra Magnus essentially a bounty hunter if we want to go into how close this is to G1 counter part? I like that this is fleshing out all the characters in new and interesting ways. You might have your gripes (like I do with my Bumblebee fatigue), but come on. They are Super Robot Lifeforms, not automatons.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208228)
Posted by sabrigami on April 12th, 2011 @ 1:16pm CDT
Wow, a preview for the ongoing that didn't bore me to tears with unneccesary text? Color me surprised :shock:. I have to admit, I kinda liked reading this. Hope he doesn't botch it at the last minute with stupid things like he usually does.

Like most here I gave up reading the ongoing. I know people are saying it's getting better, but I just can't put anymore faith in Costa. Every book, he seems to be doing okay and reeling me in, then he pulls something so off the wall I loose interest again (like last issue). Like most people here, I ain't putting money down until James is on the comic, at least you can trust him.

PS - Blurrz, you are so on the money there. I totally agree with you.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208238)
Posted by budmaloney on April 12th, 2011 @ 1:53pm CDT
I like that it got complicated . And I hope that bee stays in power. I can't wait to read this. I prefer dw optimus and story arc, since it did not build everything from scratch as much.

But it looks like its hitting the fan and the autobots are back in motion.

I never liked the humans, I prefer less humans in all the content. Look at beast wars for exampe or even war within, solid story arcs.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208265)
Posted by kara82 on April 12th, 2011 @ 2:51pm CDT
You people crack me up sometimes. I believe we are all entitled to our opinions, but its almost seems as if some people want them to basically redraw G1 and put it in comic book form. (as cool as that would be) :D But the fact is this is not G1 it is a whole new continuity. Think of it as the Ultimate universe from Marvel. The characters are all there but not necessarily playing the same roles. I for 1 have been enjoying the ongoing since the very beginning of the IDW run back in Infiltration and am looking forward to where the series is going. I mean come on how can u not like Ronin Thundercracker, he's frelling great. Minus them killing Kup in the lame Infestation storyline, that sucked.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208275)
Posted by sabrigami on April 12th, 2011 @ 3:07pm CDT
kara82 wrote:You people crack me up sometimes. I believe we are all entitled to our opinions, but its almost seems as if some people want them to basically redraw G1 and put it in comic book form. (as cool as that would be) :D But the fact is this is not G1 it is a whole new continuity. Think of it as the Ultimate universe from Marvel. The characters are all there but not necessarily playing the same roles. I for 1 have been enjoying the ongoing since the very beginning of the IDW run back in Infiltration and am looking forward to where the series is going. I mean come on how can u not like Ronin Thundercracker, he's frelling great. Minus them killing Kup in the lame Infestation storyline, that sucked.


I think the biggest complaint is not the fact that they aren't acting like their previous G1 incarnations, it's the fact they they aren't being consistent to what's been established in IDW's continuity.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208398)
Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on April 12th, 2011 @ 8:39pm CDT
I haven't read any of these, but I think Megatron looks pretty cool in black. I wouldn't mind a toy of that.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208476)
Posted by Coptur on April 13th, 2011 @ 2:31am CDT
Springer wrote:
Coptur wrote:Well I for one like this.

I can see a side of Prime I hadn't seen since the end of More Than Meets the Eye part 3 (or 'Arrival from Cybertron' if you had the all in one video in the 80's), when the decepticon had won and prime lost it shouting at the top of his voice towards the decepticon ship having lauched into space and then demanding sideswipe give up his rocket pack.


You mean in the same storyline where Autobots were flying around in the air by themselves, even without a rocket pack? Yeah, that does sound about like the same writing as this.


Yes they could fly in the beginning but Prime needed Sideswipes rocket pack to brake the atmosphere doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.

tbh i don't think they did fly in the 3rd part but i'd have to rewatch it.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208525)
Posted by Darth Bombshell on April 13th, 2011 @ 8:25am CDT
sabrigami wrote:I think the biggest complaint is not the fact that they aren't acting like their previous G1 incarnations, it's the fact they they aren't being consistent to what's been established in IDW's continuity.


Ding, Ding, Ding! We have a winner, folks!

Yes, the thing that bothers me most about the ongoing up to this point is the fact that Costa pretty much spits in the face of IDW's previous stuff. Well, that and things happening for no reason just because the so-called plot dicates it.
Re: Transformers Ongoing #18 Five Page Preview (1208917)
Posted by lowman_x on April 14th, 2011 @ 1:55am CDT
sabrigami wrote:I think the biggest complaint is not the fact that they aren't acting like their previous G1 incarnations, it's the fact they they aren't being consistent to what's been established in IDW's continuity.


Well, to be honest, no writer has been consistent with what was originally established in the -ation series. McArthy blatantly ignored what had come before and seemed surprised when there was a fan backlash, but, ultimately, didn't seem to care. It just seemed that IDW threw together the 4 issue coda at the end because they realised that maybe they'd effed up too far and needed to appease a large chunk of their market (dunno, I could be wrong on that...).

Costa is writing as a trade writer. What I mean by that is that he's writing as if he's going to be printed as a 6 - 12 issue trade, not as a monthly story. That's why you have these single issues where nothing really happens. That annoys me. There's very little story movement from issue to issue and very little in the way of cliffhangers that make you feel like coming back for more.

Personally, I like the fact that Prime is a little more bad-ass and sick of taking it lying down and wants to take the fight to Megatron. It's a little more how he was in the -ation series. As to him sassing out Jazz? Hell, Jazz just killed a human for NO REAL REASON! (I have to admit, that death was poorly handled and seemed totally thrown in to the story to create false tension/story development.)

I'll get the issue but I'm glad I get a discount at my local comic store...

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