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highlyverbal said on January 20th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

As a fine connoisseur of overpriced plastic toys in that era, I always thought the core group of transformer toys was pretty decent. I don’t get the hate for the toys themselves.

GoBots sucked.

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You have two, basically unrelated points in your post:
1. That’s a terrible jumping on point.
2. Transformers comics are terrible.

Superior Spider-Man proved to be an excellent jumping on point, despite the entire concept being massively continuity laden. More of a jumping-back-on point, for those who had given up on the comic.

Perhaps this new Megatron as an Autobot will prove to be similarly well done…

Oh, right, there’s that second point. Yes, Transformers comics are pretty terrible, so no, Megatron the Autobot will not be good.

Transformers comics don’t have to be terrible though, even with third factions, greater threats, space gods, and all that ridiculous mysticism. The Generation 2 comic had all of that, but it was good. Well, decent.

And I would say that the cartoon needed a little bit more of that, to make the show less formulaic.

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I’m going to say this, your not giving the story enough credit. I’ve been reading this comic for the past two years it’s been out and I’ve got to say, it’s one of my favorite comics of all time, as much as it’s not a good idea to jump in on that, the writer has been doing a good job of making a compelling character driven story about toys who go to war.

I’m going to actually read the story first before judging it because let me tell you it’s been a good ride. Also the comics are now very different then the show ever was.

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Tim O'Neil said on January 20th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Er, no.

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“Every time I take a look somebody is becoming a robot god, or there are parallel universes, or a somebody decides to create a third force in a definitively dualistic conflict.”

Except for going to parallel universes, I’m pretty sure that happened in the cartoon a dozen times. Starscream did both! He’d go off and form his own team with whoever he could convince that yeah, this time, he’d really make it on his own and it was totes better to be besties with ol’ Starscream than that crumb bum Megatron.

The big difference with the comics is that they expect you to remember that shit more than one issue down the road. The cartoon did not expect you to know or care that last week Beachcomber got turned into a merman but at the end of the episode changed back to continue the millions of years long war between Autobots and Decepticons. Or that Powerglide had a human girlfriend. You were not supposed to ask questions about time travel sheenanigans – like why no record of the Transformers going back to Ye Olde Englande survived or why Optimus Prime did not remember the Aerialbots saving his life when he was Orion Pax.

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I like what the comics are doing with Starscream right now. Starscream in power is always fun to watch. Although I am behind, so that might have already finished.

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Mr. Whiskas said on January 21st, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Megatron an Autobot? Yeah, right, and Lex Luthor is in the Justice League.

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So uh…..How is this any different from any other comic book?

I mean, if you see an X-Men comic with Magneto being part of the team, do you go ‘Man, I really preferred the X-Men cartoon, where Magneto was just a bad guy’. How’s it any different?

And even more, this may well be the kind of ‘Magneto is suddenly on the X-Men! Except maybe it’s actually his good alternate reality clone from the future! Read the comic to find out!’ sort of thing thing.

That, and I’m not quite sure why Transformers has to be limited to ‘good toys versus bad toys’, any more than superhero comics have to be light hearted stories targeted at children….It sounds more like the comics just don’t appeal to you, which is fine, but it’s doesn’t mean they are ‘bad’.

Though to be fair, the first couple of lines seems pretty accurate – I can’t see ‘Megatron is now a good guy’ being a good starting point for anyone.

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President Bennett said on January 25th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

What I want in stories about characters I like, whether in comics or animation or whatever else, is stuff like compelling character development, interesting plot twists and the like, which I got in spades from Furman’s original Marvel run, the Beast Wars cartoon and currently in John Barber’s Robots in Disguise.

You’re welcome to your opinion, of course, and the G1 series was fun, but the “it’s just good toys fighting bad toys” mentality is what leads to handing over the live action property to Michael Bay cause he can makes things fight real good.

And that’s how we wind up with cold-blooded psychopath Optimus obsessed with facial mutilation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE3uMlC-tME

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