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Old 2017-10-15, 12:15 PM   #101
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Having been all over the place the last few weeks, I've only just had chance to start on the last two deliveries.

Really enjoyed diving into the first Windblade again, a nice thoughtful fun series with some stunning art by Sarah Stone. Just a shame the I've still got to plough through the back end of the book with the long awaited by no one return of Jimmy Pink (which is at least hilarious in retrospect as Barber quickly realised what Furman had cottoned on to before side lining him: The character is completely dull and pointless. Meaning the book makes a big thing of him being back before he vanishes never to be seen again. Again) and the version of Blackrock who doesn't know how to shut the **** up.
 
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Old 2017-10-20, 03:42 PM   #102
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Finally read the Perchance book! Not an art expert so I may be talking out my arse here, but it felt like Bove had refined his Yomtoving technique as those strips didn't stand out as wrong looking anywhere like as much as Survivors/Race With the Devil did. Felt more subtle if that's the right word? It was also helped by Soundwave's one properly coloured appearance in the American issues had been left purple by the lazy ham-fisted bun vendor who did the recolouring there for IDW, so that visual thematic link almost worked this time!

Still felt a bit pointless though, and there are odd nitpicky things like Xaaron having his UK colour scheme but Soundwave his US one. Plus surely, by the logic of the series Perchance to Dream itself should have been given Yomtovitus? Almost all of the flashbacks tie directly in to or are set around American issues (as is the framing sequence, if you go with that being Rhythms Galvatron). If you're going to do it, might as well play it to the hilt.

The strips aiming for more the more UK colours all looked fab though, especially once you allow for the original artists taking different approaches to how they drew for black and white (Wildman clearly did nothing different and his work is immeasurably improved by the colours, whilst Anderson's much more heavily inked and shadowed Demons stuff probably looks a bit weaker for example).
 
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Old 2018-01-14, 01:50 PM   #103
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The latest two volumes dropped through my letterbox recently. The first half of All Hail Megatron remains as good as I remember and Guido's art remains brilliant. I do like Starscream's baiting of Megatron "we've won. what now? And is this it? Just messing up Earth for the sake of it?" for which Megatron doesn't really have a clear answer. It does feel like such a quick and decisive victory wasn't quite what Megatron was expecting.

The Death Of Optimus Prime, on the other hand, which collects the 'Chaos' storyline is ...not great. The spelling mistakes and so on were really annoying, and Livio's art is really hard to work out through the entire story. There's so much light and explosions and shadow going on, and sadly, Livio just smothers EVERYTHING with this, which makes a all something of a horrible colourful vomit to look at. His incredibly blocky designs for a lot of the characters also have the habit of making all the characters utterly indistinct. There's two of the Technobots (I think) on Kimia, doing something, but I can't tell who they are or tell them apart. Sunstreaker also looks awful in every scene, with his head bobbling around way above his shoulders, looking like ridiculous radar dish.
 
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Old 2018-01-19, 06:09 PM   #104
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Aw, I like Livio. Though yeah, Chaos isn't very good. Mind, I'm no AHM fan either, the main selling point being Guido knocking it out the park.
 
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Old 2018-01-20, 09:39 AM   #105
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I don't mind Livio, he just needs to dial back on the computer colouring/ effects. The volume set in Cybertron's olden days with Trypticon was really good, and his art was very clear and easy to read. Here, on Chaos, its just too busy and you're just looking a speech balloons floating over a lot of colour, like a surrealist painting is talking to you. I genuinely cannot tell what is going on!
 
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Old 2018-03-23, 03:36 PM   #106
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And as a wee fun heads up, the New Order book out now may well have a contribution by me. See if you can spot it. I won't know for sure if it's been used till my subscriber copy turns up...

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I was asked to provide a scan of the TFUK version of the Autobots hanging from the ceiling double page spread.

 
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Old 2018-03-25, 11:04 AM   #107
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I look forward to that when it shows up! My latest issues showed up the other day. It's always a shame with 'any old order' part works fire out the conclusion to a run longing arc before you've read anything that's come before (in this case, the last bunch of issues of MTMTE). I know it's to keep people suscribed/ buying, but it's still pants. Still, I'm reassured that MTMTE will form part of this collection as I was looking at the numbering of what's been released so far and was wondering if MTMTE wouldn't feature at all as there didn't seem to be space in the numbering for it.

...that might be the nerdiest sentence I ever wrote.
 
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Old 2018-04-20, 02:59 PM   #108
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After an adventure at the post depot, my New Order and Crisis of Command have arrived. Sadly it looks like they didn't use my Autobots dancing on the ceiling scan, but I have still contributed to a proper Transformers book as it's thanks to me that Crisis of Command has the right NEXT boxes. A vital role, I'm sure you'll agree.

Sadly, the Dinobot book has the British and US stories the wrong way round. Even though it's actually pretty key Crisis of Command happens after Prime gets his head back. Hachette have done some amazing double speak on their Facebook page about this:

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While we make every effort to maintain the original flow and continuity of the Marvel UK/US TRANSFORMERS stories, the self-contained identity and integrity of each individual volume is of paramount importance, especially as the collections aren’t released in chronological order. So, in a heavily UK-centric volume titled Dinobot Hunt, we took the decision to lead with the main/bulk of 'Dinobot Hunt' (and preceding issues) itself. Both UK and US strips are prefaced with a dedicated Story So Far to ease readers into the respective narratives, so they can be enjoyed together or in and of themselves. Naturally, we regret any inherent ‘spoilers’, but our policy is to create coherent and self-supportive volumes that anyone, casual reader or long-time fan, can pick up and enjoy.
So, even ignoring that the best to have a coherent book is to have it happen in the right order and that the series is now at that stage of the partwork where it's being carried entirely by subscribers rather than casuals... The book's recap stuff does a terrible job of providing the right context and will confuse the buggery out of anyone who doesn't know this stuff backwards already.
 
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Old 2018-04-21, 10:00 AM   #109
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Well that's boo. I thought the point of this part work was to present everything in sequence. That one with the Fort Max/ Buster story showing up where it shouldn't (in original published order) was annoying enough. If I didn't know better, this would surely whiff off presenting the 'much better' UK material above the US stuff...

Anyway, I've just read New Order and I liked how the UK and US stories neatly worked together in that volume. Nice.
 
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