Terome wrote:Yeah, I don't see why Sideswipe or Jazz couldn't do any of the things Prowl has Arcee doing. Because if he wants Arcee to do the dirty business why does he tell her not to do any dirty business? I guess that the reason we're supposed to gravitate towards is that he doesn't trust any of the more established Autobots to have his back at this point, but that seems to be less of a problem than the solution he has arrived at.
I think the problem for me is, Prowl's behaviour here seems to be completely at odds with what he was doing earlier in the series.
The only way killing Ratbat (and his fairly blasé reaction to the news suggests that's what he wanted) made any sense was if he wanted to cover up the news of a Decepticon rising. If Ratbat had been brought in and the news of an attempted assassination of the Autobot leader had gotten out it almost certainly would have kicked off the whole war again.
Right or wrong that's a hell of a lot more understandable a position for him to take (bar the grey are over Skywarp, did he live or die? Based on this it'd be odd if he's in hospital but I don't think they've said either way have they?) than what we've seen here. Where he's ranting and raving at the end about a massive Decepticon conspiracy... with no proof to back it up because he's just had everyone who might be involved killed. So does he want to start up the war again or not?
It's very odd and feels like there's been some backtracking somewhere to try and make Prowl more overtly "Wrong" than I suspect was originally supposed to be the case.
It doesn't help that it's not entirely clear if there is actually a massive conspiracy or if Bombshell was acting as a lone loon and Prowl is just nuts.
Was similarly unmoved by Prowl's hate-crush on Spike. Though it does lend a lot to his general air of cracking up.
Whilst normally I'm in favour of making past continuity work rather than throwing it out, I think part of the problem here is it doesn't really make any sense unless you've read the ongoing. Prowl makes it sound as he's decided to be cynical because Spike turned out to be working for the Decepticons when he killed Scrapper. Or something. Mind, from what I've read what actually happened doesn't make much more sense but this doesn't help.
I wouldn't be that harsh. RID is a bit squidgy, but I think it deserves points for, like Bob at his best, being genuinely imaginative and unprecious. I'm going to read it until it becomes actively stupid, which looks like it could be around the six-issue mark where Prime and the Dinobots go out to beat up Shockwave for reasons that are unlikely to make much sense, as part of a very Dreamwavey 'Dinobot Month.'
That's after Deceptiocon Month isn't it? And just before "Lets Kill The Last Predators" month.
I'm probably being unfair on the series as a whole, but this was the weakest and least interesting issue yet. I'm worried the overall political stuff the series looked to be about is being sidelined very rapidly, Bumblebee didn't do anything but look stupid, Metalhawk was a mute and the next two issues seem to be ignoring the whole thing entirely.
Until then: Sky-Byte! I like Sky-Byte.
Yeah, I actually think that makes sense. He's a popular character (I'd say "Fan favourite" but that's now Turmoil territory. Sky-Bite probably counts as "Nationally known" in IDW's eyes) from a franchise that is almost certain never to get any new fiction based around it (hell, even the fanclub stuff seems to have ignored its tenth anniversary last year). porting him over is a smart thing to do.
As long as they play it to the hilt and do him properly without any attempt to make him less "Silly" as happened with so many of the Japanese BW characters.
And Prowl doesn't just have Arcee hack him to bits at the end of the issue.