So we have the timeline like this so far: LSotW #1 (and possibly #2 - #5 Ongoing #1 - #3 (and possibly all issues before Prime regains Autobot leadership) Bumblebee #1 - #2 (and possibly #3 - #4) Ongoing #? (set after Prime regains Autobot leadership in Bumblebee #4*)
At least we have that sorted!!!
*I'm only guessing this but how else will they end the Bumblebee mini?
There were quite a few things I liked about this issue; Prime's attitude, the new designs of the likes of Hoist, Blurr and co, and Ultra Magnus. (Also, Spike's line, the one I posted on Twitter, had me spit out my tea.)
This Ultra Magnus actually reminds me a little of Target: 2006 with his focused attitude on his own mission/priorities rather than the concerns of the Autobots.
I quite like the 'bits of the same story' approach. Rather than show a single event in which all characters participate, We get to see the influence of multiple narratives at a distinct time period. A bit player that appears in a single panel of comic A can move into comic B and play a larger role.
However, I can understand your frustration with the need to pick up multiple comics to understand the story elements. It's difficult to understand Blurr's motivation in Bumblee #2 without reading the ongoing story.
It strikes me as odd to split the story across multiple series at a time when the publisher is trying to attact new/laspsed readers. IDW do have a tendencey to do this. I was interested in their GI JOE launch until I saw three series were launching close to each other and I had no idea what the reading order was so ultimately never bought any of the comics.
The Bumblebee mini would have worked out perfect if it was separate story not connected to any other one but tying it in with the Ongoing just confuses things. Unfortunately, the Wreckers story also ties in in some way with the Ongoing and I fear that something may happen in that which will leave a bad taste in our mouths.
Well, does the run number for Issue one include the second print run? It may not. Also, I expect to have things drop down over the next 3-4 issues, much like what happens with all the series. What will be interesting to see is whether it settles out at AHM levels (~11,000) or drops lower.
Have you seen numbers on the Bumblebee series?
Edited to add: I got my finger out and looked - Bumblebee #1 - 10,205.
That's a good starting number, January numbers are not out yet.
I'm wondering what LSoTW sold for Issue 1. They said it sold out, and I assume they printed at least as many as the BB series. I hope!
If the numbers continue to fall I think they'll have to consider dropping it. This wouldn't really bother me though because in my opinion the comics have been slowly deteriorating over the past two years or so.