Yet again I'm left wondering why all the characters who meet drift seem to know on first meeting that he is cool, deep, a thinker, spiritual. I admit I haven't readthat much of his appearances but I haven't gotten anything beyond good fighter doesn't say or express much.
Maybe they are all supposed to have the insight of the enlightened and can sense the hidden potential of his robot Chi.
Oh, and note Hot Shot getting killed in one of the panels of that preview. That is because Alex Milne wanted to piss off David Willis. Or rather, because his friends wanted to piss off David Willis, which is even more baffling. He posted this up on the IDW forums:
lets see, well i don't know what i'll be working on in the future, so if i get a chance to draw some characters i want to in, then i take that opportunity to draw them. yes coming up with random bots is also fun, but then i might also like the bot i'm coming up with so it's the same thing. it's hard to choose what i want to draw. now i thought we were talking about issue one here. lets see. when i started issue 2 i had a battle scene between the autobots and decepticons and i asked a few of my friends who to draw in there. a few of them said i should draw hot shot, and i was like hot shot??? why the hell do i want to draw him??? i'm not the biggest fan of armada anyways. then one of them said it was Walky's favourite, but i still don't know if that's true or not, and i laughed, and i said, if you want me to put him in, i will. personally i don't care. so at first i asked my friends what characters to add, they gave me a few choices and when i then wanted to know the reason behind there choice they told me, and i got a laugh out of it. so, no lie here. no favourite characters of anyone who i hardly know in issue one. in issue 2, there is. did i do it because that guy upsets me. no. i don't really care what he says. i did it because my friends thought it was be funny and it's a character not in the G1-G2 line that will be used. oh, and i'm not the biggest fan of armada, so theres that too.
Theres enough examples of duplicate body types theres just no need to kill any character just to fill a background especially for reasons like that. I wish the colourists would just miscolour them make back into a generic.
Its never been a funny in joke. Well maybe G1 appearing in Armada and Animated, but thats about it.
I don't think much of Walky either, the guys' arrogance knows few bounds, but Milne should know better than to stoop to silly shit like that. Oy.
Walky's response seems to be "hur hur, cool!". Followed by poking at the editor for saying Milne has no control over which character lives or dies: "maybe you should tell him not to draw characters dying. Because from where Iâ€™m looking, he sure does seem to be determining who lives and who dies".
What influence? I thought he was just another message board punter.
He knows people and people who know people involved in the franchise & has been around a long time, so he can have the usual "fan who's old and around ages" influence on other fans and has had some nods from the franchise. (One of the toy bios references "Two Megatrons!" as a nod to him, apparently)
He also is an admin and frequent contributor to the TF wiki. Though I think I've contributed 90% of everything Titan related to that wiki and I'm not sure if I have influence (though last time I was on holiday, I did meet a Transformers fan who raved up the Starscream-possessed-by-Megatron story that they only knew about via the wiki).