Post by Grand Moff Martin on Sept 14, 2010 17:04:30 GMT
Next-door neighbour just rang the doorbell and handed me my copy in perfect condition. Seems Amazon decided to pack it between two sheets of cardboard that are wider than the average letterbox. Not their finest hour - but I'm happy!
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Post by Grand Moff Martin on Sept 14, 2010 19:55:39 GMT
Just finished reading 'Bullets', and it's tip-top stuff - much more my sort of thing than the strip half of 'Wreckers' (and I say half because it feels like there's almost as much story in those eleven pages as in the other 110). But the half that was most suited to the strip format got the strip format, and the half that best suited prose got prose. I think the kind of story I enjoy reading most is the kind that best fits prose, which is why I don't buy comics these days as a general rule. But anyway, 'Bullets' pushed all the right buttons for me.
I got a lot of satisfaction from the Ethics Committee ruling (thumbs-up for Trailbreaker), and the checks put on the use of weapons such as cerebro-sensitive bullets. At the same time, the anything-goes culture among the weapons designers of which we get a flavour is suitably chilling. As for the relationship between Skyfall and Ironfist that came from nowhere and was taken to its final, satisfying conclusion all in the course of these eleven pages, it is perhaps my favourite relationship in the book.
I enjoyed the friendly digs at Furmanisms and other writing techniques more than I did the other more random nods to Marvel UK scattered throughout 'Wreckers'. And despite reading it on the page rather than having the story beamed directly into my head, on my first read-through I failed to spot any typos! In summary it's a very thoughtful, well-structured story - and I'd have expected nothing less.
The insights into Snare and Overlord well written by Nick nicely complement 'Bullets' as a Decepticon perspective to the background events leading up to the strip story.
The five individual issues of 'Wreckers' have gone with 'Spotlight: Kup' and that AHM issue (I keep forgetting its number) into the recesses of my cupboard beneath the stairs to join Marvel UK's Transformers #1-332, Marvel US's Transformers #1-80 and the various Marvel mini-series, annuals and Generation 2 spin-offs. The trade paperback gets a transparent plastic protective cover and a place on the front shelf alongside my Titan reprints of early Marvel Transformers material and 'Eugenesis'.
Most IDW trades since AHM vol 1 have been very hard to find. Either stores aren't allocated many copies or these books have very low print runs. The sales figure I saw for Allspark Almanac vol 2 was 660 copies and that sold out almost straight away. Generally, I find it very bad business practice that IDW books now seem to be sell-out straight way. When buzz is created, there's no way for people who did not pre-order it/grab it first week to buy it. What would be ideal is that something like LSOTW comes out, gets a lot of good reviews and folk go: "That sounds good! I shall now buy it!"
Naturally, I hope that if LSOTW has sold out then another print run is done.
I have yet to get my copy. Andy has it and illness has prevented me from getting it from him as yet.