Finally got hold of this in TPB form (what does TPB stand for again?), really enjoyed it. The art and story were excellant. The Designs of the Transformers, including the beasts at the start of the story, are product of wonderfull imagination. I was intruiged by the thought of the Transformers crashing on Earth millions of years ago, fighting as beasts, going into hybernation, before reawakening centuries later. I felt the story ended alittle abruptly and felt very unfinished in the sense it left the impression there's more to come. But I haven't heard of any further works in this story-line. I would have liked to have seen Optimus Prime and the concept for Megatron as a huge cannon. Also Shockwave appeared, looking awesome, before disapearing for the rest of the story. With Megatron still non-functional I'd have expected him to have more of apart to play, unless the other Deceps' just told him to sod off 'cos they're following Starscream. Starscream for his part was done excellantly, and his styling in particular was impressive. I'm not sure that the Autobots being locomotives may be a little limitating for them, only being able to run on tracks. Good human characters also in this story. The lead Autobot, Bumblebee, was done very well, and great to see Ratchet and Prowl getting along for a change! An excellant story, I'd love to see more of this story, and other 'Evolutions' stories.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
There was supposed to have been four Evolutions stories including one set in Roman times I think but the idea was scrapped after the first one (or least I assume it was). There is an advertisement in an early IDW TF issue that lists the settings for the other three story arcs but I can't be arsed to rifle through my collection of comics to look for it.
I think that "Evolutions" was one of those things that they went back and re-thought after the reaction to "Hearts of Steel" (Quite right too. Changing strategy on the basis of the situation is something most folks would applaud). Although, it doesn't sound like they have completely abandoned the "alternate takes" idea, because some of the rumours surrounding projects in development suggest that they still want to try "slant-wise" takes on the "Transformers" idea.