I have to say that I had given up caring about the issue long before we reached the appearance of "random robot named Jhiaxus". Re-reading #5 and 6 of "Devastation" I am struck by how little actually happen. Some underwhelming robots turn up and have a fight with the Decepticons , the Autobots mostly leave Earth and.... that seems to be about it. Nothing that really got me partiularly interested.
I wasn't even aware that they had resolved the Ironhide "plot" at all on first reading. I guess if I squint a bit I can just about make it out. I don't know about "Devastation", I'm not entirely devastetd, but I am a bit annoyed that I spent perfectly good money on this issue in honesty.
The Ironhide resolution was non-existent. Hot Rod makes one random (and quite confusing on the first read) comment to Hardhead and that's it. Pah. There better not be a "fill-in-the-blanks-that-should-have-been-in-the-ations" Spotlight: Ironhide later on.
Also, I'm expecting future arcs will feature Jhiaxus limping, calling Nemesis Prime "Marthter", and attempting to harness lightning to resurrect Runabuck (the merged corpses of the 2 recently departed 'Cons).
Side note - excuse me if this is an obvious detail I'd just forgotten, but the humans playing around with Grimlock mentioned they'd already lost 2 mechs - who were they referring to? Soundwave? Shockwave?
Post by charlesrocketboy on Mar 5, 2008 16:48:58 GMT
It is disappointing that Devastation 5 & 6 go off the rails - they're not horribly bad, they're just a let down after the quality of the last four issues. As with everyone else, I missed that Ironhide was being salvaged; it makes sense that with the Headmasters neutralised, there's nothing stopping the Autobots easily getting him, but it's a real anti-climax and we could've at least seen them pick him up.
Similarly, Hunter-Streaker could've gotten to do more to show off his new status quo.
On the intentional plus side, the Decepticon scenes are good fun and give them some more character they were missing, and I quite like the eerie set-up that Earth is being abandoned and must fend for itself.
Well I really enjoyed this, and issue 5. It is a completely open ending with all sortsa sh1t kicking off. A good scrap. The Autobots forced to leave Earth. Is Gestalt tech out in the open? The Decepticons now out in the open. The Dead Universe doing who knows what. I thought Jiahus was interesting, although I've no experiece of G2 as yet, so I can't compare incarnations. I also thought the way Hot Rod stayed behind very good also. the Reapers never did too much for me, but I though they were ok and a good mix of weird aliens. And Scorponk! I though plenty happened this in issue 6. I think you have to read 5 and 6 as part of the whole story, not just as stand alone issues. Realy enjoying the IDW-verse. Eager for the next chapter!
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.
My copy arrived this morning. I have to say I was pretty underwhelmed with it. Resolving the Ironhide plot off-screen was really bad. The book isn't a mini-series it really is an ongoing and any pretense of it being structured as mini-series is right out of the window. There was no real resolution to events in this issue, save the fact the Reapers were gotten rid of. Which I am glad of.
Jhiaxus - WTF? The design looked like a very impressive and powerful figure so what in the creation of earth is he doing hunched over like one of the bloody Igor's from the Discworld books?!
First four issues of this mini were really good, the fifth was decent but the last issue just petered out and spunked away most of the energy and life from the storyline.
The book isn't a mini-series it really is an ongoing and any pretense of it being structured as mini-series is right out of the window.
I think that is one of the things that is starting to annoy me. They are soliciting mini-series, but aren't actually delivering that. Now I understand the good solid commercial reasons for doing mini-series rather than an on-going when you are dealing with a fairly small niche audience such as there is for Transformer comics, but my gut reaction is that if you are going to solicit a mini-series then you need to structure it as a mini-series. It needs a beginning, middle and clear ending. The last few IDW TF series have instead ended with large bundles of loose ends flapping. I find that acceptable in an on-going title, but not in a mini.
At this point it is actually starting to get in the way of my enjoying their output to be honest.
I was especially dissappointed with the ending to "Devastation" to be honest. So much left hanging at the end, with the only thing being closed off was some barely developed random robots being killed off. It feels like the series has had its ending cut off, and it just comes to a stop rather than finishing properly.
I really think the "ongoing masquerading as a mini-series" needs to get a bit more ongoing. By all means call it "Escalation", "Devastation", whatever in the cover but the six-month gaps between them is a bit frustration. With the cliffhangers of Devastation #6 this month I'd like to move straight onto Expansion #1 (or whatever it's called) next month*.
* - Unless I am totally wrong and this is happening anyway. In which case, hooray!
EDIT: I have just read the "What's after Devastation?" thread and see that the next series is called Revelation, there isn't a 6-month gap and the mysterious "All Hail!" (which will hopefully fit into the ongoing story in a Stormbringer-esque way) may plug the gap. Sorry IDW!
Post by charlesrocketboy on Apr 20, 2008 2:54:43 GMT
Saw one idea of improving Devastation on the TFarchie board: after #1, don't do a multi-plot story but give each one its own issue. So:
#2 - Hot Rod & Wheeljack VS Headmasters #3 - Hunter & Sunstreaker #4 - Ark-19 goes down, Ratchet flees on his own from Sixshot #5 - Sixshot VS Autobots, crippled Autobots pulled out by Optimus #6 - Decepticons VS Reapers, Earth on its own
And with a bit of trimming for #6, it does seem doable. It would dramatically improve the Hunter bit if it got a lot of focus, same with the post-#2 Headmaster stuff, and the Reapers are around less (yay!). As it's non-linear, you could have some fun in #2 and #3 hinting at what's going on elsewhere.
The only downside is we'd have to wait two issues to find out about Ark-19, and personally I quite liked the "everything goes wrong at once" feel which would be lost here.
All i remember from the Magnus issues was that Magnus was hunting down Swindle who said let me go i know where Scorp is - then ended with the same. I was too impressed with the great mode & not being a "I'm a white [patlee] Optimus Prime"