I have stopped theorising about whom/what might be out in the wastelands - I think on that element I am just going to sit back and enjoy the ride.
The Ironhide/Dinobots storyline is fun, but I think all the political stuff remains my favourite part of this comic. I come into each issue looking forward to whatever this months Starscream scene is going to be, and what not-entirely well-founded policy decision is going to issue from Bumblebee this time. (I actually feel sorry for 'Bee - just like Rodimus over in MTME he is clearly out of his depth, the difference is that Bumblebee realizes it and worries about it. A level of self-awareness that Rodimus seems to lack).
There are also a few really good character-rooted moments of humor in this issue. You can just hear the patience in Starscream and Metalhawk's voices when they are broaching with Bumblebee the question of Ironhide's rationality. (Speaking of voices, my brain has decided to recast Prowl over the last couple of issues - the more "I'll do whatever has to be done" he becomes the more I hear his dialogue in the voice of Eugene Robert Glazier).
Liked the ominousness of the speculation about the planet wanting to keep everyone together almost foreshadowing the fate of the Aerialbots too......
Like the MTMTE Annual, I picked up the physical copy rather than the digital edition due to the price-point and the lovely squareboundness of it. It channels Marvel TF #1 so hard in the opening pages that my tiny mind shattered.
Got my first 2 issues of RID today. 50p each from comic mart. #4b,5c. Someone else got to the other RID issue i needed - but the dealer said he had lots of RI covers that he hadn't brought out So hope he does for the next one. Hopefully get all the other issues at Leeds TB too.
Beautiful comic, the retro-styled artwork, as in the other annual, is absolutely fantastic, and I was also happy to see the return of Brendan Cahill for the modern day stuff.
As Ralph says, I haven't the faintest idea where RID is going but I get the impression it really is going somewhere and I'm very much enjoying the ride. Focussing on the two stand-out characters of this series doesn't hurt.
I love how both annuals interlock without it being remotely necessary to read both - I have no idea who would just read one, but in principle it's something that's not done often enough in comics. I do prefer this marginally to the MTMTE annual, largely due to the art.
Every time we get more focus on him, my theory that Metalhawk = Megatron slips a bit but I still haven't completely abandoned it. He did seem a bit dismayed at Starscream's disinterest in poetry, after all.
My copy of this showed up on Monday evening, in a big pile of TF Comicy-goodness that I have been working my way through whilst laid-up. Absolutely wonderful stuff - the flashback pages being done with that old Marvel feel made them feel like a literal flashback to the Transformers past. If I had been able to I would have let out a whoop of delight (talking made me hack, cough and splutter so I refrained).
The Titan's hints about Starscream felt at the same moment surprising and yet somehow in keeping with what has gone before - we knew that he sees himself as having a manifest destiny and here is an artefact of the distant past confirming that for him... The story of Robots in Disguise keeps twisting and turning in directions I wasn't expecting. Are we building to a unified Cybertron under Starscream leading them to the stars for Lebensraum? Who knows, and that is the best part.
I love the way that this annual weaves in some many things from the past of the IDW TF universe as well - combiner technology, Dai Atlas, Nova Prime and his Ark mission. It feels like a wonderfully broad tapestry.
Didn't completely feel the latest issue; even if I quite enjoyed the last Orion Pax digression, I do miss Starscream, Prowl, et al. This book is at its best on Cybertron.
I'm not keen on portentous world-threatening foreshadowing, I think we've had enough of that over the years (YMMV). Barber has been doing such good work I'm inclined to give him the benefit if the doubt for now, though.
I read #11 as like MTMTE the internet threatened to spoil the big reveal at the end. I have to admit the big reveal made me slap my forehead and I wanted to throw the Ipad across the room. Yawn. Him again. Meh.
It did feel like #11 was killing time for the final page, which did get a small sigh from me. I'd rather they had continued on with the elections/assassination/wild planet angle set up in previous issues. But you never know, they may yet to something interesting with the reveal.
Indeed, I was hoping we would make it to a full twelve issues without seeing SPOILER again. I'm slightly disappointed that we didn't quite make it to the book's second year without seeing him again. The various other shenanigans and shifting alliances of this issue felt like where the previous issues plots had been pointing and then SPOILER's arrival felt a little out of nowhere.
My #11s finally arrived. I was enjoying this until the last page, but am willing to give the benefit of the doubt given how strong the writing has been so far. I doubt Barber would have set so much up to just throw it away.
I have sat and read #12 now. Ah, the wonders of digital comics - take up less room and arrive more promptly.
I will say that if you had asked me to predict what the immediate developments from the last page of the previous issue would be I'm not sure how close I would be to what happened. I'm still not sure what to make of the development overall but I am prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt.
I did love Starscream's big speech, and the reaction to it. And the thing that makes it better is the fact that as comic character speeches go it isn't actually too bad. It most TF Media when Starscream speaks I have a tendency to do pretty much what the Decepticons do here - go "yeah, yeah" and stop listening to his nonsense. So there is a certain irony that I quite appreciate to the fact that Screamer delivers a decent speech and.. gets nowhere at all.
Also, does anyone else think that this particular powder-keg explosion potentially plays rather nicely into Prowl's hands - if he can restore order he is the 'bot who preserved the peace of Cybertron, stood between the nails and a resurgent Decepticon movement (who would probably lose any hope of an electoral franchise). He could make a lot of mileage out of this.
Thoroughly enjoyed this issue, glad to have given Barber the benefit of the doubt as he looks to be doing something interesting with the previous issue's cliffhanger which could so easily have derailed a fascinating book - I'm so happy to have had a whole year of a post-war status-quo, it's a breath of fresh air and I hope they can maintain it for a while yet.
Again, it's Prowl and Starscream who shine, with some nice characterisation for Wheeljack.