I’ve just done a big catch-up read over the last few days. I read v2 the day before TFN as I had an idea I could read everything before I went to the con. However, I was amazed to find how far behind I’d fallen so I read everything else last night. In the end it didn’t matter that I didn’t get finished pre-con because there weren't any comics panels on Sat when I was at TFN and I didn’t have a chance to catch up with James. Ultimately, the avoidance of spoilers before reading was the best thing that could have happened.
It was brilliant. I loved it. I can understand people saying it is hurried, and there were moments where I felt it and it seemed that James was acknowledging it in the story, but really, given what he is wrapping up, a couple of moments like that didn’t matter (and most of what is described above as being missed out seems non-essential) because for the most part the pace felt necessarily and wonderfully breakneck. It put me in mind, and this is extraordinary praise in my world, of the way that Sandman meanders and then suddenly, relentlessly accelerates to its conclusion. Maybe I’ll find the seams more obvious in more thoughtful future reads but I’m always going to remember the exhilaration of yesterday’s unwinding. If you’re similarly behind in your reading, I’d just wait until the series is done to get caught up and then book a day off to read it all. I desperately want to see what happens next but I’m going to let the series finish and then read what remains in one go. Fortunately, the most recent issue makes a tantalising but satisfying place to pause for a little.
Felt quite disappointed actually. Veeeery rushed and it seemed like a tick box of stuff turning up to get pushed off the table. Of course there are still two issues left so stuff might still wrap up neatly
It's just frustrating that all this has clearly been set up from the start, but we get the Guiding Hand out of nowhere and then all killed in a few panels, the Omega Guardians out of nowhere and then dispatched (or maybe not?) Froid and Sunder randomly killed ( should have been killed earlier if that was the case or not in it) and a list of mysteries summed up as "the magnificence did it" before it gets killed off.
But all the really big stuff doesn't seem to have been built up much - I imagine if we hadn't lost a season we'd have seen more build up to the Guiding Hand, the Great Architect, the Omega Guardians and everything else.
But hey still two issues to go. I really hope it does wrap it up!!
yeah, I didn't enjoy it very much. It's feeling a bit rushed, and I am unmoved by the Big Threat. There's no real tension to it and I'm not even feeling much about which characters will live and die by the end (mostly, I want the Scavengers to survive).
It still has it's moments, but I'm not going to mourn the title once it's ended like I once would have expected to.
I enjoyed today's issue, though went by super fast. Half exciting stuff, half because it was rushed. Like wow, there's whole chunks that needed time to breath. We've got plots that appear just to get resolved in the next page (Primus needs to be transformed into planet mode! Oh no! Next page: now he is, by characters who just appeared from nowhere! And then at the end they go back in time to do it?? That entire bit could have been cut to be honest.)
Also I didn't realise that the bit with Skids was a flashback at first and thought that instead of dying, Rung had been pulled into the ceiling
Very glad Thunderclash didn't die, phew!
So game of two halves really. Still liked it overall but very rushed and the stakes are pretty non-existent - they're fighting a giant robot in the middle of nowhere, and trying to save people we've not seen. Would have worked far better if Primus was attacking Cybertron - I bet that was the original plan which was nixed due to Unicron)
Well, that was a bit of a step up! I remain completely unconvinced about the threat and the rushed pacing, but it hit the right emotional notes with Rodimus' speech.
I've occasionally compared MTMTE/LL with Lost, and I think that stands up with the final arc (so far). The Lost finale pretty much failed on the plotting (moreso than this) but hit exactly the right emotional beats.
Like Lost I'll look back on the high points with extreme fondness but at the same time be kind of glad it's over and had the opportunity to finish its story.