I think so. For the better by the end. Loved the extra development of the first two films which then got ignored by subsequent movies. Had a Marvel UK vibe slotting into the gaps and making the whole better and more expansive.
I gave it a go. It wasn't for me. I felt it went over the line from being a Bond pastiche to full on rip-off with the trademarks not even filed off to the point of got me a bit annoyed! Others mileage will vary. I suspect it will be a Marmite experience for readers.
Post by Grand Moff Martin on Feb 2, 2019 8:53:00 GMT
I flicked through the trade of this in FP. Was amused that on the back cover it began with the line "They call him Goldfender." ('Goldfender' was a Bond pastiche TF fanfic I did over a decade ago.)
Having loved the Bumblebee film, I might have bought this 'official prequel' if it really did tie in with the film, but from what I could tell in the shop, it doesn't. For a start, Bumblebee has a human face with a mouth, which he doesn't have in any of the films, either on Earth or on Cybertron. And, obviously, it's set in the '60s, which fits with 'The Last Knight' but not with the Bumblebee film itself, which clearly implies that Bumblebee first arrived on Earth in 1987.
I think they must have made this 'official prequel' too far in advance of important decisions being made / shared with IDW as to the extent to which the final Bumblebee film was going to contradict TLK.
My own take on the timeline is that Bee was the Autobot who explored the earth in the 40-60s. In the heat of battle Prime simply forgot or wasn't even aware it was Bee who filed the report.
More generally Earth has been an important, but classified location to Transformers for millions of years. Somewhere that maybe only the Primes know about, but that Optimus wasn't informed of by Sentinel Prime.
Whatever device was used to launch the Allspark was made by or had coordinates inputted by a previous Prime. So the Allspark ends up on Earth.
The old Primes chose to hide on Earth to protect the matrix.
Sentinel had set his ship for Earth for whatever reason he was leaving Cybertron, so he crashed on the moon.
The quintessons mined the Earth because of its special make up. And hte Knights link to them lead them to Earth in the dark ages.
All of this sort of ties together because of Unicron.
The only random coincidence is that Bee happened upon Earth at a point in time when its importance had been forgotten.