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Denyer
2007-03-18, 05:24 PM
http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=10020

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Cheers to Raymond T.

Update:

Spoilers for Escalation and the Galvatron spotlight. And for Beast Wars.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=10034

CounterPunch
2007-03-18, 06:42 PM
I'm looking forward to the Megatron: Origin thing alot, the covers look fantastic, and hopefully it'll be really interesting.

Cliffjumper
2007-03-18, 07:03 PM
I'm looking forward to Hound's giant comedy rear wheels. Shame they don't quite go to the base of his foot, so he can skate around on them. BOOO!

Galvatron, eh? That's... uninteresting. Anyone else finding the slection of Transformers who've had nine billion stories already a little disappointing? Nightbeat was the right kinda track, even if he wasn't exactly obscure beforehand, and Sixshot sort-of would be if Sixshot wasn't a fanboy-supported cock, but y'know, there are other Transformers out there than big-hitters - how's about Tailgate, or Override, or Slapdash, or Searchlight, or Finback, or Chop Shop, or Jolt, or Horri-Bull?

Denyer
2007-03-18, 07:07 PM
I can remember what characterisation Tailgate was supposed to have, and the names of the others...

Cliffjumper
2007-03-18, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
I can remember what characterisation Tailgate was supposed to have, and the names of the others...

Forgive me for being naive, but surely that's where the writer comes in... We follow that line to the logical conclusion, Sixshot's characterisation is he's evil and has six modes. Haven't read that one yet, but surely he doesn't just wander around going "BWAHAHAHAHA I will kill you with my SIX MODES!". Nightbeat's characterisation outside of the Marvel comic is also pretty generic.

But no, the world needs more Galvatron stories, doesn't it?

Denyer
2007-03-18, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by Cliffjumper
surely he doesn't just wander around going "BWAHAHAHAHA I will kill you with my SIX MODES!"
Actually, that does seem to be more-or-less the character, apart from the later manga stories where he decides that he wants to "transform" his perception and experience what it's like to be human...

The spotlights are tying in as plot underpinnings for the main arcs, so if there's a story in which Horri-Bull can be bigged up into being relevant in those, no reason not to give him a spotlight. Seems more likely that (like Hound) he'd co-star in someone else's named spotlight issue. That gives the draw of a character having a following, plus some identifiable characterisation to build others up from scratch.

Did think it was a shame most of Hot Rod's team were both non-ents and died.

zigzagger
2007-03-18, 08:46 PM
Hmm, an interesting GoBots homage.

Don Figueroa will also be working on an Optimus Prime book in September.

Assuming that this is another precursory story, I suppose this makes sense, it would be the yin to Megatron:Origin's yang. Not sure if this is necessary, though it will probably tie into the Megatron Spotlight in some manner. It might work, though personally, I could do without a Prime origin, as he gets enough fanwank as it is. Then again, IDW just may come up with a refreshingly new angle on the character.

numbat
2007-03-18, 09:00 PM
Is that Cy-Kill (http://www.tfu.info/Gobots/Renegades/SuperCy-Kill/cy-kill.htm) (Gobot Renegade Leader) crushed beneath Megatron's boot there...

(Had him when I was a wain... he died a death at the hands of Overlord, if I remember correctly... serious death... not the just in this game kind ;) )

Maybe that's been banded around before - I've not been paying attention to spoilers (art or story) for the Megs Origin series. I'm looking forward to it too much!

;)

I, for one, am very happy to see a Galvatron spotlight coming. And, if it successfully separates him from Megatron, all the better. Maybe everybody would stop hating him quite so much then... I've always though he's got a great unhinged character (definite mental health problems there...).

I do have to say, Hound's Cybertronian mode has an awful lot of Earth Jeep to it, but he's nifty as ever. :)

I have enjoyed the first four Spotlights (and loved the inclusion of Doubledealer in Hot Rod's, off setting the terribly overdone character who is the focus of the tale...). Six-Shot did still come across like a killing machine though, with maybe just a little remorse and soul searching. But, then, that's what he is, ain't it?

Anyhoo... back to cooking the mince and dumplings...

:p

Denyer
2007-03-18, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by rubicon
Not sure if this is necessary If it is an origin, hopefully it's not a "grab shiny bauble and/or get upgraded" tale like Rodimus in the movie, War Dawn or War Within. I've always liked the idea that he rose on merit.

Neuronutter
2007-03-18, 09:26 PM
Not Cy-Kill again! He was in two different DW books and now he's turning up in Megs Origin story? Isn't there anyone else they could pay homage to?

Denyer
2007-03-18, 09:36 PM
May not be in the interiors, although I think both artists had some DW connections, so it is a possibility.

Cliffjumper
2007-03-18, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
If it is an origin, hopefully it's not a "grab shiny bauble and/or get upgraded" tale like Rodimus in the movie, War Dawn or War Within. I've always liked the idea that he rose on merit.

One of the things I like in the Marvel stuff, even if it is a little spotty... you can lay "State Games", "Boltax" and "Leader" out in order for three snapshots at least. I also liked the (doubtless unintentional) implication that being a Prime doesn't automatically equate to being Autobot leader... the Autobots being a monarchy never quite seemed, well, sensible... what if Longtooth was the chosen one? What'd they do then? Die, that's what. Die horribly and stupidly.

EDIT: Somehow missed the Cy-Kill there. Heh, awesome... wonder if they asked Bandai for permission ;)

Denyer
2007-03-18, 10:03 PM
Hasbro/Takara own Gobots these days, don't they?

Hence characters like this --

http://tfu.info/2004/Cybertron/Pathfinder/pathfinder.htm
http://tfu.info/2004/Destron/BadBoy/badboy.htm
http://tfu.info/2004/Destron/BugBite/bugbite.htm

Cliffjumper
2007-03-18, 10:14 PM
Well, those weren't named on the packaging, for one - http://tfwiki.net/wiki/G1_GoBots

For two, Hasbro own the trademarks (etc.), but Bandai own the toys - lil' Cy-Kill amongst others was reissued for Robo Machines in 1993 [but not named - they all had generic names like the Japanese releases, though I think Scooter got to keep his ;)].

Honestly have no idea where they are on animation models, though, which is where the ";)" comes in... I'd guess there's some sort of problem, otherwise I'd have expected something from Challenge on DVD by now, even if it was an uber-cheapo single disc (yeh, it was crap and not particularly popular, but that's not really stopped a lot of stuff getting to release).

Wow, skipping tracks like a Discman here ;)

Denyer
2007-03-19, 01:48 AM
Interview with Furman (spoilers for most of the stuff he's writing for IDW):

http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=10034

Originally posted by Cliffjumper
Well, those weren't named on the packaging, for one - http://tfwiki.net/wiki/G1_GoBots
Though being an exclusive, eHobby took the prerogative and risk to name them in their material for the product.

It probably comes down to the names being okay to use, and the designs being pushable, but not use of them together.

numbat
2007-03-19, 10:21 AM
Well, I do like the symbolism of such a nice piece of artwork anyhoo. ;)

Must learn more of how Cy-Kill has turned up in previous comics, but am now procrastinating before heading off for an interview, so probably the wrong time... :rolleyes:

Nevermore
2007-03-19, 01:23 PM
Originally posted by Cliffjumper
Forgive me for being naive, but surely that's where the writer comes in... We follow that line to the logical conclusion, Sixshot's characterisation is he's evil and has six modes. Haven't read that one yet, but surely he doesn't just wander around going "BWAHAHAHAHA I will kill you with my SIX MODES!". Nightbeat's characterisation outside of the Marvel comic is also pretty generic.

Well, people are more likely to buy solo stories about popular characters. Same reason why Hasbro are more likely to release a new toy that's yet another G1 Grimlock homage, rather than an updated version of Micromaster Whisper. They'll do it occasionally, but the heavy hitters are safer.

And thus, the Spotlight issues will be reserved for more prominent characters first. If the concept proves successful, IDW might try out something more risky (Swerve, Backstreet, Micromaster Tote etc.) by the time the number of their Spotlight issues has long since surpassed two digits.

It'd be commercial suicide to launch the Spotlight lineup with an obscure character who appeared for like five second in a season 3 episode of the cartoon and expect a large audience to be interested in finding out who this guy they never knew before is.

Osku
2007-03-19, 02:27 PM
From the interview, spoilers.

While Galvatron's appearance usually coincides with that of the evil destroyer of worlds known as Unicron, Furman revealed, "I've said it before and I'll say it again. No Unicron. Not on my watch. Mind you, there is always off-chance a certain dark god might just crop up in the upcoming 'Beast Wars: The Ascending.' I'll say no more for now."
And there goes my hope of a more chracter driven BW story arc? After a nice opening issue, the first mini-series left me cold, and this isn't promising much. :(

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by Nevermore
It'd be commercial suicide to launch the Spotlight lineup with an obscure character who appeared for like five second in a season 3 episode of the cartoon and expect a large audience to be interested in finding out who this guy they never knew before is.

So instead they launch it with an '88 toy that wasn't in the cartoon at all, and wasn't even in the comic that much... I get exactly what you're saying (even if the launch point is rather void by them being, what, five, six issues in now...), but that wasn't the best example ;)

Halfshell
2007-03-19, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by Cliffjumper
So instead they launch it with an '88 toy that wasn't in the cartoon at all, and wasn't even in the comic that much...

Am I being really thick, or was Spotlight #1 actually Shockwave?

Osku
2007-03-19, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by Brendocon
Am I being really thick, or was Spotlight #1 actually Shockwave?
Yes on both of those. What contradiction? :o

Wasn't there a significant drop for Nightbeat's issue and the sales going up again for Hot Rod? [lazy]

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 04:18 PM
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Cheerfully withdrawn. Though they did put him second... and if half-a-dozen in counts as launch, so does #2... ;) To be honest, with Tailgate et al I was being wilfully obscure... I personally feel they've gone too far the other way... there are plenty of fairly well-known characters dying for some decent stories - often from the early years when the effort was still being put into tech specs - Sideswipe, Smokescreen, Dirge, Thundercracker, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Bluestreak, Windcharger, Trailbreaker, etc.

Sure, they wouldn't shift black and white variant covers, and I realise the perilous position IDW are in, but it's a shame from an artistic point of view...

Ozz
2007-03-19, 04:18 PM
I've seen people claiming that they would pass on Nightbeat's Spotlight, because they don't know him.

Denyer
2007-03-19, 04:37 PM
The next issue (Hot Rod) did outsell Nightbeat. (Although the sketchy, retro art not being to everyone's taste was almost certainly a factor too.)

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 04:38 PM
Alright, alright, I'll stop asking for something different... Please, more Spotlights concentrating on well-known faction leaders!

Osku
2007-03-19, 05:49 PM
I also would want less known characters getting Spotlight issues, but I also realise the market decision IDW has made.

But let's hope Furman writes less known characters for supporting roles. Well, more in the style of Doubledealer appearing in Hot Rod issue, than terrorcons appearing in Sixshot issue.

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by Osku
I also would want less known characters getting Spotlight issues, but I also realise the market decision IDW has made.

See, I fully appreciate that, I merely find it disappointing, rather than ' effront to the world and how dare IDW choose not going bankrupt over pleasing me?!?'... I just think n00b user name-friendly Decepticons and TF:TM characters is a particularly dull choice... maybe a more useful place for setting up plot points would have been the vast tracts of nothing that made up Infiltration?

Denyer
2007-03-19, 06:32 PM
I still like Infiltration a lot, and it got the imagination flowing (for me) -- people who can pick up the whole lot in one go rather than wait six months for issues are in a much better position, though.

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 06:41 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
I still like Infiltration a lot, and it got the imagination flowing (for me) -- people who can pick up the whole lot in one go rather than wait six months for issues are in a much better position, though.

Imagination wasn't the problem, nor really was the quality - it's more than so much more could have gone into it if not for the turgid scripting and hackneyed, off-the-shelf humans... Great story/set-up, poor comics. As someone who hasn't read anything since Nightbeat/Stormbringer (I'm testing a theory and holding off until a trade comes out... Not risking spending so much to get such a slow story spoonfed to me over 6-9 months again... if I'm buying a 120~ page graphic novel as I apparently am, I'm going to buy a 120~ page graphic novel and not have to **** around with bags every two minutes), how vital is the Spotlight background to main arcs? Difficult to tell at the moment, or are they really justifying their existence by linking in?

Denyer
2007-03-19, 06:52 PM
The idea is that they shouldn't be essential, though the Nightbeat one is probably going to be quite crucial, as is the Magnus. They're meant to make standalone sense first and foremost (again the Nightbeat one is most tied to future events.)

Escalation's on a roll now.

I didn't hate the humans from early on, though...

Cliffjumper
2007-03-19, 07:08 PM
In a way, though, I kinda respect the idea (although obviously I have no idea it's implemented) - hopefully Furman's found some way of converting their ludicrous page-time in Infiltration into something worthwhile... Of course, doesn't really make the back-of-a-***-packet characterisation from Infiltration that much more readable...

EDIT: Oh, for ****'s sake. I thought we were just banning homophobic ****wits instead? We going to slap "queer" on autocensor too?

Osku
2007-03-20, 05:26 PM
Different tastes etc. Like Denyer I also liked Infiltration, and on the other hand wasn't that impressed with Stormbringer.

You can safely pass Sixshot spotlight, and propably also Hotrod. But I'd recommend picking up Ultra Magnus issue. The art wasn't exactly my cup of tea, and there were some minor problems with the story telling, but on the whole it was good reading. :)

Osku
2007-03-20, 05:26 PM
Edit: Gah. Connection problems. Please delete.

inflatable dalek
2007-03-20, 07:04 PM
but one thing I do aim to do (and I'm willing to share right now) is to pit him against Ultra Magnus. I haven't had a big dust up between that pair since 'Target: 2006,' and it's overdue (IMHO)."
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Has he forgotten the other arse whooping Magnus got off Galvy over the years?

I'm not overly worried about main Characters getting the Spotlights as long as they're good- Which so far they have been 9Sixshoot was the weakest, mainly because it really wasy "I am evil and will destroy you with my six modes!).

LKW
2007-03-21, 02:13 AM
Oddly, the only Spotlight I've been unable to find (though Shockwave took a bit) is Sixshot. Is the character that popular; or did stores order less copies after the softer sales of the similarly semi-obscure Nightbeat? (I'm still seeing a few copies of that one on the racks.)

And yes, please please PLEASE separate Megatron from Galvatron! Banzai-Tron has been established in IDW as a separate character; why not another "tron" who has nothing to do with Megatron?

inflatable dalek
2007-03-21, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by LKW
And yes, please please PLEASE separate Megatron from Galvatron! Banzai-Tron has been established in IDW as a separate character

They have also seperated Bazaitron from his hyphen. It's a radical reinterpretation.

Cliffjumper
2007-03-21, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
Has he forgotten the other arse whooping Magnus got off Galvy over the years?

Are any of the others coming out in Generations any time soon? Do we really need to ask questions of Simon's PR Memory anymore?

inflatable dalek
2007-03-22, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Cliffjumper
Are any of the others coming out in Generations any time soon?


Furman taking a Stalanist/GordonBrownist view of history? Shocking.

LKW
2007-03-23, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
They have also seperated Bazaitron from his hyphen. It's a radical reinterpretation.

Point... to the Dalek. :up: