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Commander Shockwav
2006-09-14, 01:32 AM
Preview here: http://tfarchive.com/comics/idw/previews.php?dgallery=browse&page=spotlights

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Of the issues IDW has released to date, this one is my favorite of all.

Just when I thought it difficult to surpass Stormbringer as a complete Transformers tale of top notch quality, Simon, Nick, and Josh put together something for the ages.

Granted, featuring my favorite TF character of all helped. But it was more than that.

It was the genius of Shockwave and his internal dialogue. If there is such a thing as a writer's Fountain of Youth, Simon has found it and drank from it plentifully. Yes, the dialogue fits Shockers perfectly.

It was Nick's gorgeous pencilling and inking. What an incredibly ingenious style. Something quite different than what we're really used to, making this the freshest TF art since Don's introduction.

It was Josh's stellar coloring, which continues to improve with every issue.

It was the tie-ins with Infiltration. The cultivated Energon source that Starscream discovered on Earth in present times can only be the handiwork of Shockwave. And Shockwave saw Cybertron's collapse coming long before anyone else in Stormbringer. How cool is that!

It was the nostalgia. Many years ago, children most of us, we cracked open Marvel #7 Warrior School to see an embattled Shockwave go fist to fist with the Dinobots, only to be buried alive together. Again, we are treated to the same matchup, under different circumstances, but with no less an exciting conclusion as the first.

As a succinct tale, as a tale that stands on its own within the binding of but a single issue, it doesn't get any better than this.

My first "A+" TF issue from IDW.

Neuronutter
2006-09-14, 08:58 PM
I picked up the first of the Spotlights today and damn it is good. Here’s my review, spoilers beware!

Ah, good old Shockwave, reliable as ever and always interesting. Someone Furman seems to like and enjoy writing with and in this comic it shows. The word I’d use to describe this issue is most definitely fun! Bags and bags of fun! The artwork is cartoonish and makes a nice change from the other IDW artists, the colouring is bright and suits the artwork very well, the characters are well drawn and interesting and I really enjoyed the whole thing. And I wasn’t expecting to, or at least not as much as I did.

While other IDW artists provide excellence in Stormbringer and Infiltration, Nick Roche’s art in this Spotlight is very different from either of the other two, and certainly much nicer than the bulgy DW style. The TFs in this comic come across as much more lithe and fluid, less bulky and the action scenes are very well done. All in all the overall look of the comic is great. The paper the comic is printed on seems glossier than normal adding to the overall sheen of the finished product. Another thing that deserves a mention is Josh’s colouring. It’s excellent and really helps bring the comic to life.

The reformatting of the dino/dynobots also looks great and is a nice nod to the recent beast wars comics. I also like the explanation of why the dinobots are forced to reformat their alt modes and Grimlock’s attitude towards the whole thing is amusing with him rejecting off hand the idea of being a Woolly Mammoth. Grimlock as a mammoth would be hilarious! Also the picture of Prime with his finger on Grimlocks chest in a “no, bad boy” gesture is hilarious! The humour of the comic feels much more overstated which makes a change.

As for the story, well Furman seemed to be having fun when he wrote this. His characters are well fleshed out, Shockwave’s overriding logic and inability to comprehend why the dynobots are after him is interesting, as well is the part when he loses his cool and finally gets mad! Grimlock also comes across very well and the page where his and Shockwave’s dialogue overlap and you get to see the vast gulf that bridges their mentalities is fun. Grimlocks complete inability to let his need for revenge go is also nice characterisation and makes it clear the difference between him and someone like Prime.

The resolution of this comic is also really well done and presumably Shockwave will appear in Escalation soon, but at least his appearance will make some kind of sense. I’m actually looking forward to his return and seeing the Dynobots in Escalation minus their outer skins. Another nice aspect of the ending was that it was brought about due to Shockwave’s inability to take anything but the logical into consideration when planning and Grimlock’s forethought in his planning and knowing that Shockwave may in fact beat his Dynobots and that Grimlock considered and planned for this. Again with the good characterisations.

So all in all I really enjoyed this issue and it’s a lot of fun! The artwork was different and suited the story and the bright colours are really great, the story itself was good and the characters well drawn and interesting. I really hope the rest of the Spotlight stories are this good and tie in this well with the other IDW on goings.

Denyer
2006-09-14, 09:10 PM
Not reading the reviews yet; will probably wait for my copy to arrive first -- quick question, though... any numbering on the issue?

mista_lyle
2006-09-15, 12:11 AM
Really enjoyed this- didnt realise it was out so i had SUCH a spree yesterday picking up Spotlight, Stormbringer 3, Evolutions 3 and GIJOE/Transformers compilation 3 !!! wow!

but back to Shockwave - great story telling, especially the insight into SW's internal thoughts through-out. Was a little disappointed that he managed to beat the Dynobots so easily after they had pretty hit him with everything! ah well - the parallells with the Marvel comic story about them all being buried on Earth was cool. My favourite thing about this issue tho is the further insight we get into IDWs continuity. Explains why the 'cons are on Earth in Infiltration - possibly also why they were on earth in the Evolutions series?? - also interesting Cameo from Bludgeon... cant help but think this is going to add another twist into IDWs mythos...

inflatable dalek
2006-09-15, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
Not reading the reviews yet; will probably wait for my copy to arrive first -- quick question, though... any numbering on the issue?

It is numbered issue one, but as I recall the He-Man one shots were all numbered issue one...

chiasaur11
2006-09-18, 12:53 AM
It seems like shockwave won by blowing off the outer skin, exposing Grim's gang to energon radiation. Anyone else find it kinda nice shockwave won via blind rage and the dinobots ended the fight with strategy?

Oh, I think the stuff he planted was the ore 13.

inflatable dalek
2006-09-18, 02:41 PM
People have been making a lot of comparisions between IDW's TF output and Marvels Ultimate comics (including Mr. Furman)- But this was the first of their issues to really feel like it was doing the Ultimates thing. IE- Taking an old story and retelling it (in this case the Shocker Vs. Dinobots in the Savage Land flashback). Still, considering it was a old story, and basically one big fight, it was fab. Good charecterisation, fantastic art and just a fun romp.

And how long has it been before this since Grimlock spoke normally for an entire issue? Though I bet when he wakes up from his long sleep he'll have suffered damage to his vocal circuits...

Ballplayer
2006-09-19, 10:20 AM
I find it funny that everybody really adores this comic, I find Stormbringer 3 vastly superior...

Can I presume you're all old school Marvel comic fan boys and that's why you like this comic so much?

I do hope Furman also makes some cartoon hommages soon, to pick up the cartoon fanboys (moi) as well ;)

Still a solid comic this first spotlight...

Denyer
2006-09-19, 12:21 PM
Awesome.

Best TF comic IDW have done so far.

that's why you like this comic so much?By the time I got into the comics, it was into the 200s, and I pieced together bits in retrospect.

This was well-paced, explained itself as it went along and pushed the overall story forwards. New -- Beast modes. Disdain. Shockwave switching off his higher processing functions. Dinobots Dynobots without comedy accents.

Josh has excelled himself on the fight effects. I love how dynamic Nick's style is. Furman has a handle on the characters and the bigger picture.

My opinion of Stormbringer's going to be affected quite a bit by #4. Looking forward to the rest of the oneshots most at the moment.

optimusskids
2006-09-19, 01:07 PM
The One shots remind me of the Marvel spotlights they incorporated into the main continuity i think they were called Perchance to Dream (unless that was the one with the evil nightlights) with Sunstreaker etc.

An excellent re imagining of an old story with all the kinks ironed out


Like how it ties into the main continuity.

Hope they continue the one shots after the current crop have been released.

Would like to see Sky Lynx for example and maybe Hubcap and Thundercracker look into the thought processes of the less than perfect Autobot and the conflicted Decepticon.

Ballplayer
2006-09-19, 02:22 PM
This conflicted Decepticon idea of Thundercracker is it a DW idea because I've read the entire US Marvel run (when it was still readable on this site) and seen the entire US cartoon.

But I never thought for one instance that Thundercracker was a conflicted con, till I read the MTMTE book of DW.

But hoping for a Tracks story here, or perhaps Jazz...

Denyer
2006-09-19, 02:33 PM
It's from his original Marvel profile.

http://tfarchive.com/comics/misc/universe/tfuthundercracker.php

And tech-spec.

http://tfarchive.com/toys/techspecs/original/1984__Thundercracker_(1984).jpg

inflatable dalek
2006-09-19, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
Dinobots Dynobots without comedy accents.

Oh, that's what I didn't like, the sheer daftness of the Dynobots name was something I was hoping got left behind at Dreamwave...

Denyer
2006-09-19, 05:15 PM
Don't really care either way about the name, I just like that they're being portrayed as a little more capable and smart than a Point-->Go-->Kill team. Would imagine they'll be Dinobots later on (and I really like that the skin's already almost gone by the end of the ish.)

inflatable dalek
2006-09-19, 05:21 PM
Originally posted by Denyer
Don't really care either way about the name,

I just find it daft they'd have a name that's allmost exactly the same as the one they get by chance latter on.

I want a Shockwave briefcase.

Ballplayer
2006-09-19, 08:12 PM
Me 2 I already said that about the name by the time DW used it...

It's just really lame, btw why would you have to name them at all...

Sir Auros
2006-09-22, 08:39 PM
Loved it and the artwork was the best so far in the IDW TF books (not that I think anything else has been bad), but something really cool that I don't recall anyone mentioning is that this could also clearly tie into the Beast Wars continuity. This was how you do a fan service. You put all those references together and make them work instead of just cramming in as many references to the original movie as you can.

Denyer
2006-09-22, 08:44 PM
Apart from the lack of an Ark with Prime and Co. in it.

What I like is the suggestion that they have the BW synthetic skin tech but don't ordinarily see a reason to use it. Maybe there are infiltration teams elsewhere in the galaxy disguised as animals, maybe not.

(Expecting some revelations about the cloning tech hinted at in Infiltration to come in Escalation...)

Lambda prime
2006-09-23, 04:09 PM
robots disguised as humans in future IDW continuity anyone?

Ballplayer
2006-09-24, 07:26 PM
Just thinking for a bit, does the BW continuity of IDW correspond with their G1 continuity since in Infiltration there is no golden Ark ship crashed in a mountain. But I believe there was one in BW: The Gathering...

so...

Denyer
2006-09-25, 09:29 AM
Originally posted by Ballplayer
Just thinking for a bit, does the BW continuity of IDW correspond with their G1 continuity IDW BW is the TV show continuity. Their main Transformers books are an Ultimate-style new continuity.

Ballplayer
2006-09-25, 02:27 PM
mmm a shame isn't it?

inflatable dalek
2006-09-25, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by Ballplayer
mmm a shame isn't it?

In what way? Following the TV, or even the Dreamwave, continuity for thei main TF book wasn't really an option- And seting BW in a new continuity just to tie the books together would be a bit pointless.

Denyer
2006-09-25, 05:44 PM
Originally posted by Ballplayer
mmm a shame isn't it? With BW comes far more of the original cartoon than the original comics, and if I want either there've been a lot of fan groups writing over the past fifteen years. BW itself has never strongly interested me.

I'll be happy if I don't see Unicron or Primus rehashed for the umpteenth time, ditto for time travel, Megatron-->Galvatron, etc.

Lambda prime
2006-09-27, 09:04 PM
The last thing I'd want to see of unicron and Primus is a fight to end all fights between both in robot mode. It's never been done before and something like that to finalise both characters is long overdue. All this heralds, tainted transformers, realities and Unicrons coming multi issue story arcs is getting annoying. If they don't exist in IDW's universe at all thats fine. All that build up dreamwave did wasn't mystifying anyone and ultimately pointless the worst one was Armada 18 after four issues it gets to Unicron and it's a one issue rush job, no doubt with G1 ongoing it would have been get to issue 25 and poof 'he's dead the end (?)'.

These synthetic beast forms are Furmans ackowledgement of a good idea, they are robots in disguise and that doesnt have to be cars, vehicles and other mechanical stuff, wheres the logic of having robot looking animals that will stand out like a sore thumb?

Denyer
2006-09-27, 09:08 PM
Originally posted by Lambda prime
wheres the logic of having robot looking animals that will stand out like a sore thumb? Grimlock and the rest have never particularly been into either logic or subterfuge... well, "hit it until it stops moving" is logical, I suppose...

Lord Zarak
2006-09-29, 10:16 AM
If someone could pick one up for me, instead of me going through ebay, I'll will babysit yer kids and not expect payment!

inflatable dalek
2006-09-29, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by Lord Zarak
If someone could pick one up for me, instead of me going through ebay, I'll will babysit yer kids and not expect payment!

If you arange it for me to be in the same room as a woman long enough to father some kids you may have a deal.

Lord Zarak
2006-09-29, 12:41 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
If you arange it for me to be in the same room as a woman long enough to father some kids you may have a deal.

So, 30 seconds is all you need?

inflatable dalek
2006-09-29, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by Lord Zarak
So, 30 seconds is all you need?

Does that include foreplay?

Lord Zarak
2006-09-29, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
Does that include foreplay?

Yep.

inflatable dalek
2006-09-29, 01:03 PM
That's twice as much time as I need then!

On a semi serious note, I'll have a word with comic book guy next week to see if he has any left old chap.

Lord Zarak
2006-09-29, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
On a semi

*childish giggles*

SHOCKERS
2006-10-02, 06:35 PM
I enjoyed this story,and as the first ''Spotlight'' i'm pleased Furman wrote it about Shockwave,a character whose personallity is strong enough utilise in many different scenarios.In the Marvel comics as in the TV show i always thought Shockwave was a wealth of untapped potential.

What i was surprised to find was that the story also focused on the Dynobots.As i haven't read any of the Dreamwave stuff,and only started collecting IDW from Stormbringer #1,it was interesting to see them in their Cybertronian incarnations.I'd like to see their alt modes,they all look very ''tank-like''.

I loved the concept from the start,Shockers taking it upon himself to 'seed' other worlds for Regenesis.His massive,logical data banks dictating that there's no point mentioning his actions to Megatron.This is Shockwave how he should be represented,taking initiation and decisive action,for the future of the Decepticons,HIS Decepticons,it's the only logical conclusion.

The vendetta that leads on to retribution from Grimlock is a good backstory that i hope Furman ellaborates on at a later point.I also thought it was a nice twist to have Slag reconfigure them into Beastwars-like dino-modes.

In my opinion it fell a little flat in the last act,with Furman clearly suggesting that Shockwave had influenced the evolution of Earth,and was uncovered in an excavation in 2006,which,from what i can see, kind of p*sses on any other continuity.But as i said,i haven't read DW,or any recent comics other than Stormbringer,so i could be wrong.

All in all i liked it.I got the copy with James Raiz's cover art,but i thought Nick Roche did a stand-up job.I look forward to the next Spotlight,maybe if Furman focused on some of the more minor characters.Personal favourites would be Brawn,Whirl and maybe some of the Gestalts.

inflatable dalek
2006-10-03, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by SHOCKERS
from what i can see, kind of p*sses on any other continuity.

Well, right from the start they've ben saying this is brand spanking new continuity.

SHOCKERS
2006-10-03, 09:00 PM
Just read an interview with Simon Furman....cleared up alot...

Lord Zarak
2006-10-06, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
That's twice as much time as I need then!

On a semi serious note, I'll have a word with comic book guy next week to see if he has any left old chap.

Ta, but FP has them in now!

Cheers anyway man

inflatable dalek
2006-10-06, 03:19 PM
That's lucky because I forgot to ask him...

Lord Zarak
2006-10-06, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
That's lucky because I forgot to ask him...

I'm shocked at the lack of shock.

Nevermore
2006-10-16, 04:22 PM
Damn, that was a nice one. :)

I agree with those who said "best TF comic by IDW so far". Whatever Simon drank prior to writing this, I say give him more of it. :)

It's a tad too early to say I love Nick Roche's art, but he certainly has potential. There were some really dynamic scenes in there I liked, particularly Shockwave's transformations on pages 17 and 18.

If Nick continues expanding on his own style, he might become the new Geoff Senior. :)

Also: Hand-drawn faction logos. Me like.

Much as I usually like Josh's coloring skills, I wish he had gone for something a little dirtier here. Something similar to Steve White's colors on Geoff Senior's art from the old Marvel UK stories. Maybe a suggestion for next time?

inflatable dalek
2006-10-17, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Nevermore
I agree with those who said "best TF comic by IDW so far". Whatever Simon drank prior to writing this, I say give him more of it. :)

As with all good Englishmen it was a nice cup of tea.

[shameless whoring]My own little review: http://tfarchive.com/community/showthread.php?s=&postid=521691#post521691[/shameless whoring]

Denyer
2006-10-18, 11:58 AM
http://tfarchive.com/comics/idw/spotlightshockwave_a.php

I've just gotta write a small script for easy inclusion of toy review updates onto the front page, and I'll update it there then...

inflatable dalek
2006-10-19, 03:17 PM
Thatnks for remembering to credit LKW on the Joe review, somthing I should have suggested but forgot. Double minus points for forgeting my spoof script from the creative bit though. We need a smiley with one, manly tear on its face. ;)

DCJosh
2006-10-19, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by Nevermore


Much as I usually like Josh's coloring skills, I wish he had gone for something a little dirtier here. Something similar to Steve White's colors on Geoff Senior's art from the old Marvel UK stories. Maybe a suggestion for next time?


gimme some references, ill see what i can do

always lookin to bring out new styles in my colors

[and yeah. the colors in this issue were pretty poor. it was pretty rushed most the way through, i'll admit T____T]

Denyer
2006-10-21, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by inflatable dalek
from the creative bit At a rough guess there's a hundred or so items to slot in currently. In the medical profession it's called triage; basically, stuff that's easiest happens first.

inflatable dalek
2006-10-23, 06:53 PM
Yes, but I'm the important one. If this were a medical situation Doctors would be harvesting all your organs to keep me alive.

Osku
2006-10-25, 11:50 AM
Finally received my issue.

Good issue. "Homage" issues like this has always been something I haven't liked. This time Furman managed to include enough new material that it didn't feel like plagiarism.

Especially liked
-Shockwave disconnecting logic circuits
-Furman's excuse to concentrate TFs on Earth (Shockwave seeding many planets, but thanks to Dynobots unable to fine tune the energon on other planets). Still not very glad about super energon concept, but it makes more sense now than in Infiltration.

I've always recognized Roche's ability in story telling (TMUK CG2 fanfic for example), but his exaggarating style hasn't been quite to my taste. I was pleasantly surprised how... tight and disciplined his art was in this issue. Good layouts, story flowed well. Excellent debut, definitely willing to see more from him in the IDW continuity.

Colours were OK, a bit unfinished looking and too bright at some points.

Halfshell
2006-10-25, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by Osku
Especially liked
-Shockwave disconnecting logic circuits

Aye, that was a great touch in my eyes. Makes sense that Shockwave understands that in some cases the logical thing is to disregard logic. Nice little paradox.

-Furman's excuse to concentrate TFs on Earth (Shockwave seeding many planets, but thanks to Dynobots unable to fine tune the energon on other planets). Still not very glad about super energon concept, but it makes more sense now than in Infiltration.

It is a very sensible way of moving the action here. What was DW's excuse? The Decepticon Matrix was buried here or some other gash like that?

inflatable dalek
2006-10-26, 11:42 AM
Originally posted by Brendocon
It is a very sensible way of moving the action here. What was DW's excuse? The Decepticon Matrix was buried here or some other gash like that?

Because Earth has the best Porsche dealers.

Osku
2006-10-27, 10:53 AM
After second reading I liked the issue even more. There are many little things that are done right in this issue. :)

Shockwave's inner monologue is well done, not just the words but how those are written. No speech bubbles/squares when it's clear that it's character thinking (a little thing that shouldn't be seen in professionally published comics, but sadly not uncommon).

Character's motivations for their actions are believable. Grimlock's & co. reckless vendetta would be otherwise really stupid, if not for the fact that Grimlock actually had a back up emergency plan. AND it also seemed that Grimlock did that without telling the other members of the group, which left me thinking his motivation for that. Would others have considered it a show of weakness and/or fear, was it that Grimlock didn't want to confess others that he was actually worried they couldn't handle Shockwave? A little nuances liket his added a lot to the issue.

Of course there little things that could have IMHO been better excecuted. For example.
-Bludgeon standing with an unsheathed energon blade in front of Megatron. Would Megatron have allowed that, was Bludgeon really a warrior at that point. His characterization points more to scientist (read up to Stormbringer #3, so I don't know if there's been more in #4). I suppose it's mostly to make recognizing the character easier, but would have prefered sword being sheathed.
-Shockwave's hand rising from the lava should have been his gun hand.

Cliffjumper
2006-11-05, 08:32 PM
****ing awesome. I don't know what sort of **** comics half of you lot would prefer (probably Predaking and Superion punching each other in the face for 20 pages, eh?) but that was ****ing awesome. That was nearly Planetary-level good. Good script, good plot, good characterisation - we're sure Infiltration was written by Furman and wasn't a joke/~150 page printing error?

inflatable dalek
2006-11-05, 08:50 PM
Well, hopefully now Furman's refound his grove Escalation will hit the ground runing.

There's probably a six issue Evolutions comic in those unused Dynobot alt modes...

horizon
2010-08-23, 06:53 AM
Sorry for necromancy.

* DEATH THREAD ARISE*

But I rapid-download-shared various idw comics. Having read Marvel in the '80's, early '90's nothing else.

IDW is mediocre at best imo.


However.


Spotlight: Shockwave is just plain awesomely cool. Why on earth isn't the rest like this?

Halfshell
2010-08-23, 03:24 PM
Because Nick Roche is a bad bad man who they wouldn't let write lots of stuff until nobody gave a toss. :(

Neuronutter
2010-08-23, 04:12 PM
Because Nick Roche is a bad bad man who they wouldn't let write lots of stuff until nobody gave a toss. :(

Roche didn't write Spotlight Shockwave. Furman did.

Halfshell
2010-08-24, 08:07 AM
Never said he did. I said it's the reason the rest isn't that awesome.

So :p