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Old 2014-09-25, 11:26 AM   #7
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Yeah, I agree that the lovely art and the focus on Wheeljack go a long way to sell the awful Combiner Wars idea.

Is this the longest lead-in to a toy promotion we've had so far? With the Combiner Wars toys are only hitting the shelves next year? I've a hazy memory that The Second Generation story in TFUK had quite a run-up but maybe I'm wrong.

Oh good, characters going on about combiners and how they're the future (despite all evidence to the contrary), IDW comics really needed more of that.
Their effectiveness really leaves something to be desired, doesn't it? Monstructor has achieved exactly nothing in his long, long life and while Devastator wrecked Earth off-panel, we've got several other characters and devices which are capable of that scale of carnage when they feel like it. Didn't Megatron fight Devastator one-on-one and win? Didn't Megatron fight every Decepticon combined together and win?

This combiner-as-WMD thing is difficult to shake. I guess it goes back to Second Generation itself and The War Within more specifically. I'm not sure anyone has thought it all the way through. I wonder if it would be more interesting if the combiner was the primary character and the components were aspects of that character? Like a guy was split up rather than five guys becoming one. Then there'd be a good reason for the transformation - to accomplish specialised or numerous tasks. Is that more entertaining than jumping on each other's shoulders and putting on a trenchcoat in order to have a barney? I'm being boring, aren't I?

I'd wonder if the book would improve if it shifted to having Wheeljack firmly in the lead and dropped the ensemble angle? He's a great character, Barber has his voice down and he's got a good suite of relationships to develop. I like Starscream adopting him as his best friend and I like how he frets about and misses his old comrades.

There's an odd thing going on over at the TFW2005 boards where Alex Milne seems to be actively campaigning to have Sarah Stone replace him on MTMTE. I wonder what that's about.
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