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Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:59 pm
by Metal Vendetta
https://twitter.com/NickRoche/status/619990272701820928

More Wreckers! Yay! More Impactor! Yay! More Arcee! Er...

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:03 am
by bumblemusprime
Holy ******* ****!

I'm sure if Nick can write the hell out of rare European release toys, he can write Arcee.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:54 am
by Metal Vendetta
TBH I think it'll be good to get her away from Barber, who still doesn't seem to have a handle on her character...

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:06 am
by snarl
Ditto Prowl.

It would be good if he could somehow include Prime.

And Galvatron.

And Soundwave.

Lets face it, Barber's not my fave.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:11 pm
by Best First
But not Spike

Very excited by this.

And the prospect of 5-6 months where we get this and MTMTE. Bliss.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:27 am
by Metal Vendetta
My biggest problem with this isn't actually who's included in it, but who's missing from that cover...


WHERE'S GUZZLE?!?!!!!

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:16 am
by Computron
This has amazing written all over it.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:04 pm
by bumblemusprime
Going to try and get an interview and thus the initial scoop. Wish me luck, lads.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 3:33 pm
by Yaya
Sweeeeeeet.

And I think I might actually prefer Costa and McCarthy to Barber.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:52 pm
by bumblemusprime
Barber is a mediocre writer forced to roll with shilling for the toys. Even a good writer (Budiansky) had a lot of trouble with that.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:27 pm
by snarl
I know an English dude who lacks a bit of hair but makes up for it with wedding videos that has a track record of actually excelling in those circumstances...

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:11 pm
by Metal Vendetta
My problem with Barber isn't so much the product-shilling - I thought that Combiner Wars was reasonably coherent despite all the shoehorning - it's more that his plots always seem to take ages getting anywhere and I'm never quite sure when they've arrived. MtMtE may be rambling but what Roberts gets right is that he hits his story beats almost perfectly, be they in a three-part epic or a "bottle show" standalone issue, which means that they're satisfying despite the longer-arcing plot threads going unresolved. But with the comic formerly known as RiD, we get... Prowl's up to something, Prowl's killing Decepticons, Prowl's crossed the moral event horizon, Prowl's massacring Decepticons, Prowl's up to something else, Prowl's gone gung-ho and still killing Decepticons, psyche - half of the Decepticons he killed aren't really dead, Prowl's joined the Decepticons, psyche - Prowl was under Bombshell's control the whole time, Prowl's an unwilling Constructicon, Prowl is freed from Bombshell's control, Prowl becomes a willing Constructicon, Prowl's up to something, Prowl's crossed the moral event horizon, Prowl's under the influence of the Constructicons, Prime and Prowl have a fight, Prowl teams up with Rattrap.

In storytelling terms, the only thing I can compare it to is a soap opera - Prowl's like the Phil Mitchell of the comic formerly known as RiD. I hope he falls off the wagon and starts doing crack again next.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:49 pm
by Yaya
Metal Vendetta wrote: But with the comic formerly known as RiD, we get... Prowl's up to something, Prowl's killing Decepticons, Prowl's crossed the moral event horizon, Prowl's massacring Decepticons, Prowl's up to something else, Prowl's gone gung-ho and still killing Decepticons, psyche - half of the Decepticons he killed aren't really dead, Prowl's joined the Decepticons, psyche - Prowl was under Bombshell's control the whole time, Prowl's an unwilling Constructicon, Prowl is freed from Bombshell's control, Prowl becomes a willing Constructicon, Prowl's up to something, Prowl's crossed the moral event horizon, Prowl's under the influence of the Constructicons, Prime and Prowl have a fight, Prowl teams up with Rattrap.
So annoyingly accurate. To me, the sign of a weak writer is that they come up with a strong idea and never move on, shoving it in our faces over and over again as if to say "See?! Isn't it great?!" There's no subtlety. Prowl has been in our faces from day freakin one. On paper, I thought the idea of Prowlestator was a clever one. But Barber has taken a character that Roche built up to be one of the most intriguing in the entire IDW universe and butchered him. Same thing with Arcee. She's a very confusing character now that I can't get a handle on.

Bumblemeemissumus Prime does make a good point, to Barbers credit, but a competent writer should be able to do more with what he's been given.

Having said that, RID is probably targeted at a younger audience, so the problem may lie with my not being able to accept that. Were it not in the same universe and tied to MTMTE, I would have forgone it long ago.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:44 am
by Optimus Prime Rib
snarl wrote:I know an English dude who lacks a bit of hair but makes up for it with wedding videos that has a track record of actually excelling in those circumstances...
:D

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:21 pm
by Impactor returns 2.0
Please be good!

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:10 pm
by bumblemusprime
Yaya wrote: Having said that, RID is probably targeted at a younger audience, so the problem may lie with my not being able to accept that...

I dunno, I don't get that from reading it--and some series, like the Dreamwave Energon series, that are explicitly aimed at kids, were much more enjoyable. Barber's just a writer with a few decent ideas and poor, poor execution.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:55 am
by Metal Vendetta
snarl wrote:Ditto Prowl.
November solicits are out: http://news.tfw2005.com/2015/08/19/idw- ... ons-299919
THE WRECKERS RETURN! Somebody’s kidnapped PROWL… but does anybody want him back? A lifetime of messing with everybody’s lives comes around to haunt him. Fortunately, he’s always got a plan. In this case… the one team of brutal, broken heroes… the WRECKERS!
\o/

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:47 am
by bumblemusprime
Some schlub has interviewed Nick for Bleeding Cool. Probably some arse with a high opinion of his questions. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/10/26/ ... ick-roche/

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:22 pm
by Metal Vendetta
I'd forgotten how damn sexy Roche is. The Darkness stuff sounds brilliant too... I vaguely know one of them, I'll have to get back in touch.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:15 am
by bumblemusprime
He is a beautiful slab of Irish dreamboat, int he? Look at that. Look at that hair.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:40 pm
by Professor Smooth
bumblemusprime wrote:He is a beautiful slab of Irish dreamboat, int he? Look at that. Look at that hair.
Thanks for using that pic. ;)

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:53 am
by Yaya
Nice ish. Set things up quite well, I thought. Very much looking forward to this.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:06 pm
by bumblemusprime
Teeny thumbnails of a preview for issue 2. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transform ... eview.html

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:41 pm
by Metal Vendetta

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:26 pm
by Hound
Latest issue is finally out.

Meh. I am really struggling to enjoy this. Maybe it will read better as a trade.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:57 am
by bumblemusprime
First half of the issue I was like

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Then I was like

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Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 1:23 pm
by Yaya
Okay, so I've gathered one thing from this series so far.

That James Roberts, and not Nick Roche, was the writer on Last Stand of the Wreckers.

Don't like the story. Don't like the art, more specifically the muddled coloring. Dialogue wordy in a bad way.

I mean, it's not horrible but it's just not that good. Disappointed, as I was expecting something along the lines of LSOTW.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 4:17 pm
by Metal Vendetta
I think the difference is that on LSOTW, Nick and James were editing each other's dialogue with the result that it was much snappier and cleaner; this feels like it really needs an edit to maybe pare away some of the extraneous stuff. As it is, I find that it seems overly wordy for such an action-focused story.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 7:38 pm
by Yaya
What's most surprising is the art doesn't seem up to Roche's amazing standards either. Maybe it's the coloring. Maybe it's intentionally like that due to the Noisemaze stuff, but I find it very muddled compared to Roche's clean work of the past.

Re: Sins of the Wreckers

Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 4:51 am
by bumblemusprime
I think that James made Nick's dialogue crisper and generally gave the story more gravitas; Nick kept the action flowing and killed characters that James might not have been as eager to knock off.