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"The Justice League International cover has been homaged to death, I know, but we used it as the basis for issue 1′s cover because it had become pop-cultural shorthand for ‘this is a fun ensemble book that doesn’t take itself too seriously’ – and I was very keen to send that message out into the world because I don’t think the type of casual comic book readers we wanted to attract were aware that Transformers can do lighthearted, frothy stories (at this point I should add that the lightheartedness and froth was, of course, just a cover to disguise the drama and pain underneath)." -- James Roberts

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Back in part 7, the writers decided to up the ante and threaten the destruction of the entire Universe instead of the usual planets, and Transformers learned what it feels like to be attacked by something 100 times your size.

I like big bots and I cannot lie )
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"I wanted Optimus Prime to look as alien as possible . . . Doesn't he look like the sort of creature that would occupy the netherworld between dimensions?" -- Artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

"My whole professional career has been in mainstream comics, but my background and the stuff I grew up reading and was looking at my whole life wasn’t necessarily mainstream stuff. It’s really rare that you get something that not only hits both of those points, but fulfills the promise of both of those points. You wouldn’t want to pull Chris Ware out and have him do an X-Men comic. If you want to read X-Men, that’s not the part of your brain that you’re engaging when you read Chris Ware. But this somehow hits both." -- Co-writer John Barber

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"I often bridle at being accused of acts of narrative sadism. Not guilty! Then I leaf through old MTMTEs and think, 'Yeah, ok, fair enough.'" -- James Roberts

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"To me, when you take those two very complete, very diverse, very interesting universes and put them together, you've created the ultimate comic book universe. Something that will stand the test of time and come to be the definitive comic universe. Bigger than DC? Certainly. And eventually bigger than Marvel." -- Artist/co-writer Tom Scioli

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This is a story-in-a-bottle issue, for the most part. We see some pre-war Megatron, along with finding out who "Terminus" was, that he originally dedicated his missive "Towards Peace" to. That's not what I'm sharing, but you should go read it.

Bluestreak, First Aid, Trailcutter, and Mainframe have set down on a planet, and found a heavily damaged and as yet unidentified bot. There's a brief discourse over whether it's an Autobot or Decepticon, with Trailcutter and First Aid pointing out that it doesn't matter, as the war is over. The damage is heavy, made worse by Bluestreak and Mainframe moving the victim around to try to find his badge or figure out his alt-mode. This reduces the survival time from hours to minutes, prompting First Aid to set up a transfusion of active energon. There's a mild risk, but with the four of them, First Aid assures them the danger is minimal.

Then Bluestreak has a question, after digging through the rubble around them.

What kind of Cybertronian has a removable face? )


QUESTION FOR MODS: Two of the characters in this post have upcoming third-party figures. Is it okay to post images and basic info about them here? Wasn't sure if that would count as "fan art" or something similar.
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Previously on part 5, Starscream almost had everything he ever wanted, Megatron showed up to ruin everything, Bumblebee was refreshingly sensible, Metalhawk was suspicious, Prowl was sad, Wheeljack was dead(ish), and lots of people got hurt.





Megs seriously needs to chill. )
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Things have been abit quiet around here lately in regards to new Transformers pages since the end of the Dark Cybertron arc. IDW has a new arc coming out soon actually, called the Combiner Wars. RID #33 leads into it abit, and since #34 just came out I'm putting a few pages up. 



He's back! )
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Previously on "Even genocidal psychopaths have feelings: the series", things were going pretty well for Starscream, until Megatron had the terrible idea to not be dead.

You see, Megatron's idea of "victory" and Starscream's idea of "victory" don't quite match...




Don't you just hate it when your crappy past catches up to you? )
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Last time we saw the tallest assholes, they were about to unleash their evilest plan yet.

I think.

Look, I didn't pay much attention to that particular story. Something about a magic dimension and a Deceptigod. I'm all about TF stories when they involve adventurous journeys, battles, political drama and character moments. But when they start talking about Primus and metaphysics and LOST-like mysteries, my eyes start glazing over.

ANYWAY. At the end of that story: Cybertron is revived, Megatron is MIA, and Starscream and all the other Decepticons are taken prisoners. For all intents and purposes, the War is over, and the Autobots have won.

Also, Neutrals (also known as NAILs, Non-Aligned Indigenous Life-forms) have been coming back in drones. Turns out that not all Cybertronians went Autobots or Decepticons, quite a lot of them chose to wash their hands of the whole conflict and hightail it. And now that they are back, they are blaming both Autobots and Decepticons for all the destruction and tragedy (which... is technically right. The Autobots started it by being assholes, and the Decepticons continued it by being assholes even after defeating the evil Senate).

While this series of posts is called "Megatron & Starscream," this particular post will focus almost exclusively on Starscream, because Megatron is MIA and doesn't show up for a long time while Starscream deals with all the post-War changes.

It's a brand-new world... )
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"In a way, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a critique of all the Transformers movies thus far." -- Co-writer/artist/letterer/colorist Tom Scioli

"Kirby is a huge influence, but there's... I'd argue there isn't actually a lot of nostalgia here. I'd argue that every page, every moment is built on innovation." -- Co-writer John Barber

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In my last entry, things got quite challenings for our heroes principal characters.

Megatron has been reduced to a pile of scrap. Starscream has scammed his way to leadership of the Decepticons by using a magic-less magical artifact, and lives in fear that the others will call his shenanigans and turn on him and/or that Megatron will wake up and be very unhappy. The whole merry gang of violent psychopaths is stuck on a rock in space with very little food and no way out.


When you hit rock bottom, you can always start digging! )
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"First and foremost, MTMTE is supposed to be fun. ‘Fun’ doesn’t mean it has to be lighthearted all the time, and it doesn’t mean we can’t have moments of real horror. We can, at times, be bleak and shocking and terrifying. But underpinning it all – and acting as a sort of narrative rocket fuel – is a sense of adventure and – dare I say it, in these grim-dark times? – joy." -- James Roberts

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So, IDW has been publishing Transformers comics. They are pretty good!

Two characters in particular drew my attention: big bad Megatron and his treacherous second Starscream. So I've decided to make a bunch of posts about their interactions in the series.


Decepticons, transform and rise up! )
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"MTMTE#31 is an experiment: one scene, set in one location, told in 'real time'. It's Transformers meets 'Rope', or The MTMTE Bottle Episode." -- James Roberts

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"It’s really accessible, but it’s really formally innovative and different. It’s not like anything else out there. The splash pages in this comic don’t work the way splash pages are usually intended to in comics in 2014. Not to sound all pretentious and information-theory-y, but just the way the story and the world and the information are presented to you is completely different from the way you tend to see them in comics, especially mainstream comics, today." -- Co-writer John Barber

"Transformers vs. G.I.Joe is to Transformers 4 as All-Star Superman was to Superman Returns." -- Artist/colorist/letterer/co-writer Tom Scioli

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