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@  RichardT1977 : (12 December 2019 - 08:48 AM)

Depends on how you're eating it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (12 December 2019 - 01:40 AM)

Havarti, without a doubt.

@  Greebtron : (12 December 2019 - 01:28 AM)

Not Don, thanks. I'd like a writer who actually cares enough to do the job properly

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.


Transformers #54 Review and Discussion!

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#1 Luke

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:00 PM

When we last left our stalwart heroes, Galvatronus had used the Onyx Code that's distributed around the Earth (thanks, Blackrock!) to force-merge two new Combiners! How could they possibly be defeated?! Fear not, Superion will beat them with his mind!


Yes, I said Superion.


Credit where it's due, that actually was a pretty clever resolution. At the same time though, it also feels really anticlimactic. The teased Combiner throwdown largely happens offscreen and is actually settled via not fighting, and the only reason I expected a Combiner throwdown is because after building it up for a year the Onxy Code turns out to basically just Enigma of Combination II: Enigma Harder. The Onyx Code could have been anything, but it's just a Super-Saiyan Enigma, and like the original Enigma it promises a Combiner War that isn't delivered on.


Over in Otptimusland (capital of Planet Optimus, your new arm of Cybertron in the Sol system, plan your next vacation today!), it turns out a single dog will keep an army at bay. There you go, Optimus: a trip to the pound and some puppy liners on your seats and you'll never get attacked again. Optimus repeatedly trying to explain to Soundwave why he can't kill humans was my favorite part of the issue, striking a nice balance of being amusing and pretty dramatic.


Then Optimus suddenly realizes there's a freaking TITAN under his feet. Holy crap man. how deep was THAT buried to never be detected? With all conflicts settled, our brave adventurers listen to the swelling sounds of the fade-out music as All Hail Optimus... whazzat? There's more?


Well okay, but this feels more like the final issue of the arc than the penultimate one. I'm still largely enjoying this arc so I don't want to sound terribly negative, but it just smells of a "padding for the event" non-ending. I'd accuse editorial of tacking on another issue when the writer was already finished if Barber wasn't also the editor...


Still, I have to keep reading. I need to know if the Titan will take Buster for walkies.

#2 Sockie

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:55 PM

I'd accuse editorial of tacking on another issue when the writer was already finished if Barber wasn't also the editor...

Carlos Guzman is the editor of this book, though...

And I remember wondering if Soundwave could read human minds or not. Guess that answers that! (and is also kind of a clever way to get him to turn his recent opinions on humanity around)

Edited by Sockie, 14 June 2016 - 11:58 PM.

#3 Luke

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:40 AM

Carlos Guzman is the editor of this book, though...

Sure he is.

I don't mean to sound cynical, but in cases like this where the writer is the brand editor, the book's editor probably isn't doing much more than correcting typos.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:48 AM

I was wondering whether Superion was going to turn into Betatron as a result of putting the Enigma in his mind, but I guess that's a future plot hook if I ever saw one.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:51 AM

That was MUCH better than last issue. Felt like we actually got somewhere with the plot.  Nice to see Soundwave actually coming to terms with Humans and surprised that a new titan turned up, but makes sense since earth is supposed to be the 13th colony.

Edited by Lothar Hex, 15 June 2016 - 06:54 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:53 AM

Yeah, I liked this issue on the whole, but the new combiners felt like an anticlimax; and Soundwave's sudden face turn felt more forced than even Autobot Megatron's reveal.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:10 AM

Ha ha, Soundwave sure is stupid!

PM me if you're bored!

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:34 AM

Superion is strong...stronger than you.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:44 AM

I liked it. I crapped my pants at the Titan reveal.

Edited by Master Fwiffo, 15 June 2016 - 07:44 AM.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:47 AM

take that starscream you dumb motherhugger

Edited by Summer, 15 June 2016 - 07:48 AM.


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#11 Powered Convoy

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:55 AM

Did Skywarp do anything?  I haven't picked mine up yet.


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 07:57 AM

I'm not sure I actually have any positivity or negativity about this issue. I was just constantly veering between "?????" and "!!!!!"

Did Skywarp do anything? I haven't picked mine up yet.

He did!

Edited by ▲ndrusi, 15 June 2016 - 07:59 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:06 AM

So how many colony Titans do we know now?
  • Caminus
  • Navitas
  • Dead guy on Devision
  • Chela
  • Prion
  • Carcer
  • Tempo
  • Earth guy
  • The metrotitan head on that planet with the Garnak-looking people running around, whatever that was
I'll eat my hat if the Junkions from the -acys aren't revealed to be descendants of Quisquilae, or something, down the line.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:07 AM

The metrotitan head on that planet with the Garnak-looking people running around, whatever that was





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#15 Locoman



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 08:10 AM

It's from the penultimate issue of Combiner Wars, I think.

Right after Metroplex freaks out and opens his space bridge, all the combiners fall onto this desert planet with a giant head sitting in the middle of nowhere. Green Garnak-like folks are shown watching the combiners beat one another up.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 09:45 AM



Optimus Maximus's birthplace.


Re-reading that sequence across the two issues, I've just now noticed that you never actually see them wind up on Eukaris, despite Tigatron and Airazor finding a footprint at the end... *shrugs*

Edited by Jalaguy, 15 June 2016 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:29 AM


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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:45 AM

I'm afraid I don't understand Soundwave's change of heart.  He acts as if he's never read a human's mind and then in the next scene, Spike reacts as if he's had his mind read by Soundwave before.


As for the rest of it, eh.  Prime's been far too hand-wringy in this arc thus far and instead of his conviction carrying the day, he summons Metro-Guffin and attains the biggest stick.  I've been really disappointed in this book since AHO started, which is a shame because for my money it was soundly beating MTMTE in the 40s for the most part in terms of my personal reading enjoyment.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 11:56 AM

I'm afraid I don't understand Soundwave's change of heart.  He acts as if he's never read a human's mind and then in the next scene, Spike reacts as if he's had his mind read by Soundwave before.

The wiki assumes that Spike's referring to Soundwave's big screech from AHM #9, which may have been telepathic, as he never read anyone's mind in the story. Even then, this reads like Optimus just got Soundwave to finally realize the significance of what his reading humans' minds actually means.

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 04:29 PM

Autogod vs Deceptigod here we come...