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@  Bass X0 : (24 June 2018 - 03:10 AM)

I just realised that Unsolved Mysteries has the same initials as Ultra Magnus.

@  Patchouli Kn... : (22 June 2018 - 05:18 AM)

Yeah, really... what a shitshow.

@  Pennpenn : (22 June 2018 - 04:53 AM)

This week has been an almost unmitigated damn nightmare. It can go die in some metaphorical trash fire where it belongs.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 04:48 AM)

I feel your pain.

@  Whirl Maximus : (22 June 2018 - 04:47 AM)

This time ten years ago I was looking forward to Transformers 2.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 01:41 AM)

There's room enough for five more cabinets.

@  Nevermore : (22 June 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Once I've settled in and earned money again, I can start with the third wall.

@  Plokatron : (21 June 2018 - 10:05 PM)

I'm still working on my comic just been trying to start up a Custom Lego shop. Won't be too long but I'm still here.

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:02 PM)

(really though, great display)

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:02 PM)

you're gonna have a buildup of dinosaur electrons.

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:01 PM)

he needs his dino-breathing room! :D

@  Dracula : (21 June 2018 - 10:01 PM)

Trypticon looks a bit cramped in there, nevermore!

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 05:54 PM)

Sad thing is we've thought more about the foam than the show writers ever did. :D

@  Nevermore : (21 June 2018 - 05:47 PM)


@  Nevermore : (21 June 2018 - 05:47 PM)

Current status of my collection room in my new, still-under-construction apartment:

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 05:31 PM)

Depends on whether or not the motive engines for the vehicle mode are the same as the robot mode. Cause we know they use energon for everything.

@  Bass X0 : (21 June 2018 - 05:17 PM)

I was thinking today if Transformers would carry the fuel for their alternate mode in their robot mode? They'd have to, right?

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 June 2018 - 01:28 PM)

I mean, the clear meta reason is so non-Transformers don't die horribly on their ships, but that's not as fun to speculate about.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 10:43 AM)

There's also lots of chemical reactions which only precipite with oxygen.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 09:27 AM)

Oxygen is obviously a native gas on cybertron and also let’s the equipment “breath” so to speak.

@  Cybersnark : (21 June 2018 - 08:47 AM)

@Wonko; Yeah, but why oxygen? There are a lot of non-flammable gasses they could've used. And we've seen TFs using radio to communicate in vacuum.

@  Robowang : (21 June 2018 - 08:29 AM)

As the Cream of Wheat glugged forth from his meatus, his mind focused on only one thing: Mommy loved him so.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 08:17 AM)

there's lots you can't do in vaccuum. The least of which is audio communication.

@  Cybersnark : (21 June 2018 - 08:04 AM)

Though that begs the question of why a robotic species would keep their ships pressurized with oxygen in the first place.

@  Pennpenn : (21 June 2018 - 07:29 AM)

Guess it's just me playing FTL recently. Opening a few doors out to the void is a good way to deal with fires and rude visitors.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (21 June 2018 - 07:14 AM)

Plus it depends on what part of the ship, can’t easily vent an interior area.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 June 2018 - 06:34 AM)

depends on what's wrong. If you need to get something out and away, would also need to have started in a pressurised space to begin with. If you just want to vent extra heat: it wouldn't work as well as vaccuum is an insulator.

@  Pennpenn : (21 June 2018 - 03:12 AM)

If they're in space wouldn't it make more sense just to vent the area affected to vacuum?

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 June 2018 - 07:16 PM)

I mean the foam was dangerous, but in space they probably put out the fires, then wore the equivalent of a hazmat suit to clean up.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 04:38 PM)

Only on special occassions.

@  Paladin : (20 June 2018 - 03:50 PM)

you don't?

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 02:17 PM)

I mean, we don't usually use asbestos on our souls.....

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 June 2018 - 10:11 AM)

*looks at asbestos" Yep... Cause we've never used something harmful as a fire retardant. x.x;

@  unluckiness : (20 June 2018 - 06:32 AM)

fire retardant foam is so powerful it can extinguish even sparks

@  Pennpenn : (20 June 2018 - 05:23 AM)

I mean, this is a species that can be disabled (possibly fatally after a while?) by flame retardant foam, so yeah.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 June 2018 - 01:28 AM)

Transformers are exactly as resilient as the plot needs them to be, so who knows, it could be lethal today.

@  RichardT1977 : (19 June 2018 - 08:50 PM)

Which is why Marvel Megatron was interested in Dr. Biggles-Jones' railgun design and had it grafted onto his G2 tank mode.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 08:43 PM)

Doesn't really matter what transformers are made of. If you send a 10 pound ball of metal flying at a good enough velocity, you will do damage.

@  Soft Snow : (19 June 2018 - 05:53 PM)

A regular cannon that shoots cannon balls and does nothing to other transformers because they are robots but would put a mean whole in the side of your wooden boat...

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

wtf did the shoutbox do to my emoji

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

also @ patchy its whatever your heart desires 😘

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:44 PM)

shes not a drill but she is a grill

@  ▲ndrusi : (19 June 2018 - 05:40 PM)


@  Patchouli Kn... : (19 June 2018 - 05:18 PM)

A fusion cannon, or just a regular cannon?

@  Shiny Chariot : (19 June 2018 - 05:04 PM)

megatron but he turns into a ford fusion with a cannon badly welded onto the roof

@  TheMightyMol... : (19 June 2018 - 02:22 PM)

My Little Fusion Cannon: Friendship Through Tyranny.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 June 2018 - 02:01 PM)

was that supposed to sound sexual

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 01:55 PM)

I'm pretty sure that megatrons cannon is his best friend, so that friendship is magic stuff won't work.

@  MEDdMI : (19 June 2018 - 01:16 PM)

And then the magic ponies force everyone to be friends FOREVERRRRRRR

@  wonko the sane? : (19 June 2018 - 12:06 PM)

Or... megatron just goes to war against skynet cause he can't stand the competition.


Optimus Prime Annual 2018 Discussion

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#1 Jalaguy


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:19 AM

Discuss the issue here!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 03:50 AM

How do you manage to do a Tim and Eric style visual gag in a comic? Unbelievable, what a good 'un.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 04:04 AM

Hey, what the hell is going on that we're getting Transformers comics with Lars Von Trier references in them now.


I have other thoughts but its 3 AM and that's the most coherent one I can muster at the moment. This was a good issue though.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 05:31 AM

Heh-heh, 'Karen Fishnet".  Barber, you scamp.


I must say, Proxima being a cinematographer makes a lot more sense in terms of Caminus culture than just the "Girl Perceptor" she was designed as.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:24 AM

This issue was pretty awesome. I would be down for an ongoing with Thundercracker trying for a career in film.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 06:30 AM

This was utter silly bobbins and I loved it.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:55 AM

This was everything I wanted and more. I lost it at the Tape
Bros title page.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:15 AM

Five stars. A cinematic masterpiece.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:17 AM

Every time I say that we've reached Peak John Barber I am mistaken.


Gloriously, gloriously mistaken.

"He learned, almost too late, that man is a feeling creature and, because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned, too late for himself, that men have to make their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And, when men seek such perfection, they find there's only death, fire, loss, disillusionment, the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to toil and misery. It can't be given; it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself."

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:48 PM

Yeah, this was pretty great. A good combo of wackiness and some more serious character moments. I think my favorite line was TC (playing Starscream) talking up how great sonic booms are and how lame teleportation is. :)


And hey, G2 Sideswipe is really taking form!

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

I love it. That's all I can really say. I love it, I love it, I love it! Great humor, brilliant character work with TC, fantastic cameos, and super relatable content for me as an actor (I know your pain, Acid Storm, body paint is the worst). All around, this was a wonderful book.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:11 PM

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 10:30 PM

I loved this very, very much. Glad to see characters like Acid Storm and Flamewar get to do some stuff. And hey, even Proxima!

Does Flamewar play Megatron in the movie? I dont have the issue but I saw that she was in it on the wiki

No, she plays Rodimus. Tankor plays Megatron.

Edited by Sockie, 28 February 2018 - 10:31 PM.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:55 PM

I spent about half of the book thinking “oh god, can this screenwriting Thundercracker thing die already?” Because it was fun at first, but I find it a little tedious at this point. “Hoho TC is a crap writer”... it can be funny but it can also be cheap and yawny.

But there was ultimately enough other stuff going on here. Notably TC being bridged to an ambush, that was interesting. Between this and OP, I wouldn’t call this one of Barber’s best weeks but it is nice to take a few pages to have fun (good clean Not Roberts fun) when everything else is all here-comes-Unicron-everything-will-end drama.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:43 AM

Honestly, I think this issue was the freshest the "screenwriter Thundercracker" thread has been for a while. Like, as much I've always loved it, for a long time it's just basically been pure comic relief rather than part of a real character story for TC. But in this issue the filmmaking is the story, and Thundercracker genuinely has a little arc about him growing and changing as an artist and reflecting on what he's doing with his life.

Edited by Jalaguy, 01 March 2018 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:23 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

Edited by Maruten, 01 March 2018 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

This is probably my favorite TF comic issue in a long time.  It was really fun and actually had a lot of earnestness to Thundercracker's story.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 05:21 PM

I do wish they'd managed to work Skullgrin in. Especially as he has a toy on shelves right now! Missed opportunity. 


("Monstercon from Mars" is one of those iconic TF memories from my childhood. I really ought to get hold of a G1 Skullgrin. They seem to go for reasonable prices.)

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 12:00 PM

I liked this one for the most part. Ties a nice bow on Thundercracker's trajectory as a character and makes me wonder if this is the last time we'll really get a chance to hang out with him. I liked the little vignettes where we got to see what each of the surviving Seekers were up to. Barber gets continuity to work for him, and that's always fun. I legit laughed out loud at the "Megatron shoots down Air Force One" sequence. And there's fun little touches to show how amateurish TC's film work is, like the exterior shot of the Jhiaxian Academy where the institution's name is called out on the building, in a subtitle, and in the dialogue. 


Ruining it a bit for me was the artwork. This tends to be a problem in Annuals where artists have to stretch their talents across a larger number of pages, but even with a couple of guest artists, I could see the seams coming apart in Tramontano's work from panel to panel. Just very inconsistent on proportions and mechanical detail. And Bove is getting better, but most of the time he's not doing her any favors. Utilitarian at best. 



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

Lovely stuff - gives us new information and angles on various characters, plays a lot with what we know VS what the cast knows, and is really funny.

(Only bit that was odd was Starscream ordering a hit. It doesn't fit with post-Scott Starscream or with Barber writing him as burned out in Falling)

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