i deliberately read the other posts before I chimed in. I admit, I'm frustrated. None of it really made sense to me... the premise. I know this is unchartered territory, even for us readers, but it just read like a horror movie for me. the one where you're yelling at the person to NOT go upstairs or the 'shortcut' through the woods/alley. and where they knock the killer down, then turn their back on him/it and drop their weapon in that, 'man i'm glad this is over' that directors can't seem to get enough of. the whole while you're yelling, 'turn around!! not dead!!" it wasn't a BAD story.. I just couldn't rationalize it. it contained so many elements that i don't personally care for that it made it hard to embrace even as excited as I've been waiting on it.
the humans have SEVERELY outflanked the autobots, out-thought them, out technologied them.. it's ridiculous. In what, 5 years or so since they found Shockwave they've lapped cybertronians in military strategy and weaponary? And this Prime.. *sigh*.. it's a shout back to the stammering, stuttering bot of U.S. Marvel Matrix Quest fame and just prior to that the one who quit like 10 times and was indecisive during the Megachet/Ratchatron fusion thing. Listen, I get it. I get that the war being 'over' is foreign for many of them. I get that Prime blame's himself for the destruction of untold lives on Earth. I understand all of that. what i don't get, is WHY and HOW is the war over?
If you've the resources, to repel the Decepticons should they return to earth, and are interested in engaging them in combat at all, then that would seem the antithesis of the war being over. I just can't wrap my mind around it, not personally, but actually in getting into the character's heads as they've been presented, weighing only what they've offered and trying to assess it. Like Shockwave, my logic center teeters on the verge of seizure. Did the Decepticons call a truce? Is the war over bc megatron is 'dead'? Because the Cons have the matrix and as Kup said, 'that's what started the war'? I do understand that this is the first issue... but it is clearly not a clean break from AHM.. but what's here.. doesn't seem to follow. and it REALLY throws me for a loop as far as the Bumblebee mini.. when is that set? PRIOR to #1 of the ongoing? Why do i ask?
1) Prime shows up (from out of hiding) in the bumblebee mini preview we saw, to save bumblebee. that's significant b/c this Prime, has allowed a MULTITUDE of autobots to be taken, bagged and tagged by Skywatch. Has he come back by the Bumblebee mini?
2) i know there was a big change after getting their arse kicked, betrayed, and much introspection in AHM.. but this Prime (in Escalation) personally went after what they believed to be the REMAINS of Sunstreaker when he was in human hands, yet for autobots that all intelligence said were still alive but prisoners, not lifting a finger til his verbal undressing? I'm hoping this is an elaborate ruse...
nonetheless, again, didn't think it was bad writing.. i just can't make it fit. and that for me, is frustrating.
My opinions are just that. If my context is missed due to colloquialism or cultural mix up, I'm reachable by PM and glad to get understanding. Pursue peace with all men.
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