Shattered Glass (IDW 2021)

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Shattered Glass (IDW 2021)

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The first issue ships this week. TFW has a preview up.

https://news.tfw2005.com/2021/08/21/idw ... ore-439735

I am willing to give this a chance.

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issues 1 and 2

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Issue 1:
The issue follows Blurr's attempts to capture Starscream. It is written like a pack-in era issue of "Spotlight" (from 2012-14), but with the structure of the story reversed. Rather than the main character starting off at a disadvantage and working their way to a solution, this issue starts with Blurr starts off seemingly dominant, and ends with him being either killed or humiliated. This is easily the best "Shattered Glass" content since the imprint started with Fun Publications.

Issue 2:
While the first issue was thematic, the second is character-focused, specifically on the dynamics between Megatron and Starscream. (If the art is anything to go by, the Megatron is going to be significantly retooled from the 2019 mold). While not as clever as the first issue, this is still incomparably better than the "cliche for the sake of Transformers" that the Fun Publications hacks produced.


This series is worth checking out. (I say this as somebody who went in with exceptionally low expectations, and no inclination to like it.)

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Megatron was heavily remolded, specifically to look really close to the Energon Megatron model. In fact, he's still available on Pulse, if I'm not mistaken.

I also have really low expectations for this. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE "evil/mirror universe" stories. BUT, the whole point of those kinds of stories is to explore the whole nurture vs. nature argument of what makes people who they are. More specifically, it's to explore the question of how bad do things have to get for the hero to become a villain and for the villain to become the hero? In the case of Transformers, you already have a property where the characters are in their worst case scenario and so what you wind up with is just faction switched characters. Good guys are now the bad guys and vice versa with no real opportunity to explore why things are different.

I am reading this book and the first issue was fairly decent as far as a story goes, but so far I don't see anything here that would require it to be set in any sort of "mirror" universe.

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I normally hate the inverted-morals cliche. (One of the best things that DC's Crime Syndicate ever did was die in "Crisis on Intinite Earths".)

It is a dumb idea that only took root because editorial discipline was so weak in the Silver Age.


This series happens to handle the inverted-morals premise better than most.

As noted above, the first issue inverts the typical structure of a pack-in or "Spotlight" issue. And, at a character level, Blurr and Starscream reference their mainline counter-parts. Blurr inverts the original IDW Blurr, being more serious rather than a jock. And, Starscream actually uses the "speed and guile" described on the original character profile to defeat Blurr.

The second issue is more character-focused, with Starscream being naive/trusting, and needling Megatron for the purpose of driving Megatron to lead (rather than undermining him).

Curious about next issue, and to see if it draws on the infamous Megatron issue of "Spotlight" from 2013.

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What's the Megatron issue?

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The Megatron issue of "Spotlight" focused on Megatron waking up in a new body (which is described as farily routine for him). The basic plot is that he is taking stalk of his body while touring the Decepticon base and taking stock of his troops and other resources.

The end of the issue is a brutal exchange between Megatron and Starscream that made some people flinch. Megatron's inner-monologue specifically describes the power dynamic between them as being an exchange of aggression/frustration. At one point, Starscream is collapsed in front of Megatron, demanding to be hit. (I swear to Primus that I am not making this up.)

A variant of this comic shipped with the 2013 Megatron figure. It was slightly edited, but the scenes with Starscream are intact. After reading it, I could not shake the idea of a kid getting their shiny new Megatron toy home and re-enacting the comic they had just read.

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Dominic wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 12:12 pm
The Megatron issue of "Spotlight" focused on Megatron waking up in a new body (which is described as farily routine for him). The basic plot is that he is taking stalk of his body while touring the Decepticon base and taking stock of his troops and other resources.

The end of the issue is a brutal exchange between Megatron and Starscream that made some people flinch. Megatron's inner-monologue specifically describes the power dynamic between them as being an exchange of aggression/frustration. At one point, Starscream is collapsed in front of Megatron, demanding to be hit. (I swear to Primus that I am not making this up.)

A variant of this comic shipped with the 2013 Megatron figure. It was slightly edited, but the scenes with Starscream are intact. After reading it, I could not shake the idea of a kid getting their shiny new Megatron toy home and re-enacting the comic they had just read.
I thought this was the comic you were referring too. I didn't find it disturbing at all, but I was distracted by the awesome Megatron it came with.
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