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review 2018-05-22 21:20
Tiger Striped (Shifters Unbound #11.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley

Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley 


I love coming back to this world! Tiger and Carly had their own full-length novel in Tiger Magic and this is just a snippet of what life has been like for Tiger. When Tiger receives a distress call from heaven-knows-where, he and Carly (and the always fun Connor Morrisey) rush to help. 
In just a few pages we get to enjoy Carly and Tiger’s strong love bond at work, a high-speed chase, human-shifter interaction, and of course the promise of more to come. And that twist at the end was just perfect! I totally recommend it whether you’re new to the series or a long-time fan.

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review 2018-05-21 20:59
Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 8 - Dan Abnett,Mike Costa,Andy Lanning,James Lamar Roberts

I was going to write a longer review, but no.   This gets weird, and not in a good way, in a  fucked up, this makes no fucking sense way.  


James Roberts co-writes one volume, the one that not only made the most sense but was the most complex, nuanced, and interesting.   It's the only one worth reading for the storyline.   The last volume, however, had one of my favorite artists.   So Livio Ramondelli? I will show up for his Transformers art, no matter how fragged the storyline is.   


Onto better stories in Phase 2!

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review 2018-05-21 11:19
Review: “The Lightning-Struck Heart” (Tales From Verania, #1) by TJ Klune
The Lightning-Struck Heart - T.J. Klune


~ 5 STARS ~


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review 2018-05-20 13:21
Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 7 - Justin Eisinger,Various Authors,Alonzo Simon

Infestation had problems, mostly that it was part of a larger thing and I feel like you don't get the whole picture when the two Transformers tie-ins - and they were all tie-ins to media like G.I. Joe and Star Trek - when just the Transformers issues are included here. 


And Britt was just ridiculous. 


Seeing Transformers vs zombies was kinda fun, though. 


Volume 2: 


Two got more interesting, as it involved details of how the world in general reacted to Autobots given the events in All Hail Megatron.  There's also collusion between Spike Witwicky - who was changed to Sam in the movies - and the Autobots.   


There's also the Spike and Scrapper issue, which will come back to haunt him later on.   


It's also not as nuanced, or balanced, or just plain good as phase 2, and this remains that way until the end.  If I remember correctly, phase 1 gets worse and then we get phase 2...


Volume 3:


Probably one of the more interesting volumes: Megatron gets a new body and turns his old one into guns.   That he gives to humans.   It's all about getting back at Optimus Prime and the Autobots by getting the humans to turn on them.   Some already have, some need a little push, but the thing is that Prime and the Autobots still insist on protecting the humans.   This is to prove how foolish they are for caring.  


And this also sets up a lot with Jazz, who kills a police officer - on live TV - to protect Bumblebee.   One of the problems?   Bee was already talking him down.   


I think this may be my favorite of the volumes in this series.   But still not nearly as good as phase 2.   Still, volumes two and three will come back into play pretty heavily for phase 2.  




Man, I kinda like that he came back, but... I don't buy a lot of this volume.   Like that Alpha Trion could bring him back, like trusting what he did to Sunstreaker, like if this is possibly why doesn't Alpha Trion bring back a bunch of people?    Isn't it worth the time and effort?


Anyway, yeah, Ironhide on a mostly dead Cybertron fighting Insecticons. That's pretty awesome.    Also, you get some insights into Ironhide and how he joined up the Autobots and why, and that's nice, too. 

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review 2018-05-19 18:39
Phase 1 is wrapping up
Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 6 (Transformers Idw Collection Hc) - Mike Costa,Nick Roche,Zander Cannon,James Lamar Roberts

The first volume of the Transformers series - IDW 2009-2011 - kicks off this volume.   It's not as bad as I remember, it's just more of a typical action story than the later sister series, MTMtE and RiD.   And it suffers in comparison.   I'm interested in how Prime is positioning himself - as an unfit leader - and how it affects everything from there on out. 


It comes back in Death of Optimus Prime, or at least similar themes do, and this will be something I have to keep in mind for that issue.   


It's also going to be interesting seeing someone I like much more - and who is more appropriate to lead given the circumstances - take charge.   Overall, I wouldn't suggest this for anyone if they aren't deeply into the Transformers or unless they care about full impact for MTMtE and RiD; this isn't going to be many people, but this read will be worth it for them.


Bumblebee miniseries: 


I remember liking this more on first read.   A couple interesting ideas, but again, it didn't feel nearly as sophisticated as the stories that come after.   I think this had less impact on the overall storylines coming later, so there's that, too. 


I did quite enjoy the art in this one.   


Last Stand of the Wreckers: 


Roberts comes onto the scene in this reread.   For those not in the know, James Roberts is like my favorite Transformers author.   Possibly my favorite author on Earth.   So y'know, this is exciting.  I also have a deluxe hardcover of this that I will never, ever give up even owning this digitally.  I may dig this up later on and reread it for the extras. 


I can see Roberts here: a lot of what he will do later comes into play here, and yet... even reading it when I first learned of Roberts, I could see that this was early work.   There's humor here, but it's not as finely honed as later on, especially with the timing.   The pacing of horror and action and humor?   Roberts just nails it in MTMtE.   Last Stand is an adventure story - and a damn good one - without the balance found in MTMtE.   Then again, MTMtE was a sprawling 57 issue series that could afford to explore everything under the sun, and written by a more experienced Roberts.   It found the sweet spot and lingered there for the whole run - at least for me.   (I've read from others that they were less happy with it at the end, and I'm curious so see if after reading about why they felt that way, if I'll feel the same.)


The Wreckers go after Garrus-9 - and the who or what that is fairly literally a secret buried underneath.   And Roberts brings that same sense of horror in exploring what people - or bots - are really capable of.   This would have gotten four or four an a half stars on it's own, because the art is spectacular - particularly the coloring.   Just delicious!


Spotlight Prowl: 


I'm not quite sure I buy the Prowl in this one-shot: he's far too emotional.   Really, he's the Spock of the Transformers, if Spock was more into logic and less into morality.   Prowl does what he thinks the numbers tell him are right, and here he's... quite emotional.   He decides the numbers aren't quite right.   Prowl does horrific things in the name of the greater good, manipulates those who consider him friends, and is responsible for a lot of suffering.   But he believes he's good.   To be fair, he has good intentions - and if only intention was magical that way, he'd actually be good.  I think of him more as neutral: the good guys consider him good, to their own detriment, but he's enabled by the fact that people never question him too hard or punish him because of the shit he pulls. 


Prowl isn't a Deception.   He doesn't want to rule, he doesn't want to take over with strength, he doesn't want to be acknowledged for what he's done.   But.. is he truly an Autobot?   This makes me think of that, because if he was, he'd be like this always.   In MTMtE, though, he doesn't quite manage this compassion; he becomes more like a Decepticon in my opinion. 


Anyway, I really enjoyed the art.   It was quite stylized, and I didn't like this artist before, but they changed their style up a little and I do know.  


Onto volume seven.


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