Good stuff. Burning Sky's one of the few UK issues I don't own a copy of and thus has only read once on the computer. Again, I've never really noticed how Furman is deliberately making subtle hints about how the future and the past Magnuses and Bumblebees are not behaving as they would if they knew the past. It adds a layer to the storytelling that I quite like.
Personally not such a big fan of Reed's art, but don't particularly hate him.
(What misogamy issue?)
I'm guessing one of Ladies' Night, Space Pirates with *that* cover or Prime's Rib.
Blackjack! Good to see you here sir (though did you post last week under your real name? There was a nice chap who's website link was TFA).
I will probably be discussing Furman's female characters on Ladie's Night (though I could probably split it into two halves, humans there and his treatment of Arcee when she shows up), for anyone who missed the back and forth between him and Scott (which, to clarify, they seem to have made up over), links and discussion- which rather tips my hand on where I stand- can be found here:
Cliff notes version, I think Furman's heart is in the right place, but a lot of his female characters are a bit naff and his take on Arcee has always been fairly abysmal.
Yeah, I did post last week and (looks in the last post) and I did use my real name, yep.
RE: the Furman/Scott debacle, well, from what I skimmed taking potshots at each other through the internet is ridiculously immature for professional writers. I know that Furman's treatment of Arcee is certainly controversial and can easily be seen by offensive (I personally think it does) but again, both sides come off as petty.
Eh, whatever. Windblade was cool, and the two writers forgive each other and MTMTE is back as a separate title. Everyone's happy.
After the awesome #113, this story is just all over the place. I think you hit the nail on the head by saying its too much of a tumble of repetition and set up with each two part dribble.
Aside from Death's Head and some flashes of Geoff Senior, I can't say this opening 'Galvatron And The Volcano' story is one of my favourites. There's some good moments, though.
This issue's set up is okay, but not very engaging. I find Cindy terribly drippy and the worst kind of 'male writer does wimmin' off the shelf character. And she's saddled with a horrible pink sweater. I'd agree Furman isn't terribly good with female characters. He does get better, with Mercy in Dragon's Claws and Thea in Death's Head, but we're a bit of a way off with those two.But then after those two, we get 'Prime's Rib' and the horrible introduction of Arcee as specifically built as some kind of sop to Women's Lib. I can't decide if that's worse than the crass psycho-transsexual we've ended up with in the IDW-verse.
Anyway, Dan Reed! I love Dan Reed's wobbly art. This early stuff isn't his best, I like his later stuff (probably from Kup's Story up) where his inks get a but denser and really play on that macabre element to his work. I just love that it all looks quite horrific :)
City of Fear is easily Dan Reed's best work. I find the opening parts of that story deeply unsettling, even now.
I'm also fond of his work on the annual story 'All in the Minds' - the removal of Zarak from Scorponok's head was another haunting moment, thanks mainly to his work.
It looks like those of us who enjoy Reed's work like it for the same thing- his skill at freaky nightmare fuel. I can see why people don't like it as the more everyday robots standing about stuff is more of a struggle for him, but he does the best scary Galvatron of any of the artists by a country mile.
Can't recall any issue that was specifically drawn by Reed, though back when I read Marvel comics I didn't really cared who drew what... Senior's art is the only one that really stood out distinctly from all the rest enough for me to look up his name. It was later on by osmosis
If he was the dude that was behind City of Fear, then, yes, he does have a talent for drawing nightmare fuel.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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