Sparky Prime wrote:I wouldn't be so quick to judge when, as you point out, this is Bove's first writing credit. And the preview pages Botcon has posted thus far I'd have to say is better than the art Corin did for the Windblade book.
Welp, I was overly optimistic. I haven't read the "Dawn of Predacus" comic for myself, but reading some reviews about it, yeah it makes a big mess of things, as these convention storylines usually do....
From what I've gathered about the story... The issue takes place immediately following a final battle between Optimus Prime and Galvatron, which resulted in both of their deaths. The "Primal Council" (members being Prowl, Ironhide, Silverbolt, Hot Spot, Tigatron, Lio Convoy and Big Convoy) takes command of the Autobots, while the Predacus Council takes command of the Decepticons. The Predacus Council orders a surrender (so they can launch a "Transmatter bomb" that will turn the population of Cybertron not of the first generation of Transformers into Protoforms) but Megatron (who takes the name following Galvatron's death) refuses to stand down. Predacus forms and kills Predaking (who follows Megatron's command for some reason) in order to get the Decepticons to stand down. Meanwhile, the Transmatter Bomb is launched (from the Predacus base in Unicron's head) but it is deflected by the Axalon, so only part of Cybertron's population is turned into protoforms. Optimus Primal takes the protoforms aboard the Axalon to "do what we can for them". Megatron is punished by having his body downgraded and the Predacus Council begins plans to build Magmatron.
So yeah, lots of continuity problems here... This establishes all of the protoforms seen in Beast Wars to be victims, rather than members of Primal's crew on a mission of exploration and completely ignores protoforms being newborn Cybertronians. Gives kind of a creepy implication of the blank stasis pods. This would also suggest the Axalon's mission takes place over 300 years, even though Beast Wars would imply they'd only just departed when they were sent after Megatron's crew. Optimus Primal and Rattrap are already crew mates here, despite Beast Wars again establishing them as a new crew with Optimus being new to the commander gig. Tigatron being at the top of the Autobot command structure is a huge problem, as he was essentially a new born as far as the show was concerned, and 'Dawn of the Future's Past' had him as an average security guard.