A special thanks! What did I do to deserve the honor?
This is a really great piece, it definitely adds a whole new perspective to Budiansky's Optimus and makes him jive more with Furman's Optimus. I'm not a big fan of emo-Optimus, myself, but that's how he was in the Marvel comics and you gotta run with it.
Huh. Wow. Nice. I like the way you tied in all those bad moves from the comics to show a very realistic take on Optimus' burden of leadership. Thus he said "F*** it" while still maintaining to his ideals.
Really cool stuff; this isuuse was specially off putting for me as a kid, you see, back in the day here in Chile this was the last TF comic published, I spent years trying to understand why would they end things like this
Of course around 15 years later I discovered this was by far the comic's last issue
By the way, is it really giri? I thought that giri is something that you don't want to do but have to do because it is giri. I don't think Optimus didn't want to fight against "deadly enemies" he just failed sometimes.
So "the burden of acceptable losses" is hardest to bear? Why don't you say right this words in the comic (sorry for my poor English) I like this comic very much (I'm crasy about emo-Optimus by Budansky) This is only my opinion, but the part about giri is a blot on the landscape. TF culture is not a Japanese, they have no such concept in their culture we may guess. Why Optimus would say about giri? Is sounds weird to me.
Once again I like this comic very much. Exuse me for my criticism.
Criticism is welcome, and thank you for reading! I did not want to be too explicit or "in your face" because I prefer that the readers reach their own conclusion ^^ Optimus uses an Earth concept to try and describe his own feelings, because I think Transformers are used to adapt to the culture they visit (that is a consequence of their own nature... they transform into vehicles from our world!).
If they are not so dumb to think that strength is all, they could come to realize that a clever leader sometimes can be better than a strong one. Earth Decepticons seem clueless enough about their own strategies to follow the bureaucrat in question!
Hehe..good story and art! You made a senseless plotline actually readable! Even as a kid that video game scene didn't make any sense. It was only until recently I read that the writer just did stuff so the readers would off track.. haha!
The main goal of this Mosaic is an attempt at explaining the apparently hasty decision made by Optimus Prime in the infamous G1 Marvel US #24 "Afterdeath". We all know that Bob Budiansky had been instructed by Hasbro to remove old characters and make room for new ones, but we can try and use some previous events from the Marvel US/UK mixed continuities to give a different version of the story. The focus on Optimus Prime's inner thoughts is also meant to subtly connect to his resurrection in issue G1 Marvel US #42 and the subsequent reflections in G1 Marvel UK #198. The connection is given by the fact that, in "Cold comfort and joy!", Optimus is completing an inner quest, discovering his own motivations to fight the good fight once again. Our Mosaic is a prelude to the "spiritual rediscovery/rebirth" of that episode.
Panels 1, 6,7: G1 Marvel US #24
Panel 2: G1 Marvel US #10
Panel 3: G1 Marvel US #12
Panel 4: G1 Marvel UK #83
Panel 5: G1 Marvel US #19.
Panel 6: "Giri" is a reference to G1 cartoon episode "The burden hardest to bear".