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Transformers: The Movie Prequel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 5, 2007
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About the Author
Chris Ryall is the Chief Creative Officer at IDW Publishing and the co-creator of Zombies vs Robots with Ashley Wood. Ryall has also co-created and written Groom Lake, The Colonized, The Hollows, and Onyx, and has also written adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Richard Matheson. He is also the co-author of a prose book about comics, Comic Books 101, and has written comics based on the Transformers, the band Kiss, Mars Attacks, Weekly World News, and, currently, Hasbro’s Rom. Ryall and ZvR co-creator Ashley Wood were nominated for the 2006 Eisner Award for "Best Short Story." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I saw the awesome movie before I bought this book and I must say that it doesn't provide a lot of background or history of the Transformers as some readers would expect. I was hoping this book would give an extensive explantion of the events that lead to the beginning of the war between autobots and decepticons, but instead it only gives a brief telling using flashbacks. However, this book does fill in a few gaps in the movie, but nothing really exciting, and only a few new characters are introduced.
In the first half, we see lots of quick flashbacks of the Transformers back on Cybertron. Unfortunately, this section is very, very brief and could have been fleshed out more. It was more "telling" than "showing". Basically, Bumblebee quickly narrates the history of the Transformer war and how Megatron and Decepticons got to Earth, yadda yadda. I WISH the author would have fleshed extended such scenes. I really wanted to see how Megatron co-ruled with Optimus Prime, and I wanted to see the gradual change of Megatron into an insane/obssesive Decepticon leader. I wanted to see more of the Autobot's reactions to Bumblebee's "sacrifice". There was so much they could have done there.
The next half of the book focuses almost entirely on the humans--the military, the government finding frozen Megatron, and Sam's crazy grandfather, how Sam got the glasses, etc. This part, which is a large portion of the book is dull and rushed at the same time. Lots of talking and barely any robot action. I feel nothing for the characters because it rushes by so fast. The scenes are mostly humans talking about the situation and maybe a few explosions.
I would recommend reading the novel Ghosts of Yesterday. At least that book had more robot action and is a much better "prequel".