James Roberts is an UK Transformers writer. He wrote Transformers fanfick and managed to get Penguin books to publish it. That landed him a job at IDW where he writes “Transformers : More Than Meets The Eye”
The Fanfick in question is Eugenesis, which starts with one of the worst convoluted mess ever conceivable to connect the marvel UK/US comic with the 1986 G1 motion picture and goes downwards from there. (just read the TV tropes page ) Its extremely long and very painful to read due to JB’s weird ideas.
For some reason JB has attained internet godhood and has an army of rabid fangirls (most of them Male) protecting his honor at idw forums and most other TF Forums to the point where even slightly critic of JB is met with overwhelming force…
The sad thing is that he isnt a bad writer, (he occasionally writes stuff that are enjoyable) just that when the editor at IDW lets him do wtf he wants he lets his OCD like obsessiveness with all the weird shit in the G1 tv cartoon take over.
JB’s version of Transformers don’t transform mechanically its more described as a morphing ability bestowed by the magical “Transformers cog” which transforms them by spinning.
They are also made out of tinfoil, the relative easiness of punching through & stabbing TF’s makes it obvious that he writes them as metalpainted humans. After 4 million years of war it should be that all “soft” Transformers are already dead or has been upgraded to atleast be relatively armored. Whirl skewering Fortress Maximus entire torso with a piece of deck plating is absurd..
The crew of the lost light under his Pen is a collection of all the mental problems humanity exhibits and always to the max. The only sane ( and its debatable) crewmember is Trailbreaker and he’s a raving alcoholic.
This whole miniseries is just to justify that there are no Transformers stories happening on Cybertron.
When I first heard that Furman was going to use the Pretenders idea (Transformers in outer shells made to disguise them as organic beings) I was thrilled, then I read it and was disappointed that he opted to use them as nightmare fuel. I’m still not thrilled.
And the idea that a pretender shell makes the wearer nigh invulnerable just just annoys me. Anyway, despite that and all other quirks It’s decent and sets up a lot of hooks for later stories.
I haven’t even opened any of the Transformers comics packages I have received from NTFA for the last 10 months because I just couldn’t take any more of James Roberts and John Barber shit.
Well I found a “read IDW Transformers Chronological” guide and thought, I’ll have to read it some time….
2006-2015 is a loong tiime and IDW has released a ton of issues since then….
After sorting it out on my work table and reading Megatron origins by Eric Holmes and autocracy by Metzen & Dille it felt like I was reading a different TF universe than the Roberts and Barber universe but it really struck home when I read Infiltration again for the first time in probably 5 years.
The TF universe Furman Created for IDW was amazing compared to the crap it morphed into and while I’m not going to say that Furman can do nothing wrong (he can, he does, omg he does…) he clearly intended it towards the grown up fans instead of those that glorifies each and every nonsensical stupidity of the G1 cartoon. The same rabid fans that IDW listened to and decided to reboot their TF universe with the “All hail Megatron” discontinuity party.
Now most of the stuff that takes place “chronologically” before infiltration is either written during the Furman period or by people seemingly sharing his ideas so the change in infiltration is not that jarring so it do work rather okay to read it chronologically.
Infiltration in itself is great, Furman uses the human protagonists as an anchor to bring TF’s into reality and has in story rules of engagement for tf’s (even if we don’t get them spelled out) on why Megatron just dont land 60 Decepticons on earth and take over.
Despite the first issue “MTMTE” hide in plain view sneakiness its mostly action with the 3 last issues full on Decepticon VS Autobot and Decepticons VS decepticon brawl.
The Series ends with Megatron showing his Fusion canon into Starscreams chest and blowing away everything between neck and groin. And starscream survives it with Megatron indicating that its not surprising…