Saving the Universe... One Day at a Time...
The second panel presented here (from the just-released Transformers #30) is one of the best panels in any comic book ever:
Of course, that's one of the central conceits of most comic book universes: if the Fantastic Four or the Avengers or the Justice League or the freakin' Teen Titans are saving the universe once or twice every year -- and this is just on Earth alone -- just how often is the universe in jeopardy? And are there heroes throughout the billions of galaxies and billions upon billions of inhabited worlds saving the universe all the time? Isn't it amazing that not one of them have fucked up?
At least in the DC Universe they openly acknowledged that Earth is the most important planet in the universe by virtue of it being both the origin of universal life and also the linchpin of the multiverse. Consequently it attracts an unusual amount of attention, both heroic and evil, which is good business for comic book creators.
As to the above panel, the other saving grace is that just as I was thinking how completely sadly ridiculous the whole "Heart of Darkness" and (especially) "D-Void" thing is, Swerve comes along and offers some much-needed perspective.
Just to mind fuck you:
How do you know someone hasn't failed at saving the Universe? It would take thousands or millions (or billions!) of years to find that out. We'd never know their story since they fucked up.
I call this general phenomenon "Hollywood Summer Blockbuster Syndrome" or H.S.B.S.
Scriptwriters learn at a very early age that to keep their audience's hooked, they have to raise the stakes in order to create compelling conflict. Unfortunately, this means that every other general audience movie ends up going to the highest stakes possible -- the end of the world...and/or universe. But this only really matters if there is something in that world worth saving...a relationship, a particular character that we feel attached to. In the end, it doesn't matter whether it's the fate of the universe that jeopardizes those relationships or a car accident or just a fight at the kitchen table.
Saving the universe only matters if it's a universe we care about. So much of pop culture fails because the universe it gives us usually isn't worth the four dollar price of admission.
I finally had the opportunity to read this comic the other day and you're right: it does provide a nice bit of ribbing itself in what has otherwise been another convoluted and kinda boring story arc.
I am a TF comic whore; no matter what it is, I buy it (except for the movie related stuff, that crap can just sit there for all I care). In my mind it is the only G1 fiction we'll ever get so I better enjoy it while it lasts...but man these last few plotlines just haven't been very much fun. It feels to me like a soap opera, just kind of going on and on and on, trying to tie things together that don't necessarily go...and don't even get me started on the art. Is it too much to ask to have maybe only one or two artists work on the book (rather than 12!)? Some art I like and some I don't but either way it is pretty jarring to keep changing from one issue to the next. This is why I'm glad Furman and Wildman are coming back for the old Marvel series; after this most recent bout I gladly welcome their work back into my loving arms.
I'd like to know where Tresob is going that it only costs four dollars to get admittance.
Yeah, recycling old plot lines (hello, Unicron is back with a new name) is LAME. I enjoyed the variety of artwork though. I hope they can turn this around soon... I'm starting to lose interest.