I was planning on going trade-only. Until today, I was only aware of two comic shops in the area (in Redlands and San Bernardino). Both of them treat you like crap if you have a kid or two with you. I've been actively ignored more times than I can count at those stores. I gave up on Regeneration One when I went in on release day and the clerk treated me like a half-wit and acted like I was making up Diamond's shipping list or something. (In fairness, I have been treated decently in Redlands, but it seems like the exception rather than the rule.) A friend has been sending me RG1 from Michigan, of all places.
I did discover today there is a comic shop in Hemet (who knows where in Hemet, and, even though it's not far, I try to avoid that city), as well as one that opened last year in Palm Desert (further, but with better stuff nearby, including The Living Desert). When I get a chance to check them out (probably toward the start of May), I might switch to floppies if they seem reliable enough.
When you read the time travel story, let me know. I think I got it, but want to clarify the order things happen in without going to the Wiki (and risking spoilers for future stories).
Anyone playing the Transformers Legends mobile device game?
I just started today now that it's available for iOS devices.
I read RID vol 3's first story, RID #10, and to be honest I really didn't like it much. Not only is the expression of the time jumping concept too labored for the medium, but I very much disliked the art style. As for the story, what little there actually was, I think I got it but it required A) knowing too much backstory to speak for itself; and B) accepting that it wasn't so much of a story as a bridge to another story. Read here to see stuff that seems familiar and yet not entirely what you think happened: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Syndromica_%282%29
I haven't read vol 3's Annual story yet, but it looks... interesting.
I did however read MTMTE #16, and it also unfortunately contains art I don't care for, but it's on top of a very linear story dealing with the aftermath of things that I won't spoil. It's a fanboy controversial issue for sure though, and I think it's too bad the fans can't just grow up about this one as it's cliche but not dishonest, just foreign to the way things have been in TF before. Not a great MTMTE issue but not terrible, like a MASH episode that's more somber and introspective.
I haven't been. I didn't come in early on and I'm so confused by the RID vs Spotlight vs regeneration vs Mtmte titles. Feels like too much to catch up on. Plus, i got burned by the dreamwave era, so i'm not inspired to jump back in.
If there were a simple to follow guide as to which books relate to which continuities, i might start with a few TPB's to see if I like it.
The original Marvel continuity is Classics, UK Classics, Regeneration One, and the first volume of G.I.Joe/Transformers. (Look for the newer versions of the Classics trades, though; the originals couldn't reprint any issues with Spider-Man or Circuit Breaker.)
The paperbacks for the IDW-verse are a bit complicated, but not too terribly bad (not as bad as G.I.Joe, which restarts at #1 every year). The first chunk is anything written by Simon Furman with a title ending in "-ation," along with all the Spotlight trade paperbacks and Stormbringer. The New Avengers crossover fits in here, but skip it. It's OOP, overpriced, and awful. The "-ations" paperbacks go in a particular order, with Stormbringer after the first ("Infiltration," IIRC), and the Spotlights fill in holes and add detail to characters. I wouldn't skip them, though. There's also Megatron: Origin, which was a Dreamwave leftover that was tweaked to fit in IDW.
The first soft reboot comes with All Hail Megatron. It was messy as hell, and they had to include four issues called "All Hail Megatron: Coda" and a miniseries called Maximum Dinobots to make it fit (mostly) in place.
After that is the ongoing series, which lasted about two years, and the Bumblebee and Ironhide paperbacks. (The paperbacks for the ongoing include a Galvatron miniseries as well.) Last Stand of the Wreckers and Drift fall in this period somewhere, but it's not too important to pin down exactly where. Somewhere in here is the IDW crossover, Infestation, which I would say skip, but it has some important developments for two main characters.
The second soft reboot ends the war (we think) and sees the RiD and MTMTE ongoing series. The Spotlights have been restarted, and are being collected, but the paperbacks are under a different name for some reason.
If you're interested, I can cross-check all my paperbacks and give you the proper reading order. Or IDW seems to be taking some of the older trades out of print (they're still easily available, except for the New Avengers one) and releasing thicker ones called The IDW Collection or something like that.
Dreamwave's stuff is still in limbo, but Vols. 2-3 of G.I.Joe/Transformers contain the four crossover volumes from Devil's Due. (I'd assume a fourth would come out if the rights to the Dreamwave-published series ever work out.)
JT, they apparently do pull lists... but not for someone getting only a couple of titles. :(