@superiotter said: Iunno man, in a way it reminds me of real life. No one plans on having a totally glorious and meaningful death and gets it. In war, people die in stupid pointless ways. Life is short and it feels it. /wreckers references.
I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t generally like it when fiction tries to be too real? Unless its a deconstruction of something that happens in fiction, and then it’s like “yeah we’re gonna crank the real up to 11″ but deconstruction stories are their own kind of ridiculous anyways.
Fiction that tries to be too much like real life just gets uncanny valley for me and it’s just… unfun. Yeah, people die in horrible, senseless ways IRL. But these are stories about giant alien robots that turn into cars and use gendered pronouns and have human faces and keep winding up on Earth for no reason. Like a realistic TF story would have them probably on the other side of the galaxy at best, without faster-than-light technology because it’s probably physically impossible (and they live for-fuckin’ ever anyways, so they’d be in no rush), and without a clue that Earth or humans even exist. And that they’re probably the only other intelligent race of beings in the Milky Way because Fermi Paradox.
On that note, I’m super pumped to read TF vs GI Joe when all the vols are out. It’s probably going to be my favorite TF comic.
(As an aside, people have meaningful deaths all the time – it’s just that that meaning has to be provided by the survivors, and JR is terrible at making his survivors shoulder that properly.)