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Rereading Old Bionicle Comics

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Over the last week or so, I've been rereading all 49 of the old Bionicle comics for the first time in years. Here are my (completely random) thoughts on them.

 

2001:

-Why exactly were the Turaga telling the Bionicle Tale at the beginning of Comic #2? I know it's some kind of tribal thing to tell myths and legends over and over to preserve them, but they weren't any Matoran around so were the Turaga just telling it so they wouldn't forget?

-I never realized how diverse, and honestly sometimes odd, promotions were in 2001; having a contest to meet some skater is probably the strangest (to me).

-The last of this year has the Toa finding ways to beat random Rahi without physically hitting them and thereby violate LEGO's no violence policy; it ends with the heroes striking poses and leaving us to play MNOG to see how the story ends.

 

2002:

-Six issues allowed for the room to tell a more in-depth story and cooler year overall making '02 my favorite year of the original three.

-LEWA WHY CAN'T YOU GO TWO SECONDS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MASK!

-It's kind of a shame that so often in BIONICLE so many sets were shoehorned into the story for just a few seconds of screen-time in which they don't really do anything. The Exo-Toa are good example of this (but I guess the whole point of the comics and entire story was just to sell all these sets so it's fine.

 

2003:

-Bohrok-Kal filler is fill-y.

-I find it hilarious how the so many BIONICLE fans over the years kept asking Greg about what must have been something he did without a second thought at the time (sending several Tahnok and Lehvak-Kal to space).

-In Comic 14, Kopaka stood his ground against all the Rahkshi LIKE A BOSS.

 

2004:

-Another great year for story with the first half involving the Toa pruning weeds and second half running away from Vahki

-I find it funny how much time and effort was spent giving the Vahki different powers and tactics only for them to be more or less completely forgotten in later years.

 

2005:

-Seeing the Toa Hahga (well, two of them anyway) in action in Comic 25 still makes it one of my favorite comics of all time.

-The sub-plot involving Nokama and Matau hitching a ride on a Visorak Battering Ram (that Roodaka orders destroyed FOR HAVING A SINGLE CRACK) was a lot more fun than I remember.

 

2006:

-For some strange reason I don't have "BIONICLE Ignition Comic #0" :bored:

-I knew about BIONICLE at the end of '01, bought the sets, saw "MOL", but I didn't have massive nostalgia rush until I started the '06 comics; the nostalgia value alone will always make 2006 my favorite year in BIONICLE.

-Anyone remember Free The Band? I wonder what the All American Rejects would say if some fan bought that up with them now.

 

2007:

-You know in retrospect, '06 with all the backstabbing and secret alliance of the Piraka made that year feel more like "Game of Thrones" than '07 should have had with the Barraki.

-Nocturn is one of the best sets and characters of Gen 1, which is why he had to be reincarnated as Skull Slicer in Gen 2.

-Jaller set Mantax on fire, WHILE THEY WERE BOTH UNDERWATER.

 

2008:

-Only four issues is a bit of a let down (yeah I know the first is super long, but still)

-The Makuta follow inverse ninja-law...for some reason.

-You know what, Mata Nui never kept his promise and returned to the MU (unless you count when his fist were bashing Makuta in their final fight).

 

2009:

-Because of "TLR" whenever I read Mata Nui's voice I hear Michael Dorn's voice.

-What exactly was the point of having a reboot only to reintroduce Mata Nui halfway through the year?

-For some stranger reason I only have the small version of Comic 3 that I got with "TLR".

 

2010:

-GIANT EPIC ROBOT FIGHT.

-I have so many fond memories of that day in 2010 when that guy on BZPower was uploading the last comic as fast as he could scan it and I was refreshing the page over and over so I could see the end of BIONICLE, which was so important to me as a kid.

 

 

One last thought, the only non-BIONICLE comics I've ever read are some Deadpool and Batman comics and also some Spider-Man when I was a lot younger and to be honest, I think the BIONICLE comics actually aren't all that bad compared to them. You know, keeping in mind that the BIONICLE comics were just to promote children's toys (and condense the larger story)...I definitely prefer the artwork throughout all the comics more than the kind found in Deadpool.

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-I have so many fond memories of that day in 2010 when that guy on BZPower was uploading the last comic as fast as he could scan it and I was refreshing the page over and over so I could see the end of BIONICLE, which was so important to me as a kid.

And then I had to go to work and passed it over to someone else~
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