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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby El Duque » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:10 pm

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Our friends at IDW Publishing have provided us with the preview for Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15. Be sure to pick up or download the next exciting chapter in the saga of the Lost Light and crew this Wednesday. Full review coming soon, for now enjoy the preview below.

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #15
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Milne, Nick Roche (c)
DEATH IN THE RANKS! Rodimus and his crew are confronted by the enemy within—and not everyone will survive the encounter. Everything has been building to this: all-out war aboard the Lost Light!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


*Variant Cover:
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Bullet points:
• No one is safe!
• The story that More Than Meets The Eye has been building to since issue one is here!


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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby budmaloney » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:32 pm

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:KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK: :KREMZEEK:
Holy cow Batman!!
It's starting. The intensity is over 9000!

Cannot contain excitement

This is it, it hit the fan for the lost light.

The lost light......are all dead
Decepticons forever!
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Super Megatron » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:44 pm

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Overlord kicks so much ass that you can feel it in the pages of the X-Men.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Blurrz » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:03 am

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Super Megatron wrote:Overlord kicks so much ass that you can feel it in the pages of the X-Men.


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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby RAcast » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:54 am

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
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Ohhh... that's bad. :shock:

Tailgate, quick, shoot ALL OF THE LASERS!
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby PrymeStriker » Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:14 am

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I don't read MTMTE, Va'al brought me here after he alluded to this, but...

Death is good. Death is very good. :twisted:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby RAcast » Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:20 am

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
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PrymeStriker wrote:I don't read MTMTE, Va'al brought me here after he alluded to this, but...

Death is good. Death is very good. :twisted:

Glad I'm not the only one. :lol: I just read whatever chapter (volume/book? I don't read comic books) had Swerve tormenting Tailgate. Also "6 MILLION YEARS!?" :lol:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Henry921 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:08 am

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PrymeStriker wrote:I don't read MTMTE, Va'al brought me here after he alluded to this, but...

Death is good. Death is very good. :twisted:


You can always be relied upon to relish Autobot deaths, Pryme.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby quickmixed » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:24 am

Pipes... :shock: The DJD need to turn up so we can have a Phase sixer versus phase sixer showdown.

Really looking forward to this. Thursday can't come soon enough.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:29 am

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Poor Pipes. :(

Roberts crushed our feelings just like Overlord crushed li'l Pipes.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Nemesis Maximo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:33 am

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Swerve pushed the button. Epic fourth-wall breaking foreshadowing? I think so.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Neurie » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:34 am

If you get that response from Pipes dying wait till you actualy read it.

Waits for the reactions to the other deaths.....
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:57 pm

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Every Shape Serves a Purpose
(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis (or ask Swerve)

DEATH IN THE RANKS! Rodimus and his crew are confronted by the enemy within—and not everyone will survive the encounter. Everything has been building to this: all-out war aboard the Lost Light!

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Pipes and his ability for synthesis


Story

We know what's going to happen – Overlord has escaped, a massacre is imminent. Roberts, though, approaches the inevitable scenes cautiously, craftily building up those thirty minutes which Chromedome needs to exit the cell. Well, sort of. He kills someone off, then gets back to the build-up.

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The inhabitants of the Lost Light are still carrying on their own personal storylines as the storm hits. A lot is happening in those thirty minutes, and Roberts makes sure we are all left waiting to find out what was going on befor-- AWOOOOOGA.

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AWOOOGA


The entire crew reverses to the Medibay to stop the Phase Sixer. And I mean the entire crew. Every shape serves a purpose. There are, of course, notable exceptions: Ultra Magnus makes quite the comeback from his so-far obsessive self, readers will be pleased to see. And both him and Fort Max are pivotal to the issue (and what is that blueprint in Brainstorm's lab?).

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Ultra Magnus is dealing with it now


The humour typical of Roberts' stories so far is still present, before the big fight scenes and even during, but they really don't detract from the action or the tension. If anything, they add an extra layer of 'humanity' to the entire crew, leaving readers completely at loss towards the end. This reader, at least. Swerve is, as usual, the comedy relief, and while a lot of the humour does happen before the battle scenes, he pops up again mid-fight, fulfilling his role. A nice touch of referential comedy on Roberts' behalf, too.

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Art

Milne provides the pencils, but EVERYONE ELSE is working on inks and colours. Seriously. Marc Deering, Brian Shearer and Phyllis Novin collaborate with Milne on the inks, and the three Js (Burcham, Perez and Lafuente) are on colours. And the effect is gorgeous.

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The crew respond


The artwork conveys the scale of what is happening aboard the ship, and the colours have the task of adding the deeper emotional power of Roberts' script. The final panel, with no words, no borders, white background, delivers a wrenching, devastating blow to even the most tempered heart of steel. The last time I felt this emotional about a comic was with Craig Thompson's Blankets. A note on the lettering, too: in the most recent issues, Tom B. Long has taken Mowry and Lee's work further, finding his voice in playing with typography, and adding even more emotion to the lettering and fonts. Especially with pain and anger. There's a lot to say about someone who can write ARGH in a unique way each time.

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One of many Arghs


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead.


One minor complaint – the Overlord situation seems to be dealt with pretty swiftly. I'm sure there is more to come, or I'd like to think that at least, but one issue to build up and one to climax the event feels a bit reductive.
But I suppose that is the price to pay to have such an emotional story be told in amidst all the action and fighting. And it is feelings that really leads the plot in the issue. Overlord is the cataclismic catalyst to Chromedome's tale, who is ultimately the real major character of Under Cold Blue Stars.
Alongside that, I hope that all the cut-off actions of the various crew members will be explored later in the series, revealing Tailgate's creation, Fort Max's apology, Perceptor and Rodimus' conversation about matrix mapping. Especially the latter.

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Promises, promises...


To sum up, this issue is not for the weak-hearted, the emotionally-involved, the casual, the fan, the long-time and attentive reader. No, wait – this is precisely the right issue for you. If I were to choose my favourite issue from IDW so far, spanning all series, Under Cold Blue Stars would be it. It has action, humour, pain, deaths (at least four) and everything that has made More Than Meets the Eye such a good read since its inception.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
(and for the first time, those Autobot symbols look like tiny hearts waiting to be shattered)
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby The Collecter » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:23 pm

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ROTFL, the forth wall "off-panel" joke was hillarios!

(although it would have been cool if they used it on Overlord and turned him into a SG decepticon thus making him a good guy)
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby The Collecter » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:26 pm

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Nemesis Maximo wrote:Swerve pushed the button. Epic fourth-wall breaking foreshadowing? I think so.


Sorry to disapoint, but the fourth wall breaking already happened when Swerve said, "I did it off-panel" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:28 pm

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There may or be not be more on that. I'm not committing to anything here. ;)
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby sabrigami » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:31 pm

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Hmm, I don't know if my feels will survive this one. But I must be a Lady and face this anyway. Reading the Preview yesterday was very crushing (no pun inteneded). Not even the hilarity of the Meta fictional bomb and Swerve could ease the pain. I also made the mistake of listening to Lillium (elfen Lied) while reading the preview again. Tha made it even worse :-( .

On a brighter note, excellent review Va'al. You and Blurrz know how to make a nice exceedingly teasing but not spoilery review :KREMZEEK:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Blurrz » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:33 pm

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Va'al wrote:There may or be not be more on that. I'm not committing to anything here. ;)


This issue still blows my mind every time I read it :BOOM:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:35 pm

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sabrigami wrote:On a brighter note, excellent review Va'al. You and Blurrz know how to make a nice exceedingly teasing but not spoilery review :KREMZEEK:



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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby Va'al » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:12 pm

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Josh Perez has updated his Tumblr with the two-page spread from More Than Meets The Eye #15, in full colour!

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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby gothsaurus » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:20 pm

I know it might be kinda weird to say... but besides the obvious Overlord, looking at the amazing double panel spread, I can't help really wanting a classics Skids. Am I crazy, or has he been looking particularly awesome in the stories as of late? >:oP
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby Neurie » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:55 pm

If you remember the first issue I wouldn't get too attached to Skids.

"Don't let them take Skids" I think was the line if I remember rightly.....

The colours used on this issue are fantastic. Suprised the death toll is quiet so low considering it is Overlord.

Those who are now in the giant scarp heap in the sky will be sorely missed.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby gothsaurus » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:06 pm

Yeah, I mostly just want him to finish out the G1 lineup with Hoist, Trailbreaker and friends. Heh. :D
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby Neurie » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:29 pm

I'd love an Ambulon, but I don't see Hasbro making a toy that turns in to a leg any time soon :)


Id love a MP Skids and Sunstreaker and official genration Headmasters. Considering how many companies are making them Habsro must know they would sell. Especially based on Roches designs
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #15 Preview & Review

Postby Stormrider » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:29 pm

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Thanks for the review. Brings back memories of Last Stand of the Wreckers.
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