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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby El Duque » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:37 am

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Our friends at IDW Publishing have supplied us with a preview for their Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012. Enjoy the preview below.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Annual 2012
James Roberts (w) • Jimbo Salgado, Guido Guidi (a) • Tim Seeley, Alex Milne (c)
THE ORIGIN OF THE KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON! Rodimus and the crew of the Lost Light finally reach Crystal City, home to the mysterious Circle of Light. But what they find waiting for them is going to change everything—and not necessarily for the better!
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

*Variant covers:
Jimbo Salgado variant! Interlocks with TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise Annual incentive cover from next month!

Bullet points:
• Introducing the artistic wizardry of Jimbo Salgado!
• The first of two interlinked Transformers annuals—the story continues in next month’s TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE annual!
• Double-sized TRANSFORMERS excitement!
• A life-changing chapter of MTMTE!
• Cover and story connect with next month’s TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE annual!


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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:25 pm

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Why have I not been reading this? These writers are hilarious!
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Trikeboy » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:47 pm

This could be the first Annual I will buy in many many years. I love the guys taking the piss out of Ultra Magnus.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Downbeat » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:18 am

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I love James Roberts' writing so goshdarned much. The fact that he's been writing one of the two main comic books for the past nine months makes me feel SO happy, and considering John "Continuity God" Barber is writing Robots in Disguise, comics readers have been in good hands.

I really wish this book wasn't 8 dollars, but I've luckily got a 20 percent discount on new books at my comic shop.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby #Sideways# » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:10 pm

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Why am I not reading this?? This is awesome!!
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby starwarrior1227 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:42 pm

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HILARIOUS! as if it didnt need to be said....(and the drawings are good too.)
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would be a shame since you, ya know, WERE badass.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Sodan-1 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:12 pm

Motto: "Motive is a universal weakness."
I know there's some readers who aren't going to like this comic, but that whole section with Ultra Magnus is brilliant. The fact that doing something as simple as smiling could save the day while still being such a huge sacrifice; Magnus' analysis of Trailbreaker/Trailcutter; and the fact that he indentified him as Trailbreaker/Trailcutter. All of it. Bravo. :APPLAUSE:

Can someone straighten these annuals out for me, please? This MTMTE annual, as well as a 2012 RiD annual, further the stories of the ongoing comic series', but is there any others I should be on the look-out for? Were there annuals like these two last year that filled in parts of the previous Ongoing series?
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:43 pm

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I also like that everyone is a "Potential troublemaker" :lol:
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby quickmixed » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:05 pm

Sodan-1 wrote:Can someone straighten these annuals out for me, please? This MTMTE annual, as well as a 2012 RiD annual, further the stories of the ongoing comic series', but is there any others I should be on the look-out for? Were there annuals like these two last year that filled in parts of the previous Ongoing series?


This is the first transformers annual from IDW to my knowledge. In fact, I believe it may be the first transformers annual in quite some time. I recall Dreamwave having a summer special annual or something like that years ago.

So worry not, if you have been keeping up to date with the monthly issues you havent missed anything. As a side note it should be said the the events in the MTMTE annual take place before MTMTE #8 which was released a couple of weeks back.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Blurrz » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:16 am

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My review will be coming up a bit late since I have to buy this one tmrw.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby El Duque » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:36 pm

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The Transformers facebook page has posted the creator commentary for IDW's The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012. Write James Roberts gives us his insights into the first five pages. The commentary is mirrored below for those without facebook access.

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PAGE 1: Rodimus and company are kicking some steel here in an unknown location. It’s quite a selection of different characters you’ve got there with all their different personalities.

JAMES ROBERTS: Thus far, most self-contained issues of More Than Meets the Eye have had a standing start, in that I’ve built the story up slowly. With the Annual, in this respect and in many others, I wanted to do something different: I wanted a big, bold action sequence from the get-go. I remember watching the opening sequence to last year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, when the Doctor is racing through an exploding spaceship, and I thought “let’s have some of that."

So we open with Rodimus doing something he’s rarely had a chance to do since we set off on the quest, and fight. I figured that when Brainstorm unveiled his insane plan to save Ultra Magnus, Rodimus would be first to volunteer. Not because he’s the leader, but because he’s always on the look out for new experiences to stave off the boredom. Whirl would be there because he gets to shoot things. I put Skids there because I wanted to play up their different approaches to fighting; Skids isn’t your typical action hero. There’s a certain finesse to what he does. And First Aid is there because, well, it’s sort of a medical operation, isn’t it. Medical and military. In fact, I almost had someone refer to it as Operation: Operation. I think we can all see why I didn’t.

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PAGE 2: We learn that the battle is taking place inside the mouth of Ultra Magnus with the Nanocons. What more can you say about these creatures? And, that’s a heck of a location to be fighting a battle!

Yeah, it’s a blatant homage to Fantastic Voyage (or Innerspace for all you ’80s kids), albeit one with a Transformers twist. What I liked about the setting (apart from the weirdness; I want more weirdness in MTMTE) was that the reader would not be able to tell, at first glance, that Rodimus and Co. were inside another Transformers character. Given their mechanical physiology, the inside of a TF (big or small) looks like the inside of, say, a space station. The original draft delayed the big reveal—Ratchet’s looming head—until later, but every page matters and we had to press on with the story.

The Nanocons were first referenced in “Zero Point," the prose story from the hardback edition of Last Stand of the Wreckers (Roadbuster thought they may have infiltrated the medibay containing Springer). I just liked the idea of a team of Decepticons so small that they were only visible to the naked eye in their combined form.

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PAGE 3: Inevitably, Brainstorm is involved with getting the group inside Ultra Magnus in the first place. Is there no limit to this ’bot’s genius? He can do practically anything.

JAMES ROBERTS: He’s a very useful character to have around in that he fulfils the role of mad scientist, weapons engineer and wild card. He’s yet to have his time in the spotlight, but it will come.

You’ll notice that he’s not carrying his briefcase in this scene—or, indeed, in the entire annual. That’s because it’s in his workshop (where we last saw it in issue 7). It’s back on his wrist in future issues.

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PAGE 4: A moment MTMTE readers thought they would never see. Ultra Magnus actually smiles. Was this a moment that was always going to happen?

I only became certain that I wanted the whole nanocon sequence in the Annual when I found a way to work in Magnus’ well-established reluctance/inability to smile, thus making the solution to the Autobots’ predicament character-driven.

Magnus is one of my favorite Lost Light characters to write because on a ship of (bright, well-meaning, largely likeable) fools, he’s the one guy who’s absolutely serious. But of course his very seriousness takes him to extremes, to the point where it becomes a profound character flaw. He’s the ultimate straight guy, making the other characters look even more off-beam when they’re around him.

I think he’s a tragic character: an Autobot with a tremendously deep sense of right and wrong who, as the Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord, was once feared and respected—and now he’s ended up on a ship where any minute miniaturized ex-Wreckers are going to be running around in your mouth.

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PAGE 5: Very clearly, that one smile has ruined Magnus’s day. I’m guessing he’ll never be allowed to forget that he did it.

JAMES ROBERTS: On a ship with only 200 or so people on board, news travels fast— especially when the topic of conversation involves one of the Big Three: Magnus, Rodimus or Drift.

The opening scene is to an extent played for laughs, but as always there’s more going on than first appears. As I say, Magnus is a tragic character; the rest of the Annual explores just what that smile—that moment of weakness—means for him.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby njb902 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:53 pm

That's awesome!
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:43 am

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Why is Drift "one of the big three" when anyone else is there? Bah. He should have been stationed on Garrus-9 when Overloard had his field trip there.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Sodan-1 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:07 pm

Motto: "Motive is a universal weakness."
quickmixed wrote:
Sodan-1 wrote:Can someone straighten these annuals out for me, please? This MTMTE annual, as well as a 2012 RiD annual, further the stories of the ongoing comic series', but is there any others I should be on the look-out for? Were there annuals like these two last year that filled in parts of the previous Ongoing series?


This is the first transformers annual from IDW to my knowledge. In fact, I believe it may be the first transformers annual in quite some time. I recall Dreamwave having a summer special annual or something like that years ago.

So worry not, if you have been keeping up to date with the monthly issues you havent missed anything. As a side note it should be said the the events in the MTMTE annual take place before MTMTE #8 which was released a couple of weeks back.

Cheers mate. These two annuals have kind of snuck up on me and I'm struggling to find them locally, so was starting to wonder if I'd missed anything.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby budmaloney » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:10 am

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So I got a question. Is this annual the continuation of MTME? or is the actual ongoing separate from this? What is an annual exactly. In Tf terms. I read the wiki but still didn't understand, with what they are achieving.
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Re: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Annual 2012 Preview

Postby Blurrz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:14 pm

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budmaloney wrote:So I got a question. Is this annual the continuation of MTME? or is the actual ongoing separate from this? What is an annual exactly. In Tf terms. I read the wiki but still didn't understand, with what they are achieving.


It's part of the Ongoing. But for casual readers it could be a separate story altogether (the two Annuals together)
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