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IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review
Date: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 10:38am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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The Not Knowing
A Review, Maybe

Spoiler Heavy Throughout

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


With our charming and prestigious Comics Editor and News Administrator Va'al otherwise indisposed, it's fallen on me to take up the reigns for this week's review of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye #44. As warned already, this one will be spoiler heavy throughout, because there's no way I can adequately review this thing if I'm trying to not tell you things about it. Since some of the text gets front paged, I'm just typing up things to delay the start of the actual review. This is your Swerve recap. Need a review with no spoilers? Here it is: stop reading my stupid words and go buy this. Now. Stop, really, and go spend $4 right the hell now on this book. I'm serious, if you want to read this issue (you do), and you read this review beforehand, you will regret it. Don't have regrets, the internet can wait.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


So with all that out of the way, let me tell you what author James Roberts has done here. This is an issue about the value of life, dogma, love, hope, expectation, and consequences. Oh, and Transformers, I suppose. Strap in your feelings, we're going for a ride.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


We'll start with Rodimus, like you do when writing about MTMTE. We're joined on the first page with Rewind attempting to tell Rodimus a story, this time about the mysterious, legendary Necrobot. Rodimus, naturally, seems to not care. There are more important things that can be done, like get attention for being The Best Guy because he's carved a map to Cyberutopia on a table. Forget this side-quest, The Best Captain has done a thing, so naturally, we have to follow up on this.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


Only this doesn't go to plan for him, as Megatron, The Other Captain, thinks one more little side quest isn't such a big deal. Under the guise of continuing to be very, almost unusually, caring about Rewind, off they go to look for the Necrobot. Why do they do this?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


Well that's something, isn't it? So off they go, eventually landing on the Necrobot's planet. Without going into too much plot summary (much of the above was in the previews anyhow), and without spoiling too much of the absolutely stunning art by Hayato Sakamoto, colored by Joana Lafuente in images, there are some other themes and points worth serious note.

First, the buddy cop duo that never was/is likely never to be: Nightbeat and the Necrobot.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


At the start of this issue, we know positively very extremely little about the Necrobot. Within the confines of this one single comic, we learn a gigantic ton about him. The Necrobot, through his interaction with Nightbeat, is wholly fleshed out as a character. The storytelling here is simply marvelous, touching on Nightbeat's expectations that maybe, just maybe there's something more to the ideas of religious dogma, or supernatural powers existing in the universe. It turns out that the Necrobot doesn't live up to this, he's really just a guy (I told you there would be spoilers) named Censere. Censere tells him, in my favorite panel of the book, that he should still hope anyhow if he wants to. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Oh, and his cape. I want one. Just go read it, you'll see what I mean.

Next, but not last, it's time to reflect on the latest goings on in my favorite romance in fiction these days: Chromedome and Rewind.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review
Salt in the wound


As a guideline, I'm never much into fictional romance. Love is a fickle thing and it's extremely hard to make a compelling story about it without falling into, literally, a gillion tropes, cliches, and stretches of cringe-worthy dialogue. Roberts continues to utterly avoid all of this and provide a story about two souls on a journey that deeply care about one another to their core. I should also point out that this is yet more consistent, meaningful, and impacting character development that's handled in just the fewest of pages. It doesn't take a lot of time to be satisfying, and this is where I point out that the lettering of Tom B. Long really helps in setting the dialogue's tone appropriately. The voices in your head won't emphasize the wrong words, which can't always be said in comics.

Finally, the least obvious (until the end, that is) featured story in the issue. Who is this issue about, really?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review
To think, I once thought that smirk would never conceal anything except "evil"


The renaissance of Megatron is continued here, and he's always there in this one, just off to the side, sometimes being snarky, but then... well, I'm not going to post the last two page spread because it's incredible. With the last sentence of this book, any emotions I had to spend were spent. Sometimes consequences aren't as material as you want them to be. Instead, they end up being something more, something worse - true guilt.

Verdict
Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Review


This one's an embodiment of Samwise Gamgee's very famous lines from Tolkien's The Two Towers, but everyone knows those, I think. Is this the best comic I've ever read? Probably. As I said at the start, go buy this. Maybe buy one for a friend too.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:


Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • The Smiths - Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
  • A Camp - Song for the Leftovers

Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #45 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW The Transformers #45 iTunes Preview
Date: Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 8:31am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): iTunes

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One new comic book day comes, and more comic book days await ahead, as Mariel Romero from IDW Publishing uploads a sneak peek of the next issue of The Transformers to iTunes. Check out below what we will be seeing this month in the tales of grounded robots and their human partners (ish)!

JETFIRE and KUP lead a team to investigate the mysterious ONYX system. Meanwhile, GALVATRON… well, GALVATRON just doesn’t like anybody.


Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Discussion Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Discussion Thread

Transformers News: IDW The Transformers #45 Discussion Thread

Auto Assembly 2015 Andrew Wildman / Jason Cardy Multi-Autograph Lithograph Charity Auction

Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Andrew Wildman / Jason Cardy Multi-Autograph Lithograph Charity Auction
Date: Tuesday, September 1st 2015 7:34am CDT
Categories: Auctions, Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Andrew Wildman

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Want to own a piece of European Transformers history? Artist Andrew Wildman has put up for auction two limited edition prints by himself and Jason Cardy, which also feature the autographs of all the guests and professionals attending the record-breaking, last ever Auto Assembly (2015). Kick the nostalgia shins with one of the two prints, and feel even better for it as all proceeds go to charity organisation Make A Wish UK!

HEADS UP: The link to the two auctions for the signed prints are here;
For Print 0/200 go to http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574891718&toolid=10001&campid=5336631220&customid=transformers&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F171907839687%3C%2Fa%3E
For Print 1/200 go to
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574891718&toolid=10001&campid=5336631220&customid=transformers&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F171907840828%3C%2Fa%3E

Those links are for the UK eBay site. If you want to find them on the US eBay site or any others do a search for 'Signed Limited Edition Transformers lithographic print' it will list them both.
Both of the prints in the auction are signed by all the attending guests at this years AutoAssembly.
Thanks to one and all.

ALL proceeds to Make-A-Wish UK
Good luck


Transformers News: Auto Assembly 2015 Andrew Wildman/Jason Cardy Multi-Autograph Lithograph Charity Auction

TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Brendan Cahill

Transformers News: TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Brendan Cahill
Date: Tuesday, September 1st 2015 4:10am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFcon Charlotte

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Yet another comics guest update from the fine folks over at TFcon USA - taking place in Charlotte, NC, this October. Brendan Cahill, regular guest artist and cover artist on IDW's More Than Meets the Eye has been confirmed as attending the event! Check out more here and below, and make sure you have your tickets at the ready.

TFcon is happy to welcome Brendan Cahill to TFcon Charlotte. Fans will recognize his art from various issues of both Transformers ongoing #21, #25, #27, #29, Robots in Disguise #7, 2012 Annual and More than Meets the Eye #12, #27 and #40.

He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees.


Transformers News: TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Brendan Cahill

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 RI Cover by Agnes Garbowska

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 RI Cover by Agnes Garbowska
Date: Monday, August 31st 2015 3:43pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW Facebook

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We were going to wait until our review on Wednesday, but the official IDW Publishing Facebook page has just posted the upcoming Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #44 RI cover by Agnes Garbowska - and it's worth checking out for the 'aawww' 'chuckle' 'heh' and other random noises factor. Take a look below!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 RI Cover by Agnes Garbowska

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers Clean Alex Milne / Josh Perez Cover Art

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers Clean Alex Milne / Josh Perez Cover Art
Date: Friday, August 28th 2015 11:27am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Alex Milne

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In further comics news from IDW Publishing, and via fellow Seibertron.com member ScottyP, artist Alex Milne has tweeted the clean cover, with colours by Josh Perez for the upcoming first issue of Sins of the Wreckers, the Nick Roche/Josh Burcham sequel (but not directly) to the extremely popular Last Stand of the Wreckers. Check out the mirrored image below, featuring an action shot of the original Wrecking crew, from Springer to Whirl to Impactor!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers Clean Alex Milne/Josh Perez Cover Art

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS
Date: Friday, August 28th 2015 11:16am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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You were warned about all the spoiler contents in the iTunes preview, and the warning remains for what comes below - as Newsarama have once again snipped the embargo date, of course - the full preview for IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #44! Check it out, and come back on Wednesday for a Seibertron.com review.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #44
James Roberts (w) • Hayato Sakamoto (a) • Alex Milne (c)
Navicomp safety mode activated. Please select a reason for deviating from your flight path. Is it (a) accident, (b) necessity, or (c) a gnawing, crippling sense of guilt?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Here’s somebody that knows where all the bodies are buried!
Danger and pathos in the mighty MTMTE tradition!
Variant Cover by Agnes Garbowska!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #44 Full Preview - SPOILERS

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Date: Wednesday, August 26th 2015 6:43am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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The Magic Con Bus
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Can they even deal?


Story

With only a couple of weeks left until the end of season one of the animated series, the second issue of Robots in Disguise still falls a little behind plot-wise, but Georgia Ball delivers an entertaining, intriguing and suspenseful enough script to keep interest even in older readers.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
..and what?!


After my own heart, the humour - a Cybertronian perspective on Earthling behaviour, media and general popular culture - allows for a number of puns, plays on concepts, wordplay via Fixit's pixlexia (yes yes yes I know that's not it but bear with me). All within a frame that does not jar with the silliness, at all.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Legit assessment


Additionally, it keeps the light side in the running mystery we had been made aware of since the FCBD issue #0. While team Prime does make its appearance, and that is not spoiling anything, something else is definitely afoot with the various cast members, and Ultra Magnus in particular. Plus another special cameo, too...

Art

Priscilla Tramontano delivers an excellent arrangement of panels - though I might have some comments at a later stage on the fluidity of the layouts - with some fan-tastic cameos from across the multiple incarnations of the Transformers fictions, not only Prime. Plus, we get some magnificent expressivity across the entire board, from background to main cast.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Oh hey Spike and Carly


You wanted a colourist? Well, you get three, as Tramontano is joined by the Joshes, Perez and Burcham, in colouring in her own linework. And as much as they usually have their own identifiable styles, the transitions and collaboration here are strikingly fluid. Which is never a bad thing, and leads to some excellently vibrant pages, in tone with the series.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
Express delivery!


Also, a title such as this one allow, nay, calls for some fun on the fonts and letters side of things, and Tom B. Long does not disappoint. Enjoying the multiple opportunities to play with soundwords and squiggles, Long adds the finishing touches of lightness even where scenes may get more serious. Cover-wise, Burcham returns from interior colours to overall cover work in the Subscription variant (thumbnailed), while Tramontano still has the great main cover we've seen for a while now.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Again, as for last month and the first issue, the target audience of the book is obvious, and may deter some of the older readers (who do have three other series at least, to be fair) - but what Ball brings to the table is the same good blend of lighthearted humour with enough of a twist to keep the mind intrigued and willing to go along for the (bus)ride.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Review
But no DINOPILE?


And of course, the visual result of Tramontano, Perez, Burcham and Long are a feast for the optic sensors, too. The vibrancy, cameos, hints, slapstick and more subtle humour are excellently enjoyable, and work well as a parallel reflection of the animated series - obviously with its own take, and all the better for it.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Casey Coller

Transformers News: TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Casey Coller
Date: Tuesday, August 25th 2015 10:37am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFcon Charlotte

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The latest update from TFcon Charlotte, the US section of the largest fan-run Transformers event, comes in the shape of one IDW artist Casey Coller! Check out below more info, and the exclusive convention comic variant cover for The Transformers #45 he'll also be contributing, too.

We are pleased to announce that Transformers comic book artist Casey Coller will be attending TFcon Charlotte 2015. Casey is known to fans for his work providing variant covers for IDW’s Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets the Eye comics as well as many one-shot issues. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long and will be available to sign the Transformers #45 TFcon Charlotte/Acme Comics Exclusive Cover Variant which he created.


Transformers News: TFcon Charlotte Guest Update - Casey Coller

IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview
Date: Monday, August 24th 2015 11:55am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Coming up this week from IDW Publishing is the second issue of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise comics series, running alongside the story seen in the soon to be ending first season of the animated show, in the US at least (as much of the rest of the world has seen the finale already). Check out the full preview below - because who needs embargo dates when you're Newsarama, right? Seibertron.com review coming on Wednesday, too.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated #2
Georgia Ball (w) • Priscilla Tramontano (a & c)
ROAD RAGE! While a DECEPTICON called TRANSIT wreaks havoc on afternoon commutes, Team Bee gets an unexpected visit… but will these new rivals combine forces without trusting each other?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
All-new stories based on the hit animated series!
As promoted on Free Comic Book Day!
Fan-favorite characters who appear only in this comic book!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #2 Full Preview

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