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Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6 iTunes Preview
Date: Tuesday, January 12th 2016 5:11am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, iTunes

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A couple of Transformers comic updates courtesy of IDW Publishing digital assistant Mariel Romero and iTunes, starting with the final issue of the Robots in Disguise series. Check out below the first three pages of the conclusion of this second arc - featuring an old friend from this continuity!

VEHICONS AMOK! When the DECEPTICON called STEELJAW stumbles upon three lost VEHICONS, he convinces them he's on a mission from MEGATRON-a deception that puts them on a collision course with BUMBLEBEE and company!


Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: Robots in Disguise #6 iTunes Preview

Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter
Date: Friday, January 8th 2016 11:43am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): James Roberts, Twitter

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Remember how a question and answer session for popular Transformers comic series More Than Meets The Eye happened last week? Well, the author is back for more, as once again James Roberts took to his Twitter account yesterday to answer 100 more fan questions marked with the hashtag #MTMTE15. Twitter can be difficult to follow along with, so now that this fun Q&A has wrapped up, we've transcribed the questions and answers here for your reading enjoyment.



Are more crossovers in our future? Where's Sixshot been and how is he coping? What toys would Mr. Roberts love to see based on the book's characters? What happened to Roller? Who is Tarn? Who is Lobe? Will we learn more about Bluestreak? Does he have any writing tips? Ten? Read on and you may just find out some of this.

Editor's note: Many questions and answers have been edited in an extremely minor fashion for clarity, and to correct spelling mistakes. The hashtag was also removed from the text of Tweets to assist with reading. Images added are for ease of reading and were not generally included in the original questions or answers.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter


On to the questions!

MMortAH asked: What exactly is a Wellbeing Clinic?
James Roberts replied: A clinic specialising in CBT.

MMortAH asked: What's your favourite Megatron moment in IDW outside of MTMTE/Chaos Theory?
James Roberts replied: When he looks down at Verity in Infiltration OR when he says 'All. Hail. Starscream' in the Spotlight.

MMortAH asked: How old is Rung?
James Roberts replied: Six million years+

MMortAH asked: Would Prowl's analytical skills be considered an outlier ability? (knowing he's CC)
James Roberts replied: Brilliant! Very possibly.

sharkofwisdom asked: Would an Autobot have been allowed to refuse a mission-relevant body refit on grounds of Functionist beliefs?
James Roberts replied: Autobot, yes, Decepticon, no. But you'd have to go a long way to find a pro-Functionist during wartime.

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CrimsonCyclo asked: "Ten?" (Translation: what more might we get to see of Ten in future issues?)
James Roberts replied: He's in #50.

sharkofwisdom asked: Was the 'symbol ship empire' period post or pre-Thunderwing?
James Roberts replied: Pre

85Lozalot asked: What's your top hints/tips be for an aspiring writer/frustrated With politicians and dreading where the world going?
James Roberts replied: Articulate your frustrations and thereby rally others to the cause. Good luck!

MonoPuma64 asked: Out of all the current More Than Meets The Eye issues which one do you think bests represents the series as a whole?
James Roberts replied: Aargh - brilliant/difficult question. Um. #12, #22, #40 or #50. I will ask others (Editor's note: He did indeed. Twitter can be fun!)

MMortAH asked: Who in the IDW universe would have made the Cameron "For too long we have been a passively tolerant society" speech?
James Roberts replied: Nova then, Starscream now

Munatron asked: Does Lost Light have lots of Wrecker fans?! Is Whirl an "uncool" Wrecker because he's "just" a crewmember/got kicked out?
James Roberts replied: Pretty much everyone on the first page of #12 are Wreckers fans, including Whirl. Whirl is feared more than respected.

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sharkofwisdom asked: Standup [comic] Skullcruncher is inspired. Did you cast him before learning of [the] Titans Returns [toyline] or was there a request to include him in some way?
James Roberts replied: I cast him independent of anything else. Glad you liked him. I was unsure.

Sis_Shrieks asked: Some have noted that, by your Conjunx Ritus, many versions of Megatron and Optimus are married. Thoughts?
James Roberts replied: Ha! CR has to be deliberate, so...

MoyaoftheMist asked: Given the chance, would you kill off Optimus (if he became a more prominent member of the MTMTE cast)?
James Roberts replied: You mean if he muscled his way onto the ship? Nah.

stdurante asked: Has IDW given any thoughts to animating some of these major story arcs? I would love to see "Remain in the Light".
James Roberts replied: Not that I know of! Mediafire animated some early issues...

MoyaoftheMist asked: Is nickel a minibot or a minicon? (without other minis to reference against, I can't tell)
James Roberts replied: She's a Minicon (now), yes.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter


iamtfc23 asked: Do you have a story in mind as to why Impactor is an Autobot in regards to his friendship with Megatron?
James Roberts replied: Kind of. But they were friends when Megs was 'good'. He changed, Impactor didn't... as much. See P1 of Chaos Theory :-)

LargeBorrome asked: What moment felt like the most difficult for you to write? (technically or emotionally) What's the one you're the most proud of ?
James Roberts replied: Lots of issues are tricky because of space constraints, particularly #11 and #21. Difficult *moment* was Starscream's testimony (29), Megatron/Optimus Prime chat (36) and some scenes in Dying of the Light, because [they are] So Important. Proudest moment? The Shockwave reveal (9), the Chromedome/Brainstorm chat (16), the Whirl/Cyclonus chat (47), the character beats in 38 + issue 50.

jobot935 asked: What does Thunderclash really think about Rodimus?
James Roberts replied: Thunders has no 'side' to him. He knows Rodimus' virtues and vices and treats him w/ polite affection.

jobot935 asked: Aside from Ravage, who are Megatron's three favorite Lost Lighters?
James Roberts replied: Magnus, Magnus and Magnus. :-) OR: Magnus, Ratchet (til he buggered off) and Rung.

Sis_Shrieks asked: Whose fault is it that Rung is the only Lost Light therapist? Because 1 therapist to 200 potential clients is an ethics nightmare
James Roberts replied: It's the war's fault. Therapists are easy to kill.
Sis_Shrieks asked, as a follow up: Gosh well in that case I've got to wonder how many Cybertronian therapists are alive /in total/ at this point. Got an estimate?
James Roberts replied: Single figures, I reckon.

jobot935 asked: Will we ever see what happens if Rewind is exposed to UV light?
James Roberts replied: Oh, I don't know...

Sis_Shrieks asked: What makes Rung a "psychiatrist" as opposed to a "psychologist" or "therapist"? Do robots even have psych meds?
James Roberts replied: On Cybertron, the term's a bit broader. But during wartime, he worked principally in the field of mental illness.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter


citygrl903 asked: Will we ever find out what happened to Roller?
James Roberts replied: Some mysteries will never be solved...

JazzBandChouwa asked: Would Minibots like Swerve, Tailgate, Nickel etc have what would be a Transformers equivalent to dwarfism? Just so we're clear ya'know
James Roberts replied: No. No equivalent in Cybertron society (until someone contradicts me).

Sis_Shrieks asked: What kind of alts did Senators have, to put them at the top of the functionist hierarchy?
James Roberts replied: I'm saving this for later. Not surprising you asked, though.

BritneyJean24 asked: What is Rung's favourite book from earth literature?
James Roberts replied: The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

CrimsonCyclo asked: If Rodimus ever gets to realize his untold, lifelong dream of forming a rock band, what will his debut album be titled?
James Roberts replied: Flame On

CrimsonCyclo asked: Is there, or have you ever, formed a concept for a 3rd or more types of "Endura" on top of Conjunxes and Amicas?
James Roberts replied: No. Not yet.

Tragicbirdwiz asked: How does Ratchet feel about Rodimus? I know there's anger there because of Drift but is there also (perhaps grudging) fondness as well?
James Roberts replied: Spot on. Think of it as an uncle/nephew relationship.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter
Probably low on the Functionist Hierarchy.


MoyaoftheMist asked: Evidence suggests that flyers were lower on the functionist hierarchy than four-wheelers. is that accurate?
James Roberts replied: Depends on what type of flyer.

weasleygeek asked: Any more Scavengers backstory outlined (during the war, how they wound up on WAP)? Might we hear some in future issues?
James Roberts replied: Very, very likely.

CrimsonCyclo asked: Personally, James, which MTMTE issue was more difficult/interesting to write for: #16 or #47?
James Roberts replied: Rewind's message in #16 was a *nightmare* to write.

Xiki_Muffin asked: Will we learn more about protoforms and how they develop?!!
James Roberts replied: After the Xmas Special? Most likely. I like to drip-feed this stuff, and to do so organically.

weasleygeek asked: Has Perceptor ever used one of Brainstorm's weapons and would he consider it if not?
James Roberts replied: 'Persniper' has, and Preceptor does in secret.

rozzingit asked: Will we see further expansion on Getaway and Atomizer's arrest? It seems like it was wrapped surprisingly quickly.
James Roberts replied: Remember I said issues 47 - 49 were something of a trilogy...

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter


rozzingit asked: Does Optimus have more or fewer murder flowers than Megatron?
James Roberts replied: Fewer. But Optimus has a big, big field...

T_F_Allens asked: (Editor's note: this question was from a now deleted tweet, so I'm not sure of the exact context. Personal speculation is that it's about the reveal of Agent 113's identity, but this could be incorrect. Answer from Mr. Roberts provided anyhow.)
James Roberts replied: Sorry to hear it let some people down. The reveal was means to get to 'Necroworld'. Maybe we'll see him in flashbacks.

_britishnerd_ asked: Are there any characters who you never expected to be as popular as they are now?
James Roberts replied: God, practically *all* pf them! Especially Rung, Tailgate and Pharma

Surelockholmes asked: So where have the Annuals been? We got one for 2012 and that's it. Can't really call it an Annual if there's only one
James Roberts replied: Good question. Don't know the answer. But there have been more Spotlights, DC x-over and Xmas Special...

T_F_Allen asked: Which MTMTE-original character (who doesn't yet have a toy) do you most want to see get an official HasTak figure?
James Roberts replied: (1) Rung, (2) Nautica, (3) Tarn, (4) Pharma, (5) Nickel

rozzingit asked: Have you ever had storylines, pairings, anything like that that got vetoed by the higher-ups?
James Roberts replied: No, actually - not actual, full-blown storylines.

Cronosiem asked: Shouldn't Cyclonus be using straws when he drinks? How come he doesn't spill his drinks with those holes in his face?
James Roberts replied: Micro-gravity pockets. Socket pockets.

Colossoraptor asked: How much do the Knights of Cybertron know about the war?
James Roberts replied: That'd be telling. That'd also be confirming whether or not they exist.

Colossoraptor asked: If the Knights of Cybertron agree to put Megatron on trial, what's to stop them from doing the same with Optimus?
James Roberts replied: What indeed?

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter
Image from TF Wiki


emcrpyrean asked: Even TFWiki has to guess who Lobe is, but I assumed he's this imposing piece of work. Who is he really?
James Roberts replied: Guy on the left. 'Person' in middle is just equipment. :-)

jobot935 asked: Between #28 and Elegant Chaos, are there any deleted scenes you can tell us about?
James Roberts replied: #34 was originally 2 issues: one in present day, one not. EC had BIG deleted scene: shootout @ Rung's house.

jobot935 asked: What can we expect from MTMTE in 2016?
James Roberts replied: In Dying of the Light (Feb to Jul), the most feels- *and* action-heavy six issues EVER. Then Season 3 = change.

passivelyfabail asked: Approximately how many pieces of contraband Tailgate merchandise have been confiscated so far?
James Roberts replied: IRL or on Lost Light?

Blast_Off_G1 asked: Are we going to find out more about Whirl's past/pre-empurata days?
James Roberts replied: Mmmmaybe.

asverit asked: When bots give their frames away to relinquish-clinics, what do they get?why do they do it?do they receive it back after a while?
James Roberts replied: They get use of another body, or payment (for them or others). And yes, they get them back.

asverit asked: How did it come that it was only CC bots who tended to be guilty of crimes? Was it because there are that much many more of them?
James Roberts replied: As Minimus Ambus said, "a coincidence." But greater number of CC helped.

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zerokaiser85 asked: A lot of folks have been DYING to see Punch/Counterpunch in IDW, is he on your radar for anything in the future?
James Roberts replied: Honestly? No. TBH, if he appeared he would inevitably disappoint after so many years of anticipation/mythologising.

NarysZhala asked: Will we see more events that involve the New Institute in Season 3? Involving all the Lost Light who has a past with this org
James Roberts replied: No plans at present, but you never know

jobot935 asked: Where did the CC bots end up getting deported to, in the Functionist AU??
James Roberts replied: Hmm, yes, "deported"...

chrismcfeely asked/stated (regarding the earlier question about Lobe): Ta v. much! The designs don't really match at all, that's why I had to ask, but you've settled a small debate. :)
James Roberts replied: Yep; Lobe on left. Let's call the other one... Full-Frontal. Actually, no. Let's not.

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Fun fact: Full Frontal is the name of a character in Gundam. Really.


Blast_Off_G1 asked: Will we be seeing more Scavengers? Will they finally meet the Lost Light crew?
James Roberts replied: Yes we'll see them again. Will they meet the LL crew? Heh. Imagine that.

AlexisVengeance asked: So how does it feel when you kill off a character?? Do you feel guilt, pride, or nothing? Also have a nice day. :)
James Roberts replied: How I feel depends on how their death improves the issue/storyline. Sometimes I feel sad. Proof: :-(

T_F_Allen asked: Since Nautica's no longer the token-fembot, is there a chance she might get romantically involved?
James Roberts replied: There's a chance *any* of the crew might; but I still think we have too few female TFs on board.

sxizzor asked: Are we gonna see any amica couples in MTMTE?
James Roberts replied: There may already be some...

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Driver_270 asked: Which G1 toy #MTMTE characters did you own in the past?
James Roberts replied: Rodimus, Magnus, Megs, Ravage, Ratchet, TG, Cyclonus, Swerve, Domey, Red. Whirl, NB, Skids and Brainstorm eventually.

skidblast asked: Did Ambulon get his name when he was an Autobot or about to join them?
James Roberts replied: No, it was Decepticon-given.

su_su_ru asked: Will we see Ambulon in future?
James Roberts replied: Flashbacks are a wonderful thing.

mimstachio asked: What inspired you to make the cute mustache princes... and are there more mustache princes hiding across the galaxy?
James Roberts replied: Can't remember what made think mustache. Tho I had been writing Spotlight Orion Pax feat. Alpha Trion...

mikunissinen asked: Strafe had belonged security team since LL departured? Or because of Kimia friends killed by Cyclonus, he joined it before 47?
James Roberts replied: Been there since the start, I think. Good spot re link to Kimia/Cyclonus, though.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter


HakethKOTB asked: How do you think Sixshot is handling the peace? We haven't seen him on Cybertron yet & he's still active I bleive
James Roberts replied: He's still out there, yeah. I think the Phase Sixers are a solitary bunch. He's probably handling it just fine.

gay car asked: Is Starscream on the DJD's "hit list"?
James Roberts replied: You're on the list if you represent a threat to the Decepticon cause, so...

sunslammerdown asked: Are we ever going to find out more about the "Lost Light 2"? Especially the command dynamic with respect to Drift and Ultra Magnus.
James Roberts replied: It's tricky to find a way without flashbacks... and then we need a reason to do that.

herakuwa asked: Please tell me about other Hydrobots than Riptide.
James Roberts replied: I can tell you that one's called Aquabat (criminally under appreciated name imho) and - exclusive - one's called Crest.

Draikinator asked: Will we ever see Whirl's quarantine babies again??? james pls
James Roberts replied: When I wrote the story I thought not, but since everyone's gone 'awww' I dunno...

Bluestreakcc asked: How did you come up with the idea of Bluestreak's appearance in MTMTE? Is he gonna do something worth an attention?
James Roberts replied: Honestly? BS was a favourite of mine. I missed him for Season 1. I want to make more use of him.

Kijikun2 asked: Can you clarify - would Tailgate have been considered an 'adult' by Cybertronian standards when he fell?
James Roberts replied: Yes. He is naive, trusting, loyal and dependent - you could say these are childlike qualities. But he is not a child.

SmallRodimus asked: Who are the youngest bots on the Lost Light?
James Roberts replied: In a sense, Ten.

SmallRodimus asked: When will Rodimus punch Megatron in the face?
James Roberts replied: Well he *thinks* about it all the time...

TotallyTeebs asked: Who were Trailbreaker's main drinking buddies when he'd spend time at Swerve's?
James Roberts replied: Jackpot, Mainframe, Nautica, Riptide, Skids and the Monsterbots.

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Bluestreakcc asked: One more question if it's allowed, I thought Bluestreak still hated Decepticons seeing him obsessively trying to check the patient's badge. But then after a while he seemed to get along quite well with Decepticons, even feeding Ravage.
James Roberts replied: In #34 BS was just curious at first. He wasn't prepared to *sacrifice* anything for a Con, but he'll be civil.

asayosi asked: How about Sixshot, now? I worry about him.
Do you have any plan to advert to Sixshot on some topics related with Phase Sixers?
James Roberts replied: I'm sure he'll be back in the end.

snarkcase asked: I like to theorize about Red Alert's super hearing affecting his daily life. Does it? Can he tune down his audios while resting?
James Roberts replied: As a Transformer, yes, he can; but he often worries about not hearing something important, so listens all the time.

snarkcase asked: G1 Red Alert has superior visual & olfactory senses - does MTMTE Red have them? Isn't such an inflow of information overwhelming?
James Roberts replied: I guess he does, yes. He can recalibrate them to prevent overstimulation, but (see last answer) often chooses not to.

kidcrimefighter asked: Will the Lost Lighters ever remark on how often they seem to run into the number 113 in places of significance
James Roberts replied: I'm trying to work out whether that would explode the fourth wall once and for all.

RobuttLove asked: Jumped on this late! But... If you may, will you be writing anything with Prowl in the foreseeable future?
James Roberts replied: I'd love to, but I don't know...

papercuteyes asked: I know I'm late but Mr. Roberts will Prowl and Chromedome ever talk about the information Chromedome was able to extract from Overlord?
James Roberts replied: Good question! What renders the info less than useful is the lack of ununtrium. So no more Phase Sixers.

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Parasidian asked: Is the white & purple police officer in issue 37 Springarm and Wheelarch's spark brother Valve?
James Roberts replied: Without going back to check the script... yes, I think.

TheLastGherkin asked: (Late to the party.) Does Kaon have black eyes or no eyes?
James Roberts replied: No eyes as we understand them.

tina_jabbour asked: Will we get another MTMTE/RiD crossover like Dark Cybertron?
James Roberts replied: No plans, but who knows?

tailgatingMini asked in Part 1: Was Tailgate counted in the numbers on Rodimus's hand? Tailgate mentioned he missed the voting. Was he the only one?
James Roberts replied: Other inoperative TFs would also have been excluded.
tailgatingMini asked here, as a follow-up: waaaaiiittt so how then Nightbeat was able to solve the mistery? wasn't he told the exact number of people on board?
James Roberts replied: Rodimus told him the number of people who voted.

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Andrew67436285 asked: I have a question, who is the Tarn? Under the mask of the people who in the end is who? Can you tell me?
James Roberts replied: Can't tell you who's under there. Sorry!

WOTFANAR asked: Not sure if I'm too late to ask - will we discover Rung's transformation in 2016?
James Roberts replied: You've seen his alt mode. You mean what does he *do*? You might never find out at all!

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Even More Fan Questions on Twitter
Added by me, here, for absolutely no reason at all.


teenagegengar asked: How come Nightbeat knows what amica endurae are? In the RiD/Transformers comics its shown to be a Camien thing.
James Roberts replied: Nightbeat was translating because he knew he was speaking to a Camien.

Draikinator asked: Here's an odd question- since Quark is in MTMTE, will we ever see Rev-Tone cameo? I know how personal he is for you!
James Roberts replied: You know that? He was in #48. He's named in the script as the 'bot who gets a new mouth...

Xiki_Muffin asked in Part 1: Are there such things as polyamorous Conjux Endurae?
James Roberts replied: Nope!
rozzingit asked a follow up to the previous question: Curious as to the rationale. Is it social? Poly relationships frowned upon?
snarkcase then asked, as an expansion to rozzingit's question: Or is it because polyamory is so outrageous for our society that most readers would't approve?
James Roberts replied: It's not frowned upon, just v rare! To paraphrase BS in #16: "Most people never find their CE"

c0gwheels asked: Has it ever been established why characters like Ravage & Laserbeak etc don't have "traditional" robot modes ?
James Roberts replied: Not to my knowledge, no. It's something I've been thinking about for a while.



That concluded the Q&A, for good! Or at least my "Ctrl+V" and "Ctrl+C" fingers hope so. Once again, a big thanks to Mr. Roberts for answering these questions. Remember that you can follow James' Twitter for events like this as they happen. While you're there, don't forget to follow Seibertron.com as well to get all the latest news right there on your timeline.

As always, keep it here at Seibertron.com for all the latest coverage of Transformers comics from IDW Publishing, and look forward to More Than Meets The Eye #49 later this month.

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review
Date: Thursday, December 31st 2015 7:14am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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WRECK THE HALLS
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
FROSTY RECEPTION! THE WRECKERS journey to Nome, Alaska to track down the number one suspect in PROWL’s disappearance—their former human ally, VERITY CARLO!

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Who doesn't seem at her best, really...


Story

The holiday period has brought the second chapter in this new, updated Wreckers story, which deals with the old, outdated motives and reasoning of the Wreckers - and all the terrible terrible things they did at some point. Oh, and somehow Prowl - of course - is involved too. How does the story hold up?

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On subtle threads


The Noisemaze and Prowl's mind are explored a little further, as Nick Roche digs into the four-letter-P-word's ego and dreams (no electric sheep, unless they're in perfect, precise order), but despite the creepiness of off-panel Tarantulas Mesothulas, we're not looking at the core of the issue just yet. Though we also are, in another way. It's complicated, okay?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review
See? Complex dialogue


From the preview shown, there is nothing I want to say here that might spoil the enjoyment of the various reveals along the way, as the Chimeracons are a bit of a treat and a half, drawing from a range of sources close to Roche's enjoyment as a consumer of Transformers fiction - and it really shows in the rationale behind their presence here, too.

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Not shown here


I am not entirely convinced at how some of the established characters are being used by Roche, especially in the case of Arcee - who while still has all the possible valid reasons to be suspicious of practically everyone involved in the book, still manages to have a ..peculiar exchange with Springer much later in the book. I may just be reading it the wrong way, however, so don't hold me to that.


Art

Roche is definitely having fun, balancing his writing with the attention he pays to his art. Again, there are many many spoilers that would come out of spending too much time on what he does with the design of a number of characters across the issue, but the action is nicely fluid, dynamic and hopping off the page with organic vitality.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review
Can you bear the suspense?


Josh Burcham, additionally, plays with the sudden shifts of setting, both interior and internal, past and present, through flashbacks, PTSD-esque scenes and panels focused on Springer and Kup, and some seriously vibrant and slightly disturbing colours in eye-shades, Energon spillages, and.. yeah. Alaska and the team's past are very different palettes. Very.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review
Oh dear


In Tom B. Long's lettering work, we find the new cast of characters find their own voices, as shown in Mesothulas's scenes, the heightened scenes with some of the characters, and a smattering of SHEEEEAAAGGGHs across the book, too. On the cover front, we have a similar selection to issue 1, Roche and Burcham bring Stakeout close to the action, guest Stephen Mooney with Burcham show the still misfitting Arcee, and Andrew Griffith also teams up with Burcham for another LSTOW-centric variant (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As you've seen until now, there is a lot in this issue which I really do not want to talk about too openly in a review, giving a chance to readers to appreciate in their own time and on their own reading - but, that said, if you're a fan of Beast Wars in any of its incarnations, and even some Armada, why not, you may just want to pick this up for the smug smirk factor.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Review
I have to show this again


The story is proceeding with enough mystery and dangling threads that it feels it could very much head *anywhere* from here. It also is a fairly dense read, with some seriously serious moments underpinned by dark, bleak humour, especially in the over-bulked shape of Guzzle, and confirms some of what Roche was saying in terms of LSTOW being a super-edit - there is a lot going on here, take your time, it's very much worth it.

. :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: ½ out of :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS: :WRECKERS:

Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter
Date: Wednesday, December 30th 2015 4:15pm CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): James Roberts, Twitter

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Need to get your More Than Meets The Eye fix this week, but not sure how with no new issue of the series out? Fear not, as the author of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and consummate gentleman James Roberts took to his Twitter account yesterday evening to answer fan questions marked with the hashtag #MTMTE15. Twitter can be difficult to follow along with, so now that this fun Q&A has wrapped up, we've transcribed the questions and answers here for your reading enjoyment.

What will become of some of your favorite characters? Is James hoarding boat-formers? How will some of the high-level concepts in the book be continued? Who was blocked due to silly questions, and what does Dustin Hoffman have to do with anything? At least one of these is answered below, plus a very small update on the status of Transformers Classics UK Volume 6.

Editor's note: Many questions and answers have been edited in an extremely minor fashion for clarity, and to correct spelling mistakes. The hashtag was also removed from the text of Tweets to assist with reading. Images added are for ease of reading and were not generally included in the original questions or answers.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


On to the questions!

HobbyDrifter asked: Where’s Dominus Ambus?
James Roberts replied: Maybe dead, maybe alive. Disappeared? MIA? Even the Necrobot doesn't know.

ddTiel asked: So, Ravage: Megatron or Soundwave??
James Roberts replied: I think Ravage would pick Megatron but feel guilty as hell.

NarysZhala asked: Will we see more of the events that had been caused by the New Institute affecting the characters next season?
James Roberts replied: Very possibly. Very, very possibly.

ayellowbirds asked: major characters in More Than Meets The Eye got theme songs—do you have any in mind for more minor characters?
James Roberts replied: I actually find it very hard to think of theme songs, hence so few so far. I need to do the major characters first.

ayellowbirds asked: in flashbacks it seems like Cons were mostly labor, Bots elite/police. Who are the exceptions?
James Roberts replied: I've given you a misleading impression!

MoyaoftheMist asked: who is the most fun character for you to write/draw?
James Roberts replied: To write, currently, Megatron. Also: Rodimus, Nautica, Rung, Swerve. Oh, and Whirl. Maybe Whirl overall.

ayellowbirds asked: is there any character you REGRET including in More Than Meets The Eye ?
James Roberts replied: Season 1 or 2 or the whole series? Editor's Note: No follow-up could be located for this Question.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


MoyaoftheMist asked: what details can you give us about the ambus test?
James Roberts replied: It's one of those things best revealed through the pages of the comic as we move forward.

MoyaoftheMist asked: is what we saw in issue 47 the full conjunx ritus or just the proposal?
James Roberts replied: Good question. You saw every step of the proposal. Had TG performed Act 4, the ritual would have been over. But there would have been a recitation or oath at the very end.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Speed_Freak01 asked: Looks like Hound's been making a few background appearances lately- do you have any plans for him?
James Roberts replied: Why yes I do.

clotho7777 asked: Could the cons notice any syntax pattern difference between Megs' speech (OP had him made) during the trial and his own words?
James Roberts replied: Lovely question! I think they both have quite formal patterns of speech, so no, I don't think anyone noticed.

jobot935 asked: Did you ever expect More That Meets The Eye to become as popular as it is, even with ppl outside the TF fandom?
James Roberts replied: Mainly no, a little bit yes. Had no idea if ppl would like comic but *I* thought comic was great. Like all TF creators, I wanted my work to be liked by TF fans + non-TF fans alike. I'm chuffed it's getting more attn outside fandom, but too many avoid it because of preconceived ideas. Fan proselytizing DEFINITELY helps.

MoyaoftheMist asked: was tailgate aware of the acts in the conjunx ritus before getaway described them to him?
James Roberts replied: No. Or he was sketchy, at best.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


cytokiine asked: Could you give an estimate (issues or months/years) on when First Aid will return to MTMTE?
James Roberts replied: Sorry, I can't! Keep reading! But know this: I want him back.

irlnautica asked: Is Rodimus's ability to set himself on fire through force of will from Maximum Dinobots ever going to come up again?
James Roberts replied: If I can find the *perfect* moment, yes. Because it so fits.

ddTiel asked: Is gender randomly selected for holo-avatars or are there particular in-universe characteristics that influence it?
James Roberts replied: Super-good, super-hard question No 1. I'm flagging it to return to later. May take more than one tweet.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


irlnautica asked: Why are you hoarding the Autobots who turn into boats? Riptide, Nautica, Broadside, and you've implied Seaspray...
James Roberts replied: It's easier to think of names for TFs who turn into boats. And admit it: Nautica is the best name ever, isn't it?

MoyaoftheMist asked: what's your favorite bit of inconsequential tf trivia for mtmte?
James Roberts replied: Probably that Fulcrum was assigned to a planet named after the actor who played the cowardly lion in Wizard of Oz.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


PTranz asked: Have you or anyone from the IDW team dared to pitch ideas or concepts for DJD/Rung/Nautica figures to Hasbro?
James Roberts replied: No - we leave it all to Hasbro! If we come up with characters/concepts that appeal, I figure they'll be used in the end.

Shadowviper00 asked: Has your writing process changed over the 48+ issues? If yes, how so? And is it for the better?
James Roberts replied: The process is essentially the same. Maybe I do more redrafts than I did. Losing 2 pages hurt.

ayellowbirds asked: you've introduced a lot of new characters in #MTMTE2015 — which would you most like to see as toys, or in the cartoons/movies?
James Roberts replied: Nautica, Rung, Nickel and Pharma - I'd LOVE to see them exist in any form outside the comic.

ddTiel asked: If there ever was a chance MTMTE was made into a cartoon/movie, would you want to write it?
James Roberts replied: Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

ayellowbirds asked: can a bot have more than one Conjunx Endura simultaneously—open, equal relationships of three or more?
James Roberts replied: No. Remember too that having *one* CE in your lifetime is very rare.

lydia19910826 asked: Do the Cybertronians define their gender according to their looking or according to their own decision?
James Roberts replied: I don't think it's the way they look, but 'their own decision' is tricky too: societal norms/biases come into play

Herakuwa asked: What kind of place was Prion where Nickel was born? What kind of transformers were there?
James Roberts replied: This is a "keep reading" question. But for now, assume it's a "normal" peace loving colony.

tina_jabbour asked: is pharma going TO BE BACK pls it's all i want in life
James Roberts replied: Pharma was taken. By whom? Why? And where to? We can't answer these Qs without seeing him one way or another.

ayellowbirds asked: when you write More Than Meets The Eye what kind of accents do you imagine for the main cast?
James Roberts replied: My own, mainly. I’m deficient in this area.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


koochie_minks asked: Will we get some more background info on Tarn at some point? Curious about him.
James Roberts replied: Yes. Soon.

Speed_Freak01 asked: will cyclonus' sweet rocket-punch make any appearances in future mtmtes?
James Roberts replied: Probably… not.

ayellowbirds asked: any trans or nonbinary characters in mind for MTMTE ? Bots with gender at odds w/ how they were forged/constructed?
James Roberts replied: Would love to explore this but want to do it right/do it justice. Watch this space. I have half-formed ideas.

85Lozalot asked: you mentioned before that you hear British voices for the TF's. Any have particular accents for you?
James Roberts replied: Just my own poorly-enunciated, hard-to-place, middle class accent.

SilaCinnamon: Drift seems to have a lot of money, will there be an explanation for that?
James Roberts replied: I have an explanation in mind. If it doesn't surface through the story I'll share eventually. Clue: it's not nice.

PTranz asked: Skids' holomatter avatar has been the 11th and 9th Doctor. Will we get a different incarnation each time he uses it?
James Roberts replied: You can blame/applaud Guido and Alex for that! But the pattern is set. Maybe next time he'll be the best Doctor, i.e. Ten

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


toasterbabe asked: The Protectobots. We know the original 5 are coming back to the Lost Light - but any screen/speaking time for Rook (the new guy)?
James Roberts replied: Oooh, how do you know they're coming back to the Lost Light...?

PTranz asked: Will we get to see a return of Nautica and Velocity's Camien friends from issues 41 and 42?
James Roberts replied: I hope so, yes.

toasterbabe asked: Terminus and his relationship to Megatron. Husband, brother, dad - pick one.
James Roberts replied: Mentor/Protégé. Master/Apprentice.

d00mface asked: will we ever see the Warriors Elite as a group together in flashback form ever again?
James Roberts replied: I do love my flashbacks, so... possibly.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


PTranz asked: Nickel is the first female Decepticon seen in the IDW universe. Any plans for others to follow after her amongst the 'Cons?
James Roberts replied: Short answer: yes. Ideally, we'd have a balance of all genders - however many there are.

a_omochi asked: Deathsaurus is nemesis Star Saber from Transformers Victory--do the two of them know each other in IDW?
James Roberts replied: They are known to each other, yes.

toasterbabe asked: Willing (ie: unlike Arcee so far) trans characters (girls, guys, nb)... Any plans? In the next year, maybe?
James Roberts replied: See earlier answer.

MaverickPrimeGB asked: will First Aid(or others that became part of combiners) return to the Lost Light?
James Roberts replied: Not telling you! But I do like First Aid…

MaverickPrimeGB asked: and, will you eventually use Beast Wars characters on MTMTE? #MTMTE2015 (If so, please use Claw Jaw! :D)
James Roberts replied: Not sure. I like BW, but we already have a big cast. A BW character would need to justify their presence.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


PTranz asked: Will Ten ever come to be friends with Swerve after their animosity and Swerve's exclusion in Ten's art?
James Roberts replied: See upcoming issues!

yakuzenlunch asked: Outliers' news besides Skids?
James Roberts replied: Do you mean tell you more about Outliers? Or name some more? Editor's Note: No follow-up could be located for this Question.

mikunissinen asked: Jackpot and Mainframe seem to be so close. So, are they CE? Or just good friends?
James Roberts replied: Just good friends. Sorry, JackFramer/MainPot shippers, if you exist. Maybe we'll see something blossom.

yakuzenlunch asked: Will the prewar episode have the plan to write in future (such as Elegant Chaos)?
James Roberts replied: I thought Elegant Chaos would be my last foray into the past. But I miss it. We might go back in Season 3.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


ddTiel asked: I feel weird asking this but will Megatron and Starscream cross paths again in a more amiable way? No more hatred?
James Roberts replied: I would like Megs and Screamer to meet now Megs has 'mellowed' beyond even his trial. But maybe a different fate awaits..

d00mface asked: What were the Warriors Elite's relationships w/ each other? I could see Black Shadow and Overlord as foils for example.
James Roberts replied: Truthfully, I've not thought about it - beyond thinking that it's a contrived/forced alliance. Good fanfic material?

yakuzenlunch asked: If I am one-on-one and serious, and Overlord such as Phase Sixers fights against Point One Percenter such as Megatron, where wins?
James Roberts replied: A straight one-on-one? Overlord. Megs is (was) tough, but Phase Sixers outclass everyone.

herakuwa asked: What happened to them at this time? Did they go to another dimension? Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter
James Roberts replied: They did go to a different dimension, yes. More than that I cannot say.

Serika_Izumi asked: Will you go at TF Nation 2016?
James Roberts replied: Who can say?

mikunissinen asked: Sureshot and Pointblank appeared in mtmte41, but Crosshairs didn't. I wonder if Crosshairs have been still in Lost Light now.
James Roberts replied: Yes, Crosshairs is on board. I *think* he's in the #50 back-up strip.

Tea_Mistress asked: What's the average time for a forged protoform to fully form? And afterwards, how long before mental maturity is reached. Thanks
James Roberts replied: Depends on where they were harvested + how skilfully; weeks, minimum. Mental maturity I need to think about. Sorry!

clotho7777 asked: By about how much had Shanix depreciated during the war? (Is the 0.5b Black Shadow got from the Autobots really a lot of money?)
James Roberts replied: Its value fluctuated; and no one traded with TFs at certain points in the war. But 1 billion shanix = £1 billion-ish.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


munatron asked: What I've wanted to ask for a long time, how important Impactor was to Megatron? Did they meet on Luna2 or Nova Point?
James Roberts replied: They met while working near Nova Point. They were best friends.

mikunissinen asked: When did Flywheels become a Neoprimalist? Before or while he was in Grindcore, or after he left there?
James Roberts replied: He's always been a Neoprimalist, but he pretended to renounce it during Megatron's most anti-religious phases.

crad0k asked: What happened to the Matrix half on the alternate Lost Light?
James Roberts replied: A good question. I know the answer.

munatron asked: did the war decrease formal Amica and Conjunx relationships and lead into casual/non-formalized but important relations?
James Roberts replied: Good question. Generally, yes; but - as in RL - threat of death often encouraged CE relationships.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


munatron asked: Does the Breastforce and Deathsaurus have their Breastar/Breast animal gimmick in the comics?
James Roberts replied: I think yes, but I don't know whether you'll see it in action.

jobot935 asked: Rewind's allergic to UV light. Would this make him allergic to Earth's sun?
James Roberts replied: Chromedome may have been oversimplifying.

jobot935 asked: would you ever write another TF Novel like Eugenesis ever again?
James Roberts replied: Oh, for sure.

Darki_sp asked: Have you ever thought about having Starscream on the LL or in any of your issues? I mean, as a regular character? :)
James Roberts replied: No, TBH. I like Starscream, but I think John and Mairghread write him so well I'm happy for him to stay where he is.
Darki_sp asked as a follow-up: It'd be awesome to know your view on Screamer, how you'd use him in your plot and the relationships he might form.
James Roberts replied: He's such a fascinating character. I had HUGE fun writing his speech at Megatron's trial.

jobot935 asked: which 3 Lost Lighters are "morning people" and which 3 are more "night owls"?
James Roberts replied: Whirl, Cyclonus and Nautica are night owls. Rung, Skids and Magnus are morning people.

BlackMetalLuna asked: WHY DOES SWERVE ONLY HAVE FOUR FINGERS?!
James Roberts replied: Why do some TFs have face plates, and some visors? For Swerve, four is sufficient.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


ayellowbirds asked: did any Camiens other than Velocity join the Lost Light from the Vis Vitalis when Thunderclash came aboard?
James Roberts replied: No, because I wouldn't have been able to pay them enough attention.

Blast_Off_G1 asked: I've got a question of the utmost urgency, intrigue, and importance- HOW DOES WHIRL DRINK?? XD
James Roberts replied: Heartily and often.

LetsPlayLesbian asked: Have you ever secretly written MTMTE fanfiction and posted it online under a pen name?
James Roberts replied: Ha! No, no.

colossoraptor asked: How old is a protoform when they get their first blaster?
James Roberts replied: During wartime? The moment the Postnatals detect a flexible trigger finger.

citygrl903 asked: Mnemosurgery has a bad effect on Chromedome's health, has it done the same to Trepan or any other mnemosurgon?
James Roberts replied: Have you been peeking at issue #49?

Zerokaiser85 asked: Are we going to see more of what the hell was going on in that Worldsweeper (issue #7) or even find out who was experimenting?
James Roberts replied: Yes x 2.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Transfan2 asked: What is your favorite part of writing Captain Megatron in MTMTE? #MTMTE2015(that is my nickname for him because I am a MegsFan)
James Roberts replied: His inner turmoil. His inability to truly describe how he feels. And his relationship with Rodimus.

CrimsonCyclo asked: Excluding ALL members of the Lost Light (current or not), is there a favorite/desired IDW character you'd wish to be on board?
James Roberts replied: I do love Wheeljack.

TFU_INFO asked: is Napalm Death the soundtrack to every scene at Grindcore?
James Roberts replied: Napalm Death and Slayer.

citygrl903 asked: Who writes the Lost Light insider?
James Roberts replied: Not even I know that.

weasleygeek asked: any details on CD and Rewind's conjunx ritus?
James Roberts replied: Were you looking over my shoulder as I was writing in the coffee shop this morning...?

salticidae_ asked: are new protoforms in proportion to their "adult" size or do they do a lot of growing? how quickly do they mature?
James Roberts replied: It depends on how much sentio metallico there is to harvest. Maturity? See earlier answer.

Sxizzor asked: in the first issue, why didn't rewind ride along on CD or ratchet's alt modes if they were in a hurry?
James Roberts replied: Because he's bloody heavy! :-)

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter
Rod Pod art by Josh Burcham


AdamRRoberts asked: Does the Rod Pod have escape crafts that've been modified to look like fish? Are they called Rod Pod Cod Mod Pods?
James Roberts replied: Blocked, mate.

TheWindySwede asked: So, what are the odds for some sort of animated product based on MTMTE?
James Roberts replied: You tell me! If the love spreads and the demand grows... who knows? Netflix 22 ep series?

Thistle_burr asked: Does the LL operate with a 24/7 watch system? Or do they have a "night" where most of the crew are off duty?
James Roberts replied: The crew recharge whenever the mood/need takes them. Which kind of contradicts my night owl/early bird answer.

Andrewdturnbull asked: Any chance of a one off issue looking at some of the other crew members outside of the core cast like Lower Decks ep from TNG
James Roberts replied: It's crossed my mind. I worry I couldn't do 5+ b/ground characters justice in 20 pages.

CrimsonCyclo asked: If Megatron is Morrissey, then which crew member is Noel Gallagher?
James Roberts replied: Swerve.

CrimsonCyclo asked: Personally, James, which MTMTE issue was more difficult/interesting to write for: #16 or #47?
James Roberts replied: I'm as proud of #47 as I am anything I've written. But #16 comes very close.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


CrimsonCyclo asked: You mentioned before that [MTMTE #34 Spoilers] Trailbreaker's death will serve a purpose later on. Is his brain... well, "key"?
James Roberts replied: His death led to the DJD finding out about Megs, and reminded everyone that the DJD are evil arseholes.

Clich_A asked: TRYING AGAIn, okay so I've waited yonks to know, Ambulon's original name??
James Roberts replied: Exclusive: Ambulon is the only name he's ever had.

clotho7777 asked: Is it possible that a DJD member begins his/her career as, say, 'VOS' but gets promoted to 'Tarn' if the former Tarn dies?
James Roberts replied: I like this idea, but no, you get the name going spare following the death of the incumbent.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


RodimusPrime87 asked: Do you think death fakeouts nullify story/character developments? (Rewind, Red Alert, Cyclonus, Tailgate, Rodimus, Rung, Magnus)
James Roberts replied: I'd argue that Rewind's, Cyclonus's and TG's were not fake-outs. Rung and Red, yes. Red's I regret. Rewind died. Rewind 2 replaced him. Same but different. HOW he came back mattered. The grief was real. With Cyclonus, you were invited to speculate as to whether he was dead. Dogfight himself asks, "Is he dead?" Thing to remember is that TFs are robots, not humans. It's difficult to definitively convey death on the page. We've seen TFs get shredded and survive. As a writer you want cliffhangers + 'Sh1t, are they dead?' moments. I regret Red's "death" 'cos he was headless. Hitherto, brain or spark death = real death. I undermined that. :-(

Sxizzor asked: i hear you were excited to get ravage on the LL? what kind of plans do you have for them?
James Roberts replied: Well, you've been following his adventures - on and off - since #28. He's in #50 and beyond. Megs needs him.

Speed_Freak01 asked: Would it be at all possible for you to steal Cliffjumper from ex-RID? I feel like he'd be right at home on the Lost Light
James Roberts replied: We’re already pretty full up! :-)

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Sis_Shrieks asked: If I suggest that my faves die in mtmte, does that mean you'll have to keep them alive or risk being sued?
James Roberts replied: Let’s try it and find out.

Sis_Shrieks asked: Do you plan to make any more protagonists explicitly neurodivergent? (hint: Nautica and Rung are autistic)
James Roberts replied: It’s crossed my mind.

JediFlaherty asked: What did you get Alex Milne for Christmas?
James Roberts replied: The script to #50. He asked if I'd kept the receipt.

tailgatingMini asked: Was Tailgate counted in the numbers on Rodimus's hand? Tailgate mentioned he missed the voting. Was he the only one?
James Roberts replied: Other inoperative TFs would also have been excluded.

JediFlaherty asked: RE: Unpleasantness that led to @jroberts332 Twitterbreak: How close were/are you to quitting early?
James Roberts replied: Quitting MTMTE altogether? No. Quitting Twitter? I was 50/50. But it wasn't anyone in particular at fault

Purpliser asked: Would you feel comfortable writing a Trans*transformer? The Lost Light seems a place that they'd like to be.
James Roberts replied: "Comfortable" = interesting word. I worry about screwing up, TBH. I don't want to misrepresent anyone.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Serika_Izumi asked: Question about CD-RW. Who initiated the conjunx ritus in Their case? Chromedome or Rewind?
James Roberts replied: You’ll find out soon.

JediFlaherty asked: Market-permitting, is 100 still the plan? Any chance for 113?
James Roberts replied: If we get to 100, I think 100 is where we'll stop. Four years away!

Zhgingaah asked: And once this quest is complete one way or another, is there another TF story that @jroberts332 is itching to tell?
James Roberts replied: There is one, yeah.

tailgatingMini asked: Will we see Drift and Ratchet in 2016? Or Scavengers? Or, preferably, a mini-series/spotlight for any of them?
James Roberts replied: No plans for any Spotlights/minis. You'll probably see the Scavengers in late 2016.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Tea_Mistress asked: Was Rung alt-mode exempt? Or was he a psychiatrist before the Funcionists came to power. What was his role as an ornament?
James Roberts replied: He was a psychiatrist pre-Functionists. 'Ornament' was just something they put on his ID card.

tailgatingMini asked: Soooooo.... Megatron stays with MTMTE, with us and with You for another year at least? 8'D
James Roberts replied: No comment.

Purpliser asked: Back in t'day, Image did an event, http://imagecomics.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Images_of_Tomorrow, ever been tempted to do issue 113 this way?
James Roberts replied: I am now…

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


summer_breaze_ asked: Are there any plans at all for Ratchet and Drift? Will we ever see them again?
James Roberts replied: No plans at the moment. The cast is pretty big. One day…

c0gwheels asked: what was the creative reasoning for revealing the fate of Cyclonus off panel?
James Roberts replied: Do you mean Getaway? If so, let's just say I knew it would be unpopular but I had my reasons. And #49 is out soon!

summer_breaze_ asked: Do protoforms come from new sparks? Or do they need one to be given to them? How do they grow?
James Roberts replied: Yes, they come from new sparks. They grow thanks to Matrix magic :-)

Hazelnutpon asked: does tarn like Christmas music
James Roberts replied: He's never heard any. He'd probably like choral stuff (minus the religious element.)

Munatron asked: Do some CC bots experience altmode/frame dysphoria? Their deep-coding conflicts with what they have, doesn't it?
James Roberts replied: Yes. Might Ambulon have experienced something similar? CC certainly complicates everything.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter
Rod Pod art by Josh Burcham


AdamRRoberts asked again: Does the Rod Pod have escape crafts that've been modified to look like fish? Are they called Rod Pod Cod Mod Pods?
James Roberts replied: I thought I’d blocked you.

gonnagetcaged asked: I'm curious if any of the Monsterbots will have a speaking role, however minor, in #MTMTE2015? Ten & Grotusque are great as art buddies. :)
James Roberts replied: I'm sure they'll have something to say one day. I do want to build on the art buddies thing.

PTranz asked: Does Ravage still transform into one of Soundwave's cassettes? Will he eventually get along with Nautica?
James Roberts replied: I think so, yes; and he gets on quite well with Nautica after that shaky start.

Thelonicon asked: I love #MTMTE, but I also love reading your TFUK Classics essays. A progress update on Vol. 6 and beyond would be appreciated.
James Roberts replied: Expect Vol 6 before the summer

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


Drivaaar asked: Your scripts frequently feel more episodic sitcom than 'conventional' comic. Would you like to write TV, and if so, what show?
James Roberts replied: I would like to write for TV. Doctor Who, genre TV, sitcoms in the Community/AD/Peep Show vein. Please make it happen.

si_fi_soul asked: I'm curious about Whirl having the second youngest-looking holomatter avatar after Tailgate!
James Roberts replied: Of the ones you’ve seen so far…!

Rovang asked: Did Hasbro ever make a suggestion for MTMTE that in retrospect you feel was a significant improvement?
James Roberts replied: It's more that they've been supportive of the more experimental and 'progressive' stuff that we've done to date...

si_fi_soul asked: Drift, Getaway... does anybody else on board the Lost Light speak chirolinguistics, or is that a surprise?
James Roberts replied: Statistically, I'd say some other crewmembers speak hand, yeah. I think Hound would.

mtwundagore asked: who's the hottest lost light member and what is considered conventially attractive by transformer standards??
James Roberts replied: I can't answer your first question. Your second question is *kind of* explored in a future issue.

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ipgd asked: whens drift coming back & whos going to marry him when he does. also whens pharma coming back 2 kiss ratchet. Thank
James Roberts replied: drift is coming back to marry preceptor but ratchet does a dustin hoffman in the graduate during the ceremony

MoyaoftheMist asked: if you could add any character (cybertronian or human) to the lost light crew, who would you add?
James Roberts replied: Today, I think… Ironist. Editor's note: unknown if this implies Ironfist or if this was a typo/Freudian slip.

gonnagetcaged asked: Speaking of Monsterbots, what purpose did Terrorcons/Horrorcons/etc. serve during Functionalism? Were they outcasts or undesired?
James Roberts replied: Unless this is contradicted elsewhere, I'd say they were reformatted or Made To Order.

PTranz asked: How did Whirl become such a big fan of Jean-Luc Goddard? What other films are crew-favourites (other than the BTTF trilogy)?
James Roberts replied: The LL crew were exposed to human culture thx to Bluestreak. Rewind likes historicals + biopics. Rodimus likes John Woo.

MoyaoftheMist asked: this is across continuities, but what do you think would happen if miko met whirl?
James Roberts replied: Classic Marvel storytelling: they'd fight, then team up, then both learn something about themselves from the other

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PositronicWoman asked: did you script for Ambus, Roller, Tarn and Demus to have the same helmet "ears", or did Alex come up with that?
James Roberts replied: All Alex.

TorrentNavy asked: will the ritual for amica endurae be explained in further detail later on? If not, would you give details?
James Roberts replied: I'd rather show it through the comic

Rovang asked: How often do you use the wiki to refresh your memory of MTMTE details? :)
James Roberts replied: Very rarely for MTMTE; but definitely for general TF details

MonoPuma64 asked: Here is a just for fun question, how many tf fanfics have you read? Do you have any personal favorites?
James Roberts replied: I haven't read a TF fanfic for about 15 years. I was a fan of Transmasters UK material by Mark Stevenson et al

kt_jams asked: 39 shows Tarn is an atheist, how does he feel about Vos being a neo-primalist (per his near-death words in 34)?
James Roberts replied: Good question. It's not uncommon for atheists to find God when death is near...

MMortAH asked as a follow-up to the previous question: Piggybacking this... When did the clampdown on religion begin? Flywheels openly religious in #48
James Roberts replied: This sounds facetious, but... after Simanzi. And the anti-religious stuff waxed and waned.

Rovang asked: Have you intentionally retconned anything just because you thought it was a lot better that way? Other than estriol?
James Roberts replied: Great question! I try not to do this, but I did yesterday morning. It's subtle and I think I can get away with it :-)

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wavey_fur asked: If Pharma transforms into a jet, how did he become a medic in the functionalist era?
James Roberts replied: Sometimes, innate skills will "contradict" assigned function (see: Whirl) and special dispensation is granted.

xiki_Muffin asked: what can be said about cybertronian fashion? What is, cool,common, or high class? decorative fabrics?piercings?decals?paint jobs?
James Roberts repliedJR: The upper classes repaint/refashion (superficially) their bodies more often.

JediFlaherty asked: But most importantly, how are our numbers? ($)
James Roberts replied: Sales-wise? We're fine. We're good. Trades are doing *very* well.

xiki_Muffin asked: are there such things as polyamorous Conjux Endurae?
James Roberts replied: Nope!

xt_jams asked: Is Tarn familiar at all with chirolinguistics?
James Roberts replied: If he knew Megatron could do it, he’d learn.

WarlordFil asked: Will we be finding out more about Deathsaurus (his history, why he's so protective of his crew, the Warworld)?
James Roberts replied: Very likely.

Transformers News: Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Author James Roberts Answers Fan Questions on Twitter


InflatableDalek asked: Did you have a Plan B (or even A if it seemed likely) for season 2 if you’d been asked to join in on Combiner Wars?
James Roberts replied: No – the Season 2 adventures would simply have paused for the detour and then picked up where they left off.


That concluded the Q&A, for now! On behalf of the other More Than Meets The Eye fans and readers, a big thanks to Mr. Roberts for answering these questions. James has stated he may answer some more questions later, so be sure to keep an eye on his Twitter account and the Twitter hashtag #MTMTE15. Hopefully our labor of love in transcribing these helps you read through and digest the thoughtful answers provided. As always, keep it here at Seibertron.com for all the latest coverage of Transformers comics from IDW Publishing.

IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview
Date: Saturday, December 26th 2015 11:20am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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As Newsarama post their full preview, who are we not to follow suit? Check out below the full look at the first few pages of the second issue of Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers, by Nick Roche, Nick Roche and Josh Burcham. Make sure to drop by next week for our review, too!

Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 (of 5)
Nick Roche (w & a & c)
FROSTY RECEPTION! THE WRECKERS journey to Nome, Alaska to track down the number one suspect in PROWL’s disappearance—their former human ally, VERITY CARLO!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The sequel to one of the most acclaimed and influential TRANSFORMERS comics ever!
The AUTOBOT’S greatest secret, AEQUITAS, is in danger of being leaked; but who’s to gain?
Introducing: THE CHIMERACONS!
Variant cover by Andrew Griffith!


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Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers #2 Full Preview

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James Roberts (MTMTE) WINS Outstanding Writer Award 2015

Transformers News: James Roberts (MTMTE) WINS Outstanding Writer Award 2015
Date: Thursday, December 24th 2015 8:08am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComicsAlliance

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In addition to the announcement over on Comics Alliance about Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye winning their Excellence award, we also have its author - James 'Peerless Jim' Roberts - receiving the award for Outstanding Writer for 2015! Check out the blurb below, and pats on the back all round.

Winner: James Roberts

A great comic can come from anywhere, even a property built to sell toys, which has been through enough reboots to make DC Comics go “well, hold on now.” Nothing is better proof of this than Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, a comic canonized as a minor miracle by Pontifex Prime (what the Popemobile turns into) due largely to its writer, James Roberts.

Roberts humanizes the Transformers like never before, keeping every detail of their massive backstory alien without being alienating, spinning a story where a minor detail from three years back can snowball into a revelation today, and unafraid to be funny, sentimental or heartbreaking, with breathtaking skill at all of these. That this is his first professional work is stunning, and I hope it’s far from his last. [Charlotte Finn]

IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 3:01pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW, Va'al

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ROBO-HO-HO
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Synopsis
HOLIDAYS IN THE STARS! Three stories about three casts and three unique holiday adventures! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll never look at CYBERTRON—or the holidays—the same way again!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review
I just had to


Windblade
Story: Mairghread Scott
Channelling her best Dr Seuss, Scott manages to blend the mischievous, narcissistic, egotistic nature of Starscream with the seasonal tradition Grinch, and to wonderful effect. It doesn't stray from the characterisation we have seen in recent IDW runs, it taps into some of the plot points, too - and it's filled with wonderful cameos, executed by...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review


Art & Colours: Corin Howell, Thomas Teyowisonte Deer
...Howell, who returns for the one-off after her stint on Windblade, capturing the spirit of the tale and the cartoonishly exaggerated features of the cast involved, with the spin of the Grinch tale. We see the Tankors, Blurr and the new Maccadam crew, Waspinator - all the usual suspects we've come to appreciate on the streets of Cybertron, in the suitably coloured, and wonderfully so, by Thomas Deer. Even in the darkness of what I imagine is Cybertronian sort of winter, we get some great glows of warmth and tone.

More Than Meets the Eye
Story: James Roberts
In a slightly similar, but really quite different way, Roberts takes us aboard the Lost Light, where the festivities are masquerading as something entirely foreign, scientific (or magic, if you ask Rodimus), spacey-wacey, and utterly ridiculous, with the theme of mainstream Christmas traditions seeping in in an overt (to the reader) way...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review


Art & Colours: Kotteri, Joana Lafuente
...from carols, such as the one titling the story, to various iconography we associate with festive customs, from trees to crackers, to party hats, singing, and the general merryment. In order to so, the tale introduces fan-favourite fan-artist Kotteri (seen on previous variant covers) to interiors, and bringing some proper fan-fuel to the expressions and qualities to the crew of the ship - no one excluded. Lafuente's colours, a regular mainstay in the Transformers universe created by IDW, show the full versatility of her as an artist too, adapting and complementing the new style smoothly and pleasingly.

The Transformers
Story: John Barber
A criminally good in how bad it intentionally is, the noir-esque take that Barber brings to the holidays is a pleasure to immerse yourself into. Doing something that diverges from the previous two tales, the writing plays with a number of genre conventions, while clearly self-nominating for the meta-award of the year (yes, it even tops Roberts' Swerve). And just as it does in writing...

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review


Art & Colours: Josh Burcham
...so it carries itself fantastically well visually, with regular colourist Burcham making another interior appearance. And boy does he pop on the page, mixing the voices of Barber's choice for Thundercracker's work into styles, layouts and composition - then topping it all with colour. A truly enjoyable home-cooked meal for the optics.




Thoughts overall
It's fun. It's lighthearted. It's cheesy and corny and message-y and the writers clearly really enjoyed playing around with tradition, storytelling, and style techniques. It's everything a filler Holiday Special should really be. If you're a fan of the lighter side of any of the three series, if you like writers who poke fun at their own work, themselves, and have fond memories of TV show specials, this is definitely one not to miss in your reading library.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Holiday Special 2015 Review


A note on the letterer, Tom B. Long, who has provided masterful framing and cherrying of the three stories throughout - in particular for The Transformers' section by Barber and Burcham - to Agnes Garbowska, the variant cover artist, and to Casey Coller and Lafuente again, for the thumbnailed main cover. Tip of the (Santa) hat to you all. And as Buster would say, WOOF.


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

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 11:04am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime, IDW

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ALL
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Synopsis
MIND GAMES! The crew of the Lost Light are caught off guard when a dead friend appears out of the blue. But there's no time for a happy reunion: someone else has found his way onto the ship—someone with the power to tear the crew apart.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Yeah, way too soon to celebrate guys….


Story so Far
Well, just when you thought you knew it all, Roberts finds a way to make you question everything you thought you knew, and he certainly had me scratching my head at times during this read. It really didn’t pick up where the last left off, but rather steered the ship into whole new waters. We learn of some pasts that we wanted to know and some we never thought we’d see coming. And it was not at all what I expected, but it made me think, it made me go back through and take a look at what I thought I knew. This one made me question some things, and I am not sure at this time if I could give many answers.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Me about this time


Now I was disappointed in the amount of storytelling continuity between issue 47 and this one, but I can say I was somewhat satisfied by the topic that we did plunge into, and that we will finally be getting our answers. Issues 47-49 more feel like slight tidying up issues that Roberts thought he’d have more time to tell but doesn’t, so he’s rushing a bit. So the story does suffer a bit due to it, but it is still tackling the taboo that we have thought about for years, so -1 for speed but +2 for our questions being fulfilled?

Art
With Alex Milne still suffering a leg injury, art this issue is covered by the extremely talented newcomer Hayato Sakamoto, and he brings his A-game to the table this issue. He has a lot to draw, not mention some very scary and very dastardly disgusting stuff to work with, but he takes in stride and doesn’t give an inch! He forged through with no issues whatsoever and very much continues to impress me.
Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Yeah Rung, that’s how I’d feel staring into death itself too!


Joana Lafuente once again picks up coloring duties and the darkness of the story mixed with the bright hope and fire burning within some of our friends here makes for some stunning images, both grim and shining. Lettering is done once again by Tom B. Long, but his time he has some help with the aid of Chris Mowry, and both do a masterful job of giving life to this book, the words, and the memory issues that Skids has fought for oh so long. It truly is the lettering though, that opens up Skids properly and finally for all of us to see though.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Yeah, this proves every point right here


Thoughts, with some spoilers ahead…
Well, We are finally getting our answers, and it seems that some of them are what we thought, and yet some are nowhere near what we could ever imagine. And let alone what the end of the issue means for us going forward, Youch! Poor Rung, and poor Skids. As his memories are ripped open for all to see, I can begin to see tragedy ahead that will bring him closer to a few of his crewmates than ever before, and potential conflict with one in particular. Darkness is descending on the Lost Light, and as we speed ever faster towards Dying of the Light, I can only hope that we still have the crew we started with to hold off the darkness and give the Lost Light some new light.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #48 Review
Pretty much how my head feels


Overall, good issue, very good ready, amazing art, and some answers begin to come out. The major thing that lets this issue down is how it kind of tossed out some things needed to wrap up 47, but that isn’t enough to cripple it too badly.

.:BOT: :BOT: :BOT: .5 out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

TFCC Timelines #11 Diamond Edition Cover and 2016 Comic Details

Transformers News: TFCC Timelines #11 Diamond Edition Cover and 2016 Comic Details
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 11:00am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFCC

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Directly from the Transformers Collectors' Club ambassador to Seibertron.com, and comics writer TF_JW, we have a look at the cover art for the Transformers Timelines #11 Diamond Edition cover, plus a couple of things to add to what's to come in 2016. Keep in mind the recent membership announcement, and it definitely sounds like times are a-changin'. Let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!

The retail edition of Transformers Timelines Issue 11 featuring an all-new cover by Matt Frank and Thomas Deer will be in comic shops 01/27/16. This will be our last issue of Timelines at retail as we have a new exciting offering planned for BotCon 2016. Stay tuned as details of next years comic partnership will be announced in the near future!

Like past Diamond Editions, Timelines #11 will feature a few extended bios of characters which appeared in the comic/as convention exclusives!


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IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye WINS Continued Excellence in Comics Award

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye WINS Continued Excellence in Comics Award
Date: Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 9:52am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): ComicsAlliance

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Remember when we posted that IDW Publishing's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye had been nominated for the Comics Alliance Continued Excellence in Comics Award? Well, be ready to rejoice, as the following of the smash series has definitely leant in on this one - it won! Read more on it below, and here!

Winner: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye

If you had told me even a year ago that the single best comic on the stands was not only a Transformers comic, but the Transformers comic where the entire cast just sort of goofs around in space without ever getting any closer to accomplishing the goals that are nominally driving the book, I would've laughed you out of the office. And yet, here we are, in a world where I've read every issue of More Than Meets The Eye and can't wait for the next one.

The character work and astonishingly clever setups in this series have taken a franchise I never cared about and made it one that I'm deeply invested in, with heartbreaking drama and thrilling action just underneath a surface of comedy that's very hard to pull off.

It is, quite simply, The Best. [Chris Sims]

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #136 - The Gathering
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