IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 11:21AM CDT

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Ready for a recap? Thanks to our friends over at IDW, we have a full preview of this week's issue of Transformers More Than Meets the Eye! Check out the solicit and images below, and make sure to check back on Tuesday for the Seibertron.com review.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22
James Roberts (w) • James Raiz (a) • Alex Milne, Nick Roche (c)
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: THE MOVIE! When the Autobots set off on their mission to find the Knights of Cybertron, RODIMUS gave REWIND a simple instruction: film everything. The result is a documentary that will forever change your perception of life on board the Lost Light. Discover RUNG’s secret! Meet the greatest Autobot of all time! And learn what SKIDS really got up to on Hedonia!
2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
DARK CYBERTRON begins here!
Leads in to the biggest TRANSFORMERS event in comic book history, beginning next month!
SKIDS variant cover by Phil Jimenez


Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview
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Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523665)
Posted by samcool2006 on October 13th, 2013 @ 3:57pm CDT
I have a feeling I'm going to like this issue.....
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523682)
Posted by YoungPrime on October 13th, 2013 @ 4:51pm CDT
Wow...."Decabots"? Seriously???

Why isn't James Roberts a CEO or Mayor at Hasbro?

Can't wait till Wednesday.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523684)
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 13th, 2013 @ 4:59pm CDT
YoungPrime wrote:Wow...."Decabots"? Seriously???

Why isn't James Roberts a CEO or Mayor at Hasbro?

Can't wait till Weds.



I have a feeling we've already seen these new characters' designs, actually..
Will say more in the review, but I'm pretty sure that's what it is.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523686)
Posted by YoungPrime on October 13th, 2013 @ 5:25pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
YoungPrime wrote:Wow...."Decabots"? Seriously???

Why isn't James Roberts a CEO or Mayor at Hasbro?

Can't wait till Weds.



I have a feeling we've already seen these new characters' designs, actually..
Will say more in the review, but I'm pretty sure that's what it is.


What the green guys?

Yeah they're that upcomming Generations deluxe combiner that's releasing with Armada Starscream. But I'd be really surprised if the name on the box is indeed 16444/9 or any other type of arithmetic.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523687)
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 13th, 2013 @ 5:31pm CDT
YoungPrime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
YoungPrime wrote:Wow...."Decabots"? Seriously???

Why isn't James Roberts a CEO or Mayor at Hasbro?

Can't wait till Weds.



I have a feeling we've already seen these new characters' designs, actually..
Will say more in the review, but I'm pretty sure that's what it is.


What the green guys?

Yeah they're that upcomming combinger that's releasing with Armada Starscream. But I'd be really surprised if the name on the box is indeed 16444/9 or any other type of arithmetic.


Hah, that would be quite the reference. :D

But yes, I do think the 'minicon combiner' is an Ammonite soldier. Which makes me want the figures even more.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523690)
Posted by YoungPrime on October 13th, 2013 @ 6:03pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
YoungPrime wrote:
Va'al wrote:
YoungPrime wrote:Wow...."Decabots"? Seriously???

Why isn't James Roberts a CEO or Mayor at Hasbro?

Can't wait till Weds.



I have a feeling we've already seen these new characters' designs, actually..
Will say more in the review, but I'm pretty sure that's what it is.


What the green guys?

Yeah they're that upcomming combinger that's releasing with Armada Starscream. But I'd be really surprised if the name on the box is indeed 16444/9 or any other type of arithmetic.


Hah, that would be quite the reference. :D

But yes, I do think the 'minicon combiner' is an Ammonite soldier. Which makes me want the figures even more.



I was trying to match up the insignia of "16444/9" with the Deluxe figure in question but it appears to be a different bot. But judging from issue #24 of More Than Meets The Eye, we haven't seen the last of these guys.



Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523691)
Posted by Neurie on October 13th, 2013 @ 6:20pm CDT
16444/9 is probably the numerical design number for the toy. All the toys have them and I believe some have them stamped on the boxes(my FOC Blaster has 3193/1 and C-1602A for example).

Does look like a great issue
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523826)
Posted by snavej on October 14th, 2013 @ 4:54pm CDT
Ha! A superior race of transforming robots! Well, it's a big universe. They were bound to find such a race eventually.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1523907)
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 15th, 2013 @ 3:56am CDT

Little Victories
(Spoiler free-ish)




Synopsis

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: THE MOVIE! When the Autobots set off on their mission to find the Knights of Cybertron, RODIMUS gave REWIND a simple instruction: film everything. The result is a documentary that will forever change your perception of life on board the Lost Light. Discover RUNG’s secret! Meet the greatest Autobot of all time! And learn what SKIDS really got up to on Hedonia!


Remember him? Remember?!



Story

We were told by the solicits and various interviews with James Roberts that this would be a breather issue, an actual 'filler' comic (for those of you who love throwing the word about), and it definitely does do that. But it does a little more too, both in terms of looking back, fleshing out and dropping some hints at what Dark Cybertron might bring.


JUST OPEN THE DAMN BRIEFCASE



Roberts has plenty of time and space in this issue to work his humour and dialogue, without falling into the tonal discordances that occur during big emotional moments or fight scenes. Setting the story mostly during downtimes allows him to just play around with characters and episodes we've seen so far. And the individual panels format really brings out the more idiosyncratic lines by the Lost Light crew.


Unvincible



But, as I said, there's a little more to that. We're introduced to an (apparently) even more advanced and belligerous mechanical civilisation, the Ammonites and the Terradores, which seem to be multiple combiners of adorable little minicon-sized robots. Or are they? Are they hiding anything? Is there.. more than meets the eye?


Yep, we'll definitely see ultra-biners



The issue overall is definitely a recap and a pause, but there are two moments that make it fit even better in the path to Dark Cybertron. The Thunderclash episode and the Hedonia expanded story were actually blended together fairly well, while still having the 'these are just two things that happened' feeling about them. And find out Rung's altmode.

Art

As mentioned, teased and prodded at for quite a while now, this issue marks the return of James Raiz on artwork duties, and it's definitely different from Milne or Roche's approach. Raiz has a darker, heavier touch to his lines, while still not losing in details. Some readers will complain, but I personally like the different style.


So was I, Cyclonus, so was I



Josh Burcham works quite nicely with Raiz's darker style, bringing a light touch and a touch of light to the heavier lines in the pencils and inks. He works particularly well with the different camera perspectives, shifting tones slightly for the Rewind vs Lost Light security camera shots.


Red Alert's presence/paranoia is *everywhere*



The lettering doesn't have to do too much in the issue, but Tom B. Long still has some nice moments, in the style I've come to expect from him. All in all, I like the different texture of the artistic side of the issue, and don't think it detracts anything from the story or its details.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I mentioned above, we get to delve a little into the life of some of the major cast members of the Lost Light, expanding on some episodes, almost answering a couple of questions and preparing the stage even if very briefly, for what is ahead. And Rung's altmode. And be prepared for some really, really silly humour.


And self-deprecation?



The art might not appeal to all readers used to the Milne or Roche approaches, but I would still suggest considering it as how Rewind sees the world through his camera - Raiz does a great job in picking up on the artistic qualities of the entire run, and reproduces them perfectly, in his own style.

A final comment, though, to this final issue of what Roberts calls Season 1 of MTMTE. I can't shake off the feeling that this and the prose extract from #21 could have somehow been shrunk together, allowing for some more light on the Tyrest situation. In any case, it's a good issue, and one I think we'll need once we lose cast members (as Roberts has, as per usual, teased).

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

Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1524186)
Posted by Hypershock on October 16th, 2013 @ 9:59am CDT
aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1524197)
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 16th, 2013 @ 12:31pm CDT
Hypershock wrote:aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:


Yeah, Roberts does play on fan-reactions a lot. :D
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1524367)
Posted by 1984forever on October 17th, 2013 @ 3:24am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Hypershock wrote:aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:


Yeah, Roberts does play on fan-reactions a lot. :D

Yes, I got the feeling that Tyrest's belief that he could reach Cyberutopia by killing all the KOs was a parody of my belief that Transformers would be purified if every character after G1 season 1 was omitted from existence.

As for the art on this issue... Booooooo! I'm tired of seeing banged up wrecks in the pages of Transformers. Raiz needs to consult with Floro Dery on the correct way to draw these characters.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1524859)
Posted by Burn on October 20th, 2013 @ 3:50am CDT
That was a damn good read, and I haven't really been a fan of this book.

And it's not too often I laugh out loud while reading a comic, but Whirl "ending the 16 million year old war" and the reveal of Rung's "alt-mode" was too hard not to laugh at.

One thing I couldn't work out was Magnus' reaction to Thunderclash's praise. Just could not work out what was going on in that frame.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1525059)
Posted by Dr Va'al on October 21st, 2013 @ 1:18pm CDT
Burn wrote:That was a damn good read, and I haven't really been a fan of this book.

And it's not too often I laugh out loud while reading a comic, but Whirl "ending the 16 million year old war" and the reveal of Rung's "alt-mode" was too hard not to laugh at.

One thing I couldn't work out was Magnus' reaction to Thunderclash's praise. Just could not work out what was going on in that frame.


He hugs him. The big softie.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1634776)
Posted by Dr Va'al on January 1st, 2015 @ 8:02am CST
There was a time before Dark Cybertron and Autobot Megatron, in IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. A time before Drift was exiled, and a time during which James Roberts had imagined an extra interaction between him and medic Ratchet in issue #22 - one that you can now read below as a New Year's gift from the writer himself! For all intents and purposes, this is essentially fan-fiction, as it was never approved or included, but you can start reading below, and the full piece here.

[quote]The following was cut from MTMTE #22 (the documentary issue) for reasons of space - it would have taken up five pages. But as you can see, it was written up and ready to go. It was never seen or approved by John Barber or Hasbro, let alone published, so it's not canon (it's headcanon to me, though).

The lead-in to this scene would have been a to-camera interview with Drift in which he would have bemoaned Ratchet’s lack of a sense of humor. I’d originally written it – or something like it – for issue #13, but again it had to go when more important things took up page space.

FIRST PAGE

1 / Drift walks into the medibay, where Ratchet is waiting with Rewind. Ratchet looks troubled and pensive. He’s leaning on one of the circuit slabs.

DRIFT: You wanted to see me.

DRIFT: Am I ill?

RATCHET: You’re fine. It’s me.

RATCHET: Close the door.


2 / Ratchet in the foreground, looking at the floor. Drift in the background, in front of the closed door, hand on the door activation pad, looking at Ratchet.

RATCHET: This is—

RATCHET: You’ll appreciate this is particularly difficult
for me to talk about, however…

RATCHET: You may be many things, but—until your
next massive personality shift—you’re not one to gloat.


3 / Drift stands opposite Ratchet, looking worried.

DRIFT: Okay, I’m worried now.

DRIFT: What is it? Is everything alright?


4 / Cut to Drift being interviewed.

DRIFT: I’d never seen him so worried.

DRIFT: And he was being nice—to me.


5 / Back to the medibay, as Panel 3. Ratchet is looking at his hands.

RATCHET: It’s my hands.

RATCHET: Pharma’s hands.

RATCHET: I mean the hands you, er, liberated from
Pharma.

RATCHET: The rogue doctor we met on Delphi. Who’s
now dead.


6 / Cut to Ratchet being interviewed.

RATCHET: I don’t know why I added that bit.[/quote]
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1634815)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on January 1st, 2015 @ 11:23am CST
I sincerely hope this somehow makes it's way into the season 2 annual.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1634974)
Posted by Randomhero on January 1st, 2015 @ 7:13pm CST
Well it wouldnt becuse its being shared now. Thats like handing out the script to a movie to the public before releasing it. It doesnt work like that. James is sharing it because its a scrapped portion of something published. If it was going to be officially published in MTME he would not have shared it
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1637596)
Posted by leokearon on January 10th, 2015 @ 2:01am CST
A while back James Roberts gave us the script for five pages that were cut from MTMTE #22. Now MTMTE colourist Josh Burcham has actually created the missing pages on his Deviantart Account: http://dcjosh.deviantart.com/ Enjoy





Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1637913)
Posted by Dr Va'al on January 11th, 2015 @ 8:43am CST
We reported James Roberts' deleted scene from IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22, featuring Drift and Ratchet - so it's only fair that we also show you the great work that artist Josh Burcham has done with the script! Check out the mirrored pages below (thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertronian leokearon, and drop by Burcham's deviantArt page for more.









Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Preview (1637957)
Posted by Madeus Prime on January 11th, 2015 @ 10:55am CST
Ohh, I needed that. Ah, I feel better now that I got my dose of MTMTE. I-)

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