IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers

IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers

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Here on Seibertron.com, we have shown some of Ken Christiansen's 30th Anniversary covers for the IDW Transformers comics as we posted the reviews for the last two issues of the two main ongoings. Now, Christiansen has posted the full, interlocked artwork on his Facebook page - check it out in all its glory below!

IDW 30th Anniversary Covers

Left to Right - Transformers : Primacy #3, Transformers : Robots in Disguise # 34, and Transformers : More Than Meets the Eye #34


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Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619236)
Posted by ScottyP on November 3rd, 2014 @ 9:10am CST
SimianProphet wrote:There is a philosophical question that goes:
- "If you could travel back in time, and kill Hitler as a child, would you?"

The idea being that you would be saving the future from the horrors of WW2 and the holocaust, but you would be murdering someone who (at the time) is an innocent. Then there are follow-up thoughts, that with the outcome of WW2, the world was a very different place, and a lot of positivity, optimism, and political change came with the rebuilding after.

In this, I see the parallel:
- "What if you could travel back in time and kill Megatron while he was a "child" (innocent)"

And what would the future of Cybertron be like without a 4 million year civil war to knock the corrupt Functionist government out of control.

"Everything is fine"


Oooh, this is good. I can see this playing out given what the solicits have put in front of us the past few months.

Also, welcome to the boards!
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619257)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on November 3rd, 2014 @ 9:32am CST
SimianProphet wrote:Hi all, first post here.
Please bare with me if I haven't completely figured out spoiler tags

For what Brainstorm is doing at the end of this issue, I immediately had a different take on it than what I have seen posted here.

It provides yet another take on who Brainstorm might be and what his agenda could be, and may also segue well into the hints for what is coming next issue.

There is a philosophical question that goes:
- "If you could travel back in time, and kill Hitler as a child, would you?"

The idea being that you would be saving the future from the horrors of WW2 and the holocaust, but you would be murdering someone who (at the time) is an innocent. Then there are follow-up thoughts, that with the outcome of WW2, the world was a very different place, and a lot of positivity, optimism, and political change came with the rebuilding after.

In this, I see the parallel:
- "What if you could travel back in time and kill Megatron while he was a "child" (innocent)"

And what would the future of Cybertron be like without a 4 million year civil war to knock the corrupt Functionist government out of control.

"Everything is fine"


Interesting philosophical debate, that's for sure. I've always been of the mind that it's a bad idea to mess with the past.

The infinite possibilities of what could potentially happen if one thing never happened opens up a whole lot of things that could take it's place. This world has proven there's no shortage of truly evil people, the opportunity just needs to be there. So if Hitler didn't come along, some other epic tragedy would have a similar result. Genocidal maniacs are freaking everywhere.

With Brainstorm, however, I guess you could surmise that maybe he'd rather the functionalists still be in charge, given his past.

But Terminus' words pushing Megs into action lead me to believe that war was inevitable, it was all down to who would lead the rebellion.

I would so love to see an alternate reality where something happened like that though, someone going back and 'fixing' things. But then a lot of characters would disappear.
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619267)
Posted by Ultra Magnus on November 3rd, 2014 @ 9:58am CST
>:oP Ultra Magnus is missing from these Interlocked covers. :BANG_HEAD: FAIL! :HEADHURTS:

[-( :michaelbay: :-x
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619452)
Posted by padfoo on November 3rd, 2014 @ 6:56pm CST
Va'al wrote:Here on Seibertron.com, we have shown some of Ken Christiansen's 30th Anniversary covers for the IDW Transformers comics as we posted the reviews for the last two issues of the two main ongoings. Now, Christiansen has posted the full, interlocked artwork on his Facebook page - check it out in all its glory below!

IDW 30th Anniversary Covers

Left to Right - Transformers : Primacy #3, Transformers : Robots in Disguise # 34, and Transformers : More Than Meets the Eye #34


Image


Awesome art work especially that crouching Prime with the blacked out face!
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619457)
Posted by Shuttershock on November 3rd, 2014 @ 7:03pm CST
ScottyP wrote:
SimianProphet wrote:There is a philosophical question that goes:
- "If you could travel back in time, and kill Hitler as a child, would you?"

The idea being that you would be saving the future from the horrors of WW2 and the holocaust, but you would be murdering someone who (at the time) is an innocent. Then there are follow-up thoughts, that with the outcome of WW2, the world was a very different place, and a lot of positivity, optimism, and political change came with the rebuilding after.

In this, I see the parallel:
- "What if you could travel back in time and kill Megatron while he was a "child" (innocent)"

And what would the future of Cybertron be like without a 4 million year civil war to knock the corrupt Functionist government out of control.

"Everything is fine"


Oooh, this is good. I can see this playing out given what the solicits have put in front of us the past few months.

Also, welcome to the boards!


I wonder if, in such a world where Megatron was absent, who would step up to take his position as figurehead? The situation was boiling over, and SOMEONE was going to push it over the edge. Maybe even a beat cowboy cop inspired by an eloquent miner?
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619474)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on November 3rd, 2014 @ 7:58pm CST
ctrlFrequency wrote:
SimianProphet wrote:Hi all, first post here.
Please bare with me if I haven't completely figured out spoiler tags

For what Brainstorm is doing at the end of this issue, I immediately had a different take on it than what I have seen posted here.

It provides yet another take on who Brainstorm might be and what his agenda could be, and may also segue well into the hints for what is coming next issue.

There is a philosophical question that goes:
- "If you could travel back in time, and kill Hitler as a child, would you?"

The idea being that you would be saving the future from the horrors of WW2 and the holocaust, but you would be murdering someone who (at the time) is an innocent. Then there are follow-up thoughts, that with the outcome of WW2, the world was a very different place, and a lot of positivity, optimism, and political change came with the rebuilding after.

In this, I see the parallel:
- "What if you could travel back in time and kill Megatron while he was a "child" (innocent)"

And what would the future of Cybertron be like without a 4 million year civil war to knock the corrupt Functionist government out of control.

"Everything is fine"


The infinite possibilities of what could potentially happen if one thing never happened opens up a whole lot of things that could take it's place. This world has proven there's no shortage of truly evil people, the opportunity just needs to be there. So if Hitler didn't come along, some other epic tragedy would have a similar result. Genocidal maniacs are freaking everywhere.


But Terminus' words pushing Megs into action lead me to believe that war was inevitable, it was all down to who would lead the rebellion.


These two paragraphs made me think of something. What if, much like the slaughter-hause arc, there are some characters unaffected because "plot". They're present on the "New Cybertron" with the functionalists still be in charge. However they know this isn't how things are supposed to be, as the functionalists would still probably be enforcing the cybertronian manifest destiny dogma, and undermining it's citizens, with the disposable class, like rewind, still in place (I.E the bodies of rewind like characters). With the frontier style justice of cutting peoples hands off, being taken into custody by secret police Et Cetera. However, society is in control, there wasn't been a 4 million year long civil war, and as long as you don't question things, everything's fine. So the characters are faced with a dilemma, keep things as they are, the functionalist regime in place, cybertron at peace under the control of a corrupt system, have some of the war born cybertronians never created, and undo what good did come from the civil war for a land at peace. Or alternatively cause/exacerbate an epic tragedy would have a similar result as the civil war, or cause a worse atrocity to restore the timeline they know. The endless war, the millions dead, the friends they lost, the innocents still dead, and the misery retained
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619500)
Posted by SimianProphet on November 3rd, 2014 @ 9:35pm CST
Shuttershocks's comment makes me think of another potential parallel :

If Orion Pax ends up taking on the role of decepticon leader (at this point he had a lot of admiration for Megatron's writing, and a lot of distrust towards the senate) it is an interesting mirror image of Megatron currently leading a team of Autobots.

Who wouldn't want to see these two time-crossed leaders go head to head?


I don't really want to presume what Roberts is planning, but I'll be dammed if running these scenarios through my 'What If?' machine (patent pending) isn't fascinating!
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619517)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on November 3rd, 2014 @ 11:42pm CST
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
ctrlFrequency wrote:
SimianProphet wrote:Hi all, first post here.
Please bare with me if I haven't completely figured out spoiler tags

For what Brainstorm is doing at the end of this issue, I immediately had a different take on it than what I have seen posted here.

It provides yet another take on who Brainstorm might be and what his agenda could be, and may also segue well into the hints for what is coming next issue.

There is a philosophical question that goes:
- "If you could travel back in time, and kill Hitler as a child, would you?"

The idea being that you would be saving the future from the horrors of WW2 and the holocaust, but you would be murdering someone who (at the time) is an innocent. Then there are follow-up thoughts, that with the outcome of WW2, the world was a very different place, and a lot of positivity, optimism, and political change came with the rebuilding after.

In this, I see the parallel:
- "What if you could travel back in time and kill Megatron while he was a "child" (innocent)"

And what would the future of Cybertron be like without a 4 million year civil war to knock the corrupt Functionist government out of control.

"Everything is fine"


The infinite possibilities of what could potentially happen if one thing never happened opens up a whole lot of things that could take it's place. This world has proven there's no shortage of truly evil people, the opportunity just needs to be there. So if Hitler didn't come along, some other epic tragedy would have a similar result. Genocidal maniacs are freaking everywhere.


But Terminus' words pushing Megs into action lead me to believe that war was inevitable, it was all down to who would lead the rebellion.


These two paragraphs made me think of something. What if, much like the slaughter-hause arc, there are some characters unaffected because "plot". They're present on the "New Cybertron" with the functionalists still be in charge. However they know this isn't how things are supposed to be, as the functionalists would still probably be enforcing the cybertronian manifest destiny dogma, and undermining it's citizens, with the disposable class, like rewind, still in place (I.E the bodies of rewind like characters). With the frontier style justice of cutting peoples hands off, being taken into custody by secret police Et Cetera. However, society is in control, there wasn't been a 4 million year long civil war, and as long as you don't question things, everything's fine. So the characters are faced with a dilemma, keep things as they are, the functionalist regime in place, cybertron at peace under the control of a corrupt system, have some of the war born cybertronians never created, and undo what good did come from the civil war for a land at peace. Or alternatively cause/exacerbate an epic tragedy would have a similar result as the civil war, or cause a worse atrocity to restore the timeline they know. The endless war, the millions dead, the friends they lost, the innocents still dead, and the misery retained


Very intriguing thought....


SimianProphet wrote:Shuttershocks's comment makes me think of another potential parallel :

If Orion Pax ends up taking on the role of decepticon leader (at this point he had a lot of admiration for Megatron's writing, and a lot of distrust towards the senate) it is an interesting mirror image of Megatron currently leading a team of Autobots.

Who wouldn't want to see these two time-crossed leaders go head to head?


That would be interesting.


SimianProphet wrote:I don't really want to presume what Roberts is planning, but I'll be dammed if running these scenarios through my 'What If?' machine (patent pending) isn't fascinating!



The what if is the most fun. :) it's like a giant puzzle!
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619526)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on November 4th, 2014 @ 1:11am CST
So Alex Milne posted the character studies for the MTMTE charactersFroid and Terminus, two characters featured in issue #34.

From twitter, Milne stated that
"Here is one of my contributions to issue 34 of MTMTE. I was in a tf prime mood when designing him."
Image


"My other contribution to MTMTE 34 is this he's suppose to have a lot of similarities to megarton"
Image

Honestly Froid reminds me of Transmetal Terrorsaur
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619531)
Posted by Va'al on November 4th, 2014 @ 3:31am CST
Fellow Seibertron.com user SW's SilverHammer spotted some Alex Milne tweets showing off the artist's contributions to Trasformers: MTMTE #34 - namely, character designs for Froid and Terminus, respectively the chief psychologist and Megatron's mentor. Check them out mirrored below!


"Here is one of my contributions to issue 34 of MTMTE. I was in a tf prime mood when designing him."


Image


"My other contribution to MTMTE 34 is this he's supposed to have a lot of similarities to megatron"


Image
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619534)
Posted by Va'al on November 4th, 2014 @ 4:03am CST
Of course, Burcham had fun with it. :D

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Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619585)
Posted by Deathsanras on November 4th, 2014 @ 10:38am CST
Wait... Froid... as in Freud?
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619592)
Posted by RodimusConvoy13 on November 4th, 2014 @ 10:51am CST
Deathsanras wrote:Wait... Froid... as in Freud?


Yup, as in Freud, dude.

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Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619604)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on November 4th, 2014 @ 11:43am CST
RodimusConvoy13 wrote:
Deathsanras wrote:Wait... Froid... as in Freud?


Yup, as in Freud, dude.

Image


The resemblance is uncanny.
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619606)
Posted by Shuttershock on November 4th, 2014 @ 12:03pm CST
Deathsanras wrote:Wait... Froid... as in Freud?


Yup, and it gets better. Rung is named for Carl Jung, another psychotherapist.

Bless you, James Roberts.
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619650)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on November 4th, 2014 @ 4:27pm CST
"I hate to disappoint you Rung, but sometimes a fusion cannon is just fusion cannon"

(First thing that popped to my mind when Froid was introduced, yes I know that it was Froid was no where near the scene but... still. It's a Freudian thing to say.)

I didn't make the connection between Rung and Jung though... I feel silly.
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1619653)
Posted by Shuttershock on November 4th, 2014 @ 4:40pm CST
ctrlFrequency wrote:"I hate to disappoint you Rung, but sometimes a fusion cannon is just fusion cannon"

(First thing that popped to my mind when Froid was introduced, yes I know that it was Froid was no where near the scene but... still. It's a Freudian thing to say.)

I didn't make the connection between Rung and Jung though... I feel silly.


"You say that you see a fusion cannon? Interesting...". *scribble scribble*
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1620126)
Posted by cybercat on November 6th, 2014 @ 5:58pm CST
John Stamoist wrote:
ctrlFrequency wrote:
1984forever wrote:
I love Brainstorm as a Decepticon agent. I'm happy to see that there is at least one AUTObot jet that took a look at his alt-mode and said "hey, I don't turn into a car, so why am I wearing an AUTObot symbol? I'm supposed to be a Decepticon!"



Here's the thing.

We don't know that Brainstorm is a Decepticon. Inside his face plate was a Decepticon symbol painted on, but we don't know the reason why it's there. It could be a million different reasons. A reminder (former Decepticon turned Autobot, the painted on symbol could be a reminder to not go back), he's a spy, he's on the fence, the DJD did it as a mark (it was painted on after all), he has a cerebo shell in his head and he didn't even know he had a symbol in his mask, he's a double agent, his faceplate came from a friend who was killed by Decepticons and he has a huge grudge, he has a really twisted sense of humor, someone else put it in there and he never knew it.
All of those are as probable as him being a Decepticon agent.
So please don't say with absolute certainty that Brainstorm is in fact a Decepticon. We don't know.

Not all Autobots are land vehicles, not all Decepticons are air vehicles. Not even in G1 were all the Autobots land vehicles and all the Decepticon Air Vehicles. Megatron was a gun, as was Shockwave, Soundwave a mini cassette player, Reflector a camera, then came aerialbots, constructicons, Stunticons, Blaster, Perceptor, Jetfire, etc. It's a faction not form.


Exactly, it could be all misdirection for who the real traitor is on the Lost Light. The most peculiar part is why Brainstorm chose to go back in time now, not this whole time he had the suitcase. People said the suitcase from the other Lost Light survived because he loves it so much, or because it's a entirely different suitcase. I think maybe he was developing the device this whole time. So on the other Lost Light the device was never completed and the suitcase was always empty, that's why it survived. Any of these is possible, just a matter of what direction they want to go. The info for next issue is weird though, them saying there's no hate or any of that so why is there a problem. Not sure if this is connected to Brainstorm, or if it alludes to the DJD coming back to speak with First Aid and them.


I like these theories. I'm not gonna spoiler mine because a) I ain't cool enough like y'all and b) I'm probably wrong so it's like more of a red herring than a spoiler.

BUT, my theory is TC is Agent 113. And maybe he got buuuuuusted. And that was why he decided to stay even after First Aid noped out.

CC, all my herrings are red.
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1621317)
Posted by Flashwave on November 12th, 2014 @ 1:25am CST
John Stamoist wrote:
ctrlFrequency wrote:
1984forever wrote:
I love Brainstorm as a Decepticon agent. I'm happy to see that there is at least one AUTObot jet that took a look at his alt-mode and said "hey, I don't turn into a car, so why am I wearing an AUTObot symbol? I'm supposed to be a Decepticon!"



Here's the thing.

We don't know that Brainstorm is a Decepticon. Inside his face plate was a Decepticon symbol painted on, but we don't know the reason why it's there. It could be a million different reasons. A reminder (former Decepticon turned Autobot, the painted on symbol could be a reminder to not go back), he's a spy, he's on the fence, the DJD did it as a mark (it was painted on after all), he has a cerebo shell in his head and he didn't even know he had a symbol in his mask, he's a double agent, his faceplate came from a friend who was killed by Decepticons and he has a huge grudge, he has a really twisted sense of humor, someone else put it in there and he never knew it.
All of those are as probable as him being a Decepticon agent.
So please don't say with absolute certainty that Brainstorm is in fact a Decepticon. We don't know.

Not all Autobots are land vehicles, not all Decepticons are air vehicles. Not even in G1 were all the Autobots land vehicles and all the Decepticon Air Vehicles. Megatron was a gun, as was Shockwave, Soundwave a mini cassette player, Reflector a camera, then came aerialbots, constructicons, Stunticons, Blaster, Perceptor, Jetfire, etc. It's a faction not form.


Exactly, it could be all misdirection for who the real traitor is on the Lost Light. The most peculiar part is why Brainstorm chose to go back in time now, not this whole time he had the suitcase. People said the suitcase from the other Lost Light survived because he loves it so much, or because it's a entirely different suitcase. I think maybe he was developing the device this whole time. So on the other Lost Light the device was never completed and the suitcase was always empty, that's why it survived. Any of these is possible, just a matter of what direction they want to go. The info for next issue is weird though, them saying there's no hate or any of that so why is there a problem. Not sure if this is connected to Brainstorm, or if it alludes to the DJD coming back to speak with First Aid and them.


Wait, I was supposed to get Time Travel out of that last page? Sheesh, I need to do better at reading on a phone...
Re: IDW Transformers 30th Anniversary Ken Christiansen Interlocked Covers (1621364)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on November 12th, 2014 @ 7:16am CST
Flashwave wrote:[
Wait, I was supposed to get Time Travel out of that last page? Sheesh, I need to do better at reading on a phone...


I didn't get it either. You're not alone.

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