IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 3:47am CDT

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Next up, on news from IDW Publishing, is something very different from the Transformers of old - yes indeed, it's the sitcom space-opera with a very very dark twist: More Than Meets the Eye #29! The full preview is below, and make sure to head back here tomorrow to discuss the issue over the Seibertron.com review.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29: Dawn of the Autobots
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)
STAND-OFF! While the crew of the Lost Light react to MEGATRON’s arrival with characteristic maturity (calling him names behind his back and ignoring him when he speaks) one AUTOBOT is convinced that a more direct approach is needed. Guess what happens when a one-time tyrant is told he’s not wanted? Yeah, exactly.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS continues!
- The secrets of MEGATRON joining the Lost Light are revealed!
- Variant Cover by Marcelo Matere!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573493)
Posted by Henry921 on May 13th, 2014 @ 5:29am CDT
Don't give in, Rodimus...
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573495)
Posted by Va'al on May 13th, 2014 @ 5:39am CDT
Along with the full preview for IDW Publishing's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29, we also get a look at a clean version of the variant Nick Roche/Josh Burcham cover, featuring a very smug indeed Megatron on trial, courtesy of the colourist's Twitter account. Take a look below!

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573547)
Posted by Flashwave on May 13th, 2014 @ 11:06am CDT
he's being tried for multiple counts of genocide standing in a see of Cybertronian skulls, and he's got a creepy smile The hell is going on in his mind?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573569)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on May 13th, 2014 @ 12:32pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:he's being tried for multiple counts of genocide standing in a see of Cybertronian skulls, and he's got a creepy smile The hell is going on in his mind?


I don't think Megatron's all that bashful, in regards to what he's done. >:oP
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573594)
Posted by zodconvoy on May 13th, 2014 @ 2:00pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
Flashwave wrote:he's being tried for multiple counts of genocide standing in a see of Cybertronian skulls, and he's got a creepy smile The hell is going on in his mind?


I don't think Megatron's all that bashful, in regards to what he's done. >:oP


Let's face it, he doesn't have anything to hide. He's Megatron. They could get Overlord, the DJD, Pharma, Tyrest, and Whirl all hammered and ask them to come up with new horrors and they couldn't come up with anything that Megatron didn't already do. What Megatron is probably smirking about, what he's really keeping secret, is what Optimus has done. He stands on a mountain of skulls knowing that Prime stands on one too.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573599)
Posted by Optimizzy on May 13th, 2014 @ 2:19pm CDT
zodconvoy wrote:Let's face it, he doesn't have anything to hide. He's Megatron. They could get Overlord, the DJD, Pharma, Tyrest, and Whirl all hammered and ask them to come up with new horrors and they couldn't come up with anything that Megatron didn't already do. What Megatron is probably smirking about, what he's really keeping secret, is what Optimus has done. He stands on a mountain of skulls knowing that Prime stands on one too.


Dang. That's kinda cool.


Also, the stuff with Rodimus...man.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1573760)
Posted by Va'al on May 14th, 2014 @ 3:49am CDT
Expressive
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
STAND-OFF! While the crew of the Lost Light react to MEGATRON’s arrival with characteristic maturity (calling him names behind his back and ignoring him when he speaks) one AUTOBOT is convinced that a more direct approach is needed. Guess what happens when a one-time tyrant is told he’s not wanted? Yeah, exactly.

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Does not bode well..


Story

Only a couple of weeks after the last comic, and in fact, the last MTMTE it was too, here we are again back on the Lost Light! Last we saw of space was the floating coffin with Autobot insignia just outside the ship, and it seems as thought captain Megatron decides to bring it on board pretty quickly. Meanwhile, Tailgate (completely absent for pretty much the entirety of Dark Cybertron) is reunited with Cyclonus, and everyone else on the ship.

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Two recaps for the price of one


In another six month flashback, we return to Megatron's planet-wide trial, too. But the centre stage is taken by some behind the scenes Rodimus action (well, more or less) and the prosaic, verbose, eloquent, melodramatic, narcissistic duly appointed ruler of Cybertron itself: Starscream. Who gets even further excellent characterisation, along with the big M himself. He looooves to talk, but he does know what to say. Usually.

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ME ME ME ME


But what is really impressive in this issue's writing, as has been for the series pre-Dark Cybertron too, is James Roberts' attention to detail. Or to disseminating details, references, clues, scraps of information about where the story might go, where it came from, with the coffin and Skids and Nautica, Riptide, Nightbeat and the rest of the crew. Add to that a number of little nudges towards other series, shows and lores. Seriously, it's riddled with them.

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Trailcutter may or may not be lying


In terms of actual action, there is probably even less than last issue, but my oh my is there still a lot going on. Chromedome's mourning, Nightbeat's solving, Trailcutter's drinking/forcefielding, THE TRIAL. If anything, it can at times still feel a little cramped if you are trying to pay attention to all the details on the first read.

Art

We get Alex Milne on artwork, confirming and earning his post as the main artist for the series. And it really really works with the tone of the stories being told. And the expressions, especially with Rodimus' reactions during the trial. And Starscream's. But the best parts are some of the perspectives in the ship, around the ship, outside the ship (there's a double page spread that is breathtaking), and Cybertron again, with some excellent montage styled panelwork for the trial scenes.

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Dat corridor


It's also the first issue with Joana Lafuente on full colours! And she delivers amazingly. There are some plays on light and shadows in the conversation between Nightbeat and Chromedome that really set the tone, and some excellent hues for Trailcutter's scenes and other snippets around the issue.

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Exhibit.. ten?


Lettering is once more a brilliant Tom B. Long, who does some serious fonting and captioning of scenes, with some truly excellent touches to the already stellar visual components. And the covers are brilliant, too: Milne and Priscilla Tramontano stand-off on A, a smug Nick Roche/Josh Burcham B, and a throwback Marcelo Matere and Tramontano incentive (thumbnail).

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Some of my concerns from #28 return here, in terms of multiple storylines. But there is definitely more of a focus and a bringing together of events, causes and consequences. The ending is a ridiculous cliffhanger or three, there may be ghosts, and it all looks absolutely amazing, with some priceless expressions around characters. It feels less like it's building up, and more like a sustained tension of suspense.

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Don't you give me that look


As I said above, in some parts it feels as though there is even more cramped into this issue than the previous one, but give it time. And if, on the other hand, it feels like something is missing, maybe it's just Roberts making it so. Read the issue more than once, take your time, and if it's still gone.. then it's definitely an intentional loss. Just ask Nightbeat.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1574024)
Posted by 1984forever on May 14th, 2014 @ 9:16pm CDT
The testimony Starscream gave was some his best dialogue ever in any continuity. I would love to see Roberts write the original 1984 characters in a traditional Autobots vs. Decepticons story set on Earth... instead of this crap. This "adult" version of Transformers where the Autobots mainly sit around drinking the Cybertronian equivalent of "Wild Irish Rose" and "Thunderbird".

What a waste
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #29 Full Preview (1574031)
Posted by Stormrider on May 14th, 2014 @ 10:02pm CDT
I love the writing and art work. It is some of the best stuff I have read. There just seems to be the right flow of words that fit each character.

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