IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 3:12am CDT

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This week, IDW Publishing brings us another issue of the fan-acclaimed series of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye - setting the stage for the beginning of Days of Deception and Elegant Chaos. Want to know more? Check out the preview for #34 below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review!

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34
James Roberts (w) • Atilio Rojo (a) • Brendan Cahill (c)
THE DILEMMA! On a planet dedicated to Right and Wrong, four damaged AUTOBOTS must make an impossible choice: kill or cure? Whatever they decide, their lives will never be the same.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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A character-intense prelude to next month’s ELEGANT CHAOS event!
30th Anniversary Variant Cover by Ken Christiansen!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617557)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 28th, 2014 @ 4:14am CDT
Looking good, will be getting this and rid next Monday. Love the throw back to megs look in Megatron: Origins.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617559)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 28th, 2014 @ 4:37am CDT
Am I missing something? The last issue ended with "our" Lost Light reappearing, and Brainstorm going all :CON: on everyone. I guess this is a storyline from the rest of the issue, but it doesn't seem all that interesting...so far.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617562)
Posted by Bounti76 on October 28th, 2014 @ 4:58am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:The art is nice, but this story seems boring. Plus, I find it irritating that Transformers in IDW continuity seem to have too many human characteristics. First, they drink when they have no physical need for sustenance. They have gift shops on other planets. They write (and, one would assume, perform in) plays, to name a few. Then, in this issue, they use cell phones. ROBOTS...from an advanced alien civilization, haven't found a better way to communicate than using cell phones. Throw in the fact that they rarely transform, and it may as well be a series about an advanced human race that cosplays as robots.

End rant.


This is exactly why I like MTMTE and the more recent RID books. It's a smart approach. Likeable characters abound because they're actually something you can relate to. Cybertronians no longer so hung up in a Civil War that are having to adapt to a Galaxy that isn't just steel planets, star cruisers, and laser beams. Transforming when it makes sense and not just for the sake of it, like here, where First Aid's in a hurry so he doesn't just walk to go outside.

Idk man, if this stuff bugs you that much, it's probably just not your style. No big deal. RG1 might be more your speed, if you haven't checked it out yet.


I actually really loved RG1. It's the first comic I'd subscribed to since the original Marvel run in the 80s, albeit digitally. I should have explained better....I really enjoy IDW's take on G1, for the most part. I just feel they can have great characterization without resorting to human characteristics to make giant transforming robots more than just that. Like Thundercracker and Buster. Cute and relatable without making Thundercracker too "human". He's caring for a member of a species that is totally foreign to him, yet he's concerned about her welfare and knows she's fragile. The fact that they're Cybertronian and canine doesn't really matter, because care of beings important to oneself is a universal trait. Drinking liquids I can marginally accept (because they run on Energon), but a bar seems a VERY human concept, as does a gift shop (the shore leave they had on Temptoria). It just seems very silly that an advanced alien race would set up something so, ahem, alien to them.

I get that the IDW-verse isn't for everyone, and I can appreciate that. I just wish they'd cut the silliness to a minimum. The Circle of Light had it right when they called out the LL crew.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617568)
Posted by Coptur on October 28th, 2014 @ 6:06am CDT
for me the transformers need that human touch or else the character would be quite dull, what social sitting would you put them in if not a bar
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617572)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 28th, 2014 @ 6:47am CDT
There has been bars mentioned before in TF lore before though, and intelligent species would have similar mannerisms to us, plus as said before, they probably came up with these concepts before us, given their war started when we were wayyy back on the evolutionary ladder. In tact considering the state of the universe, it's probably daft to consider that we are the only ones to have such things or be the first to use them.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617587)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on October 28th, 2014 @ 7:50am CDT
I really wish they would get someone like Guido Guidi or James Raiz to sub for Milne. Their art styles are more varied and expressive, while Mr. Rojo's are just so...simple. And forgive me if I'm beating a dead horse here, but this is how I see his panels:

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"So what's the deal with Megatron being the captain?"

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"Didn't you hear about the trial? The trial of the zorn? The BIGGEST TRIAL IN THE HISTORY OF CYBERTRON SHORT OF AN AQUEATAS AFFAIR?"

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"I'm sorry, have you been dead/in stasis lock/otherwise incapacitated for the last four-million years?"
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617599)
Posted by AudioKnightsTheatre on October 28th, 2014 @ 8:44am CDT
Once the issue hits this Wednesday, I'd be interested to know what scene people find to be their favorite. We made a dramatic reading for the Lift scene in Issue 32 between Nautica and Nightbeat - http://youtu.be/J6V70d0oR14 - what scene in issue 34 would you like to see done dramatically by us? www.TheAudioKnightsTheatre.com
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617611)
Posted by dragons on October 28th, 2014 @ 9:06am CDT
is artist trying make bots more human? human smooth faces and now cellphone to be in contact with other bots what to tansrecievers in there heads with autobot transmiss frequency?

still waiting t ofind out who injured bot is
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617651)
Posted by MagnusLabel on October 28th, 2014 @ 11:58am CDT
Nemesis Maximo wrote:I really wish they would get someone like Guido Guidi or James Raiz to sub for Milne. Their art styles are more varied and expressive, while Mr. Rojo's are just so...simple.


Mr. Guidi is a good choice, but "super messy details" Raiz is not really a choice to me, even when comparing to "not very good drawings under ultra messy textures" L.V.O.

Regarding to "round heads" Rojo, my only complain is...you guys may already know.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617722)
Posted by padfoo on October 28th, 2014 @ 5:27pm CDT
dragons wrote:is artist trying make bots more human? human smooth faces and now cellphone to be in contact with other bots what to tansrecievers in there heads with autobot transmiss frequency?

still waiting t ofind out who injured bot is


I agree cellphones and tablet like devices seem so ancient and inefficient.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617864)
Posted by Va'al on October 29th, 2014 @ 4:37am CDT
Face the Past
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE DILEMMA! On a planet dedicated to Right and Wrong, four damaged AUTOBOTS must make an impossible choice: kill or cure? Whatever they decide, their lives will never be the same.

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[iMake no mistake


Story

Last issue was a gigantic piece of everything happening, in quantum manners, with sonic wrenches, parallel timelines, lost loves rekindled, and purple-soaked betrayals. How does one issue later compare
or stand up to all that, with only four members of the main cast facing an impossible choice and maybe, just maybe, more impossible horrors?

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Be happy in your work


Quite cleverly written, James Roberts' script uses the setting of the four Autobots on Ofsted XVII, and Trailcutter's new reading habits, as the frame for his journey into another type of past than Barber's in RID #34 - the origin of Megatron's ideology, body of work and cruelties he had to endure under the mind games of the functionists.

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Be grateful for your alt mode


The two stories run quite nicely in parallel to each other, and easily distinguishable with the casts being so different as well as limited. And to keep them as relevant to each other as possible, the Megatron story has some very intriguing snippets from present day Trailcutter's current reading of 'Towards Peace', which somehow reflects onto the bots' situation, and the possibly dying Cybertronian in their care.

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Be thankful for the system


What could've simply been a long flashback with some tenuous links to the present turns out to be a much more rounded story in multiple parts, bringing back some old ..er.. friends, from both the distant and the recent past. And thrown in for good measure are politics and some excellent world building, leading into the Days of Deception post-DC phase.


Art

Atilio Rojo takes over from Alex Milne for this issue's setting-up of what's to come in Elegant Chaos. While there are some potential issues with his more rounded style, given the two stories unravelling in the issue, I personally thought it really worked with the more personal themes and touches to Megatron's problematic situation, with some excellent layouts and body language in crucial scenes.

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Be mindful of your betters


What really helped Rojo's linework, though, was regular Joana Lafuente's amazing use of colours throughout. Not only is the Decepticon purple used very appropriately in the background of key moments for all the cast involved, the contrast between Messatine and Ofsted XVII, with such limited environments to deal with, and what actually happens on them, is really brought out.

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We're locked in


Remember I mentioned those 'key, crucial scenes' in this issue? You can imagine they mostly revolve around Megatron - but it's Tom B. Long's lettering wizardry that makes sure they drive home, and firmly lodge into your reading mind. To visually complete the whole ensemble, the two main covers (A by Brendan Cahill, B by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham) shed different lights on the story, while Ken Christiansen's Anniversary variant continues a great streak of homage pieces - see thumbnail.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Four Autobots relaxing on a planet dedicated to Ethics, and finding more they ever wanted to know about it, with dire consequences for some old friends. A miner struggling against a corrupt senate and segregated control system, and facing the nastiest, most intrusive part of it. What do they have in common? Great writing, one set-up issue, an unsettling last page and, obviously, more horrors ahead.

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In truth, it is about control


As I claimed above, the issue is extremely well put together visually too, as we see Megatron's writing taking centre stage, quite literally, as story and art converge into it and use it as source for their progression and layouts. Make sure to pick this one up, as the stage is now wider than ever - just not where you thought they might be.

. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: ½ out of :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617891)
Posted by Tal El on October 29th, 2014 @ 7:17am CDT
Great issue, and thanks for the review Va'al. As always a pleasant review to read. The last time Rojo took aver pencilling duties I was less than impressed. Of course that issue was a lot of Autobots standing around in a tight space, but it was still too static. This issue he captured a lot of emotion with the four 'Bots discussing the possible life or death choice with the mystery Transformer. I'll be sad to see Trailcutter go, if he goes, he's been a fave, especially since Roberts has made him more and more interesting since the first time he appeared on the Lost Light.

But some questions do arise though...

1) Does this issue take place after Megs and crew reactivated the correct timeline or concurrent? Two of the bots on the planet arrived to the crew after take off, the other two were on board at the beginning.

2) Who is strong enough to beat down the mystery bot and his companion, and who's side are they on?

3) Timeline wise, at the end, was the Autobot symbol in use in the functionalist-strong society, and if so, would it have been so widely used already? I didn't think Pax's proclamation to the Senate had happened yet. But with Megs in the mine and his writings are now being distributed, maybe so. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617945)
Posted by ScottyP on October 29th, 2014 @ 11:00am CDT
Tal El wrote:But some questions do arise though...

1) Does this issue take place after Megs and crew reactivated the correct timeline or concurrent? Two of the bots on the planet arrived to the crew after take off, the other two were on board at the beginning.


I saw this sort-of answered on Twitter by Mr. Roberts himself:

@jroberts332 wrote:“@pstinson42: So is all of #Transformers #MtMtE Season 2 taking place on one very eventful day? Not counting flashbacks?” More or less!


Link: https://twitter.com/jroberts332/status/ ... 9648698368
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617987)
Posted by ScottyP on October 29th, 2014 @ 3:34pm CDT
Didn't want to double post but this thread is dead. C'mon Seibertronians, this thing just came out! The time is nigh to post and speculate!

So now that I've re-read this and stewed on it a bit, I've only got one theory, given the way Vos and Kaon were beat up so badly whereas they've looked dominantly powerful in every other appearance. (Spoiler tags on that last bit due to context clues.) Anyway, here's my theory:

Overlord is/was on Ofsted XVII and he's why the DJD had two guys down for the count.

I'm still fleshing out more detail to it, but it makes sense. Due to this, it's certainly incorrect. Roberts never fails to swerve in the most delicious ways.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1617996)
Posted by RodimusConvoy13 on October 29th, 2014 @ 4:12pm CDT
I'm curious if Brainstorm has a plan and that's why he time travelled to that particular place or if it was random.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1618002)
Posted by ScottyP on October 29th, 2014 @ 5:19pm CDT
Well, regarding Brainstorm, in 33 it's presumed that he was the one on the "alternate" Lost Light to have sprung the lock on Overlord so that the DJD would show up. In the current, "real" timeline, or whatever you want to call it, Brainstorm is the guy that gave Chromedome the codes to get to Overlord. Perhaps the intention was the same, only Chromedome fails to stall Overlord long enough to be detected in this timeline and not the other, so the DJD never shows up. Or, Swerve's metafictional bomb prevents him from calling the DJD when he intended to.

So anyway, we have no idea where Overlord ended up, but surely a fall to a planet won't off him. Brainstorm may be attempting in this issue to get to that planet in an effort to lead the DJD to him. Why he then shows up in the past, I'm not sure, but it may have something to do with wanting to retrieve Megatron from that time to "replace" the Autobot Megatron they're dealing with? Or maybe it's to retrieve him to satisfy a potential revenge plot of the DJD/Overlord who would both have beef with Megatron at that point, and he wants some other copy from the past to take the fall?

Of course there's other stuff that could mess this all up too. Brainstorm's been in cahoots with Prowl the entire time so far, and Prowl certainly has some darker tendencies lately. Not to mention Brainstorm's involvements with Ironfist in the past and Prowl trying to play keep away with the Aquetas data he had - maybe Brainstorm's research into the cerebro shells was held back on purpose? He's also got a .01%er spark sitting around in his lab, has an odd relationship with the Dead Universe and Nova Prime, and who knows if the MCP is real or not yet. Any of these things could come into play.


Anyway, that's probably -all- wrong, and a lot of speculation. Either way, his plot has got to be coming to a head soon. I look forward to seeing where it goes.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1618092)
Posted by Gekas on October 30th, 2014 @ 12:03am CDT
Based off Kaon saying "See you soon", I think the DJD will show up with Brainstorm, and his prize from the past, Megatron. Some of you guys mentioned this earlier as well, but I doubt the outcome will be what Brainstorm wants. They will encounter current Megatron eventually, and he would no doubt convince his younger self about the errors of the past. This could mean that Brainstorm is giving Megatron tech from the future for his war or some sort of advice. In the end Brainstorm might not be a spy at all, just someone who changed sides during the start of the war. Then again it was on the inside of his face plate so who knows.

Also confused at the end, did Kaon take off with Trailcutter's head and brain?


I'm sure next issue will bring about more questions than it will answer for the past 2 issues.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1618160)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on October 30th, 2014 @ 8:57am CDT
Okay, please don't think me crazy (okay, I am crazy but this is going to come off as pretty 'duuuuh') is this issue out?

I can't find it on Amazon (Kindle) which is where I get my comics. It's driving me nuts!
Thankfully I live two blocks from a comics store and have no issues buying the paper copy, I just like having the digital so I can read it anywhere (and it doesn't get shredded/drawn in by the kids)

Edit: Never mind... I did some digging and found out my yes. Apparently Amazon is not selling it, which makes me all twitchy. Sometimes I just want to send the DJD their way <-- bad TF joke!

Off to the comics store!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1618179)
Posted by ScottyP on October 30th, 2014 @ 10:01am CDT
^ Glad you got it sorted out! I think the Kindle editions take a while to go up for some reason. May be due to some deal with Comixology, but I have 0 facts to back that up.

And John Stamoist (excellent screen name, btw), That also makes a lot of sense. Something else I've thought of after sleeping on it - Brainstorm could be Agent 113? Could have been the mole within the DJD mentioned way back in LSotW? Or they could go full blown headmaster idea and say that Brainstorm is dead and that's actually Vos - only going with that due to the faceplates seeming to be analogous at least somewhat, but that could also be a good ol' JR red herring.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 Preview (1618192)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on October 30th, 2014 @ 10:45am CDT
I'd never had a problem with Kindle before... no biggie, I'll just switch to Comixology (well, I did, never made it out due to a 4 year old with an aversion to wearing pants. He will only wear shorts... because he wants to see his knees. When it's 45 degrees out, I kind of insist on pants)
So now I read it... and ... wow... I'm still processing.

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