IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

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Through some strange channel, Google Books has an early full preview of the upcoming Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49. While we have mirrored the images below for readers to enjoy, we would also like to offer a warning against some randomly generated further pages floating out there, and join in with writer James Roberts' words below.




Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49

James Roberts (w) • Hayato Sakamoto (a) • Alex Milne (c)
SHUTDOWN! A vengeful god stalks the corridors of the Lost Light, murdering everyone who makes eye contact. The crew must answer two questions: Why have they been singled out for punishment? And how do you stop someone who can kill you just by thinking about it?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The stage is set. The players are in place. The lights are dimmed. Next month: the lights die.
The most acclaimed TRANSFORMERS comic book ever closes in on another milestone!
Lies, tragedy, comedy, and cold hard truth.
Variant Cover by Nick Roche!



Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761381)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 31st, 2016 @ 1:54pm CST
That Sunder guy is creepy as all get out, and those poor security guys! they looked cool! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761587)
Posted by Va'al on February 1st, 2016 @ 6:40am CST
The oddities with issue #49 of IDW Publishing's Transformers: More than Meets the Eye keep on coming, as fellow fan on Twitter Thistle_Burr spotted both variant covers for next week's book over on GoCollect. One sees the third part of the massive Alex Milne/Josh Perez piece featuring cast from both ongoings, while the other is a Nick Roche (and Josh Burcham?) Rung-centred ominous shadow - check them out below!

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761589)
Posted by steve2275 on February 1st, 2016 @ 7:09am CST
Va'al wrote:The oddities with issue #49 of IDW Publishing's Transformers: More than Meets the Eye keep on coming, as fellow fan on Twitter Thistle_Burr spotted both variant covers for next week's book over on GoCollect. One sees the third part of the massive Alex Milne/Josh Perez piece featuring cast from both ongoings, while the other is a Nick Roche (and Josh Burcham?) Rung-centred ominous shadow - check them out below!Image

my what a big shadow you cast
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761606)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 1st, 2016 @ 9:03am CST
This is some weird scheduling here. Either way, that 4-part cover is looking awesome! :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761675)
Posted by ScottyP on February 1st, 2016 @ 1:38pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:This is some weird scheduling here. Either way, that 4-part cover is looking awesome! :BOT:
It's actually six parts! Guess I need to track the rest down after getting the first two already.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761712)
Posted by CombaticonsCombine? on February 1st, 2016 @ 3:39pm CST
any guesses on the identity of the shadow?

doesn't look like anyone i know but someone here might know?
i dunno.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761739)
Posted by Mr O on February 1st, 2016 @ 4:48pm CST
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:any guesses on the identity of the shadow?

doesn't look like anyone i know but someone here might know?
i dunno.


I don't know either. I don't know much about the comics but I think Overlord's out of the picture, Snapdragon's head is a different shape and iI don't know what their version of Broadside looks like or is up to. So, Broadside, with a '?'.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761746)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 1st, 2016 @ 5:14pm CST
More like Rung staring down Sunder but with a different shadow :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761828)
Posted by CombaticonsCombine? on February 1st, 2016 @ 9:20pm CST
<:: Hold it right there! ::>

Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions, but think about this:

Sunder has that creepy mouth, yeah?
Makes several metaphors about 'feeding' on people's memories.

They go to considerable effort to not show Getaway's mouthplate because of a beam that looks REALLY out of place.

Maybe, just MAYBE, Sunder does something to their faces? A tiiiiny bit similar to what Vos 2.0 does, perhaps?

Also, who's Tailgate standing in front of on the primary cover? His general design seems really familiar, but those red eyes...Hm.

<:: Alright; you can go. ::>
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761850)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 1st, 2016 @ 10:02pm CST
I don't think there is anything going on with Getaway's face there. by the sounds of it, Sunder just mnemosurgeons his way into your mind and makes it blow up with guilt.

And that is Thunderclash on the cover behind Tailgate :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1761972)
Posted by Va'al on February 2nd, 2016 @ 3:01am CST
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:Also, who's Tailgate standing in front of on the primary cover? His general design seems really familiar, but those red eyes...Hm.


Thunderclash, I believe. Someone suggested (in another thread, if I remember correctly) that it is possible that something happened between Thunderclash and Tailgate when Tailgate rainbowsploded. I don't entirely buy that, but there does seem to be a lot more confidence in the little one here.

If Sunder/Mortilus is after sin, and Tailgate - despite the actual age - is an innocent young baby in holomatter form, maybe he's essentially immune to Sunder's 'powers'?



As for the big shadow, I just assumed it was Sunder. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1762007)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 2nd, 2016 @ 8:43am CST
Va'al wrote:Thunderclash, I believe. Someone suggested (in another thread, if I remember correctly) that it is possible that something happened between Thunderclash and Tailgate when Tailgate rainbowsploded. I don't entirely buy that, but there does seem to be a lot more confidence in the little one here.

If Sunder/Mortilus is after sin, and Tailgate - despite the actual age - is an innocent young baby in holomatter form, maybe he's essentially immune to Sunder's 'powers'?


It is possible Tailgate and Thunderclash now share a bond. Tailgate did wake him up, and who knows what that may have done.
And Tailgate is shaping up to be the hero. The little guy's real only sin is lying, and he barely has had enough time to create large amounts of sin. and with Getaway and Cyclonus' actions, it is possible he is over it and Sunder can't touch him :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1762033)
Posted by ScottyP on February 2nd, 2016 @ 10:23am CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:And Tailgate is shaping up to be the hero.
Dang, you're right. Guess we know who dies next.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1762389)
Posted by Judge Deliberata on February 2nd, 2016 @ 11:36pm CST
CombaticonsCombine? wrote:They go to considerable effort to not show Getaway's mouthplate because of a beam that looks REALLY out of place.

Maybe, just MAYBE, Sunder does something to their faces? A tiiiiny bit similar to what Vos 2.0 does, perhaps?


You know what else you can't see? His arms. It's meant to look like they're in shadow, but I dunno...he looks very beaten up, full of cracks.

The guy's an escape artist who is responsible for a plot to kill Megatron that nearly got Tailgate and Cyclonus both killed. The notion of Cyclonus or Megatron surviving a plot against either of them and needing to keep the prisoner alive because that's the Autobot way, well...I'd say in either Megs' or Cyclonus' book, alive only needs to mean 'functional'.

Yeah, I don't think we're getting a full shot of Getaway for a very good reason; I'm betting he's been gruesomely crippled both for for his actions, and to prevent him from escaping, and he's not very pretty to look at. Sunder might not have touched him...yet.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1762391)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 2nd, 2016 @ 11:49pm CST
I'm still very sad that this is not coming out for another week :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1763616)
Posted by Va'al on February 6th, 2016 @ 3:45am CST
We have, as Newsarama breaks the seals, the full preview for next week's release from IDW Transformers - More Than Meets the Eye #49 will finally see the Light! Check out the first pages below, and head back here next week for a full review, too.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49
James Roberts (w) • Hayato Sakamoto (a) • Alex Milne (c)
SHUTDOWN! A vengeful god stalks the corridors of the Lost Light, murdering everyone who makes eye contact. The crew must answer two questions: Why have they been singled out for punishment? And how do you stop someone who can kill you just by thinking about it?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
The stage is set. The players are in place. The lights are dimmed. Next month: the lights die.
The most acclaimed TRANSFORMERS comic book ever closes in on another milestone!
Lies, tragedy, comedy, and cold hard truth.
Variant Cover by Alex Milne!


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1765087)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 3:05am CST
SINS OF THE --wait
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
SHUTDOWN! A vengeful god stalks the corridors of the Lost Light, murdering everyone who makes eye contact. The crew must answer two questions: Why have they been singled out for punishment? And how do you stop someone who can kill you just by thinking about it?

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..sure, that'll work


Story

We have reached the second part of the final arc before the 50th milestone, and the last chance to see what is going in some of the Lost Light's crew members' heads. Quite literally, with James Roberts' newfound torture instrument for our regular space-opera-meets-horror-meets-sitcom-meets: the Transformers god of death, Mortilus, and its vessel, the biggest mnemosurgeon around, Sunder.

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How?


With the horror side of the story (more on the other side below), Roberts actually brings us a lot closer to the initial arcs of this particular ongoing. A lot of the issue, in fact, feeds back into an older vibe for the book, also given Skids' first introduction to MTMTE as an outsider to the situation, and his clearly pivotal role in the grand scheme of things.

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Nope


The problems I had with the issue, and I find myself repeating a previous thought, are with the pacing - and with the fact that this is another conclusion that feels rushed, even actually cut short. I understand that the length of the comic can only allow so much. But still, some things feel like they're lacking a part to them, or that more could be said and told.

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Oh, and Tailgate's in it too


That is not to say that I don't realise and understand that there are, obviously other developments to be expected, especially with the preview and covers being what they are and featuring who they do. We will be seeing how a lot of what happens in here will affect the rest of the crew, of the series, and probably of the TFverse, without too many doubts on that last part, either.

Art

We've seen what Hayato Sakamoto can do in previous issues, and in his work on the TFCC and Takara Legends comics - what we get here is a shift further into the latter style, and something which feels more his, with some significant manga traits, and some definite horrorific, twisted, Junji Ito/Neon Genesis Evangelion-esque moments that add to the already present early feel of the MTMTE run streaming through this particular issue.

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Nightmares on the house


Even with the usual vibrancy of colours that Joana Lafuente brings to the palette, the choice of darker reds, blues, purples and oranges (interesting combination there...) really does add to the space horror elements this time round - though at times perhaps too bright for a ship that is supposedly in dim light to avoid eye contact.



There are oodles of lettering scattered around the book, with Sunder's voice bubbles and the multiple ...noises. And Tom B. Long has the arduous, but surely satisfying given the result, task of capturing them all, each and every time. The two main variant covers are as fitting as you would expect, with Tailgate and Thunderclash taking main stage for Alex Milne and Josh Perez, Rung staring down Sunder in the Nick Roche/Josh Burcham one - and then we have another piece of the gigantically glorious Milne/Perez puzzle in the retailer incentive variant (thumbnailed).


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The not entirely new, but slightly modified/shifted visuals in the book are very fitting to the overall themes present in the issue, and offer a good background to the major narrative trajectories for Tarn, Skids, and their enabling link through Sunder - though, obviously, no resolution yet. This is still Roberts we're talking about.

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Senpaaaaaai!


On that note... Much like everything else, from solicits to coverage, surrounding this issue, I have steered clear of any of the major turns taking place in the story, other than Skids' own tale, above. I'll take this last paragraph to just point out one little aspect that will lead to very interesting paths, if kept consistent, for The Dying of the Light and everything after issue #50 - Megatron's development, Tailgate's direction. Very interesting paths indeed.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1765099)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on February 10th, 2016 @ 8:31am CST
I felt left wanting... *sigh*

Roberts obviously has a deep horror vein in him, if he he could just play it out to the fullest it would be spectacular. But he always seems to cut it short. Obviously it's time and editing, beyond his control... but I keep wanting a better conclusion.

*shakes fist at powers that be*
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1765101)
Posted by Va'al on February 10th, 2016 @ 8:40am CST
ctrlFrequency wrote:I felt left wanting... *sigh*

Roberts obviously has a deep horror vein in him, if he he could just play it out to the fullest it would be spectacular. But he always seems to cut it short. Obviously it's time and editing, beyond his control... but I keep wanting a better conclusion.

*shakes fist at powers that be*


Pretty much yeah. I still feel the Sparkeater arc was a lot better developed than later stuff, despite the early time in the series.

This issue also had two Power Rangers moments that I'm still trying to figure out what I think of... :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #49 Full (Leaked) Preview (1765104)
Posted by Randomhero on February 10th, 2016 @ 8:52am CST
I think tformers did it best with saying "we're already getting a series that's dealing this this situation and it's called Sins of the Wreckers. And it's doing it better.

There's quite a few scenes that are kind of hard to follow and while James has been good using an issue to say a lot, this issue really doesn't. It's not a bad issue but it's just...ugh it's hard to describe.

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