Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers

Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers

Saturday, April 20th, 2013 5:56am CDT

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The people over at Comic Book Resources have sat down with IDW Transformers' writer extraordinaire and fan-favourite James Roberts, discussing the upcoming May titles, the MTMTE Remain in Light arc, his relationship with John Barber and the future of the IDW ongoings.

You can read the whole interview here.

Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
Roberts said the "Transformers: Hoist" & "Trailcutter" one-shots stand alone but are also "firmly rooted" in the "MTMTE" Universe


This May, writer James Roberts presents two "Transformers" stories from IDW Publishing, "Transformers Spotlight: Hoist" drawn by Agustin Padilla and "Transformers: More than Meets the Eye" #17, kicking off the "Remain in Light" storyline drawn by Alex Milne. Earlier this month "Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter" was released with art by Matt Frank.

Roberts has been busy carving out his own corner of IDW's Transformers Universe after orchestrating the popular "Death of Optimus Prime" storyline with co-writer John Barber. After that story's success, Roberts launched the popular ongoing series "Transformers: More than Meets the Eye" alongside Barber's own "Transformers: Robots in Disguise."

Roberts spoke with CBR News about his upcoming "Transformers" titles, dishing details on what goes down in "Spotlight: Hoist" and "Trailcutter," as well as expanding on the "Remain in Light" story and the next "Transformers" event, "Dark Cybertron."


Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
Roberts describes the "Trailcutter" one-shot as "Home Alone" meets "Transformers"


"Spotlight: Trailcutter" is basically "Transformers" meets "Home Alone." Trailcutter is part of the crew of the Lost Light, an Autobot starship looking for the legendary Knights of Cybertron.[...]
It's a sitcom in space. [...] "Spotlight: Hoist" is more of a bottle episode.


Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
There's a metaphorical ticking clock for the Transformers appearing in the "Hoist" one-shot


John Barber said it very well: "The 'Transformers' comics are about people. Metal people, sure -- and metal people whose problems frequently involve the fate of the world being at stake -- but they're relatable people with real emotions acting like people act."


Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers
"MTMTE" #17 begins the "Remain in Light" storyline where Roberts says the series moves up "several gears" and "we go widescreen."



My plans for "More Than Meets The Eye" stretch far into the future. Coming later this year is the first proper crossover event since John and I started writing the two ongoings. It's huge, involving hundreds of characters and -- like the end of the war -- it marks another turning point in the Transformers Universe.[...]

One last thing: things are coming full circle as John and I are collaborating -- I'm talking plot and script -- on the next huge "Transformers" event: "Dark Cybertron." It all kicks off in the autumn, with the countdown starting in May.


"Transformers Spotlight: Hoist" and "Transformers: More than Meets the Eye" #17 are due this May. "Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter" is available now, and we here at Seibertron have previewed and reviewed it!

Credit(s): Comic Book Resources


This article was last modified on Sunday, April 21st, 2013 4:46am CDT

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Re: Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers (1480586)
Posted by Henry921 on April 20th, 2013 @ 6:46pm CDT
"Dark Cybertron" is their big event for the year, eh? :-?

I'll lay odds on it having something to do with Shockwave and Orion Pax.

Anyway, great interview, Va'al.
Re: Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers (1480767)
Posted by Sodan-1 on April 21st, 2013 @ 4:12pm CDT
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love our Transformers comics. :x
Re: Interview with James Roberts - Spotlights, MTMTE, Dark Cybertron, Teasers (1481312)
Posted by PhunkJunkion on April 23rd, 2013 @ 5:17pm CDT
I have nothing but praise for the direction IDW's Transformers titles have taken in the past while. It's not just great Transformers storytelling, it's great storytelling period.

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