Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview

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Once again thanks to Seibertron.com member and podcaster ScottyP, we have been notified of the regular iTunes three page preview - and it’s for the big, landmark issue #50, starting the Dying of the Light arc! As writer James Roberts confirms on Twitter, there are pages 4-6, rather than 1-3, but take a look nonetheless below.

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT—PART 1! Since joining the Lost Light, MEGATRON has rejected everything that once made him the most feared and hated Cybertronian of all time. But penitence has a price, and before the ex-Decepticon can find true redemption he must first confront his darkest legacy—the Decepticon Justice Division.


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Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766393)
Posted by Quint on February 14th, 2016 @ 2:31pm CST
Megatron: Rumbled. Speaking of which...


You know, it's lovely to see that, even after starting a war and millions of years of being a genocidal tyrant, Megatron has maintained a playful sense of humour...

(FFS, this better be a trick or a long con.)
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766533)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 14th, 2016 @ 9:05pm CST
Well, Dunno what to make of it yet. Cannot wait for what 10 days though? :BOT:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766638)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 15th, 2016 @ 8:40am CST
Quint wrote:
Megatron: Rumbled. Speaking of which...


You know, it's lovely to see that, even after starting a war and millions of years of being a genocidal tyrant, Megatron has maintained a playful sense of humour...

(FFS, this better be a trick or a long con.)


Why would it be a trick? Megatron has grown immensely since becoming an autobot, I love him like this and hope that this doesn't change for years yet. They want an evil Megatron? Bring bw megs into the comics ;-)

Sigh I really need to find the money so I can get this series again.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766692)
Posted by Quint on February 15th, 2016 @ 12:18pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:
Quint wrote:
Megatron: Rumbled. Speaking of which...


You know, it's lovely to see that, even after starting a war and millions of years of being a genocidal tyrant, Megatron has maintained a playful sense of humour...

(FFS, this better be a trick or a long con.)


Why would it be a trick? Megatron has grown immensely since becoming an autobot, I love him like this and hope that this doesn't change for years yet. They want an evil Megatron? Bring bw megs into the comics ;-)

Sigh I really need to find the money so I can get this series again.



It hasn't been earned, due to the sheer scale of the atrocities he's committed and the very narrow time frame this spontaneous, Road to Damascus-style turnaround occurred within. Compare this to the delicious malevolence of Chaos Theory... Verisimilitude and all that...

It's either bad planning (a franchise imperative shoe-horned in), bad writing or, hopefully, the plot is more complex than it otherwise seems. Perhaps Megatron does want to meet the Knights but for ulterior motives that also involve Brainstorm's briefcase.

I like Megatron's quips as much as the next person, in their own right, yet the character change doesn't ring true. Nonetheless, I'm especially enjoying how he has ostensibly supplanted Rodimus as the bona fide captain outright (senior crew members such as Magnus, Rung et al defer to Megs, his battlefield expertise is in stark contrast to the sloppy tactics employed by Rodders etc).

It would also explain why he's lowering himself by explaining his feelings to lesser beings so frequently ;) >

Imagine the devastation it would cause if it is revealed he has been insidiously using them this whole time. It would also add some meaning to Rodimus' stunted growth as a character.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766736)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 15th, 2016 @ 2:31pm CST
But they have also been changing his origins to show that he never started off wanting that kind of future, yet he was forced into it by way of circumstances. You can see this in the flashback that tarn has sorta when he's talking to black shadow. I don't think it was a franchise thing as the only other megs to do this was in prime, where he disbanded the decepticons because of what unicron did to him.

Now you may like that ending of sorts where megs reveals his true colours but I would just face palm as that would be a true cop out and unlike Roberts, who is far too smart for such a disappointing twist.

As to what he wants the briefcase for, well I'm wondering if he wants to find the 'third' option for cybertron, one where the planet is freed from the influences of the corruption of groups like functionists but without the loss of life and all the violence that the decepticons caused.

If they went that route, then megatron would be similar to one of my all time favourite video game protagonists/antagonists Kain from the legacy of Kain series.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766767)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 15th, 2016 @ 3:57pm CST
I cannot see them undoing the past 2 years of Megatrons character development. Roberts has worked too hard and it has been shown that Megs has legitimate reasons for everything and he now feels the impact of what his life has brought, and he feels it strongly. I think he is good for good now :BOT:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766793)
Posted by Va'al on February 15th, 2016 @ 4:32pm CST
Given what D-Max and ZeroWolf have just said, we also have the field shot on the Necrobot world, and the announcement in #49 about his turn to non-violence - renouncing his gun, as he wrote in Towards Peace. (Nicely mirrored by the losing of the walking stick - gun as tool to prop him up - with his holomatter avatar on Swearth, too.)

To set him up against Tarn, with the latter as a follower of Megatron the warrior, all of this may have actually been necessary. It would not be a clever ruse, this far in.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766827)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 15th, 2016 @ 7:30pm CST
The Necroworld image is to me the biggest impact on Megatron, with the issue 38 realization that the universe would be better without him coming in second :BOT:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766882)
Posted by Quint on February 16th, 2016 @ 3:30am CST
I think we're all somewhat partisan towards potential plots that we prefer. Which is fair enough.

Nonetheless, I maintain that a damascene conversion - precipitated by a single Autobot's death after millions of years of slaughtering them, remember - is either, as above, unlikely, weak plotting or story writing. However praising Robert's writing for being so complex that he wouldn't throw a twist in is a little contradictory lol. The title is called More Than Meets The Eye, after all.

Anyway, It's just speculation of future developments (yes, based on somewhat homogeneous character voices). Time will tell.

Edit to add: From a PR / commercial point of view, Megatron's defection garnered headlines (even being mentioned in the UK Guardian very recently too). In the same way that Batman survived or Superman was resurrected or whatever, it's perhaps inevitable that Megatron will once again 'change' to court attention and revenue. This is likely just building up to a pay day and the only thing up for debate is the nature of his betrayal. Despite my criticism above, I hope it's Roberts that sees this through.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766884)
Posted by Va'al on February 16th, 2016 @ 3:51am CST
Quint wrote:This is likely just building up to a pay day and the only thing up for debate is the nature of his betrayal. Despite my criticism above, I hope it's Roberts that sees this through.


Alas, I am inclined to agree on the first part of that, and minus the 'alas' I agree on the second too!

Barber is a good egg too, and I don't expect him to change the direction any time soon. Cannot necessarily say the same of higher IDW or their connection with the franchise. But we'll see!
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1766908)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 16th, 2016 @ 6:52am CST
I still say that a twist in the vein of "I was evil along fools!" Is in itself bad writing, everyone is still expecting it and it's a twist as stupid as most of M. Night Shamylan (spelling wrong I know) twists.

But I digress, it sea people always fall into the camps of "just pretending to be good" and "wanting redemption" so I have to ask, why do people want him evil? There's other bad guys out there now who can have the spotlight, galvatron has never shined so bright...apart from the old marvel comics.

As for one autobot life meaning more to wiping out millions? Well how many of them did he really know personally? That and redemption stories all start with the protagonist finding new value in life.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1767110)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 16th, 2016 @ 4:50pm CST
A twist like Megs being evil for years while being an Autobot just doesn't seem to fit with what we seen. I believe he truly is going down that different path :BOT:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1769508)
Posted by Va'al on February 25th, 2016 @ 3:39am CST
Just for information, there are some previews and extra pages floating around the internet for MTMTE #50.
We will not be newsing anything until we get the actual material from IDW.

Please read James Roberts' message about the situation, too:

[...] it pains me that random, spoiler-heavy panels/pages, out of both context and sequence, will spread everywhere over the next two weeks, making it nigh-on impossible for readers to approach this exceptionally important issue as the creative team intended. You won't read the issue as it was written or experience it as it was designed to be experienced. Furthermore, sales could take a dent.

So please, if you've happened upon some pages from #50 that aren't 4, 5 or 6, don't share them.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1769601)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 25th, 2016 @ 2:31pm CST
Really sucks considering this was supposed to come out today, and yet is delayed 2 weeks. It needs to get back to the regular slot of the last week of the month, not the second week of the following month :MAXIMAL:
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1769786)
Posted by Professor Smooth on February 26th, 2016 @ 5:10am CST
I don't know why this happened, but the book was released on iTunes here in Japan. The whole issue, in English, for 950 yen.

I don't want to spoil anything for anybody, but I will say that it's worth waiting for. Not sure if it's possible to use the Japanese version of iTunes from outside the country, but if you can, get on it. ;)
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1769787)
Posted by Va'al on February 26th, 2016 @ 5:14am CST
Professor Smooth wrote:I don't know why this happened, but the book was released on iTunes here in Japan. The whole issue, in English, for 950 yen.

I don't want to spoil anything for anybody, but I will say that it's worth waiting for. Not sure if it's possible to use the Japanese version of iTunes from outside the country, but if you can, get on it. ;)


Yep, we were aware of this, and thank you for keeping quiet on it!
idw-transformers-more-than-meets-the-eye-50-discussion-thread-p1769786.php#p1769508
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1769897)
Posted by ScottyP on February 26th, 2016 @ 1:52pm CST
If anyone posts unmarked spoilers and/or non-officially-distributed "preview" pages here I will perma ban you never be friends with you.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1770441)
Posted by o.supreme on February 29th, 2016 @ 2:17pm CST
Hopefully with March & June having 5 Wednesdays, they will be able to get back on production schedule. Especially if ever down the road they want to do another crossover event. It would not be very well received to read things out of order.

But then again SoTW #4 is also delayed, and TF vs GI Joe, well that appears like the Ghost of Christmas Future, and really should be put to an end, hopefully soon. Also I talked to one of the comic shop workers. Apparently DC is behind on a number of titles as well. looks to be happening more & more in the industry.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1770579)
Posted by Va'al on March 1st, 2016 @ 7:23am CST
o.supreme wrote:Hopefully with March & June having 5 Wednesdays, they will be able to get back on production schedule. Especially if ever down the road they want to do another crossover event. It would not be very well received to read things out of order.

But then again SoTW #4 is also delayed, and TF vs GI Joe, well that appears like the Ghost of Christmas Future, and really should be put to an end, hopefully soon. Also I talked to one of the comic shop workers. Apparently DC is behind on a number of titles as well. looks to be happening more & more in the industry.


It's not a production issue, or at least not from the creative side. There is something big happening in the physical production and shipping of the books across the board.
Re: Sneak Peek - IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50 iTunes Preview (1771386)
Posted by ScottyP on March 4th, 2016 @ 3:07pm CST
After delays, false previews, cut parts and more delays, the second milestone for IDW Publishing Transformers is here - More Than Meets the Eye also reaches issue #50! Check out below a full preview, as first shown on Newsarama, and make sure to head back here next week for the regular Seibertron.com review of this landmark issue.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #50
James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne & Brendan Cahill (a) • Griffith (c)
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT—PART 1! Since joining the Lost Light, MEGATRON has rejected everything that once made him the most feared and hated Cybertronian of all time. But penitence has a price, and before the ex-Decepticon can find true redemption he must first confront his darkest legacy—the Decepticon Justice Division.
FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Bullet points:
MEGATRON’S past comes back to haunt him—literally!
The D.J.D. are utterly committed to punishing any who abandon MEGATRON’s cause… and now they know MEGATRON is an AUTOBOT!
The masterplan of TRANSFORMER’s geniuses James Roberts and Alex Milne reveals itself!
The story begins here—but you won’t believe where it will end!
Will the Lost Light survive? Nothing is sure!
Variant Cover by Alex Milne!


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