Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #10 Creator Commentary with James Roberts

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 10:41PM CDT

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The official Transformers facebook page has posted the creator commentary for IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Ongoing #10. Writer James Roberts gives us insight into the first five pages. We've mirrored the commentary below for those without facebook access.


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PAGE 1: We’re getting more into the politics of Cybertron with Senator Proteus, the rise of the Decepticons and how to deal with them. How far in advance did you have these kinds of political games worked out, and who would benefit from them?

JAMES ROBERTS: With “Shadowplay”—particularly Part 2—I’m trying to move MTMTE into “political thriller” territory. Well, a political thriller with some old-fashioned conspiracy tropes thrown in. This isn’t the first time I’ve explored the socio-political infrastructure of pre-war Cybertron—“Chaos Theory” (which can be found in the trade paperback of the same name), laid a lot of the groundwork upon which the plot of “Shadowplay” rests.

Structurally and hierarchically, ancient Cybertronian society has parallels with our own—there’s apartheid, civil rights, democracy (of a sort), classism, etc; to counterbalance that I wanted to bring something uniquely Cybertronian to the fore—namely the fact that these creatures are blessed (or cursed) with a second shape that determines their lot in life.

As for how far in advance I had these political games mapped out… far enough. Far enough to extend beyond this particular story.

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PAGE 2: Chromedome gives chase to the bot who threw the body in front of him and Prowl from the last issue. Did you give specific designs on the sky bike and the craft he is pursuing as well as the Translucentica Heights?

JAMES ROBERTS: I certainly wanted Prowl and Chromedome’s sky bikes to be reminiscent of Action Master Prowl’s motorcycle. Just because.

The key thing about Translucentica—as the name (from “translucent”) suggests—was to make it look like it was entirely made of glass. Issue 9’s script said, “Translucentica is visible in the distance, a cluster of shimmering glass skyscrapers, sculptures, monorails, all of it tinted blue.” That was easy for me to write—the ever-talented duo of Alex Milne and Josh Burcham—had the difficult task of bringing that sentence to life.

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PAGE 3: Chromedome loses his quarry and meets up with Prowl. Why put these two characters together for this story and not another pair?

JAMES ROBERTS: The simple answer is: I love Prowl and I wanted him in MTMTE.

Way, way back I pitched a story to IDW—a Prowl Spotlight set on pre-war Cybertron which had him tracking down a Transformation-Cog-stealing serial killer against a background of Decepticon rioting. Obviously that story was never written, but I was attracted to the idea of Prowl working for this CSI-type unit called the Mechaforensics Division.

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PAGE 4 and 5: Prowl and Chromedome meet Red Alert and find the ’bot they are looking for. As all three of these characters have quite a bit of history to them, will we be seeing some of their actions catching up to them in future issues? Maybe across Robots in Disguise with Prowl as well?

JAMES ROBERTS: Your question reveals a universal truth about MTMTE: every character has a past, and everyone’s past will catch up with them. We’re not jumping back to pre-war Cybertron at random: events that take place during the run-up to war will have lasting repercussions on our present day crew.
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Posted by Tigertrack on November 3rd, 2012 @ 4:59am CDT
Love the cc. It sheds light on choices and also in some places cleans up what may be not entirely clear (see last issue RID).

I'm not a fan of prowls current treatment fully (in RID), but it's cool, he's here and a main character.

I really enjoyed the art in this issue. Story was good but there was a metric ton of dialogue (from what I remember reading as I was falling asleep- re-reading soon).
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Posted by Blurrz on November 4th, 2012 @ 11:06pm CST
I do agree that it was a bit heavy on the dialogue. However the way the issue leads into Part 3 is pretty exciting. That's one thing that I do like about MTMTE - I know it's leading into something else, but there's still so much within the issue that makes each issue great by itself. I feel like RID is trying to close off each issue as a separate story, resulting in things getting rushed and what not. Just not the same flow.
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Posted by Bubbah on November 5th, 2012 @ 12:49am CST
I agree this was a fairly dialogue heavy issue. But it read fairly well, and all played an integral part of the story. Even with everything going on, they still managed to keep in enough humor and little jokes, even though this issue had a more serious overall feel. So far Mtmte has been an awesome book.
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Posted by hardreturn on November 5th, 2012 @ 5:33pm CST
such a good comic

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