What is Megatron’s Alt-mode in Transformers More Than Meets The Eye? SPOILERS

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Speak softly and carry a big… gun?

Anyone invested in the last 4 issues of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye will be on edge for the next 30-some days. Luckily Game of Thrones will be well over before the next issue drops, but we were all victim to a Walking Dead-style Season Finale cliff-hanger to muse over.

Hints have been dropped over the course of the last 50 issues to many of the on-going mysteries, but sometimes the biggest hints are in between the cracks. The solution to the riddle can be right in front of us by looking at the things that AREN’T said.

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Alex Milne almost ALWAYS includes an alt-mode in his initial character sketches

For instance, the second ‘season’ of MTMTE thrust us right into the thick of it with Megatron aboard The Lost Light with a new body. The fact that this is a new rebuild for Megatron has been mentioned sparingly seems like a hint. There’s also a lot of fan backlash and criticism about how More Than Meets The Eye is a story about Transformers that “don’t transform”. While at base level I can admit that the transformations are of almost third level importance compared to the character and world building of this story, it may have been an intentional choice on the author’s part. Could there be some big twist regarding the omittance of Megatron’s alt-mode?

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Robots in Disguise & Dark Cybertron Megatron rebuild by Andrew Griffith – Definitely a tank.

The general theories are that Megatron’s body is just a slight tweak to his Robots In Diguise / Dark Cybertron appearance where he was most definitely a battle tank of sorts. This design was his most recent configuration prior to the events in MTMTE, and so it could be said that all we are seeing is a new artist’s take on the current design.  Sure, maybe…

But then why didn’t we see a sketch of Megatron’s alt-mode in Alex Milne’s initial design reveals?  He typically likes to show fans some of the cool design work he does for these books, which he’s mention is done off the clock.  When he revealed the new Megatron, there wasn’t an alt-mode sketch.  No one thought jack shit about it at the time, but I’m raising an eyebrow or two.

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Your guide to IDW Megatron’s ala yours truly. Enjoy!

What does this mean?  Of course I don’t know, I could just guess but I’m getting really sick of being totally wrong.  I will close with this interesting tidbit that harkens ALLLL the way back to Escalation issue 5.  Fellow MTMTE-fan and Seibertron.com podcaster Scotty P sent me a private message pointing out some eerily similar Megatron Moments to something that happened in MTMTE 54…  you be the judge, I’ll be the jury, and James Roberts?  The executioner.

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Dichotomy, full circle!

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