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#whoistarn Preparing our fallout shelters for More Than Meets the Eye’s season 2 close (spoilers)

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Blood bath of spoilers below

Issue 53 of Transformers “More Than Meets The Eye” just came out. It was a doozy and if you were on the front lines for #holdthedoor, then you had a pretty emotional week in pop culture story telling. James Roberts has weaved 53+ issues of mind melt and it’s all been a set up for the next issue, number 54. While it’s true that the eminent battle royale has been promised since issue 50, the last panel of 53 indicates it is actually going to happen. How will the preview panels be served up? Will it open with a two-page slaughter spread like when Overlord was let loose, or will the issue open with the battle’s aftermath?  The latter would surely enrage the blood-thirsty readers ready for battle. There is plenty to surmise, but today, my fellow Collecticons, we are focusing on one topic, and one topic only. #whoistarn

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Whomever is responsible for this really made my day

This isn’t the first time Tarn’s identity has been under investigation, oh no.  I would like to claim the origination of the Roller = Tarn theory, from a post back in 2012, but that’s not the important thing.  What’s important is that one of the major screw ball theories as to Tarn’s Identity was nixed from the record as of this week!

Tarn is not Dominus Ambus.

We learn the shocking truth about why Dominus Ambus was ‘disappeared’ via an emotionally-driven reveal featuring Chromedome, Rewind, and a turbofox. We get not one, but two incredible answers to some of MTMTE’s biggest questions. Dominus, who some fans had already suspected of possibly being the shadow-like Agent 113, is in fact that very entity and was planted by Prowl amidst the Decepticon Justice Division. Not only that, he’s been on panel in the story multiple times, but hidden in plain sight. Literally no one saw this coming, and no one has been looking harder than me.

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He’s been around the block

I’m going to cement the original TFwiki description of “The Pet” in history before it is drastically altered: The Pet is the nameless companion of Decepticon Justice Division member Kaon. Formerly a wild turbofox turned Sparkeater who has been partially domesticated by the D.J.D., he’s really more of a “sparkchewer”, to be honest.

A prevailing theory, considered by many including myself, was that Dominus had turned sides and become Tarn, or even better yet, was using his load-bearing powers to conceal himself WITHIN Roller’s shell of a body to give us a double sucker punch.  Instead, we have been treated to a super triple sucker punch, and Roberts is the winner. The load-bearer powers did come into play, much like the Minimus Ambus reveal of old, and the circular nature of the entire plot was an applause-worthy long game. How will Rewind and Chromedome fair in the fallout of this revelation?  It’s tough to know if they’ll even survive to find out…

The Original Ultra Magnus

Yeah, I’m gonna need to know a little more about this corruption, thanks.

Let’s start by reviewing my original predications, now that Dominus is out of the running. One idea I had was that the Original Ultra Magnus is still alive, but has been turned from his nobel Autobot-ness into the worst of the worst. This would definitely fit with the line exchanged between Tarn and Megatron in issue 52 about how Megatron “turned” him. Many surmise he is talking to Roller and that he was trying to emotionally damage Optimus Prime by turning his old friend. That’s an easy guess, but I believe there are additional levels.  Whomever Tarn was, obviously had a lot of clout and dissent towards the Decepticon cause.

What we don’t know is WHEN this corruption happened in the history of the great war.  Was it recent?  The beginning? The DJD, to me, have always seemed like a late-war creation. A bit of a desperation move by Megatron because his soldiers were questioning the cause. Has this Tarn ALWAYS been the Tarn?

Another indication is the brutal slayings on the Quantum duplicate Lost Light. Minimus Ambus had an expectionally grisly death and if may have been at the hands of the original Magnus, laying waste to any pretender that followed.  If this were the case, what will Tarn’s reaction be to Maximus Ambus? We’re sure to find out shortly.

Terminus

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Just where did he go?

Who is the real creator of Megatron? Apparently Terminus, who played the encouraging coworker of Megatron-Miner-Type on Messatine, was integral to the creation of “Towards Peace.” He appears briefly in flashback form during an important moment in Megatron’s past. Brainstorm time jumps deep within Messatine at this moment, and everyone evacuates, leaving the fate of Terminus nebulous. We learn later that Terminus was the one spreading the gospel of Megatron by hiding it in the bodies of dead miners that were shipped back to Cybertron.  Talk about some heavy reading material!

His name comes up sparingly and usually any resolution is cut off by a sudden event. Dramatic effect? Foreshadowing? Nothing? There is definitely more than meets the eye here. Megatron appears conflicted with any mention of him. Is it that Megatron feels responsible for his ‘death’? Or is there more?  Only Megatron, Rung, and Tarn himself have ever mentioned his name in the story and that triumvirate makes for a very exclusive club.

Sentinel Prime

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Let’s be honest, this prediction would be totally awful if true.

This is the most “big business” move of all the options and would totally stink of a Hasbro take-over of the narrative. We’ve already been told Sentinel is coming back. He’s in the new toy line and Hasbro just announced lots of new initiatives, company-wide. This could also mean a major shift for how they’ve been working with vendors like IDW, and perhaps want more synergy between their toys and the stories being told. Let’s really hope not, because Sentinel would have an awful lot of ‘splainin’ to do once the mask is off.

Beast Wars Megatron

Big purple is back!

Yeah yeah, I know I’ve been predicting Beast Wars Megatron’s IDW debut as a massive climax reveal in Sins of the Wreckers, but I think that theory is now squashed due to reading way too far into some dialogue I miss-interpreted. I’m not counting it out, but there also might be a chance for this guy to actually be the man behind the mask. He is fanatical, he has eloquent speech patterns… the parallels continue but I think the man below said it best:

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Musings by @colinwarhurst

Roller

And of course, there’s good old Roller. Prime’s old pal. The solider left behind. The easily-addicted all-American football-brawler that got lost along the way. There are countless threads tying Roller to being the original identity of Tarn, but I won’t discuss them because it’s old hat at this point. With the reveal of Dominus Ambus being part of the DJD, I feel that Roberts has even more incredible tricks up his sleeve and while Roller would be perfectly satisfying, I want JR to turn the knife! Blow my mind, make it hurt!

A Lake

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A little too serene for our Tarn

What’s in a name?  Probably not much in this case but I did think it was interesting that Tarn means something that I was not yet aware of. The obvious answer is that the city he is named after had a large Cybertronian lake nestled next to it. What could that mean, fiction-wise? I haven’t the slightest but since Dominus Ambus meant Master Walks. With a linguistic trick like that, this is worth a stab!

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Did TakaraTomy just release the first ever Official Decepticon Justice Division figure? UW-06 Grand Galvatron

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Is that you, Tarn?

Kudos to TakaraTomy for revealing the most bonkers combiner yet to be revealed amongst the Combiner Wars: Unite Warriors 06 Grand Galvatron!

Sold as a giftset, like most other Unite Warriors combiners, Grand Galvatron is the Japanese response to Hasbro’s Galvatronus. Much like Galvatronus is meant to force other robots to combiner with him, Grand Galvatron consists of mostly unexpected iterations of characters crossing many timelines and toylines.  The Ghost Starscream makes the most sense, but then we kick the dial up a few notches past heroin over-dose and Thrust from Armada drops over for hit, along with his new buddy Breakdown from Transformers: Prime.  But the party really starts once we realize IDW’s own Roller has dropped a few squares and we realize just what kind of friends we’ve made.

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Such an innocent face

Named “Wandering Roller”, this redeco of Rook is actually a pretty smart move.  The alt mode is completely grey, just like the original G1 Roller, and the bot mode takes on the essence of Orion Pax’s early-day buddy who we lost somewhere along the way… or did we?

If you’re a follower of Collecticon, then you should be well aware of this site’s hunch that Roller = Tarn of the Decepticon Justice Division. We aren’t expecting a confirmation one way or the other until maybe this time in 2016, but it sure is one of the great mysteries of More Than Meets The Eye.  

It sure is suspect that Grand Galvatron decided to pull all Decepticons into the folder for his combiner except for one… so just why is he there?  Keep you eyes here to find out the moment we do!

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What is the true identity of Tarn of the Decepticon Justice Division? SPOILERS MTMTE

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The face we’ve all grown to love to fear

2 years ago, I made an astute claim that Tarn’s true identity was that of Roller.  I like to tout that I was the first one, but since no one reads this blog, I have yet found a need to base that claim.  So for the sake of fun, let’s just assume it was me.  Thanks.

Since that time, More Than Meets The Eye has evolved into an ever-expanding mystery game that fans have ravenously gobbled up.  It’s about as adult as Transformers has really ever been to this date and part of what makes it so great is the criss-crossing on and off ramps that James Roberts has erected along the Lost Light’s super highway of plot lines.  The issue where the Decepticon Justice Division was first introduced is what actually got me to care about the More Than Meets The Eye story. I’ll spare a lengthy explanation of them, because if you’re reading this, you already know the drill: a new member takes on a new code name and identity when they join the group.  Since their leader, Tarn, wears an awesome Decepticon face-mask, no one knows who he used to be.  Since this was my jumping-on point for the series, the answer to who Tarn actually is has been my swan-song mystery for the story, and it feels like we are inching ever so close to the reveal.

Today More Than Meets The Eye issue 39 was released and it’s the issue fans of the DJD have been waiting for.  You know that moment in last season’s Game of Thrones when we got a glimpse of what’s going on with the White Walker’s behind enemy lines?  Remember in Lost when you saw what life was like on the other side of The Island?  Yeah, it’s totally as good as that. We got an entirely Decepticon-sided story today and the fuel is put on the fire!  So today we will question it again: just who is behind the mask?  WHO IS TARN?

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Teeth of a killer

#1 – Tarn is Roller

This is the most prevalent theory, at least ever since I suggested it!  I’ve seen numerous posts and social messages suggesting this since my original post in 2012.  The similarities are obvious.  Same build, height, discs on the side of the head, the shape of the thighs, the wrists…

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

 

Match this with the known past of Roller:

  • He’s a point-one-percenter
  • He’s got a habit (addiction?) of drinking steroids, C32 to be exact, in his Kremzeek
  • He’s been scarred on his left eye
  • He was around before The Great War began
  • He’s been in contact with the writings of Megatron, suggested by his close friend Orion Pax

It doesn’t take long to match up the tidbits left by Roberts the past few issues.  All signs point towards Roller being an ex-Autobot convert to Megatron’s ideal Decepticonism.  Roller becoming Tarn also would mean that Tarn has always been the real Tarn, not a replacement.  Tarn makes a point to note that he was there ‘before the Decepticons started’ in the latest issue of MTMTE.

I had this to say earlier today on why I believe Roller could’ve become Tarn on Bottalk in a discussion about this issue and I’d like to share it.

His friends left him to die, as far as he sees it. He takes his abandonment personally and clearly has never spoken to any of his old ‘friends’ since the incident. He was lost, alone, probably suffering withdrawal from the substance in that kremzeek drink, and probably had nothing to latch onto mentally, emotionally, or even physically other than the teachings of Megatron.

Imagine Decepticonism like Scientology. They prey on the meek, the misguided, and the deranged. Give them some peace, a rock to cling to in a turbulent ocean of chaos, and they started eating out of the palm of your hand. It’s comforting and it can be a-tune to a drug if it clicks with the right mind. Roller may have been in this weak state, near death, and now suddenly he had a new mission in life. He also maybe wants revenge, but instead of taking it out on those that hurt him (Prime, Trailbreaker, windcharger, skids) he focuses that pain and anger onto his victims. He would probably cower in shame if he ever was confronted by Optimus Prime.

And now, eons later, Megatron, his messiah upon high, has again turned his back on everything Tarn held dear! He is one of the few characters in TF mythos that has been equally smited, in his perception, by both of the faction leaders! He’s truly a tortured soul on a new level for Transformers fiction.

All signs point to Roller, in one way or another.  It seems almost obvious at this point… but a little too obvious?

#2 Tarn is Thunderclash

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The greatest Autobot ever? Perhaps the sneakiest if he is Tarn!

Another funky thing about the Decepticon Justice Division is that there is an Autobot mole within the group!  This seems insane considering what they do for a living, but the legend of Agent 113 persists.  One amongst them is feeding information to the Autobots.  The only bot that we think knows the identity of the mole is Springer, who is currently out of the game.

I’ve heard a variety of theories over the past year or so, and the Agent 113 thing is something I have only recently really intercepted.  It’s mostly in the dialogue and goes as far back as The Last Stand of the Wreckers, so it’s currently easy to overlook.  Many think it is Vos, who speaks in ancient Cybertronian.  Others have mused that it may be Kaon, who bears a seeming resemblance to the victim of Whirl’s angry shot from a spark-eater gun in issue 37.  Then there are those that believe it to be Tarn himself, which would be ultimately shocking given his demeanor.   Shocking, that is, unless he turned out to be the famed Autobot Thunderclash!

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At least one of these guys is an incredible liar.

If you look at Milne’s sketch of Thunderclash, you see some of the same resemblance to Tarn’s body that you can see with Roller’s sketch.  This theory is admittedly a big stretch, but after reviewing the designs, I find it hard to say the Roller-resemblance is concrete without also considering Thunderclash.  We really don’t see a lot of Thunderclash in this series, especially with his noteworthy reputation.  He claims to be gimped to his ship because of a certain injury, but perhaps this is just to stay hidden within it’s safe walls while not parading in his Autobot clothes.

There is a mountain of evidence that could be flung may way to say how this theory is full of malarky, but it’s worth noting.  Annnnd, I totally just made it up today.

#3 Tarn is (an) Ultra Magnus

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There’s a lot of familiar Phase-sixer faces in this crowd…

We’ve learned the secret of Ultra Magnus and how the Ultra Magnus we’ve been privvy to during the entire IDW run isn’t really who we thought he was.  He is actually, Minimus Ambus, now exonerated in Combiner Wars Leader Toy form.  But what about the previous Magnii?  Supposedly they’re all dead, and that is why the armor is passed on.  But what if… just what if one of them decided to expel themselves from the armor in order to take up the Decepticon ideal?  Would that point-one-percenter load-bearing Transformer take on the identity of Tarn?  The issue today revealed that Tarn does have a knack for detail-oriented office politics such as performance reviews.  That does seem awfully Magnus-like…

Still, this is quite a stretch but I needed at least a few plausible examples before I get to the final and most shocking of all the ideas…

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Smooth can spot a red herring before a Bear can spot a salmon up river!

#4 Tarn is Dominus Ambus

It’s just so shocking, I feel like it must be true.  As if Chromedome and Rewind haven’t had enough pain already, Rewind could learn the grisley truth that his missing cohort has turned to the dark side.  We got a glimpse of a future Dominus Ambus in a timeline where Megatron didn’t exist and he was still an idealist, but aimed at thwarting the Functionist Council.  We know he is a spark brother with Minimus Ambus and shares a body style, but that could also mean he is a load-bearer and could easily graft to the body of Tarn the same way Minimus grafted to the Magnus Armor.

Could this be why Rewind was the sole-survivor of the misfit Lost Light crew that the DJD murdered?  Was it more than just leaving him as a record of the attack?  Could Dominus not bear to kill his lost love?

The idea just had never crossed my mind and if Roller is in fact what we are intentionally being lead to believe, Dominus Ambus would be the perfect switcher-oo!

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See, he even admits it!!! NOTT!

So what do you think?  Is this even a mystery worth discussing?  Do you have any other theories to bounce off the board? Am I completely off my rocker?  Does it even matter?

Unfortunately, The Allspark.com has been down all week so my typical discussion lurk can not occur, so I decided to post these theories publicly.  Hopefully you enjoy them and can come up with your own conclusions until that day when the mask truly comes off.