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Lost Light #1 gets a facelift and an homage

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Beyond Good, Beyond Evil, Beyond 57 Issues

Wow, RIPT Apparel is stepping up their game.  Not only did they create ANOTHER exclusive comic book cover, but this time they totally went over the top this time. Rarely do you ever see the TF:TM poster get homaged and this time it did.  The results are stunning and really get me pumped to dive into Lost Light!  Rodimus is looking badass in that nemesis paint scheme too!

The comic comes out next week!

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Optimus Prime #1 Retailer Exclusive Cover by RIPT Apparel Homages Shockwave

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“Are All One?” They sure are!

Fresh off the internet presses is the final cover art for “Optimus Prime” #1 coming in November.  This awesome cover homages “Transformers” #5 with Shockwave on the cover. You can read the full press release at RIPT Apparel’s Blog.

I think this art is dope!!!  Can’t wait to get mine.

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MTMTE Issue 50 arrives, and here’s where everyone stands (spoilers)

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Variant cover for More Than Meets the Eye issue 50

We made it!  Issue 50!  Woooo!  It was a few weeks late, and this Collecticon was salivating so much he had to spoil the whole issue by reading descriptions of the leak, but seeing how the issue finally was drawn to completion was very gratifying. I’m in the camp of happy readers that can’t wait for the next issue. I wanted to take this time to write some thoughts on specific characters and make some predictions on where we are headed, so be sure to go away if you haven’t read up to this point!  Spoiler city!

 

 

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Team Rodimus – Marooned

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Not pictured: A ton of unlucky bots

It’s not entirely clear how this particular group of bots ended up on the Rod Pod together to investigate, or why the high command of the ship all left at once.Needless to say, they’ll never make that mistake again! I was also unaware that the Rodpod could fit so many bots inside. The list of characters left to fend for themselves on the Necrobot’s planet of operations. The doomed include:

  • Megatron
  • Rodimus
  • Ultra Magnus
  • Chromedome
  • Rewind
  • Rung
  • Skids
  • Cyclonus
  • Tailgate
  • Nautica
  • Velocity
  • Nightbeat
  • Brainstorm
  • Whirl
  • Swerve
  • Ten
  • Ravage

Team Getaway – Mutineers

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“I know it, I’m surrounded by assholes!”

In perhaps one of the most soul-crushing moments of the story thus far, we learn the hard way what sloppy management and not listening to your employees, err, crew-mates can result in. This eventual mutiny was a long-con that has been seeded since probably before Dark Cybertron occurred. There’s currently a ton of confusion and questions flying around from fans wondering how x or y member of the crew would’ve agreed to go along with this stunt, but I believe there’s no use in fighting over that.  We are only on issue 1 of at least a 6-part story.  There is plenty of room for a flashback of what actually occurred when Team Rodimus left the ship. Don’t give up on your favorite characters just yet! Identified mutineers include:

  • Getaway
  • Atomizer
  • Blaster
  • Mainframe
  • Jackpot
  • Crosscut
  • Grapple
  • Siren
  • Hoist
  • Bluestreak
  • Riptide

Team Decepticon – Executioners

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“Let’s get this party started!”

It’s all been leading to this: Tarn vs Autobot Megatron. The worst thing about it though, is Tarn rolling over 400 deep with some of Megatron’s most disgruntled subjects. It’s unclear currently how much cooperation the DJD and Getaway had up to this moment, but it certainly seems that the DJD are responsible for the death of Censere due to the gore. They’ve probably been laying in wait for this moment for some time. What’s also puzzling is why Tarn instantly fired upon Ravage, a devout Decepticon.  Guilty by association perhaps?  His actions against Ravage certainly do not bode well for the rest of Team Rodimus. The executioners include:

  • Tarn
  • Helex
  • Vos
  • Tesarus
  • Kaon
  • Nickle
  • Deathsaurus
  • Blue Bacchus
  • Leozack
  • Killbison
  • Guyhawk
  • Drillhorn
  • Many others

Team Scavenger – Worried

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A rag-tag group of baddies

If anyone other than Megatron has anything to fear from the DJD, it’s these schmucks. I was really hoping for them to somehow team up with Deathsaurus and crew and accidentally save the day, but it really doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. Too much has happened too quickly, but at least we know they seem to be aware of the current state of affairs. It will be interesting to see how everyone reacts to the broadcast revealed at the start of the story. The Scavengers include:

  • Misfire
  • Krok
  • Spinister
  • Crankcase
  • Grimlock
  • Fulcrum

Unaccounted-for Lost Light Crew – Potential Saviors?

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There’s almost too many to list here, so if you’re interested, you can check out the crew list here. I’ve listed a few notable characters currently on-board the Lost Light that were curiously not pictured in this comic. Getaway clearly states that everyone not in Rodimus’ current company were ‘in’ on the mutiny, but those are just words. Many fans are currently of the opinion that certain characters probably wouldn’t have participated willingly. Is it possible that as news of the mutiny spreads, there may be blowback from certain individuals? With characters like Mainframe, Blaster, and Hoist so prominently featured as mutineers, the truth is anyone’s guess. Potential heroes include:

  • Perceptor
  • Thunderclash
  • Huffer
  • Hound
  • Gears
  • Brawn
  • Highbrow
  • Xaaron
  • Sunder

Off-ship Autobots – Returners

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Hey you guiiiiz!

There’s actually quite a few members of the Lost Light crew that were notably absent during the mutiny and their location and response to the broadcast could have interesting consequences for the mutineers, and even Team Rodimus. The most notable, to me, is that Drift and Ratchet are due to return anytime now after their run-in with Gigatron and Hellbat. What about the Camiens that everyone ran into earlier this season? Mirage and the newly combinable Protectobots are currently enroute to the ship as well… Returners include:

  • Ratchet
  • Drift
  • Fortress Maximus
  • Red Alert
  • Mirage
  • First Aid
  • Hot Spot
  • Blades
  • Groove
  • Streetwise
  • Firestar
  • Proxima
  • Roadmaster

Complete wild-cards – Unknown

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Forgetting about guys like him is exactly what you’re supposed to be doing right now

And then there’s the wild-cards. These are characters that are most notable because we’ve been meant to forget about them but they’re ‘out there’ for sure. The biggest twists of fate that could affect the current story would come from one of these dodgy and mysterious characters that we haven’t seen for quite a while. Most of them are rogue Decepticons but there are some notable exceptions, like Pharma and Star Saber. Some of these characters are presumed dead, but by now you should really know better. Wild-cards include:

  • Lockdown
  • Venom
  • Chop Shop
  • Ransack
  • Barrage
  • Pharma
  • Star Saber
  • Gigatron
  • Sixshot
  • Overlord

Predictions

So after figuring out where all the chess pieces are, at least to the best of my knowledge as of issue 1, I’ve begun to formulate my predictions. These are all just fun guesses or things I’d like to see happen. The likelihood of being correct?  Maybe 5%.

  • Perceptor, Riptide, and Thunderclash will conspire against Getaway’s mutiny and regain control of the ship. In the final panel of the follow-up comic, we see the whole of team Rodimus making a toast in Swerve’s bar. Getaway is then shown ‘paying his respects to the dead’ via the time window. The only bots in this vision that are not marooned with Rodimus are Riptide and Perceptor. This seems like a poignant detail and clue to readers of their real loyalties, even though Riptide was prominently featured in the mutineer panel. Perceptor just seems like the kind of bot that wouldn’t put up with any sort of silly mutiny mumbo jumbo, and he’s as loyal an Autobot as they come. These same personality aspects would align with him rejecting Megatron as any sort of authority figure, so it really could go either way.  Thunderclash also has been shown to be such a noble Autobot that you’d guess his morals wouldn’t jive with the idea of mutiny. There is no direct indication that the entire crew is 100% with Getaway other than his one-sided statements.
  • Ratchet and Drift will return to the Lost Light, post mutiny. These two main-cast characters were taken from the story for a specific reason, and probably to highlight their return to the ship. My guess is they will un-assumingly dock with the Lost Light, only to be arrested and held until their loyalties can be determined. Their arrival may be just the distraction needed for the crew members above to put in motion their plan to retake the ship, by force if necessary.
  • Sunder will be instrumental in regaining control of the ship. If I had an ultra-powerful psychopath at my disposal to help spread chaos across the ship, I’d sure use it in order to regain control of the bridge. Sunder’s arrival on the ship seemed like such a one-and-done story line that it has to be more than meets the….
  • Members of Team Rodimus will die. I think this is a no-brainer.  But who is expendable? Many of the characters in this group have experienced ‘got-cha deaths’ in one way or another already, but this time it’ll be for real. My guesses for heads on the chopping block include: Whirl, Minimus Ambus, Skids, Tailgate, Chromedome & Rewind, and finally Velocity.
  • Tarn’s identity will be revealed when he comes face to face with Skids. Skids’ sordid past has been a major plot-point teased at various points in this comic. We’ve learned that he met Tarn, or The Commandant, at Grindcore early on in the war. But was that their only interaction? Was it their first meeting even? The identity of Tarn has long-since been a sticking point with me, and got me interested in the story to begin with. All signs point to Roller, but a more interesting option is out there… Dominus Ambus.  But Tarn is not the only potential host for Rewind’s lost love and Minimus’ brother.
  • Ten’s pre-legislator identity will be revealed before his imminent cannon-fodder death. It’s been stated that Tyrest used the bodies of the Circle of Light as the basis for his Legislator army. The only real name that was in the Circle of Light was Dai Atlas, but there were many other bots. Amidst the Circle could’ve been the lost Dominus Ambus, and he could’ve been unlucky enough to join their ranks as Tyrest captured them. Could it be that Swerve got the one in a million legislator that had originally been a character integral to the story?  Sure. He does of course have a latent affinity to Ultra Magnus, the alternate identity of Minimus Ambus, brother of Dominus. If only Ten could speak!!!!
  • Organics will be involved in the final battle. I do believe that we’ve been building up to the next story arc, which will either be survivors from Rodimus’ team chasing the Lost Light or more likely, in my opinion, a galaxy-wide skirmish with the organics involved in the Galactic Alliance. These organics are getting a bit fed-up witht he antics of our favorite mechanical beings. There were techno-organic experiments found on the Decepticon Worldsweeper by the Scavengers and The DJD has already had a difficult run-in with the Black Block Consortia. They were able to give this powerful team a beating. What’s to stop them from coming to finish the job?
  • The Fate of Megatron. This could go any which way, but I really hope he survives, and he stays an Autobot. His survival will be directly tied to whether he is able to keep his pacifist promise or break that vow. I definitely don’t see him being able to change the minds of any of his former warriors, but he will probably try. Things are definitely NOT looking good for this guy. I almost feel bad, but he’s put millions into this same predicament, so it’s his just desserts. All I can say is that I cannot wait for the next issue!
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Sins of the Wreckers Issue 3 iTunes preview – here are the details (spoilers)

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Don’t even try to tell me these aren’t the same guy

Bombs are dropping!! For Prowl, this is more than just a figurative saying as we take a look into his past.  Nick Roche writes us back into the infancy of the big war with the Decepticons and borrows some nuggets from James Roberts well-weaved plot titled “Shadowplay”, part of More Than Meets the Eye. There was lots of deception going on back then, and the Autobots and the corrupt senate were right in the thick of it.  The recent characterization of Prowl is coming to head as we learn more and more about the skeletons in his 7 million year-old closet.

We finally get a look at Mesothulas, Prowl, and one very conspicuous and silent bot which I am going to go ahead and call out as pre-war Hubcap.  Here he is:

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Oh don’t mind creepy old me.

A new theory appears!

Mesothulas could potentially be a combination of BOTH Sideways and Tarantulas.  Funpub pre-Beast Wars Tarantulas was a motorcycle after all, and the character we see here definitely has bike parts.  The head sculpt seems to feature aspects of of both of Armada Sideways’ heads as well as the mutant heads from the toy of Tarantulas and Blackarachnia, as indicated below.

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Images totally ganked from tfu.info

Is the excitement building for you? Is Mesothulas going to be IDW’s Tarantulas, Sideways, or something… else?  Hopefully we learn more in the short wait for issue 3!  THIS Collecticon is sure looking forward to it.

Check out the 3 page preview here.

 

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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye wins Comics Alliance Continued Excellence best of 2015!

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I love that non-Transfans are stuck reading our lore!

Way to go Team MTMTE!!!  Comics Alliance has chosen it was the winner of 2015’s Continued Excellence in Serial Comics.  This means the comic has to have been running for over a year and it maintains a writing, visual, and general great overall story telling. Hats off to the IDW team and especially Mr. James Roberts!

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Prowl’s captor gets a name… or psuedonym?

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Are your spidey-senses tingling yet?

The iTunes preview of “Sins of the Wreckers” issue 2 came out today and boy did it not waste any time!  We are back in the Noisemaze with Prowl and we get a name for his captor, although it doesn’t appear to be his current name.  “Mesothulas” is what Prowl calls him, a new name.  We also are treated to some cool visuals of a mummified Prowl in what appears to be a giant spider web.  Did you know that “Mesothelae” is a sub-order of the Arachnid Family? Sure seems like someone I’ve heard of before

Knowing how these stories are often constructed, I didn’t expect the reveal of Prowl’s captor to be so obvious, but maybe there is more going on than we can even suspect yet. Whomever has him appears to be the victim of one of Prowl’s schemes from very early in the war, and probably post MTMTE: Shadowplay era.

See all the preview of the pages for yourself at Seibertron.com.

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So just who kidnapped Prowl? – Sins of the Wreckers mysteries

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Head of the mysterious shadow organization known as Spectretron

Nick Roche’s Sins of the Wreckers has finally been unleashed upon us resulting in showers of praise, rejoicing, and my most favorite, biting questions!  I don’t need to waste anyone’s time recapping the plot because if you ended up here from a Google search, you are already deep in the rabbit hole.  So just who could’ve possibly kidnapped our favorite asshole, Prowl?  Let’s identify some likely suspects!  Clearly if any of the crap written below is correct, these are spoilers so read at your own risk!

Suspect 1: Noisemaze

The first question one has to ask before trying to identify a suspect is whether or not the character behind this is someone we’ve seen before in the IDW-verse, or not. IDW has been on a terror lately pulling characters from previously non-G1 canon into the fray such as Knock-out, Bulkhead, and more. The trend may be continuing with more modern and under-developed characters in order to create some fresh new villains for the Autobots and Wreckers, similar to how Lockdown has been elevated to super-villain status thanks to “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

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Evvvvil

Choosing Noisemaze as a potential culprit behind Prowl’s disappearance is kind of a lazy assumption based solely on the use of his name as a location instead of a character. Anyone reading that line on the most colorful page of the comicbook instantly conjured up visions of this guy.  Is he likely the owner of that shadowy visage?  No, but because of the wordplay, Noise-y here gets an honorable mention.

Suspect 2: Tarantulas

With all the newly introduced beast-formers such as Blackarachnia and Rattrap in the Transformers ongoing, the lack of certain notable characters was noticed more than the ones that did appear. Many of the more treacherous characters were missing from their ranks and specifically the covert evil scientist double-agent Tarantulas on TFwiki who infiltrated the Predacon ranks for the Tripredacus Council.

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My spidey-senses are off the charts!

Perhaps this would be a non-beast-affiliated version of Tarantulas more akin to how the TFCC has recently released the character… a few times now. That would make it possible for his traditionally jangly silhouette to match the bulky shoulder profile of the quick glimpse we got from Prowl’s point of view.  However Tarantulas rarely works alone.  He is typically working for someone else in charge and speaking of that man in charge…

Suspect 3: Hubcap

It feels so very in-character for creator Nick Roche to leave a giant glaring clue right out in the open for us to gush over after the series is finished and in this case, I believe it to be the ever-so-unlikely timid and polite administrator Hubcap. His posturing is wonderfully rendered by Nick and with such grace that it stood out to me. How did this guy get in the position he’s in? What’s his backstory? Nice of you to ask, because it delivers us another juicy piece of the puzzle: motivation.

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The Keyser Soze of Transformers?

The only historical data we have on Hubcap is that he was friends with the ill-fated Pipes. I say ill-fated because he was sent to an early grave by Overlord who was on The Lost Light.  The reason he was on The Lost Light in the first place was because of a covert operation Prowl conducted and has yet to be reckoned with for.

It does seem like a stretch, but there is plenty of back story to dive into for Hubcap as the issues of this comic continue.  There’s even a mention by Roadbuster about special “frequencies” going on in his brain. Frequencies that could perhaps make a lot of… noise?  So much so that his mind could resemble… a maze?

If you really think about Hubcap, there’s a lot of questions that we don’t have the answers to yet. How did he get to be on the operations side of the Wreckers?  Does he want to be there, or was he stationed? Is he more of a threat than he seems?

Hubcap certainly appears to be the least comfortable with his armaments on the closing spread, but could this be another red herring to make him seem even less threatening? Is he the Darth Darth Binks of the IDW Universe?!  There’s four issues left, so enjoy the ride!

Suspect 4: Sideways

Along the same thought-lines as Noisemaze comes the vaporous and deceiving Sideways.  Did you know that Noisemaze was his Japanese name? It all starts to make sense now doesn’t it…

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It’s time for someone to get an updated toy!

Sideways is an especially delicious suspect for the ringleader because of what his existence always seems to be a precursor to: Unicron. IDW has been very careful not to open the lid on the Unicron can for the past 10 years and with good reason. The coming of the Beachball of Doom if oft times used as the final moneyshot of a series and is the penultimate event that ever seems to happen in a Transformers saga.  It is truly difficult to out-do a titanic demon planet god once you’ve done it but if IDW ever goe down that road, it will most likely be incredibly drawn out and be a very long con.  Sideways could be a great way to start sowing the Unicron seeds.

How would Sideways feel as a villain without Unicron?  There are plenty of ways to skirt that issue and have him exist beyond being an agent of the Chaosbringer.  For instance, perhaps he is a NAIL that has gone rogue.  Maybe he’s a creation of the Quintessons instead. He could be from an entirely different race of robotic beings. The options are there and I would be delighted to see this slippery fellow join us on journey of Sin.

Suspect 5: Megatron (Beast Wars)

This is the big one.  I don’t have a lot of proof for this, I just feel this would be an amazing way to introduce a huge villain that could really shake things up in the IDW universe.  We’ve lost Megatron to the Autobots, but as Yoda said “There is a another.” Galvatron is turning out to be a despot villain, but what about a terrorist from a lost colony looking to reclaim their homeworld? Could that be the origins of IDW Beast Wars Megatron?  It would certainly seem topical for today’s social issues and elevate the big purple dinosaur to Phase-sixer level fear status.

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You want it to be me, yesssss…

If I was writing this story, I’d want access to some really awesome characters that have been waiting in the wings. Nick didn’t come back to this just to let Springer of the leash, he wants to really put another mark on the Transformers comics and after what he and James started with Overlord, I am positive they have a taste for greatness.  Beast Wars Megatron would be, in my opinion, one of the last major “Oh no you DIDN’T!” fangasm characters left to appear in the modern Transformers era.

The only problem is… what is his name?  It certainly won’t be fucking Megatron, but this would also be a wonderful opportunity to put his name on the map!

Suspect 6: Entirely new characters

It’s also entirely feasible that Prowl’s captor(s) is someone we’ve never seen and it will be a completely new character like Turmoil or Rung. If that’s the case, I’m not going to sit here and bore you with my made-up fan fiction characters because that would be more torturous than putting me in a metal box to melt my way out of.

I hope you enjoyed the read and here’s to waiting for the next issue!

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The biggest event to wager on in Transformers history – More than Meets the Eye #15

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Who lives, who dies?

I can’t remember being so excited about something in Transformers since… ever!  The build up to “More Than Meets The Eye” issue 15 has been EXCRUCIATING and it’s all coming to head by the end of this month. The pieces have been falling into place for over 2 years by now, and we are going to see heads roll, sparks fly, and tears fall.

My fellow fans at Bottalk have started the betting early and a thread that features a multi-answer poll asking WHO DIES (in issue 15).  The hullaballoo got me thinking, could Las Vegas really start taking bets on who lives and who dies?  Of course not, since the outcome is based on written fiction and anyone involved could make out big but let’s just pretend for a second…

Based on the Necrobot’s list, we know that Hound, Chromedome, Dipstick, Drift and Ultra Magnus will ‘kick the bucket’ someday, although it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen on the Lost Light.  In fact, that list could be a red herring, and instead mean they live!  If there ones thing we can count on, it’s the big bruisers, Ultra Magnus and Fortress Maximus, getting a few good hits in.  Unfortunately, I also expect that a lot of the ‘one-liner’ crew of the ship to make their final bow during the pages of issue 15 and probably even 16.

Another common expectation is the arrival of the Decepticon Justice League and with the recently revealed power level of their leader Tarn, he may be more of a match for Overlord than we thought.  Ultimately, we can expect the death toll to reach the double digits We’re bound to see some energy spill on the floor.  By the looks of the teaser image below, Cosmos and Brawn may have already ‘bought it,’ but Springer’s been wrong before…

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