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zigzagger
2014-04-30, 06:40 PM
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #29 three-page preview is up @ iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/transformers-more-than-meets/id871311942?mt=11).

zigzagger
2014-04-30, 06:44 PM
Well... that addresses one of my concerns from the previous issue. The same issue that was just released today.

Tailgate is adorable. I can't stand it. I have another big dopey grin on my face.

I spy Grotusque. And Hot Spot! Awesome, another Protectobot. One more and we'll have the complete set!

Denyer
2014-04-30, 08:52 PM
Good to have MTMTE back, isn't it?

zigzagger
2014-05-12, 11:01 PM
And here's the full preview, courtesy of Newsarama (http://www.newsarama.com/21096-more-autobot-megatron-in-transformers-mtmte-29-preview.html).

Out Wednesday, folks.

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Ooooh, man, those last couple of panels...

I hope it's a red herring, but he did it, didn't he? Rodimus peeked :(

Good to see Atomizer get some actual characterization, though. He's a shifty one.

Death's Head
2014-05-13, 12:18 PM
Never thought I'd see the word 'sod' in a Transformers comic!

(Mind you, I did enjoy the use of the word 'bastard' in Eugenesis - more sweary TFs please.)

Unicron
2014-05-13, 12:50 PM
I never noticed it until I saw someone mention it at another board but there's a fair bit of color scheme similarity between Rodimus and Atomizer. Given that and his pro-Roddy attitude (assuming he isn't pulling a con and trying to get Roddy busted), could we be looking at Pyro v2?

Terome
2014-05-14, 12:37 PM
Agh! Rodimus, no!

The recap page is cute. I wonder if that will be a recurring feature?

Red Dave Prime
2014-05-14, 10:31 PM
Well, what felt like a bit of a rambling issue (not in a bad way, just a little too disjointed for my taste) ends with 2 big cliffhangers.

One of which actually left me sad. Boo.

Interesting issue more than great. Lots of set up still going on. Some nice moments but it really is mostly about threading things along. Not that thats a bad thing.

zigzagger
2014-05-14, 10:52 PM
Agree it was a rambling issue, but enjoyable overall.

This issue's all about the mystery and intrigue. It's all starting to unravel, though we still don't know how the current status quo came to be. Hey, I appreciate that we got this issue super early this time, but -- ARGH! -- you're ****ing killing me here!

Yeah, yeah, second part to a 3-part story. Answers will come, I know, I know...

**grumble, grumble, grumble**

Notes:

Even if he hijacked the trial for his own benefit (as well as page space), Starscream is handled rather well here, I must say. You wanna write Starscream as a duplicitous, self-serving bastard? This is a fine example.

Also, I know it's artistic license and all, but I had to chuckle at the notion that they'd let the Principal Prosecutor -- that being Prowl -- come to a courtroom with giant missiles attached to his shoulders.

Megatron -- Liking him so far, but again, how we ended up with the stern yet somewhat-kindly captain has yet to be fully revealed. But then, that's all part of the fun. And he makes one hell of an interesting addition to the cast.

The Coffin -- No way. No ****ing way.

It's a paradox, right? It's got to be some sort of time paradox or... or something with lasting repercussions that would warrant a certain message being sent from the future!

Maybe it's related to all the strange occurrences happening on the Lost Light at the moment. The real Rodimus is probably on board pouting in his quarters, right?

That... or he took off on his own shortly after the trial to have his own adventures. Obviously he didn't have a great time of it, assuming this is the real Rodimus :(

Speaking of which -- Damn it! He did peek. I suspect Unicron (the poster, sillies) may be onto something. Atomizer is kinda being set up here to, well, set up Rodimus, knowing full well that Rodimus couldn't resist knowing who those 89 detractors were. His motivation isn't clear yet, of course.

Or, you know, I'm way off the mark as usual.

Regardless, my money is on Ultra Magnus being on that list.

Newbies -- Roberts is using the newest additions much more effectively than he has in the past, rather than being background dressing. Especially Nightbeat; he's clearly having fun with him. Roberts chose wisely with that one. He's a bit Brainstorm-y at moments, but I enjoyed every scene with Nightbeat. He and Chromedome make for a fun 'straight man' and 'wise guy' dynamic.

Sure, we now have all 3 Monsterbots, but more importantly Streetwise is now confirmed on board. That makes all 5 Protectobots*! Tell me this is deliberate. Tell me that the creative team have plans for the Protectobots. That would be amazing.

* Not sure if he's there now, but Blades was seen on board during the 'first season'. Shut up! Don't dash my hopes! I'll cut you!

inflatable dalek
2014-05-14, 11:13 PM
Me halfway through the issue:

"Ha! Look Rewind just walked in! I was right about him being in the coffin all along! I defy your plot twistey nature Mr. Roberts!" *Smugness ensues*


Me at the end of the issue:


"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh HOLY CRAP IT'S RODIMUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

A very clever bait and switch there.

Yeah, not much of a through-line this issue, but lots and lots of nice individual scenes and an air of something really not being quite right on the ship (I wasn't misreading the double page cross-section of the ship was I? Nighbeat's office has lost its space facing wall?).

The Rodimus/Atomizer scene was the highlight, literally balls crawling back up into my abdomen tense. Really nice to have follow up on the vote as well.

What's interesting about the first two issues of season 2 is that there's at least one area Roberts would be entirely justified in recycling bits from Eugenesis- In terms of how Nightbeat deals with being back from the dead. But so far it seems to be that he's found a completely different direction to take the character is, which is harder work but much appreciated.

Red Dave Prime
2014-05-14, 11:43 PM
Yeah, think Nightbeats quarters are another thing to go missing. Also fairly certain the security door disappeared too.

After reading Unicrons comments, the Rodimus/ Atomizer scene actually visually reads very interestingly.

And if that IS rodimus in the coffin, than fair balls. I genuinely expected season 2 to be about the maturing and redemption of Rodimus but if things are going a different way, it's damn interesting.

While I didnt gel with the rambling nature of this issue I did think the art had some super moments. Starscream looks absolutely fantastic and I loved how Roberts wrote him - Screamer is turning into a really interesting character again and his way of trying to take Megatron down was perfectly suited to him. He could never win a brawl but to tear away Megatrons Image and Legacy? Awesome.

Other lovely art bits were the cut away of the ship, trailcutters shield moment and the bit where the security team catch Trailcutter. But the best bits were the quieter moments if you will. Cyclonus giving Tailgate a genuine smile, The look on Rodimus face as he reads the list and of the course, his dead corpse in the coffin.

There's also LOADS of possible hints in this issue that could be red herrings or genuine seeds for further revelations. Ratchets eyes, Megs "poison" fuel, Swerve banning the briefcase (he must have looked!), The lost light insider... Probably more I'm missing.

Still, not a great issue on its own, but man alive I do enjoy me MTMTE

inflatable dalek
2014-05-14, 11:50 PM
Swerve banning the briefcase (he must have looked!),


IIRC the sign was there before Swerve would have had a chance to look in the briefcase (we saw it when the Legislators stormed the bar in Remain in Light?

I wasn't completely sure about the cross section as, of course, what a cross section does is remove walls anyway.

zigzagger
2014-05-15, 04:00 AM
Starscream looks absolutely fantastic and I loved how Roberts wrote him - Screamer is turning into a really interesting character again and his way of trying to take Megatron down was perfectly suited to him. He could never win a brawl but to tear away Megatrons Image and Legacy? Awesome.

It really was a great moment, wasn't it? Quite possibly one of the better ideas to come out of RID, in my opinion; that Starscream's 'victory' came not from brute force, but by his words and wits. Regardless of how well it has actually played out, this issue proves that there's still life in that concept.

The speech also demonstrated how vicious Starscream can be. It wasn't even so much the speech itself, but the intent behind it. I loved it.

EDIT: Also, it makes sense to me that so much page space was devoted to Starscream, considering that he and Megatron have one of the most important relationships in the entire franchise. Starscream testifying against Megatron, tearing down his ideology and, in his words, 'killed' the former-Decepticon Leader, is not only appropriate, it's frickin' perfect.

I dunno... I'm just so impressed by this moment.

Still, not a great issue on its own, but man alive I do enjoy me MTMTEIt was good, but yeah, this will read even better as a whole. It's just the wait... it's killing me.

But, it's a 3-parter (if I recall correctly), so revelations aren't too far off. :)

Terome
2014-05-15, 06:43 PM
Dense and meaty!

That Starscream speech was the highlight. It's a fantastic character piece for him and Megatron, sets up a solid character arc AND something of a continuity salve for lots of rashes and zits in the publishing history. It's also quite sad. I found it worked when imagined in Steve Blum's voice.

The Rodimus / Atomiser scene comes a close second. It's such a perfect undercut of his previous nobility - a list of non-confidence voters is Kryptonite to a guy who is such a cludge of vanity and insecurities. I really wondered where Rodimus could go and this is the best possible answer.

The coffin reveal is effective but pretty low down on the list of interesting things going on here. The fact that nobody has touched Ambulus' stuff ranks a bit higher. That's not a knock - no one saw it coming. Which is good, because it gives me a lot more confidence with where the Rewind 'data ghost' thing is going.

Nightbeat is just gravy - all the locks, the annoyance over the 'Big Three.' I'm not being dense by thinking that the Knights constitutes the third one, right? Or am I being exactly as dense as I am supposed to be? And what is that device that Nightbeat is examining when Chromedome comes to pay him a visit. Have we seen it before?

Only dud note was the fact that the NAILs are apparently in favour to the all-Autobot military trial of their sworn enemy where the chief prosecutor is the guy who used to have NAILs beaten up with open contempt before becoming the head of a giant monster and stomping everything. Is there a wrinkle there? But I do like the idea that Optimus is finding this so enormously stressful that he finds an excuse to go on a mystical-whatever mission to Earth at the earliest possible opportunity. That's more his speed.

Which one of Swerve's many old wounds could be playing up? And is his missing Engex another 'edit?'

Speaking of edits, that cutaway of the Lost Light with Nightbeat's quarters was fantastic. Milne was ridiculously on-point throughout. I'd warmed up to Joanna's colours by the second read, though some of the speckled highlights aren't quite to my taste.

Warcry
2014-05-15, 07:17 PM
There's too much going on in this issue, in my opinion. It reminded me of Devastation, when it took Hot Rod and Wheeljack four issues to drive to a junkyard because we only saw them for half a page each time. The trial, the coffin, ghost Rewind, revived Tailgate, drunken Trailbreaker, tempted Rodimus, stuff randomly disappearing, etc, etc... All of which would be interesting on their own, but delivered in a drip-feed like this I have to admit I find it all a tad underwhelming. I suspect it'll all come together nicely in trade form when the whole story is done, but the best part of MTMTE before this was that Roberts didn't write for the trade, and I hope this isn't a sign that he's started doing so.

Not sure I'm feeling the new "main" characters, either. Nightbeat is acting like a huge dick, Trailbreaker (sorry, Trailcutter™ *sigh*) is a woefully generic Roberts joke machine, Nautica is moralistic and judgmental, Riptide is a troublemaking jerk and Megatron could be replaced with Boss or Deftwing or someone in the modern-day scenes and I genuinely couldn't tell the difference (surely there should be some tension that goes beyond "I don't like the new boss!" when that new boss is basically Genghis Khan?).

Also, Rodimus being in the coffin does nothing to convince me that he's actually dead, since we all know that Roberts makes practically every "obvious death" into a twist of some kind. I look forward to finding out next issue whether the body is a facsimile, from the future, has had its brain module, transformation cog and spark extracted or is actually Classics Wildrider. ;)

I agree with everyone else that Starscream was the highlight of this issue, but I'd expand that to say that the trial scenes in general were the best bits. I think the story would have flowed way better if the trial had been told in an issue or two of its' own before we jumped into "Captain Megatron", though, as there's just way too much going on right now and the overall storytelling is suffering for it. I can understand why they might not want to do that though, since most of the principles in that story aren't part of the MTMTE cast.

Ironically, I think Starscream's speech is an absolutely perfect summation of the Megatron character...from the 80s Marvel books. Not so much IDW Megatron, though I suppose that was the point.

Darth Zax
2014-05-16, 11:01 AM
Wow! So much stuff to absorb. And you guys already said a lot of interesting things. I really love where this comic is going.

One thing i remembered after reading last issue again though, is that scene with Megatron and Rung and the blackout. Now i don't know remember exactly where it was said, but wasn't ultra-violet light used to see if someone had been the victim of Shadowplay?
I remember reading it somewhere either in LSOTW or the earlier MTMTE issues. I will check the wiki to see if it mentions anything about it.

Anyways, assuming for a while that this is what happened in that blackout scene, it would answer a couple of things. Like, what Ravage was doing there. Maybe he was sent by Soundwave to verify if Megatron had been the victim of shadowplay, or made the decision to join the Autobots on his own.

Don't know if anyone has mentioned it before but this is my theory.
Also, Nightbeat is acting real Sherlocky, obviously. But Trailbreaker's personality and manner of speech really remind me of Bernard Black from the Black Books TV Series (British comedy anyone?), but maybe that's just me.

zigzagger
2014-05-16, 05:49 PM
I suspect it'll all come together nicely in trade form when the whole story is done, but the best part of MTMTE before this was that Roberts didn't write for the trade, and I hope this isn't a sign that he's started doing so.

It's not the usual pacing we've come to expect from Roberts, is it? The exception being 'Remain in Light', stuff like Delphi or the Scavenger's storyline, I felt, had a steadier flow, cramming in just the riiiiight amount of information to tide me over to the next issue.

It's strange, I'm finding this storyline equally interesting and frustrating at the same time. It does feel deliberate. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with this 'Dawn of the Autobots' thing that's happening at the moment.

What we have is all entertaining, but yeah, the trial probably could've fit into one issue and served as a prologue that led into Megatron joining the cast.

Nightbeat is acting like a huge dickOddly enough, I kind of liked Nightbeat. Though, like I said before, there's something very Brainstorm about him.

I do agree the "power of love" comment was pretty dickish of him. Very insensitive. It threw me off a little. Lost a few points with that one.

Unicron
2014-05-16, 05:58 PM
I think any potential dickishness on Nightbeat's part could be forgiven for a little while. He's had his brain tinkered with, been undead for years, and virtually alone for that time. Could be he's having trouble re-integrating. Look at Cyclonus' early time on the Lost Light.

Darth Zax
2014-05-16, 06:27 PM
I do agree the "power of love" comment was pretty dickish of him. Very insensitive. It threw me off a little. Lost a few points with that one.

It's probably been mentioned before, but Nightbeat strikes me as the type of anti-social genius, a la the modern BBC version of Sherlock Holmes (I might be a bit on the obvious side here). So for him, he's not being dickish, he's stating (what is to him) the facts to come up with a theory. Is the way his mind works, is all.

zigzagger
2014-05-16, 10:20 PM
a la the modern BBC version of Sherlock Holmes (I might be a bit on the obvious side here).

No, I think that's spot on. And the BBC Sherlock is popular right now. Wouldn't surprise me if that's the direction Roberts is going here.

Hopefully he'll use the Sherlockisms sparingly, as Nightbeat has the potential of being a really fun character.

Terome
2014-05-16, 11:31 PM
It makes sense for Nightbeat to be kind of antisocial or maladjusted. He did seem to prefer to wander around on his own in deep space with his clues rather than help out the Autobots unless Optimus Prime himself asked him really, really nicely.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-23, 10:10 AM
I have zero love for Swerve in this second series. He comes across as a dick, need to see him interact with someone like Skids again, or get along with Bluestreak or Groove. It feels like the heart has been ripped out of him, almost like Roberts is scuppering/side-lining his own Jar Jar Binks character as per Episode II (twelve sodding years ago!!!!).

I find this ‘missing things’ on the Lost Light a very annoying concept. As reader’s we’ve got nothing to go on other than just wait for the reveal. In Shadowplay, the DJD/Scavengers and Delphi we could guess and ruminate till the cows came home and it was fun… but I feel like there’s nothing to go on here. It will be interesting when the reveal comes, but I’m missing that level of interaction and fun. In the meantime Swerve is grumpy, and Rung seems to have announced that he won’t be in this particular storyline much more (re: his comment to Megatron last issue).

That Ravage is skulking about undetected is excellent (does Megatron know, and if he does then he’s also got longer term plans than just being Captain and an Autobot).

Very intrigued to see how Whirl will deal with the revelation that he’s never been in a fair fight, and how Chromedome will continue to deal with the loss of Rewind. These are very good issues, Rung’s comment to Megatron “So when did you decide the universe needed to be dominated?” was perfect.

I guess what bothers me at this point is we’re two issues in and Bluestreak hasn’t said much. In my head I thought he would be the new Skids, not in terms of being a hero, but being an interesting character and main focal point.

Nautica is kind of interesting and Riptide hasn't done anything other than take up panel space, when I would prefer a Season One background character fill that position; Cosmos or Siren for instance.

Terome
2014-05-23, 03:56 PM
Agreed on the fact that we really just have to take the 'edits' at face value but I feel that trust has been established at this point. Also we're bound to experience some diminishing returns on the Big Mysteries - the constructed cold / forged mythology which was so carefully portioned out in the last season was clearly something Roberts has been thinking about for years.

Swerve has never been as cuddly as he tends to be remembered - he hated Cyclonus and carries a chip on his shoulder about most things.

Not sure I caught that same Rung announcement that you did - what do you mean?

I am intriguied by Riptide. Something is definitely up with him. The theories that abound is that he's Rodimus in disguise or that he's the writer of the Lost Light Chronicle. It might be the case that his shit-stirrer character couldn't be provided by anybody else who was available. The only prankster / malcontent I can think of offhand is Skywarp but he wouldn't fit.

Would like to see more of Bluestreak too, but everything is so stuffed-crust right now that it would be safe to say we'll get to him later.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-23, 04:14 PM
Not sure I caught that same Rung announcement that you did - what do you mean?

In the previous issue there is a panel where Rung says something like "Megatron, I sense that we may not get the chance to talk like this again"...

Now there's a Soothsayer portent if ever there was one. That, plus Ravage. I think Rung knows far more than he's letting on (as usual) and perhaps even knows Ravage is on board. I've a feeling he's not too bothered about various characters dying because he's more concerned about resolutions in the bigger picture.

Also, Megatron's got a point to prove since Starscream called him out as a muppet with little tactical skill or credulity. I feel like there'll be some proper Overlord style carnage in the future from Megatron, things that would make Overlord blush, especially considering that comment he made to Prime in Chaos Theory; "I would happily wade chest-deep through mucky oil, rust and pot noodle to tear the soul out of every last Autobot".

Yeah, he's all sweetness and light now, but the sod is biding his time to come up with something well narrrsty.

Terome
2014-05-23, 04:35 PM
Ahh, I took that line a little more literally - that Megatron would refuse any further appointments. Though why was he even having one in the first place? Were they court-ordered?

I don't think Megatron will wreck havoc unless arms are twisted and marching orders sent down. That's the least interesting thing that could happen. As for his chest-deep oil wading, well, he was playing the gallery and trying to goad Prime into killing him.

Skyquake87
2014-05-25, 08:26 AM
Things things things...Although I don't like recap pages (all very 'Previously On (insert TV show name)' a thing I've never liked as it seems to assume the viewer is drooling thickie incapable of retaining information), I did like that it was Swerve giving a breathless catch up.

Tailgate can transform! I assume that's off the back of Cyclonus doing the big sword magic on him, but whatever that was a totally cute scene "Finger-In-The-Head!" (works with the sting of old theme tune, that) and I LOVED just that small frame of Cyclonus reassuring Tailgate'd been missed. Is that a smile..?

Protectobots! Monsterbots! Whoop.

The courtroom scenes were all great, especially with Starscream as everyone else has said. Probably the first bit of decent writing he's ever had, showing him to be the slippery politician he really is. Stupid Armada body or not.

Loved the scene with Rodimus and Atomizer where you just knew Rodimus would peek as he wouldn't be able help himself.

The Chromedome / Nightbeat scenes were good...although I really, really don't want Rewind's 'death' undone - data ghost or not. These two did get my favourite bit of artwork though with that nicely laid out splash leading up to the reveal of Nightbeat's office wall and floor disappearing.

Other things...Trailbreaker (f**k all this Trailcutter crap) had a nice little story here and loved Milne's panel of Megatron and Magnus with the Protectobots all armed and ready - but WHO is the pink and turquoise dude with the big wheels in that shot? A generic or just someone I don't recognise? Cool design whomever it is.

And then...the Corpse! Dun dun durr...!

Overall an enjoyable and busy comic like what comics used to be. Really liked Alex Milne's art this issue, which seemed...different and somehow a bit cleaner. I'm not sure its changed, but it seemed...better.

Its only the flipping colourist whose gone and made this book look all BIG and AWESOME! Its a personal thing, but I always found Josh Burcham's colours quite pale and washed out. Here, Joanna Lafuente turns the colour up to 11 and I like it. Its bold and bright and the characters don't end mixing in with the backgrounds as much as they used to. There's depth and shade and it looks proper ace. I hope she's staying on board.

Knightdramon
2014-05-25, 11:11 AM
Bit distanced since I'm not really feeling "season 2" yet. Instantly fell in love with MTMTE 1, could tell that something new and exciting was coming up...and two issues in here, I ain't feeling it that much.

Part of that is because it feels and reads as if Megatron was totally forced on as an Autobot to Roberts, and he's jumping through hooves to establish why he was dumped on his book. Almost the entire three parter [I'm assuming 30 will be the last chapter in this saga] reads as an insert. I'm of the opinion that instead, or surplus to Windblade, we could have a proper 3-4 parter "Trial of Megatron" or something, with full on details and accounts and whatnot, and use these issues of MTMTE to focus on something else, instead of having a pseudo mystery of "how did Megatron get around all that and became captain of a crew of autobots that do not trust him at all? and what did Rodimus have to say about that?"

Despite all that, I rather like Megatron the benevolent leader. It's a fresh take, although they could have just as easily picked him up as a stray from exile or something instead of this convoluted storyline.

I have a feeling that Swerve's "old injury" that the entire fandom seems to ignore [he even told Drift off in issue 13 about not touching him below the shoulder] might be that nasty cut he got in SL: Hoist. Could be wrong.

Liking Nightbeat and Chromedome, feels as if Roberts is trying to "Sherlock" them both. Nightbeat the quirky but brilliant Sherlock and Chromedome as the initially passive sidekick Dr Watson who when they first team up together is lost, mentally and spiritually. I don't think Rewind will come back, it would greatly cheapen S1 as a whole. Because if he ain't really dead, despite the entire carnage and mayhem, S1 would have really just killed Pipes and a bunch of background characters, giving the free pass to Ratchet, Magnus, Rewind, Whirl and Rung.

Riptide appears to be a fresh take on the "reporter" angle on the LL, and so far nothing more. Very indifferent about Nautica.

Not going to comment on the whole coffin thing, as again, Roberts stating that almost none of the "message" happened in S1 cheapened the entire message. Kind of lost its impact if, instead of the LL being lost for years with no way of contacting them, they came back, sat around for six months, and THEN left again and those occurrences happened.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-25, 11:24 AM
The issue just before Dark Cybertron kicked off (issue 22?) with the James Raiz art showed Tailgate in vehicle mode. That issue was all about Rewind's video and was chronologically supposed to have taken place around issue 6 I think, so Tailgate has been able to transform since then. I might be getting the chronology confused though, as I picked up Spotlights Trailcutter and Hoist around that time, and their stories were also set around that time period.

Megatron giving Trailbreaker/cutter a job was excellent. The pink and turquoise guy was mentioned by someone in an earlier post as Joyride. He doesn't look particularly Joyride-y to me but maybe it is.

I love Milne's artwork here too, but feel its been deflated a little by LaFuente's colours. I prefer Burchams, maybe that's just the familiarity of that artist & colourist working together.

Someone on another forum made a point (ike you did), that this is a very substantial comic, taking at least a good half hour to get through and they compared it to an entire TPB of a very famous and lauded title (I forget the name), and that could be read through in 10-15 minutes.

I only raise that now because I feel like there's so much in the 'World shut your mouth' story that maybe there's another text story to follow it at some point? The last text story kind of allowed Roberts to fit in a part six to 'Remain in Light', which was cool, although it would have been nice to see Red Alert and Max's departure from the Lost Light in glorious Milne-o-vision.

Its annoying eh? This team of Roberts/Milne/Burcham et al produce this brilliant, involved, immersive set of stories and all I can manage is a Dennis Nedry "Don't cheap out on me Dodgson" snarky comment. I hope they take that as a good thing, it means I (and perhaps others) want 100% MTMTE all the time.

Unicron
2014-05-25, 03:05 PM
but WHO is the pink and turquoise dude with the big wheels in that shot? A generic or just someone I don't recognise? Cool design whomever it is.


The pink and turquoise guy was mentioned by someone in an earlier post as Joyride. He doesn't look particularly Joyride-y to me but maybe it is.
Aquafend (http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Aquafend). Yeah, I'm all "Who the hell is that?" too whenever I see him. This probably the 6th time I've looked up his name, as I can never remember who he is. Anyway, he seems to be part of the LL security team, since he was with Drift when they burst in on Cyclonus singing to Tailgate and apparently was on the response team when Fort Max took Rung and Whirl hostage.

Knightdramon
2014-05-25, 05:12 PM
Strangely, he's one of the toys I have had [still survives to this day] as a kid, but could never recall his name.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-25, 05:33 PM
As a toy he looks quite interesting. Its a shame I was so blinkered as a kid, I would refuse a weird bright pink robot with a water-squirting gimmick over a classic G1 brick like say Hound or Sideswipe. According to Wiki Aquafend also had a water reservoir, that's pretty cool. But does a little flexible plastic reservoir stand the test of time, or has it gone all brittle by now?

Skyquake87
2014-05-25, 05:58 PM
Yay Aquafend - I used to have him. Nowhere near as cool looking as Milne's slight redesign though, which looks a lot more...beefy.

Aquafend Aquafend Aquafend.

There, all rememberized now.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-25, 06:10 PM
Aquafeeeend, not just a pretty paste... Aaah!

Knightdramon
2014-05-25, 06:30 PM
According to Wiki Aquafend also had a water reservoir, that's pretty cool. But does a little flexible plastic reservoir stand the test of time, or has it gone all brittle by now?

Seemed okay last I checked. Had the toy for like...20 odd years now? That water thing still worked fine, though it's been at least a year since I last checked it.

Won't think it'd make a difference. If it has survived 19+ years, I sincerely doubt an extra year would make a difference.

Denyer
2014-05-25, 09:05 PM
There's too much going on in this issue, in my opinion. It reminded me of Devastation, when it took Hot Rod and Wheeljack four issues to drive to a junkyard because we only saw them for half a page each time.
Except by Devastation it was becoming clear Furman couldn't do densely-packed narrative to save his life...

I'm a big fan of the kitchen-sink approach to plotting as long as payoff for some of the story points isn't deferred endlessly, which Mr R has demonstrated a good handle on. It adds up to the feel of a big, populated environment where folks are off doing things when they're not on-camera.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-26, 10:20 AM
That hologram-thing that Nightbeat was studying when Chromedome walks in looks a lot like Rung's alt-mode. And Rungs alt-mode looks kind of similar to a bit of machinery Tyrest was messing with to create the bridge/gap to Cyberutopia.

Unicron
2014-05-26, 03:13 PM
That hologram-thing that Nightbeat was studying when Chromedome walks in looks a lot like Rung's alt-mode. And Rungs alt-mode looks kind of similar to a bit of machinery Tyrest was messing with to create the bridge/gap to Cyberutopia.

Pretty sure Roberts confirmed it was Rung's alt-mode on Twitter. Think he had to because of the art style differences between it's first appearance and this issue.

Auntie Slag
2014-05-26, 03:25 PM
That'll teach 'em not to use Raiz.

Auntie Slag
2014-06-07, 04:40 PM
So MTMTE issue 30 iiiiiis... next week? Really desperate to see whether anyone can stop The Mechanic.

MikeB
2014-06-07, 08:39 PM
I could be wrong but I'm sure I saw 25th somewhere, with Windblade and RID filling the next 2 weeks...

The news made me sad :-(

Auntie Slag
2014-06-08, 01:27 PM
Dear oh dear, what a sad state of affairs. Back to the crack for me then.

And who said 'Sod' in this issue? Theres 'odds & sods' which is of a different meaning, but still a brilliant inclusion of British in an international comic. I'm hoping for a robot to say "Sod this" at some point, and a robot equivalent of tea would be nice.