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Old 2014-09-04, 02:59 PM   #1
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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #33 three-page preview by way of iTunes.
 
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Old 2014-09-10, 07:46 AM   #2
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Surprised by the lack of replies to this point. Well, I guess there's nothing overly meaty in this preview so that would explain it.

Hmmm... they're checking out the quantum engines. I'm now betting they 'fix' things in good old Star Trek style technobabble fashion. You know, "re-align the deflector dish to emit a tachyon pulse" type BS.
Though I'm expecting it'll be something like keying this Lost Light's engines to the quantum signature of the LL we've been following (probably gotten by scanning Skids, who has been on our LL through more jumps than any of the others), and activating a jump, thus restoring everyone on board to the version we know.
 
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Old 2014-09-10, 03:07 PM   #3
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Yeah, as far as previews go, this one just isn't giving me a whole lot to work with. I'm pretty much left with the same questions I had last issue.

Maintains the horror-mystery tone though, which I'm enjoying.

As for the 'fix'... mmmm, I'm going with 'a deviously planted clue from a few issues back that eluded most us' that ends up saving the day
 
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Old 2014-09-10, 05:48 PM   #4
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My theory/ies

This could be a phobia shield or something [like the one in SL: Hoist] that attached to Rodimus's brain and projects his worst fears

--Crew killed, himself dead, spaceship torn apart, all because he let Prowl put Overlord on board and the DJD found them because of that

Or it could be an alternate timeline brought together by some quantum mechanic wizardness thing

Either way, THANKFULLY, unlike the last issue, this has not been f*cking hyped to death by anybody, or I just missed it all, meaning my expectations won't be absurdly high.
 

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Old 2014-09-16, 01:31 AM   #5
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Full preview is up @ Newsarama.


No surprise, for me anyway, but...

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Nautica all-out confirms what most of us were already suspecting; the quantum duplicate thingy is indeed accurate.


Duplicate Rodimus's demise, however, turns out to be slighter more... humiliating than I was expecting. Death by showboating, essentially.

Well, death by standing too close to a quantum generator when it's about to flout the laws of nature, but you get what I mean.

 
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Old 2014-09-16, 10:47 PM   #6
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If nothing else, this promises to be a fascinating look at what might have been. Cant wait.
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 07:16 AM   #7
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Full review to come, but my initial no spoilers read through went like this:

"Well this is going pretty much how I was expecting, looks like I've finally outfoxed Roberts hehehehehehehehehehe...


Ohhhhh...

Wait...

What...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh....

Hell".

*SHAKES FIST AT SKY*

"ROBERTS!"

I don't think Warcy will like it though.


 
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Old 2014-09-17, 11:12 AM   #8
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I thought this was brilliant. Really well done. And...

SPOILER! (select to read)
A great way to have a reset that doesnt feel like a cop out. We end the issue still with the Knowledge that Brainstorm will have to be sorted. It answers questions while creating new ones. And that finally page was awesome looking.

Of course some (like me) will point to niggles. Like - how did the four DJD destroy the crew (looks like Brainstorms case may have been a big help, but that wouldnt explain the crew fighting back at some point). The panel of the DJD in combat was great though - Pipes is pulled apart, Red Alert is zapped by one of Helexs small hands, Tesarus seeming to just pull Cosmos arms off.

Or why did "our" brainstorm not contact the DJD as he was in on the Overlord conspiracy at some point as well.

I am also a little confused about the change in the message thats spoken of here. The original message in issue 1 is the message that the alternate rewind sends, correct? But there is talk here of that being changed but all I can remember form the data ghost was the scream bit. I think I am misunderstanding this but anyway it was still a gripping read and the most satisfying finish to a mini arc that Roberts has done yet (Shadowplay was great but if you take away the last page it lessens it a lot and there is no way anyone could have guessed that last page)

Also: the no briefcase rule - a nice payoff to what felt like a throwaway gag.

Rung - can there only ever be one rung? Does he only exsist in one place? Or, I remember back in issue 8 some people had a theory that Rung was the Necrobot. I never saw this myself but is it possible the quantum explosion created a slightly morbid version of Rung?

Do the DJD still think they killed overlord?

Skids speech against Megatron was excellent. But it put a thought into my head as to why all these recent issues of both MTMTE and RID are actually subtitled Dawn of the Autobots? There seems to be no specefic reason other than maybe Megatron switching sides and that doesnt seem enough.


To be honest the only thing I'm not loving is the swerve thing at the start. It just doesn't fit for me and actually takes me out of the story. Hope it stops but I get the feeling it's sticking around.



Still....



Yeah. Thumbs way up. Cant wait for the next few issues.
 

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Old 2014-09-17, 11:58 AM   #9
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Not specifically to do with this issue as such but I am wondering about Tarn. Prowl implies that he is a phase six robot (or as powerful) and when they take down Black Shadow Tarn himself wonders why the phase sixers always rebel. So I'm thinking that when Megatron and Tarn finally go head to head will it be part of what breaks Tran that he himself, a phase sixer, is rebelling?

Also we still have the mystery of an inside agent of the DJD. This implies that either the undercover agent is one of the five and is far too convincing at their job (possible that they were the ones to kill Brain Storm?) or that there is a background of lesser staff to help the DJD.

Or its the sparkeater. Silly, I know but it makes some sense. Brainstorm did seem to have claw marks on him...
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 12:54 PM   #10
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I thought this was brilliant. Really well done. And...

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I am also a little confused about the change in the message thats spoken of here. The original message in issue 1 is the message that the alternate rewind sends, correct? But there is talk here of that being changed but all I can remember form the data ghost was the scream bit.

SPOILER! (select to read)
I read it as the message from Rewind to Chromedome being edited, rather than the issue #1 message. AFAIK there's no confirmation yet who actually sent the message in #1 is there? Unless I've missed something somewhere (which is entirely possible!)

Also, I think Rewind's return was handled as well as possible, or at least if I'm reading between the lines correctly. If you can't have both copies in the same vicinity everyone else would presumably go back to normal, but "our" Rewind isn't on board any more so the new one doesn't have to be cancelled out. Could set up an interesting story for an Overlord return though, if he somehow managed to keep Rewind alive or even just with him. If all that is the case though, then you'd imagine there'll be a couple of dead bodies lying around post reintegration, from bots who were killed and jettisoned previously? Maybe?

Edit: Also also, the final twist, just... wow. WOW.



I need to read it again as I've basically done it in snatches whilst at work, but I'm doing a full series re-read at the mo anyway so may wait until I get through that (2/3 through Dark Cybertron and it's not holding up well at all), but first thoughts were that it was very good, if not at all what I was expecting.
 

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Old 2014-09-17, 01:13 PM   #11
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You may be right about the message - I'm a bit confused by it all and feel a re-read is in order. I feel you could be right about rewind but that wouldn't explain the briefcase. With Overlord... Maybe he is now dead in both versions so cant come back?

As a fan of the series I would prefer if he didn't. There is enough fish to fry and he has gotten too very good outings. We dont need the return of a Super Powered Bot (although I think he may return to help take out the DJD). Personally though, I am done with him.
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 02:41 PM   #12
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Yeah I hadn't considered the briefcase... I'm also struggling to see the connection between how the briefcase worked for Nightbeat and Nautica vs how it worked for Brainstorm at the end. Different briefcase?

I agree that we don't need another Overlord story (at least in the short term) as there are so many different loose ends out there (Pharma, the whole Luna 1 / cyberutopia business, DJD, Tyrest off the top of my head) as well as the possibility of new stories, but I have a feeling that he will come back.

Re: the DJD mole, I guess I'd always assumed Skids was part of that mix, what with Chromedome's memory read and so on, but I have no idea if the timelines fit. If it's a current member, and one of the big five then they've got one hell of a messed up moral compass. Unless it's the dog thing? When I get past Dark Cybertron I'll try and pay special attention to the flashback scenes of the DJD attacking the lost light in the last 2 issues, maybe one of them is conspicuous by their absence/lack of aggression?

So.... How long until #34 is out?
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 03:08 PM   #13
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Just some quick notes while on the run.

Fairly pleased with this conclusion, with a couple unexpected twists. And here I thought I had it all worked out. Had a couple minor quibble, but more on that later when I have a moment.

Chromedome and Duplicate Rewind's 'reunion'/meeting... Firstly, a brilliant use of art to convey emotion. Secondly... Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!

I can't stop grinning.


And I'm off. Will be back later with more 'detailed' thoughts.
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 06:23 PM   #14
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Very good issue that does not feel like a cop out with the reset button at the end.

Regarding the "alternate" Brainstorm--it appears he was killed by falling debris [possibly from an explosion] instead of being murdered.

It -does- feel like one of those last moment things, and the last page felt forced as well--never in any dialogue or movement of his did Brainstorm betray any "evil" like qualities.

Maybe they'll pull a Tarantulas for this one...have him playing both sides.

Definitely the best issue in S2 thus far.

It appears that the next 2 issues are a double-parter...and from 36 onwards we get a flashback for the Orion Pax trilogy.
 

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Old 2014-09-17, 06:35 PM   #15
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My money is on Brainstorm being Magnificus in disguise. Hence the Perceptor fetish.

That or much more likely he isn't a mole and this whole thing is misdirection. And the faceplate symbol is a fake membership card. "Hey random Decepticon, don't shoot me. I'm one of you, see?"
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 07:21 PM   #16
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It -does- feel like one of those last moment things, and the last page felt forced as well--never in any dialogue or movement of his did Brainstorm betray any "evil" like qualities.

Well, he wouldn't have been a very good double agent if he had been going around acting all evil would he (though he's always been the most cowardly of the regulars by a comfortable margin- I wonder if Megatron not putting himself forward for anything unless he has to was set up as a deliberate parallel?).

I'm inclined to think double bluff with Brainstorm as well, but if not, the fact he was on Kimia at the same time as Skyfall found a way to pass on Gideon's Glue to the Decepticons is suggestive (it's also suggestive that place had a serious vetting problem).

Taken at face value the Decepticon symbol under the faceplate is ludicrous, sure it's a nice nod at Peace and is more visually interesting than if they'd just found him with the machine that summoned the DJD, but how would that work on a day to day level? What if it had been ripped off in battle or an accident? No wonder he's a coward.

So I would lean towards a plant. Considering the story was very quick to establish that ALL Rewind's recording was canned very quickly by Ultra Magnus so they only have his word for what happened after Rodimus' death, are we actually looking at him being the mole, blackmailed into it because the Decepticons have Dominus Ambus? Or is that way too obvious?

If it was Brainstorm, that means we have an answer as to why none of his super weapons were used in the crews defence, and having a man on the inside disabling the security systems would explain a lot about the ease of victory.

One other thing the issue seemed to go out of its way to establish was that the two Brainstorm's hadn't come up with the same weapons during their time on the ship. I will bet now this is foreshadowing for the two briefcases actually doing different things (though he had it before he came aboard he's been mucking about with it all this time, it could do all sorts of extra things by now), and the final solution will pit briefcase against briefcase.

I'm also assuming the Time Lock thingey on Overlord's cell was broken on OLL as well, the signal just never reached the DJD.

The highlight of the issue was the Chromedome/Rewind reunion, considering I was dead against it the slight of hand in making you think it had been a one off return before that beautifully done page really packed a wallop.

The rest of the issue was damn good as well, everything flowed neatly, Megatron and Ravage got more great material (as did Skids with his speech) and all the pieces fell into place with a satisfying clunk.

Only two minor niggles:

1: The "Oh, you never believed he was dead" bit in the recap felt like Roberts occasional tendency of having a go at things people don't like the series (along with the "Do I look like a Mary Sue?" and... well the whole resolution of the Circle of Light plot), considering how overwhelmingly loved the book it that has always felt a bit pointless and petty just to put Warcry in his place.

However fully deserved.

2: Still not liking how Nightbeat is being written (considering his cameo in Shadowplay was handled perfectly I'm not sure what Roberts is doing wrong here), bring back Bogart Nightbeat! It also continued the fine and long-standing tradition (going all the way back to The Big Shutdown where Siren just rides up and explains the plot to him before he has a chance) of the Autobot's greatest Detective not getting to do much detectoring, Rewind just tells him everything he needs to know.

The stuff with him working out what linked the vanishing people was a welcome break from this tradition, but was a subplot is an issue with a lot more going on in it. So before season 2 is out I'd really love a proper Nightbeat detective story where he works things out through investigation and smarts rather than people expositioning at him.
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 07:43 PM   #17
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Came out wonderfully. In the hands of another (lesser) writer the conceit would've played out another twelve issues and not had any pace-shifting twist either.
 
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Old 2014-09-17, 07:46 PM   #18
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What a smashing issue. I wasn't sure how this would be 'reset' , but I am pleased it was done in a smart way. I am still not sure what I make of Rewind's return - its that whole comics thing of an alternate version of a character replacing the original (although in this case, it isn't...I think I've just gone cross-eyed). Time will tell. I just don't like stuff that does away previous emotional climaxes that you've invested in just because. I'm sure Roberts has a plan.

And Brainstorm!

Didn't see that coming. Although it seems silly for someone to have their real insignia stamped on them somewhere - kind of defeats the object of being in deep cover. Unless the brands are like tattoos...

Unlike Dalek, I like Nightbeat's abrasive personality. He's Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, isn't he? That said, I agree it would be good for him to do some proper detecting.

Lovely art this issue, and I am hoping Ravage sticks around. I like him - and I liked that scene of him getting annoyed and being pat on the head by Nautica
 
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Unlike Dalek, I like Nightbeat's abrasive personality. He's Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, isn't he? That said, I agree it would be good for him to do some proper detecting.
There's nothing wrong with his personality as such (though it's fairly stock Lost Light), it's just not Nightbeat's personality. Can anyone seriously imagine this guy having a friendly drink outside a space pub with Quark?

I want the guy back who had a wry cynical edge but had a love of mystery driven by a sense of inquisitive fun rather than being a dick.

Fair enough if Dark Cybertron is supposed to have changed him, but it's odd no one else on the ship has noticed or cared (especially in Dark Cybertron where it should have been a major clue something was wrong).


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