Transformers Daily News Source for Transformers 5, Titans Return, Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, Generations, Third Party, G1, Beast Wars, Reviews, Comics, Games & More Than Meets the Eye!
TFormers Transformers News and Reviews
facebook twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ youtube podcast rss
Generation 1
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #10 Commentary with James Roberts
Jack - Saturday, November 03, 2012

Are you ready for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #10 out this week in comic book stores and on digital platforms?! Because ready or not—it’s here! The penultimate chapter of the Shadowplay event digs into the history of the Transformers, as cops Orion Pax, Prowl, and Chromedome find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of Autobot power! Don’t miss the biggest story yet of IDW Publishing and Hasbro’s More Than Meets the Eye comic book series!


PAGE 1: We’re getting more into the politics of Cybertron with Senator Proteus, the rise of the Decepticons and how to deal with them. How far in advance did you have these kinds of political games worked out, and who would benefit from them?

JAMES ROBERTS: With “Shadowplay”—particularly Part 2—I’m trying to move MTMTE into “political thriller” territory. Well, a political thriller with some old-
fashioned conspiracy tropes thrown in. This isn’t the first time I’ve explored the socio-political infrastructure of pre-war Cybertron—“Chaos Theory” (which can be found in the trade paperback of the same name), laid a lot of the groundwork upon which the plot of “Shadowplay” rests.

Structurally and hierarchically, ancient Cybertronian society has parallels with our own—there’s apartheid, civil rights, democracy (of a sort), classism, etc; to counterbalance that I wanted to bring something uniquely Cybertronian to the fore—namely the fact that these creatures are blessed (or cursed) with a second shape that determines their lot in life.

As for how far in advance I had these political games mapped out… far enough. Far enough to extend beyond this particular story.


PAGE 2: Chromedome gives chase to the bot who threw the body in front of him and Prowl from the last issue. Did you give specific designs on the sky bike and the craft he is pursuing as well as the Translucentica Heights?

JAMES ROBERTS: I certainly wanted Prowl and Chromedome’s sky bikes to be reminiscent of Action Master Prowl’s motorcycle. Just because.

The key thing about Translucentica—as th
e name (from “translucent”) suggests—was to make it look like it was entirely made of glass. Issue 9’s script said, “Translucentica is visible in the distance, a cluster of shimmering glass skyscrapers, sculptures, monorails, all of it tinted blue.” That was easy for me to write—the ever-talented duo of Alex Milne and Josh Burcham—had the difficult task of bringing that sentence to life.


PAGE 3: Chromedome loses his quarry and meets up with Prowl. Why put these two characters together for this story and not another pair?

JAMES ROBERTS: The simple answer is: I love Prowl and I wanted him in MTMTE.

Way, way back I pitched a story to IDW—a Prowl Spotlight set on pre-war Cybertron which had him tracking down a Transformation-Cog-stealing serial killer against a background of Decepticon rioting. Obviously that story was never written, but I was attracted to the idea of Prowl working for this CSI-type unit called the Mechaforensics Division.


PAGE 4 and 5: Prowl and Chromedome meet Red Alert and find the ’bot they are looking for. As all three of these characters have quite a bit of history to them, will we be seeing some of their actions catching up to them in future issues? Maybe across Robots in Disguise with Prowl as well?

JAMES ROBERTS: Your question reveals a universal truth about MTMTE: every character has a past, and everyone’s past will catch up with them. We’re not jumping back to pre-war Cybertron at random: events that take place during the run-up to war will have lasting repercussions on our present day crew.


Get the scoop on all the Transformers updates as they happen right here at Tformers.com. The best resource for all your Transformers news and reviews every day.

Facebook Social Comments

TFormers Member Comments

NO COMMENTS YET - Start the Coversation by Posting Yours Now!

»  POST A COMMENT ON THIS STORY - CLICK HERE!  «
     (Membership Required)

More Generation 1 News
Surely never to be topped in terms of retail price as the costliest Ultra Magnus that ever will be, we have new official shots of Ultimetal Ultra Magnus. This round of images is in full color with all paint details in place, showing off the fully armored form with some specific paint app callouts, and likewise proving the white Optimus base body is there with its removable pieces still in use and the mechanical skeleton below. Action Toys is listing this at over 5000 Hong Kong Dollars - about $720 USD today, so this is probably something only on the radar of a select few. See the pictures below!
The Instagram account of Prime1Studios has posted a teaser image for their next Premium Masterline figure! With hashtags indicating it is once again sculpted by Josh Nizzi, we get a look at PMTF-2 Soundwave! ...well, his shoulder. But Laserbeak is on the shoulder! Keep reading to have a look.
Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, celebrity autograph signings, a showcase of new and upcoming home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusive items and engaging booth activities. Fans and convention attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.
Prime1Studio has posted a gallery of images of their new PMTF-1 Optimus Prime statue! Coming in at 2 feet tall and USD $1000, the statue features LED eyes and was designed by famed Transformers movie concept designer Josh Nizzi - and in a different, perhaps better world, this would have made a great movie design for Optimus Prime. A limited edition of 750 will have Prime's trademark energy axe instead of the normal edition of 1500's Ion Blaster. Keep reading to see!
A double-issue to tie it all up, and every wild idea left in the memory banks gets thrown at us. Transformers vs. GI Joe #13 is written by Tom Scioli and John Barber with art, colors, and lettering by Scioli. Click through to read the review!











Facebook @TFormers
Transformers BotCon 2016

Transformers Vs. GI Joe #13
Generation 1 IDW Comic Book
Sins Of The Wreckers #5
Generations IDW Comic Book
Transformers: Till All Are One #1
Generations IDW Comic Book
The Transformers Issue 54
Generations IDW Comic Book

Titans Return Leader Class Soundwave - New Official Photos

IDW Comics Preview - The Transformers vs GI Joe Issue #13 - Final Issue!

Transformers: Earth Wars Launch Party Images - Games, Giant Bumblebee, Transformers Toys, Top YouTubers, More


RADIO FREE CYBERTRON

Twitter @TFormers




ENI
About
Entertainment News International (ENI) is the popular culture network for fans all around the world. Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!
Sites
Action Figures
Classifieds
Entertainment
Marvel
 
Podcasts
Star Wars
Superheroes
Transformers
Links
Support
© 2016 Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and or owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. To have it removed right away, please [ Contact Us ].