30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 1

I’ve been following MTMTE since the beginning. I mean even before it was MTMTE (wait, sorry, that’s Day 12). So Day 1 –¬†Favorite character on the Lost Light crew.

This was a tough one because there are so many great ones. I’ve always been a fan of Rodimus and Whirl is fantastic. However, my favorite is this guy:

Cyclonus running

Horn-head coming through!

Cyclonus

Cyclonus is another long-time favorite of mine and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching his transition from a grumpy, isolated jerk into what he has become – one of the true heroes of the crew.

Sure he is still pretty much a jerk, but you can’t change who you are. Still, when he joined the Lost Light, he wanted nothing to do with anyone, but now he has come to develop a bond with Tailgate to the point that he truly cares about him – so much so that he risked his spark to save Tailgate’s life.

So, there you go. Favorite Lost Light crew member: Cyclonus. (Even if I was a bit wary of him at first…)

Hoist and Cyclonus

Uh, hi.

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 2

Least favorite character on the Lost Light crew.

The unknown guy that hits Drift over the head with a pipe after he was banished for bringing Overlord on board.

Drift

Head’s up!

It’s perfectly understandable for the crew to be upset since they don’t know the whole story. But we do. At this point we already knew that Chromedome and Brainstorm were in on it as well (and the Duobots – Shock and Ore – but they’re already dead). Of course, later on, we find out that there were others that were involved with bringing Overlord on board too and that Drift willingly took the blame to spare the others. That was very noble and I hope that it’s not the last we see of Drift.

 

 

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 3

Favorite Pairing

This was a little tough since there are so many great pairings in MTMTE – Chromedome and Rewind, Cyclonus and Tailgate, Rodimus and Drift – but I think the one that I like best is Whirl and Cyclonus.

Whirl and Cyclonus

Even the spilled energon is complementary!

There has been nothing but tension in this relationship and, even though they have come to respect each other through many shared battles, I don’t see that tension ending any time soon. It certainly makes for entertaining reading. When is Cyclonus going to make good on his threat to kill Whirl? What insane thing is Whirl going to do next to try to beat Cyclonus to the punch? Sure they made up after the battle on Luna 1, but there has to still be some animosity, or at least uneasiness, deep inside each one. I hope Cyclonus makes it back from the Dead Universe when Dark Cybertron is over because I will really miss this pairing if he doesn’t.

Cyclonus pushes Whirl

Watch your step!

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 4

Favorite Scavenger

Honestly, I’m not that big a fan of the Scavengers. Don’t get me wrong, I like them, but their story has kind of been a throwaway for me so far since it hasn’t really contributed anything to the main story of the comic. I might change my mind if they ever manage to bring themselves and Grimlock into the fold of the main story. But I have to pick one, so I’ll pick Spinister. This big, dumb, trigger-happy bot really brought a smile to my face every time I saw him on the page.

Spinister Infodump

Fingers are Amazing!

He’s simple minded and violent – almost the Decepticon equivalent of the G1 Dinobots. That being the case, I thought it was fitting that the group ended up finding Grimlock and have taken him in a part of their group, even if it’s only as an insurance policy right now.

Probably the biggest reason I chose Spinister – I still have his G1 toy from when I was a kid.

Spinister G1 Toy

Nostalgia

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 5

Favorite DJD Member

Sure Helex has his own smelting pool, Kaon has his sparkeater pet, Tesarus has that grinder thing in his chest and Vos has that face, but Tarn wins my vote because he can kill with his voice!

Tarn

My spark just shrank a little by hearing that.

This guy has a double fusion cannon on his arm, wears the Decepticon insignia on his face and is a ruthless killing machine, but he still appreciates the finer things in life like music and literature. He is also Megatron’s number one fanbot – he regularly quotes from Megatron’s writings and even took his name from Megatron’s home city-state. His, and the rest of the DJD’s, methods are so cruel and painful that everyone, Autobot and Decepticon alike fear them.

Tarn

You don’t want to see this in your rearview mirror!

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 6

Best Issue So Far

There are so many great issues in this series, it’s difficult to pick just one as the best. I’m going with issue #13 – Cybertronian Homesick Blues.

MTMTE Issue 13 Cover

Can you guess who’s who?

This issue is told mostly through flashback from the viewpoint of Swerve as he’s sending a message to Blurr, back on Cybertron. We first see some commotion coming from Cyclonus and Tailgate’s room and find out that it was just Cyclonus singing in Old Cybertronian.

Then the crew gets to go on shore leave to relax a little bit, even though Ultra Magnus doesn’t recognize that as a word. Naturally, hijinks ensue. We get to see their new Super Intuitive holomatter Avatars which are supposed to reflect the users’ psyches. For some it’s expected like Rung, Swerve and Rewind. I think the best, by far, was Whirl’s.

Whirl's Holomatter Avatar

A hyperactive child with an eye patch and guns -unmistakably Whirl.

Then, the combined efforts of Whirl (intentional) and Swerve (unintentional) get Ultra Magnus passed-out drunk! It’s great because of the reactions of everyone and the dialog between Ultra Magnus and Swerve. This is where we learn quite a bit more about both of these characters and what makes them tick.

As the night comes to a close and Ultra Magnus is passed out again, the crew needs to find a way to get him back and how they do is nothing short of hilarious.

Hopping on Ultra Magnus

I hope Rewind’s not recording this!

A special bonus prose story at the end of the issue describes what the others were doing while Swerve was left alone with Ultra Magnus – browsing in the gift shop – and a section with Rung talking with Ultra Magnus including the latter’s failed attempts at humor.

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 7

A Heartwarming Scene

There have been lots of emotional moments throughout the story so far, but there have only been a handful of what I’d consider “heartwarming”. Most of the emotions that I get reading this comic are sadness or humor. Still my favorite heartwarming scene is when Rewind’s “message from the grave” stops Chromedome from erasing his memory – again.

Rewind saves Chromdome

Even after tragedy, love lives on.

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 8

A Badass Scene

How do you choose just one? How about pick the scenes that the other bots in the story thought were badass?

Bad Aft Orion Pax

When Orion Pax said he’d “drop by”, this is not what I expected.

Swerve and Tailgate are certainly fans of this one; Whirl, not so much. But then again it’s Whirl – he’s pretty badass himself. He’s just hard to impress.

“But wait,” you say, “that’s in a story being told by Chromedome! That doesn’t count!” Well I say it does! But to play by another set of rules in which flashbacks don’t count, try this on for size:

Bad Aft Rodimus

Sparkeater onboard? Cool.

Drift and Skids are clearly Rodimus fanbots on this one, though Rung seems unimpressed. Actually, I think he’s just in shock after having just been used for bait. You just can’t please everyone, even if you’re Rodimus.

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30 Day MTMTE Challenge – Day 10

Something Scary/Creepy

There hasn’t been anything creepier in MTMTE than this memory of the sparkeater. Chromedome was reading Shock’s memory through the eye sockets, which is creepy enough, but then we see what Shock last saw:

Sparkeater

The epitome of creepiness.

I think the sketchiness of the image makes it that much more creepy and foreboding. Then again, the sparkeater wasn’t any less creepy when we finally see him as he’s wreaking havoc through the ship.

A truly scary image was when Pharma cut Ambulon in half – lengthways – proving just how much of a sadist that he had become.

Ambulon

The horror.

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