MTMTE meets M:tG?

In IDW’s Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye comic series there’s a point in issue #21 in which the character Skids passes through a mysterious portal. I’m not going to spoil too much of the context for those who aren’t reading it yet (why not? READ IT!) but after passing through, Skids is addressed telepathically by a group of 5 differently-coloured planetoids. (Believe me, this is far from the oddest thing that has happened in MTMTE.) He is soon nonplussed by the planetoids; their method of communication is beyond what his mind can fathom, and their in-comic speech bubbles contain not text but a series of pictograms.

Anyway, one of the telepathic planetoids’ speech bubbles, contains this glyph:

I suspect the symbol in the middle represents the Knights of Cybertron, and the outer 5 orbs represent the gods of the guiding hand.

Detail from panel in Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #21

The 5 differently coloured orbs are arranged clockwise: White, Green, Red, Black & Blue. I suspect the symbol in the middle represents the Knights of Cybertron, and the outer 5 orbs represent the Gods of the Guiding Hand.

But I’ve also seen a very similar wheel of colours before somewhere else; several thousand times, in fact… Here is the back of a Magic: The Gathering card.

The back of a M:tG card. The old blue logo and the no-longer-relevant "Deckmaster" branding can't be removed.

The back of a M:tG card. The old blue logo and the no-longer-relevant “Deckmaster” branding can’t be removed for reasons.

5 coloured orbs in the centre represent the 5 colours of mana, clockwise: White, Blue, Black, Red and Green. That’s the same order flipped in the mirror; White is between Green and Blue, Blue’s neighbours are White and Black, red’s neighbours and black and green, and so on, and so forth. Essentially, it’s the same colour wheel. Do the 5 Gods of the Guiding Hand line up with the 5 colours of Magic?

Colour Attributes Guiding-Hand Deity
White Law, Wisdom Solomus
Blue Intellect Epistemus
Black Death Mortilus
Red Chaos, Constant change Adaptus
Green Life, Creation Primus

Holy crap! Well, I’m convinced.

Is it relevant that Magic and Transformers are both Hasbro licenses? IDW do love their crossovers, just look at Infestation. Should we be preparing for a finale in which we see that the Knights of Cybertron are planeswalkers, and Unicron is an Eldrazi? Please, no.

Of course, I don’t really think for a minute that such a cross-over is in any way likely. (Again, please no.) I just found it really amusing that the 2 IDW titles on my comic shelf both feature this extremely similar visual motif, despite not being connected.


Think I’m onto something? Think that it would be super-awesome if Unicron was an Eldrazi? (You’re wrong.) Want to tell me your own barking-mad pet theory? Put on your tinfoil hat and write in our comments section below.

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