Review – Transformers More Than Meets the Eye #32

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Transformers More than meets the eye #32
 
Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Publisher: IDW

This issue is part of the Dawn of the Autobots series which is a multiple book spanning event that deals with the aftermath of the last Great Cybertronian War. If you have been reading any of the other Transformers books included in this event you will already be aware of some of the potentially world shaking changes.

Transformers: More than meets the eye directly follows on from Dark Cybertron and kind is of a soft reboot for the book. In past issues the ship, The Lost Light, is captained by Rodimus and a crew of misfit autobots. Things have changed and the Captain is now Megatron….yes you read that right, Megatron. He is not only hanging out with Autobots, he has switched sides and actually joined the Autobot cause!

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This series is very different in tone than the other two books and feels a little bit darker, our main cast led by Megatron watch their ship vanish and then reappear but in a state that would suggest that it had been missing for years, not just minutes. When the crew begin to investigate the ship we are treated to a murder mystery that spans space and time. It is very obvious that the Autobots do not fully trust Megatron. Roberts smartly plays on their paranoia and actually had me feeling sorry for Megatron who feels like a shadow of his former self.

Milne’s art is wonderful on a couple of levels, first and foremost the facial expressions on all of the Transformers are top notch. Even with pupil-less glowing red eyes, we can quickly tell when Megatron is feeling down just by gazing at the images. The scene with the autobot corpses is suitably creepy and creates a very real feeling of danger.

Lafuente’s colours and shades breathe a morbidly dark backdrop for the story, every colour and shade makes a believable and horribly oppressive environment. Its a small touch, but the colour in each of the character’s eyes really does add a level of authenticity to the overall look.

The books only real weakness is its reliance on information of events from previous issues however the majority of it is explained in the books intro or in conversations between the robots. Its not an ideal jumping on point for new readers (Issue 28 is) but its not a bad one if you are willing to put in the extra effort. It is also very wordy, in some cases panels are filled with massive word bubbles which is fine but may put some readers off.

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I really enjoyed this book, witnessing the change of heart in Megatron is worth the price of entry along, his conversation with Ravage will have you cheering him on. It is also a great premise and one I hope they continue long into the future, a crew of temperamental Transformers flying through space with Megatron at the lead trying to atone for past sins, it really is something I can get behind.

This, more than any of the other books in the series is one a hardcore fan of Transformers and someone who has not followed the comics up until now can really get into. The tone may be a little dark for younger children and I feel it was really aimed at older fans who grew up with the series in one form or another. If you have any interest this really needs to be on your pull list and as I mentioned, start with issue 28 for the big picture of what is going on. There is a lot more going on in terms of character development and story telling than you will find in the majority of licensed books out there.

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