Review – Transformers More Than Meets the Eye #36

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Transformers More than Meets the Eye 36 Cover
Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Publisher: IDW

This issue is part of the Days of Deception book spanning story event and features the crew of the Lost Light as they look for the lost Knights of Cybertron. Former Decepticon leader, Megatron and former Autobot commander Rodimus lead the rag tag crew. As former crew mate and secret Decepticon double agent Brainstorm finds a way to travel back in time to try and alter history so the Decepticons win the war, it is up to our heroes to prevent any significant changes from occurring and travel back themselves.

Roberts is a writer who really excels at books about characters, the plot itself is good but its the individual characters and their personalities that once again shine through. Of all the Transformer themed books running at the moment this is the one with the sense of humour, even when things look dire one of the characters can always say something to lighten the tone. What Roberts avoids is having the “everyone is a comedian” scenario that can so often plague these books and instead we have a couple of stand out characters that can always be relied on for a smile. Megatron believe it or not is one of them, he is such a stiff, serious guy that really has no idea how to be subtle or how to hide his feelings and it is almost always to comedic effect. It is often Rodimus that will say something a bit silly or try to use humour to defuse a situation which considering what they are dealing with is probably the right thing.

As noticed last issue Brainstorm has been jumping around his time line altering events in small ways, things that are not immediately noticeable by those in the future but Rewind has started to realise that his memories are not matching up with the files on record and due to a pretty smart bit of writing we have a reason why the timeline is changing and not just splitting off into a new one though if you want to see what that is you will need to read the book.

Alex Milne handles all of the pencil work this time and does an excellent job creating an impeccably detailed issue with some of the best looking representations of the Transformers you will see. Milne has a knack for making the Cybertronians look and feel natural, they all still look massive and imposing but their faces look very human. The scene with Megatron making a call on the Time Phone is a great example, his expressions and body language just look so natural and not something you would normally associate with Robots built do transform and do battle.

Joanna Lafuente works her magic on the already incredible pencils and adds the colour that brings the true spark to the book. Every bit of colour is a pleasure to look upon, from the opening panels with Cyberton and a burning sun, to the glowing Autobot and Decepticon symbols on the chests of every Transformer, it just has to be seen to be believed. Everyone in this issue is immediately identifiable and that is as much down to the colouring than it is to the pencil work though we never see anything stand out as too bright or garish, the tones used are bright and vibrant but have a subtlety about them.

Anyone can pick this book up right now, it helps to have seen what happened in the arc before this one but honestly, just accept Time Travel as the plot device and enjoy watching the characters interact with each other. The book is 100% about the characters and their development with each other and their experiences during the great war, if you are the kind of person who enjoys watching strong personalities clash and bond through the course of an arc then this is the book for you. To me, it does not matter what the reason for everyone being together on that ship is, its just fun to watch them deal with the situations as they arise.

If you are looking for a book to fill a gap in your pull list whether you are a hardcore Transformers fan or someone who just likes the idea of them, you need to be buying this. This is the Transformers book I look forward to every month and the one that always delivers with great story telling and beautiful art.