Review – Transformers More than Meets the Eye 53
Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne & Hayato Sakamoto
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
The crew of Transformers formally of the Lost Light continue to try and fortify their base on Necroworld whilst the combined forces of the Decepticon Justice Division and Deathsaurus’ Decepticons. Megatron bares his soul and continues to avoid getting involved in the battle directly, Ultra Magnus gets and upgrade and we find out a shocking revelation about the captured Spark Eater.
The events of this issue are for the most part contained to the Necro Bot’s tower but we do get a recap of sorts to remind us, the readers of just how everyone got here. Drift and Ratchet make their presence known whilst Rodimus tries to keep spirits high by keeping the crew busy. We get to finally see the eulogies being recorded signalling the end of this chapter is drawing close as these are what we witnessed as this chapter began. Suffice to say the situation looks dire and yet given what our crew of misfits have already been through its hard not to hope for the best.
Roberts once again does an incredible job at further fleshing out the characters inhabiting this story and gives us a very clear view of just how everyone is coping with their impending deaths. Megatron especially just seems shattered and broken both inside and out and as much as we want him to pick up his iconic arm cannon and run into battle it is so easy to see why he is repulsed by the very thought of it. Roberts also does the unthinkable and somehow creates an even more devastating scene just when we thought things could not possibly get any worse, I like to think he chuckles as he kicks the autobots whilst they are down but honestly I feel that in an effort to make us care for the Transformers he writes about he puts a lot of himself in there which has to hurt a little every time he twists the story telling knife.
Milne and Sakamoto work wonders on these pages turning what should be a fairly uneventful collection of illustrations into some of the most expressive and jaw dropping art you will see this month. I always give props to any artist who can give emotion to beings made of metal but as always my expectations of what you should be able to see on a robot’s face are smashed. This is not only the best Transformers art work this month, it’s the best art work in comics period!
Lafuente once again adds her flair to the book giving it life and soul as she colours the world of the Transformers in spectacular fashion. There is a lovely seen midway through the book where a joining of sorts takes place and it is made all the more vivid for her careful and selective choice of colour.
This issue certainly feels like the calm before the storm and gives us a lot of information to digest before the next part of the story comes along. I would caution anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with the series to pick up the last few issues so they can properly appreciate how we got here as I feel the sentiment left behind is far more personal and prominent if the reader has a real stake in the lives of the characters. This is an example of a creative team being given the time and trust by a publisher to fully realise a story and to make little to no compromises along the way.