Review – Transformers More than Meets the Eye 54
Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
The battle for Necroworld and the lives of the Transformers formally of The Lost Light is off to a spectacular start and the combined forces of Overlord, Tarn and Deathsaurus are having a hard time keeping up. A crazy everything or nothing plan gives the Autobots an edge whilst Megatron wrestles with his conscience and a surprise revelation about himself.
Roberts does it again with a surprise twist, a story thread hidden within previous issues that finally comes back around to give our heroes a fighting chance. We feel the desperation they all feel, we remember the last words of the preview hinting at the loss of one of more of the crew and when the battle begins you want to look away but must read on! Roberts always finds the time to add a few panels of something meaningful and heartfelt, sometimes it’s a life shattering truth, other times it’s a gut wrenching loss that feels more poignant than it has any right to be but that is Roberts power, to make everything he writes matter on such a grand scale that we take every event personally.
Milne has the pleasure of creating visually one of the most desperate and frantic battles ever put on paper, the action is so kinetic you can’t help but zip from panel to panel as it all escalates! It never ceases to amaze me how he keeps his level of detail so high when drawing such high speed fighting and yet he surpasses himself at every turn. Ultra Magnus’s upgrade is incredible to behold as he literally smashes his way through the battlefield but its Tarn’s vicious attack on one of our heroes that steals the show. I literally stopped dead in my tracks reading the issue due to the sheer impact of what my eyes had fallen on, this is a panel on par with TMNT’s Donatello’s “death” at the hands of Bebop and Rocksteady, the sheer savagery prevented me from progressing for quite a few minutes. Milne is just one of the best in the business, his pairing with Roberts on this book just feels like fate and as much as I dislike them both right now for that specific scene I love that they can make me feel that way with their collaboration.
Speaking of collaborations, without Lafuente’s understanding of Milne’s line work the art just wouldn’t have as high an impact as it does. She carefully and lovingly details every part of all of the battling Transformers, she colours the searing laser blasts and splashes of cybernetic blood and makes it all visually striking in a way few others can. Her ability to breathe life into our heroes and villains or remove it appropriately is always a wonder to behold and she both compliments and adds a flair to the proceedings that raises it head and shoulder above the rest of this month’s books.
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 is a book that will have you punching the air in triumph one minute and picking up the pieces of your broken heart the next. This issue alone is a visually stunning and deeply personal book which presents us with a crew of Transforming robots that are more human than any one of us. The final panel in this issue made me both excited and furious at the same time and for all the right reasons. Everyone should be reading this series, I can’t recommend it enough and regardless of the outcome of this great battle and which of my beloved crew make it out alive I will be there reading until the very end. I’ve said it many times, if you don’t have this book on your pull list please consider doing so, it not only transcends its original franchise it transcends most of the other books on shelves anywhere.