Review – Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #43

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Transformers More than Meets the Eye 43

Writer: James Roberts
Pencils: Alex Milne
Colours: Alex Milne and Brian Shearer
Letters: Tom B Long
Publisher: IDW

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye is made up of the adventures of the crew of the lost light as they try to search for the fabled Knights of Cybertron. Led by Rodimus and ex Decepticon Leader Megatron, they have the kind of encounters too bizarre or crazy to include in the main line series as well as some of the most emotional tales too.

When I first picked this issue up and started reading I thought I had been given the wrong book, instead of being greeted by the usual rogues gallery of Transformers I opened to find myself reading a sitcom of sorts. On further investigation all became clear..ish, Roberts threw a curve ball in the opening pages and for a few seconds it worked! The crux of the tale is that one of their own is in peril so it is up to the crew of the lost light to disguise themselves as humans and mount a rescue to some hilarious results. This story like all of Robert’s tales will make you laugh out loud and then cause your heart to break within only a handful of pages.

Alex Milne is on pencils and as always his work is flawless, his Transformers, be they Autobot or Decepticon continue to look majestic and yet carry a certain weight you wouldn’t expect from a traditional robot. There is a fantastic scene near the very beginning when Rodimus is listening to a piece of music and the expression on his face is priceless, I literally lost it. The real stand out work this issue however is the human interpretations of the Transformers we have grown to know and love, somehow Milne is able to see into the very core of what makes the characters who they are and draw the human persona from within! I gasped when I saw the human version of Rodimus but Megatron is really something else, you NEED to see him! For some reason Cyclonus becomes a Victorian looking woman which is way funnier than it has any right to be.

Milne is also on colours this issue along with Brian Shearer and the book benefits from their dedication to the craft. The city the crew find themselves on is bright and glorious to behold and the colour schemes used to breathe life into the human versions of the Transformers is inspired! Once you realise these are indeed the Cybertronians we have spent so much time with the colours begin to make sense.

In a lot of ways this book is a light hearted farewell to a beloved crew member but also a precursor to a lingering threat that we first encountered prior to the Combiner Wars! Roberts enjoys spinning us a seemingly unrelated yarn only to tie it all back into something else in an intelligent way. In this issue I had so much fun with the characters hanging out in human form that I had completely forgotten that they are being pursued by an incredibly dangerous enemy who would like nothing more than to end their mission prematurely in violent mess.

This book is almost flawless save for the fact that anyone new to the series is going to find themselves totally confused. The book does assume a certain familiarity with the crew and with the larger than life personalities they exhibit so if you are new, don’t avoid the book, just buy a few issues leading up to it. For the rest of us who have been reading the book religiously, you are in for a few laughs and a great read not to mention some beautifully rendered Transformers both as Cybertronians and as Humans.