Review – Transformers More Than Meets the Eye #44

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Transformers 44

Writer: James Roberts
Art: Hayato Sakamoto
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Publisher: IDW

Transformers More than Meets the Eye continues the adventures of the crew of the Lost Light led by Megatron and Rodimus as they search of the Lost Knights of Cybertron.

This issue feels like another detour from the main story whilst the team work on the main arc in secret but like all of the side story tales this team delivers, it uses the time to further the character development. This trip spurred on by a few of the crew members for various reasons (including Megatron!) is a hunt for the legendary Necrobot, sort of Transformers version of the Grim Reaper.

Roberts does what he does best when he gets some downtime for the crew, he focuses on the personalities and expands them letting the reader get to know them a little better. We get to see a focus on my favourite couple in comic books right now, Chromedome and Rewind but we also get to see Nightbeat come to terms with some issues and Megatron has an unwanted revelation of sorts. Basically what I’m saying is that this is a book that threads the line between being a filler and being an integral piece of character development and if you are already invested in the series it is going to be a joy to read.

Milne is replaced this month by Hayato Sakamoto and he does such a great job of keeping the art as familiar and true to Milne’s work you may not even notice. Of course Sakamoto is doing his best to keep the look and feel the same but you can see his own touches in the facial expressions and in some of the rounder edges. He is great at rendering our space age family of mismatched robots and I wouldn’t mind seeing him again either covering for Milne or doing his own book.

Lafuente again brings every panel to life with her skill and ability to render true exuberance to everything that she touches. Sakamoto illustrates for us a gorgeous landscape, a massive garden of remembrance but its Lafuente’s colours and tones that really make the setting of this tale so striking. I wont spoil the end but the final few panels are some of the most dramatic of the issue and it is only made possible by the colours used.

The only thing I can fault this issue (and really I don’t consider it so) is that we are taken away from the main arc for a second month but I like to think this is less of a plot device and more of just how the crew are. Megatron is looking for ways to lengthen his stay on board the ship, Rewind has an agenda he would like to see fulfilled and Rodimus decides what he is doing each day by rolling a dice, it should be expected that we will have some random adventures.

More than Meets the Eye once again takes a book about a crew of large transforming robots and gives it the kind of heart and soul absent from the majority of other books available today. It is a progressive book that deals with the love between two souls regardless of sex, the kind of book that looks at slavery, class-ism, genocide and what it means to atone for a lifetime of wrongs. It does all of that and it still manages to make me smile with its irreverent and often random sense of humour because it treats it cast as three dimensional beings and its readers like adults.