Review – Transformers: More than Meets the Eye 50
Writer: James Roberts
Pencils: Alex Milne and Brendan Cahill
Colours: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
The last issue of Transformers more than meets the eye ended on a bombshell, the ex Decepticon leader turn Autobot announced that he would no longer kill a living thing and had become a pacifist. Megatron was ready to take a fatal laser blast to the chest rather than take any more lives which would have been unbelievable if I hadn’t seen it for myself.
The book starts out with all of the main factions within the Autobot command structure viewing a distress call from the crew of the lost light, something had happened that had every one of them try to arrange how they would like their remains disposed of after their impending death. The situation suddenly becomes more bleak when Optimus Prime realises that the message was sent three weeks ago, the book then rewinds to show us the results as they unfold.
Roberts once again presents our loveable crew of misfits and rogues with an impossible situation where the odds of survival are so low that we can’t see how they will survive. Of course there is always more to it that we can see right now and as the issue begins to ramp up the tension we get some glimpses of a possible solution. As always it’s the character writing that places this series at the top of my pile each month and with good reason. Megatron takes centre stage as he reflects on his life past and present and we see his misdeeds catch up on him in the worst possible way but rather than rage, we see him react in a way we never expected and it pulled on my heart strings a little.
Milne and Cahill share pencilling duties and the result is nothing short of astonishing, the art is detailed, the characters majestic and full of life in a way that surpasses the already high quality we are used to. We re-visit a lot of old locations but it’s the death of someone we met just recently, or rather the nature of his death that causes the biggest impact. The being in question isn’t someone who could have been easily bested and his despatch was particularly brutal. Once again I am forced to mention Megatron who runs the full pantheon of emotions this book expressed both on his body and physically. As much as it warms us to see him finally content and happy with who he it is his last few scenes are heart wrenching as we see him carry the weight of a lifetime of mistakes.
Series regular Joana Lafuente really brings the world to life with bright vibrant colours which gives the whole book a super clean look that especially leaps off the page on the digital edition. You may think having bright colours would run against the dark tone but it actually helps to highlight the very schizophrenic nature of the crew and their mission. Her work continues to impress with every issue never failing to amaze whether its your first time or 50th time seeing it.
The book continues to be the very best IDW has to offer and even stands above the majority of the big two’s titles, character development, stories that are not afraid to shift tone and explore taboo is the norm and I am glad to see this going further this year. This is very much Megatron’s story of redemption and to say it has been a rocky road is a huge understatement, sometimes even when you try to do the right thing it can truly feel like the entire universe is against you. If you are reading this review and have not picked this issue up yet or have not been keeping up I urge you to get on board right now. The Transformers universe is undergoing a massive shakedown with some of the events happening on Earth and Cybertron but this personal story, this tale of a small crew on a simple mission is perhaps the most powerful of them all.