MTMTE has been a top class series so far. The fast paced adventures of the Lost Light, with its Captain Rodimus and its crew of Transformers of varying popularity have, for the last 3 months, given us laughs, great stories and an overall interesting adventure. Issue 4 if it were even thought possible, turns all of that up to 11.
Such a cheerful place!
For those following the series, the name Delphi should be familiar and the opening few pages here allow First Aid to give us a bit more of an insight into the medical outpost hinted at in the Last Stand of the Wreckers. It soon becomes apparent that the recording received way back in issue 1 by the Cybertronian-based Autobots after the Lost Light was seemingly destroyed, was not one to be ignored, not that that was ever likely to stop them.
Fast forward 3 issues and, inside Swerve’s packed new bar and upon receiving readings from an unusual broadcast via Fisitron (remember him?) relating to death rates at the facility, Ratchet has decided it is time investigate Delphi – unaware of the warnings - selecting Drift and Pipes to accompany him. What they find once they get to the medical facility is, as always, more than... (well, you get the point by now.)
What stands out the most about this issue is the relentless humour in such a dark situation, in both the art and the writing. Even in this darkest of scenarios, the visual gags and banter lighten the mood up to and including the huge reveal at the end ensuring a great read. Roberts weaves a tight, enthralling and, with the Tailgate saga, a thought-provoking story, whilst Milne and Burcham make a good show of the imagery. There's nothing spectacular, although the interior of Delphi itself has a deliberate menacing feel to it, but Milne's ability with layouts and to squeeze in the additional background slapstick around the vast dialogue bubbles further helps to bring the ship (and facility) to life in ways that are overlooked in other series.
MTMTE shows no sign of slowing down, in fact it shows the complete opposite, and has been consistently more entertaining than its more traditional sister-series Robots In Disguise which must be feeling the pressure by now. I would not hesitate to recommend that you pick this up, even if you are new to the series, as it is just going from strength to strength and there are still some 150 more characters on the Lost Light yet to explore...