More Than Meets The Eye has established itself as a standalone comic series gem in it's first five issues. Despite holding a cast of characters you wouldn't exactly expect to hold interest in, MTMTE captivates you into feeling for their every day lives. While many stories can simply destroy themselves by assembling a massive roster of bots with no emotions or progressive character building, MTMTE expands and extrapolates the great personalities within the series - something I haven't felt since Last Stand Of The Wreckers.
Master and apprentice
Opening Issue #6, a question might be asked. Has the bar been raised too high from the previous five issues? And I'll answer, no. The bar keeps getting raised higher and higher. With D.J.D. territory behind the team and the realization as readers as why you don't go to Delphi, the Lost Light and its crew get acquainted with their newest inhabitants; the new chief Medical Officer First Aid, the ever handy Ambulon, and the venerable giant among Autobots, Fortress Maximus.
Cyclonus: Cheerful as always
Fort Max hasn't had the kindest of stories since coming into the limelight in MTMTE. Getting turned into a combination of jello and cabbage by Overlord in LSOTW did a number on one of the most powerful Autobots in recent millenia. I find it rather poetic that among all the crew on the Lost Light, it's Fort Max who's the one who has the most potential to lose his edge. Whirl is a loose cannon, Red Alert has enough mind games to keep him busy for a decade, Tailgate's been asleep for six million years, Cyclonus was Galvatron's lacky, Rodimus is Rodimus and Magnus never smiles. Yet among all of the Autobots, it's the biggest, strongest and most powerful who is the first to break, the first one to show the signs of instability.
*wakes up* Oh what a great day to.. oh it's Overlord and his chainsaw.
#6 is essentially a story focusing on Fort Max and his trials and tribulations within his mind and with what happened on Garrus 9. However the issue also shines the light on other characters and their personalities. We see Rung and his profession at it's best. We see Whirl's cunniving character, Rodimus' leadership capability or lack of and Ratchet's amazing anaylsis. We see why Swerve is a Metallurgist and should be nothing else, and how Red Alert's paranoia will only lead him to his end.
Red Alert: "I swear I stashed that issue of Playbot here somewhere..."
While this issue is phenomenal in itself, it's also leading towards greater things. That however does not deter from its wonderful storywriting. As we look back on one of the craftiest foreshadowing techniques in Transformers comics used in Issue #1, #6 gives closure to a couple of those tips. While the past issues focusing on Delphi might give reason as to why they shouldn't have gone there, this issue gives me reason that it wasn't what was there, but rather who was there. #6 shows me that MTMTE is truly a LSOTW sequel, as we know have reasons why you do not - i repeat - do not - look in the basement.
Tailgate; the Ironfist of MTMTE.