(CONTAINING SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS MTMTE ISSUES, HOWEVER)
After being left with two different cliffhangers in the last issues of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, one could guess that means that Issue #8 returns us back into the fray - the fray, being robots beating the snot out of each other. That would certainly be the right assumption, as the D.J.D and our Decepticon dropouts decide to take center stage in Dinobot Month! If you liked Issue #7, then #8 extrapolates it furthur; as we learn more about the Decepticon Justice Division, their motives and why they're picking on this rag tag crew of 'cons.
Lying through their roboteeth
The characterization of the D.J.D. is nothing short of magnificent - Tarn, Vos, Kaon, Helex, and Tesarus are as effectively obnoxious and arrogant as Overlord - heck, the D.J.D. is the neo-Squadron X. Some have thought that Roberts has made the D.J.D. a tad bit overpowered, but I think they are simply using their powers and notoriety to their advantage. Black or Sky, the way they decimated the Phase 6 Shadow in the last issue is nothing compared to what they pulled off in #8, or what they could potentially pull off in the future. The way Vos and Tesarus use their abilities, brings back that nostalgic Last Stand of the Wreckers feel.
Do it like they do it on the Discovery Channel
Flip to the opposite side of the spectrum, and we take a look at our ragtag group of Decepticons.. who honest to Primus don't stand a chance against the D.J.D. Despite the David versus Goliath connotations, the dropouts are certainly a creative bunch. Roberts uses these 'cons as a venue for humor, and I do have to say that #8 delivers some good laughs, among the field of varying emotions. Despite facing the reality of death looming near, the Decepticons stay true to their personalities throughout every inch of the comic. Fulcrum, Misfire, Crankcase, Spinister, Krok and Flywheels make #8 a phenomenal issue - and you'll just have to read the issue to see if they'll make future issues phenomenal too!
Please make a toy of you
of course we can't forget about the catchphrase that's been inked across all of our Transformers comics in this month of August - it's Dinobot Month! So, where are the Dinobots? Well, as we know in Issue #7, there's only one on the planet of Clemency, and that's Grimlock! However with what I'd describe as a mixture of cold feet and disappointment, Grimlock isn't exactly what I'd expect him to be. Well, he's certainly Grimlock, and it's certainly a characterization of 'a' Grimlock - it's not what I'd expect at this point in time. I guess there's only one Fort Max! Speaking of which, we do have a couple of pages on the Lost Light, which does answer some questions, and leaves room for more. My main grip is that IDW uses an * to reference the MTMTE Annual - a comic that's going to be released next week! I'm not going to be complaining about an upcoming 40+ pages, but it would be nice to have closure within a comic.
And you, you, you and you.
The D.J.D. make quite the bang in the their first combat sequence, and as readers I think we all want to be thirsting for more. Roberts mixes action and humor into one blend - #8 is certainly one delicious smoothie. Worth the wait and the money.
Just make sure it's not on the Lost Light..