IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 3:57AM CDT

Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al   Views: 28,152

Topic Options: View Discussion · Sign in or Join to reply

Little Victories
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: THE MOVIE! When the Autobots set off on their mission to find the Knights of Cybertron, RODIMUS gave REWIND a simple instruction: film everything. The result is a documentary that will forever change your perception of life on board the Lost Light. Discover RUNG’s secret! Meet the greatest Autobot of all time! And learn what SKIDS really got up to on Hedonia!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
Remember him? Remember?!


Story

We were told by the solicits and various interviews with James Roberts that this would be a breather issue, an actual 'filler' comic (for those of you who love throwing the word about), and it definitely does do that. But it does a little more too, both in terms of looking back, fleshing out and dropping some hints at what Dark Cybertron might bring.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
JUST OPEN THE DAMN BRIEFCASE


Roberts has plenty of time and space in this issue to work his humour and dialogue, without falling into the tonal discordances that occur during big emotional moments or fight scenes. Setting the story mostly during downtimes allows him to just play around with characters and episodes we've seen so far. And the individual panels format really brings out the more idiosyncratic lines by the Lost Light crew.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
Unvincible


But, as I said, there's a little more to that. We're introduced to an (apparently) even more advanced and belligerous mechanical civilisation, the Ammonites and the Terradores, which seem to be multiple combiners of adorable little minicon-sized robots. Or are they? Are they hiding anything? Is there.. more than meets the eye?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
Yep, we'll definitely see ultra-biners


The issue overall is definitely a recap and a pause, but there are two moments that make it fit even better in the path to Dark Cybertron. The Thunderclash episode and the Hedonia expanded story were actually blended together fairly well, while still having the 'these are just two things that happened' feeling about them. And find out Rung's altmode.

Art

As mentioned, teased and prodded at for quite a while now, this issue marks the return of James Raiz on artwork duties, and it's definitely different from Milne or Roche's approach. Raiz has a darker, heavier touch to his lines, while still not losing in details. Some readers will complain, but I personally like the different style.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
So was I, Cyclonus, so was I


Josh Burcham works quite nicely with Raiz's darker style, bringing a light touch and a touch of light to the heavier lines in the pencils and inks. He works particularly well with the different camera perspectives, shifting tones slightly for the Rewind vs Lost Light security camera shots.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
Red Alert's presence/paranoia is *everywhere*


The lettering doesn't have to do too much in the issue, but Tom B. Long still has some nice moments, in the style I've come to expect from him. All in all, I like the different texture of the artistic side of the issue, and don't think it detracts anything from the story or its details.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I mentioned above, we get to delve a little into the life of some of the major cast members of the Lost Light, expanding on some episodes, almost answering a couple of questions and preparing the stage even if very briefly, for what is ahead. And Rung's altmode. And be prepared for some really, really silly humour.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review
And self-deprecation?


The art might not appeal to all readers used to the Milne or Roche approaches, but I would still suggest considering it as how Rewind sees the world through his camera - Raiz does a great job in picking up on the artistic qualities of the entire run, and reproduces them perfectly, in his own style.

A final comment, though, to this final issue of what Roberts calls Season 1 of MTMTE. I can't shake off the feeling that this and the prose extract from #21 could have somehow been shrunk together, allowing for some more light on the Tyrest situation. In any case, it's a good issue, and one I think we'll need once we lose cast members (as Roberts has, as per usual, teased).

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al
Search Got Transformers News? Let us know here!
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1524186)
Posted by Hypershock on October 16th, 2013 @ 9:59am CDT
aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1524197)
Posted by Va'al on October 16th, 2013 @ 12:31pm CDT
Hypershock wrote:aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:


Yeah, Roberts does play on fan-reactions a lot. :D
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1524367)
Posted by 1984forever on October 17th, 2013 @ 3:24am CDT
Va'al wrote:
Hypershock wrote:aaaahahahaha, looks like the Circle of Light shares Seibertron's opinion of the Lost Light Crew members :lol: :grin:


Yeah, Roberts does play on fan-reactions a lot. :D

Yes, I got the feeling that Tyrest's belief that he could reach Cyberutopia by killing all the KOs was a parody of my belief that Transformers would be purified if every character after G1 season 1 was omitted from existence.

As for the art on this issue... Booooooo! I'm tired of seeing banged up wrecks in the pages of Transformers. Raiz needs to consult with Floro Dery on the correct way to draw these characters.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1524859)
Posted by Burn on October 20th, 2013 @ 3:50am CDT
That was a damn good read, and I haven't really been a fan of this book.

And it's not too often I laugh out loud while reading a comic, but Whirl "ending the 16 million year old war" and the reveal of Rung's "alt-mode" was too hard not to laugh at.

One thing I couldn't work out was Magnus' reaction to Thunderclash's praise. Just could not work out what was going on in that frame.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1525059)
Posted by Va'al on October 21st, 2013 @ 1:18pm CDT
Burn wrote:That was a damn good read, and I haven't really been a fan of this book.

And it's not too often I laugh out loud while reading a comic, but Whirl "ending the 16 million year old war" and the reveal of Rung's "alt-mode" was too hard not to laugh at.

One thing I couldn't work out was Magnus' reaction to Thunderclash's praise. Just could not work out what was going on in that frame.


He hugs him. The big softie.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1634776)
Posted by Va'al on January 1st, 2015 @ 8:02am CST
There was a time before Dark Cybertron and Autobot Megatron, in IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. A time before Drift was exiled, and a time during which James Roberts had imagined an extra interaction between him and medic Ratchet in issue #22 - one that you can now read below as a New Year's gift from the writer himself! For all intents and purposes, this is essentially fan-fiction, as it was never approved or included, but you can start reading below, and the full piece here.

The following was cut from MTMTE #22 (the documentary issue) for reasons of space - it would have taken up five pages. But as you can see, it was written up and ready to go. It was never seen or approved by John Barber or Hasbro, let alone published, so it's not canon (it's headcanon to me, though).

The lead-in to this scene would have been a to-camera interview with Drift in which he would have bemoaned Ratchet’s lack of a sense of humor. I’d originally written it – or something like it – for issue #13, but again it had to go when more important things took up page space.

FIRST PAGE

1 / Drift walks into the medibay, where Ratchet is waiting with Rewind. Ratchet looks troubled and pensive. He’s leaning on one of the circuit slabs.

DRIFT: You wanted to see me.

DRIFT: Am I ill?

RATCHET: You’re fine. It’s me.

RATCHET: Close the door.


2 / Ratchet in the foreground, looking at the floor. Drift in the background, in front of the closed door, hand on the door activation pad, looking at Ratchet.

RATCHET: This is—

RATCHET: You’ll appreciate this is particularly difficult
for me to talk about, however…

RATCHET: You may be many things, but—until your
next massive personality shift—you’re not one to gloat.


3 / Drift stands opposite Ratchet, looking worried.

DRIFT: Okay, I’m worried now.

DRIFT: What is it? Is everything alright?


4 / Cut to Drift being interviewed.

DRIFT: I’d never seen him so worried.

DRIFT: And he was being nice—to me.


5 / Back to the medibay, as Panel 3. Ratchet is looking at his hands.

RATCHET: It’s my hands.

RATCHET: Pharma’s hands.

RATCHET: I mean the hands you, er, liberated from
Pharma.

RATCHET: The rogue doctor we met on Delphi. Who’s
now dead.


6 / Cut to Ratchet being interviewed.

RATCHET: I don’t know why I added that bit.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1634815)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on January 1st, 2015 @ 11:23am CST
I sincerely hope this somehow makes it's way into the season 2 annual.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1634974)
Posted by Randomhero on January 1st, 2015 @ 7:13pm CST
Well it wouldnt becuse its being shared now. Thats like handing out the script to a movie to the public before releasing it. It doesnt work like that. James is sharing it because its a scrapped portion of something published. If it was going to be officially published in MTME he would not have shared it
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1637596)
Posted by leokearon on January 10th, 2015 @ 2:01am CST
A while back James Roberts gave us the script for five pages that were cut from MTMTE #22. Now MTMTE colourist Josh Burcham has actually created the missing pages on his Deviantart Account: http://dcjosh.deviantart.com/ Enjoy

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1637913)
Posted by Va'al on January 11th, 2015 @ 8:43am CST
We reported James Roberts' deleted scene from IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22, featuring Drift and Ratchet - so it's only fair that we also show you the great work that artist Josh Burcham has done with the script! Check out the mirrored pages below (thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertronian leokearon, and drop by Burcham's deviantArt page for more.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1637957)
Posted by Madeus Prime on January 11th, 2015 @ 10:55am CST
Ohh, I needed that. Ah, I feel better now that I got my dose of MTMTE. I-)
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1637962)
Posted by ishigoto on January 11th, 2015 @ 11:15am CST
THIS IS HEADCANON NOW! This lil scene adds so much to Drift and Ratchet now and I love it.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1637967)
Posted by Nisus on January 11th, 2015 @ 11:49am CST
LOL! He went full anime with Drift and Ratchet's Badges.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638006)
Posted by dragons on January 11th, 2015 @ 3:50pm CST
Nisus wrote:LOL! He went full anime with Drift and Ratchet's Badges.


yes he did i dont know what to say this doesnt fit int otransformers series at all for me something i expect mr bay to put int o his transformers movies not expect to see in comics this is dumb comedy for transformers, transformers animated series it can fit into but everyhitng else no way never known rachet and drift to have sense of humor and drift is skinny looking
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638022)
Posted by Autobot tap out on January 11th, 2015 @ 4:54pm CST
is it me or does the art style of these deleted scenes remind anyone of the art style of Termination and A Common Foe :-? :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638024)
Posted by Va'al on January 11th, 2015 @ 5:06pm CST
Autobot tap out wrote:is it me or does the art style of these deleted scenes remind anyone of the art style of Termination and A Common Foe :-? :lol:


Yep, same artist. :D
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638027)
Posted by Autobot tap out on January 11th, 2015 @ 5:18pm CST
Va'al wrote:
Autobot tap out wrote:is it me or does the art style of these deleted scenes remind anyone of the art style of Termination and A Common Foe :-? :lol:


Yep, same artist. :D


so that is why :D
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638052)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on January 11th, 2015 @ 6:59pm CST
This is proof that there is a GOD, and that he loves MTMTE.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638076)
Posted by triKlops on January 11th, 2015 @ 8:11pm CST
Really great piece of dialogue given full treatment with inspired art; I really enjoy these kind of off the books collabos.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638162)
Posted by synapse on January 12th, 2015 @ 1:25am CST
I say this belongs in the extras gallery for the next MTMTE trade. Come one IDW make it happen :D
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638211)
Posted by Bleak5170 on January 12th, 2015 @ 7:48am CST
synapse wrote:I say this belongs in the extras gallery for the next MTMTE trade. Come one IDW make it happen :D


Totally agree. This is friggin' awesome.
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638319)
Posted by Optimizzy on January 12th, 2015 @ 2:34pm CST
this is wonderful. this is why like our fan community :)
Re: IDW Transformers More than Meets the Eye #22 Review (1638330)
Posted by kirbenvost on January 12th, 2015 @ 2:54pm CST
Hah, it's pure sillines, but this would've been awesome to see in the comics only because Ratchet gets to punch Drift in the face. :lol: Cool that we got to see some artwork done for it at least. 8)
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #124 - Dogfight
Twincast / Podcast #124:
"Dogfight"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Sunday, August 30th, 2015