IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 3:49am CDT

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Trial and Error
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CERTAIN DEATH, HERE WE COME! MEGATRON assumes control of the quest to find the Knights of Cybertron—a quest that has never before been so urgent, so personal, and so likely to end in tears. An incredulous Lost Light crew is left asking the same thing you are: how exactly did it come to this?

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
Credits!


Story

This week in the third beginning of Dawn of the Autobots, we finally get back to the Lost Light ship, and the events between Megatron becoming its new captain and the defeat of Shockwave in Dark Cybertron - though we flit between the two settings, taking a look at how Cybertron reacted to buckethead donning the red instead of the purple, and the beginning of his trial.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
Well, they're best of pals


James Roberts shakes up the crew of the ship, too, adding some new faces like Nautica and Riptide to old friends like loudmouthed Swerve (who actually appears to have toned down a little, or has he?) and dutiful Ultra Magnus. Dynamics have changed, there is very expected tension on board, but not as much really, as everything seems to have solved itself in the time since the trial - more or less.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
The Tyrest Tiara, now in stores


Swerve and Rodimus still hold some of the best lines, or at least some of the best dialogue happens around them. Nautica is a really interesting addition to the crew, and one that speaks to my linguist self, but as expected, it's Megatron that holds centre stage - in his sessions with Rung, in the preparation to the trial, in his reflections and in his actions, there's definitely a lot more than mee-- fine, sorry.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
What indeed..


The issue definitely does a lot of packing of multiple threads and plots. A lot of them. In terms of action, nothing actually happens except for one brilliant scene over a number of pages, because everything has happened in the six months leading to this issue and moment, and the six million odd years before that. But in that void of action, a lot happens.

Art

As far as the art is concerned, Alex Milne returns to pencils and inks, and in something that seems almost impossible, increases the amount of detail we were used to seeing in the pre-Dark Cybertron run of the series! The double-page spread with the beginning of the trial is astonishing, and the panelwork between the multiple time frames excellently executed.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
You can actually see people's houses


Everything is helped by colourist Josh Burcham, who makes sure the linework really pops or shines where needed. There are some amazing sequences, one in particular, where the colours prove that red is not a single hue at all, and each character really comes through with their own deco - and again, that trial scene is ridiculous.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
So is this, to be fair


Tom B. Long continues on the legendary lettering, from fonts to effects, to graffiti to captions and more fonts - it's always a good thing to get good lettering, especially non-intrusive, art-complementing lettering. Word. Three excellent covers, too, with Casey Coller and Joana Lafuente on A, Milne and Josh Perez on B (thumbnail) and Livio Ramondelli on interlocking RI!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

All the packing I mentioned earlier? That's both the strength and, for lack of a better word, weakness of this issue. Flitting between time frames can be distracting, though both the storytellers do it well, and the plotting has seeded so many different things that you will have to read it multiple times. Including the whole first season, too.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review
That's.. pretty accurate


The art team have upped their game in terms of everything, and Roberts has gone all the way back to the very first issue of More Than Meets the Eye, and picked up some unanswered questions from there. Will we finally see answers to them though? Eventually? Maybe? Perhaps? ..please?

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: ½ out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

Credit(s): IDW Publishing, Va'al


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570066)
Posted by 1984forever on April 30th, 2014 @ 6:14am CDT
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Not that we'll see Transformers actually TRANSFORM in these books anyway.

Yup. Not 1 transformation in the whole book. How is this TRANSFORMERS? it was a good read... but it ain't Transformers.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570067)
Posted by Burn on April 30th, 2014 @ 6:21am CDT
1984forever wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:Not that we'll see Transformers actually TRANSFORM in these books anyway.

Yup. Not 1 transformation in the whole book. How is this TRANSFORMERS? it was a good read... but it ain't Transformers.

I'm sure someone would explain it to you, but I highly recommend they not waste their time.

Move on people. >:oP
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570101)
Posted by ScottyP on April 30th, 2014 @ 8:47am CDT
4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570109)
Posted by Va'al on April 30th, 2014 @ 9:20am CDT
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


I was going to give it 5-.
But re-re-re-re-re-re-reading it, it felt too crammed to be perfect. :P
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570113)
Posted by ScottyP on April 30th, 2014 @ 9:35am CDT
Va'al wrote:
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


I was going to give it 5-.
But re-re-re-re-re-re-reading it, it felt too crammed to be perfect. :P


You're probably correct, I still have excitement goggles on. Been what, 6 months since a proper MTMTE issue? I was more than ready.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570118)
Posted by Stormrider on April 30th, 2014 @ 9:47am CDT
I like the artwork a lot. I am always excited to see more details of Cybertron. Megatron switching sides is a refreshing take on the series.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570120)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 30th, 2014 @ 9:49am CDT
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


Va'al uses his 5/5's very sparingly. I don't think he'd even give his girlfriend a 5/5. :P
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570125)
Posted by ScottyP on April 30th, 2014 @ 9:56am CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


Va'al uses his 5/5's very sparingly. I don't think he'd even give his girlfriend a 5/5. :P


I hope he has more than 5 to give her >:oP
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570197)
Posted by Zarmat on April 30th, 2014 @ 2:53pm CDT
Don't see the issue how the comic series have been going, sure it's not everyone cup of tea and I can respect that, but I personally love what direction they been going.

I love generation 1 as much as the next fan (Also probably this year alone watch the whole series back to front half a dozen times) but as some said its not a serious show and the on going story (when there was one) was horrible and couldn't keep it facts right.

The TV shows over the years have been a hit and miss with me, the latest one Transformers Prime I liked but didn't go as far in depth with its lore as I would of liked to have seen which is naturally due to the limits of a TV show.

The IDW comics by far is starting to be my favorite transformers series, its has evolved past the typical Autobots vs Decepticons, it has gone to great detail whats been going on from the past few millions years till now and I think this new step puting Megatron in command of the lost light as a Autobot is a great idea since I feel ever since all hail Megatron we havn't seen nearly enough of him let alone get to know what makes IDW Megatron who he is and this has put him in the spot light finally.

Those are my thoughts anyway, sorry if I rambled on a bit there :P
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570198)
Posted by Burn on April 30th, 2014 @ 3:00pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


Va'al uses his 5/5's very sparingly. I don't think he'd even give his girlfriend a 5/5. :P


He might not, but I sure did!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570213)
Posted by Va'al on April 30th, 2014 @ 4:15pm CDT
Zarmat wrote:Don't see the issue how the comic series have been going, sure it's not everyone cup of tea and I can respect that, but I personally love what direction they been going.

[...]

its has evolved past the typical Autobots vs Decepticons, it has gone to great detail whats been going on from the past few millions years till now


That is precisely what I really enjoy about these comics too. They are rooted in a 30-year spanning tradition, use the resources they can use, and pushes them in new directions.

What have we had so far, thematically, and overtly so?

Genocide, same-sex relationships, asexuality, gender issues, eugenics, classism, racism, *character development*, creation myths, faith, pros and cons of progress and scientific advancement, popular culture and its impact, friendship, war, democracy and fallacies of it, *actual real-life politics*, intertextual references to both itself and previous incarnations of the franchise.

Does it always do it well? No. But the writers, from Roberts, to Scott, to Barber, to McCarthy, Furman, Roche, Holmes, Dille, Metzen, even Costa, are doing it. Some more successfully than others, but they are doing what the medium allows them to do.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570236)
Posted by Stormrider on April 30th, 2014 @ 7:10pm CDT
Zarmat wrote:Don't see the issue how the comic series have been going, sure it's not everyone cup of tea and I can respect that, but I personally love what direction they been going.

I love generation 1 as much as the next fan (Also probably this year alone watch the whole series back to front half a dozen times) but as some said its not a serious show and the on going story (when there was one) was horrible and couldn't keep it facts right.

The TV shows over the years have been a hit and miss with me, the latest one Transformers Prime I liked but didn't go as far in depth with its lore as I would of liked to have seen which is naturally due to the limits of a TV show.

The IDW comics by far is starting to be my favorite transformers series, its has evolved past the typical Autobots vs Decepticons, it has gone to great detail whats been going on from the past few millions years till now and I think this new step puting Megatron in command of the lost light as a Autobot is a great idea since I feel ever since all hail Megatron we havn't seen nearly enough of him let alone get to know what makes IDW Megatron who he is and this has put him in the spot light finally.

Those are my thoughts anyway, sorry if I rambled on a bit there :P


I was thinking similar things after reading this review. IDW series has done a great job of breaking down the stereotypical barrier that the Autobots are good and the Decepticons are evil. I am glad that they are exploring new avenues.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570241)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 30th, 2014 @ 8:11pm CDT
Burn wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


Va'al uses his 5/5's very sparingly. I don't think he'd even give his girlfriend a 5/5. :P


He might not, but I sure did!


Pictures or GTFO.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570278)
Posted by durroth on April 30th, 2014 @ 11:56pm CDT
is whirl still on the ship? please tell me whirl and cyclonus are still on the ship
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570442)
Posted by ScottyP on May 1st, 2014 @ 12:38pm CDT
durroth wrote:is whirl still on the ship? please tell me whirl and cyclonus are still on the ship


Yes, yes they are.


Burn wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
ScottyP wrote:4.5/5? Confirmed - Va'al will never give a 5/5 again ;)


Va'al uses his 5/5's very sparingly. I don't think he'd even give his girlfriend a 5/5. :P


He might not, but I sure did!


Wow, that really escalated quickly!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570448)
Posted by Va'al on May 1st, 2014 @ 12:45pm CDT
I am no longer suprised at anything involving my allegedly personal life.

Someone tried putting together posts about all the stuff that went missing during the issue - and it's ridiculous. :shock:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570495)
Posted by Deadput on May 1st, 2014 @ 2:34pm CDT
Va'al wrote:Someone tried putting together posts about all the stuff that went missing during the issue - and it's ridiculous. :shock:


Wait what?

I don't get it i'm kinda a slow person.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570504)
Posted by Va'al on May 1st, 2014 @ 2:42pm CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:
Va'al wrote:Someone tried putting together posts about all the stuff that went missing during the issue - and it's ridiculous. :shock:


Wait what?

I don't get it i'm kinda a slow person.


Found the posts again.

A lot of speculation, definitely spoilers, and very minute details.
Part 1: http://purajobot935.tumblr.com/post/843 ... -i-mention

Part 2: http://purajobot935.tumblr.com/post/843 ... warned-for
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570512)
Posted by Deadput on May 1st, 2014 @ 3:05pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:
Va'al wrote:Someone tried putting together posts about all the stuff that went missing during the issue - and it's ridiculous. :shock:


Wait what?

I don't get it i'm kinda a slow person.


Found the posts again.

A lot of speculation, definitely spoilers, and very minute details.
Part 1: http://purajobot935.tumblr.com/post/843 ... -i-mention

Part 2: http://purajobot935.tumblr.com/post/843 ... warned-for

Thanks this is interesting.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 Review (1570557)
Posted by steviebops on May 1st, 2014 @ 6:13pm CDT
I thought it was mostly a great issue, although referring to Chromedome as 'widowed' undoes a lot of the subtlety of that relationship.

The fembots were handled well enough, I'd hate to see such a great comic become an avilicious SJW soapbox.

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