IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 3:54am CDT

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Skids and Nautica's Infinite Playlist
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Synopsis
“We should’ve known. Being happy: always a sign that somebody was about to die.” —From Knight Quest: The Quest for the Knights, by SWERVE of Helex.

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Uh oh


Story

Hitting the 42nd issue, More Than Meets the Eye also reaches the conclusion of the first arc post game-changing Elegant Chaos, and the two heavy pauses in between - but beyond the puns involving murder on the dance floor and other Sophie Ellis Bextor lyrics, what horrors does the Vis Vitalis hold? Read on!

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Killer moves


James Roberts's script takes some time in this issue to use a previously trodden ground and path to actually send us in a new direction, at least for some of the characters involved. If space thrills are part of the manifest plot, it's the latent threads that really shine through, with a series of twists that are more humorous than horrorous.

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Hot damn


Nautica in particular gets some very nice development, and we're enabled to see her in action and in her own element even when facing the multiple, very different moments of clash with other characters (threating or not) in the issue. Nightbeat is another spotlighter, and one that reveals how MTMTE actually operates after all.

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Look! A distraction!


However, the issue does not feel as though it reaches the full throttle of what the arc could've done, despite what it does do. Not entirely sure what I was expecting, and this was definitely not it of course, and welcome though it may have been, *something* felt off. Perhaps the shortness of the arc? More below.

Art

Visually, the horror is palpable. Even with the opening dance scene, we are plunged back into the Alien-esque side of story; and forget the Sparkeater from early on in the series, the creatures that Alex Milne conjures up in this issue are the stuff of someone's twisted, shifting yet somehow strangely enticing nightmares - despite, or perhaps also because of, the barnacles.

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Nightmares, I tell you


In fact, there is a wonderful echo of the recently cancelled Hannibal series, also due to the stunningly elaborate colour work by Joana Lafuente, giving all the hues of terror - and its complete opposite in the resolution of the plot-thread, as we enter the final act of the story.

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Dem colour/letters


Tom B. Long, as seen above, just keeps shining, too. Some of the highest peaks of tension in the story, and their consequences, just look great in the voices that he helps shape out with the lettering. And on the cover front, the main Milne/Josh Perez variant sets one tone, the vibrant Nick Roche/Josh Burcham Nautica (thumbnail) sets the other, Naoto Tsutshima and Yamaishi capture the atmosphere of the latter part of the issue, and we get SDCC exclusive Combiner Hunter Chromia, by Sara Pitre-Durocher.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

The concluding issue to this post-Elegant Chaos arc undoubtedly has a lot of heart and charm (perhaps charisma, too?) in its doings, both from a character perspective, and pacing for invested readers, particularly in the concluding act. It does also, however, feel very quick, and perhaps pleasingly so - leaving a small blip of satisfaction in a wider comedown from the Ratchet issue (eventually, I know). I am still unsure as to what it is that did not convince me as much.

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It


While things do happen, especially in the character-developing and relationship establishing sections, I cannot shake the feeling that this may have been the most 'filler' arc we have seen so far in the MTMTE series. However, there is just enough lightness and much needed self-undermining and humbling humour to create a dangerously uneasy feeling of content, as we subtly Swerve into the next arc...

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: - out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702482)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 6:24am CDT
I did not like this story or issue. I had some problems with the first part and those problems were present in this issue as well. It hinders on dialogue telling us everything that's happening instead of showing us and the twist with the "villains" was almost too sci-fi and doctor who/red dwarf for me.

It did nothing honestly and well, like a lot of Roberts stories pre dark Cybertron, was rushed to get to the ending only to find out doesn't have enough time to give a satisfying ending. I said before with the preview that 3 pages to tell us Camiens are forced to have friends and nautica can dance. There is way too much dialogue and dialogue boxes to tell what is going on during "action" scenes.

I was really turned off a third way on.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702485)
Posted by Amelie on June 24th, 2015 @ 6:47am CDT
Nautica's so adorable. I'd love a high detailed statue of her so it captures her personality.

Really need to catch up with getting all the IDW issues, too
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702493)
Posted by Tigertrack on June 24th, 2015 @ 7:36am CDT
I'm along similar feelings as Randomhero, but without the well-explained rationale for my feelings. It did indeed feel a bit 'off'. Art was top notch, although I thought the creatures filling so much of he page and the darkness made things difficult to follow.

The finale was less than satisfying to me.

I'm also chuffed at the way Countdown (and other characters less established) were thrown in for fodder and quickly disposed of. But I always wanted someone to pick up the old golden disc plot from long, long ago, and continue it. Now, at least, Countdown's piece of that possibility is gone. Which I suppose is good because it's another nail in that coffin of possible expectation for me. Although in comics, death is rarely ever a permanent condition.

As always Va'al thank you for your review and wordsmithing.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702514)
Posted by ebonyleopard on June 24th, 2015 @ 8:47am CDT
"Wonderful, they're still attacking us, but now they're on fire". That may very well be one of the funniest lines I've read in awhile. :lol:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702530)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 9:42am CDT
I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702539)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:14am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702551)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 10:33am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702561)
Posted by TGS1985 on June 24th, 2015 @ 11:01am CDT
So turns out that Firestar is a "Liar, Liar, head on Fire," which I think is for the best as we didn't really need another "bad ass" character on top of Rodimus and Thunderclash.

Other than that, damn the art is so good! Like when Megs and Rodimus show up and anything involving neon party lights...

Also, I can really appreciate the influence music has with Robert's work, but at same time find it frustrating because we have such drastic tastes in music. During the end I was literally like, "Who? Huh? Whatza? Ok I'm might have heard of them... No idea. Ah! Heuy and the News. I know of them! Aaand now you lost me again..." I don't know if it can be all chalk up to a UK/USA thing but I wouldn't mind see a few more main stream (but not necessarily modern) musical references.

Overall I felt it was a nice 2 part filler, but I too am ready to get back on the search for the Knights and for more action. Especially considering how behind MTMTE is having not even caught up to the now completed Combiner Wars.

Randomhero wrote:The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode.


KNEW IT! Love it.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702577)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:00pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet

Well let's think about this, the solicit said there's a planet chasing them. Last time I checked, Luna-1 was a satellite, not a planet. It could be something new that is just being introduced. However what's more likely is that its Deathsaurus and the DJD's "Warworld" a literal fucking planet that was cyberformed into a command carrier.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702578)
Posted by Flashwave on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:01pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet


Luna 1 was my first guess, but I bet it's the Warworld from a few books back.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702579)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:04pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet


I think you read the solici wrong. It's not a planet chasing ship but a planet chasing the ship(lost light) and it doesn't help that Roberts confirmed fortress Maximus will be returning this year. What's max got right now? A giant moon with engines. Also there only 6 issues left this year. Enough for a big story arc to finish the year and the return of Luna one makes sense
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702582)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:09pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet


I think you read the solici wrong. It's not a planet chasing ship but a planet chasing the ship(lost light) and it doesn't help that Roberts confirmed fortress Maximus will be returning this year. What's max got right now? A giant moon with engines. Also there only 6 issues left this year. Enough for a big story arc to finish the year and the return of Luna one makes sense


SW's SilverHammer wrote: Last time I checked, Luna-1 was a satellite, not a planet.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702587)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:20pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet


I think you read the solici wrong. It's not a planet chasing ship but a planet chasing the ship(lost light) and it doesn't help that Roberts confirmed fortress Maximus will be returning this year. What's max got right now? A giant moon with engines. Also there only 6 issues left this year. Enough for a big story arc to finish the year and the return of Luna one makes sense


SW's SilverHammer wrote: Last time I checked, Luna-1 was a satellite, not a planet.


Moon planet satellite whatever. Doesn't matter, to say moon would give it away instantly. It's a solicite.

It's not the djd and their warworld. That's leading up to MTMTEs event Dying Light which isn't kicking off till the end of the year.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702588)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:29pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:I do admit the resolution did seem a bit strange, it worked. not completely but it worked and it was kinda funny. I'm also happy we have new Lost Lighters, though how Rodimus and Thunders work together may get interesting. Also, WTH happened to Swerve?!? Next issue deals with a disappearing Swerve and a new cyclonus avatar and a planet chasing the ship! Things about to get real :BOT:


The thing with Swerve was a quantum leap reference. It's how that how would end an episode. Also it's Luna one

How do we know it's Luna 1? I haven't heard or seen a thing. It only says a planet. It could be anything. And how do we know for certain that it is just a cute joke and not Swerve legitimately disappearing? For all we know, this is a new planet and Swerve was kidnapped by that planet


I think you read the solici wrong. It's not a planet chasing ship but a planet chasing the ship(lost light) and it doesn't help that Roberts confirmed fortress Maximus will be returning this year. What's max got right now? A giant moon with engines. Also there only 6 issues left this year. Enough for a big story arc to finish the year and the return of Luna one makes sense


SW's SilverHammer wrote: Last time I checked, Luna-1 was a satellite, not a planet.


Moon planet satellite whatever. Doesn't matter, to say moon would give it away instantly. It's a solicite.


So say planet, an entirely false moniker for a celestial body, that is in fact a satellite. Even if it's spoilers, Roberts would've said moon or satellite, or left it vague; planet's pretty damn specific. Your thought process implies that: James Roberts doesn't know how astronomical objects are classified; doesn't understand the difference between a moon and a planet; believes his readers are ignorant of Astronomical sciences, and is "dumbing it down"; or just holds active contempt for the part of his reading base that has two brain cells to rub together. Oh, but that could just be orbital wobble. Also, if it were Luna-1, why would the solicit say "chasing"? Chasing is a synonym of "pursue"; to follow (someone or something) in order to catch or attack them. If it were luna-1 why would Fort max be chasing the Lost light, why wouldn't it be "following", or "approaching" them? The only thing that's large enough to classify as planet, or at least a dwarf planet that would be chasing them, is the Warworld, why would they be chasing the Lost light? Because they want them fucking dead (again).
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702589)
Posted by Dimsheep on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:31pm CDT
I some how missed it. Planet chasing the ship? When did this happen?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702591)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 12:39pm CDT
Holy crap dude lets not get all facts and numbers about planets in a series about sad gay robots that stand around and talk about their feelings. Next months comic says a planet starts chasing them. My money is on fort max and Luna one because 1. Roberts confirmed they're coming back this year and 2 Luna one has giant engines that give it mobility. I'm not getting into what's a planet and what's not because who cares especially when MTMTE solicited are always dodgey like 28 that had tailgate and Megatron on the cover with the summary "Megatron is in charge and one isn't happy about it, see what happens when he tells him he doesn't want him on the ship" I'm paraphrasing but that what it said. What happened in that issue? Nothing that was even close to that. Tailgate never interacted with Megatron and no one told Megatron off in it.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702597)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 1:01pm CDT
But yet the "quantum leap" reference may also be an actual in-story disappearance. And plus, Luna 1 is powering itself somewhere. I don't believe Max could actually program the engines to find and follow the ship. And I said the ship was being chased, not that there was a planet chasing ship or whatever.

And as for this being a "filler" episode, it is actually very important to the quest: They have no map; the goal since #28 has been to find Thunderclash and get a map; Thunders is now part of the crew with some others, increasing the size and command structure. This was a very important issue, and they still need to have Ratchet and Drift return, the protectobots and Mirage leave and find the Scavengers and Grimlock. I feel the DJD will come after all that has happened and they are either fully loaded or very underhanded. :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702604)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 24th, 2015 @ 1:08pm CDT
Also don't forget: Tyrest, Star Saber, Lockdown, those creatures from the portal where skids went in #21: They're all still out there :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702623)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on June 24th, 2015 @ 2:19pm CDT
Back to the debate on scientist vs artists briefly....

My thoughts are this: Cybertron had a functionalist society for awhile, remember the time chase for Brainstorm? The almost foreshadowing alternate ending with Rung being tortured? In that reality he wasn’t a scientist and he is ornamental. The arts seemed to suffer on Cybertron during the majority of they're history, when the colonies were severed, Cybertron took a more utilitarian air and didn't promote artistic endeavors, where Camian did?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #42 Review (1702626)
Posted by Randomhero on June 24th, 2015 @ 2:40pm CDT
Actually no, that alternate Cybertron was deeply religious. Fubtionalists are deeply religious. They live and worship Adaptus. What function you were forged with is the function you are meant to be till death. Constructed Colds were exiled because they were not given function but created and assigned it. Same with the M3 religion. Nothing wrong with science in that universe but there, theyre all governed by Adaptus Worshippers. There wrought be performance of art there's no function for it thats for the greater good.

Plus Rung isn't a scientist in any universe. He's hes a psychiatrist.

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