IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 9:02am CDT

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That's Not What Your Eyes Are Saying.....
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Synopsis

Megatron vs. Tarn

Sounds simple right? The teacher and the student. The master and the apprentice. Having those Star Wars flashbacks yet? Well, Darth Vader has nothing on Issue 52 of More Than Meets The Eye, and that is a fact. But, we may be getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's take a few quick steps back and talk a bit first. Then we can put Lord Vader in his place.

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All they’re missing are the Lightsabers


Story

Well, if you are a More Than Meets The Eye fan, and even if you really aren't, this is the issue that should be on the top of your desires list. Things are nowhere near straight forward. Everything has a point, and then when you think you have the point, suddenly another one comes out of nowhere and stabs you in the back. This was a story heavy on the plot, yet heavier on the action, as if that was possible. This issue took things up several levels, from the players involved to the very foundations of the opposing sides. There were things that were expected. There were things that were wished for that finally came true. And yet, there were things that no one could possibly see coming, yet they did. The story has the twists and turns that Roberts is oh so known for pulling off, but this issue does it in far more dramatic fashion than pretty much any other issue.

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YES


This issue is what issue 50 should have felt like. Scratch that: this issue is what 50 was meant to bring about, and in that regard this is extraordinarily organized and executed. If you felt that the last year of More Than Meets The Eye was lackluster and felt off, believe me: This thing accelerates that faster than the Millennium Falcon can jump into hyperspace. Megatron, Tarn, Kaon, Ratchet, Drift and Rodimus make for the big 6 of the story and get their good moments.This is more than just physical war; this is also psychological war, and we see how that has affected our characters, and how they will affect our characters.

Art

I follow James Roberts on Twitter and I know so many things about what is to come and what he thinks of both his artists and his fans. For issue 51, he made a point of saying that the art in that issue was supposed to be the creative teams best artwork ever, and it did live up to the hype. But for all that they did in 51, take that and multiply it by several degrees and you get the art in issue 52. The art in here is astounding! If you ever had even the slightest thought that Alex Milne was going off his game, here's a clue: Hell no he's not. The lines are bold, the background setting massively detailed, the very characters themselves beautifully defined in all their states of wear, tear, and care.

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And you thought the best eyebrow raises were in Prime didn’t you?


Of course though, this creative team is far from being just Milne. His lines and attention to detail may be the baseline, but Joana Lafuente brings the colors to the front, and she is far and away on the A-team. Probably the biggest moment when she shines? Right as the sun starts setting. Page 7. Page 7 is where she shines her brightest. The light may be dying, but she is in no way dying down, and if anything the fading light only brings her colors farther forward.

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I only wish I could I could show you the REST of that panel


And no issue is complete without its lettering. Tom B. Long gets mentioned so much in our many reviews, and he is always worthy of the praise that is sung for his work. Kaon comes to the front as one of the primary 5 characters I can say this story focuses on, and Long does a great bit in bringing that forward. Kaon's passion and fury are always present, and if Milne and Lafuente didn't already make that clear, Long's lettering far and away makes sure his voice is in your face.

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Pretty much his natural state when his Pet is in trouble


Thoughts
You are now entering potentially spoiler territory. Enter at own Risk

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Actually, we really did. You didn’t see the tears in the wake of issue 40


Alright, now that I can be a little freer in my opinions, I will say this: This is be the best issue of More Than Meets The Eye that we have gotten. People wanted the action, and we got it. Ohhhhhh we got it alright. We didn't have much of that standing around talking and setting up what’s to happen next shenanigans. Nope, we got the action sequences that were meant to be. 13 of the 20 pages involved physical violence, all of which was beautifully executed, and in some ways literally. I can say with confidence and truth that there were 2 main parts to the story involving 2 different characters that I could never have anticipated. Just when you think you are rid of someone, they come back with an explanation that furthers your own storyline yet makes complete sense, and makes things only that much worse.

This issue had 3 main characters so to speak: We has the obvious Tarn and Megatron, but we must also not forget Kaon made for a main character and definitely got his personality that he will forever be known for. Ratchet and Drift, while not making total "main character" status, were definitely very well executed secondary characters, as was Rodimus. We also begin to see the cracks in the armor for some members. Sometimes they are extraordinarily subtle, but take a look and you will see.

As a parting thought, it has been said now that issues 54 and 55 will wrap up Dying of the Light, and that 56 is the epilogue so to speak, with a Titans Return crossover coming soon after. Roberts himself even said that 56 would make for a great series finale, though I'm sure we are far from done here. But no matter. It does not matter if this ends in the 50's, or even if we end up much higher though. This issue is Roberts at his peak, Milne at his peak, Lafuente at her peak, Long at his peak. This is the issue that defines what More Than Meets The Eye is, and I look forward to where this can possibly can go from here. In conclusion: Vader, I think Tarn wears the mask better.

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This article was last modified on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 5:00pm CDT

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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784514)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 27th, 2016 @ 9:09am CDT
Good review d-max ;)^ though one error "13 out of 2 pages" doesn't quite make sense ;-)

I wonder if the titan returns back story segment has thrown a wrench into the works of mtmte natural development.

Though I wonder how many people will take Roberts view of the end of this arc being a great series finisher and actually think this series is ending :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784518)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 9:24am CDT
Thanks Zero! That has been fixed.

I'm hoping Titans Return doesn't throw a wrench into things, because we are getting good build up here and there are even more continuous hints towards a much bigger storyline. But, I think Roberts can handle it. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784521)
Posted by Randomhero on April 27th, 2016 @ 9:31am CDT
Wow. I hated it. Lol. This issue was stupid. My first reaction to Overlord is "Jesus is James having a tumblrite right this instead of him?" There's already so much going on and last thing I really wanted was that jackass showing up in a story doesn't need him.

3rd issue out of 5 now and the main cast is still just sitting in a room. Some are even taking naps. This story to me is turning out worse than Remain in Light. It's really gonna come down to the last 8 pages of the final issue with a macguffin saving the day isn't it? I'm pretty much done with it right now.

The art was pretty at least. I'd give it a 1 and 1/2 for that.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784524)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 9:49am CDT
While the main cast is still holed up, it is important to note that they can't really do much. And this issue was more about the bad guys, Megatron, Ratchet and Drift, and they did their parts well. And I thought the introduction of Overlord was surprising as well. But the "benefactors" fixed him up, and I'm betting anything that the strange organics plus Overlord are leading up to the main storyline throughout the series, or whatever has been building up for many years now at least

I'm also kind of surprised Randomhero. I thought you would really like the issue honestly :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784528)
Posted by Randomhero on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:02am CDT
Personally I am too but I just couldn't get into it. I understand why some would love it but for me? I couldn't. Like we've talks before this is probably going to be a series that is going to translate really well in a trade and not month by month issue and for me that's really how it's looking.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784530)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:07am CDT
Which I do agree with whole-heartedly. I'm notoriously impatient when it comes to thing and 5-parters do make much more sense when put all together.

On the plus side, we did get lots of action in this issue. 13 out of 20 pages featured it in some capacity, though I will admit the one thing that made me sad about the issue. Trailcutter's death was a big deal, for me and for Megatron. Kaon killed him, and I had hoped for some sort of good justice for that, so I was very let down when Tarn ripped his head off for showing love for his pet. I would have preferred some autobot kill him "for Trailcutter" but not to be. That kinda let me down, but it's more personal than actual storyline stuff :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784533)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:12am CDT
So do Megatron and Tarn actually fight finally?

I haven't read the issue, but I'm calling it now: If Megatron survives Diying of The Light, he will become Rodimus's mentor, sort of a surrogate Optimus, teaching him how to not be such a...whatever Rodimus can be called, and be a serious, mature leader. Whenever MTMTE winds down, the final fight will be between Rodimus and Overlord, with everything in the balance, and Megatron deciding the fight by killing Overlord and saving Rodimus, if he makes it that far. Otherwise, I'm actually gonna go to my comic shop and read the issue. Not gonna buy it, gonna wait for the TPB, but now I'm very curious.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784535)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:23am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:So do Megatron and Tarn actually fight finally?

I haven't read the issue, but I'm calling it now: If Megatron survives Diying of The Light, he will become Rodimus's mentor, sort of a surrogate Optimus, teaching him how to not be such a...whatever Rodimus can be called, and be a serious, mature leader. Whenever MTMTE winds down, the final fight will be between Rodimus and Overlord, with everything in the balance, and Megatron deciding the fight by killing Overlord and saving Rodimus, if he makes it that far. Otherwise, I'm actually gonna go to my comic shop and read the issue. Not gonna buy it, gonna wait for the TPB, but now I'm very curious.

Now, you know we can't tell you that! It spoils the whole story! Yes they do, and it is quite dramatic
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784537)
Posted by Va'al on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:25am CDT
Can I re-sub this issue as The Pissing Contest?

I mean, the two major egos clashing here have some excellent exchanges, with the sleazy smarminess of one trumping the blind fanatism of the other. I think that Deathsaurus eyebrow image captures it perfectly.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784542)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:44am CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:Can I re-sub this issue as The Pissing Contest?

I mean, the two major egos clashing here have some excellent exchanges, with the sleazy smarminess of one trumping the blind fanatism of the other. I think that Deathsaurus eyebrow image captures it perfectly.

I think that title works better, go for it! That was probably the hardest part too was coming up with a good title.

Also, the Deathsaurus eyebrow raise to me was the best "personal" image shown. It was just too good not to show :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784543)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 27th, 2016 @ 10:54am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:So do Megatron and Tarn actually fight finally?

I haven't read the issue, but I'm calling it now: If Megatron survives Diying of The Light, he will become Rodimus's mentor, sort of a surrogate Optimus, teaching him how to not be such a...whatever Rodimus can be called, and be a serious, mature leader. Whenever MTMTE winds down, the final fight will be between Rodimus and Overlord, with everything in the balance, and Megatron deciding the fight by killing Overlord and saving Rodimus, if he makes it that far. Otherwise, I'm actually gonna go to my comic shop and read the issue. Not gonna buy it, gonna wait for the TPB, but now I'm very curious.

I like that idea a lot.

So I can't say I'm too surprised about the reveal given what has been teased for the toy line next year, but with the idea if organics helping, is this going to be a tease for the future introduction of power/god masters?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784569)
Posted by Randomhero on April 27th, 2016 @ 12:26pm CDT
This issue I have with overlord is "what is he doing here? He's not dying in the next issue or two. He's all set up for later and while it's a bit bold we can probably conclude is his secret benefactors are the cog faction Cybertronians and if that's what it is than I find it kind of just more build up to something that's already getting pretty built up and will not have a pay off anything soon. The DJD is more than enough of a threat, throw in 500 more deceptions that's even worse. The DJD alone killed 200 autobots, adding overlord in this story is just stupid at this point to me.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784608)
Posted by RevTibe on April 27th, 2016 @ 1:26pm CDT
If we count the DJD's reveal in the beginning of this arc (debatable, I know), we've had a surprise character reveal in each issue so far. Wonder if the trend will continue :P.

I think that the Titans Return stuff should fit in well - hopefully it'll take the form of a "break" between the Dying of the Light arc and the eventual return to the Lost Light, the delay making the return to the LL more dramatic.

That said, I think their eventual return has been fairly clearly telegraphed - the prior few issues put a surprising amount of ink into establishing that they had a subspace window thing that people on Cybertron/Luna 1 could use to mail packages to the LL. Rodimus squeezing through an interstellar mailbox to take the ship back sounds like an incredibly MTMTE thing to do.

I don't think the organics are a lead-in to power/god-masters - remember, these organics are of a similar height to TFs (hence their pods being too big to fit through the "Quantum door").
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784651)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 27th, 2016 @ 3:22pm CDT
RevTibe wrote:I don't think the organics are a lead-in to power/god-masters - remember, these organics are of a similar height to TFs (hence their pods being too big to fit through the "Quantum door").
What that made me think of was the Pretenders from the G1 comics. Their shells were "organic" to shield them from mecha-detection.

Also, after having read the issue at my comic book store, all I have to say is

Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784659)
Posted by sabrigami on April 27th, 2016 @ 3:39pm CDT
Wow. A shocking issue.

wow. Overlord. I kinda sat there like a deer in the headlights for a few seconds while that one processed lol. But I have to say, is it kind of bad I'm rooting for him? I loved how he was trolling Tarn and co. I mean gosh, you know you're loosing it when a creep like Overlord has your number. I have a very good feeling that Tarn is going to loose his support system very very soon too. At the very least I imagine Nickel and Deathsaurus are going to have a change of heart very soon.

Poor Kaon (not!). Such an ironic death, and it was delicious. I may have missed it somewhere, but I kinda wish they explained why he is so attatched to that pet of his. oh well. Doesn't matter now.

It might just be me, but Rewind is giving me a lot of pause. I get why he is like that, he's lived through hell etc...but he is one cold son of a gun. It's almost like he doesn't really love Chromey. No fan of his, but I could almost imagine this rewind throwing him under the bus in a heartbeat if it meant he could have Dominus back. makes me sad and worried. this Rewind has no scruples about killing to get the job done either (he didn't hesitate with Megs after all). Dunno, feel some major red flags.


I also noticed that in the flashback they still didn't show Overlord's hands. Looks like Rewind #1 will be back too. though that would mean he is in the hands of Overlord's "benefactors". I can't imagine it will be pretty. Probably the same ones who stole Pharma's body...maybe even Tyrest now that I think about it. my money is on Quintessons.

Overall, I am stoked for the climax. It will be bloddy epic ;)


Edit: I forgot to mention much I am loving Megs. I've never been a big fan, but damn I love him in this comic. he's the boss!
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784709)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on April 27th, 2016 @ 6:04pm CDT
Based on the look of Megatron's chest wound, maybe the spacebridge technology in his body saved his life? Doesn't look like there's much to damage in there.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784811)
Posted by Mr Skram on April 27th, 2016 @ 11:22pm CDT
More stalling. Nothing really happened, just some of Tarn's bluster between him and Megatron. And then again with Overlord.I wish I hadn't gotten impatient after reading all the previous trade paperbacks because I agree this will probably end up being pretty decent to great if read in a single sitting or two. Issue by issue, though, it feels like a whole lot of nothing with a bunch of potentially good interactions being glossed over for the sake of getting to the next one to the next, etc. Who knows, maybe the finale of this arc will save it for me.

But yeah, Overlord... I got the feeling the Quintessons were involved as well. No real reason for it, just the first thing that came to mind.

As far as the organics possibly being pretenders, well maybe they're also Titanmasters underneath all the tissue and junk and that's how it all ties into the upcoming line. They save Team Rodimus by pairing with and powering up Rod, Megs, and whoever else. Then after the day is saved the Titanmasters contact their people(another of the lost tribes, or a combination of a couple tribes) and they go back to Cybertron offering upgrades to anyone willing.

Could be why it feels like they're taking so long to wrap this up. Hasbro might have handed down the order and Roberts needed to adapt.

Just some wild speculation. I'd be more okay with that as a Mcguffin scenario rather than something else like someone teleporting and calling for backup.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784828)
Posted by Va'al on April 28th, 2016 @ 12:58am CDT
sabrigami wrote:Wow. A shocking issue.

It might just be me, but Rewind is giving me a lot of pause. I get why he is like that, he's lived through hell etc...but he is one cold son of a gun. It's almost like he doesn't really love Chromey. No fan of his, but I could almost imagine this rewind throwing him under the bus in a heartbeat if it meant he could have Dominus back. makes me sad and worried. this Rewind has no scruples about killing to get the job done either (he didn't hesitate with Megs after all). Dunno, feel some major red flags.


Yes. Yes. There was a lot of pause, emphatically so, on that scene. Something doesn't feel right here either. :-?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784850)
Posted by Burn on April 28th, 2016 @ 4:00am CDT
I was bored. I'm now frustratingly bored with this story arc. It's just been drawn out too long. Wrap it up already. >:oP
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #52 Review #MTMTE (1784852)
Posted by Mr Skram on April 28th, 2016 @ 4:14am CDT
Burn wrote:I was bored. I'm now frustratingly bored with this story arc. It's just been drawn out too long. Wrap it up already. >:oP


Sitting around in flowery fields for more than several issues isn't an interesting story arc?


I honestly couldn't believe nothing really happened yet again.
:BANG_HEAD:

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