IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review

IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 2:49am CDT

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(Spoiler free-ish)


Synopsis
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT part 4! Twilight’s last gleaming! The end is nigh. No chance of escape. No last-minute reprieve. But nothing loosens the tongue like imminent death, and the crew of the Lost Light use their final hours to say what—until now—was unsayable.

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Geddit? lights dying?


Story

The Light keeps dying, slowly, inexorably, irreparably, and we are witnesses to the events as they unfold, as James Roberts allows them to, and we are left without choice (other than not to read the story, of course) - in a manner very similar to the characters in this issue, faced with choices, the illusion of such, and a lot of emotions.

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Average MTMTE reader


And with a lot of emotions, come a lot of storylines: we have Nightbeat's intrigue with the hollow planet, and his co-opting of Rung, we have whatever Minimus Ambus and Brainstorm are doing, we have Ratchet and Velocity, Nautica and her group, Chromedome recovering, Megatron being repaired, the DJD just waiting, Whirl and Cyclonus. I could go on.

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New mystery; where are Rung's glasses?


Don't get me wrong, though, there are some stellar character moments for pretty much all of the cast members in the book. And it also manages to deal quite nicely, and deeply (and on multiple fronts) with big themes such as addiction, the overwhelming fears running through the whole cast of the issue, friendship and love, and the pain that the latter two can bring as side effects.

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Not pictured: your gut


There's ..a lot in here. And not all of it necessarily meshes that well together. We see it in the opening preview, with Nautica's otherwise very touching moment as she sees the end coming - a moment which feels too short taken within the frame of the whole issue, and that is a real shame. But more below.

Art

Alex Milne is the main artist on the book, though the Whirl/Cyclonus sequence is actually the talented hands of Hayato Sakamoto, and it shows. Not just the parallels, but the issues that come across in the script in terms of pacing are visually redeemed (for me at least) by punching the 'meanwhile' technique is a truly spectacular way. And one panel, that one panel, THAT PANEL, is almost painful.

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Not showing it of course


Joana Lafuente's gradual transition in colour palettes, from the arrival on the beautifully lit Necroworld to now

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Inevitability sucks


Tom B. Long takes the letters and makes sure we know exactly where to look, what to hear, and how loudly (or softly). In a text that so much unsaid finally spoken, the indication is needed, welcome, and part of the emotional package. The covers, on the other hand, do very little to hint at anything happening inside this book, though great they are! Priscilla Tramontano brings a much happier Swerve memory (thumbnail), as Josh Burcham and Sakamoto show off the threat that awaits, and Milne and Josh Perez look at that thread from our side of the fence.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Reader, I cried. Much like the issue in this series that provided the template for the culprit image, I felt the same build up on the page, in the characters, and inside my emotional chamber, as I was led to the resolution of that particular arc. It doesn't end there, of course, but if I have to talk about one moment, that is the one that stuck. The art, as I said above, is mostly to blame.

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...ready?


There are, I repeat here, some severe pacing issues, trying to fit in a number of personal narratives that just do not survive the composition, either coming across as rushed, disjointed or even shoehorned in - which the visuals do wonders with. It's a collection of character moments, beautiful, each unique in their own way, and well-done taken separately. But we need the climax. It is time.

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

Credit(s): Dr Va'al


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Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792454)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 25th, 2016 @ 7:43am CDT
Well, I was wrong about Dominus, but not really in an expected way. At least I was fairly close, him actually being there in the DJD. Also, that section with Dome and Rewind, that was the highlight of the issue. That was a great story part.

And oh yes, Maximus Ambus!!
:MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792463)
Posted by RevTibe on May 25th, 2016 @ 8:29am CDT
When I was commenting on the first preview I clipped a paragraph off my comic about being surprised we hadn't seen a Turbofox Transformer, since turning into a Turbofox would be a legitimately useful disguise on Cybertron. I like this twist, since the similarity is sorta there when you compare the preexisting glimpse we had at 113 and The Pet, but I haven't seen anyone draw that connection.

...this could add depth to why Kaon was so attached to The Pet. I suppose it can be hard to let go of your camaraderie, even if that comrade turns out to be a traitor.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792500)
Posted by MrBlack on May 25th, 2016 @ 10:46am CDT
Two thoughts:

Dominus as the first Vos/the Pet provides Tarn with a bit more motivation to do what he did to Kaon. It wasn't just the weakness of emotions a attachment, it was sympathy towards an Autobot.

I guess the last Scavengers story was some sort foreshadowing with the Roboids. I wonder if Demus learned his trade from the DJD?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792552)
Posted by MrBlack on May 25th, 2016 @ 1:43pm CDT
Also, Skids was awful mopey this issue. Given the awkwardness between him and Rung after the amica endura ritual, do you think Skids proposed to Rung and got shot down?
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792553)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 25th, 2016 @ 1:54pm CDT
I'm really not sure what to make of Skids and Rung.

Actually idea:

last issue, Rewind said that on cybertron, Amica endura is only when you cannot get a conjux endura, so it means you accept you will never get that "true love." maybe the implication is that Skids wanted a conjux, but now that Nautica has done the amica, he can no longer get that conjux, hence his displeasure. :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792555)
Posted by MrBlack on May 25th, 2016 @ 2:01pm CDT
D-Maximus_Primal wrote:I'm really not sure what to make of Skids and Rung.

Actually idea:

last issue, Rewind said that on cybertron, Amica endura is only when you cannot get a conjux endura, so it means you accept you will never get that "true love." maybe the implication is that Skids wanted a conjux, but now that Nautica has done the amica, he can no longer get that conjux, hence his displeasure. :MAXIMAL:


Maybe...
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792557)
Posted by RevTibe on May 25th, 2016 @ 2:04pm CDT
I'll need to go panel-by-panel on Skids again, but let's not rule out that he might be sad on account of the whole "dying in an hour" thing :P
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792561)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 25th, 2016 @ 2:12pm CDT
True, but the really awkward "see you later" with Rung rang some bells (hehe) :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792612)
Posted by ricemazter on May 25th, 2016 @ 6:02pm CDT
Wow, pacing issues is right.

The whole dominus thing was infuriating. Specifically, rewind nor chromedome consider that reversing the domestication might be the crew's only way offworld?

That whole moment felt really truncated considering it's gravity.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792614)
Posted by megatronpro1 on May 25th, 2016 @ 6:06pm CDT
Ok I can understand IDW using fools energon in order to keep Megatons strength in check and even having Megatron renounce violence but he goes from one issue where hes ready to die and surrender himself to the DJD providing that they allow the autobots to go free very courageous if you ask me to the next issue have him repaired even remake his fusion cannon to only turn Megatron into a coward not willing to fight with his crew mates and ready to run with his tail between his legs so to speak honestly idw we finally have overlord and megatron in the same area and we won't get to see them battle it if ids was smart give him regular energon back his fusion cannon and the courage to stand with his shipmates instead of making him a coward megatron has never been a coward and has always faced threats no matter how great they were now idw wants us to believe he is a coward WHY
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792615)
Posted by Mr Skram on May 25th, 2016 @ 6:20pm CDT
Now that you mention it, rice, that does irk me. I actually liked this issue a bit more than the previous few but I've been ready for this arc to be over for a long time.

I think my favorite thing is that Leader Magnus now scales a little better for my purposes.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792617)
Posted by Quint on May 25th, 2016 @ 6:23pm CDT
ricemazter wrote:Wow, pacing issues is right.

The whole dominus thing was infuriating. Specifically, rewind nor chromedome consider that reversing the domestication might be the crew's only way offworld?

That whole moment felt really truncated considering it's gravity.



If the series had been cancelled abruptly, I'd understand this. As it is, with the whole mystery being resolved out of nowhere, I don't understand it.

Also, is Roberts giving Rodimus any redeeming qualities? He just seems to be a 2 dimensional douche bag in MTMTE. Pity.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792618)
Posted by megatronpro1 on May 25th, 2016 @ 6:32pm CDT
Can anyone please answer why megatron goes from been courageous in one issue to being a coward in the next issue
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792627)
Posted by ricemazter on May 25th, 2016 @ 7:27pm CDT
Quint wrote:
ricemazter wrote:Wow, pacing issues is right.

The whole dominus thing was infuriating. Specifically, rewind nor chromedome consider that reversing the domestication might be the crew's only way offworld?

That whole moment felt really truncated considering it's gravity.



If the series had been cancelled abruptly, I'd understand this. As it is, with the whole mystery being resolved out of nowhere, I don't understand it.

Also, is Roberts giving Rodimus any redeeming qualities? He just seems to be a 2 dimensional douche bag in MTMTE. Pity.


I actually kind of like MTMTE rodimus. He isn't a squeaky clean kid who wants to do good for good's sake, at least not entirely. He wants to be a hero for all the wrong reasons. At least he's had a bit of development in refusing the list and apologizing to drift. Though I will agree that his making the same kind of mistakes has been going on since before the war ended when he let swindle ofall people get the best of him.

I really want a scene where he royally screws up and has Megatron of all people sit him down and tell him off. Megatron, I think has been a much better captain than rodimus.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792629)
Posted by RevTibe on May 25th, 2016 @ 7:41pm CDT
I did enjoy the reveal, but I think I would've been more fond of it if it were split by a cliffhanger ending, giving me a month to stew on it, add gravity. (Of course, that wouldn't really work for the trades.) That's assuming Dom's definitely dead, though. It was a reasonably dramatic send-off, so I'll give it 75-25, in favor of him being dead.

I'm getting a vibe that Rod will come into his own after he squeezes through the Lost Light's transwarp mailbox and retakes the ship.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792630)
Posted by Ironhidensh on May 25th, 2016 @ 7:42pm CDT
I really like third story, but man is it ever feeling rushed and condensed. Its really starting to ruin the story for me. I like what's going on, but it isn't enough.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792639)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 25th, 2016 @ 8:45pm CDT
The pacing issues were there, but I feel that had we still had the 22 page comics instead of 20, things might be a bit better. Just think about it: since the loss of 2 pages, we have had issues 39-53, which comes to 30 pages lost, more than a whole issue. Roberts even said that was a hindrance and a bother, and I can see why. it's like cutting the running time of a TV show from 22 minutes to 20, or a 45 minutes to 40. It really condenses and needs some sacrifice.

I'm also pretty sure Dom is not dead :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792658)
Posted by DaRonin on May 25th, 2016 @ 9:58pm CDT
I don't think Megatron is afraid of the DJD. I see megatron as being like a reformed Alcoholic. But in this case, it got to the point where he was addicted to the violence, to the killing, he did it because it was the only answer, and it was the only way he could succeed, this is what he pretty much said back in 49. Until eventually, as in back in the Dark Cybertron series, he remembered there were other ways, and he finally, finally, after millions of years and countless deaths, got back on the wagon. The entire galaxy can hate him all it wants, but he's at last at peace with himself and trying to do something worthwhile that doesn't involve murder. And now, the only answer that exists once again is to kill, and It terrifies him to no end. I can see what Roberts was getting at with him Rejecting the Fusion Cannon and opting to stay under the shield. In fact, I'm pretty sure next issue he's going to point out he didn't expect to survive his meeting with Tarn, and it would have been easier if he didn't.

It will be interesting to see how Roberts writes Megatron next issue. Whether Megatron sticks with flight, or goes to fight, it's going to define him.

Also, I'm pretty sure Nightbeat is going to determine something massive underneath the surface of the planet to tip the scales next issue. We know next issue is where it ends, and 55 is the aftermath. So yeah, can't wait. I've enjoyed this arc immensely, I'm just worried about who is, and who isn't, making it out next issue.
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792660)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 25th, 2016 @ 10:14pm CDT
DaRonin wrote:I don't think Megatron is afraid of the DJD. I see megatron as being like a reformed Alcoholic. But in this case, it got to the point where he was addicted to the violence, to the killing, he did it because it was the only answer, and it was the only way he could succeed, this is what he pretty much said back in 49. Until eventually, as in back in the Dark Cybertron series, he remembered there were other ways, and he finally, finally, after millions of years and countless deaths, got back on the wagon. The entire galaxy can hate him all it wants, but he's at last at peace with himself and trying to do something worthwhile that doesn't involve murder. And now, the only answer that exists once again is to kill, and It terrifies him to no end. I can see what Roberts was getting at with him Rejecting the Fusion Cannon and opting to stay under the shield. In fact, I'm pretty sure next issue he's going to point out he didn't expect to survive his meeting with Tarn, and it would have been easier if he didn't.

It will be interesting to see how Roberts writes Megatron next issue. Whether Megatron sticks with flight, or goes to fight, it's going to define him.

Also, I'm pretty sure Nightbeat is going to determine something massive underneath the surface of the planet to tip the scales next issue. We know next issue is where it ends, and 55 is the aftermath. So yeah, can't wait. I've enjoyed this arc immensely, I'm just worried about who is, and who isn't, making it out next issue.

Very well said. I never had thought about it like this, but now I see it, and it makes sense and it is something Roberts would do :MAXIMAL:
Re: IDW Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #53 Review (1792668)
Posted by RevTibe on May 25th, 2016 @ 11:12pm CDT
megatronpro1 wrote:Can anyone please answer why megatron goes from been courageous in one issue to being a coward in the next issue
He's afraid of who he used to be - that if he starts killing, he won't be able to stop again.

When it was just him facing Tarn, he was happy to let Tarn kill him without fighting back. The fact he's alone is an important part - he thought that by sacrificing himself he could save his comrades' lives without having to fight. That satisfies his desire to protect his comrades without forcing him to kill.

However, now Megatron would be alongside his Autobot comrades, a situation which would force him to fight and kill in their defense (which he is terrified of doing). Mentally, he's stuck between a rock and a hard place, and is choking up.

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