Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review

Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 6:09am CDT

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Killer Moves
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
“Dear RODIMUS and crew… It’s my funeral tomorrow and I’d love it if you could all be there. Refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P.—THUNDERCLASH”

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The situation is ..tense


Story

Switching away from Combiner Wars, and dipping a couple of weeks behind in the general timeline of the IDWverse, let us return to the Lost Light after Ratchet has left to go annoy/save/be annoyed by Drift. As they receive news that the Greatest Autobot That Ever Will Have Lived Alpha Bravo Thunderclash is currently at his final stretch, even with the Vis Vitalis life support.

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Alas, poor Thunders


The issue does some really clever things, in James Robert's script set-up to the pre-wake for Thunderclash aboard his ship - we are allowed another slice of life aboard the Lost Light, with its crew interacting, clashing, bumping into each other, just ..being there and letting their voices come to the fore and speak for themselves, and Nautica, Nightbeat and Getaway getting a little more of the spotlight.

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Where's Wall-E?


And, similarly, we get a round-up of the new characters aboard the Vis Vitalis, with new arrivals - though seemingly well established in the universe - Firestar and Velocity, plus some additional Camiens as revealed by Milne recently, playing into the wider universe of the Transformers at this stage. And how does characters clash and blend with our cast of misfitting egos.

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Not much of a spark, really


All of the dancing, all of the jealousies, all of the distractions and the emotions are not what the issue is all about, however. Two more threads run under the surface, showing the closer converging parallels of Rodimus and Megatron, and their personal issues with pretty much anything. And a deeper, darker stream still..

Art

It's always nice to see the return of a regular artist on a series, and Alex Milne does not disappoint with this issue, at all. We get new designs, multiple crowd scenes, new cast members some serious delving into body language and dynamic dance moves (willing or not) and - of course - some magnificent facial expressions for the people who *really* don't want anything to do with the whole wake do.

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Such joy


The addition of Joana Lafuente's colours, the element of continuity between the various artists we've had in the recent past, makes sure the party is going on both on the dancefloor and in the readers' eyes, with some great effects being played for the multiple characters and their emotional discordances or possible re-ignitions - depending on how whose side you might want to take.

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Floored


Tom B. Long is joined for the issue by fellow master letterer Chris Mowry, and with their powers combined, we can actually feel the voices and hear the music from Thudnerclash's pre-wake, along with the corridors, bars, cells and some of the emotions running high among the casts. Which are easily also found in the covers, with Milne and Josh Perez' Nautica and Camien victorious main piece, the thumbnailed Kotteri retail incentive (not depicting scenes in the issue, but rather Empire of Stone), and the triumphant Thunderclash memorial by Nick Roche and Josh Burcham.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This is not an issue to take as lightly as everything suggests we might want to. Yes, there are several lighthearted scenes, with a character focus and setting, playing on the multiple clashing egos of the cast and the new encounters (for the readers at least), and ensuring all characters are ..well, characters. They just are. With their quirks, personalities and voices.

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In space, no one can etc


At the same time, though, there's a deeper, creepier story coming out of the issue, and played on the sidelines of the general merriment of the Vis and Light - and one that brings us back to where MTMTE all started, again. Space horror, dark ships, and things lurking just beyond the happiness of the circle of casts shown in the light. Genre is genre is genre.

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

Credit(s): IDW, Va'al


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Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691013)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 6:41am CDT
Not a huge fan of this issue to be honest. It just did nothing for me. Ive always enjoyed MTMTEs character development but never liked its pacing. With elegant chaos feeling like it tied up close to 75-80% of Roberts loose threads, I finally felt like "hey! We're gonna start actually working on the quest now!" And we are but it's gonna be slow and I'm really hoping it doesn't get bogged down by more drawn out subplots and this story is quest orientated I suppose. It just didn't wow me or catch my attention.

I will give Roberts this, he knows how to write girls as girls. Not to be critical to John or Margarite but Windblade, Chromia, and Arcee are women in name and appearance only. The female characters in this comic feel like female characters. They talk like girls and I give total props to that.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691017)
Posted by Jeen0808 on May 27th, 2015 @ 7:13am CDT
This issue was well and all, as a setup. But it kind of reminded me of something Ultra Magnus once said.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691019)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 7:26am CDT
Jeen0808 wrote:This issue was well and all, as a setup. But it kind of reminded me of something Ultra Magnus once said.


Sure...except evenyone who is on a cover for this issue is featured in the comic.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691025)
Posted by pie-man on May 27th, 2015 @ 7:55am CDT
Its certainly an interesting issue, but seemed to me that it ended kinda abruptly. I know there have been some cliffhanger-esque endings recently (Brainstorm holding a gun at a half-built Megatron comes to mind), but this this issue seemed like a few pages short.

Great character interactions and all.... but also feel that all that dialogue slows pace of the issue. Interesting to see Ravage out and about and hanging out (sort of) with the rest of the crew.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691030)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 8:13am CDT
pie-man wrote:Its certainly an interesting issue, but seemed to me that it ended kinda abruptly. I know there have been some cliffhanger-esque endings recently (Brainstorm holding a gun at a half-built Megatron comes to mind), but this this issue seemed like a few pages short.

Great character interactions and all.... but also feel that all that dialogue slows pace of the issue. Interesting to see Ravage out and about and hanging out (sort of) with the rest of the crew.


I totally agree. It feels like nothing happened but a lot did. It's hard to follow up elegant chaos and the last two because of how emotional the past 5 months of MTMTE has been.

Personally I think it has to do with this is all centered around thunderclash, a character that literally had done nothing in IDW expect for being told how amazing he is. I have no attachment to him and if people do that's fine I guess. Maybe if I read what fun pub has done because that's the only history he has.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691031)
Posted by ScottyP on May 27th, 2015 @ 8:14am CDT
This is one of those "won't notice it was a whole issue in the trade" but "too slow to be super enjoyable as a stand alone" to me. Loved the character development but not much of anything else really seemed to go anywhere, and the cliffhanger feels repetitive. Haven't we done robo-zombies/mini-scraplets/etc/etc a couple times now?

Disclaimer: these are still nit-picks, and probably only coming out due to how phenomenally good 39 and 40 were.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691032)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 8:14am CDT
pie-man wrote:Its certainly an interesting issue, but seemed to me that it ended kinda abruptly. I know there have been some cliffhanger-esque endings recently (Brainstorm holding a gun at a half-built Megatron comes to mind), but this this issue seemed like a few pages short.

Great character interactions and all.... but also feel that all that dialogue slows pace of the issue. Interesting to see Ravage out and about and hanging out (sort of) with the rest of the crew.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691033)
Posted by ctrlFrequency on May 27th, 2015 @ 8:17am CDT
Thought it was a good issue for a set up issue :) sure it didn’t get suspenseful or have a lot of action but it looks like Roberts is setting up for a proper mystery (which is inevitable when you bring in Nightbeat ;) ) and laying foundations.

Also, loved the way he wrote for the ladies. On a personality level I think Roberts really understands the female mindset. Never makes them too girly but makes them real. Even if he does put them in the wrong places sometimes *cougj*DJD*cough*

He's telling a story, and unfortunately in the limited pages of a comic that makes for slow issues.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691034)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 8:18am CDT
Sorry for the double post. Phone is acting up
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691054)
Posted by pie-man on May 27th, 2015 @ 9:13am CDT
Its funny.... because of the timeline in MTMTE being behind the rest of the IDW-verse, every time I see First Aid, I pretend to be a fortune teller and tell him, "Soon, you will leave the Lost Light and return to Cybertron, where you will become the left leg of a combiner, and you will discover new worlds....."

:-)
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691110)
Posted by Downbeat on May 27th, 2015 @ 10:45am CDT
There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691114)
Posted by Noideaforaname on May 27th, 2015 @ 10:51am CDT
ScottyP wrote:This is one of those "won't notice it was a whole issue in the trade" but "too slow to be super enjoyable as a stand alone" to me. Loved the character development but not much of anything else really seemed to go anywhere, and the cliffhanger feels repetitive. Haven't we done robo-zombies/mini-scraplets/etc/etc a couple times now?

Disclaimer: these are still nit-picks, and probably only coming out due to how phenomenally good 39 and 40 were.


Definitely this, but I'm more annoyed that all the new female bots got hyped yet only Firestar really made an appearance.

Also wish we got more info about Thunderclash. He's just sorta... artificial. We're forced to agree with Rodimus not because of what TC's done, but because TC's done nothing.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691116)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 10:57am CDT
Downbeat wrote:There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP


Not alien, different. As I said Chromia and Windblade are pretty much female in gender only. James and Alex have given Natica female characteristics in body language and personality. She actually feels like a female character and not just a typical "hey look a girl because she looks like a girl and were being told she's a girl!"
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691134)
Posted by worldsgreatest on May 27th, 2015 @ 11:26am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Downbeat wrote:There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP


Not alien, different. As I said Chromia and Windblade are pretty much female in gender only. James and Alex have given Natica female characteristics in body language and personality. She actually feels like a female character and not just a typical "hey look a girl because she looks like a girl and were being told she's a girl!"


I still have no idea what this means.

What does 'a girl' sound like? What does 'female' SOUND like as character trait to you?
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691135)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 27th, 2015 @ 11:27am CDT
I liked the issue. It feels like the 9-11 issues, and those were brilliantly executed. I think this will be a cool 2-parter, and can't wait for the next issue! Thunders better live, and they cannot kill Nightbeat or Getaway, or anyone for that matter. :BOT:
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691141)
Posted by Wolfguard on May 27th, 2015 @ 11:37am CDT
Downbeat wrote:There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP

When you start dating, you'll understand.


>:oP
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691144)
Posted by TGS1985 on May 27th, 2015 @ 11:43am CDT
I liked some of the little details like I believe on page 9 when Megatron and Rodimus are arguing about going to the pre-wake you can see Megatron's Autobot symbol frown in the exactly same manor he was.

Also is anyone else starting to get a sort of Felicity Smoak vibe from Nautica personality wise? I can't help but hear her voice in my head when I read her lines now... And I totally mean that as a positive way because I adore Felicity on Arrow.

Lastly, a cybertronian SORORITY? That just asking for college based hijinks!
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691153)
Posted by Randomhero on May 27th, 2015 @ 12:11pm CDT
Wolfguard wrote:
Downbeat wrote:There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP

When you start dating, you'll understand.


>:oP


I was not going to go there lol

Seriously there's more to identifying gender than appearance. I personally can tell the difference in speech, mannerisms, etc . Nautica's portrayal is a bit girly and I dont mean that in an offensive way at all but she is a decent written female character. Her body language and mannerisms are very femininant.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691195)
Posted by Va'al on May 27th, 2015 @ 1:46pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:
ScottyP wrote:This is one of those "won't notice it was a whole issue in the trade" but "too slow to be super enjoyable as a stand alone" to me. Loved the character development but not much of anything else really seemed to go anywhere, and the cliffhanger feels repetitive. Haven't we done robo-zombies/mini-scraplets/etc/etc a couple times now?

Disclaimer: these are still nit-picks, and probably only coming out due to how phenomenally good 39 and 40 were.


Definitely this, but I'm more annoyed that all the new female bots got hyped yet only Firestar really made an appearance.

Also wish we got more info about Thunderclash. He's just sorta... artificial. We're forced to agree with Rodimus not because of what TC's done, but because TC's done nothing.



Agreed on the comparison to the previous two issues - they are still so good is still hurts a little.
Re: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #41 Review (1691201)
Posted by ScottyP on May 27th, 2015 @ 1:58pm CDT
worldsgreatest wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
Downbeat wrote:There sure are a few posts in here acting like women have alien mindsets that are incredibly different from men. >:oP


Not alien, different. As I said Chromia and Windblade are pretty much female in gender only. James and Alex have given Natica female characteristics in body language and personality. She actually feels like a female character and not just a typical "hey look a girl because she looks like a girl and were being told she's a girl!"


I still have no idea what this means.

What does 'a girl' sound like? What does 'female' SOUND like as character trait to you?

I think folks are being appreciative of intelligent subtlety being used to portray categorical character differences rather than being beaten on the head with stereotypes. You probably don't understand Randomhero's exact meaning because I doubt they or anyone wants to dig into those types of complexities in detail - that could be a long post.

To put it shortly, Nautica is clearly different from Firestar who is clearly different from Windblade who is clearly different from Chromia and they're all clearly different from Nickel yet they're all portrayed as female in subtle ways despite massive differences in personality and appearance and that's also what we call a well done attempt at being inclusive. It's not Girlbot A and Femmebot B and Girlbot A (green version) just being there for the sake of it. There are actual characters being defined here, not pointless archetypal representations of an abstract (depending on your point of view) concept like gender. Many of these personalities could be assigned to other characters that aren't fleshed out yet, and it'd work just fine. This is an all around "Good Thing" and I think that's what's being pointed out in folks' reactions to this issue more than anything.

If that still doesn't answer your question, ponder the stoic look of Quig's face here while you search inside for your answers. Or something.
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