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It's the triumphant, cataclysmic return of Alex Milne!
Writer: James Roberts & John Barber
Art: Alex Milne, Brendan Cahill, & Livio Ramondelli
Additional Inks: Brian Shearer
Colors: Josh Perez & Livio Ramondelli
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editor: Carlos Guzman
You know what? This is one of the best places to be when dealing with a multi-part epic crossover event: We're at part ten (of twelve) and I'm still trying to figure out where it's all going to end. I mean, sure, we've got some details on where the books are going AFTER Dark Cybertron has concluded but the road map to getting there is still unclear with just two issues to go...
At any rate, this is Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #27 and/or Dark Cybertron: Chapter 10. In the last chapter, our heroes (which apparently includes Megatron) rallied together to defeat Shockwave's Necrotitan and that means that this issue gets to be another "calm before the storm" thing. I complained in earlier chapters that things were moving too slowly so you'd think that this chapter would make me echo those complaints... but you'd be wrong. No, at this point in the storyline, it seems completely appropriate to let our characters interact with each other, both to assess where they've been and also to deal with where they'll be going very soon.
After all, this is the first time that the crew of the Lost Light has been back on Cybertron since they took off way back in More Than Meets the Eye #1. It's time to catch up with old friends.
Or old enemies.
To that end, we get an issue that is filled to the brim with character moments and none of them disappoint. I loved Megatron's long overdue talk with Bumblebee. Prowl versus Chromedome and Ultra Magnus reminds us of just how underhanded and dirty the Autobots' military strategist has been. You even get Swerve's long awaited second meeting with Blurr... with hilarious, facepalming results.
And while all that character development is developing, we even get dreaded plot. Shockwave's plan keeps on coming together right up to the last scene and we follow up on Optimus Prime and crew in the Dead Universe. The only problem with this is that I STILL don't understand what Shockwave is planning. Not even when he explains it in great detail. It sounds more like poetry and philosophy than, y'know, some grand, logical scheme. Maybe the last two issues will finally make everything make sense or maybe I'm just not smart enough to keep up with Shockwave. It could go either way.
This issue marks the return of Alex Milne to art duties and it is a WELCOME return. Milne was last involved in Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #21, the conclusion of the Remain in Light story arc, so it's been a while since we've had his illustrations in MTMTE. He and Brendan Cahill go back and forth on the Cybertron scenes while Livio Ramondelli continues his digital painting on the Dead Universe pages. This is probably the best set up of artists on the book since the first chapter (IMO, of course). Milne and Cahill are both more than competent Transformers artists and Josh Perez's colors (which are amazing) pull all of these scenes together into one united work. Livio Ramondelli's portrayal of the Dead Universe, while entirely different than the rest of the book, is appropriate because: Dead Universe. His digital colors, as always, are incredible even though the underlying artwork is a bit amateurish.
To sum up: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #27 is a strong chapter in the Dark Cybertron crossover event. James Roberts and John Barber are firing on all cylinders as they bring this titanic tale to a conclusion. With two chapters to go, we only have to wonder if they can fit all of the pieces together in a satisfying way. Here's hoping!
Written or Contributed by SuperginraiX
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