Writer: James Roberts
Art: James Raiz
Colors: Josh Burcham
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editor: John Barber
While Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22 is supposed to be the epilogue to the five part Remain in Light storyline that just finished last issue, I would better describe it as an epilogue to the entire "first season" of the More Than Meets the Eye series. Most of the issue is told through a video documentary put together by castmember, Rewind, before he... well... before the events of More Than Meets the Eye #15. Series writer, James Roberts, uses this format to tell some untold stories that happened inbetween the first 12 issues of the book and also allows commentary from all of our main castmembers. The whole book is brought back to the present in one of the final scenes in the book, assuring us that the viewing of this documentary is definitely happening AFTER Remain in Light.
James Roberts continues his universe building, introducing a parallel war happening between two other factions of robotic transforming aliens from a completely different planet and having the "greatest Autobot of all time," Thunderclash, visit the crew of the Lost Light. All of this is covered in way that makes me smile WAY more often than I would have expected. Roberts is great at combining humor and pathos, giving the book a lighthearted feel interspersed with some serious moments. This combination has given us one of my favorite Transformers series ever and this issue is essentially a celebration of everything great about More Than Meets the Eye.
Unfortunately, the artist on this book isn't the series' regular artist. It would have been nice for Alex Milne to provide art on this epilogue but I can see why he took a break after the five part Remain in Light. James Raiz is an awesome artist with a great history with the Transformers. His style is quite unique, utilizing stronger lines and a healthy dose of black shadows. It's just very different than the series' usual art style established by Nick Roche (who provided art on the first issue) and Alex Milne. I want to stress that it's not that I didn't like Raiz's art. It's just how different it is from the usual work on the series, especially considering that this is kind of an addendum to the book. Even so, Raiz is my favorite fill in on the book thus far so it's definitely not a deal breaker.
What helps to pull things together is the distinct coloring of Josh Burcham. Burcham has really nailed down a style for this book that works quite well with Raiz's linework.
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #22 successfully wraps up Remain in Light as well as the first "season" of the series. While the crossover starting next month, Dark Cybertron, promises to rearrange the map in the Transformers Universe, we get one last swan song for the current crew of the Lost Light. If you aren't buying this book, you are really missing out!
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