Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne
Colors: Josh Burcham
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editorial Assistance: Rebecca Huard
Editor: John Barber
This is the Transformer book I was waiting for the most. Megatron as an Autobot? You've just gotta watch that happen. That it's going down in More Than Meets the Eye is just icing on the cake. MTMTE has been pretty much as good as Transformers comics can get since it's debut.
So, how is this issue?
Of the three Dawn of the Autobots titles, More Than Meets the Eye benefits the least from the six month jump. Sure, it allows the title to get right into adventures aboard the Lost Light but it skips right past things that James Roberts is going to tell us anyway. Things like the Trial of Megatron.
So this issue ends up jumping all over the place as far as flashbacks go. Transformers: Robots in Disguise employed some flashbacks, too, but gave us a different colorist depending on when the scene takes place. MTMTE does a LOT MORE flashbacking and the visual cue is: Rounded cornered panels are in the past, sharp corners are in the present.
The flashbacks are great. Of course they are. But it does tend to split the focus up and give the reader a lot to keep track of. New cast members join up, too, which makes a crowded book even more crowded.
If it wasn't all so well put together, this thing would fall all to pieces but it's all so fascinating. Megatron leading the Lost Light as an AUTOBOT... it's something I never expected to happen but it makes for great reading. The diverse crew has just about as many reactions to this as you can think up, especially when most of them have been involved in a four million year war AGAINST him.
Alex Milne is back on art duties and turns in his usual, impressive work. These are panels that I can look at over and over again and keep finding new details. Which is good because I intend on looking at them over and over again.
Speaking of returning to duty, Josh Burcham is back on coloring and the book once again looks like More Than Meets the Eye. I was sad to see him absent during the Dark Cybertron crossover since it was his MTMTE coloring style that visually connected the various artists during "Season One." It just feels right that he's back.
So, the whole issue is pretty awesome but still a bit confusing. The creative team pulls off the increased cast and excessive flashbacks this issue but it promises more flashbacks for at least the duration of the first story arc... so hopefully they can pull it off. I certainly wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for new readers but long timers should be fine.
And, yeah, I realize it's always been a crew of over two hundred but we're talking new characters stepping right in the spotlight without the old characters stepping all the way off stage. "What are we gonna do with fourteen X-Men?" might seem like a laughable question in this day and age but giant casts of characters with their own things going on are.. challenging, to say the least.
Concerns aside, this is something every Transformers fan should pick up and read. Multiple times. Because it's MEGATRON AS AN AUTOBOT LEADER. Worth the price of admission, folks.
And, to quote the very first issue: "Don't open the coffin!" ;)
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