Writer: James Roberts
Art: Alex Milne
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editorial Assistance: Rebecca Huard
Editor: John Barber
I know I may have said this too many times in my review for the last issue but let me do this one more time:
MEGATRON IS AN AUTOBOT.
OK, it's probably out of my system. Probably.
One of the fears I had with Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #28 is that it extended it's main cast while also interspersing the main story with multiple flashback scenes, depicting the lead-up and beginning of the Trial of Megatron. It was a lot to take in and while that issue managed to (pretty much) keep a handle on everything, I worried that the rest of the issues in the story arc could fall apart. Well, we're to part two and so far everything's holding together.
The way it's done is by pretty much ignoring the new cast members introduced last issue and moving on to some old favorites who didn't have a chance to fit in MTMTE #28. Cyclonus, Tailgate, Trailcutter (-breaker), and Ratchet all get some panel time, confirming their place on the current roster. This isn't really a bad thing. No storyline is put on hold while the old-timers fill up page space. It just reminds me that there are a HELL OF A LOT OF TRANSFORMERS occupying this ship and it might be a while before I see any of these guys again.
Still, this book is DENSE. The Lost Light remains a lively ship where random crew members will be going about their business in the background while the main plot is happening in the fore. Alex Milne does some masterful illustrations, here, showing off with complex architecture and some very impressive layouts. You'd think the comic would end up feeling cluttered but Milne has grown as an artist and knows how to maintain focus.
That being said, I wish the entire Trial of Megatron would have been gathered up into one comic instead of mixed in with the present story. While the Trial clearly belongs in the More Than Meets the Eye title, with lots of repercussions to the current story, neither story really benefits from being told side-by-side. All that's gained is not knowing how Megatron got command of the Lost Light and why Rodimus ISN'T in command until both stories get there. If the Trial had been the first issue or even if the book had been entirely split for the duration, I think things would read a lot cleaner. The point? Too many flashback scenes. As awesome as they are, and they ARE, separating things would have made me happier.
Joana Lafuente joins the creative team as colorist and the worst thing about her colors is that they aren't Josh Burcham's. Burcham was on the book from the first issue and the unique way that he colored the title put a signature identifier on what I considered the "MTMTE brand." Through a multitude of different artists, Burcham made everything look cohesive. So, yeah, I miss him already. I was bummed that he didn't make an appearance during the Dark Cybertron event.
But that's not to say that Joana Lafuente's colors are bad. They're quite good. The book is much more colorful and while Lafuente employs a style similar to the one Burcham used, she works the colors on each character to a much greater degree. Essentially, the colors are more complicated. The danger of that with such a giant cast is that everyone blends into each other but, fortunately, that doesn't happen. Everything is clear and easy-to-follow.
Despite my nitpicks, this book is incredible. Pretty much every scene ends with a surprise which has me rapidly flipping pages to find out what happens next. There's a lot of swerves. A couple reveals. A lot of great character moments. More Than Meets the Eye is still the Transformers book I look forward to the most each month and this issue is a great highlight as to why.
And if the contents of that coffin isn't a giant swerve, I'll be REALLY surprised. Intrigued, but still surprised.
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