TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #17

By: James Roberts (Writer), Alex Milne (Artist), Josh Burcham (Colorist)

The Story: The crew of the Lost Light arrives on Luna-1 as they make several discoveries, while some weird robots arrive and want to take Skids.

The Review: If there’s something that always astound me when I read this title, it’s the fact that despite the huge number of characters that I have no knowledge about and the huge lore around those transforming robots, I always manage to understand close to everything. At least, I manage to understand the very important facts about what’s happening, along with the emotional impact it’s supposed to have.

While some may call it a bit foolish to read a comic where you don’t necessarily know every character or with a cast that is comprised of largely unknown Autobots, I do believe that the fact someone as new to the whole mythology like me can comprehend and appreciate what is going on is a major strength in itself. Sure, I did follow the series, but if there’s one thing that MTMTE does not do is take it easy, be it with character development, plot points or the exploration of what it means to be a huge robot that can change forms. While I always say that I am impressed in how James Roberts include real-life conflicts such as ideology, racism, religion among other topics in his stories and in the background of several characters, I do have to say that all these fascinating ideas do usually tend to overthrow the actual plot in terms of importance and in my enjoyment.

In this issue, however, there seems to be a better balance at giving us new ideas and developing characters while advancing the plot. Here, the crew of the Lost Light does advance in their quest for the knights of Cybertron as they finally get toward a planet filled with potential discoveries. Here, Roberts gets to show us some new concepts, like the life cycles of Transformers, how they are born and the fact that those robots can actually die of old age even though they can live for millions of years. All the while, he also do give us some updates on several subplots that have been running in the early issues of this series, while at the same time he does give us updates on each characters.

As I said earlier, while I do not know all these characters as well as some of the bigger fans out there, they did grow up on me. Be it with Cyclonus and Tailgate weird relationship, Rodimus and his banter, Swerve and his eagerness at everything or Rung’s overall nice persona, James Roberts succeeded in giving them unique voice that does resonate throughout the choices and the situations they are in. Each of them is unique and seeing how they evolve is a joy that not all comic books succeed in doing with their character. I am invested and that’s something that can be really hard to achieve.

What can also be hard would be to properly replicate the scope, the technology and the general feel of space and machinery in a way that does justice to the universe and the characters from this big franchise. Thankfully, Alex Milne is fully capable of doing such things. He can bring out the most emotional elements of the script with ease thanks to the surprisingly human emotions and some neat shadowing techniques with those robots as well as he can bring the wonder and scope of the most out there moments. This ability he has to bring out the humanity on those huge metal machines is really surprising, which makes the art that much better to look at. He is also precise and detailed, which can sometimes bring out some panels that might be a bit too packed, yet not so much as to make the art incomprehensible.

Talking about the art, one cannot undermine what Josh Burcham brings to the issue. With his diverse and vibrant colors, he contributes to the scope of things beautifully. The scenes on Luna-1 really do work thanks to his colors, while he also adds a lot to the more character-driven moments.

The Conclusion: Giving us a more even balance between the plot, the character moments and the exploration on the whole concept of the Transformers, James Roberts gives us a very enjoyable issue that brings out the best from this whole series. With Alex Milne and Josh Burcham contributing with some excellent artwork, it also looks quite nice.

Grade: A-

Hugo Robberts Larivière

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Conclusion