Publisher: IDW Publishing
Words: James Roberts & John Barber
Pictures: James Raiz, Atilio Rojo & Livio Ramondelli
Release Date: 20th November 2013
Let’s deal with the elephant in the room – if you’ve only been buying More Than Meets The Eye and skipped out on Robots In Disguise, Dark Cybertron #1 and the recent Spotlights then you have approximately 2 weeks to catch up before part 3 of this crossover is out. I urge you to read-up on those if you plan on continuing to purchase MTMTE. It’s clear that from here on out, at least until the event is over, you’ll need to be buying every issue and at least have read the last 18 months worth of comics. A cursory awareness of the Simon Furman run on the IDW TF universe would serve you well too. I mentioned all this in the Dark Cybertron review but it still holds true now. With over 20 main characters and plot threads being picked up from the entire span of the IDW universe it’s fair to say that this isn’t new reader friendly. That being said, I am not a new reader and I am very pleased indeed.
This issue picks up directly from where the last issue left off – the dead Metrotitan has risen from Crystal City, Rodimus and Pax are planning their next move while Shockwave, Galvatron and Nemesis Prime conspire to put their evil machinations into play. There are few plot reveals in this instalment, the story focusing more on fleshing out the characters and their reactions to the first issue. Mirroring the dual ongoing series we have The Lost Light and Cybertron as two very seperate stories at the moment. With both series writers co-scripting every issue all of our characters sound exactly like we expect them too – right down to Nemesis Prime hamming it up so much that you would expect him to have a Mecha-mostache to twirl. At this point regular readers know that our beloved ‘Bots and ‘Cons are in very safe hands indeed. With so many characters sharing the page it’s natural to worry that not everyone will get their turn to shine and while almost everyone gets at least 1 line of dialogue it’s fair to say that a couple of fan favourites are being moved out of the spotlight and with some others stepping into the fore. Brainstorm fans will be pleased.
Upon reading the solicitations I was concerned about the large number of artists in this issue (and all issues going forward) but the 3 artists make perfect sense when actually reading the book. Raiz handles the Lost Light storyline – while he hasn’t been a regular artist on MTMTE his art duties on issue 22 helped familiarise the audience with the way he pencils Rodimus et al. which meant that his darker mood and tone didn’t feel too out of place here. Similarly Atilio Rojo’s previous work with the franchise keeps us grounded in his Cybertron plot thread. The real genius here is how Livio Ramondelli’s art is used – he depicts everything in the Dead Universe. A seasoned veteren of the IDW-verse (incidentally he also did the previous event, Chaos) we’re all familiar with his unique take on the metal warriors. He brings and other-worldly feel to everything he draws – a perfect match for the spectral Dead Universe. Hopefully this set-up is one that will be maintained through-out the crossover – the three artists enhance the book rather than causing a jarring effect on the reader.
There’s minimal plot development here and no big “AH-HA!” moments here. Instead we have charater work out the wazzoo – all of which I expect to see being payed off alongside the plot set-ups of last issue by the time we read the finale. I also have to give props to the Retailer Incentive cover for this issue – never would I have imagined that I’d be able to buy a comicbook featuring both Scoop AND his two Targetmaster partners in an actual comicbook store
The writer of this piece was: David McIntyre aka (Big Dave)
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