So, after a very successful storyline last time, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #34 has to deliver to the bar it set itself. That isn’t an easy task given what we’ve been use to, so where does this latest offering sit?
The official description from IDW:
THE DILEMMA! On a planet dedicated to Right and Wrong, four damaged AUTOBOTS must make an impossible choice: kill or cure? Whatever they decide, their lives will never be the same.
Honestly, after reading this issue, it’s a bit early to tell. The current storyline is good, but it’s not the most clear. This happens alongside the previous arc, or somepoint after – it’s not the most clear at either the start or the end of this piece. Still, the story itself is interesting and peers into some of Megatron’s past, especially areas that were hinted at previously.
In terms of writing, I’m very unsure about this issue. James Roberts has to make use with a B-team – characters that rarely make coherent appearances – and supplements this with additional characters. It has plenty of areas that work – once again, his understanding of characters comes across in a few choice seens – but it’s not perfect. That said, the flashback sequences are more interesting, even if it isn’t made clear why it’s so important near the start.
Visually, this issue is as good as any other. Atilio Rojo’s sharp lines work well with the nature of the robotic characters and his sence of posing comes across very well, helping to portray personalities to the cast. Likewise, Joanna Lafuente offers some great colors, even if some of the more important scenes take place in the magical world of endless brown.
All in all, it’s not a bad issue. Is it going to be as epic as the last issue? Probably not, but it certainly has a few tricks left in store and I look forward to finding out.