Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #38 marks the end of the Elegant Chaos arc and, despite it’s brevity, demonstrates how to pack a lot in at every given opportunity. It’s quirky, funny, action-packed and, well, just brilliant.
The official description from IDW:
JOURNEY’S END! Across time, across space, from prewar Messatine to postwar CYBERTRON—it’s all been heading towards this—the moment when the fate of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS is sealed. At the heart of it all: three killers, two outcomes… and one terrible, terrible choice.
The last issue left off on an important cliffhanger and the pinnacle of the entire arc, meaning More Than Meets The Eye #38 has a lot to deliver and live up. Thankfully, it does this in spades, while also ensuring it doesn’t go with the most obvious direction. While this issue doesn’t have the same level of time-hopping action as the last two, it nonetheless delivers on a more grounded, emotional level. That said, it’s still the bizarre title it’s always been, so a surprise curve ball or two should be expected.
Dealing with timey-wimey details aside, James Roberts takes the issue in stride and focuses on the important character interactions. At it’s core, this issue is very much about Megatron, without the former-Decepticon making all that big an appearance. Robert’s ability to understand character is what drives this issue and, while some might not like his decisions, it nonetheless feels like the right direction to go in.
Visually, this issue doesn’t feature the vast vistas and large panels that the previous issue had, but Alex Milne does a great job nonetheless. Many of these panels and pages are quite detailed and it’s testament to both Milne and colorist Joana Lafuente that nothing ever gets to convoluted to break apart with the eye. In fact, thanks to Lafuente’s work the comic still manages to be bright and vibrant where it can.
All in all, this is a more than satisfying conclusion. While it doesn’t have the same visual impact as previous issues, it hits all the right notes and teases just enough for the future that the little complaints are barely worth mentioning.