Like the issue before it, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #10 focuses on a plot set in a pre-war Cybertron, told from various changing view points. Offering something different, the title does what it can to provide new (or old, rather) light on the crew of The Lost Light.
First, the official description from IDW:
SHADOWPLAY continues! On pre-war CYBERTRON, Prowl and Chromedome realize they’ve got a serial killer on their hands, and Orion Pax receives a summons from an old friend that will change his life forever!
This issue is very much like the last. The main plot is told by the Lost Light crew, each one telling their point of view when its needed. As such, the plot doesn’t stick to one angle, showing various events happening side by side. As a result, this can also be a complicated issue to read. I’d recommend picking up the previous issue with this one, as this will help clarify a lot.
The artwork is, as usual, great. This issue takes a few chances to show more of an old Cybertron. It doesn’t show too much this issue, yet every chance is a nice escape for More Than Meets The Eye, which is otherwise predominantly set in The Lost Light (which can be very grey at times).
As for the side-arc introduced last issue, More Than Meets The Eye #10 sees Rodimus Prime’s attempts to uncover what happened to Red Alert. It builds up tension whilst most of the issue deals with the past, yet there is also a certain amount of juxtaposing that can be argued. The detective themes between this event and the ‘Shadowplay’ story itself definitely seems intentional, so credit should go to the writers for putting the thought into it.
This is even more so when the the latter features Rodimus’s former mentor, Optimus Prime. I’m still not sure why there is a sudden focus on Optimus Prime (despite the fact its a Transformers title) since he appears here and in Robots In Disguise.
Still, considering the cliffhanger ending, this is obviously a plot that’s hard not to include Optimus Prime in. It might be a bit complicated to read mid-way, but this is definitely one of the more unique and appealing issues of More Than Meets The Eye.