Easily one of the more emotional and stronger issues of the series, More Than Meets The Eye #15 is surprisingly effective, considering its about giant talking robots in space. Definitely an issue to pick up, More Than Meets The Eye wraps a lot up, whilst still surprising the reader where it can.
The official description from IDW:
DEATH IN THE RANKS! Rodimus and his crew are confronted by the enemy within—and not everyone will survive the encounter. Everything has been building to this: all-out war aboard the Lost Light!
This issue has a very strong “end of an era” atmosphere to it. With a loose Decepticon on board, everything goes wrong. I don’t want to spoil anything else, because the issue itself is very rewarding.
Long time fans of the series will read various references to previous issues throughout James Roberts‘ script. The opening half is almost cinematic, the simple, parallel paneling having a strong ‘calm before the storm’ vibe to it. It shows the best of the lost light, before the script goes on to more or less destroy. Its surprisingly cathartic.
This is also surprising given the art work. There’s nothing new here; its still Alex Milne penciling with the coloring team of Josh Burcham, Josh Perez and Joanna Lafuente offering flat, almost cell-shaded colors. There’s no new depth of color or detail. Whilst the artwork is fine, this makes the easy argument that the script stands up to its own weight for most of this issue. That said, the last few panels, especially the last page, speak volumes without the dialogue. Sometimes less is more, when used at the right moments.
That’s about as much as I can say without spoiling too much. More Than Meets The Eye #15 is one of those issues that needs to read for yourself. Some might find it a little corny, but most readers will quickly forget they’re reading about talking, transforming robots and focus on the actual story coming to a head.