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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #18 Review

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The action continues with Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #18. The new arc kicks off in full swing and this issue, thankfully, isn’t a slow-rolling drip-tease.

The official description from IDW:

“DON’T LET THEM TAKE SKIDS!” The crew of the Lost Light left CYBERTRON before they could hear those words—part of a message from the future warning of terror and catastrophe and a threat to the entire Cybertronian race. Can the AUTOBOTS do anything to stop the beginning of the end?

Honestly, this is the kind of story I expect to see from Transformers – and that’s a good thing. It’s got action, wit, charm and a gripping storyline that has plenty of mystery above and beyond ‘shoot the deception’. Its a brilliant read from start to finish. It does draw on some older issues, arcs and general mythology, however, but I don’t think that stops this from being enjoyable.

The writing is very well written, too. This is largely due to James Roberts understanding the characters and, for some, getting them out of the Lost Light. It’s a good setting, but Roberts uses every surrounding and reveal to highlight characters and gain insightful reactions, not just simple shock value. Rodimus, for instance, comes across far more here than he ever did in previous issues, where he was the simple figurehead.

Of course, a good writer knows when to give way to even better artwork. The detail by Alex Milne is the high standard I expect from current Transformers titles and it goes smoothly with the colors of Josh Burcham. There’s a near-full page splash panel that emphasizes my point and you’ll see it when you read it. It’s detail that with just enough color to get the point and tone across. Also, it has giant robots and that’s awesome. It’s the principle you find in a lot of movies ala Lord Of The Rings. When you’ve got a big scene, feel free to pull out for an epic wide-shot.

In short, its safe to say this issue is the one to get you invested and gripped. Clearly a lot of work has gone into this issue and it’s clear to see its worked well. Very well.

4.5/5

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