By this, I mean that there’s no focus on well known or established characters. Whilst the likes of Megaton are still refereed to, they don’t take centre stage.
The official description from IDW:
DECEPTICON MONTH! The war’s over — but no-one told the DECEPTICON Justice Division! Meet the five deadliest DECEPTICONS in the galaxy. Their sole purpose: to hunt down and kill anyone who has ever disobeyed MEGATRON. Who’s their next target?
This on going series is a parallel title with Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Whist the latter focuses on a post-war Cybertron, More Than Meets The Eye focuses on the various battlegrounds and characters in the wider galaxy. This ensures two very different titles that offer different experiences of a post-war transformers universe.
This in itself is very refreshing, with some of the dialogue exploring the various opinions of each character. This issue primarily focuses on the Decepticons, but its good to see them not entirely portrayed as the standard villains. Set in a galaxy after the war, there isn’t any initial conflict; More Than Meets The Eye #7 focuses on the Justice Division, and internal segment of the Decepticons. Sent to kill any Decepticon betrayers, the title ignores the obvious Autobot and Decepticon conflict, instead showing the various factions and views of the Decepticons.
This is further enhanced with the post-war setting, with some wanting to stop, and others wanting to carry on the fight. The fact that the small cast shown don’t know which side won itself lends various interesting questions. Will they, for instance, accept peace even if their side lost? The writing here is very fluent, and never feels overtly forced.
As for the art work, its still rather colorful, yet very detailed. There’s a strong use of shading in the darker moments, but the title never shies away from the detail and color that the transformers line is known for. Some of the larger panels show much more detail and depth to the art, yet its very consistent throughout. The colorful nature might make the comic look a little dated, but it fits perfectly with the Transformers series.
In short, if you’re a fan of Robots in Disguise you’ll love More Than Meets The Eye. If you’re not familiar with either, it still serves as a perfect jumping on point.