Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 1 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/6/26
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The ultimate Transformers saga begins here! This volume reunites the fan-favorite creative team behind Last Stand of the Wreckers and sends the Transformers on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the Transformers Universe — and beyond in the three-part story "Lirars, A to D!"
Collects issues #1–3 of The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye and the one-shot Death of Optimus Prime.
James Roberts is a British comic book writer best known for his contributions to the Transformers franchise, having worked consistently with the robots in disguise since he co-wrote the 2010 limited series, Last Stand of the Wreckers, with Nick Roche. His first solo story, the two-part "Chaos Theory," appeared in Mike Costa's ongoing Transformers title and explored the origins of Optimus Prime and Megatron's relationship. He and Costa co-plotted the series' finale, "Chaos." Roberts is best known, however, for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (often abbreviated to MTMTE), the ongoing series that launched in January 2012 and ran for 57 issues, plus annuals and one-shots. He writes the new ongoing series Transformers: Lost Light, which continues the events from his previous series.
この「More Than Meets The Eye（略してＭＴＭＴＥ）」シリーズです。
It is more than just the usual Autobots vs Decepticons story that people come to expect from a Transformers series. I like that it follows a lot of different characters and their stories not just Optimus and Bumblebee. Of course those two are featured but a lot of the other characters get much needed screen time (or maybe page time?)
The stories in this series are great I like that they tell tales of adventure, battle, redemption and mystery. There is even an arc about love which I liked a lot more than I expected. I suppose with robots, you wouldn't expect a 'cute' story thrown in there with all of the more action packed ones. Of course it isn't central to the plot so it does not feel overdone or annoying.
The artwork is beautiful and it is the main reason why I chose to purchase a printed copy. This volume includes sketches and extras at the end of each chapter. I find that these sketches make it easier to imagine what is happening and makes the comic experience more complete. Also having a volume is a lot more sturdy compared to the single issues so if you are like me and re-read your comics you don't have to worry as much about bending the spine of the book.
Wait. What? It's over?
War is over!
...And now it only gets even more intense.
In the beginning of 2012, IDW announced Transformers would have not one, but TWO ongoing series, and so, fans didn't know quite what to expect, until it was announced that the talent behind both would reflect the works to follow onward. James Roberts, co-writer of Last Stand of the Wreckers and author of the lauded two parter Chaos Theory story now stands head writer alongside some familiar faces, with fellow Wrecker artist Nick Roche helping in, and IDW regular Alex Milne standing as the mainstay artist!
While in Sister series Robots in Disguise, the story is of political intrigue and slow burning thriller, More Than Meets the Eye is a riproaring adventure into space, think Star Trek, but everyone can turn into a car, or a memory stick if you want to stay non-shapist!
The reading is light on pages, but each crammed with more depth and entertainment than any ongoing transformers story in possibly 20 years, and from the blast off, the gathering of a crew and the reveal of a terrifying secret aboard the ship, this issue covers the debut of the team, and shapes up well for IDW's future.
While 'RiD' boasts a familiar line up, 'MTMTE' is full of new and unexplored characters, ripe for introduction and quick to warm to, and best of all?
You don't even have to have read a comic before this to enjoy it.
It certainly HELPS, and to assist, also within is penned by Roberts and Co. the one-shot comic 'The Death of Optimus Prime', detailing the wedge driven into the Autobots that has created such a split.
The Lost Light is lost, and there's a wide, wide galaxy out there between the crew and their goals.
But luckily for us, the adventure is so much more than the destination...
Buy it now, and see for yourself if you're willing to join the crew.
Like any mysterious post-war drama and action story, things are vague and characters weakly defined. Rights and wrong seems clear, but that would be too easy. James Roberts NEVER gives the reader something easy. Once you settle into the groove, the last page hooks you like a fish and you're in. The rest of the volumes are sure to get you addicted and the drama, shock, suspense, action, and horror is sure to keep you coming back for more.