Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 2 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/10/30
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Can the Autobots survive Decepticon justice?
More Than Meets The Eye continues! Ratchet, Rodimus, the Decepticon Justice Division, and Grimlock all take turns on the center stage as the adventures of the starship Lost Light, in search of the Knights of Cybertron, takes the crew into dangerous territory.
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.
Nick Roche is an Irish comic book artist and writer who hails from Dublin. He's best known for his extensive credits on IDW's Transformers titles, the most prominent of which are Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers, Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers, and numerous covers for Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, to which he also contributed stories and interior art.
Rage against the dying of the light!
The Transformers by IDW has been a series of books that have ranged in quality because of the different writers over the years handling the franchise with their own attempts at weaving a story. Between Simon Furman's '-ation' saga and James Roberts' More than Meets the Eye, The Transformers have returned to a level of greatness that hasn't been felt in years.
More than Meets the Eye is one of the best Transformers books PERIOD. James Roberts handling of the franchise is an intimate one I learned having read Last Stand of the Wreckers. Nothing is taken for granted. No plot hole goes unnoticed or unfettered. Something so much as a random number or a name spoken in jest is just random. Everything has weight to each word. The shared art work by Nick Roche and Alex Milne is amazing and less incoherent than some books where different artists take turns telling a story.
In More than Meets the Eye, you will laugh, cry, get angry, and keep reading. It is just that good!
Some of the warriors (on both sides) have PTSD and that is addressed fairly well (I'm someone who treats people with PTSD).
There are some nice bits of humor in here as well, but it is neither forced nor stale. A very very good book.
The two-issue arc at the beginning of this volume is an example of one kind of storytelling in this series: the punchy single event. It's solid, creepy, and a lot of fun. But it's the next issue where the author's real strength begins to show: James Roberts is the master of the multifaceted puzzle kind of storytelling, where nothing done is ever wasted, and even the smallest panel is a part of something big and powerful later. In the middle of this volume is where you'll get your first taste of the emotional bravery of this kind of storytelling. After that, you'll get the dark humor of the last two issues.
For range, for skill, for sheer power, I cannot recommend this series enough.