I’ve heard so much praise for this branch of the current Transformers comic series, and it’s easy to see how new or old fans can get hyped about it.
I...moreI’ve heard so much praise for this branch of the current Transformers comic series, and it’s easy to see how new or old fans can get hyped about it.
I’ve only read a little of the original comics, but as much as I’ve read, I noticed that the writing and characters were so much more rich than the G1 show. There was emotion, and intense drama, and extremely colorful characters that are deeply involved with each other‘s friendship. (It’s interesting to wonder why writers for the books were never allowed to write for the show, but that’s another story).
This first volume of More Than Meets the Eye is littered with colorful characters that seem to be lightly out of order, but it’s difficult to keep track of so many characters anyway, so that’s forgivable. However, despite relationships being clear, I felt that the emotion was lacking compared to the originals (I’m a girl, to me emotion is everything). But the characters are definitely what make this worth reading, despite the plot being a light, afternoon snack.
The writing is clever and funny--especially James Roberts’ bits--and Nicke Roche is also making a mark for himself playing tag-team in this series, (check out the Megatron Spotlight 2013. I consider that issue Roche in his finest form of writing and rawest depiction of creativity).
First volumes are usually a nice way to start the series and get readers interested. This one does a pretty good job of that, but from what I’ve heard from fans, the plot gets better and character relationships evolve for better and for worse. With this latest TF series I have had the unfortunate privilege of being introduced to it in medias res starting with a few spotlights, then getting the first two Dark Cybertron for my birthday, then reading one of the prequels to Dark Cybertron, and now getting this volume before the series prior to More Than Meets the Eye. It doesn’t bother me too much because I’ve enjoyed it as individuals as well as understanding that there’s a whole series attached to it. I highly recommend this for any Transformers--or even robot--fans since earth and humans aren’t involved in this story. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because I thought that it could have been done better if the writers were given all the time in the world. (less)
This was the first Transformers comic I bought and I'm so glad I did. It has the great vibe of Generation One, but is ten times more emotional! Am dis...moreThis was the first Transformers comic I bought and I'm so glad I did. It has the great vibe of Generation One, but is ten times more emotional! Am disappointed that I didn't read the first few volumes first though.(less)
I haven't been reviewing these because it's hard for me to review an ongoing series unless something impactful happens in the plot. This time it did!...moreI haven't been reviewing these because it's hard for me to review an ongoing series unless something impactful happens in the plot. This time it did! I don't consider this a spoiler, so I'm not going to hide it, I'm just elaborating on a pep talk and clarifying its symbolism.
Optimus Prime has given up the Prime title to Rodimus. He goes up against Nova Prime who has complete control of the Dead Universe. Nova Prime starts to beat the crap out of Orion to a point where Orion is on his hands and knees and can't go on. Along with the physical beating, Nova batters Orion with unfortunate words of truth, "The Cybertronian race stands above all others and you and me as Primes have a duty to shape that destiny." He goes on to say that the Prime lineage is corrupted and being a Prime stands for that.
Rodimus then bends to Orion's side and says this, "...I never wanted to be Rodimus Prime...Deep down I always wanted to be you. The real you--not Orion Pax...When you became Optimus Prime...the world didn't know the truth about Nova...and the rest. Back then, being a Prime meant embodying decency and integrity and morality and all the sorts of things that chancers like me pretend are unfashionable because deep down they scare us because we try to live our lives by them but we can't. But guess what? You can and you do every day. Thanks to you the word 'Prime' still means decency, integrity, and morality...The world always needs a Prime, but only if that Prime is you."
I'm not going to spoil the come back to this speech because it is epic and something to witness on the page. That speech was simple, but it just about brought a tear to my eye. Ever since Rodimus (or Hot Rod) was introduced to the series in the original Transformers movie, he's always said that he could never live up to Optimus Prime's excellence in leadership in some way or another and demonstrated this hesitation at several moments along the way. For years, fans of Transformers have looked up to and adored the character of Optimus Prime as a role model (even father-figure in some cases), but have never really felt that we could match up to his greatness. But what Rodimus said to Optimus in this issue reflects that situation. Rodimus symbolizes us--the fans--bending down to the side of our hero and reminding him (and ourselves) why he's our hero.
We all want to be Optimus Prime, but its never easy to take the place of leader and accept our responsibilities. That's why the legacy of Dennis O Neil, Peter Cullen, and many others will last forever. We can face our choices, look up, and remember the leader we grew up with.(less)
I almost gave this one 3 stars until I reached the end. The way this one ended (view spoiler)[, Snow pregnant with Bigby’s child, (hide spoiler)] open...moreI almost gave this one 3 stars until I reached the end. The way this one ended (view spoiler)[, Snow pregnant with Bigby’s child, (hide spoiler)] opened up my mind for all kinds of directions the story could go. I can’t wait to see what happens.
Of course, there’s the ever present mystery of how all these characters are here after that crazy cliffhanger at the end of the Wolf Among Us: Faith, but I’m sure all will be revealed. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Where the first volume lacked for in my interest, this one made up for.
This volume was SO much more interesting. When I was finished reading it, I wo...moreWhere the first volume lacked for in my interest, this one made up for.
This volume was SO much more interesting. When I was finished reading it, I wondered why the first wasn't as good, but I've seen this kind of pattern before in television. The pilot episode (or the first few episodes) only contain enough information and mystery to keep the viewer interested in turning it on every week. But where so many series have failed is the writers hold back a lot of emotion and character until the later episodes because they feel the audience has no connection with the characters early in the series. This is true, but that’s no excuse for drab, cliche plot in the first episode.
However, this second volume is considerably better than the first. I actually want to continue the series now--which I will. (less)