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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (2011-) Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

James Roberts , Nick Roche , Alex Milne
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Issues 1-3, plus the on-shot Death of Optimus Prime.

Transformers saga begins here! More Than Meets The Eye 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! Also includes the one-shot Death of Optimus Prime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 54495 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (13 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097EV5H2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good fun 9 July 2012
After suffering through the godawful Mike Costa run of Transformers, this book came to me as a massively entertaining return to form.

The book collects the one-shot 'The Death Of Optimus Prime' and the first 3 issues of the new ongoing series 'More Than Meets The Eye', which may at first seem a little miserly, but these issues complete a fulfilling and essentially self-contained storyline. There's also some 20 pages of additional material , which includes note son the series' development and design sketches by regular artist Alex Milne.

Half of the book, including the opening one-shot, is drawn by another raw talent in the Transformers pantheon, Nick Roche. Between the two artists, the book has a cheeky, cartoon flavour that may not sit well with everybody, but is undeniably a treat to behold. Both artists excel at superior visual storytelling and squeeze a lot of charm and expression into each and every panel.

The book is written by James Roberts, who was the back-up man for the tail end of IDW's previous ongoing, and provided the outstanding 'Chaos Theory' two parter that stood out as the shining beacon among Costa's dire, poorly constructed and lazily written bilge. He also co-wrote the unfeasibly good 'Last Stand Of The Wreckers', a book which is universally loved by discerning fans of excellent comic fiction.

The really excellent news is that Roberts proves with resounding success that his previous hits were no fluke. Very simply, he's capable of doing everything Costa was clearly never interested in doing - namely, imbuing the characters with plenty of life and character. There's humour, drama, tragedy... and yet, all of this is just the set-up for a broader story to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To infinity, and beyond! 26 Aug. 2012
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This book is fun, exciting and well paced. Rodimus (Hot Rod's new name) is the cavalier, hot-headed rogue of his tech specs, and the leader of the crew here. He has a brash, James T. Kirk aura to him, which is exemplified in Drift's awe. Magnus is altogether po-faced in a Spock/Worf composite and the rest of the cast are excellent in that, although they all crack gags in some shape or form, they each have their own personalities... the cast is large, however, so that's quite an achievement to make them stand out from each other.

At first I was a little resentful of only receiving the first three issues in this TPB, along with the one-shot 'Death of Optimus Prime' story that precedes it. However, the Optimus story is the perfect setup to the beginning of this series, and is superbly handled, with a Prime that you would recognise from his Furman G1 days (in both looks and personality), and the somewhat more sinister Prowl (who is more recognisable in his plotting from say 'Last Stand of the Wreckers'.

The great thing about this book is that it draws on all the history of Transformers media up to this point, and yet you don't have to know anything about that in order to enjoy this. Its there for people that know it/remember it. At the same time it also brings in plenty of fresh elements in characters like Skids and Tailgate, whilst others are given a fresh coat of 'character' paint e.g. Whirl, Chromedome and Ratchet.

Perhaps one of the few criticisms to be levelled against 'More Than Meets The Eye' is that its too jokey, with too many colloquialisms shared by the characters ("Its Skids, yeah"?)... too many of them saying "Yeah", and "Right" at the end of every sentence... but that really is the most minor of niggles.

Every panel serves a purpose here, nothing is wasted (e.g. Dreamwave issues from a decade ago), and it makes for a packed read. I've already pre-ordered the follow-on TPB. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Beginings, old ways? 17 Dec. 2013
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After a somewhat disappointing run of comics (For All Man Kind - Chaos) the Transformers universe splits in two.

One section covering the aftermath of the last battle on Cybertron (Robots in Disguise) and the other section (More Than Meets the Eye series) covering a group of some 200 Cybertronians led by Rodimus (Hot Rod) into space on a journey to find the Knights of Cybertron so that Cybertron can go back to it's "Golden Age".

This is the first book in the series More Than Meets the Eye series and starts off with the great "Death of Optimus Prime" prequel story.

The story is well written by James Roberts and the artwork by Nick Roche (the first few stories) and the rest by Alex Milne are crisp and very nice. There are some regular characters such as Rodimus, Ultra Magnus and Drift and some not so well know, or some characters that have been given more page time such as Red Alert, Trailbreaker, Rung and Swerve.

The fact that the main cast ended up being split in two, I thought that I would prefer the other series more as it had Ironhide, Bumblebee and Wheeljack, some of my favourite characters in it. As a matter of fact this series has been by far the better in my opinion. There are some very serious moments, some moments that are sad but then there are more characters in this story that have not been featured as much, and they have brought with them their own style of comic relief.

After an accident (or was it) the ship of Autobots is plunged into the furthest region of space with no idea of where they are, after finding their way they run into a whole heap of trouble in various situations.

This is the beginning of a very good series of Transformers that will leave you waiting anxiously until the next issue to come out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the good names were taken...
MTMTE is one of the best comics of recent years, not just one of the best TF ones. Coming from the same team that brought us Last Stand and of the Wreckers, I'm not surprised. Read more
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Published 13 months ago by travis lane
4.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye..
An excellent read, especially for fans of gen 1 Transformers. Great artwork and writing all for an excellent price. Roll out.
Published 19 months ago by David Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars MTME VOL 1
Great return to classic transformer storytelling. Fast paced with great character development. Looking forward to more instalments. Well done to the production team.
Published 22 months ago by David Thubron
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling characters and lore
More Than Meets The Eye (MTMTE) is a shining beacon of what has been the great legacy of Transformers: exciting science fantasy that couples intriguing characters, each possessing... Read more
Published on 25 Jun. 2013 by Alex Leathard
5.0 out of 5 stars love this one
m son has already few but wants more as he loves all the magazines !!must buy more for him !
Published on 5 May 2013 by antaes
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
As a fan since the original comics in the 80s I am really pleased to discover this. A more adult approach with great writing, depth of character, fantastic action and the coolest... Read more
Published on 30 April 2013 by Cthulhu77
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TF comic I've read
Possibly ever.

It's certainly the best thing IDW have turned out. No offense to Furman; I've still got an unkillable nostalgic love for the old UK comics, but this is... Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by D. Elliott
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