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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (2011-) Vol. 1 by [Roberts, James]
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About the Author

James Roberts was born in the Worcestershire town of Evesham in 1967. His interest in the Great War, inspired by stories of his Great Uncle Frank s mercurial career on the Western Front serving with D Coy, 1/8th Worcestershire Regiment, began at an early age. James studied History at the University of Worcester and was awarded his PhD in 2004. During his time as a lecturer in Modern History, he delivered and published a number of papers examining the motivations and behaviours of Great War soldiers. James currently resides in the Highlands of Scotland where he is employed as a commercial copywriter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 229783 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: IDW (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 15 customer reviews
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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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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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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. It is a Situation comedy in print featuring everyone's favourite characters. The artwork and writing are fantastic.
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Peacetime conflict, rule-breaking amnesiacs, witty banter, psychopaths, murder, slapstick, mysterious agendas and ominous messages from the future. And that's just the first 4 issues.

While its sister-book is by no means a bad book,it really suffers when compared to this immensely fun series. It's a delightful blend of humour, horror and Firefly-esque antics. Between an engaging story, beautiful artwork, brilliant dialogue and characters, and tons of extras, More Than Meets The Eye gives you your moneys-worth and then some.
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At first it's a little slow but very soon gets you into the action. If your a rodimus fan this will be great he's basically the main character. Only complain...just wish I didn't have to stop reading to buy vol.2
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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 by far and away the best thing I've read to date.

The characters are portrayed with more depth. Roberts writing is outstanding, and it's well paced. The colouring is also outstanding. Beyond a wish that Roche had done more of the art rather than Milne (personal preference), I genuinely do not have a bad word to say about this.
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