Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #4
IDW Publishing (April, 2012)WRITER: James Roberts ARTIST: Alex Milne COLORIST: Josh Burcham COVER COLORIST: Josh Perez ALTERNATE COVER ARTIST: Nick Roche RI COVER: Marcelo Matere (artist) and Priscilla Tramontano (colorist) EDITOR: John Barber
Ratchet, with Pipes and Drift coming along, checks in on a strange signal from an Autobot medical facility the ship is passing by. He hopes that one of the medics, Pharma, can succeed him as Chief Medical Officer back on Cybertron, but instead they find a plague-ridden medical center. Demoted doctor, now nurse, First Aid, is also treating a comatose patient that may come in handy when a group of Decepticons who apparently didn’t get the memo that the war is over drop in to make matters worse. Meanwhile, Rodimus tells Tailgate the other side of the story about the war.
What they got right: This is a bit closer to what I want to see in a Transformers story. You have Autobots investigating Decepticon shenanigans, discussion about factions, some decent action, and I can deal with the medical drama that gets us there. The over-the-top characterizations are a bit more relaxed. It’s also nice to see First Aid…
What they got wrong:…although he’s not a part of his Protectobot team. Sometimes IDW moves a bit too far from established ideas and just sticks First Aid with the medics rather than a rescue team. That’s too bad.
Recommendation: I’m still not completely on board but it’s certainly an improvement.