Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
IDW Publishing (May, 2012)“HOW RATCHET GOT HIS HANDS BACK” WRITER: James Roberts ARTIST: Alex Milne COVER “A” COLORIST: Josh Perez COLORIST: Josh Burcham COVER “B” (shown): Nick Roche (artist) & Joanna LaFuente RETAILER INCENTIVE COVER: Marcelo Matere (artist) & Priscilla Tramontano (colorist) LETTERER: Chris Mowry EDITOR: John Barber
On Delphi, Fortress has taken out the Decepticons, but there is a traitor in their midst and Ratchet has to find him fast in order to save Drift and Pipes as well as crown the new Chief Medical Officer. Back on the Lost Light, Ultra Magnus prepares Tailgate to become an Autobot while Red Alert and Rung find yet another secret of their new ship.
What they got right: The mystery portion of the story, for both Ratchet and the crew as well as Red Alert and Rung’s set-up story, are well done. Also, the return of Ratchet’s solid hologram avatar. It’s nice to know they remembered something that far back in the IDW-G1verse history.
What they got wrong: Ultra Magnus is still too over-the-top. I think they’re going for comedy but while it works for Red Alert I don’t find the Ultra Magnus parts funny.
Recommendation: Roberts is beginning to find the balance between humor and Transformers action. It’s still not what I would call perfect but there is enough improvement to at least recommend a look.
There are so many good scenes with Ratchet that I can’t really choose one. He’s in good form in this comic; not since the Marvel comics I reviewed recently has he shined like that.