Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #2

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More Than Meets The Eye #2 gets started with the Lost Light pulling a Voyager and ending in an unknown part of space. This sets up a conundrum where the crew has no idea where they are, and all contact is lost with Cybertron. And with each passing issue, it rings increasingly false. Seriously, the crew run into familiar faces and end up in locations that have no reason to be off the radar. So it would be immediately plausible for them to get their bearings the minute they run into a familiar planet, and they should have no problem communicating the dilemma to familiar characters as well. Does this happen? A few attempts, but for most of the series it seems these robots have problems asking the easy questions.

The crew begins trying to gather bodies that have been sucked out of the Lost Light after the first ill-fated jump. Fortunately, these are robots, who are apparently impossible to kill unless they commit suicide.

At the same time, it’s Skids! Skids is here! Uh… I have no idea who Skids is. Fortunately, that’s what writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne are banking on. After all, it’s way more fun writing stories for characters when they’re blank states. Blank states that aren’t questionably racial caricatures. Anyway, if you’re not familiar with comic book Skids, be familiar with his righteous toy:

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Dude is armed to the gills.

He’s being chased by a bunch of non-descript robots who keep saying, “Nineteen Eighty Four.” Now… I’m all for inserting cutesy references here and there… but this was too on the nose to the year the Transformers debuted, I think. Anyway, Skids makes short work of these guys because he’s got guns growing out of guns.

There’s a lot of great character moments. Galvatron, who many of you may remember as one of Unicron’s new Decepticon disciples from the movie, emerges as a grumpy yet noble knight. Whirl is a nutso crazy dude. Ratchet deals with the fact that he may not be Cybertron’s greatest surgeon for long. And Swerve is a total chatterbox.

Oh, and Red Alert discovers a dead Transformer, and wonders if there may be a Sparkeater on board. What’s that? I don’t know, but given the horror trappings of his situation I’m guessing it ain’t good.

Overall, not much really happens in this issue. However, it does give the reader a better understanding of the characters and the crew dynamics.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5).

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