Sunday, September 09, 2012

Comic Review

Transformers: More Then Meets The Eye #8

Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Alex Milne
(covers by Alex Milne, Nick Roche and Marcelo Matere)

 Summary:  DINOBOT MONTH! Three years ago, Grimlock disappeared from his prison cell on Garrus 9. Where did he go? What happened to him? One thing's for certain: the leader of the Dinobots is back-and he's itching to settle some scores!

Comments:  Most of this story follows the scavengers (Krok, Flywheels, Spinister, Misfire, etc.) on Clemency. They are forced to fight the Decepticon Justice Division, feeling it's their only real option besides certain death. They reactivate Grimlock, who was in stasis aboard the ship the found). He puts up a strong but short-lived fight before the DJD knock him down. Flywheels gets killed and so does Krok (boo!) before Fulcrum unleashes a Cybernought drone from the nearby ship then tries to self-detonate himself (he becomes a bomb) but his power doesn't work (he was deactivated earlier when the others found him--but he didn't realize it as he was unconscious). Finally, the DJD detect Overlord's spark elsewhere (he's on the Lost Light, of course) and decide to leave and pursue him instead since he's a much higher priority target.
   A fairly good story overall. I think MTMTE works best when it's more focused on one or two story threads overall (unlike earlier issues where five things could be going on at once). It was also nice to see a story mostly centered on a group of Decepticons for a change. There was also a "B" story with a few scenes about Skids and Chromedome (also referencing the events of the MTMTE Annual, which was supposed to be out in August but was delayed until Sept. 12th, so the reference to it is lost on the reader). Also, we find out Grimlock is severely damaged mentally (he's described as being "practically brain dead"), which is why the Decepticons on the ship had abandoned him. Frankly, I think that sucks and it seems like Roberts didn't feel like trying to give him any real story time so he used this as an "out". I hope Grimlock gets repaired soon.

Verdict: Good.

Cover "A" by Alex Milne

Cover "B" by Nick Roche

Retailer Incentive Cover by Marcelo Matere

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