I’ve really started to grow fond of More than Meets the Eye (MTMTE). When it first released I was much more in to its counterpart, Robots in Disguise (RiD). Lately, however, I feel as though MTMTE has been able to deliver a much stronger narrative with stories that I actually care about, as opposed to the constant and tedious power struggles that the characters in RiD face. After reading issue #9, I’m officially hooked. It’s not perfect, but the wonderful story telling mixed with the constant mysteries that are thrown at the reader are just too hard to resist.
After following the journey of a group of outcast Decepticons for two issues, MTMTE finally shifts its focus back to the Lost Light in issue #9. The story now focuses on the crew attempting to fix Rung’s brain by re-telling events that took place on Cybertron before the civil war. While I’m usually no fan of flashbacks, MTMTE manages to make it fun, exciting, and intriguing. By breaking up flashback scenes with small, and often hilarious, conversations taking place in the present time, I never felt like bored by the characters’ story telling. I found myself wanting to find out more and how stories of the past were actually resolved. This whole issue, however, isn’t just about past stories, and the ending provides a gruesome twist that has me extremely curious as to what will happen next.
While there wasn’t a lot of action in this issue, #9 does a fantastic job of character interaction and dialogue. Whether it was humorous interactions between Ratchet and Drift or serious ones between Ratchet and Orion Pax, I actually went back to certain segments just to read conversations again because they were so well written. On the topic of Pax, it was awesome to see him young, powerful, and battle-scar free, especially with Alex Milne’s art style; the cartoony look suits him.
Issue #9 is just fun. It keeps all the dark humor that MTMTE is known for and packs into rich story telling through the eyes of major characters. I do wish that it had a little more action in it, but with the way it ended, I’m sure we will see some exciting confrontation in issue #10.