Julian Titus is a writer/editor for PixlBit.com and the host of the Nerds Without Pants podcast. He's also the biggest Transformers fan I've ever met and will be covering IDW's Transformers comics right here on a regular basis. This week, he's reviewing the latest issue of Transformers: Regeneration One...
To say that I was blown away with Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #15 would be an understatement. This comic book continues to surprise and impress me each and every month. In my review last month I talked about how the crew of the Lost Light remind me of the cast for a Joss Whedon show, and to be specific I was referencing Firefly. With this issue, that feeling is only cemented as powerful and impactful events are combined with the humor I’ve come to expect from this book.
It’s Overlord running amok this month, as the newly freed Decepticon Phase Sixer reminds us just how deadly he can be. I really loved how the story was told with disjointed chronology - replaying the scant few minutes of the Decepticon’s brutal attack from multiple perspectives simultaneously. After the super-serious mindgame between Chromedome and Overlord last issue, it was nice to check in with the rest of the crew, however briefly it might have been. The joke with Brainstorm and Swerve may be my new favorite thing to come out of More Than Meets the Eye so far.
That humor balances out what is probably the most emotional and shocking issue of the book so far. Even though the crew of the Lost Light has a common goal—finding the Knights of Cybertron—they are far from an effective battle unit, seemingly tossed together at random. That’s brought into perfect focus as they try hopelessly to battle Overlord, or at least contain the damage. Things will never be the same after this issue, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
(Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #15 hits stands on Wednesday, March 20.)