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Product Details

  • Series: Transformers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772355
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great addition to IDW's Transformers collection.
Renee Elizabeth Dawson
Hilarious dialogue, interesting concepts, new and awesome takes on little-loved characters, and so far a promising plot.
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This book is a great book to read in your pass time.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jazzfox on July 3, 2012
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On the planet of Cybertron exists life, but not life as we know it, intelligent robots capable of transforming have waged a civil war for millions of years, the Heroic Autobots and the Evil Decepticons struggle-

Wait. What? It's over?

War is over!

...And now it only gets even more intense.

In the beginning of 2012, IDW announced Transformers would have not one, but TWO ongoing series, and so, fans didn't know quite what to expect, until it was announced that the talent behind both would reflect the works to follow onward. James Roberts, co-writer of Last Stand of the Wreckers and author of the lauded two parter Chaos Theory story now stands head writer alongside some familiar faces, with fellow Wrecker artist Nick Roche helping in, and IDW regular Alex Milne standing as the mainstay artist!

While in Sister series Robots in Disguise, the story is of political intrigue and slow burning thriller, More Than Meets the Eye is a riproaring adventure into space, think Star Trek, but everyone can turn into a car, or a memory stick if you want to stay non-shapist!

The reading is light on pages, but each crammed with more depth and entertainment than any ongoing transformers story in possibly 20 years, and from the blast off, the gathering of a crew and the reveal of a terrifying secret aboard the ship, this issue covers the debut of the team, and shapes up well for IDW's future.

While 'RiD' boasts a familiar line up, 'MTMTE' is full of new and unexplored characters, ripe for introduction and quick to warm to, and best of all?

You don't even have to have read a comic before this to enjoy it.

It certainly HELPS, and to assist, also within is penned by Roberts and Co.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather R. Smith on May 22, 2013
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If you're not reading this series, you're missing out on something truly great. Transformers comics have definitely had ups and down in quality of art and writing. But this is the absolute tip-top on both counts. It's not a reboot, but it is a definite shift in the status quo, and that means you can jump on here without having read anything else, and do OK. We're all figuring this out as we go. These aren't generally well-known characters. And that's all to the good, because we get to watch the story flesh them out in new, surprising ways.

This volume contains the foundational issues, so it's mostly basic adventure stuff here. The storytelling is dense, with LOTS happening in each issue. All the important seeds for later on in the arc are laid down in this book.

This series builds in quality of storytelling as it progresses, so don't stop at Volume 1.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2014
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In Nick Hornby’s excellent book, The Polysyllabic Spree, collecting his Believer columns discussing books he’d bought and read each month, the author talks about attempting to read a novel outside of his comfort zone. In his case, it was a sci-fi novel by Iain M. Banks called Excession. This was his reaction:

"The urge to weep tears of frustration was already upon me even before I read the short prologue, which seemed to describe some kind of androgynous avatar visiting a woman who has been pregnant for forty years and who lives on her own in the tower of a giant spaceship...By the time I got to the first chapter, which is entitled ‘Outside Context Problem’ and begins ‘(CGU Grey Area signal sequence file #n428857/119)’ I was crying so hard that I could no longer see the page in front of my face."

This was basically my reaction to Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, Volume 1, a comic about a series/cast of characters I thought would be interesting to read because I know next to nothing about them. I saw the first Transformers movie and about 15 minutes of the second, and that was enough - I hated both. I vaguely remember the ‘80s cartoon and I remember owning some Transformers toys as a kid. I know some names: Optimus Prime (hero), Megatron (villain) and Bumblebee (tool). That’s it.

Having tried reading this, all I can say is: you need to know more - a LOT more! - to understand what’s happening in this book.

So apparently Optimus Prime died. A robot - at least, I think that’s what he is, right? - “died”? OK. They’re machines but whatever. Then he winds up in somewhere called the Afterspark which I guess is robot afterlife? It wasn’t explained. But there’s a ton of other robots there and they’re all alive - so he didn’t really die?
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Oh James Roberts, you haven't let us down yet.

Say hi to More Than Meets the Eye, folks, one of the greatest balls of story and emotion throughout all of the Transformers franchise's 30-something year lifespan. I suppose I should start off by talking about what won't cause me to start rambling on for hours on end... as much as the other stuff. The art. The art is done by Nick Roche, originally, and later Alex Milne, and both of them do FANTASTIC work, especially Milne, who can manage to put a lot of emotion into the face of Whirl, a robot who... doesn't really have a face, but rather a single eye.

As for the story though, written by the previously mentioned James Roberts... I honestly can't do his writing justice. It's just so... glorious. Each character feels... hand-crafted, almost, with witty, yet conversational dialogue, and a plot that's only begun to start twisting and turning in new and great directions, with great set up for later story. Some of these set-ups include Skids, most awesome theoretician you'll ever meet having amnesia, Ratchet's broken hands, and Tailgate's... Well, being Tailgate, I can't say much else about his set-ups without giving anything away.

All in all, everything about this series is glorious, and if you haven't started reading it yet, then you're missing out on some of the best writing ever to exist.
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