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way more bad parts (horrific writing) than good (Shockwave plot)
on April 26, 2016
Nostalgia for my youth helped this garner a 2nd star.
If you are a Transformers fan and have not read IDW's "More Than Meets The Eye" series by James Roberts, then Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanzaa and a Wonderful Festivus to you. It is, by far, the greatest piece of work on the Transformers in any genre and it holds up with great comics across the spectrum of choices.
Where to begin with this volume, that has neither aged well nor should be appealing to people over 9:
1) The writing is horrendous. The dialogue and lengthy narrative explanations are silly. "Unknown to even Optimus, his words were heard by the Decepticon Ravage -- whose detection by any monitoring device was virtually impossible."
2) The thought balloons are stupefyingly awful: "Indeed, Starscream! Like presenting yourself as the Decepticon most worthy to lead us! But you overestimate your worth as well as your comrades' gullibility!"
3) The art is inconsistent and often lacks detail.
4) Most of the side plots are awful.
5) The appearance of Spiderman is painful.
6) The characterization is a trainwreck. It is hard to see the differences between characters (again, I direct you towards Roberts' MTMTE series to see a master course in character development and portrayal).
The bright spots:
1) It's 13 issues in a decently bound and printed book for a cheap price.
2) There are a few notes in here about the creation of the Transformers and the rationale behind Spiderman's appearance. These notes are excellent.
3) It's colored well.
4) The Shockwave plot is good. This is the strength of the story.