I am well overdue for my review of this. I blame house hunting. However, that did give me an excuse to go through and read the volume again, which I am absolutely not upset about! James Roberts has become my hero. As much as I think Robots in Disguise is definitely improving, MTMtE is still by far the better of the two series. It's proven time and time again! Add the fact that Megatron is now an Autobot, and co-captain of the Lost Light? Well, let's just say that things have gotten interesting. Very interesting.
Now, lest you think that Megatron has gotten off easily, let me tell you that putting him on the Lost Light was probably a better decision than incarcerating him. It's hilarious how much he ends up putting up with, not the least of which comes from a very miffed Rodimus. I like the way that this has shaken things up. Plus, truth be told, Megatron is even... nice... at times. Yup, it happens. There's a panel where the discussion swings around to the fact that after a certain threshold of death and destruction, it all just blends into one. None of the characters are necessarily willing to forgive Megatron, but they're willing to move forward. It's an interesting dynamic.
And now, panels! Which, to the surprise of no one, are mainly funny.
So before the Lost Light sets off in search of the Knights of Cybertron again, the crew has to be reassembled. I was thrilled that so many new characters hopped on board for this second mission. I was equally thrilled that Swerve tried to host what may have been unapproved "Crewditions". Ultra Magnus was not amused.
Then, there's the fact that Tailgate is back! I knew he was convalescing after his illness and near death experience. Still, I was so happy to see him back in action! It's adorable how Roberts has created such a friendship between him and the slightly prickly Cyclonus. They're just too cute for words. Plus, everyone is treating Tailgate like a hero, and it's the sweetest thing ever!
Meanwhile, as per normal, drinking at Swerve's bar has recommenced, which always leads to lots of hilarious and terrible decisions. Remember when I mentioned above that Megatron is now onboard the Lost Light? Well, he happens to be the main topic of drunken discussion. Most specifically, his secret cache of secrets. Hey, I'm just calling it like I see it. I mean, it is behind a particularly "Lock-y" door.
The most amusing panel, for me, was definitely the mention of comics themselves. We know that our characters have been to Earth at one time or another, and so they have a basic (read very basic) knowledge of some "Earthlet" culture. I cracked up laughing though at their acquired movie collection, and the crack at comic books.
So yes, I still love this series to death! I can't post any other panels, or go too much further into the ending of this, because it has so many spoilers! What I can say, is that a very important character comes back. It made me smile. It made me cry. It made me swear that James Roberts is the most evil and brilliant author ever. I've said that before. I stick by it! He just loves to toy with the emotions of his readers, and he's great at it.