Growing up in the 80’s there are always a few fandoms that are near and dear to my heart. I remember the first time I saw this crazy new cartoon called Transformers on Channel 11 in Northeastern NJ. I remember when my cousin showed up to my house with this wild blue Walkman that didn’t play music but instead turned into a robot. I remember going to see Transformers the Movie in 1986 and watching in horror as a ton of Transformers, Autobots AND Decepticons including Optimus Prime got killed before my eyes. That being said I had a huge case of the feels after reading Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #47 as one of my favorite Decepticons, Cyclonus, bought the proverbial farm. Over the course of IDW's run on Transformers, writer James Roberts has blurred the lines between Autobots and Decepticons...but 400 million years of war can sometimes make a bot change. Megatron is now an Autobot. Starscream is now the leader of Cybertron. Prowl is a villain on the run. Soundwave is starting a Decepticon hippie commune… Wait what?
Since issue #1 Cyclonus has gone from vicious Decepticon to reluctant anti-hero, to “Not a Decepticon” and now to hero as he gave his life for the bot he “Loved”. Yes, Roberts has also added an element of relationships into these books and this issue tugged the heart strings ridiculously. The always stoic and angry Cyclonus showed a caring side to him that had been hinted at in previous issues as he expressed (in his own Cyclonus way) an amount of love for his roommate Tailgate. Tailgate was being manipulated by some other bots to implant an “Anti-Villain” virus in a recharging Megatron which was destined to fail and have Megatron murder the unknowing Tailgate. In an act of bravery and what can only be described as selflessness Cyclonus threw himself between Tailgate and an Autobot security detail and of course Cyclonus being who he is they opened fire thinking he was about to kill them all.
When speaking of terms such as “Love” and “Relationships” about robots it’s almost hard to fathom as we think of such terms just for humans. As such this was the exact reason why the great Transformer Massacre of 1986 happened as movie and TV censors logic was that these creatures were just robots and “dying” for them wasn’t the same type of concept as for a human. I mean how could a robot be “alive”? In 80’s cartoon terms the logic was sound but still didn’t make sense why so many Autobots and Decepticons were brutally murdered but Sergeant Duke could survive a snake spear to the heart and any plane explosion on G.I. Joe was followed by a parachute no matter what.
Regardless the art by Brendan Cahill does a great job conveying emotion to “emotionless robots” and James Roberts makes this an amazing swan song for the Decepticon quoted on his Generation 1 Tech Spec card as saying “Compassion is the Autobots downfall.” Whether he stays dead or not remains to be seen but if it’s the former I would consider this to be a fitting last noble act of a true warrior.
More than meets the eye indeed.