Awesome: Transformers: More than Meets the Eye

Issue 1:

  • The fight between Whirl and Cyclonus is pretty awesome, especially given how detached Cyclonus is throughout the entire affair.
  • An understated one for the bridge crew, who likely saved a lot of lives with their swift actions after the catastrophic jump.

Issue 2:

  • Skids vs. the Legislators. The fact that he managed to destroy the first two without his weapons goes a lot toward underscoring just how Badass Skids is. And of course the was the laughably one-sided follow-up when he gets his mode lock off, and the spaceship jump before that.

Issue 3:

  • Skids continues to prove that he is awesome, saving Rung from the Sparkeater and managing to elude the damn thing until Rodimus puts his own plan into action.
  • The way that Rodimus finally manages to kill the Sparkeater is both awesome and more than a little insane, backing it into the quantum generators and holding it n place until it fuses. This fuses his own arms with the generator, requiring that they be amputated and replaced, and yet he has this ridiculous grin on his face after the fact.

Issue 4:

  • Fortress Maximus' last page appearance and his little speech therein are about seventeen different kinds of awesome, many of which are also scary as shit.
    Fortress Maximus: Do you two realize where you're standing? No? Then let me explain. My name is Fortress Maximus. Five years ago I was attacked by a Decepticon so powerful he redefined the word. He took me down. Hard. I was paralyzed, lobotomized, and left for dead. All of which means that right now, you two—you two Decepticons—being the very first Decepticons I've encountered since I was all but beaten to death—are standing in the very worst place in the universe.

Issue 5:

  • Fortress Maximus taking out a couple of Deceptions, dismembering them bare-handed.
  • Ratchet confronting the mastermind behind the plague outbreak— Pharma— is awesome from start to finish. To elaborate:
    • He starts off by deducing that Pharma's the guilty party, citing the latter's refusal to switch to alt-mode as proof that he knows exactly how this mystery plague works (transforming between shapes is the catalyst), despite no one having seen it before.
    • He then contracts the plague himself and activates it by going alt-mode to save Backstreet, knowing full well that he's probably condeming himself to a horrible death. But he does it anyway to give his patient a better chance at survival.
    • With the plague now ravaging his systems, Ratchet goes and hunts down Pharma, ending up held at gunpoint while the mad doctor engages in a Motive Rant. There's seemingly nothing Ratchet can do in this situation...except, by the time Pharma's finished his ran, Ratchet reveals that he already has:
    Pharma: (In reply to Ratchet claiming he can fight back now) Fight back? Fight back?! You're falling apart!
    Ratchet: I've infected you.
    Pharma: You haven't even touched me!
    Ratchet:While you've been talking, I've been corroding. I've sprung a thousand leaks. And for the last 34 seconds—
    Ratchet points at the ground, where his inner fluids have bled out across the floor...and are now pooling around Pharma's feet.
    • Pharma manages to escape to the rooftop, where he's stalled by a holo-matter avatar projected by Ratchet... which is a distraction so that the corroding, decaying medic can dive-tackle Pharma from behind.
    • When Pharma tries to grab the antidote for the plague to use on himself, Ratchet kicks it off the rooftop. When Pharma screams that he's killed them both, Ratchet gives both the mad doctor and his own impending death the finger:
    Ratchet: You died a long time ago, Pharma. And as for me...my hands don't work, I'm miles from anyone I truly care about, and I'm still coming to terms with the fact that after a four-millions-year build-up, peace has turned out to be a massive anticlimax. Bottom line? I've got nothing left to lose.
    • And then, as he leaves Pharma hanging from the edge of the roof, in danger of losing his grip and falling any second, Ratchet delivers another epic monologue:
    Ratchet: "...When you fall, you'll have a choice. You can change into a jet and fly away, activating the virus—or you can stay as you are, and pray the impact doesn't kill you. If you want my medical opinion...you need to make a judgement based on your chances of survival."
  • And then Drift gets one by leaping in—despite having been ravaged by the plauge—and slicing off Pharma's hands when he tries to shoot Ratchet, sending the mad doctor plunging to his presumed death.
  • To top it all off, Ratchet then gets Pharma's hands, so he can keep on working as a medic.

Issue 6:

  • Issue Six features Fortress Maximus snapping, leading him to take Rung and Whirl hostage in an attempt to turn the Lost Light back to Cybertron. This results in Whirl Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, pinned to the ground with a pipe. As the hostage situation unfolds, Whirl shows bearings of pure titanium by taunting Maximus despite such a grave injury, drawing the focus of his ire away from Rung...and then, when the rescue attempt breaks down and Rung is accidentally shot, Whirl pulls himself off the pole (to elaborate: he did not pull the pipe out of his body; he levered himself up so he could slide himself off the pole) and spears Fort Max through the back.
  • A couple understated ones for Rung. He notices the camera the others get working almost immediately and uses his thumb mic to give them the audio he knows they don't have and is then able to remind them that they have Rewind and Swerve outside by pointing to one of his model ships. He also figures out the pattern to Fort Max's attacks apparently before even Ratchet.

Issue 8:

2012 Annual:

  • In the 2012 Annual, the normally peppy and chipper Drift slugging Whirl right in the face after having his button pressed too many times.

Issue 11:

  • Anything Orion Pax does during the Shadowplay flashbacks. Considering that he becomes the well-and-truly Badass Optimus Prime, it's no surprise.

Issue 12:

  • Tailgate risking his life to disarm a bomb in issue 12. Becomes even more awesome in issue #13 when it's revealed he's not actually a bomb disposal expert, but a sanitation worker lying about his past, and he tricked Rewind into coming up with a plan to disarm it.
    • More importantly, even as it was becoming clear that the bomb was likely to detonate anyway—and that even with its power dampened, it would still carry enough force to kill him—Tailgate refused to abandon the job when lives were still in danger.

Issue 14:

  • A flashback to Overlord's birth. It turns out that his spark's first flash exposed two miners to lethal radiation. That's right...he's so deadly that his very birth involved killing people!
  • And, of course, there's the way he turns the tables on his interrogator, Chromedome, and finds a way to escape the cell that he's been confined in.

Issue 15:

  • A understated Dying Moment of Awesome for Pipes. Despite being brutally stomped to death by Overlord, he manages to drag himself to an alarm button—falling apart both physically and mentally—and slams his fist against it before finally succumbing to his excessive injuries. The alarm going off gave everyone the chance to realize something was wrong, and thus prepare for battle, before Overlord came bearing down upon them.
  • The entire crew of the Lost Light teaming together and taking on Overlord is pretty awesome. It gets even more awesome when Fortress Maximus joins in and takes Overlord down with help from Chromedome and Rewind.
  • Ratchet's reaction to Overlord appearing behind him is especially epic. He just whips out a gun and shoots Overlord right in the face. Then, while Overlord's reeling back from that, Ratchet locks down the medbay and steps up to fight him while calmly giving instructions over the comm to Rodimus.
    Ratchet: "Rodimus? Tool up and get down to the medibay. Bring EVERYONE. And if anything happens to me, tell First Aid he's ready, tell Whirl he can have my hands, and tell all my patients...that they'll have to make new appointments."
  • Rewind's Heroic Sacrifice.

Issue 18:

  • Swerve taking down a Legislator in issue 18.
    Swerve: Get the hell out of my bar.
    • And Skids fighting off a whole swarm of Legislators by himself.

Issue 19:

Issue 20:

  • When forced to perform an impossible surgery, Ratchet manages to stall long enough to convert the innards of Ambulon's corpse into a one-shot energy weapon...which he promptly uses to blow away the Legislator keeping watch over him and First Aid.
  • Getaway busting the away team out of their cell, using nothing but some briefcase clamps and Chromedome's finger needles.
  • It was brief and didn't end well, but there was something inherently awesome about Dai Atlas taking on Star Staber in battle while arguing over their different views on faith.

Issue 21:

  • Tailgate tackling Tyrest on his own, stalling the genocidal chief justice long enough to allow the rest of the good guys—at least, those not affected by the killswitch—to recover. Then, when Tyrest tries to use him as a Cybertronian Shield, Tailgate shouts at Rodimus to shoot through him if that's what it takes to stop Tyrest.
    • It should be noted that Tailgate was dying of cybercrosis this whole time. He did all this while his systems were shutting down.
  • Then a recovering Minimus Ambus shoots Tyrest in the back!
    Minimus Ambus: Fully deserved.
  • Cyclonus taking Star Saber's challenge and winning.
  • Rodimus sacrificing the Matrix map to stop the Killswitch.
  • First Aid finally shuts Pharma up... with a bullet to the head!
  • Cyclonus manages to save Tailgate by channeling some of his own excess Matrix energy from being revitalized by Vector Sigma at the end of the Chaos storyline into Tailgate by using the Great Sword he got from the Circle of Light as a conduit by stabbing Tailgate through the chest with it. And best of all, Whirl was the one who suggested it!
  • They also found a cure for cybercrosis. Sure, it was a little late, but at least it's no longer a death sentence for those who have it.

Issue 22:

  • Swerve saves the day by whacking Paddox over the head with Rung.

Issue 28:

  • Not only has Ravage successfully snuck on board the Lost Light, but he's so skilled at sneaking that he manages to sit right under Rung's desk during Megatron's therapy session without being noticed.
  • Megatron manages to beat Whirl in a fight by letting himself get punched through the stomach, which causes Whirl's arm to get chopped off by the Gordian Knot of space bridge portals that his insides have become.
  • It's revealed that Whirl only survived the Great War because Megatron deliberately ordered his soldiers to leave him alone, because Megatron always wanted to give Whirl an ironic death.
    • Or to prove that Whirl is not as great as a warrior as he thinks he is.

Issue 29:

  • The calm, easy manner in which Megatron defuses Trailcutter's drunken antics.

Issue 30:

  • Megatron manages to flip the prosecution's whole argument against them and gives Optimus, Prowl, and the Autobots as a whole an epic What the Hell, Hero? speech, calling them out on acting like the war was all black and white and pretending they never did anything morally questionable.
  • At Megatron's trial Snaptrap and his mooks bust out of the brig and attack the crew and New Iacon's residents. Ultra Magnus responds by grabbing a huge hammer off of a nearby statue and using it to smash a third of them into the sky.

Issue 32:

  • A big "Hell Yes" Moment when Megatron pulls the unconscious Rewind out of the Magnus Armor.

Issue 33:

  • After being exposed, Brainstorm casually walks into Swerve's and opens his briefcase, knocking out Atomizer and everyone else in the room.
    "I'll let you in on a little secret... I can do whatever the hell I like."
  • Skids' epic What the Hell, Hero? speech to Megatron, after he dismisses the idea of trying to save Ofsted XVII from the alternate Lost Light and its quantum engines since it not only shuts Megatron up, but then manages to convince him to help out after all.
    Megatron: "Might be populated", you said. Might. If that planet were teeming with Cybertronians then yes, there'd be an argument for going back into the breach. But I doubt that's the case.
    Skids: Ah, your true colours. I'd forgotten how purple they were.
    Megatron: You've forgotten something else. I am your prisoner. I've been granted conditional bail while we look for the Knights of Cybertron. Where in my bail terms does it say-where precisely does it say-that I have to risk my life to save a handful of strangers?
    Skids: *Taps Megatron's Autobot insignia* Right. There. What does that even mean to you? How has wearing it forced you to modify your behavior? I'm serious! How has being an Autobot in any way prevented you from doing exactly what you want? Because if the answer is "it hasn't" then nothing you've said or done in the last six months counts for anything.

Issue 34

  • A villainous one for Vos, who, despite suffering potentially lethal injuries, is right up and fighting again after receiving a partial transfusion and limited field care. He then takes several volleys of gunfire to the torso without ever staying down for long. This from someone who had minutes left. First Aid is either a hell of a doctor or the DJD set the bar really high. Maybe both.

Issue 35

  • Rewind's speech to the Functionalists
  • Special mention to the protester who sets her own T-cog on fire and throws it at a functionary.

Issue 36

  • Orion wraps Trailcutter's forcefield around himself and then has Windcharger launch him into the Senate's monitoring station. Tailgate even lampshades it.
    Tailgate: This is the greatest thing I have ever seen.
  • The implications throughout the issue that one of the sparks in the ignited hot spot is Rodimus himself, and that by assisting Orion and his team in protecting it, Rodimus actually ensures his own creation.

Issue 38

  • Rung has another non-action Moment of Awesome when he talks Brainstorm down from killing Megatrons past self and surrendering his gun, convincing the desperate scientist he's better then he thinks he is.
  • Whirl ensuring Megatron's birth despite the other crewmembers' protests and arguments. Him doing means that Whirl just single-handedly saved the entire universe; by saving Megatron and causing the Great War, he averted the Bad Future where the Functionist Council would've killed Rung and brought about the apocalypse.

Issue 39

  • Deathsaurus takes on Tarn despite knowing that he's totally outmatched and actually holds his own against him. Even more awesome is that he does so in a desperate attempt to save his crew, as he knew that the DJD would've killed them as well had they come for Deathsaurus.
  • The final page of the issue, with the DJD, Deathsaurus, the Breastforce, the Dinoforce, Blue Bacchus, Browning, Solon, and several other Decepticons all united to go hunting after the Lost Light. Not just from a story perspective, but from an art perspective as well, as Hayato Sakamoto made sure to have absolutely every member from both factions included for one awesome group shot, missing only Hellbat in order to avoid continuity issues.

Meta

  • Toyline-related, but it's been revealed that the Generations toyline will be getting More Than Meets The Eye-based toys, specifically the Ensemble Darkhorse characters Swerve, Tailgate (as Legends-class figures fitting their diminutive nature), a Deluxe-class Skids, Deluxe-Class versions of Trailcutter and Hoist, and a larger Voyager-sized Whirl, based on their MTMTE designs (though Whirl's is also heavily G1-inspired). Later waves included a Deluxe-Class Nightbeat, a Voyager-Class Brainstorm, and a Leader-Class Ultra Magnus - complete with Minimus Ambus figure that fits inside!
    • Chromedome, Rewind and Krok are also appearing as remolds of existing toys in the Transformers Collectors Club.
  • The comic has been nominated for four Stan Lee Eagle Awards (Best Writer, Best Artist, Best American Comic, and Best Story Arc).