Transformers: MTMTE #7: Decepticon Justice Division

The mechs who hunt down traitors to the Decepticon cause are the most vicious bastards in the galaxy.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #7

God, I love this book.

It's everything a longtime Transformer fan could want out of a comic book series. It juggles a massive cast of characters we know, some we love, some we didn't know we loved until we saw them written by James Roberts, and even a chunk of good, original characters new to the franchise. It does so with flair, engaging dialog and really effective plotting. Roberts can be so ruthless with this giant selection of Cybertronians that not only is it a shock when someone gets killed, but it's even moreso when one we thought was dead turns out not to be.

Case in point, Dr. Rung. Last issue, his head exploded. That usually means dead, even in giant robot terms. However, this being a new character who hasn't nearly run his course, Roberts declares that he's still alive in Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #7 – which continues to be the best book any Transformer fan has ever been graced with. This issue marks "Decepticon Month" for the IDW TF books, so while we do get that sliver of hope that the fun Autobot psychiatrist will return, things take a markedly darker turn as we get our first real look at the Decepticon Justice Division.

They are scary.

Previously in the IDW universe, we've established that the ultimate badass Decepticons were called "Phase Sixers." The first one we saw was a guy named Sixshot, who could transform into six different things, for example, and another one we saw was Overlord, who ran a psychotically malevolent torture planet after he took over the Garrus-9 prison, inflicting the PTSD on Fortress Maximus that flared up so tensely last issue. These guys' mission statement was basically 'wipe out indigenous populations to prepare new planets for Decepticon occupation.' They are the baddest of the bad, the toughest of the tough, and their names strike fear in the fuel pumps of Autobot and Decepticon alike.

And we open issue #7 with the DJD completely dismantling one by the name of Black Shadow. With a casual ease that lets us know they've done this many times before. That makes us all the more worried that the new, engaging band of Decepticon scavengers we meet here have somehow found themselves in DJD's sights. And the fact that all the DJD members appear to be named after notable Cybertronian cities – Kaon, Vos, Tarn, etc. – is very much intriguing.

Rather than explain the issue further, I will just give you a handful of quotable quotes from it, and then tell you to go buy the recently-released trade of the first arc of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and get caught up while you can.

"He just went 'uhhrrr.'" 
"You're sure you're not imagining it?"
"You think that's the best my imagination can come up with?"

"They call me Misfire. Long story. Actually, you know what? It isn't. It's a very short story involving a machine gun, a misunderstanding and a dozen dead Decepticons."

"Did he just say – ?"
"I know. You've seen it written down but never heard it said out loud, right?

"If he seems distracted by his own fingers, it's because – and I present this as an empirical truth – he is truly the stupidest person in the universe."

"Go away. I'm busier than you've ever been and I'm doing more important things than you've ever done."

"I always dreamed of captaining my own [ship]. I'd have called it something noble and majestic, like Mega Starpuncher or Mighty Spaceship."

"I'm in a corridor with sticky walls – and when are sticky walls EVER a good sign?"


If these lines aren't at least slightly entertaining to people who don't even know jack about Transformers, I don't know how else to convince you to give IDW's current TF books a shot. There are big batches of barbs like these in every issue, and it's always densely packed with character bits and wild plotting.

Seriously. Best Transformers comic series of all time.