I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
This is a little more of a slow burn: even with Whirl fighting his long-lost, supposedly dead nemesis, even with the revelation of Rung's purpose - a revelation that is met with some skepticism given the mass displacement that would have to take place for this to be true, and even with the revelation of what Anode does?
It's a lot about people talking. And y'know what? That's okay. Despite not as much fisticuffs as I expected, I knew this would be good from page one. Funny, warm, full of complex relationships, and ones that are constantly shifting, this is still a great read. The greatest.
I've just been telling Jessica that I think this is superior to MTMtE. Saying something is superior to the Robots in Disguise cartoon? Doesn't mean much: I think most everything, particularly in the Transformers franchise in general, is better than that. (The Bayverse movies and Retribution not so much.)
Saying that something is better than MTMtE? That means something. MTMtE was not only the best Transformers book I've read, but it was one of the best books I've read, bar none. Yes, including novels. Yes, including classics. And obviously, yes, including comics. The thing is MTMtE doesn't loss any of its gloss: it's still as brilliant as ever. It's just this is written by Roberts as well, and I believe that he's getting more skilled as a writer - which I quite frankly thought was impossible after reading MTMtE. Then again, before reading Roberts, I was quite sure that fitting quite as much as he does into any comic less than thirty pages was impossible. So he defies my expectations every time.
That being said, yes, please, all this. I will reread this with anyone who wants to pick this up - but I would suggest reading MTMtE first. (And yes, I will reread that, too, including Dark Cybertron.)