Review: Transformers: Lost Light #6-#8

Lost Light #6

This is it! It all ends here!

James Roberts delivers one hell of a finish to the tale of traversing into alternate timelines. Jack Lawrence and Joana Lafuente deliver on artwork in epic scale as the battle rages fierce with our heroes finding themselves in a difficult position of sacrifice and loss.

The story focuses on Megatron and his perception of redemption, finally feeling as though the millions of years of mistakes can be redeemed by saving a world not his own, but a world where a metaphorical reset button is hit. The story unfolds through fighting and the drama of leaving some behind.

One thing I was not a fan of, even though this was one of the most serious points as the saga reaches a climax, Rodimus/Hot Rod continues to behave like a juvenile child. At least in the end he realizes he can’t get what he wants and the anger sets in, but I wished Roberts would have at least penned Rodimus to finally shelve the college-frat-boy demeanor and see him take his role as leader seriously.
Poor Rung.

The aftermath is satisfying, and not only do we get resolution to the current arc, we have some seed planted for the next one.

A very well done arc for the Lost Light.

Lost Light #7

Not so much an aftermath issue, but some loose ends being tied up and some filler stories for characters we haven’t seen in a while. While the main crew recoup and those not involved in the recent conflict catch up, the story takes focus on relationships among the crew.

Relationships can be a funny thing in comics. As a comic reader, I am used to seeing them among aliens and humans alike in the pages of Marvel and DC books, not so much in IDW’s Transformers. However, this is something IDW has taken to heart to change and expand on in the past few years. Relationships sometimes last, others do not end well. This issue features a bit of both, however the latter result affects two longstanding crew members through a long, patient, and deliberate plan by a Decepticon.

It is pretty tragic, but that is the way relationships tend to go in comics.

Good issue, bit of a downer for an ending, but my guess is this is just a break from one storyline which will see resurrection in the future.


Lost Light #8

First off, I love the cover art by Tom Whalen. This month features his incredible artwork. I was fortunate to have a friend pick up some of his prints at NYCC this past October.

In this all-female issue, our lady Cybertronians are in search of some artifacts and quickly reveal to have some secret agendas. Traveling to a world of scum and villainy, this area is a cartoonish version of the Mos Eisley Cantina. The reader is given some more expansion of understanding significance of relationships with Transformers, the whole “gender” issue and some of the other relationship terms we are going to learn, my guess, within the next year of comics.  Newer characters are introduced, some are likely going to meet a grizzly end in the next few issues. A new adversary is revealed and one female Autobot is in pursuit of a resurrection of another.

A bit of a side story which will likely contribute to a larger tale moving forward.

Joana Lafuente continues on colors with one of my favorite artists, Priscilla Tramontano on artwork.

While we await the next issue of The Lost Light, it is important to note for now, they are existing outside of the main universe, as it seems the series will have no involvement in the next IDW crossover event, First Strike.