NOWHERE TO RUN! The end is nigh for the surviving members of the Lost Light crew, as enemies old and new move in for the kill. But on the fringes of known space, an ancient visionary is about to eliminate the Cybertronian race with a wave of his hand.
We're almost there - this is the fourth part of the five-issue-long Remain in Light story arc. And more answers unfold as questions remain, with Dai Atlas, Whirl and "his friend" Cyclonus fighting on the field and Rodimus-not-Hot-Rod and the Lost Light crew facing Tyrest and his plan.
Whirl, don't be shy
Last issue we were introduced to the character of Getaway, linked to Skids, and part of the latter's previous, forgotten life. This issue, Roberts uses the new Autobot to expand on Skids' actions, his gun and other secrets, as part of the so-called Diplomatic Corps.
With a dig at the Wreckers, why not
But let's not forget about Ratchet and First Aid, apparently still dealing with Ambulon's halved body. I'm still unsure about Ratchet's characterisation in the title, especially of late - though his actions in here are surprisingly, well, surprising; in my books, First Aid has some better ideas, placing and even dialogue lines.
And he speaks his mind
Getaway is cursed with the info-dump qualities -bomp- for Skids' story, but is likeable enough that readers can get over it. At the same -bomp- time, he also becomes a robot mcGuyver with a -bomp- trope looming over his head. Still, as I said, likeable.Art
I will do my best not to gush out at the artwork in this one, but bear with me if I do. Milne works his usual amazingness on pencils, and inks some pages along with Brian Shearer to. Expressive mouthplates will always pleasantly surprise me. And there's a nice show of the whole cast from the entire universe at some point, really well executed.
But no spoilers, so have some gore
And the colours. The colours. Josh Burcham does justice as ever to Milne and Shearer's work, but in addition to that, he's helped this time by ReGen One
's crayon holder John-Paul Bove - can you spot the differences? He 'Burchamed the living daylights' out of those lines (sic).
Bove? Burcham? Beautiful?
Tom B. Long is still absolutely amazing at lettering too
Special mention also to Nick Roche's B cover, with a truly terrifying close-up of Tyrest. Roberts really does like his psycho-villains, hm? ThoughtsSpoilerish ahead
Highly enjoyable issue, with some excellent resolutions to some questions and situations set up so far (even though they essentially all show up in the form of Bomp McGuyver), and a couple of more questions still unsolved. Tyrest is still a bit of a Bond-esque villain, and we've seen very little of Pharma this time round, but still a good read. And will Tailgate's fate be what we/I think it will?
Artistically, it's a glorious piece of work, with some amazing colours from both Burcham and Bove, nice inking from Milne and Shearer, and the always amazing lettering by Long. Definitely pick this one up, and wait with all of us for the conclusion next month, before Dark Cybertron begins.