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Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Date: Wednesday, May 10th 2017 2:38am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Means of Creation
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #5

As spoiler-free as I can make it.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
If there's light, there's shade.

Here we are on part 5 of 6, "Modes of Production", the latest chapter of author James Roberts' massive Transformers tale. With just forty pages to go when you start Lost Light #5, you may be wondering just how much will end up resolved by the end of "Dissolution". After all, there are several plots all running concurrently: a whole crew of characters from the book's namesake ship that have been displaced twice-over to the point of finding themselves in another reality, a new duo of characters that fans have been trying to figure out, tension between former Decepticons and parts of "Team Rodimus", a Whirl/Tailgate/Cyclonus soap opera side-plot, Nightbeat and Rung's ongoing conversations, Megatron and Terminus' interrupted reunion, the return of Roller to action, mysteries of the Functionist Council, more clarification to get to on Rung, and then finally there's the whole part where the alternate Cybertron our heroes are on is slowly being torn apart by a Luna 2 that's been converted into some sort of gigantic galactic recycling unit.

Phew. I've probably missed something.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Why is he suddenly Rick instead of Brainstorm?

With Mr. Roberts clearly going for some kind of plot-juggling world record, it falls to this review to try and decide how it's working out (that is the point of these, right?) It took some careful reflection and multiple reads, but to be completely honest, it's just impossible to know how good this issue is without being able to read issue 6.

Before you accuse yours truly of going for the review-cop-out world record, hear me out. Is the pacing of this issue justified, where very dense pages jump from point to point interspersing some of the main focus with secondary stories where needed, sometimes tangentially in Roller's case? Are the interludes, including one heavy exposition dump with respect to Rung, worth the space they're taking up in a book with so much going on? To repeat a question one can find in spades over both our own Energon Pub Forums and out there online: Is the space given to Anode and Lug in this arc deserving of its inclusion? I don't know because I don't know what they're for yet. "Knowing what someone turns into is not the same as knowing what someone's for", indeed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
The catch is that your friends stopped reading.

While the paragraph above wasn't directly critical, it does bring up a point that I'll just come out and say explicitly: "Dissolution" feels written as a trade paperback and the month-to-month reading cycle is suffering for it. I felt this way before during "Elegant Chaos", and that turned out quite amazingly well in the end. This issue has a healthy amount of effective, meaningful, and downright quality material that gives hope that everything is, indeed, fine.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Rescue Bots! Roll(er) to the Rescue!

One of these highlights involves an A-Lister of the Transformers franchise. Megatron and Terminus are one of the more fascinating duos in an issue/series/meta-series/universe of sometimes-robo-monogamy (platonic and otherwise) that Roberts has created. In this issue we see things progress logically, with some moments including Roller that are simply fantastic. Morality, peril, specters of the past, and peace through the tyranny of choice are all examined when these two are on the page. In a book with a big cast this is the kind of material that serves as an anchor, especially in this case as we're reminded of the ultimate reason that Megatron is caught up in all of this to begin with. Even readers jaded with this story - you know who you are and it's ok to have opinions - will have a hard time not wanting more of these two in my opinion.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron. Wait...

Then there's this. Quite possibly the biggest mystery in Transformers comics of the past five-plus years is beginning to be brought into the light. Will this issue tell you what Rung does? Yes, and you'll need to read it to find out whether or not the answer is "Drilling! Takara Tomy loves drill tanks after all." Lost Light #5 stops just barely short of giving the total 360° answer about what Rung is for. If you've read the issue, you might take pause at that statement, because there was a very great deal explained. However, when reflecting on the last scene of the book I began to wonder if, perhaps, there are more to Functionist Universe Rung's present desires than... there appear to be.

What? What happened?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Those Lunabots would be handy now, yeah?

Comics are a visual medium and I've said little about that side of this issue so far. This is probably worthy of at least a night in Fan Jail because it's almost perfect to me from this standpoint. Artist Jack Lawrence's characters continue to evolve visually in this issue in a pleasing way. In some cases, this evolution brings characters closer to looks established by Alex Milne while in others, Lawrence continues to put his own touch on the series. The line work, aided by Joana Lafuente's tonally appropriate color palettes and Tom B. Long's usual lettering masterwork, gives a book that is by my count 96% pure eye candy.

The 4% that's not? The final panel. I think this needed either a big splash spread or perhaps some different posing by one of the characters involved. The point is still made and wow, what a moment! That is a thing that has been built up since 2012! Unfortunately, the visual delivery came across somewhat underwhelming. Of course, maybe that is the real point and I don't truly grasp it, but that's the kind of fun chatter we can get to in course when you reply to this post to debate, opine, and converse in our Energon Pub Forums.

Returning to the good stuff, there are four really and truly outstanding covers available for this issue, including another installment in Nick Roche and Josh Burcham's beautiful series of character vignettes that you'll see in this review's News Story thumbnail. As always, you can find full credits and covers in our database entry for Lost Light #5, along with a list of characters that appear in the issue so do be aware of possible spoilers.

Verdict
Some Spoilers Present Below
Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

When reviewing Lost Light #4, I said that scores don't feel fair to big multi-part works. I stand by this even moreso for #5 as a standalone work. Taken as part of the whole, it's quite good, but with so much going on and the finish line so close, it ends up being partially victimized by its purpose and by the need for some of the resolutions occurring. The Anode interlude stops the pace dead for a reveal that, rather unfortunately for involved fans like myself, was guessed by the fandom at large two months ago. Brainstorm somehow became a wisecracking parody of himself at some point and I find myself missing the brutally clever scientist we used to know. There's more I could pick out for criticism but it wouldn't change the point, that being that despite all the good stuff in here, there's also just enough that feels off the mark to drag down the finished product.

This needs #6 and it needs it soon. Very possibly, this is an inappropriate score to give something that deserves much, much higher, and in moments it really genuinely does. However, without knowing what everything here was for this is all I can commit to from a strictly critical perspective. I will freely admit if this was too low in #6's review. For now and with a dose of hesitation -

. :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: and 1/2 out of :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON: :CYBERTRON:


Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • Orlando - "Just For A Second"
  • Pedro The Lion - "Of Up And Coming Monarchs"
  • Tarwater - "All Of The Ants Left Paris"

Encore Bonus? Uniclock Update? Unfortunately, actual real world scary things and warmongering would make it a bit insensitive and tone deaf for me to continue including this little feature, which was intended to be a fun and possibly self-deprecating bit of humor. If that doesn't make sense to you, please do realize this was not inspired by 'Watchmen'.

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5
Date: Monday, May 8th 2017 7:26pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Out this week from IDW Publishing is a new chapter in the Transformers: Lost Light ongoing comics series, with issue #5! The book is released on Wednesday, and we will have a Seibertron.com review ready for you after then, so check back for thoughts and conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers: Lost Light #5
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
It's TEAM RODIMUS versus a universe gone wrong! An alternate Cybertron is being torn apart as the malevolent Functionist Council implement a plan that's been millions of years in the making. But with victory within their reach, they find themselves up against someone who really shouldn't exist: MEGATRON.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
The end times are here for the crew of the Lost Light!
Variant cover by Jin Kim!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #5

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano
Date: Saturday, May 6th 2017 6:24am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PreviewsWorld

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After yesterday's reveal from Sara Pitre Durocher of a variant cover for the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One #10 - as seen here - we also have another piece of art for the issue, courtesy of Priscilla Tramontano! Check it out below, via PreviewsWorld.

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Priscilla Tramontano

IDW Writer James Roberts to Attend TFNation 2017

Transformers News: IDW Writer James Roberts to Attend TFNation 2017
Date: Saturday, May 6th 2017 5:34am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFNation

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Yet another update from the folks over at TFNation, the UK's biggest Transformers fan event, featuring a new guest announcement for the 2017 edition of the convention: Tumblr-pandering (his t-shirt says so), tear smoothie-drinker, More Than Meets the Eye and Lost Light writer James Roberts! Check out more info below.

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Operation: Guiding Light

We are delighted to reveal Transformers comic writer James Roberts will be joining us once again, at TFNation 2017!

One for the booklovers, James is best known to the fandom as the writer of the highly acclaimed comic series MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and its much loved successor LOST LIGHT, where he works alongside fellow TFNation 2017 guest Jack Lawrence.

An early member of the Transmasters UK community, James came to the forefront after the publication of his (massive) fanfiction EUGENESIS. ALL HAIL MEGATRON #15 saw James’ first professional Transformers contribution, but it was his work alongside Nick Roche on LAST STAND OF THE WRECKERS which really put him on the Cybertronian map.

Our mutual friend James Roberts will be signing autographs, hurting your feels and selling scripts at TFNation 2017, which is based at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

The lineup grows… we look forward to seeing you there!

Further transmissions to follow.

TFNation



Where All Are One
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IDW Transformers: Lost Light #6 cover by Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #6 cover by Alex Milne
Date: Friday, May 5th 2017 5:56pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Kurona

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On his Twitter account, comic artist and More Than Meets The Eye regular Alex Milne has tweeted his cover for Lost Light #6, set to release next month as the conclusion to the Dissolution storyline. Check out the cover and the inked version below!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #6 cover by Alex Milne

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Lost Light #6 cover by Alex Milne

Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Sara Pitre-Durocher

Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Sara Pitre-Durocher
Date: Friday, May 5th 2017 2:43am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PreviewsWorld

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Thank to PreviewsWorld, we have another cover for the upcoming issue #10 for Transformers: Till All Are One by IDW Publishing, courtesy of artist Sara Pitre-Durocher! Check it out mirrored below, and take a look at a brief preview as reported here.

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sara Pitre-Durocher (CA) Marcelo Matere
As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!


Transformers News: Variant Cover for IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 by Sara Pitre-Durocher

iTunes Preview - Micronauts: Wrath of Karza Feat. Hasbro Universe

Transformers News: iTunes Preview - Micronauts: Wrath of Karza Feat. Hasbro Universe
Date: Thursday, May 4th 2017 6:41pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): iTunes

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And the final preview to carry you over for the weekend, we bring to you the iTunes preview for Wrath of Karza part 2 of 5! This book involves the transformers, and specifically Micronus Prime, so it is potentially important to the Transformers universe as we know it. Check out the preview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Baron Karza has triumphantly executed the first step in his plan to conquer the Earth. Only the Micronauts stand between him and his ultimate goal. Now comes the second step: Destroy the Micronauts.


Transformers News: iTunes Preview - Micronauts: Wrath of Karza Feat. Hasbro Universe

Transformers News: iTunes Preview - Micronauts: Wrath of Karza Feat. Hasbro Universe

Transformers News: iTunes Preview - Micronauts: Wrath of Karza Feat. Hasbro Universe

IDW Revolutionaries #4 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #4 iTunes Preview
Date: Thursday, May 4th 2017 6:34pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): iTunes

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Finally, after a long wait, we have a new Revolutionaries preview, courtesy of itunes! The new book doesn't give much away, but sure makes a scene with some Predacons showing up right off the bat, and let us not forget the Hearts of Steel styled Transformer from last time! Check out the 3 page preview below, and let us know what you think of these new developments in the comments section below!

Cobra Commander vs. Hearts of Steel! Thousands of years ago, a starship crashed on Earth—and the Hearts of Steel Transformers were born... but how can these steampunk Cybertronians be real?! And what does Cobra Commander want with them, when he hasn't even got Cobra to back him up? The Revolutionaries have uncovered one of the darkest and most incredible secrets on Earth!


Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #4 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #4 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Revolutionaries #4 iTunes Preview

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 iTunes Preview
Date: Thursday, May 4th 2017 6:24pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): iTunes

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via the usual suspects we bring to you today our first of several previews, that of Till All Are One #10! With the latest issue coming out only yesterday, it seems perfect that the first 3 pages of the next issue come out today. Check out the preview below!

As Starscream faces down the encroaching machinations of Elita One, he enlists Blast Off to help him bring Bruticus back!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 iTunes Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #10 iTunes Preview

IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review
Date: Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 9:00am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Kurona | Credit(s): IDW

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World in Shambles

Spoiler-ish review of Till All Are One #9


Synopsis

After the costly victory against the Titans, Iacon is in shambles and Starscream finds himself on shakier ground than ever. The key to his political (and likely literal) survival rests in the outcome of a very unlikely event: the trial of the Council’s first official war criminal-Chromia of Caminus!

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review


Story

Till All Are One is a book that thus far has managed to exceed expectations. Between the first arc involving old fan-favourites the Combaticons in a grand political drama and the second arc bringing in a Titan invasion straight from Luna 1, the comic has not only managed to beat out its predecessors in the Windblade volumes, but arguably it has been the best of all three Transformers ongoings this year. However, after two world-shattering arcs, it's time for the book to slow down a little and deal with the aftermath - and it isn't short on things to deal with. This issue balances so many dangling plot threads - the aftermath of the Titan invasion; the repercussions and explanation of the Liege Maximo and Elita's crew; a trial concerning a Badgeless' allegiance with the Combaticons; a decision on what to do with Chromia, and where Starscream will stand in all of this. Oh, and they somehow managed to bring in a plot thread from Combiner Wars too. So after such a fantastic arc, it might be one's worry that this issue in trying to balance so many bullet points may not be up to snuff. But oh, my friends, there is no worry to be had. For this might just be the best issue of Till All Are One so far.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review


With Windblade ominously missing from this issue, the narrative mic is handed to Starscream - and as you'd expect from the silver-tongued manipulator he somehow finds a way to talk for ages and ages and ages... without mincing his words. The Windblade books have done a fine job of building up just the sort of person Starscream becomes when he's essentially gotten all he's ever wanted and this continues that development following the huge events in the last eight issues. I won't spoil it all here; but all the interesting introspection and dilemmas he plagues himself with throughout the pages makes it all the more satisfying when he finally reaches a conclusion on what to do and how exactly to play around all his foes - it's exactly the kind of thing that could only come from a guy called Starscream.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review


Talking of his foes, let me give this last little drabble to Elita One. Ever since she first appeared way back in 2015 the mystery surrounding her, the crew she commands and the ship she captains has been played up - and in the last arc it all came to fruition. And as the mysteries of 'Carcer' have now been borne to all the public, Elita lays out all the cards of her goals, her motivation and her backstory to Starscream and what remains of the council. While a lot of it does show her roots on working on the Aligned continuity, Mairghread Scott nevertheless manages to weave in some very interesting worldbuilding to an already very interesting world. And by the time it's done, by the time it's clear where exactly she stands; Elita has in this reviewer's opinion been turned into one of the most interesting characters in the comic.



Art

Sara Pitre-Durocher and Joana Lafuente handle lineart and colours in this issue, respectively; as they have done almost the whole book. As such, a lot of what has been said about them the past issues can be said here - they're very good at what they do, they have a great understanding of composition and sequential art; and their style fits the book and helps make the characters pop. There is, however, one particular section of the issue very much worth commenting on art-wise - and that's the flashback to the age of the Primes.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review


This only goes on for two pages, but it shows they can go for another very different style extremely well. The section stands out for its darker, sharper colours and lines; creating a great contrast between then and now - the blurred figures and misty panel separation help create an aura of mystery and wonder without veering too far so that it feels like a smudge. While I adore Pitre-Durocher and Lafuente's style employed for most of Till All Are One, this is some beautiful artwork the likes of which I would be very excited to see in future issues.


Final Thoughts

As far as aftermath issues go, this is one heck of a good one. Starscream is interesting. Elita One is interesting. Chromia is interesting. The way the consequences of last issue are dealt with are interesting. This is an interesting issue! We got so much character development and revelations and story advancement in so few pages - this creative team has come a long way since Windblade volume 1 and I truly believe they're at the top of the game and know exactly what they're doing. And what they're doing is some truly excellent work.

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Till All Are One #9 Review


And even with all it managed to give us, it still leaves me wanting more. The repercussions wrought by both Starscream and Elita are shaping up to be some very interesting development for Cybertron, and there's still characters we haven't checked in on yet. But if the upcoming issues dealing with said characters are anything like this one, then I can look forward to excellent storytelling with masterclass character studies and some absolutely stunning art.



:RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: 1/2 out of :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN: :RUBSIGN:

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