Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 2:35AM CDT

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Via IDW Publishing directly, and their Faccebook page we have the full preview for the second of three Transformers comic books coming out this Wednesday at both digital and print comics retail: Lost Light #17, part 2 of The Everlasting Voices arc!

You can check it in full mirrored below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub. Expect a Seibertron.com review later this week too!

Transformers: Lost Light #17—Cover A: Jack Lawrence
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
LETTING GO! After years of tragedy and misadventure, Rodimus and Co. are finally happy—eager to see out their days on a peaceful world where contentment is inevitable and good things keep happening, whether they want them to or not. Is there a downside? No… Oh, alright then, yes. And it’s a big one!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
Part 2 of the “Everlasting Voices” trilogy, with an ending you’ve got to see to believe!
Black & white variant cover by Alex Milne!


Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers News: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17
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Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953496)
Posted by Deadput on April 17th, 2018 @ 2:49am CDT
Anode continues to be aggravating as hell, and here Lug is not better either. (In the issues before I tolerated Lug and found her to be the less annoying character)


But I actually chuckled at the Lightning Rod joke. (Could actually pull off as a Transformer name too)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953528)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 17th, 2018 @ 6:34am CDT
Funny how colour palettes work on a visual level. It took me a minute to register that Nautica and Rodimus were two separate characters :roll:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953544)
Posted by AlphaBass on April 17th, 2018 @ 7:59am CDT
If the series being cancelled means I never have to read about Anode again......

I have to seriously consider if it's worth it.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953571)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 17th, 2018 @ 10:11am CDT
I don't see what the problem is with them, I like them. Though its going to be interesting to see if they have any part to play in the unicron saga...and I'm still getting mazinger vibes from those giants.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953575)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 17th, 2018 @ 10:17am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I don't see what the problem is with them, I like them. Though its going to be interesting to see if they have any part to play in the unicron saga...and I'm still getting mazinger vibes from those giants.



The second in from the left looks oddly familiar. :-?
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953688)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on April 17th, 2018 @ 6:18pm CDT
While I still like Milne far better, I have grown to like Lawrences art. Just took about a year. But I say that to say this: I love Drift's face on page 4, with the frown then the fried shock look.

I too appreciate the lightning rod joke :lol:
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953799)
Posted by ScottyP on April 18th, 2018 @ 6:27am CDT

The Good War
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #17

Generally Spoiler-Free

Hey, that's not the name of the series!


A week early, the second part of Lost Light's "The Everlasting Voices" trilogy of issues arrives, picking up directly from the end of issue 16 and its long awaited final page revelation. Rodimus and his crew have apparently reached some kind of afterlife or purgatory, but some of them aren't ready to accept this as their fate leading to the primary conflict of the story. This latest chapter sheds more light on whether or not that's even a worry for the team while simultaneously advancing characterizations, the overall IDW Transformers mythology, the series' main plot, and more "B" and "C" side-plots than you'll be able to believe in just 20 pages.


Everything is fine.


As the end of everything approaches, at least for this Transformers continuity, Lost Light now feels like it's in full stride with moving the series along into its last 160-ish pages of the quest. I mention this on the off chance you're reading this review and are curious if this is a good time to jump in and start reading these comics, now that the end is near. I'm happy to tell you that it is! Just don't start with this one. Go back to at least Lost Light #1 and this will be waiting for you at the end of one excellent binge.


Mortilus of House Bolton


It would be difficult to point out the sundry of ways, both small and large, that Lost Light #17 achieves precisely what a middle chapter ought to without burying the review in spoilers. A few key moments are worth a somewhat purposely vague mention here regardless, in particular the part-flashback, part-montage sequence expanding on a concept first discussed in significant detail all the way back in the 2012 More Than Meets The Eye Annual. It reminds me of Marvel UK's 150th issue where Simon Furman presents what could be taken as a long-winded exposition dump and crafts it in such a freaking cool way that you won't care even if you generally don't like those types of sequences.


Wanna bet?


Another smaller, yet still ultimately and pointedly significant element which strikes a similar chord involves Nautica and the consequences of more recent events in Lost Light issues #8 and #9 . Near the point where this latest installment draws to a close, and just when everything starts to make sense, it unwinds in an almost brutally unapologetic way. Immediately thereafter, yet another moment somehow, in some way, twists the landscape even further right before leaving you alone to think about what you witnessed for another month while you await issue 18 with yearning anticipation. If this anticipation doesn't hit you then, it's likely to be caused by at least one of several other moments in the issue that will set off a light bulb in your head right before smashing it to pieces - in a good way.


Just in time to be wrong again, Rungspiracy returns


The events contained within Lost Light #17 require a deft hand to have the appropriate impact, and the lines of Jack Lawrence supplemented by the lighting and palette of Joana Lafuente deliver. On the line work, while I've said much about the emotive gestures and facial expressions Lawrence is capable of in the past, this issue also demonstrates a wisdom of knowing when to go the other direction and include an element of stoicism in the visual character work. Lafuente has a more subtle challenge with the setting varying from a darkened room to a darkened starscape over a dark metal planetary surface to dark-ish interior corridors, with only the slightest break in between. Characters are kept vivid while not looking like cut-outs despite the sometimes high contrast between their own colors and the background, adding to the surrealism of the scenario unfolding through the plot itself. Tom B. Long once again contributes in new, surprising ways, using varied fonts that add to both the visible storytelling and the perception of events from the reader's perspective.

The cover budgets look to have been scaled back, with two covers readily available and a third retailer incentive cover that is, as it was on issue 16, line art of the "A" cover for the issue. The colored version sold as the "A" cover, by Lawrence and Lafuente, is shown in this news story's thumbnail, and as always you can look up all the covers, credits, and potentially-spoiler-laden character appearances in our Vector Sigma Database entry for Lost Light #17.

Verdict

Rodimus knows the importance of a good lawyer


This was an easy review to write. Quite a bit happens and it all either makes sense while providing answers or creates genuinely exciting new questions. Nothing is lingered on for too long but the important moments are still made to feel as such while leaving room for other developments to stoke the flame of desire for the arrival of the next chapter. I can't think of anything else to ask for out of a book published in a serial format. For those that have been following this series and predecessor More Than Meets The Eye, this is going to be a very good Wednesday.

Questions are possibly answered. Rodimus makes possibly bad, yet well intended decisions. The murky history of the Transformers' origin in IDW is possibly made clear. Relationships are possibly deepened for some, and for others, a desired sense of closure is possibly attained. Ratchet is possibly right about everything. In short, this 17th installment of Lost Light is possibly a quintessential example of what James Roberts and the plethora of creative talents associated with the series do best. You'll laugh, you'll think, and you might even cry. To borrow (and transform) a phrase from the late, great Jim Valvano, that's a full book.

. :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: out of :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar: :rodimusstar:



Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • Susanna Hoffs & Bleachers - "I'm Ready to Move On/Wild Heart Reprise"[/*:m]
  • Yo La Tengo - "All Your Secrets"[/*:m]
  • The Mountain Goats - "Your Belgian Things"[/*:m]
  • The Flaming Lips - "Waitin' for a Superman (Peter Mokran Remix)"[/*:m][/list:u]
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1953813)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 18th, 2018 @ 8:01am CDT
A good review, and it's nice to see that answers are finally being given and that we're getting (another) origin story
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1954071)
Posted by Va'al on April 19th, 2018 @ 3:08am CDT
My favourite Ratchet panel from the issue, which I felt was also commenting on Optimus Prime 17-18.

Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1954162)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on April 19th, 2018 @ 11:58am CDT
My shop didn't get this one OP#18 but got a note that if they get them, not to sell them until next week!
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1954430)
Posted by ScottyP on April 20th, 2018 @ 10:48am CDT
Targetmaster Kup wrote:My shop didn't get this one OP#18 but got a note that if they get them, not to sell them until next week!
Yeah it's weird all around. We anticipated only seeing OP 17's release this week. Somewhere along the line, LL 17 and OP 18 also got printed and shipped to go out this week. They are out digitally everywhere, some shops didn't get them, some did and are holding them, others did and have sold/are selling copies. Kinda irritating as a print reader to have to make another run to the store, but no huge deal. Might just pick up my paper copies on FCBD at this point, I hate to make the shop hold stuff though :/
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955091)
Posted by Va'al on April 22nd, 2018 @ 10:14am CDT
We know that the current IDW Publishing Transformers universe (including the various Hasbro branches now part of the same narrative world) will be coming to an end as of Unicron: Darkest Hour #6 - which will coincide with the conclusion of both current ongoing series Optimus Prime and Lost Light, too. The writer of the latter, James Roberts, part of the current identity of the IDW Transformersverse (Phase 2, in any case) with John Barber and Mairghread Scott, has casually thrown out on his Twitter account that his stay with Transformers will also be taking a break, as there are no plans as of yet to be involved with the reboot.

Several fans have been following Roberts' work thus far, and appreciated what More Than Meets the Eye and Lost Light have done for the Transformers franchise, and after also losing (as far as we know) Mairghread Scott, this is a fairly big factor going forward after September. Join the discussion in the Energon Pub, and let us know your thoughts on the news!

[quote]Haha! This has never happened before: “Are you the Transformers guy?” in the local Waitrose. Not for much longer, mate.

Me and Transformers are taking a break after LL#25.[/quote]

Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955092)
Posted by Ironhidensh on April 22nd, 2018 @ 10:17am CDT
Yeah, I think transformers an myself will be taking break as well. Well, from the comics. I'm just thoroughly uninterested in starting over.

I'm 38. I'm too old for comics anyway.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955098)
Posted by YoungPrime on April 22nd, 2018 @ 10:38am CDT
I'm just too old for the inconsistency and disappointment. I honestly think that TF could use a reboot (one with an actual war going on between Bots and Con's) but with Robert's making it clear that he won't be a part of this reboot (the only reason I'm really sticking around now) I'm not sure that I'll be a part of it either.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955118)
Posted by WreckerJack on April 22nd, 2018 @ 12:06pm CDT
Jro was great with MTMTE but he didn't do such a good job with LL. I stopped after too much politics was put into them. Comics are supposed to be an escape from the every day grind, if I wanted a reminder of what goes on in the news I'd watch the news. Part of me is bummed because when he wrote with people that helped him have direction like in MTMTE the comics were great! It just seems he goes too far into his own stuff without someone to tell him to ease up.

I will miss the way he did write the characters though. He made them very complex and interesting. Beyond just good guys and bad guys and that was super refreshing. I think fans will remember him most for that.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955128)
Posted by Windsweeper on April 22nd, 2018 @ 2:13pm CDT
Well this is disappointing. Roberts has been great these past 6 years.

Hopefully Maighread Scott, Simon Furman and Nick Roche will return.

I wish Barber was the one taking the break.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955129)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on April 22nd, 2018 @ 2:18pm CDT
Yes! Yes! Yes! Praise Primus! :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN:

It's 2 years overdue. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

I'm kinda disappointed to see Mairghread Scott go.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955135)
Posted by Randomhero on April 22nd, 2018 @ 2:43pm CDT
Windsweeper wrote:Well this is disappointing. Roberts has been great these past 6 years.

Hopefully Maighread Scott, Simon Furman and Nick Roche will return.

I wish Barber was the one taking the break.


Dude, we got close to 30 years of Furman. We don’t need more comics of Grimlock,Thunderwing, Bludgeon, and Scorponok.
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955142)
Posted by ZeroWolf on April 22nd, 2018 @ 3:08pm CDT
In a sense I'm a bit upset he's not helping to shape the reboot but at the same time I think it's good he's recognising that it's time to take a break, try other things and recharge his batteries.

While some are ecstatic that he's leaving (looking at you RP :lol:) remember he's the devil you know, he can easily be replaced with worst. Or of course he will need replaced with someone good.

Personally I think the next best writers will come from the unknowns, certainly can't see any writers leaving the big two or image to come write transformers. I mean there's a bit of stigma, with some seeing nothing more than toys hitting each other (before going back to read about a guy dressed in a bat costume beating up madmen)

@whoever mentioned the war- I think it's more than likely were going back to that period, just because that's the toyline that hasbro will be selling. I just hope theyll do something new this time round to spice up the war otherwise it'll just repeat what's already been done. That's why sometimes it's good to end the war and explore what comes after, maybe a new group of disgruntled bots and cons team up to start the generation 2 wars ;-)
Re: Full Preview for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #17 (1955151)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on April 22nd, 2018 @ 3:41pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Windsweeper wrote:Well this is disappointing. Roberts has been great these past 6 years.

Hopefully Maighread Scott, Simon Furman and Nick Roche will return.

I wish Barber was the one taking the break.


Dude, we got close to 30 years of Furman. We don’t need more comics of Grimlock,Thunderwing, Bludgeon, and Scorponok.



Don't forget Galvatron too ;)

Personally I'd say we don't need more comics focused on Optimus Prime and Megatron, yet some people would throw a fit if that happened. :roll:

Simon Furman is to Transformers what Chris Claremont was to X-Men IE The Main name behind the world building of the series. While it would be cute to try and pitch in one of the IDW writer's names under that title, they just don't have the decades of TF experience.

That said, if they are going to a full reboot, then yes, every main writer from the previous continuity has to go. It goes hand in hand with sweeping away the canon of the books: including those who wrote them.

Full reboot means just that. Yet the bizarre idea some people have that reboot=sunbow aren't really being realistic either. Which previous TF continuity reboot exactly replicated G1, right back to 1984? Beast Wars? Car Robots? Unicron Trilogy? Dreamwave? Animated? Prime? Rescue Bots? IDWverse?

Something to think about.
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