Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Friday, February 17th, 2017 3:54pm CST

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In entirely non-Toy Fair news, we have the full preview of next week's issue of IDW' Transformers: Lost Light, featuring Functionists, parallel universes and squealing, courtesy of Newsarama. Check it out below, and head back here next week for a review!

Transformers: Lost Light #3
James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)
Orders, kind gestures and pleas for mercy—all things that WHIRL finds it very easy to ignore. Right now, he wishes he could turn a blind eye to the freshly resuscitated monster who—somewhat inconveniently—is determined to beat him to death. Meanwhile—a long way away—one of the Transformers Universe's longest-running mysteries is about to be solved…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
· Variant cover by Nelson Daniel!
· Lost Light continues to bring the twists you’ve come to expect!


Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

Transformers News: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860393)
Posted by Kurona on February 17th, 2017 @ 4:00pm CST
Please note Nightbeat squeeing and promptly driving up the wall in car mode.

I love this character to a potentially unhealthy degree.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860403)
Posted by WreckerJack on February 17th, 2017 @ 4:15pm CST
Kurona wrote:Please note Nightbeat squeeing and promptly driving up the wall in car mode.

I love this character to a potentially unhealthy degree.

Nightbeat is one of my favs. He's such a nerd, I can identify with him on that level.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860414)
Posted by Randomhero on February 17th, 2017 @ 4:36pm CST
I wonder who that member of the council is or rather who he used to be. It's gotta be someone we know.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860418)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on February 17th, 2017 @ 4:47pm CST
In an alternate universe, I wonder what Trailbreakers fate was, considering his 4x4 styled alt mode and his super powers. And for that matter, what became of outliers in this universe I wonder?
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860427)
Posted by Kurona on February 17th, 2017 @ 4:59pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:In an alternate universe, I wonder what Trailbreakers fate was, considering his 4x4 styled alt mode and his super powers. And for that matter, what became of outliers in this universe I wonder?

Well, the Functionists have a completely different ideology to the Senate, so they would have been treated much better - after all, everyone has a purpose. Though much better than how the Senate would treat them isn't really saying much.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860430)
Posted by ScottyP on February 17th, 2017 @ 5:11pm CST
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:In an alternate universe, I wonder what Trailbreakers fate was, considering his 4x4 styled alt mode and his super powers. And for that matter, what became of outliers in this universe I wonder?

Well, the Functionists have a completely different ideology to the Senate, so they would have been treated much better - after all, everyone has a purpose. Though much better than how the Senate would treat them isn't really saying much.
Shadowplay implies otherwise. Form dictates function, and the outliers had functions that didn't match the norms for their forms.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860431)
Posted by Microraptor on February 17th, 2017 @ 5:12pm CST
I think this is the first piece of fiction to be completely perfect.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860452)
Posted by Optimus Prime13th on February 17th, 2017 @ 6:20pm CST
My guess would be that the functionist council member would have to be five of twelve the enumerator. In issue 34 he was the only one with a rust red color. I also would theories that Rung's alt mode is the only way to get out of the functionist universe, or as swerve put it in issue 2 of mtmte "We've got to find the 12 fragments of the Primal Key, unlock the Infinite Gate, travel sideways in time, defeat the agents of chaos and restore order to the Multiverse."
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860479)
Posted by Randomhero on February 17th, 2017 @ 7:33pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:In an alternate universe, I wonder what Trailbreakers fate was, considering his 4x4 styled alt mode and his super powers. And for that matter, what became of outliers in this universe I wonder?



I would assume Trailbreaker is either dead or exiled due to his status as an outlier. Back when when we first saw this universe it was said that all the pre-war constructed cold cybertronians were kicked off the planet, I imagine that would have happened to all the outliers as well or they were "recalled" due to their abilities being a slap in the face to the functionalists.

That being said as much as I do miss trailbreaker, I don't want anymore alternate universe characters that are dead to be brought back with that kind of story telling. I feel it robs and cheapens that original character we knew.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860499)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on February 17th, 2017 @ 8:37pm CST
If Whirl set Killmaster loose,

1) It seems that Whirl lied about killing him

2) I think the current Necroworld residents are going to have a lot of trouble, probably as bad as Overlord being loose on the Lost Light.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1860564)
Posted by ricemazter on February 18th, 2017 @ 2:40am CST
Just an art observation: I think one of the main reasons this style feel off are the proportions of the characters.

I notice that on page 4, panel 3 there's this really great drawing of brainstorm. It might just be because it's a wide, detailed closeup, but the rest of the brainstorm panels don't look as nice for some reason. In the close up, brainstorm's shoulders are more than 3 head widths apart from one another. In other panels, the shoulders look about less than 3. Regardless of the inconsistency, the head being larger relative to the shoulders, I think, might be giving the characters that cartoon look that a lot of people are irked by.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861181)
Posted by Va'al on February 19th, 2017 @ 10:45am CST
Another good read on the books, this time compared to the associations that TFs have with the spotlight being the Bayverse: http://www.themarysue.com/transformers- ... chael-bay/

(It doesn't mention any of the art teams, I asked them if they could edit about that!)

VERY IMPORTANT PART OF ARTICLE:

It’s not so much about commenting or criticizing Bay or the old TV show or the toys, it’s about using their success as a bolster to take the same characters and create something that appeals to an entirely different audience.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861404)
Posted by Kurona on February 20th, 2017 @ 12:18am CST
So Megatron did have an alt-mode all along!

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Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861954)
Posted by ScottyP on February 22nd, 2017 @ 2:24am CST
Simple Joys
A Review of Transformers: Lost Light #3

As spoiler-free as I can make it
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The build, part 1. For part 2, read the issue.

They moved the Doomsday Clock up recently, you know. I don't want to think about that. No one does. Sometimes you have to, but thankfully this isn't one of those times.

It's a simple joy, getting caught up in a comic book. When the next page gets turned and you can't wait to see what's in store, be it from some anticipation or dread or excitement, it's joyful. Even the dread - it means you're experiencing moments that mean something, even if it's just to you.

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It's ok if there's no other road, the breather is welcome!

Lost Light #3 finds Rodimus and co. probably wishing for those moments, stranded in another time and place with the end of #2 giving at least a faint glimmer of hope for better times ahead just before its ominous conclusion. This glimmer lies in the midst of almost chaotic action and fighting, though as anticipated this issue begins by gently putting the brakes on Team Rodimus' journey. Plenty of dialogue with this team and the new bots they've encountered ends up being a very welcome and perhaps genius moment of pacing. The modest change of setting accompanied by the introduction of some other familiar (and surprising) faces into the fold helps frame the scene for things to come. Satisfying answers laced with yet more tantalizing questions all with a complexity becoming of the series await readers that dive beyond the surface of the dialogue.

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The urgency is real!

Fans of action won't be disappointed though, as Swerve, Ten, and Whirl run into misadventures of their own. A plot point seeded within the first handful of issues of More Than Meets The Eye reveals itself, and manages a great balance between peril and humor. Our heroes are still funny when it might be wiser to dial down the wit and dial up the focus, but that's what makes it work. Without giving anything away, James Roberts executes this other running plot of the issue expertly, ensuring that a sense of danger stays within the tone delivered.

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Haven't seen this bot in awhile.

The timely political and social commentary found not only within this issue but within the overarching thematic structure of "Dissolution" thus far is effective and poignant without being either heavy handed or polarizing. Readers will find simple truths about decency, mixed with rhetorical postulates on theology, finished with Megatron and Ratchet coming face to face with some cold realities - or maybe warm memories.

Transformers at its best, everyone: starting heavy and ending with personable robots. Simple joys.

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Drink this panel in. It's incredible.

The production of the book is at a very high level, with Jack Lawrence's art evolving to suit the unique challenges that Transformers present at a positive velocity that's often seen when real talent begins the daunting task of playing within this huge universe. Joana Lafuente's colors are the usual, which is to say that they're great. This is especially so in the numerous scenes where a contrast between light and dark is a wise choice in art direction, helping with the narrative delivered through the words. Those words are again presented by Tom B. Long, who might as well be teaching a class on lettering at this point. Come to think of it, he kind of is on his Twitter account from time to time.

As always, you can find full credits and covers in our database entry for Lost Light #3, along with a list of characters that appear in the issue so do be aware of possible spoilers.

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Character building through expressiveness.

There's much to say here that I'll have to save to chat about with you in the discussion that follows the review, but simply put, a great deal happens in this third issue of Lost Light. Characters are built, ideas are grown, and a few major surprises are in store. All the while, a sense of foreboding is omnipresent, but is that because of the story or because of the history of awful things that always seem to follow this crew? I haven't decided the answer to that part yet. I'm less certain that I ever want to, if I'm really honest. The journey is just too much of a simple joy.

Verdict
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I'm going to be reviewing this series for the site for at least the next issue, if not for the rest of this initial story arc. Some of you can guess why this is. I'm moving my own little version of a Lost Light/Hasbro Comics Universe Doomsday Clock (Uniclock, perhaps?) back two minutes after this one, because it was joyful. That didn't remove all the dread though by any means, as you'll see from the minute hand below.

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A score for this issue though, is that what you're waiting on? It's coming. This installment, to me, is one more answered question away from perfection, or maybe one huge moment away. There were certainly big moments but on the surface and without the benefit of hindsight (which has often been a beneficial factor in going back and re-reading issues of this series and finding a new appreciation) I can't quite find it in myself to put it up into the pantheon of perfect scores. I reserve the right to regret that decision later.

However, if you're reading this and haven't read this comic, I'm glancing up at the url and wondering how you set your priorities. Maybe it's just timing in your day and you haven't gotten to the shop yet, but if there's another reason, stop what you're doing and go buy this. Lost Light #3 is fun to follow and engaging even as a single part of a whole, though the whole is something you should simply invest in. It's a joy, I promise.

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


Bonus! James Roberts' soundtrack suggestions for this issue:
  • Anthony Reynolds - "Those Kind Of Songs"
  • Okkervil River - "A Stone"
  • Andreas Mattsson - "The Summer Of Speed"
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861957)
Posted by Kurona on February 22nd, 2017 @ 2:39am CST
Can we rename Scotty 'The Unicron Guy' already

Loved this issue as always. Shows me I was right to get invested in Anode too; there's clearly something interesting going on here~
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861963)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 22nd, 2017 @ 3:16am CST
Rung in the Functionist Universe must have a different altmode, because we've SEEN his 'ornament' altmode during the Dark Cybertron story. Or that tank thing isn't Rung. It couldn't take millions of years to figure out what a drill tank is useful for, so I'm calling bull on the Functionists' "reveal"

Also, I'm glad Anode is not NEARLY as annoying as she has been.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861992)
Posted by Deadput on February 22nd, 2017 @ 5:32am CST
What's a doomsday clock?

Sounds serious.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861997)
Posted by Randomhero on February 22nd, 2017 @ 6:13am CST
Deadput wrote:What's a doomsday clock?

Sounds serious.


Doomsday clock is how close something is to Armageddon and absolute destruction. It's from Watchmen but it's actually real and kinda scary. Look it up, it's freaky to see where we are in our own world with it.
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1861998)
Posted by ScottyP on February 22nd, 2017 @ 6:23am CST
Randomhero wrote:
Deadput wrote:What's a doomsday clock?

Sounds serious.


Doomsday clock is how close something is to Armageddon and absolute destruction. It's from Watchmen but it's actually real and kinda scary. Look it up, it's freaky to see where we are in our own world with it.
I forgot about it in Watchmen until you mentioned it. Really, really well used there!

As for the very actually real thing: http://thebulletin.org/timeline
Re: Full Preview of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #3 (1862001)
Posted by Deadput on February 22nd, 2017 @ 6:59am CST
So this doomsday is worse then say a world war 3?

It's pretty darn scary to think on how our relatively normal and safe lives right now can be suddenly plunged into world disaster.

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