Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 2:37PM CDT

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Lost (Spot)Light
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Synopsis
LIGHTS OUT! The “Everlasting Voices” trilogy concludes with an explosion of hope, a grave betrayal… and more answers than you can handle! Events of the last six years build to a frenzy of revelations, casting everything that’s gone before in a new—and deadly—light. No exaggeration, no hyperbole: there has never been a more important issue of Lost Light.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
The readers expectant


Story
We reach the final stages of the penultimate arc in this ongoing series and saga, as will be the case for its parallel series Optimus Prime, and the Lost Light comics take a shape that will be familiar to many, unexpected to several, called on by a couple of speculators, and still managing quite a punch - with some cautionary reserves - as it steps onto the next level of the Space Opera with Sad Gay Robots.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
..hhng


I also feel the need to begin here with an initial disclaimer: on my first read, I was not overly impressed at some of the turns that James Roberts' script had taken, though I recognised the craft in the narrative and having several threads actually run through since the very beginning. And I mean the VERY Beginning of beginnings.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
early enough for you?


And in the vein of moving back to roots and develop story cappings, fans of the More Than Meets the Eye initial, new, fresh feeling, with all of its urgency and ambition is captured almost entirely in this one issue - by retreading some of the ground that was laid back then, in The Quest, in the characters' dynamics, in the acceptance of some sort of end, and some

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
Plus Whirl is there


So if I started the first notes on this issue by being annoyed (to myself) about the sheer amount of denouement that this trilogy cap brings to the readers' table, narrative- and emotion-wise, I was able to come round to how the issue approaches those answers, what it leaves yet to explore, and how finely Roberts balances the pacing for the entirety of it.


Art
Jack Lawrence is the artist of the Lost Light series. I know there is a direct continuation between MTMTE and LL, but Lost Light is a different (not better, not worse) book in its tone at least, and Lawrence is a big part of what makes it all click. If to all of that you add some seriously masterful layouts, some excruciating reaction scenes, and one touch of smirk-inducing parallelism with MTMTE, you have one of the strongest displays yet in the whole run.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
Krok's shocked


A display that is only made fully possible by the colour combinations of Lawrence's partner in art Joana Lafuente, and her skills at bringing some of the harder hitting moments home with the muting or heightening of the shading and lighting are exactly what the book needed in some of the more crucial moments in the second half.

Transformers News: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18
NINE NINE


As shown above, there are also plenty of moments for letterer Tom B Long to shine, with some font work that fits the work we've seen on the Scavengers issues, and the perfect placement of dialogue that is - this time, and very nicely so - essential and kept close to the heart of the story and its characters.

If you were looking for any of the variant covers, you can always find them in our database entry for the issue, including both Alex Milne and Josh Perez versions of the Cast Doing Things - be it be shocked or ..a different kind of shocked, as shown in the thumbnail for this review.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

If I started questioning the negatives of the issue's storyline, I ended appreciating what it did - and wonderfully so in its visual (re)presentation from the team - and it was ScottyP who phrased it best in staff discussions: it did a great job of giving you an answer while leaving the answer ambiguous enough. Not only that, it never lost its core while exploring all of the corollaries.

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The humour never killed it


And so, we reach the end, as we start The End in the final pages and following weeks. A lot of what was propelling, under the surface, some of the driving narratives have been somewhat dealt with right now - but there is more, so much more to come in one monster of an arc - and they have received what is possibly the best ending to that story that could've been set out. That is no mean feat.

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Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964839)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 13th, 2018 @ 2:45pm CDT
Actually while it wasn’t millions of years, the autobots in animated were asleep long enough for sari's dad to age from a kid to an adult.

Edit: didn't realise that the review appeared when I quick posted :lol: good review but if threads are being brought together here, what's that mean for the final arc? Will any of it link to unicron?

Oh AllNewSuperRobot, regarding about what random hero said about hearts of steel predating infiltration (I.e. tfs on earth) that is a very, very recent development that happened after that hardback collection started. So he is technically right.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964841)
Posted by Randomhero on June 13th, 2018 @ 2:48pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Yes but, in closing as this is going on too long, not one iteration did it to the same effect. Everyone who crashed got up more or less instantly and carried on their lives. No other series crashed into a dormant volcano and "slept" for millions of years.

The Animated "footage" is also a bit of a hot potato within the community, I have discovered elsewhere.

The bottom line is it is Homage and nothing more. The aim of the writers and series above is only that. Acknowledge it, as easter eggs, for the ever diminishing fans of yesterday and then move on to the New thing. No one wants to go backwards.



Beast wars did as an homeage but everything after decided to use it an introducer for the universe

But they were still using it as an introduction point. It wasn’t until IDW and Simon Furman decided they want to essentially make Ultimate Transformers like marvel had done with their ultimate comics. Modernize them.

My point is if IDW decides to play it safe, they’ll probably do a soft reboot and start the new continuity with them crashing on earth. It’s something that by now is really familiar and a story that will not only attract the fans but hopefully attract the new readers or the ones that didn’t like the IDW-verse.

You start with the autobots crashing on earth you’re gonna get the fans that haven’t read the comics saying “I recognize that! I’m gonna check this out.”

That’s what Dreamwave did, that’s what beast wars did. And animated and armada and so on. It’s something people remembered from the original and can find something to attach to.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964907)
Posted by ricemazter on June 13th, 2018 @ 9:35pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Yes but, in closing as this is going on too long, not one iteration did it to the same effect. Everyone who crashed got up more or less instantly and carried on their lives. No other series crashed into a dormant volcano and "slept" for millions of years.

The Animated "footage" is also a bit of a hot potato within the community, I have discovered elsewhere.

The bottom line is it is Homage and nothing more. The aim of the writers and series above is only that. Acknowledge it, as easter eggs, for the ever diminishing fans of yesterday and then move on to the New thing. No one wants to go backwards.



Beast wars did as an homeage but everything after decided to use it an introducer for the universe

But they were still using it as an introduction point. It wasn’t until IDW and Simon Furman decided they want to essentially make Ultimate Transformers like marvel had done with their ultimate comics. Modernize them.

My point is if IDW decides to play it safe, they’ll probably do a soft reboot and start the new continuity with them crashing on earth. It’s something that by now is really familiar and a story that will not only attract the fans but hopefully attract the new readers or the ones that didn’t like the IDW-verse.

You start with the autobots crashing on earth you’re gonna get the fans that haven’t read the comics saying “I recognize that! I’m gonna check this out.”

That’s what Dreamwave did, that’s what beast wars did. And animated and armada and so on. It’s something people remembered from the original and can find something to attach to.


But out of all the fans who didn't check out the comics, how many of them wouldn't be familiar with something that did take a different route? Like the people who jumped on during the aligned continuity or something?

Either way, my preference would be to keep the comics off earth for a while. In basically every continuity, Earth is the end of the war, a turning point. I'd like to see them start sometime before they get to Earth.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964916)
Posted by Quint on June 13th, 2018 @ 10:32pm CDT
Exposition-heavy nonsense. I'm not complaining about the choices, such as the end of the quest and where they are etc etc, but as a read that was atrocious.

Characters were stood around explaining the plot to each other for page after page after page. It didn't read as revelatory, nor as a logical conclusion. Ha, certainly not. It was a huge narrative leap, and it was like listening to characters read aloud from a wiki entry.

Awful IMO.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964927)
Posted by Burn on June 14th, 2018 @ 12:53am CDT
Can we NOT talk about stuff that is not relevant to Lost Light? I don't come into this thread until I'm up to date and I really don't appreciate having to scroll through huge arse long posts about reboots and and shit.

Keep it on topic please.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964937)
Posted by Va'al on June 14th, 2018 @ 2:18am CDT
Quint wrote:Exposition-heavy nonsense. I'm not complaining about the choices, such as the end of the quest and where they are etc etc, but as a read that was atrocious.

Characters were stood around explaining the plot to each other for page after page after page. It didn't read as revelatory, nor as a logical conclusion. Ha, certainly not. It was a huge narrative leap, and it was like listening to characters read aloud from a wiki entry.

Awful IMO.


That was what my fears and slight concern were about, at the start, but on later reads... the cast that does the whole exposition thing was well balanced in such a way that the different voices work in that kind of setting, especially with a super excitable Rodimus who gets to be right about his mission! In front of everyone! With his character traits and how he's been written, it just clicked, and didn't feel like info dump (say, like the talking heads previously seen, for exampmle).

Not saying you have to think it not awful, just that I initially (almost) agreed with you, then changed my mind on re-reads. :D
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964944)
Posted by Quint on June 14th, 2018 @ 3:06am CDT
Yet the portrayal of Rodimus in-story is inconsistent, considering that which precipitated the quest in the first place. [spoiler]He has, ultimately, failed to find the Knights. Given the concerns about his own public perception expressed in early MTMTE, this is perhaps an ignominious end.[/spoiler]

However that's debatable and isn't the point of my criticism. It's sophomoric storytelling. No matter the emotion on their faces, the characters are literally stood in a room explaining a plot that had, surprisingly for Roberts, little foreshadowing and which ostensibly wraps up the series' original premise.

The more tender character moments were lovely, though, even if Roberts has been drawing from this same well much over the course of these books.

It's also sweet that you're trying hard to like the issue too.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964946)
Posted by Va'al on June 14th, 2018 @ 3:19am CDT
Quint wrote:It's also sweet that you're trying hard to like the issue too.


Nah, it won me over. ;)
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964954)
Posted by Randomhero on June 14th, 2018 @ 7:26am CDT
Not me. Just a bunch of wasted pages of people just standing around. Page 16 is just panel after panel of Rodimus standing there, pointing at a screen, putting his hands on nickels shoulders just talking. Throw in some flashbacks of the knights finding Cyberutopia! Show the gaurdaians carrying the sick! Show the telepaths banding together! What do we get instead? One panel of Mederi followed by Rodimus and co standing around and explaining everything instead of showing. Even if it’s not actual flashbacks it can be interpreted flashbacks because that’s all Rodimus is doing. Making an interpreted guess on what happened but at least it’s be better than just standing around! A full page of Nautica pointing her finger for a gag.

This is a comic book! Visual media! Don’t need people always just standing around and talking!

I said it on TFW, would it have been acceptable in OP 18 to have prime chained up with shockwave just explaining what happened to him in word bubbles the whole time? Absolute not.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964956)
Posted by ScottyP on June 14th, 2018 @ 7:40am CDT
I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964961)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 14th, 2018 @ 7:55am CDT
I think some things can be explained faster through talking then via flashback. We all have to remember though that our opinions are just what we thought of it, it doesn't mean it will be shared (unless people share your tastes and biases)

Personally, I don't see anything wrong with that approach but I'm very easy going.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964968)
Posted by Randomhero on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:10am CDT
ScottyP wrote:I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.



And yet there’s plenty that will like it souly for being James Roberts. Plenty of people who will put on rose tinted glasses and act like nothing is wrong because it’s their favorite book and refused to believe there can be anything wrong with it.

This is sometimes comparable to the Legends comics where the dialogue bubbles overpower the art and here. It’s just dialogue bubble after dialogue bubbles with no one doing anything in scenes but stand around and talk. And I get where it’s coming from. That’s a very British tv thing to do which James this comic as. Stand around and talk even fans from the UK have brought that up that. Moonbase2/underbase a UK TF podcast used to being that up a lot. But this is a comic book. It’s suppose to use the art to also tell a story and that’s always been the biggest problem with MTMTE/LL, it would rather just stand around and explain everything than show things happened.

The opening with the guardians. They are attacking them and during the “attack” there’s panels of them just talking at times. Where are the guardians in those panels? Are they taking a breather? Wtf
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964969)
Posted by Va'al on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:10am CDT
I want to see anyone trying to stop Rodimus from talking about how right he is.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964970)
Posted by william-james88 on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:14am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.



And yet there’s plenty that will like it souly for being James Roberts. Plenty of people who will put on rose tinted glasses and act like nothing is wrong because it’s their favorite book and refused to believe there can be anything wrong with it.

But Roberts has been like this before. He does tend to tell more than to show sometimes especially since his books are more about interpersonal relationships rather than something bombastic. So it could be that people like him because of this different writing technique and while the parts one dislikes about his writing are made more obvious in this issue, this same aspect could be loved by others and thus they dont mind at all what they get in this issue.

The author is not for everyone, but thats why I think he is so beloved. Its kinda like me and David Lynch. That director is clearly not for everyone, but some people dont mind when he goes full on Lynch!
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964973)
Posted by Randomhero on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:20am CDT
Va'al wrote:I want to see anyone trying to stop Rodimus from talking about how right he is.



Megatron did in the ongoing #14. He blew a giant hole in his chest with his railgun, killing him and sending him through space.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964977)
Posted by Va'al on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:29am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
Va'al wrote:I want to see anyone trying to stop Rodimus from talking about how right he is.



Megatron did in the ongoing #14. He blew a giant hole in his chest with his railgun, killing him and sending him through space.


Sometimes, I do wish...
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964980)
Posted by ScottyP on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:43am CDT
Randomhero wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.

And yet there’s plenty that will like it souly for being James Roberts. Plenty of people who will put on rose tinted glasses and act like nothing is wrong because it’s their favorite book and refused to believe there can be anything wrong with it.
I could nitpick it all day. Cyclonus and Tailgate was emotionally powerful but took too much page space, had at least one cringey line of dialogue, and was resolved too easily. But when I step back and try to see the forest for the trees, it's fine. I'd rather spend the last 3.5-4 months of this continuity having fun and speculating and discussing than I would bitching.

I also like how Roberts dgaf about accepted comic book wisdom because a lot of accepted comic book wisdom leads to stories that don't matter and books not worth their cover price. Every time I try out some Marvel book I'm turned off by how vapid they are because they lean too hard on visual storytelling. There's a balance to be achieved and depending on the type of story being told that balance can shift. A hard sci-fi, character driven book like Lost Light needs to be dialogue heavy and exposition heavy. It'd be an unintelligible mess incapable of telling its story without it.

Meanwhile, give something like Scarlett's Strike Force that balance and you'd lose its soul. That's light on words and heavy on visuals and it works - it's an action story. Lost Light has action but is not an action story so it changes the balance.

I don't know why I typed all this, it won't change anyone's mind, but you implied I was defending the book like a loyal dog and that is insulting.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1964984)
Posted by Randomhero on June 14th, 2018 @ 8:56am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.



And yet there’s plenty that will like it souly for being James Roberts. Plenty of people who will put on rose tinted glasses and act like nothing is wrong because it’s their favorite book and refused to believe there can be anything wrong with it.

But Roberts has been like this before. He does tend to tell more than to show sometimes especially since his books are more about interpersonal relationships rather than something bombastic. So it could be that people like him because of this different writing technique and while the parts one dislikes about his writing are made more obvious in this issue, this same aspect could be loved by others and thus they dont mind at all what they get in this issue.

The author is not for everyone, but thats why I think he is so beloved. Its kinda like me and David Lynch. That director is clearly not for everyone, but some people dont mind when he goes full on Lynch!



And I dont understand the belovedness. I don’t!

That being said I didn’t hate the book. I liked the story but disliked the execution. I enjoyed the reveal of the knights but hated the execution of just standing and explaining it all.
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1965005)
Posted by Randomhero on June 14th, 2018 @ 9:49am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
ScottyP wrote:I'm surprised by the negativity. I guess I shouldn't be around you Buzz Killingtons but here we are >:oP

I'm not even going to argue, some of y'all will find a way to dislike literally anything.

Carrying on then, how great was Fulcrum at being this comic's Buzz Killington? Even has the chin.

And yet there’s plenty that will like it souly for being James Roberts. Plenty of people who will put on rose tinted glasses and act like nothing is wrong because it’s their favorite book and refused to believe there can be anything wrong with it.
I could nitpick it all day. Cyclonus and Tailgate was emotionally powerful but took too much page space, had at least one cringey line of dialogue, and was resolved too easily. But when I step back and try to see the forest for the trees, it's fine. I'd rather spend the last 3.5-4 months of this continuity having fun and speculating and discussing than I would bitching.

I also like how Roberts dgaf about accepted comic book wisdom because a lot of accepted comic book wisdom leads to stories that don't matter and books not worth their cover price. Every time I try out some Marvel book I'm turned off by how vapid they are because they lean too hard on visual storytelling. There's a balance to be achieved and depending on the type of story being told that balance can shift. A hard sci-fi, character driven book like Lost Light needs to be dialogue heavy and exposition heavy. It'd be an unintelligible mess incapable of telling its story without it.

Meanwhile, give something like Scarlett's Strike Force that balance and you'd lose its soul. That's light on words and heavy on visuals and it works - it's an action story. Lost Light has action but is not an action story so it changes the balance.

I don't know why I typed all this, it won't change anyone's mind, but you implied I was defending the book like a loyal dog and that is insulting.


Because every time there is issues with conduits or pacing or anything critical you fully admit you don’t care because you like MTME/LL. Yeah that’s putting on the rose glasses
Re: Review for IDW Transformers: Lost Light #18 (1965016)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 14th, 2018 @ 10:33am CDT
But couldn't issues like that very in the eye of the beholder? As I said, we all have different biases. What difference does it make if people aren't bothered by the problems you see?

As Scottish said, I'm glad James writes his own style, not for everyone but they don't have to read it, like I don't touch anything by Frank miller these days. He has his fans but his work is not for me.
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