Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13

Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 1:29pm CST

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(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
CABIN FEVER! Crammed into a dead Decepticon astropod that's ten sizes too small, the displaced crew of the Lost Light face their most serious threat yet: each other. As tensions rise and tempers fray, only one Autobot is arrogant enough to think he can save the day. Enter Rodimus, expert mediator.

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Sure.


Story

We've had the last story arc be fairly brutal, in both setting, execution (heh) and consequences, so it is only natural - as these series appear to do - to have a breather issue to regain both a setting (the shuttle/pod), a cast (the Lost Light crew), and a handle of the various storylines that had temporarily, and seemingly, been put on pause.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13
Ten, for one, is disappoint


If you will, and if we accept the TV series comparisons for James Roberts' writing, this is a bottle issue. And what that means is that we have ample space for character work rather than plot (and that is both good a bad) but it does not cancel the plot elements that are very much there (believe us, there are MANY THINGS addressed between the lines), if embedded in the character interactions.

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Example A


Most of all, perhaps, we get to see more of Cyclonus, his growth, development and positioning among the crew (with some impressive Whirl, Magnus, and Chromedome moments), in light of whatever may or may not have happened to Tailgate from last time we saw him and Fangry. Does buried mean dead? And how dead? Comics dead? Or is something else at play, again?

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Example B


I have more thoughts on how the situation is being handled, below, but I wanted to also mention the attempts (and I mean attempt) at a lighter tone for most of the issue, counterbalancing the heavier parts of the story, with Swerve and Anode playing off each other, but at the same time - I felt - clashing with the overall feeling of the issue. As I said, more below.


Art

Alex Milne returns from Shining Armor back to the Lost Light crew, and what I found most impressive was the incredible similarity in some of the beats that regular artist Jack Lawrence brings to the series usually. Some of the expressions with Ratchet, especially, and it was a delight to see reinterpretations of previous designs and personal takes on specific characters like Anode and Lug.

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Grinch Smirk!


That similarity, however, is not entirely to be found in the lineart - but rather pretty much distilled to perfection in Joana Lafuente's colours. The continuity and cohesion, for lack of better terms, that her colours bring to the two different styles of art, is something to behold. Plus, we get all the usual amazingness as well.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13
...and a fantastic cloak.


Roberts' scripts are never not dialogue/text heavy, and a good letterer is the best thing the comics needs for the flow to work well - but also pepper in some clues and hints at situations, possibilities, eventualities, and silent, blank spaces. And for that, Tom B. Long is what is needed.

As for the covers, there are several variants to be found accompanying the issue, from the Milne artist edition used in the thumbnail of this story, to the Roch / Burcham take on the lighter thread of the book, via JN Wiedle's Rodimus spotlight, and the main, regular, Cyclonus-centric Lawrence / Lafuente piece - to check them all out, head to our database!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There is a dangling cliffhanger at the very end that might leave several readers fairly surprised, if not speechless, but I felt like the journey it took to get to it was only half as enjoyable as I wanted it to be. Forced interactions in combined spaces have been done in this series previously, and this one had a strong running thread that was - again, for me - too undercut at times, even in its own seriousness.

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Shout out to the MVP


In addition, the apparent suspension of a lot of plots that are still to be resolved will rub many the wrong way, but more is happening than it first looks (it definitely took a pointer for me to spot some moving parts I had missed, too). To add an even more positive spin, the issue will probably appeal more to readers closer to older stories in the series, but has more than enough material to also not completely shut out new readers, with fewer reference material to work with. So exactly a good, average issue, with some wins and some not-as-much.


(Added note: my biggest problem with the book, I'll admit, is one line of dialogue, towards the second part of the issue, about a specific relationship, and how I really do not like how and where, and regarding whom, it was deployed. I'll leave that for the discussion boards, though.)



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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933507)
Posted by Burn on January 24th, 2018 @ 2:11pm CST
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:And I fully agree with Burn on Cyclonus and Whirl. They have truly been the best characters of the book, and seeing them develop over time, it's awesome. They are 2 of my favorites from the overall IDW-verse, and really transformers in general

And it's been a slow development as well, which makes it odd that I enjoy it, given my hatred for how these books will set up a plot then leave it for years at a time and then expect us to remember "oh yeah that happened (5 years ago)!" but this ... I don't want to call it a relationship or even a friendship, doesn't get touched on for ages at a time.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933516)
Posted by Va'al on January 24th, 2018 @ 2:48pm CST
Very shortly after the release of issue #13 in the ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing, Transformers: Lost Light, we have a short preview courtesy of the publisher themselves of the following chapter in the series - issue #14!

We return to the Scavengers, wherever they ended up, Grimlock, and most probably Commander Nickel too. Check out synopsis and preview pages below, with art in the issue by both Brendan Cahill and Sara Pitre Durocher, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub.


MACGUFFIN QUEST! The Scavengers have never had it so good. The war is a receding memory, their patchy service records have been forgotten, and the five of them can roam the galaxy as they please. All’s well that ends well? Not quite. Because unbeknownst to Krok and Co., their next adventure… will be their last.


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933518)
Posted by Hotconvoy on January 24th, 2018 @ 3:13pm CST
Whaaaaat tarn has a face?! :michaelbay: :shock:
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933521)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on January 24th, 2018 @ 3:21pm CST
Hotconvoy wrote:Whaaaaat tarn has a face?! :michaelbay: :shock:

Yeah, we saw it back in MTMTE #55.

I really hope that Howlback line isn't just a throwaway. She's a favorite of mine and I would love to see more trans characters.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933523)
Posted by ricemazter on January 24th, 2018 @ 3:24pm CST
I find it incredibly silly that Roberts spent so much time misleading the audience that Tarn was Roller, only for him to look exactly like Roller without his mask.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933532)
Posted by Randomhero on January 24th, 2018 @ 4:02pm CST
ricemazter wrote:I find it incredibly silly that Roberts spent so much time misleading the audience that Tarn was Roller, only for him to look exactly like Roller without his mask.



He has a generic face. It’s not Rollers face it’s a face. And of course he mislead everyone. If you got harassed on social media for years by people saying ‘ITS ROLLER I KNOW IT!’ Who’d blame him.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933536)
Posted by Randomhero on January 24th, 2018 @ 4:21pm CST
Hmmmm someone should probaly have reminded the creative team Skullgrin and Bombburst are dead and didn’t look like that in IDW...unless it’s Dauros and Blood...
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933553)
Posted by ricemazter on January 24th, 2018 @ 5:45pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
ricemazter wrote:I find it incredibly silly that Roberts spent so much time misleading the audience that Tarn was Roller, only for him to look exactly like Roller without his mask.



He has a generic face. It’s not Rollers face it’s a face. And of course he mislead everyone. If you got harassed on social media for years by people saying ‘ITS ROLLER I KNOW IT!’ Who’d blame him.


It's not really the face, it's the entire head shape. Large circles on the side, piece of the forehead apparatus swept back over the circles similarly, forehead slopes the same way, the helmet meets the face at the same spots, and the chin has a similar protuberance. It also doesn't help that they virtually have the same body type.

It's very distracting to me.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933558)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 24th, 2018 @ 6:21pm CST
This preview has got me, but mainly because I want to see someone stick it to the DJD, and I know they don't, even if I wish Shockwave would and probably could, although Shockwave himself clearly does not like those odds. But he does have to survive to go do Dark Cybertron, so something distracts the DJD and it isn't Flywheels big feet at this time.

With 3 different groups running through this comic, you have to keep going into wait mode to see what happens next. Just barely touched base with the LL mutineers and then we're back to the Rod crew, even less time with them, and now we're with the Scavengers, and... Oh, I've gone cross-eyed.

I'm sure it's a staple of good storytelling, just frustrates. Guess that could be a reason to wait for the trade. Or just not care much.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933581)
Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on January 24th, 2018 @ 9:01pm CST
It appears the DJD actually didn't exist for very long in-universe. It seems that Damus hasn't been Tarn very long otherwise Shockwave would've recognized it. Also, that Vos has hooks for hands, so that would be Agent 113/Dominus Ambus.

Speaking of Damus' face, I wonder if that's what his face looked like pre-empurata. I'm getting a bit of a Darth Vader vibe from him in this preview.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933598)
Posted by Deadput on January 24th, 2018 @ 10:37pm CST
BATTLEMASTER IIC wrote:Also, that Vos has hooks for hands, so that would be Agent 113/Dominus Ambus.


Except for the fact that Agent 113 did not look like that.

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While it could be a simple Artist mistake I'm just saying that Agent 133 has never looked similar to Vos before.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933603)
Posted by Sagitta on January 24th, 2018 @ 11:55pm CST
ricemazter wrote:I find it incredibly silly that Roberts spent so much time misleading the audience that Tarn was Roller, only for him to look exactly like Roller without his mask.


Ah, but was Roberts misleading the audience or was the audience too busy playing it's own guessing games? Just about anyone can have their own theories regarding whatever evidence they find. While having had theories of my my own was glad to have been proven wrong. Especially given Roller's character.

Why is Roller's name a spoiler again? Issue 55# kinda let the cat out of the proverbial bag. ;)
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933607)
Posted by Nexus Knight on January 25th, 2018 @ 1:15am CST
Sagitta wrote:Why is Roller's name a spoiler again? Issue 55# kinda let the cat out of the proverbial bag.


'Coz we like to assume some people live under a rock and just recently got access to "the interwebnet". :-P
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933608)
Posted by steve2275 on January 25th, 2018 @ 1:33am CST
l l 14 art looks great
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933609)
Posted by Deadput on January 25th, 2018 @ 1:35am CST
Deadput wrote:"Previous post about Agent 113"


Found a full design of previous Vos on another site for those who care Image

So...it's probably an artist mistake if their the same guy.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933610)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 25th, 2018 @ 1:36am CST
I know this is only a preview, and one which is a flashback at that, but I'm officially intrigued. I suspect it will end up being just an explanation of how Scorponok ended up where he is currently in the story and it will go back to being the same old crappy LL, but I still want to know how Shockwave got away from the D.J.D. We know they don't get him, unless the entire story of Dark Cybertron gets totally dismissed as if it never happened. Hopefully at least that gets answered in the same issue, and doesn't get dragged out over the next 5.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933615)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 25th, 2018 @ 3:46am CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:I know this is only a preview, and one which is a flashback at that, but I'm officially intrigued. I suspect it will end up being just an explanation of how Scorponok ended up where he is currently in the story and it will go back to being the same old crappy LL, but I still want to know how Shockwave got away from the D.J.D. We know they don't get him, unless the entire story of Dark Cybertron gets totally dismissed as if it never happened. Hopefully at least that gets answered in the same issue, and doesn't get dragged out over the next 5.


I agree and want this to involve time travel and second versions of characters so maybe we can get a wicked battle, and for the DJD to be just handed their collective arses, just once... Deciding Shockwave's too much trouble right now, or something...

So now we have another reason for Shockwave to undo Overlord's kill switch... More on the list for the DJD to want to pursue. He might bring that point up later in the book...

Shockwave must be legitimately frightened of them.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933616)
Posted by Va'al on January 25th, 2018 @ 4:00am CST
Courtesy yet again of comics-aficionado Seibertronian Sunstar and her eagle-eyed social media checking, we have some process images for the latest preview seen from IDW Publishing, for issue #14 of the ongoing comics series Transformers: Lost Light!

The pages mirrored below show artist Sara Pitre Durocher's process from layout and roughs to the final lineart - plus Joana Lafuente's colours and Tom B. Long's letters from the final verson - for the third page of the preview, featuring Damus / Glitch / Tarn and his old mentor Shockwave, and their conversation after the latter's liberation from Garrus-9. Check it out below, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933618)
Posted by steve2275 on January 25th, 2018 @ 4:07am CST
cool sara
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #13 (1933621)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on January 25th, 2018 @ 4:55am CST
I'm glad they are using her to get LL caught up to where it should be at!

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