Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 1:39AM CDT

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Grimlock Rushes In
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Years ago, the crew of the Lost Light fought a demonic Cybertronian mutant that fed on its victims’ souls. Years later, Rodimus and Co. are about to discover that the only thing worse than a sparkeater… is an army of sparkeaters!


Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
cue title


Story
Despite the scheduling issues, despite the digital vs print clashes, despite everything in-universe and out, we're here. We're actually here, at the end of The Quest, with a gaggle of questions still needing answers, and an army of sparkeaters at the proverbial door: Lost Light enters its last story arc, and we're here for it. Are you?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
Probably not


The question is obviously rhetorical, as you're reading the review - but there is a sense of dread even in the lighter moments that the comic tries bringing with the best new pairing (that was bound to happen, and now that it does, yes, very much so), hinting at several heavy moments if not in this issue then most definitely in the arc. So I ask again: are we ready?

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
Swervefire? Misswerve?


The best character and related moments that stand out, ignoring the above for one moment, have to do with the dinobot that was told to wait - and obviously will not and didn't: Grimlock. He's powerful, he's sweet, he's charming and caring, and he gave fellow staffer ScottyP a fanboy blush* during his reading of the issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
MAGNUS YES


If, then, we consider all the plot propelling and thread gathering - and if this has been said before for a previous issue I realise I was very naive but we're here now - and the way in which those are done, used, and employed throughout the issue, I'll have really only one thing to say: this is very much a Roberts script, and a fine display of his skills.

Art
As we have known for a while now, art duties will be shifting across the final arc to ease the double monthly billing (ahem), meaning that we see an old flame of the Transformers comics make his return for this issue: E.J. Su! Many fans will be very pleased about this, and the lineart is indeed very very good - but I can't let one critique slide: the shading and crosshatching that shows up over a number of characters, scenes and elements of the otherwise great visual work overall, casting.. well, a shadow unnecessarily.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
see Thunderclash's chest


The colours provided by Joana Lafuente do attempt to ease some of the scratchier, more jarring linework, but with a base so dark already, even her impressive skills at keeping visual continuity and coherence with the regular art seen so far in the book cannot mask what can result very distracting indeed (see above for example).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
moooody


Again, letterer Tom B Long ensures not only that the pacing of the interactions hit their mark, but also takes clearly a lot of pleasure and fun in some of the louder, wider pages of action and noises, with some of the best screams and KRUNCHes that I had seen in the series so far (see above!).

The main cover art, featuring Nick Roche and Josh Burcham displaying Team Rodimus ready to face whatever is thrown their way, is darkly mirrored by the duo's own counterpoint offered in the variant you can see in the thumbnail - and also found in our databse entry here - the two sides that used to be one has to tug at someone's strings hard.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said in my opening remarks: we're here. And so is everyone else. Something that Roberts has unmistakenly been able to do since his first appearance as an official writer on the IDW comics, has been to seed (or retroactively make it so) plot points and details for the reader to almost entirely forget before bringing them back for a wider tapestry. And in this final arc, that skill is turned up to what seems to be at least a 12 - here's looking forward to a satisfying landing, with a run-up this sizeable.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19
It begins


All in all, it's a number of a series that will confirm to be liked by most readers who enjoy this style of script, will bring in fans looking for some official EJ Su Transformers artwork (my caveat above remains), and will not be liked by those who dislike the narrative techniques deployed in MTMTE and LL so far.

. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:



*I thought of many jokes involving dinosaurs and bones, be thankful I avoided them until this postscript.
Credit(s): IDW
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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968589)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 4th, 2018 @ 4:19am CDT
Thanks for the review va'al, it's sad to see this ending but I'm happy he's getting to end it his way unrushed (personal opinion may differ) I've seen other writers fail to tell an end in a convincing manner (I'm looking at you Tite Kubo, bleach could have been saved...)
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968596)
Posted by Big Grim on July 4th, 2018 @ 5:45am CDT
Looking forward to this. Heck, I've been rereading MTMTE and Lost Light and blimey. There's a LOT I missed last time round! It really has come together in a remarkable way.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968598)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 6:38am CDT
This is a great issue! I don’t have anything be critical over. It’s fast paced, there’s actions, good use of exposition. If anything the only gripe would be that those sparkeaters really are just standing around letting stuff happen but I’d argue they seem domesticated so it’s fine.

It’s a bit predictable but that’s been LL for a while. I said the crew were the sparkeater army, Getaway and starsaber were more than likely the only ones not turned and Tyrest would be coming back as one of the Grand Architects lieutenants but I’m not gonna praise me figuring it out. There’s just loose ends and when you’ve only got 7 issues left it’s been easy to see what’s coming in sorts.’

No I liked this issue. It’s amping up. Wonderful to see EJ back and doing art. It may be more appropriate for OP but I’m just happy to see him back in transformers.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968631)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 4th, 2018 @ 9:35am CDT
"Mutineer 1 and Mutineer 2, I'll get to you later" or something like that :lol: :lol:

Also, Swerve and Misfire are the perfect pairing here
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968650)
Posted by Ishin Ookami on July 4th, 2018 @ 11:31am CDT
[spoiler]Misfire (to Grimlock): Hows the Baby
Ultra Magnus: Nothing makes sense anymore. :([/spoiler]

Easily my favorite part.

I'm loving so much of where this is going. Though [spoiler]I'm hoping Thunderclash finally gets to shine. The guy has been stricken with an Illness, turned inside out, and cleaved in half. I want to see him finally live up to his rep.[/spoiler]

Also I didn't expect to see [spoiler]Sporponok[/spoiler] show up again. His and [spoiler]Rodimus's[/spoiler] rematch should be interesting.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968653)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 11:53am CDT
That’s the point. Thunderclash is a joke. He’s Ace Rimmer. Everyone talks about how amazing he is but you don’t see how great he is. He is literally a gag character.

Why would you think scorponok wouldn’t return? He’s behind so much with the Cog machinations .
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968654)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 4th, 2018 @ 12:01pm CDT
Random...who's your post directed at? No one mentioned scorponok...
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968658)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 12:35pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Random...who's your post directed at? No one mentioned scorponok...


you don’t see it either?! WTF!? It’s not on the board but it’s on the article! I thought it was glitchy or something on my end! Go to the article on the site, not the board user ishin ookami has a post that Thunderclash and Scorponok.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968660)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 4th, 2018 @ 12:52pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Random...who's your post directed at? No one mentioned scorponok...


you don’t see it either?! WTF!? It’s not on the board but it’s on the article! I thought it was glitchy or something on my end! Go to the article on the site, not the board user ishin ookami has a post that Thunderclash and Scorponok.

Well that's weird. You're right, it's there but not... :HEADHURTS:
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968661)
Posted by SkyFire Prime on July 4th, 2018 @ 1:11pm CDT
I really liked the line work!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968665)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 4th, 2018 @ 1:37pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:Random...who's your post directed at? No one mentioned scorponok...


you don’t see it either?! WTF!? It’s not on the board but it’s on the article! I thought it was glitchy or something on my end! Go to the article on the site, not the board user ishin ookami has a post that Thunderclash and Scorponok.

Well that's weird. You're right, it's there but not... :HEADHURTS:

He's a brand new user, his forum post hasn't been approved yet. Burn or another mod will approve the post as soon as they are on. I can see it on here because I'm staff, so I do know it's here.

As for why it's visible on the front page, that's weird. But the swear filter doesn't work and lots of forum pics don't show up either, so there is that.

Also, wonder if Cyclonus is gonna take on just Star Saber and Rodimus the other 2? Still really hoping Getaway gets a triple pipe blast to the brain
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968686)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 4th, 2018 @ 3:10pm CDT
I see, thanks for the explanation d-max :-) as for getaway...death is too good for him, I really hope he breaks down and realises he's beat by someone better than him.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968690)
Posted by Ishin Ookami on July 4th, 2018 @ 3:45pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I see, thanks for the explanation d-max :-) as for getaway...death is too good for him, I really hope he breaks down and realises he's beat by someone better than him.



Pretty sure Next Issue will be Getaway hanging back and firing off taunts as [spoiler]Cyclonus fights Star Saber[/spoiler] and [spoiler]Rodimus fights Scorponok[/spoiler]

I'm also curious to see what he meant when he said [spoiler]his life had lost meaning.[/spoiler]
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968716)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 6:16pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I see, thanks for the explanation d-max :-) as for getaway...death is too good for him, I really hope he breaks down and realises he's beat by someone better than him.



That line about there’s little to live for makes me think he’s more a slave than a partner in all this. Please don’t victimize Getaway Roberts. Getaway has done some bad stuff and we’re too far in to sympathize him.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968719)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 4th, 2018 @ 6:41pm CDT
I agree, I like relatable villains but some times, we do need irredeemable scumbags who are in it just for themselves. They all can't be "I only did these mean things because some one else told me to do it"
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968726)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 7:46pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I agree, I like relatable villains but some times, we do need irredeemable scumbags who are in it just for themselves. They all can't be "I only did these mean things because some one else told me to do it"



Exactly, no one forced Getaway to use Tailgate as collateral damage, form a mutiny, murder 30+ autobots for Sunder. This is on him. I get a Lando vibe off him with that line. He made a deal to save his own skin at the expense of everyone else. For all intended purposes Tyrest would have had him executed right away when seeing him but it continues my theory Getaway has knowledge the Grand Architect needs or has some use for him. It seems like he(it) forces people into servitude. We saw that with Scorponok. Scorponoks obviously not loyal, he doesn’t wear the cog symbol and we know he’s been scheming against the grand architect from the final scavengers story.

Really makes me start to wonder who the Grand architect is. He(it)’s obviously that giant spark...could he be the knights of Cybertron all merged together not unlike what Megatron was planning in Beast Machines and gained omnipotence. I hope this isn’t an Ego from a guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 plan but I can see it going that way. They mention drilling...could it be some insane plan to merge all life into one being? I mean come one...”till all are one”
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968727)
Posted by Quint on July 4th, 2018 @ 8:00pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:That’s the point. Thunderclash is a joke. He’s Ace Rimmer. Everyone talks about how amazing he is but you don’t see how great he is. He is literally a gag character.

Why would you think scorponok wouldn’t return? He’s behind so much with the Cog machinations .


Yeah I see where you're coming from with Thunderclash, and that does work...

... Right up until the moment Thunderclash joins the crew and is demystified :lol:

As we near the crunch, so many big characters are seemingly demoted to de-powered peripheral players, such as Thunderclash and [spoiler]Tyrest[/spoiler]; the latter's reveal didn't even warrant a final page panel.

Roller too, and he's a prime example of Roberts' sophomoric will to outwit the audience precluding narrative sense or value. Roller's basically just room meat, whereas he could have been so much more, albeit now-dead.

Nonetheless, as messy and frantically rushed as it all is, it's an entertaining read.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968731)
Posted by Randomhero on July 4th, 2018 @ 9:03pm CDT
For all intended purposes Thunderclash should have died when he was shot in the head. I wouldn’t have said a negative thing if he hadn’t been with them and first aid said “we lost Thunderclash on the way to save him”

He’s been regarded as the greatest autobot ever. Someone even Optimus Prime looks up to and now he’s here and literally just a grunt to a point here he saluted to Rodimus and Magnus and yells “SIRS!” Someone will that large of reputation-guilty or not of participating in the mutiny- would be the guy you’d resign your command to. Not unlike prowl did so to Jazz and Kip in All Hail megatron. He’s the guy who’s said have lead the most successful campaigns out of anyone there.

It’s an issue with roberts and it’s been an issue through the entire run. Building character to be super powerful to stupid and ridiculous degrees. overlord, the DJD and Thunderclash. Characters who for reasons should just be background characters because they can’t be used properly. overlord was made indestructible so it’s literally “how do you defeat him?” The DJD wiped out phase sixers and over 200 quantum autobots but needed an army and high tailed it when they were coming for Shockwave when he called for backup. Thunderclash who is the perfect autobot and now he’s around you can’t really use him how you’ve built him up.

Little nitpick but it’s there and a minor issue.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968784)
Posted by AlphaBass on July 5th, 2018 @ 9:20am CDT
Other minor issue - guess this means Defensor's death is real.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #19 (1968790)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 5th, 2018 @ 9:55am CDT
AlphaBass wrote:Other minor issue - guess this means Defensor's death is real.

True but we'll just mark that down now as wanting to make star saber a legitimate threat. Besides no one will be alive in this continuity soon ;-)
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