Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21

Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 3:49am CDT

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The Grand Architect
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
Something is coming. It cannot be stalled. It cannot be avoided. It cannot be reasoned with. As the end of everything draws near, a simple instruction rings out across the universe: prepare, confront, repel.

Some people are ready for the fight of their lives. Rodimus and the increasingly shambolic crew of the Lost Light…yeah, they’re really not. Like, at all.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21
Crusadercons congregate!


Story
We reach the third chapter in this final story arc, Crucible, and some of the answers to the bigger questions (raised since some very early stages not only of Lost Light, but also More than Meets the Eye, and even early days of Phase two of IDW) start coming to the surface, without too much ambiguity to them, but still plenty to unpack. How did it all fare? Read on to get an idea!

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series recap from Misfire again


Nothing is created from nothing. You need a beginning, a grounding, a starting point for anything else to develop, and that applies to story matter too. Nothing is entirely new, but new takes on something previously established can work well, and James Roberts has some experience in doing just that. The reception of those elements, of course, will vary, but I was pleased with the majority of what was put out.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21
spot the hint(s)


What we interestingly, and gloriously, have in the characterisation of the cast is something of a full circle, with some development arcs coming to fruition (see Rodimus and Ultra Magnus, for example), and some true to form points in the plot advancement and pacing that lent themselves well to appreciating just how much these characters have been through since the Death of Optimus Prime at least.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21
you guise


I have more thoughts on two of the bigger plot points below, but give this some time to air first. The characters have always been the lynchpin for the plot to revolve around in this series, and this issue makes sure to return to that idea even while giving us some direct answers, even while hurtling towards the end, even when those answers were not what we thought we looked for.


Art

Jack Lawrence returns to cover the art side of the book after last issue, and what I was really takne by was the almost lightness, thinner lines that the issue seems to sport, as if the inking brush has gone down by a couple sizes - and you know what? The book is all the better for whatever changed: it's sleek, it's clean, it's pointed, and everything is uniquely itself (even the one possibly repeated panel), and it's what the issue needed most of all.

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wot e said


The accomplishment of the art, of course, is also due to Joana Lafuente's work on the colours, which wonderfully complement the panels. Her approach ends up giving us a game of light and shadows leading to the Grand Architect reveal and their ship's crew, as well as highlighting each indivually, painstakingly rendered character on the page.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21
and then of course, shots like these


The lettering brought in by Tom B Long has some excellent moments in its fontwork, but the captions are probably what you might want to pay attention to more specifically - especially with a script which comes through as surprisingly succinct and direct to the point.

In terms of covers, Lawrence and Lafuente's main version of the shocked cast is repurposed, in its uncoloured lineart as the retail incentive, so you can pick out more details there if sought after - while the series continues its creator spotlight with a Geoff Senior / Josh Burcham B variant, of a very different vision of the Lost Light crew and the Crusadercons. Check the thumbnail, and our database for more!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There are two major moments in the book. This is the closest we've ever been to the Grand Architect and the major disappearances from the series, and we do get a reveal about their identity - though whether that is final is up to debate, as the Seibertron.com Energon Pub thread is already showing. The second is a nudge closer to the 'Great Threat' against which they were preparing to confront and repel. Something that I am still mulling over, admittedly. But a minor gasp was gasped nonetheless.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21
oh, Starscream is in here too, yeah


With what is probably the sleekest, lightest Lawrence art in the series so far, the book is a pleasure to get lost in, and there is no actual losing oneself in the story - everything is surprisingly clear and accessible even in its self-referential universe, the editorial touches from Mariotte work in that regard, and almost the entire cast is present for what will be the final Big Bad - be they who you think they are or not, that is entirely yet to determine.

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Credit(s): IDW


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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973867)
Posted by Bounti76 on July 25th, 2018 @ 5:37am CDT
My thoughts:

I think the Grand Architect is actually just using Pharma's body, and isn't actually Pharma.

Scorponok went out too easy.

The Magnificence still confuses me.

Maybe we'll finally find out what Rung turns into.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973869)
Posted by Shockwave 8 on July 25th, 2018 @ 5:50am CDT
Is it just me, or does it seem like, in the first full group shot on the Lost Light, Nickel is just staring at Roller? Probably thinking, "well, he looks familiar…" :lol:
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973876)
Posted by Ironhidensh on July 25th, 2018 @ 7:59am CDT
I didn't gasp at the end, but I did let out a very happy "about damn time"!


I don't think Megatron is the threat, I think he is there to be the salvation.

I don't buy the Pharma nonsense. Might be his body, but not him.

Also, I really thought rung was going to prove to be a firing pin or something for the planet guns.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973882)
Posted by Optimus Prime13th on July 25th, 2018 @ 8:32am CDT
Called it yesterday with the full preview! I knew it was Pharma!... or at least his body. Grant Architect may be in control of his body but that doesn't matter because damnit I called it! And I was right! Feels good to right for once... also its good to see Megatron again
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973883)
Posted by Optimus Prime13th on July 25th, 2018 @ 8:34am CDT
Double post
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973886)
Posted by Ironhidensh on July 25th, 2018 @ 8:59am CDT
Optimus Prime13th wrote:Double post

Well, that's that then. We have to take you out back and shoot you. Could take awhile as well, Va'al has terrible aim.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973887)
Posted by Va'al on July 25th, 2018 @ 9:04am CDT
My aim was true, I edited the posts in time for most spoilers to be kept intact!

I think.


Anyway, how bout those two returns, huh?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973889)
Posted by Ironhidensh on July 25th, 2018 @ 9:16am CDT
Va'al wrote:My aim was true, I edited the posts in time for most spoilers to be kept intact!

I think.


Anyway, how bout those two returns, huh?




like I said, I think Megatron is returning to save the day. Maybe against unicorn, maybe GA's threat. I don't think, or at least I hope, he is the threat.

Pharmacy I'm hoping is just a shell.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973890)
Posted by Va'al on July 25th, 2018 @ 9:24am CDT
So can we say that, in a story that has dealt often with mental health issues and addiction, the real enemy is Big Pharma?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973897)
Posted by Ms. Trebuchette on July 25th, 2018 @ 10:18am CDT
Va'al wrote:So can we say that, in a story that has dealt often with mental health issues and addiction, the real enemy is Big Pharma?



That is quite the mood right there, sir! :D

And yes, Big Pharma is *ALWAYS* the enemy.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973899)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on July 25th, 2018 @ 10:19am CDT
Va'al wrote:So can we say that, in a story that has dealt often with mental health issues and addiction, the real enemy is Big Pharma?

:APPLAUSE:

Wowsers, what an issue. I'm inclined to agree with Ironhidensh on the role of Megatron, though I think it's very very deliberate that his hand was placed to hide the view of his faction symbol. Y'know, "don't change back" and all that.
The other thing that's clearly deliberate but still puzzling me is Rung's lost arm. It's clear based on the forced transformation and the identical colour scheme (how did I not spot that second one before? #-o ) that rung & in particular his alt mode have some link to the magnificence. It looks like perhaps the magnificence could fit into the circle on the end of Rung's alt? (What makes that REAL funky is remembering that the magnificence is/was supposedly a living Cybertronian, who eschewed most of their body Solomus-style.) My thought is, perhaps the lack of arm affects Rung's alt mode, making him unable to properly interface with the magnificence, thus either saving the day or dooming it...
As with all the best of Roberts' work, I'm left with a lot of answers and a lot more questions!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973902)
Posted by Randomhero on July 25th, 2018 @ 10:50am CDT
What if it’s the functionalist council? They do combine. What if the Grand architect is the gestalt mind and spark of the funcionalists from the alternate universe that escaped due to megatrons revolution and they ended up spiraling though time and wound up in the IDW-verse(or the functionist council from the IDW-verse), ended up in the past and orchestrated a plan to to create perfect transformers, knew eventually megatron would return and planned an all out assault to stop him from coming back?

It’s not just exposition of Cybertron having a forgotten function of being a weapon and it would give the arc of the functionalist universe more meaning than just getting rid of megatron at the start of LL

What and who would consider megatron a beast and the greatest threat to their point of view of the universe?

Functionalism
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973903)
Posted by Ms. Trebuchette on July 25th, 2018 @ 10:52am CDT
Image

Fun fact. This is the shape of the Hydrocarbon Benezene.

A circle inside of a hexagon.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973920)
Posted by ScottyP on July 25th, 2018 @ 12:26pm CDT
Ms. Trebuchette wrote:Image

Fun fact. This is the shape of the Hydrocarbon Benezene.

A circle inside of a hexagon.
Son of a...
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973921)
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 25th, 2018 @ 12:34pm CDT
So many spoilers...

I'm too weak...
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973926)
Posted by snavej on July 25th, 2018 @ 1:26pm CDT
My guess: Grand Architect = Scrapper? It's a comic. No one has to stay dead. Scrapper was one of the best architects in the Decepticon army.

Edit: Just read LL #21. I guessed wrong. #-o
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973927)
Posted by Diaboragon on July 25th, 2018 @ 1:32pm CDT
I'm super confused on the state of Tailgate. I thought he exploded in his cell previously and only showed up as a simulation in Mediri because everyone heard he was dead. But then he escapes with everyone out of the fake afterspark and onto the Lost Light?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973949)
Posted by ArmadaPrime on July 25th, 2018 @ 2:53pm CDT
Diaboragon wrote:I'm super confused on the state of Tailgate. I thought he exploded in his cell previously and only showed up as a simulation in Mediri because everyone heard he was dead. But then he escapes with everyone out of the fake afterspark and onto the Lost Light?

My guess is that he was teleported out of the coffin/cell and sent to Mederi, which cured him- but he was stuck there unable to "ascend" because Cyclonus wasn't around. Who teleported him, or how, I'm not sure- but the Magnificence listed him as one of the most important bots who should meet the architect, so maybe there's more to be revealed...

Randomhero wrote:What if it’s the functionalist council? [...]
What and who would consider megatron a beast and the greatest threat to their point of view of the universe?
Functionalism

Ooooohhh, that's very very good. I can definitely get behind this theory.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973977)
Posted by Ms. Trebuchette on July 25th, 2018 @ 5:29pm CDT
Soooo.

I think I just figured out what the Crusadercons have to do to stop the Grand Architect.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #21 (1973987)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 25th, 2018 @ 5:57pm CDT
A well done issue! I believe no doubt that Pharma is a rebuilt shell for the true architect. Can't wait to see who he is.

And yes, they brought back Megatron. That was a good move.

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