Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23

Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 8:00am CDT

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A Tale of Two Primuseses
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Synopsis
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Story
We return this month and issue to a one voiced review, though still informed by a modicum of staff discussion to feed into a more balanced overview of the story being told for this number of Lost Light, as we get ever closer to the finale of the entire ..thing. Read on below, crusadercons!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23
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First thing to come up: my misgivings from the previous issue are not erased, and they still inform my base reading of any of the stories told in this narrative thread - however, there are some moments and developments in this issue specifically that seem to put in discussion those very same issues I tried to raise myself in terms of legitimisation.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23
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Though the expected ups and downs in terms of tone that characterises a lot of James Roberts' writing on the series is present, the general pacing and overall tone does not seem to fall into too many juxtaposed moments, egged on by the sense of urgency that is palpable even just in the silent opening pages of the issue, and some of the major interactions among the cast.

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The characters, of course, placed in this framework each get their moment to shine, or at least glimmer, with some chilling one liners, some moments that mark out the 'ending' feeling of book, and some Spinisters along for the ride, but few contributions feel forced or irrelevant to the story and pacing.

Art

Jack Lawrence is doing some incredible work on this issue in particular, and at this point I am no longer able to praise him enough and to say that 'this issue is the best one in his development on the series' - as that just seems to be the case with each new issue he works on the interiors. But just the opening, in its silent scripting, should prove my point enough.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23
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The colours that Joana Lafuente once more provides are pretty excellent too, with the shades changing between external and internal scenes, and some truly spectacular shimmering work displayed in some pivotal moments in flashbacks and present day scenes, especially with the Functionist Primus attack.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23
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Furtis Candango and Tom B Long are doing some pretty spectacular work, already from the title page onwards, and they're clearly having all the fun that they can outside of the silent pages: the fontwork is exciting, and more of it sneaks into conversations with loud audiences than previously, too.

All the covers, as usual, can be found in our Vector Sigma Database entry here, though the one spotlighted in the thumbnail is the Geoff Senior / Josh Burcham variant featuring Pharma and Tyrest, which may or may not directly relate to the story itself.


Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

Reading this issue alongside Optimus Prime #23, or indeed Unicron #4, is interesting, as the pacing seems to be very similar for all three, though the two ongoings are the ones with the most parallels (planet formers doing damage, fast pacing with significant moments on practically each page, lots of threads reaching a conclusion) - and in some ways, Lost Light has a more tonally streamlined, due to its established ensemble cast by now, than OP.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23
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There is some material that feels like a late addition to the story, admittedly, but it works relatively well with how a certain progression of a subplot (so far) was handled, and sets up well the coming two issues without detracting too much from the Guiding Hand storyline. What's more, the book is visually stunning, and I can't not repeat this - I will be really interested in looking at how the trade works with the alternating artists at this stage, but what we're getting so far is magnificent.

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Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982331)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 8:10am CDT
I’ve not sure how I feel about this finale now. This is so rushed it’s really taking me out of the series. It’s “here’s the main villain! Nope never mind! Here’s the main villain! Never mind here’s the real villain! NOPE! Nevermind! HERE IS THE MAIN VILLAIN!

I really don’t know how to feel right now. I love the last issue but this is just like I’ve said before about MTMTE/LL. Once it gets closer to the end of of a story it’s just “okay wrap it up wrap it up wrap it up!”

It was great to get all issues this week but after reading them last night I felt like “...bleh!” Not strong issues the start the month.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982332)
Posted by william-james88 on September 5th, 2018 @ 8:22am CDT
Just to be sure, Pharma was NOT Adaptus in hiding right? Every other god was hiding within another character because they had forgotten who they were, but adaptus never forgot right?

And yes, this all feels rushed. Does the reveal of the omega guardians gel well with what we learn of them in the Unicron series?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982333)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 8:27am CDT
william-james88 wrote:Just to be sure, Pharma was NOT Adaptus in hiding right? Every other god was hiding within another character because they had forgotten who they were, but adaptus never forgot right?

And yes, this all feels rushed. Does the reveal of the omega guardians gel well with what we learn of them in the Unicron series?


Adaptus took Pharmas body and put himself in it for...reasons. Still no explanation for that.

Adaptus never forgot because he was on Luna one when he fired his mind gun on Cybertron so he wasn’t affected by it. He did it intentionally so they’d forget and he could plan

And those are different guardians. The cybertronian ones arnt the same ones as the ones here. They probably should have just called the ones OP/unicron omega Sentinels ...
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982339)
Posted by william-james88 on September 5th, 2018 @ 8:40am CDT
Randomhero wrote:And those are different guardians. The cybertronian ones arnt the same ones as the ones here. They probably should have just called the ones OP/unicron omega Sentinels ...

What what?! So who the hell are these guys in the magnificence? When were they previously referenced?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982349)
Posted by ScottyP on September 5th, 2018 @ 8:51am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:And those are different guardians. The cybertronian ones arnt the same ones as the ones here. They probably should have just called the ones OP/unicron omega Sentinels ...

What what?! So who the hell are these guys in the magnificence? When were they previously referenced?
Spotlight: Doubledealer/the "Revelation" arc of Spotlights, then sporadically thereafter.

Ishin Ookami wrote: Does anyone know why this issue wasn't two weeks apart from the last one? And are we returning to that schedule again or do we wait until November to see how this all wraps up?
They claimed way back when the end was announced that it'd be bi-weekly through June, July, and August with a September wrap up. Then Barber came in as EIC and (likely wisely) punted to October and spaced things out once August hit.

That said, for Lost Light in particular, it looks like three weeks to 24, then another three thereafter to 25. That could change again, of course!
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982351)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 5th, 2018 @ 9:00am CDT
Out of curiosity but shouldn't these reviews be front paged?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982352)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 9:02am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Randomhero wrote:And those are different guardians. The cybertronian ones arnt the same ones as the ones here. They probably should have just called the ones OP/unicron omega Sentinels ...

What what?! So who the hell are these guys in the magnificence? When were they previously referenced?



Yes from spotlight hotrod and reference by the dude on troja major said these guys were aliens that evolved and theft their bodies. They’re the golem looking dudes from earlier in this story. At least that’s why I’m getting from

The cybertronian ones must have been by Shockwave since they come from the 13 era.

I’m 99.9% sure they’re separate

According to LL these guys built merderi and that place predates the knights of Cybertron era
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982372)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on September 5th, 2018 @ 10:30am CDT
I still think there's a chance for Rodimus and Megatron to end up in at least conjunx amica, if not conjunx endura, considering some of the other characters' development in the past.

Also, this is most likely just wishful thinking on my part, because it has been said that LL will have nothing to do with Unicron, but I would love it if LL #25 and OP #25 came before Unicron #6 and it would end with Functionist Primus/Cybertron arriving just in time to fight Unicron and have them both be destroyed in the battle, thus ending the entire IDW universe with all 3 books intertwined and coming to one single definite conclusion.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982375)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 10:51am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:I still think there's a chance for Rodimus and Megatron to end up in at least conjunx amica, if not conjunx endura, considering some of the other characters' development in the past.

Also, this is most likely just wishful thinking on my part, because it has been said that LL will have nothing to do with Unicron, but I would love it if LL #25 and OP #25 came before Unicron #6 and it would end with Functionist Primus/Cybertron arriving just in time to fight Unicron and have them both be destroyed in the battle, thus ending the entire IDW universe with all 3 books intertwined and coming to one single definite conclusion.



They don’t. Lost light is almost 2 years behind the main books and Barber already announced Optimus Prime 25 takes place after Unicron 6 and acts as an epilogue to the IDW- Verse.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982390)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 5th, 2018 @ 11:39am CDT
You know I was beginning to think I'd imagined what barber said about op 25. I've parroted it but no one was paying me any attention.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982403)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 12:22pm CDT
The more I think about this issue and the over all story of amost 7 years of MTMTE/LL the more disappointed I am.

The main villain of this entire saga turns out to be villains not even from this universe. It’s an alternate version of characters from this one and all I can say is “oh hum”

The grand architect was established all the way back in MTMTE 7. Rung was established in the ongoing and I like everything with Rung. I kinda hate everything else.

I’m not saying this because I liked my theory that the grand architect was the functionalists. I was right I. Some aspect that’s play a role but I’m happy I was wrong. I’m just not satisfied that everything comes down to a group that wasn’t really established till last year. They were introduced a few years ago but weren’t a threat to anyone of the cast till last year.

It kinda feels like this came about because megatron was brought on and I think maybe the original outcome was suppose to be the IDW-verse functionalist council. Just my thought.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982404)
Posted by william-james88 on September 5th, 2018 @ 12:23pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:You know I was beginning to think I'd imagined what barber said about op 25. I've parroted it but no one was paying me any attention.

It is news to me, but granted i have not been in the optimus threads since I wasnt reading it until now.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982407)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 5th, 2018 @ 12:25pm CDT
I wonder how that would have worked if it was the intention. Though there's the possibility that the functionist council may have been introduced more as a threat a lot earlier if megs hadn't been there.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982410)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 12:37pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how that would have worked if it was the intention. Though there's the possibility that the functionist council may have been introduced more as a threat a lot earlier if megs hadn't been there.



And that’s the thing! Functionalism has been around since chaos theory and was always this thing in the background of James writing. Just this past thing that’s always been brought up to establish this thing.


My other issue is the fact no one knows how to destroy fake Primus until they work out some insane plan.

Here’s the thing. Decepticons have threatened to blow up Cybertron in the past. Megatron threatened to do it twice back in stormbringer. We know they have the fire power to destroy planets. We’ve seen in even recently in unicron. They even remark how insanely powerful and ruthless the war was. The architect has an entire fleet of decepticon ships and former Decepticons. In reality his fleet would have been able to wipe out the funtionalist Primus the moment it entered.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982419)
Posted by ZeroWolf on September 5th, 2018 @ 1:22pm CDT
These are good points though wouldn't that extend to them dealing with unicron as well though?
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982422)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 1:35pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:These are good points though wouldn't that extend to them dealing with unicron as well though?



Well...he’s made of magic lmao
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982435)
Posted by william-james88 on September 5th, 2018 @ 2:26pm CDT
You know with Unicron appearing in the Optimus stor and fake Primus appearing in LL, I do find it too bad that the final showdown isnt these two giant planet formers against eachother.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982438)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 2:41pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:You know with Unicron appearing in the Optimus stor and fake Primus appearing in LL, I do find it too bad that the final showdown isnt these two giant planet formers against eachother.



At this point ya never know. I’m leaving the possibility that lost ends as it should and the next issue of unicron could end with functionalist Primus showing up to help.

That’s be how you tie them up. I won’t be shocked if it doesn’t though
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982443)
Posted by Lore Keeper on September 5th, 2018 @ 3:35pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
william-james88 wrote:You know with Unicron appearing in the Optimus stor and fake Primus appearing in LL, I do find it too bad that the final showdown isnt these two giant planet formers against eachother.



At this point ya never know. I’m leaving the possibility that lost ends as it should and the next issue of unicron could end with functionalist Primus showing up to help.

That’s be how you tie them up. I won’t be shocked if it doesn’t though

I had a suspicion that Rung would somehow take control of the fake Primus and obtain a "true" body. This would somehow end with him battling Unicron in the present time.

On a side note, somebody mentioned that no explanation has been given for Adaptus possessing Pharma. I was thinking the same thing as I read this issue. It seems to be a pretty major plot hole that will hopefully be filled before this universe goes kaput.
Re: Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #23 (1982450)
Posted by Randomhero on September 5th, 2018 @ 4:43pm CDT
Lore Keeper wrote:
Randomhero wrote:
william-james88 wrote:You know with Unicron appearing in the Optimus stor and fake Primus appearing in LL, I do find it too bad that the final showdown isnt these two giant planet formers against eachother.



At this point ya never know. I’m leaving the possibility that lost ends as it should and the next issue of unicron could end with functionalist Primus showing up to help.

That’s be how you tie them up. I won’t be shocked if it doesn’t though

I had a suspicion that Rung would somehow take control of the fake Primus and obtain a "true" body. This would somehow end with him battling Unicron in the present time.

On a side note, somebody mentioned that no explanation has been given for Adaptus possessing Pharma. I was thinking the same thing as I read this issue. It seems to be a pretty major plot hole that will hopefully be filled before this universe goes kaput.



I did. It’ll be addressed I’m sure.

Rungs body is his true form. He’s not a god. He’s just the first cybertronian. He’s special that’s for sure but like he said. He doesn’t have all powerful powers.

The only real question I have is: he creates matrices, how did the matrix reformat Cybertron back in chaos?

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