Review of IDW Transformers: Lost Light #7
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A Seibertron.com Spoilerish (from the getgo) Review of IDW's Lost Light #7
AFTERMATH! The war with the Functionalists is over—and Rodimus is left wondering whether he won or lost. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for the displaced crew of the Lost Light, as decisions are made that will change their lives forever.
I must admit right off the bat: this story really felt like a filler issue, with not much going on, some pages dedicated to things that weren't really focusing the story, and an overall sort of flat quality to it. After the initial 6 issue arc, which itself felt an issue or 2 longer than it should have, this was a breather, but not one that was needed.
Now may I tell you that this is not an indication that I think the story is bad. The story was alright, but it wasn't good nor bad. There wasn't anything particularly bad, but the good didn't shoot to the moon either. It was sort of flat and no real dips or rises to it.
That said, the good for the story included some decent character moments for Rodimus, Tailgate, Cyclonus, and Whirl. Fangry also gets his moment to shine, which I can appreciate since he is finally in IDW and he had the setup for a payoff. Also, Roller and Lug are very cute, I will appreciate that. And the moments surrounding Megatron, even if he wasn't in the issue, are good and they are telling of his effects on the crew and all the Lost Light characters in general. I appreciated that, even though there were great moments with them, everyone is acknowledging how is absence changes the group's dynamics, and in essence this goes a way to proving that #GetawaywasRight.
On the topic of Lug, that part really felt brushed over and really sped up. Quite literally, last issue brought us the revelation that Rung and Anode between then can resurrect everyone so long as they have some spark residue left (basically sortof), which itself was a cheat on how death is supposed to be meaningful, but we still have characters coming back to life regularly. And then in the case of Lug, she was resurrected, and any ill feelings between her and Anode were brushed over in what, 5 or 6 total pages of time between 2 issues? Nope, not feeling that one.
And also, on that subject: why Kaput? You literally got a decent character, and yet the mentality here is to kill. Kill off the more interesting add-on to the crew, and send the other one off to star in the next 2 issues. Come on man, enough with that. While I can appreciate the bookends to Tailgate's story, doing in Kaput went too far in my humble opinion. You can render someone stasis locked without ripping off their head, ya know?
With this in mind, the beginning of the issue did call back to the opening of More Than Meets The Eye, and it felt properly classic. Tailgate was handled fairly well, and I loved the Cyclonus/Whirl page. That page was the best part of the issue. It's just a shame that the Magnus part was so weird. It felt sort of forced and like something he normally wouldn't do either. It felt less natural than it should have, which is why it wasn't a good part and more of a "meh" part of the story.
So yeah, overall story was subpar, some good moments, but nothing to stand out above anything else.
Art duties are again taken up by Jack Lawrence, and he is joined by inker John Wycough. Now while I was noted in saying I was taking to the Lawrence art style back around issue 5, this issue felt like a step back. Things didn't feel as focused as they should, and the art didn't feel like it did the story the justice it needed to. This story needed that art lift, but it didn't really get the help. Like the story itself, there were no terrible art moments to place a finger on, but there were no shining moments. While I loved the Whirl/Cyclonus scene, it felt a bit too... I want to say bloated and not as focused, sort of soft when it needed that crisp look.
Coloring duties were handled by Joana Lafuente, who did a good job of working with the lines to paint some beautiful scenery, but again not really a shining moment. Even the sunrise as Skip takes off isn't as pronounced as usual, and the followup scenes with Tailgate and Kaput feature some sort of strange lighting that didn't really sit well with my eyes.
Inks were done by Tom B. Long, and once again we have some good moments and some good speech and sound bubbles. While not an issue on Long, there was a strange moment where Fangry had some "stifled laughter," which was extremely obvious in panel, yet required a funny yellow caption over it. This was the one issue I had with the speech bubbles, but the very last thing written in the bottom right corner of the last page more than made up for it. Someone had a sense of humor about burying someone alive for 6 million years in radiation....again!
So Lost Light 7... yeah, it was alright, but nothing to write home about yet not something to toss in the garbage. At this point in time, the story needs some major pushing. The plot has dragged, and it was weird to have a breather issue after a 6-issue-long 4 issue series. The plot needs to move, the crew needs to move. The story is already 1/3 the length of the first season of MTMTE, yet those first 7 issues felt much better paced, and it felt like we had got places. This is just like... whatever, we've had some stuff happen, we removed the most interesting part of the book and that part that made season 2 better than it otherwise would have been, and we are still months behind the other ongoings (unless the geobomb stuff has triggered a jump forward in time).
In short and in finale, the pace needs to pick up, the fiddle-farting around needs to be cut down, the art needs to get closer to what issue 6 was (and still add a little something), it needs bigger moments that don't take forever to build up when they really didn't need it, and if we are to be rid of Megatron so we can focus on the old crew again, don't start throwing in new characters that are annoying, feel forced, and cheat death to once again derive death of the meaning it is supposed to have, and stop killing off the new ones that really didn't do those sorts of things.
Credit(s): IDW Publishing
This article was last modified on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 7:08am CDT
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Posted by Randomhero on June 30th, 2017 @ 11:20am CDT
The resurrection of lug is a joke, the conversation between nightbeat and brainstorm is so meta it's borderline insulting and ridiculous. This issue as written and drawn well before 6 even came out and you can just tell James was saying "people are going to have a problem with this so I'm going to make it tongue and cheeky" it's not cute and it wasn't funny. It's lazy. It's not only lazy it's full of problems. The wand takes you to a pocket location in their universe. It shouldn't bring you right back to where you left and where is killmaster? He should have reappeared the second they all showed up.
Lugs resurrection in this just shows that it just doesn't matter anymore. Find some sentio Metallico and grab some flowers and have a sparkalogist and blacksmith around and it's like nothing happened.
Posted by Kurona on June 30th, 2017 @ 11:27am CDT
Posted by ricemazter on June 30th, 2017 @ 3:54pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:I said I wasn't going to bother anymore but I caved and picked it and yeah I completely agree. It needs to move forward. It's needed to move forward for a long time.
The resurrection of lug is a joke, the conversation between nightbeat and brainstorm is so meta it's borderline insulting and ridiculous. This issue as written and drawn well before 6 even came out and you can just tell James was saying "people are going to have a problem with this so I'm going to make it tongue and cheeky" it's not cute and it wasn't funny. It's lazy. It's not only lazy it's full of problems. The wand takes you to a pocket location in their universe. It shouldn't bring you right back to where you left and where is killmaster? He should have reappeared the second they all showed up...
Yeah, against my better judgement, I picked this one up too. Brainstorm and Nightbeat's conversation was a little hypocritical. "Stop trying to invent mysteries for the sake of it, Nightbeat." Then maybe Roberts should stop coming up with nume666rous plot points that probably won't have a resolution any time soon.
The whole thing with Megatron and the cast going back to hating him the second he's gone can go one of two ways. First, that's it; Megatron is gone and this is meta commentary on Roberts' part that some of us shouldn't have liked him so much to begin with. Second, there will be some sort of reveal in the future that'll try and make the current attitude seem like misdirection (like the whole Roller/Tarn nonsense).
What gets me most right now is that there are just so many unresolved threads in this series that Roberts keeps adding. There was so much introduced in the first 7 issues that went unresolved: crazy visions, possible drug addiction, Functionist Universe, Tailgate's ongoing problems, and whatever else I'm forgetting. Meanwhile, all of this happens in an arc that, from my perspective, existed solely to get Megatron off the ship without providing any real closure since none of the main cast members understand what really happened. All of this completely disregards the unresolved plot points from the last series. One example that really sticks out to me is the funerary recordings at the beginning of Dying of the Light. During those, Rung specifically asks to be put beyond use for some reason that probably won't be clear until the end of the third "season."
I know this is rambling and long, but I'm reminded of a video essay I watched recently on the show Sherlock, criticizing Stephen Moffat and his status as a show runner. Moffat, responsible for some of the best single Doctor Who episodes, takes over an entire show and essentially continually teases payoffs that never materialize or detract from whatever is happening in single episodes. From my perspective, I can see similar cracks forming here, where the ongoing narrative is starting to consume the rest of the series. MTMTE was at it's best when an entire story or event was completed in one or two issues, as opposed to what's been the status quo for a while now.
Additionally, since, I think, issue 39# of MTMTE, the one introducing Deathsaurus, that the structure of the plot has gotten worse. Hindsight is 20/20, but between that issue and now I can think of better ways to structure things. For instance, if Roberts wanted to get rid of Megatron, he probably should have done so at the end of Dying of the Light.
Posted by avarathriul on June 30th, 2017 @ 4:20pm CDT
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 30th, 2017 @ 6:45pm CDT
Posted by BeePrime on June 30th, 2017 @ 11:12pm CDT
MTME had been my favourite of the Transformers books. Whatever LL is, or will become, I simply no longer care.
Posted by ricemazter on June 30th, 2017 @ 11:36pm CDT
avarathriul wrote:i think that the issue did a perfect job at setting up what this season will be about. The first arc was about the cliff hanger from the previous season, this one lets us know specifically where the characters are heading and sets up the drama that makes MTMTE and Lost Light so beautiful. That one act by Fangryis going to be something that will hopefully pay ff big time in the conclusion. I know that each issue from here on out, I will be wanting to know whether Tailgate will endure.
Fair enough. But I would make the argument that the cliff hanger ending of last season was a misstep. Here, I think the cliff hanger was unnecessary and primarily existed to justify the let's ditch Megatron story.
Posted by avarathriul on June 30th, 2017 @ 11:40pm CDT
Posted by Kurona on July 1st, 2017 @ 4:13am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:So the overall consensus is that LL is a step down from MTMTE?
Generally, yeah. I still don't feel it's as terrible as people say, but certainly not as good as its predecessor. OP and TAAO are the best Transformers books right now.
Posted by YoungPrime on July 1st, 2017 @ 5:41pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Optimus Prime, TAAO and even Revolutionaries to an extent are overtaking Lost Light
Yeah, speak for yourself on that...
Revolutionaries gets none of my time, TAAO has had 2 great issues so far and OP is borderline Costa right now the way Prime and Autobots kiss the @ss of these annoying human's. Barber's take on Galvatron was as lame and forgettable as his death.
I'm not going to sit here praise LL like it's perfect... Making Cyclonus and TG feel like a boring Melrose Place couple is an all time low for Roberts IMO. But it's still nowhere near as Meh as OP and those IDW-verse spinoffs.
Again, TAAO has stepped its game up the last 2 issues but with news of it cancelling and me having no interest in the book Scott will be writing moving forward, there's no point in speaking on it other than I'll read it until it ends. OP on the hand I'll likely drop leaving LL to be the only IDW book I'm reading by the end of this year.
Posted by Quint on July 1st, 2017 @ 7:44pm CDT
Apparently the true barometer is the performance of the trades but I'd still be keen to learn from anyone ITK.
Posted by ScottyP on July 2nd, 2017 @ 6:00pm CDT
For sales of print copies from Diamond (distributor) to comic shops (not readers!), in the US, LL5 did about 6,600 copies. MTMTE 5 did about 11,600 back in May of 2012.Quint wrote:Does anyone have any indication of sales figures for LL so far, and how they compare to MTMTE?
Apparently the true barometer is the performance of the trades but I'd still be keen to learn from anyone ITK.
Posted by Ironhidensh on July 2nd, 2017 @ 6:33pm CDT
That ending! Did not see that coming at all.
Posted by Va'al on July 2nd, 2017 @ 6:46pm CDT
(W) James Roberts (A/CA) Jack Lawrence
THE HUNT IS ON! Ever lost something and spent forever looking for it? Try visiting Troja Major, the lost property capital of the universe. Just bear in mind that it's better known by another name: the Howling Town. And the Autobots are about to find out why.
Posted by Deadput on July 2nd, 2017 @ 7:30pm CDT
Ha ha ha
Posted by ricemazter on July 3rd, 2017 @ 3:11am CDT
Posted by Broadside27 on July 3rd, 2017 @ 4:51am CDT
Posted by Kurona on July 3rd, 2017 @ 5:37am CDT
Broadside27 wrote:What the blue bots name?
That's Velocity; Camien medic and consistently concerned for everyone
Posted by lowman_x on July 3rd, 2017 @ 6:11am CDT
ricemazter wrote:Has anyone else found it odd that the standard scale of most alien species in the IDW verse is giant?
No, I just assume that humans are the odd, tiny ones in the universe.
Posted by Broadside27 on July 3rd, 2017 @ 6:12am CDT