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Review: Transformers: Lost Light #18

LIGHTS OUT! The Everlasting Voices trilogy concludes with an explosion of hope, a grave betrayal… and more answers than you can handle! Events of the last six years build to a frenzy of revelations, casting everything that’s gone before in a new-and deadly-light. No exaggeration, no hyperbole: there has never been a more important issue of Lost Light. Leads directly into the biggest story in the history of the Lost Light!

IDW Publishing‘s various Transformers comics are prime examples of how to put together the long narrative the pays off years later. Transformers: Lost Light #18 is an example of that as so many plot threads come together here while even more is piled on.

Written by James Roberts, the answer as to whether the Lost Light has wound up in the Afterspark or not is answered. Is the entire crew dead and in limbo? There’s twists. There’s turns. And there’s a hell of a lot of suprises. It’s hard to even do this review as I want to avoid spoilers. So much of the issue’s fun is the discovery of everything.

The art by Jack Lawrence is fantastic as always. One thing that has never been an issue with the various Transformers comics under IDW is the art. Each character looks great. The twists and what it all means look fantastic. There’s some solid comedic moments. There’s great surprises. And all of the emotion is right there in the art.

That emotion especially is present with Cyclonus as the issue highlights the rather unique aspects of love and relationships in the Transformers universe. Reunitied with Tailgate, the two are a love story that’s just touching to have witnessed and here we see that in full bloom. Cyclonus’ journey has been at the center of things in many ways and this issue highlights that. It’s taken two characters I never really liked and recreated them in a way that I actually care about them. By the time you get to the end of the issue if you’re not touched you have no soul (a sparkeater might have gotten to it). To bring such emotion to robots who change into things is impressive. There’s also the fact the issue, and this arc as a whole, addresses religion and the afterlife. That shifts this issue to assisted suicide. All of those are weighty subjects and again the fact they’re being addressed by robots who change into things, and other comics won’t touch them with a 50 foot poll, also shows an impressive willingness to add depth and thought provoking issues to the series.

While not a good spot to start for new readers, this issue is a pay off for long time fans who should be more than happy about the twists and what’s coming next.

Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review