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Review: Transformers: Lost Light #23

The final battle is here! Bots will live, bots will die, and the craziness can only increase! We’re halfway through a finale six years in the making! And if you’ve ever loved a bot, you won’t want to miss this.

While Cybertron burns due to Unicron, Cybertrons burn due to Primus from another dimension. Writer James Roberts is giving us an epic story that rivals the main event as the Lost Light and all of those picked up do their best to stop a rampaging robot the size of a planet.

While Transformers: Unicron has a disaster feel about it all, Transformers: Lost Light has a solid sense of humor to it all and moments that lighten it all. This is the Armageddon to the more serious Deep Impact. And it’s all enjoyable.

A good chunk of the comic is focused on the revelation that the Transformers’ “gods” are among them. It’s a weird revelation and one hell of a twist that definitely has you rethink a lot of what we’ve read in the past and what they’ve experienced as characters. There’s also some philosophical stuff there that I’m still trying to unpack.

The art is fantastic with a style that feels like the traditional look of the Transformers comic but a little lighter in style. The art by Jack Lawrence with color by Joana Lafuente matches the tone perfectly. There’s also some great imagery as a giant destroys everything around them.

There’s a twist later in the comic that feels like a shift on the level of the gods reveal. I’m still trying to process all of that. It’s a hell of a comic that’s part of an epic story. While there’s a main event, this is pretty close to surpassing it in entertainment. Don’t miss out of this one as it’s bringing together so much and paying off in a way that’ll put a smile on your face.

Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #23

Transformers: Lost Light #23

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)

The final battle is here! Bots will live, bots will die, and the craziness can only increase! We’re halfway through a finale six years in the making! And if you’ve ever loved a bot, you won’t want to miss this.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 3

Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 3

James Roberts (w) • Alex Milne, Brendan Cahill, Jack Lawrence (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)

Crammed into a dead Decepticon astropod that’s 10 sizes too small, the displaced crew of the Lost Light faces their most serious threat yet: each other. No worries though, Rodimus can save the day! Or maybe they’ll all die… Plus, the Scavengers have never had it so good. The war is a receding memory, their patchy service records have been forgotten, and the five of them can roam the galaxy as they please. All’s well that ends well? Not quite. Collects issues #13–18.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-331-5

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #21

Transformers: Lost Light #21

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)

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.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #20

Transformers: Lost Light #20

James Roberts (w) • Casey W. Coller (a) • Jack Lawrence (c)

Rodimus vs. Getaway! Finally!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #18

Transformers: Lost Light #18

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a)

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.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #17

Transformers: Lost Light #17

James Roberts (w) • Jack Lawrence (a & c)

LETTING GO! After years of tragedy and misadventure, Rodimus and Co. are finally happy—eager to see out their days on a peaceful world where contentment is inevitable and good things keep happening, whether they want them to or not. Is there a downside? No… Oh, alright then, yes. And it’s a big one!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Lost Light #16

Transformers: Lost Light #16

Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Tom B. Long
Editor: David Mariotte

ALL GOOD THINGS…! Rodimus and the Crusadercons have reached their final destination. The trouble is, it’s not Cyberutopia. In fact, it’s not ANYWHERE. But they’d better get used to it, because they’re going to be there until the end of Time…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Skylanders Quarterly—Spyro & Friends: Biting Back

Skylanders Quarterly—Spyro & Friends: Biting Back

Story: Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez
Art: Jack Lawrence, Aurelio Mazzara Cover: David Baldeón
Color: Ander Zarate, Tom Farm Letterer: Deron Bennett, Tom B. Long Ink: Gaetano Petrigno
Editor: David Hedgecock Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh Production: Christa Miesner

Spyro and Rollerball skirmish with a Drow battalion and encounter a strange new team of armored enemies with incredible powers! Plus, the madness reaches a conclusion in “Mirror, Mirror” Part 3, as Spyro and Kaos try to reverse their mind-swap!

FC • 48 pages • $4.99

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