Review: Transformers: Lost Light #2

(IDW Publishing – 2017)

Writer: James Roberts
Art: Jack Lawrence
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente

Rodimus, Megatron and their fellow Transformers face a new peril in Transformers Lost Light #2, one even greater than they faced on Necroworld against the Decepticon Justice Division after being stranded there when Getaway led a mutiny and stole the Lost Light. Fortunately, Brainstorm’s plan to build a makeshift teleporter to enable them return to Cybertron seemed like the ideal solution to their predicament, and it got them back to Cybertron, just not the right one!

screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-11-36-18-amIDW Publishing’s new Transformers Lost Light series continues the adventures of Rodimus and Co, along wi’h pacifist Megatron, from the good ship Lost Light, and their quest to discover the fabled Cyberutopia. So far, this mismatched band of Autobots, with their collective trials, tribulations, wit, and heartache, have lost their only map, their ship, and even their lives when the planet they were on exploded from inside – well sort of! The shipmates of More Than Meets the Eye may be dead, probably, but their madcap adventures live on with the crew of the Lost Light, a brand new Transformers saga brought to us by writer James Roberts (Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye) and artist Jack Lawrence (Skylanders, Micronauts).
Dissolution Part 2: Anomie, finds Rodumis, Megatron, and the Autobots shocked to discover they have escaped from Necroworld, only to find themselves trapped on a Cybertron thatís in the right time and place, but also in the wrong universe! Somehow they’ve jumped to a Cybertron in a parallel universe, a Cybertron that’s become an unsettling utopia controlled by a Functionist Council where they must now surrender themselves to Twelve-of-Twelve and be taken to The Cog to face their fate on this bizarre version of their home-world. Meanwhile, back on Necroworld, archaeologist Anode and sidekick Lug’s reminiscing and reassessment of the current situation gets a surprise interruption, and Tailgate and Cyclonus have poignant a heart-to-heart.
screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-11-36-07-amThere’s lots going on in Transformers Lost Light #2 and writer James Roberts does a great job juggling a plethora of plotlines and characters in this issue. Rodimus and his team on the alternative universe Cybertron have to deal with the challenging realities of this world, we get to see what Cybertron could’ve been like if history had taken a drastically different course, and its not necessarily a vision of the future that turns out for the better, and we also get further insight as to precisely what Drift’s vision might’ve meant after all. There are also some interesting developments back on Necroworld as well. Throughout the whole issue, individual bonds between characters are written to perfection by James Roberts, and there’s a nice smattering of humor as well to balance out the heartfelt and often moving scenes that blossom at the heart of this issue.
The artwork by Jack Lawrence effortlessly captures the likenesses of every Transformer, no mean feat considering the extensive roll call of characters in this issue of Lost Light, and its testament to Lawrence’s skill that scenes on the alternative Cybertron and Necroworld look as equally distinct and well realized. The immense scale of this vastly different Cybertron is awe inspiring, while the memorial on Necroworld and the sight of the battlefield were the last stand was made against the D.J.D is strewn with the fallen really brings the grim reality of the battle home. Joana Lafuente’s colors enhances virtually every scene with vivid clarity and exquisite tones, and I really like how Rodimus’ eye-catching new Spectralism color scheme – especially with everything it represents – seems to make the character stand out even more than his original livery every did.
A surprise attack by the Anti Vocationist League provides an exciting build up to Transformers Lost Light #2’s cliff-hanger, the appearance of Six-Of-Twelve heralds some startling revelations, and it now seems Rodimus and his Transformers crewmates might be closer to their goal than they could’ve ever suspected possible.
If you enjoyed Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye you’ll find plenty to enjoy in the pages of IDW’s new Transformers Lost Light comic book series. I loved Transformers: MTMTE, it was a wonderful series, the kind of book you always looked forward to on New Comic Book day because you enjoy it so damn much that you want to savor every moment of reading it. Transformers: Lost Light is the continuation of those adventures with the crew of the Lost Light, and its proving to be a worthy successor too! Transformer Lost Light #2 is a fabulous issue from James Roberts, Jack, Lawrence, and Joana Lafuente, it has the essence of everything fans of Transformers: MTMTE have come to know and love about these characters, but its also accessible for new readers to enjoy as well, and is a assured addition to the Transformers legacy and IDW’s innovative new Reconstruction range of titles to emerge in the aftermath of REVOLOUTION.

PaulBowler-ProfilePic1Paul Bowler is a self-Confessed Sci-Fi Geek, Doctor Who fan, and Zombie Disposal Expert. He likes movies, comic books, and all things PS3. He likes to write about his interests, would love to write a novel one day, and also enjoys chatting to the many people he has gotten to know on Twitter. When he’s not busy being an Impossible Astronaut, he likes to take a break from his adventures in time and space to enjoy some of his favourite tv shows and movies, preferably with a nice cuppa tea & a sandwich! You can follow him on Twitter @paul_bowler, or find him at his website, Sci-Fi Jubilee.


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