So here we are, 20 issues in, at the penultimate chapter of the 5 issue Remain in Light story arc which ties together the last 18 months of the adventures of the crew of the Lost Light. And what a year and a half its been. This issue we get answers, answers, answers and a hell of a lot of questions but, somewhat surprisingly, it’s mainly answers. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but you’ve been warned, I may fail.
Following on from last issues somewhat… explosive and divisive ending we have Ratchet desperately attempting to fix Ambulon, Getaway helping Rodimus et al. escape from Tyrest’s holding cells and Dai Atlas squaring off against the Newly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord, Star Saber. We FINALLY get answers regarding Skids amnesia and exactly why he was on-board a shuttle made of legislators way back in issue #2. We also get explanations for Pharma’s apparently miraculous (or should that be diabolical?) survival from his apparent demise in issue 5 and an all-too-brief catch up with Misfire, Fulcrum and the rest of the misfits over on Constancy. If I have one complaint about the past 20 issues it’s a lack of misfits. Their two-parter went a long way to endear them to me and ever since I’ve been clamoring for more. The DJD as well, for that matter.
The pacing is spot-on, but this being a James Roberts penned book that was always going to be the case and the dialogue continues it’s snappy and witty flair. Alex Milne continues to prove why he’s one of the best artists to ever draw an Autobot badge. Initially it felt like he was simply aping Nick Roche’s style to match the tone of the first issue but over time he’s proven that this is HIS book and that these are as much his characters as they are Roberts’. At this point it’d be hard to imagine this book being written and drawn by anyone else. Josh Burcham and John-Paul Bove once again bring their A game, helping to keep the book bright and bold and the lettering, in as much as I noticed it, was excellent as well.
We’re one issue away from the finale to Remain in Light, and as always we get a truly cruel cliff-hanger ending. Don’t worry, no spoilers here, but needless to say things look dire for our heroes and the potential body count is… staggering. It’s hard to imagine Roberts following through with the jeopardy presented in the ending (if you’ve read it I’m sure you’ll agree) but it’s to this books credit that there’s a small part of me who thinks that, given what’s happened in this series so far, they just might go through with it and be damned with the consequences and there’s damn too few books on the racks nowadays for guts like that to be overlooked. If you haven’t started reading More Than Meets The Eye by now, you’ve got a month to catch up before the big finale – then after that we begin the Robots in Disguise crossover, Dark Cybertron. If you’ve ever been a fan of the ‘Bots and ‘Cons, you owe it to yourself to get in on this.
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David McIntyre aka (Big Dave)
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