Review – Transformers: Lost Light #18 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colourist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Release Date: 13th June 2018

When this series promises “No exaggeration, no hyperbole: there has never been a more important issue of Lost Light.”, you have to come in with a healthy amount of trepidation.  Sure, it’s great copy, but how much can you really trust a pitch like that? Especially when we’re so close to the coming of Unicron.

Well, I’m here to tell you “In Roberts We Trust”, because he makes sure to deliver on those bold promises in what would have marked the 75th issue of More Than Meets The Eye.

Rodimus, Ratchet and Drift have discovered strange creatures in the depths of the facility, Nautica has discovered the Scavengers and others have discovered the love and spiritual calling they’ve always wanted.  And, because nothing could ever go right for the Lost Light crew, what they discover in this so-called Afterspark is going to forever change their lives, destinies and the fate of their quest.

As always, it’s hard to say too much more without spoiling the “most important issue of Lost Light”, but I really would like to emphasise just how impressively Roberts has managed to change the face of this series again in its final issues.

It’s perhaps most impressive that, in an issue full of the answers we’ve been waiting for, Roberts still manages to deliver an impressively well-rounded issue packed with everything that has made this series so great.  With betrayal, heartache and action, we’re given some of the most striking and tense pages of the series so far.  We’re also treated to some of the trademark sap and romance that always shines so brightly in the face of utter devastation.

Oh, and we still find time for some of that Roberts humour. I actually laughed out loud at various points of this issue, due in large part to seeing Rodimus, Drift, Ratchet and Magnus take centre stage again with the incredible banter we haven’t seen for a while. Oh, and of course because the Scavengers are now here.  In such a game-changing issue, there are definitely parts where exposition is extended in text boxes to fit it all into a monthly issue, but it never feels too overbearing.

Lawrence, Lafuente and Long continue to do what they do best. Namely, Iconic and stunning Transformers artwork that bring a strange and unique vision to life. And when looking at such an important issue, and maybe because of, issues like these show just much Lawrence has continued to grow as a Transformers artist. These designs and profiles are so detailed and intricate, and still mesh so well with his own very unique style for our favourite bots.

However, in closing, don’t be fooled into thinking that this James Roberts is any different from the one who’s written the past 74 issues of MTMTE and LL.  Because with as many answers as we’re given here, we’re left with even more questions.  This time however, a lot of the questions revolve a lot around “what happens next?”

Roberts really has done it again. Delivering on the promised “most important issue” with heart, sadness, shocks, action and humour. Even so close to the end, Lost Light still gives us issues that make it feel as fresh and fulfilling as when it first began. There’s no sign of letting up or whimpering out in its final issues, and what more could you ask for than that?

Rating: 4.5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Connor Stephens
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2 Comments on Review – Transformers: Lost Light #18 (IDW Publishing)

  1. Yeah, I wondered the same thing. Unless its to do with the cyberutopia not being what it appears to be?

  2. “With betrayal”

    I’ve read the issue a couple of times now. What page was the betrayal on?

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