Review – Transformers: Lost Light #19 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: E. J. Su
Colourist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Release Date: 4th July 2018

The mystery of Cyberutopia may be solved, but that doesn’t mean a break for the Rod Squad. Sparkeaters are descending upon the crew and a ship has just hit the atmosphere, which can only mean that Getaway is close.  In the lead up to the biggest showdown in Transformers history (well that might be a bit of hyperbole, but we all hate Getaway, right?) nothing is certain for the team that never stops facing their certain doom.

After the previous issue’s barrage of answers, and the promise of the following issue’s climatic throwdown, you’d be forgiven for thinking this issue could be treated as a mere interlude. A come down, a fill-in, something forgettable.  But if James Roberts has proven anything, it’s that this final stretch of Lost Light adventures is going to continue to be an unrelenting thrill ride packed with more shocks than you can handle.

Even without the massive solicitation promise, this issue drops you head first into a series of new revelations and returns that have been brewing all series. We’re also given plenty of those consistently heart-breaking and challenging changes to our favourite crew that have typified the series to this point.

It’s the incredible juggling of characters and dense storylines that Roberts continues to execute to a tee here. Even as the cast grows, even as the story goes faster and faster on its way to issue #25, every character is allowed to grow in this issue too. And whether it’s a full interaction or just as part of the background in any given panel, the cast is given full range to explore this never ending swathe of endgames and showdowns.

Perhaps more than any other in recent memory, this issue really makes you appreciate just how much attention to detail Roberts includes in his writing. And while his dialogue continues to show that brilliant mix of levity and gravitas (especially with Rodimus now back in centre stage), it’s the silent or background characters here who really make you feel the tension of these rapidly escalating circumstances.

Joana Lafuente ensures Lost Light newcomer E. J. Su fits perfectly into the book with her consistent and finely tuned colour palette, while Su brings his own brilliant and unique talents to this book, make it feel fresh and exciting. Expressive line work, scratched pencils and kinetic, detailed action are his trade here, and boy is it one he appears to have fully mastered. Bold and ferocious, it brings such a weight to each page and has it bursting at the seams with the sheer intensity of movement on display.

Lost Light #19 builds upon everything before it as it continues to set the stage for one hell of a finale. Intensity abounds, with every character and reveal given time to gradually grow into the monsoon that issue 20’s showdown promises to be. The saga that just won’t quit, the art teams that just won’t stop shining and the characters you just can’t help loving help make this issue just as good as anything that has come before, while also setting the stage for something even bigger.

Rating: 4.5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Connor Stephens
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1 Comment on Review – Transformers: Lost Light #19 (IDW Publishing)

  1. arbitrary // July 6, 2018 at 4:17 am // Reply

    Best review :)

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