Review – Transformers: Lost Light #21 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colourist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Release Date: 25th July 2018

The ultimate showdown between Rodimus and Getaway may have ended, but there’s no time to stop for team Rodimus.  As the rift that opened upon Mederi takes them straight into the heart of the Grand Architect’s plan, the crew realizes it’s no longer just about the quest, it’s about saving the whole damn universe.  And if they’ve learned anything else so far, it’s that is nothing (probably) is going to stop them.

The previous issue managed to deliver a perfect demonstration of character and reflection for Lost Light’s most prominent flame-head, as well as a heart-rending conclusion to one of the series’ most looming story threads.  But now Roberts is left with 5 final issue to close one of Transformers’ finest sagas, answer all our questions and create a fitting end for the crew we love so much.  However, if for some unknown reason you had any doubt in Roberts’ ability to do so, fear not, because if this issue is anything to go by, he’s going deliver on all counts.

Splitting this issue into two core narrative parts, we launch into a breakneck sequence of reveals surrounding the Grand Artichect and this group’s final adventure, while also focusing on the renewed fire within these characters and their trust in each other after the last few issues.  And, as these characters face off against the powers that have guided them since the very beginning, we get to vicariously experience the shocking revelations through the eyes of the RodSquad.  Things are never given to us through clumsy exposition or unnatural summaries, just the flowing conversation of an unstoppable team who find themselves pitted against villains we’ve come to know and hate, and ones we’ll soon learn to hate.

As far as the Lost Light crew themselves go, there’s nothing that could possibly get you more pumped than a Rodimus and Co. that are pumped up and ready to throw down.  Without spoiling anything, there are some beautiful, touching moments of solidarity and harmony as we see this team come together for their last adventure, building on everything they’ve been through to become the finely crafted characters we see before us now.

Art wise, Lawrence, Lafuente and B. Long, ensure their finely mastered style is kept at its consistent A Game here.  The life and expression given to these characters is once again in full force, delivering the same flare and emotion we feel for these characters with every iconic movement, pose and characteristic that has been built throughout this series.

Sure, this review is a lot of gushing, but honestly, it’s hard not to gush at this point.  In its final hours, Roberts and his creative team have shown that they’ve been preparing for this ending since the very beginning of the series. Providing a fantastic opening to Lost Light’s final arc, issue #21 gives us the start of the hooks, reveals, cliffhangers, action and emotion that will leave our hearts full, our eyes moist as we stand in awe of the meticulous craft of this fantastic series.

Rating: 4.5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Connor Stephens
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