Review – Lost Light #22 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Brendan Cahill
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Release Date: 8th August 2018

I don’t know how many reviews I’ve now written about Lost Light that have me practically exploding about how many new and exciting reveals and revelations occur in the pages of any given issue.  But, boy, let me just say that HE’S DONE IT AGAIN.

He’s back, and he’s back, and they’re back and even they’re back!  As the Grand Architect’s plans reach their climax, the rift that has brought old friends and allies back into the fray is about to make everything a whole lot more difficult.  Unicron may already have started his feast across the galaxy, and it seems all the players are finally here for the Lost Light and Co. to start doing something about it.

This is a ridiculously packed issue.  Big cosmic ideas are packed against intimate moments with the crew as old enemies and friends return.  Ideas that have been gradually growing all series long finally come to fruition as the Grand Architect drops reveals that no one could have even slightly prepared for, and which can only be called outrageously mind-blowing.

All as we’re pitched right into the heart of battle as the Lost Light, Grand Architect and their prepared threat all face off, some with their wits, some with their guns.  It’s all fantastic. The enemy, the one before we’ve even hit Unicron, brings us straight into the path of Unicron while also delivering a great level of tension and hate.

And with the return of one of our most beloved, there’s no way that they couldn’t be the stand out of the issue.  Touching, heartfelt moments of reunion – not to mention the bittersweet reflection that gives character growth to someone we haven’t seen in issues – is so wonderfully affecting and such a natural extension of everything that’s happened in this book.  It all comes together so nicely for this climax, and that’s no easy feat. But it’s done perfectly.

Alongside all the action, returns and reveals, there’s also some of the best banter (as always) with pretty much every members getting some time to make you laugh or go awwww.  And like, seriously, those reveals. Nothing gets more hype than this.

Art wise, Cahill is back, giving it his all when it comes to the massive scope of the action here, all delivered with a stunning level of detail. He also makes sure to give us his signature looks and expressions for these bots with so much character.  Lafuente and Long keep doing their thing, making it feel like the book we’ve always loved.

If this was a ’90s commercial, I’d say it was mind melting and eye-exploding goodness.  An action-packed, shocking, crazy, stunning, explosive, hilarious issue that leaves your heart full and your mouth agape, all while being so utterly rewarding for us readers in its final leg.  This is as good as it gets, and I imagine it probably won’t let up from here on in.

Rating: 5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Connor Stephens
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