Review – Lost Light #23 (IDW Publishing)

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: James Roberts
Artist: Jack Lawrence
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Release Date: 5th September 2018

As we all pick up our jaws from the “omygodwhatthefff-” ending of the previous issue, Lost Light #23 uses this incredible revelation to dive head-first into the beginning of our heroes’ final stand…

Roberts, with his incredible ability to make me count the pages to see if this was really packed into just one regular sized monthly issue, splits this issue into two key parts.

Firstly, we pick up from the reveal of last issue and just what it means for this series.  While shocking, unpredictable and almost insane, this moment for one of our favourite eyebrow adorning crew member (and the other returning members) allows Roberts to answer some of the final unanswered questions of the book as he connnects the dots of this epic saga from the latest issue all the way back to the first.

It’s rewarding and surprising, and manages to not only make this book feel more complete ahead of its conclusion, but also to push this cast forward in their connections to one another and what this journey has meant for each of them

In the second half of the book, the crew comes together, for what could very well be the last time, to work together to save the universe.  With its largest roster of key members yet, Roberts ensures that everyone we love shares a piece of the spotlight and is given an opportunity to decide their fate. It’s everything we’ve adored about this book condensed into a short period of deliberation. The romance, the banter, the drama, and the sheer hope that these characters hold all bounce between one another as they prepare for next issue’s the final battle, a showdown which is surely to deliver more heart and heartbreak than we can stand.

Oh, and you know how the old saying goes, when two co-captains come together again, your heart can only be full (that’s definitely a saying).

I don’t think any of us could have imagined this is where the first issue of More Than Meets The Eye could have led, but it’s in these dimension-shattering, cosmic-scale events that Rodimus and the crew come manage to come full circle in their quest for a new home and a new life. In even its largest moments, Lost Light #23 ensures that things still connect to the smallest and most human parts of this story and cast, an approach that has made it one of the most memorable stories on the shelves.

On the artistic side of things, Jack Lawrence is back with Lafuente and Long to deliver their iconic designs and cosmic action with a visual style that has helped make this book every bit as Roberts’ stellar writing.  Giant robots, large scale spaceship warfare and the historic battles of the Guiding Hand make a massive splash with their verbose renderings, explosive colours and some iconic lettering for the many different types of heroes and villains across the dimensions.

In its third-from-last-issue, Roberts and his team bring every question and cast member together to slot in the final piece of the puzzle before the last stand of issue #24. And with pretty much every single character and machination of the Lost Light story working together here, this issue is as rich and engaging as you could possibly hope for.

Rating: 4.5/5.


The writer of this piece was: Connor Stephens
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