Writer: James Roberts
Art: Atilio Rojo
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B. Long
Editorial Assistance: Vincent Kings
Editor: John Barber
After the SHOCKING ENDING from last issue, the entire crew of the Lost Light ended up on short-range ships (essentially, life boats) with very few options and an incredible mystery on their hands. This issue takes place onboard one of those ships, the Rodpod, and features a nice cross-section of the crew. But that population keeps diminishing as Autobots (and Cyclonus) keep disappearing.
So what does James Roberts do when his cast is stuck in a confined space for a whole issue? He does what James Roberts always does: World and character building. The crew of the Lost Light loves to fill us in on the culture and history of the Cybertronian race. We learn a little bit more about how Transformers get brought into the world, including how the war brought some sparks out of storage as waves of new recruits. More recent history is also filled in, like details on Drift's purchase of the Lost Light back before the series started.
It's a story almost devoid of action but MTMTE has always thrived on it's characters interacting with each other rather than big action sequences. It's also really nice to see faces like Dipstick, Huffer, and Gears mixed in with some of the more primary Transformers.
What isn't so nice is the art. Atilio Rojo does a mostly uninspiring job guest illustrating the book. Alex Milne (regular artist) is a hard act to follow and while Rojo's work here is miles better than his contributions in the Dark Cybertron crossover, he's still got a ways to go until he's a prime-time artist. The art seems a bit rushed. Characters are more static and less animated than usual. Megatron's head is off-model in almost every panel. In short, it's not "A" game work.
Joana Lafuente, on the other hand, is impressing the hell out of me. I think a lot of pages are saved from being completely mundane simply by the power of her colors. They are vibrant, filling each panel with a life. Honestly, the colors are ridiculously good.
This is definitely a "calm before the storm" issue but even so, it delivers a great story. I love the world-building. I love the cast. I love a good mystery. I can't wait to figure out what's going on.
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