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Old 2018-01-26, 02:19 PM   #1
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Alex Milne is back! And the most detail heavy artist gets a story where everyone is cramped in tight. I think he's the only IDW artist who could have drawn the claustrophobia so well by just ramming everything in.

And it plays up the setting very well, starting like it's going to be a "Breather" comedy issue before getting darker and more serious as it goes along, with the characters so well established by now I could almost believe they tick along by themselves.

Lots of lovely little touches, from Whirl and Cyclonus, through Red Alert pissing about with the cloak to Swerve being a heroic idiot.

And thanks to Podcast Maximus star Marian, I now like the idea none of what happens on the ship is real, but their worst fears being brought to life rather like the unreality bubbles in Red Dwarf VI (and we all saw the White Hole nod I take it?), meaning they're approaching something that's being protected...

Most obvious evidence for this is Fort Max doesn't react to what's in the ground as if it's a pile of ashes and what Cyclonus thinks he is being told doesn't automatically line up with death by Fangry.

Marian coming up with this theory then created some debate about the number of telepathic and mental summons and projections and hallucinations that have been in the series since the NAILS were summoned back to Cybertron, the most obvious precedent to this idea being Spotlight: Hoist. Does all of this mean anything? Or is it a total coincidence?

My theory is whatever is affecting Ten at the end is whatever makes Grimlock smarter than he acts when no one is looking. Either that or Ten was originally a Circle of Light guy from the Drift mini-series. If anyone remembers any of them, let me know.

Only real flaw here is I don't really understand what happened at the start, did Fort Max and Red Alert go barging into Necroworld and kill all the Decepticons for no good reason? They were expecting rescue weren't they? What made them snap if they attacked first? And why was Scrounge the only Autobot in evidence?

All in all, very nice though.
 
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Old 2018-02-04, 09:27 PM   #2
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That was one hell of an issue. I've been waiting for years for the Ten revelation! But this post is more directed toward Mr Dalek:

Hey man, I love your photos on Twitter with the talking Transformers (the one's in celebration of the run up to 300). Also, the pic of your tablet showing the cover of a Nic Roche Spiderman issue; that screen is beautiful. Can you tell me what model of Samsung tab it is? I ask because I've only just got into digital comics. I still get Lost Light in paper format, but now I'm willing to try other things digitally (I've started with Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Concrete and the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book).

I'm reading on my phone using the Comixology app, and even though the screen is small, its a fairly decent experience. But your tablet really makes the artwork pop! Are you using the Comixology app too?
 



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Old 2018-02-04, 10:46 PM   #3
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Just noticed on the second page that Fort Max is standing in front of Skids’ tombstone, but there is no statue of Skids standing on the tombstone. Is this significant? Does it mean in Necroworld speak that he’s not actually dead?
 
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Old 2018-02-05, 10:30 AM   #4
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A very strong issue. Lots of things thrown out there to mull over, although its a bit of a cliff hanger as the next 2 issues look to wrap up the scavengers (or maybe bring them to a point where they join the main cast perhaps)

Art was lovely on this I thought. I had worries we might see the old AM with super cramped panels but I thought he handled this issue very well.

Some niggles but I think more personal gripes than anything. Fangry getting dealt with so quickly and off hand was disappointing, I thought he was an excellent villain. Not super powered or anything, just vicious. Almost made more evil by being a lesser bot. Of course, he wasn't killed so we may see him resurface but I was hoping Cyclonus would find out what he did and have a showdown. Not necessarily a big arc but I think it could have played as a nice B plot. The killing of all the cons also seemed over the top. Multiple corpses and head shots there. Finally, Rewind being in peril again is a bit meh, but maybe that was the point.

The Tailgate thing is interesting. I thought his supposed demise was handled really well a few issues back and was different and just that bit creepy (and probably made me want to see Cyclonus rip Fangry apart) but I did hope it was genuine. It would be very brave if it was. But I cant help get the feeling that Tailgate isn't gone and that Maximus is mistaken in his assessment.

In other news, I've given up on the other TF lines. They've become very alligned with the mixed Hasbro universe that I just couldnt be bothered keeping track. It's a pity, I was happy to pick up 2-3 TF specific comics a week and the odd crossover would still get purchased for the sake of completion. But I think IDW have made a mess of something that didnt need it. I cant even say the Hasbroverse stuff is bad. I'm just not interested and when stuff in Optimus Prime is being referenced off to micronauts or mask.... I'm out. Pretty sure that when Lost Light ends I'll stop with the comics. It's had its ups and downs (and creamy middles) but the IDW era is heading towards a final sunset for me.
 
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Old 2018-02-05, 07:25 PM   #5
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Hey man, I love your photos on Twitter with the talking Transformers (the one's in celebration of the run up to 300). Also, the pic of your tablet showing the cover of a Nic Roche Spiderman issue; that screen is beautiful. Can you tell me what model of Samsung tab it is? I ask because I've only just got into digital comics. I still get Lost Light in paper format, but now I'm willing to try other things digitally (I've started with Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Concrete and the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book).

I'm reading on my phone using the Comixology app, and even though the screen is small, its a fairly decent experience. But your tablet really makes the artwork pop! Are you using the Comixology app too?
I believe it's a Galaxy Tab 10.1, if that helps.
 
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Old 2018-02-05, 07:50 PM   #6
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Just noticed on the second page that Fort Max is standing in front of Skids’ tombstone, but there is no statue of Skids standing on the tombstone. Is this significant? Does it mean in Necroworld speak that he’s not actually dead?
Having a statue on Necroworld means you're alive, it shutting off means you're dead (or otherwise undetectable by whatever sensors the Necrobot uses). If it were suddenly back on, then yeah it would mean something.
 
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Having a statue on Necroworld means you're alive, it shutting off means you're dead (or otherwise undetectable by whatever sensors the Necrobot uses). If it were suddenly back on, then yeah it would mean something.
Yep, its the flowers around you that are the dead souls isnt it?
 
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Old 2018-02-06, 02:35 AM   #8
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Yep, its the flowers around you that are the dead souls isnt it?
Pretty much. Contained traces of spark energy from those you killed/had a hand in killing.
 
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Old 2018-02-06, 10:51 AM   #9
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Ah, oh well. I had hope for a little while being a Skids fan!

I like to think Fangry is a fair threat, only Fort Max is not like most people (Prowl referred to him as something akin to a Phase Sixer on one of his good days). With his zero tolerance/maximum takedown approach, which I put down to Max’s three year torture-fest from Overlord (and Max was a tough guy even before that, based upon the Arcee spotlight).

I read Jack London's 'White Fang' recently. White Fang would take down opponents as quick as possible to ensure minimum damage to himself. I think Fort Max is a lot like that now. After seeing his friends murdered before him for the Aquitas codes, then having all his limbs ripped off and his brain Swiss-cheesed for every bit of info Overlord could get... I think he'd be inclined to deal with all threats as efficiently as possible now, a bit like the way he killed Deimos. Also Red and Cerebros had no trouble killing all those cons (a brilliantly drawn scene I thought, the two of them looked brutal). they seem happy with Max's style.

I agree with you on the other TF lines Dave; when the issues are in the shop I always give them a glance through the pages. I even got the first five TPB's in digital format of Robots in Disguise. None of these are well written or grab me like MTMTE/LL. Even Sins of the Wreckers was a bit of a hard sell when it had almost none of the pull of LSotW. It's not terrible, it just wouldn't have made me buy comics again in the way that Last Stand did. There's some proper trouser-shattering storytelling right there!

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Old 2018-02-06, 02:44 PM   #10
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Never thought of Max PTSD in effect there. That makes a lot of sense. He's almost taken on a reverse-overlord role there.

I don't mind Fangry being taken down easy by Max, but I hope its not the last we see of him. To my mind, if there is no retribution for Cyclonus or a resurrected Tailgate than it would have been better to leave Fangry out of the tailgate happen and just have an accident happen to Kaput topside.
 
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Old 2018-02-06, 03:05 PM   #11
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Well, the arc isn’t over yet. Fangry appears to be a good one for bearing grudges and he may get his comeuppance on Max in a later episode!

“Ah, I remember when I got my arms and legs torn off, eyes smashed in and invasive needles drilled into every part of my brain. Best three years of my life. Made me the man I am today. It were standard practice back in school, them days. You don’t know you’re born, you lot”! (Max, probably)
 
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Old 2018-03-11, 02:55 PM   #12
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I'm a little bit behind the rest of you (does Lost Light have a tiny print run? I'm really struggling to get physical copies and am considering switching to the trades or - horror of horrors - digital versions...), but finally got to read this. A really great issue. I like little interlude type stories like this, where it's all neat little character moments that build to something.

I loved all the goofing about between Swerve and Anode, Chromedome and Rewind sneaking inside Roller (that sounds weirder than it should...) and the exchange between Cyclonus and Magnus - which perhaps explains why we've never seen Minimus say anything about Agent 113. I wonder what's going on with Ratchet. It looked like he was having problems with his er, donated, hands and then suddenly he's gone all 'sleep mode' and fading away. The growing claustophobia was well done and Milne was on fine form.

...on a side note, why are IDW doing an adaption of Rogue One a year after the film has been out..?
 
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