IDW Transformers Lost Light #2 Review

The saga of the Lost Light continues with the cast split. Rodimus and Megatron lead a team that finds themselves trapped in the Functionalist Universe. Meanwhile the rest of the cast stays behind on the Necroworld.
Dissolution Part 2: Anomie is, in many ways, where the relaunched Lost Light series really gets going. Part 1 introduced us to Anode and Lug while providing the smallest of hints as to their backstory, but it was very much a “catch up with the cast” sort of issue until the end when the Functionalist Universe is revealed. Part 2 is where Roberts has room to do what he does best. Lay out clues, cryptic messages, and other assorted mysteries that will likely carry Lost Light through its first “season.”

Thoughts and Synopsis

I found the Functionalist Universe to be the far more engaging of the two plots. This new setting has a fresh slate in terms of continuity past the point of divergence. Roberts toys with concepts here that he can’t explore in the “primary” timeline. The Matrix, the nature of Primus, Cybertronian scripture, and even the elusive Knights are all a part of this parallel Cybertron in ways that can inform the quest of the main characters without derailing it.
The true story of the Functionalist Universe plot belongs to Megatron. Megatron’s redemption has seen him repudiate the Decpeticon cause once and for all with the slaughter of the DJD. Now he has the opportunity to lead a revolution the correct way. The idea is interesting, and could make for good reading if done right. My concern so far is that Megatron’s role as this universe’s saviour was a little too perfectly hinted at. Terminus almost tells the readers directly that Megatron is an amazing leader now. The Functionalist Universe’s native resistance team is made out to be pretty laughable by comparison. Roberts has to make sure he doesn’t write Megatron to be too perfect in his new role as a learned revolutionary. If he can avoid that trap this story will easily be a must-read.
The Necroworld story is sadly lacking. The biggest slice of drama comes from Tailgate and Cylonus. Tailgate’s powers are getting more and more pronounced, and Cylonus attempts to reign him in. This could lead to an interesting character-driven story, but we leave it in this issue on all-to-familiar ground. Here’s hoping Roberts resists the urge to repeat himself.
The other Necroworld story deals with Lug and Anode, and the history between them and Velocity from back on Caminus. The seeds to a sort of treasure-hunting mystery are planted, but we have no context. I trust that this story will develop in its own right, but as of now it really can’t help prop up the Necroworld half of the issue.

Final Thoughts

I don’t want to give the impression that the Necroworld half of the issue dragged the book down in any way. It did not. The Functionalist Universe story is strong enough to make this book worth it by itself. The Necroworld stuff is just on a slower burn, and deals with plot points that don’t seem as important on the surface as the bombs hinted at in the Functionalist Universe plot. In time they will.
The art is fantastic. Jack Lawrence always had a hard task living up to the standard set by Alex Milne. Lawrence’s art works perfectly with Roberts’ trademark dry wit. It really grows on you as you go. Lawrence’s work on expressions paired with Roberts’ dialogue is delightful.
All in all Lost Light #3 was an enjoyable and tantalizing read!
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