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review 2017-05-12 01:10
Love, love, love, love so much!
Transformers: Lost Light #5 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Well, isn't this a trip.   We finally figure out what Rung's purpose is, and although I've been taking incredibly wild stabs in the deepest dark, I've been incredibly... wrong.   Each and every time.   At some point, I would just guess ridiculous things because I knew they were wrong, but it's not like I was ever going to stumble upon the truth.   Much like what's going on with Bee in Robots in Disguise, I figured Rung's Purpose was just something I wouldn't be told forever.   (Although after James Roberts stringing us along with Brainstorm's briefcase, I should have known this would be revealed eventually.  And y'know, Bee was revealed eventually, too.)

 

And I was giddy for this reveal: Roberts does string his readers along, but successfully.   He gives us enough answers to sate us, at least temporarily, all the while planting new mysteries and questions, just as compelling, if not more compelling, than the last questions.   

 

I'm now waiting to see what will happen between Cyclonus, Tailgate, and Whirl.   And while it may not have the implications of Rung's Purpose, while it may be a small thing relatively, I care enough about the characters for this to have inflated importance.   (And let's not forget that Roberts is a master of balancing Big Deals with Small Moments; he makes us care about the small things just as much as the big things, because we care about all the characters and sometimes they care more about the small moments than the big ones.   Multiple reasons are given for this: they care about the people the small things are happening to more than anything in the universe, or the small things are happening to them and make them have huge feelings that the big moments don't make them feel.   I'd argue, though, that Roberts is telling us the small moments are at least as important as the big ones, and that the More Than Meets the Eye issue that states the theory that it's the journey to find the Knights of Cybertron that's the real purpose backs this up.   It's about the time you spend with the people you care about that's the real point of life.)

 

And while there's action, and near death situations, the way this is framed - starting with Skids worried about Rung and ending with the reveal about Rung - it makes it all about him.   Yeah, what he does is a Big Deal.   But we don't start with that; we start with a friend worried about Rung's mental state.   How he feels is just as important as his purpose in life.   No, more important.   And that's why it starts with that scene.   

 

I can't even fully parse this issue.  I never can with these issues, partly because I know Roberts seeds each issue with something further off, sometimes years in advance.   There's also so much crammed in here, it takes multiple rereads to fully appreciate everything in here.   Still, the first reads are always fun at the very least, and Roberts clever one-liners always make me giggle out loud, usually in public.   

 

And while the art is incredible, I have to be honest, the art isn't the 'why' I come to this.   (This has been proven by multiple artists on Roberts' series, and miniseries.   It doesn't matter who's doing the art; I will buy it if Roberts writes.)  While this is still my favorite Transformers series, along with it's predecessor, More Than Meets the Eye, it currently ties with Black Bolt.   (Which is unprecedented.   Also, MTMtE was also written by Roberts, but with a different artist.)  

 

I'm already anticipating the next issue. 

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text 2017-05-11 17:00
Oh, snap!
Transformers: Lost Light #5 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

To anyone hooked on this series, you want to catch up and see what Rung is for!

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text 2017-05-11 16:56
I'm behind on one review
Transformers: Lost Light #5 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

For the latest suicide squad.   But this.   Roberts skirts around what Rung can really do and I.  Can't.  Even.

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text 2017-05-06 00:38
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 132 pages.
Transformers vs G.I. Joe Volume 2 - Tom Scioli,John Barber

WHAT????

 

Nooooo!

 

 

I may not read volume three if this is actually real...

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review 2017-05-03 21:51
Painful, honest, beautiful and just as brutal as MTMtE
Transformers: Till All Are One #9 - Sara Pitre-Durocher,Mairghread Scott

My feels!

 

 

Scott is definitely a favorite author.   If I had to choose between her and Roberts, it would be Roberts - but not by much.   And I'm specifically talking Transformers here.   The characters are brilliantly complex, continually surprising me - without being out of character, and the world is real, and different, while still exploring and reflecting our real world issues.  

 

And it's got my sex appeal, so, yay!   

 

Starscream has three different problems - the trial of a badgeless, what to do with Chromia who has confessed to setting off a bomb on live television in a previous storyline, and what to do with Elita-1 who's being praised as a hero and seems to be gaining a following.   The three issues are more complex than they'd seem.   The badgeless has clearly been setup, but everyone wants justice, and this bot is the easiest scapegoat.   The Mistress of the Flame needs something from Starscream: either Chromia or Swindle and Menasor will be delivered to her, because Chromia is one of their own.   Swindle and Menasor are needed for combiners, and they have had a part in the destruction on Caminus during the Combiner Wars.   In addition, The Mistress can use one of her own people, who died to protect Cybertron, as leverage.   Starscream owes her and her people, and he's unscrupulous enough to worry that she'd use that to her own advantage because it's exactly what he'd do.   He'd stoke his loyal followers' anger and  use it against someone who had something he wanted.   And finally, Elita-1 lied by omission, and put them all in danger in the end.   But if he reveals the information that she was hiding Liege Maximo, then she will reveal how Windblade and her small party released Liege Maximo, on Starscream's orders. Since Liege Maximo is not only one of the Thirteen Primes but evil, and wants vengeance on everyone, Starscream doesn't want her telling them anything. 

 

Starscream is physically exhausted as he's been working nonstop and unable to recharge at all.   He's on edge because everyone keeps pressuring him, or blackmailing him, when he has other, equally important issues to deal with at the same time.   He's being stretched to his limits, and Bumblebee keeps insisting he be better and deal with things as is morally right, even though it would make things ten times harder.   And since Bee was ruling Cybertron before Starscream, he's not speaking from inexperience.   He knows what he's talking about, and still wants Starscream to be better than he's being.

 

For something that focuses on Starscream so much, we sure get a lot of other characters.   A lot of this either deals with Starscream directly, as well, or indirectly is about how this will make things harder for him, but there's still a lot about them in there, and that's fine.   It makes things a little more rounded out, and it's not so much that it gets too busy.   

 

The storylines with Liege Maximo and Chromia are moved forward and the trial of the badgeless is dealt with in this issue.   It could very well come back, and knowing Scott and this world, it will, but I'm also fairly sure it'll be tabled at least for a while.   (I'm hoping for two more Transformers series now.   One that follows Chromia, and one that deals with The Weak Anthropic Principle.  And, yes, I'd buy all four in paper and buy them on sale in digital format.)

 

Lovely, lovely issue!

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