This issue is part of the Dawn of the Autobots series which is a multiple book spanning event that deals with the aftermath of the last Great Cybertronian War. There is a nice introduction page to catch you up should you be behind on events and there have been a great many changes to the Transformers world so please, take the time to read it if you are behind.
The mystery behind the disappearing Lost Light and her crew is finally uncovered and explained in such pain staking detail that I doubt any reader is going to be confused. Since its such a massive part of the reveal I will not spoil it in this review, suffice to say once the remaining crew are aware of the situation there is need of a sacrifice which is fairly heart wrenching.
I have to say, I am incredibly impressed by the character development in this issue, Robert’s continued development of Megatron and Ravage is fascinating. Here we have the once ruthless ruler of the Decepticons debating moral ethics with one of his most loyal soldiers who still cant believe there isn’t some kind of bait and switch happening. We also see Megatron grapple with what it means to be an autobot, will he really be able to put his life on the line for people he doesn’t even know? I hope Roberts isn’t just teasing us with a possible alliance switch for Ravage, he clearly wants to be with Megatron but the though of betraying the Decepticon cause makes him sick. Time will definitely tell on that relationship, things could go really bad for both characters really fast. We also see the rekindling of a relationship that long time readers will really appreciate, it really is a heart warming scene and it was all I could do to stop myself sighing out loud.
Milne’s art is gorgeous as always, the Transformers themselves are well detailed and imposing and its great to see them continue to display believable emotions and move in an animated way. Shearer and Wycough’s inks help to really define the autobots and separate the colours in a nice clean way allowing Lafuente’s colours to really pop off the page. The colours themselves really have a sharp high definition look to them and help breathe life into the Transformers and their surroundings.
I cant really find any faults with this issue, the summery page at the beginning was a nice touch but ultimately to really enjoy this book you would be best to go back to the start of the arc.
This issue was a great conclusion to the current story and leads on nicely to the next arc thanks to an epilogue that you will not want to miss. Megatron is fast becoming the complicated and conflicted leader fans have been asking for and taking him out of Cybertron and placing him in close quarters with a crew of such unusual and interesting individuals was a master stroke. The current story is tied up neatly, we have a new threat revealed that follows on from last issue and a romantic scene that is guaranteed to tug on your heart strings. It may sound a little corny, but this issue really does have a little something for everybody.