Monday, May 19, 2014
“TF: MTMTE” # 29 follows his lead with the humor as inebriated Cybertronians inhabit the ship’s corridors and Trailcutter gets the idea to do a highly ill-advised thing. He winds up getting an unexpected new job that should play out in spades as the series goes along.
Then we flash back six months to the Cybertronian moon Luna 2, where Megatron’s trial for war crimes is ongoing. Starscream—Lord Starscream, High Chancellor of the Refulgent Cybertronian Dynasty, Emperor Perpetua and Defender of the Realm—testifies in a gloating and manipulative manner in the trial, reminding us all what a conniving dirt-bot he is. Rodimus gets a list of robots who don’t like him, which isn’t a problem except that these are robots on the crew of his ship, the Lost Light. Then, Megatron has a change of heart.
Back to the future, Chromedome has solicited the help of the ship’s new detective Nightbeat because he feels that he is being haunted—by his dead best friend, Rewind. Much as Nightbeat wants to debunk this, it isn’t as easy at it seems and he is in for quite a surprise.
Finally, Megatron decides to open up the coffin they found in deep space, the one emblazoned with an Autobot badge. What they find inside seems to be the very dead corpse of a very familiar and, up to this point, missing Autobot warrior.
I’ve said that the last issue shows that “TF: MTMTE” is the best of IDW Publishing’s current TF books. This issue is even better than that as it balances several plot points and makes each one work within the frame work of what Roberts wants to do. The contrasting moods meld together in the end and makes you want to already read the next issue to find out both what happens next and why. Megatron’s trial is revealed in bits and pieces, also contrasting with the current reality of Megs being the apparently unpopular skipper. But it’s the dark undertones of the issue that leave an impression, particularly the Rewind haunting and, of course, the shock of seeing who’s in the coffin.
Milne does stellar work, as usual, and I have to say it is great to see the other crew members of The Lost Light be seen even if only the background: Mirage, Doublecross and Broadside, among others. There’s a great hallway scene featuring two IDW-styled action masters, a solicitous Mainframe and a crazy drunk Jackpot. This week’s ultimate obscure character cameo: one of the witnesses at Megatron’s trial is Gripper, a 1991 Autobot Motorvator, who is, in turn, a recolor of the Japanese toy Blacker, a Brainmaster. Oh, and Nautica, Skids and Riptide prove to be very bad influences.
“TF: MTMTE” # 29 is just excellent work all around, leading us to impatient count the breems before the next issue. James Roberts and Alex Milne continue to impress and if this is the kind of work we can expect from them, then the Lost Light can stay in deep space indefinitely as far I’m concerned.