Transformers: Lost Light

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Transformers: Lost Light
Cover of the Volume 1 trade paperback (October 25, 2017). Art by Jack Lawrence, colors by Joana Lafuente.
Publication information
PublisherIDW Publishing
FormatOngoing series
Publication dateDecember 2016 – November 2018
No. of issues25
Creative team
Written byJames Roberts
Artist(s)Jack Lawrence
Priscilla Tramontano
Alex Milne
Sara Pitre-Durocher
Brendan Cahill
E. J. Su
Letterer(s)Tom B. Long
Colorist(s)Joana Lafuente
Editor(s)Carlos Guzman
David Mariotte
Collected editions
Volume 1ISBN 978-1631409929
Volume 2ISBN 978-1684051489
Volume 3ISBN 978-1684053315
Volume 4ISBN 978-1684054107

Transformers: Lost Light is an American science fiction / action-adventure comic book written by James Roberts and published by IDW Publishing, taking place in their Transformers universe. Lost Light acts as a sequel to The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye which was published from 2012 to 2016, also written by Roberts. Following the "Revolution" event which integrated numerous of Hasbro's franchises into the Hasbro Comic Book Universe, including Transformers, More than Meets the Eye ended with #57 and was continued with Lost Light from December 2016 to November 2018.

The story focuses on Rodimus and his crew attempting to find the Knights of Cybertron. After having been stranded on Necroworld by Getaway, the crew of the Lost Light attempt to return to Cybertron to gain access to another ship, only to realize that they've been transported into an alternate universe.

The comic book series has received a positive response from critics as did More than Meets the Eye.


After Megatron decided to redeem himself from his past actions,[1] he joined Rodimus and the Lost Light crew to find the Knights of Cybertron,[2] only to confront the Decepticon Justice Division on Necroworld, attempting to return to their ship with the help of the "Disappeared", who are time travelers plucked from across time and space. Among them are runaway blacksmith-turned-adventurer Anode and her partner Lug, who struggle to adjust to the present day as they deals with demons from her past.

Before Rodimus and the others can get offworld, a rogue geobomb, courtesy of the Galactic Council shunts the planet into an entirely different universe. When Rodimus and a small crew of Autobots attempt to return to Cybertron, they find themselves in the middle of an alternate Cybertron, where Megatron was never born and a Functionist Council reigns supreme. The Lost Light crew find themselves embroiled in the Council's plot to consolidate their power by crushing the heroic Anti-Vocationist League and their supporters. With the help of the native universe's Rung, the Autobots manage to foil their plan and return home, but accidentally leave Megatron behind. Taking command of the Anti-Vocationist League, Megatron and his old friend Terminus start their revolution anew.

Some time later, Rodimus would confront Getaway and the Scavengers for one last time and end up finding the place of the Knights of Cybertron, but only to find out they never existed. Meanwhile, the Functionist Council's surviving members wants to invade the mainstream universe through a giant robot. Luckily for Rodimus, Megatron returns after being trapped in the Funcionist Universe for six million years. In the final battle, they learn that Rung in fact the reincarnated Primus from the Funcionist Universe. He decides to sacrifice himself by turning himself in a Matrix of Leadership, so it can be used among other eleven copies, to restore Vector Sigma, destroying the Functionist Council for good. Rung send a goodbye message to Rodimus and the others.[3]

Everyone attended Ratchet's funeral while Megatron has to stand trial with the Galactic Council. Long before that, the Lost Light crew, with Rodimus and Megatron as captains, decided to explore another Universe, by duplicating the entire ship and send each to Functionist Cybertron and some space in another universe. And then, the journey of the Lost Light Crew continues.

Production and publication[edit]

Following the "Revolution" event, it was announced that The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye would be ending with issue #57 and be followed by Transformers: Lost Light, which serves as "season three" of the story.[4] As with MTMTE, James Roberts serves as the writer of Transformers: Lost Light, with art by Jack Lawrence.[5][6]


Critical response[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Transformers: Lost Light #1 debuted at number 176 on Diamond Comic Distributors best-selling comics ranking for December 2016, with 11,342 copies distributed, being the ninth best-selling comic of IDW Publishing in that month.[7]


  1. ^ The Transformers: Dark Cybertron
  2. ^ The Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime
  3. ^ Transformers: Lost Light #19-24
  4. ^ Sims, Chris (July 29, 2016). "The End Of 'Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye'". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Johnston, Rich (July 21, 2016). "A New Optimus Prime Ongoing Comic Series From IDW Announced At San Diego Comic-Con". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Sims, Chris (July 21, 2016). "Barber, Roberts and Scott on Post-'Revolution' Transformers". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "December 2016 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron. Archived from the original on January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.