I'm curious, amongst the many who were dissatisfied with MTMTE season 2, ended up actually dropping the book after the threats? =D But. I think I'm done. Anode is a terrible, off-putting, unlikeable character, and a waste of pages that could be better served for characters I actually like or care about. Lug isn't there? I don't care, because I don't care about Anode. I care about Brainstorm, and Nightbeat, and Rung, and Swerve (is he even in this book?), and Tailgate, and Cyclonus, and Rodimus, and Drift, and RATCHET, etc etc. New characters are fine, but she's been so forced and shoehorned in, taking up so much story space and not justifying it with her arc or character. Jack Lawrence's art is... it's not "bad." It's... fine. It's amateurish, to me, it doesn't look like what I'd expect in a professional comic book; more like fan art. Whatever, it doesn't work for me. I am too often taking OUT of the story by the art, and it doesn't fit the book. It doesn't mesh. It doesn't help, bring out, or improve the writing. And to top it off, it's the LEAST specific of the three ongoings. Zama has her intriguing neo-G2 style, and Pitre-Doucher already DOES the "cartoony" look --- and she does it significantly better, and it speaks to the visual language of TAAO. It makes Lost Light come off as a lesser knock-off. The writing is... it just is. It feels like somebody read MTMTE and tried to write a book with what they believed the key ingredients are. It's Community Season 4. JRo had an awful lot of rope from me because MTMTE was more than a comic book adventure for me. It mattered. It meant something. It opened my heart and told powerful stories that connected with me on a deeper level. MTMTE did something with Transformers that has only so rarely been done, it treated them with the importance we as fans do these silly cartoons and toys. So when things seemed to start going sideways, I wasn't about to panic. Yet here we are. It's not that it's bad. It's fine. That's it. It's... just fine. There is snappy dialogue, but it feels tired and played out, cute for the sake of cute. And then there's the actual payoffs, or lack of quality payoffs. I'm not outright "disappointed" by Rung's purpose but after all the build-up, we don't actually find out what Rung's alt mode is for. He makes crystals. OK. Tarn was what's his face. OK. Cyclonus gets murdered by the security team and I am shaken to the core by the panel of him shielding Tailgate while being cut into ribbons by firepower; he's ok next issue just because he's ok. Here's one panel showing Getaway being arrested by Magnus. Too many flippant resolutions, too many disappointing reveals. And while we're spending time over HERE, where few are enthralled to be, the last time we saw the ACTUAL Lost Light was in February of last year. It's a baffling, frustrating decision to start season 3 the way JRo has. I. Don't. Care. About Anode, the Functionist Universe, Killmaster, on and on, when the Mutineers have been MIA for almost a year and a half. I don't... I don't have faith that the resolution to the mutiny will satisfy, and I'm out of patience and energy. I find myself struggling to like this book. I'm trying to convince myself I like it. I can't shake the overall feeling of disappointment and meh and no longer caring. Meanwhile, I'm excited for every new issue of TAAO and I'm enjoying Optimus Prime quite a bit (MOTHERFUCKIN' FLINT). And behind all of this remains the ugly, unaddressed, and unfortunate situation with Milne not being offered Lost Light; not being TOLD he wasn't on LL and learning with the fans during a comicon reveal; IDW saying Jack and Alex were going to alternate arcs (this is not happening); radio silence from JRo; a complete, fundamental lack of understanding or caring from IDW or JRo as to how integral Alex was to MTMTE's success or how much he meant to the readers of MTMTE. It's been a bad taste in my mouth for a very long time. I don't like Jack's art. It's not even that it's "not Milne." I don't like it. I like it even less with the garbage that went down for the artist switch. So. I'm going to read issue 6 for closure, and then I'm cancelling my comixology subscription to Lost Light. I'm sure I'll read wiki recaps. I'm writing this to help my own self process. Lost Light is, essentially, anti-joy in my life where MTMTE was a light. So often, I think, as fans, we follow things through sheer inertia. It was something special, and I will hold MTMTE dear for many, many years. May your wires never cross, and your luster never dull.