Transformers: Megatron Origin #4
IDW Publishing (September, 2007)
WRITER: Eric Holmes
ARTIST: Alex Milne
COLORISTS: Josh Perez & Mark Bristow, assisted by Gabe Eltaeb
LETTERER: Neil Uyetake
EDITOR: Andrew Steven Harris
It turns out both the arrest AND Starscream’s meeting with the council were part of the plan. Starscream, aided by Soundwave, attacks the council and take part in a prison break to recruit more Decepticons. The Autobots fight back, but with Megatron’s new fusion cannon even Sentinel Prime’s “Apex Armor” is no match. In the end the Autobot forces flee Kaon, now the headquarters of the Decepticon army.
What they got right: As plans go this was rather clever. It turns out Starscream is the one who gave Megatron his famed fusion cannon in this continuity because Megatron always leads with his right. Considering he wasn’t built with it like in other continuities this solution works.
What they got wrong: On the other hand, why can’t Ratbat just be Ratbat the Recordicon bat like his original toy. Instead they make him a senator who caused all this in the hopes of somehow profiting only for Soundwave to betray him and turn him into a Recordicon (a recent fan term for Soundwave’s tape pals…I still like my term, Cassettecon, and I’m still holding on to Audiobots for Blaster’s team). I’m not sure what the reason was, but Ratbat was fine the way he was created.
Recommendation: I’m not a fan of the first two issues because I don’t want or need a sympathetic backstory for Megatron. The last two issues are a decent origin for this continuity’s Decepticons and worth giving a look. Although my favorite origin is still my headcanon’s.