Transformers: All Hail Megatron #6
IDW Publishing (December, 2008)
WRITER: Shane McCarthy
ARTIST: Guido Guidi
COLORIST: Josh Burcham
SELECTED COVER ART: Trevor Hutchison
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
Kup tries to pull the two units together, but first priority is repairing Optimus Prime. But they have to move fast as the Swarm, failed versions of the Insecticons (or so it appears to me), have found them. On Earth the Seekers have a squabble with the Insecticons while Starscream tries to figure out Megatron’s end goal. And members of the French government decide to take their own initiative and blow up New York in the hopes of stopping the Decepticons when the remaining governments of the world launch their joint counter offensive.
What they got right: The art is still good, and the other countries are just sitting idle as the Decepticons continue their rampage. Seeing Perceptor double as a badass sniper is pretty neat.
What they got wrong: This issue moves at a snail’s pace. So much talk of philosophies and plans but nothing really happens outside of Thundercracker and Skywarp chasing off the Insecticons after Bombshell starts on Thundercracker. Then there’s Drift. Introduced in this series, McCarthy wanted to create his own Transformer, but Drift isn’t interesting. He never really will be interesting in comics to follow. The Drift of the 2010s Robots In Disguise is far more interesting while IDW Drift is just a sword-wielding badass with no real personality to him. He’s not really a crowd favorite either.
Recommendation: This is not the issue to start on. It’s slow and not very interesting and feels like trade padding that doesn’t really advance much of anything. I like the maxiseries as a whole, but not this issue.