Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7
IDW Publishing (January, 2009)
WRITER: Shane McCarthy
ARTISTS: Guido Guidi & E.J. Su
COLORIST: Josh Burcham (assist by Benjamin Maier
SELECTED COVER ART: Trevor Hutchison
LETTERERS: Chris Mowry & Robbie Robbins
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton
We learn the origin of the Swarm, a thousand bad experiments that led to the creation of the Insecticon Bombshell. We also learn what happened to the Autobots, how they were tricked by the Decepticons into an ambush and how Optimus was damaged closing the space bridge they used to drop them onto Cybertron in Swarm territory. But not before they told the Autobots they were betrayed by one of their own. Ironhide assumes it was Mirage and after Sideswipe mentioned to Sunstreaker that he thought they were carrying that theory too far (and tried to make Sunstreaker discuss the Headmaster thing) Ironhide decides to beat the scrap out of Mirage and rip off his Autobot symbol.
What they got right: There are some interesting character moments here, the best one being Bombshell’s introduction. You get a sense of his character almost immediately when he has to think about his name and what planet he’s on having just come online but when asked his function immediately says “torment”. Also Thundercracker’s reaction foreshadows his future actions. All but one of the mysteries involved (the identity of the traitor) is resolved here.
What they got wrong: The origin of the Swarm and Bombshell I have a personal disagreement with. It’s just a bit too creepy for me. Knowing who the traitor actually is makes it hard to watch Ironhide beat up Mirage while Sunstreaker watches and remembering he’s never punished for it when the real traitor is revealed. There is no consequence for his actions here.
Recommendation: Still a good story overall that’s worth checking out.