Transformers: All Hail Megatron #9
IDW Publishing (March, 2009)
WRITER: Shane McCarthy
ARTISTS: Robert Deas & Emiliano Santalucia
COLORISTS: Josh Burcham & Robert Deas
SELECTED COVER ARTIST: Trevor Hutchison
LETTERER: Chris Mowry
EDITORS: Andy Schmidt & Denton J. Tipton
On Earth Spike makes contact with Sarah and Bridge and tells them of a secret weapon, made from Shockwave’s gun arm, that might kill Megatron. Bridge finally convinces Sarah that she’s actually been the leader this whole time and they agree to go, another man named Charles going along to get his revenge on Frenzy, which Soundwave is less than happy about. However, Spike might not have been in time because the other countries are ready to send the nukes. On Cybertron Mirage rejects Ironhide’s apology and morale is nonexistent for the whole group. Just as things reach their bleakest a ray of hope returns, as Optimus Prime appears to address the troops and inspire them to fight on!
What they got right: Our human characters come together, and Spike even gets to contact his father as Frenzy’s takedown leads to the interference clearing. And Optimus is back! I also like that Ironhide isn’t so easily forgiven after beating the scrap metal out of Mirage.
What they got wrong: I know this now because it was eventually revealed but at this point Bumblebee has a problem with Drift but it isn’t stated why. This would come out in later stories (or at least you can hazard a guess) but it’s rather confusing at this point. The changes in artists are also really easy to spot. Each has their strengths and weaknesses so one isn’t better than the other but they don’t match up well in the Earth scenes.
Recommendation: A strong chapter in the story. Worth looking into.