“Are we there yet?”

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #11

IDW Publishing (May 2008)

WRITER: Shane McCarthy

ARTIST: Guido Guidi

COLORIST: Josh Burcham & Felix Serrano

SELECTED COVER ART: Trevor Hutchison

LETTERER: Chris Mowry

EDITORS: Andy Schmidt & Denton J. Tipton

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. The Autobots are back on Earth, and bringing it to the Decepticons. All throughout, though Megatron has prepared for every variable, and even tells Starscream that once the Decepticons win, he plans to make them closer to what he’s always said they were supposed to be, and Starscream may even someday succeed in overthrowing Megatron. This unites all Decepticons against the Autobots, with the humans wondering who the good guys are, if any. But then they have their own problems to deal with. Megatron has also had sleeper agents among the military machines, and they’re coming out to play–including an EU plane carrying a nuclear bomb!

What they got right: The back stories are over, we’re mostly up to date (not counting Hunter), and now it’s time for the fightin’! Even then, we get story, from Starscream and Megatron have another “spark-to-spark” chat, to the humans wondering if the new arrivals are their friends or just another set of foes, to the full reach of Megatron’s infiltration scheme. (During Furman’s run, the Decepticons used evil human clones, and now we learn even the war machines have been replaced.) There is really nothing to complain about.

What they got wrong: What did I just tell you?

Recommendation: You’ll have to decide for yourself if the previous stories were worth it (there were a number of missteps, even ignoring ones that made sense when “what if” became “what is”), but not we’re coming close to the originally planned finale (the Coda stories are being folded into All Hail Megatron but I won’t be doing those reviews like I did here–this was just to complete the main story in “Yesterday’s” Comic), and it’s already the most satisfying issue thus far. At the time I was even happier that Furman was off the main title, but if you read later reviews I didn’t care for the direction IDW went anyway.

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3 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    Most of these “All Hail Megatron” comic book covers remind me of historical propaganda posters from facist nations. There is a cold edge to these covers’ artwork. These covers ooze of totalitarianism and dictatorships. Perhaps that was the point as these comics do focus on Megatron’s leadership.

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    • That was the point. In fact they were based on actual propaganda images, just with Transformers replacing the original imagery.

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      • Sean says:

        I see. Well, the cover concept works very nicely. Megatron is a true totalitarian and dictator and the covers help solidify that message. But these covers give me the chill….makes me think of Josef Stalin and other totalitarian dictators from throughout history!

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