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Transformers All Hail Megatron #12
By Hervé St-Louis
June 27, 2009 - 19:34

IDW Publishing
Writer(s): Shane McCarthy
Penciller(s): Guido Guidi
Inker(s): Guido Guidi
Colourist(s): James Brown, Josh Burcham
Letterer(s): Chris Mowry
Cover Artist(s): Casey Coller, Trevor Hutchison
$3.99 US


This is the big fight between the Autobots and the Decepticons for the fate of Earth. Optimus Prime,s fight with Megatron is what will ultimately decide what happens to Earth. But the nations of the world have launched a nuclear bomb to destroy New York City and all the Transformers. Will the fight between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons be resolved in time for someone to deal with the bomb?

This issue saved the entire series by returning to what made it great in the past while minimizing the weaker parts. The Decepticons’ philosophy which was explored in previous issues has been put into action in two instances featuring Starscream and Thundercracker. First Starscream stopped the Autobots from destroying the remains of Megatron, after his fight with Optimus prime. This was a great reversal from a similar scene in the Transformers’ animated film from 1986. Second, Thundercracker redefined for himself what it means to be a Decepticons, and not just one of Megatron’s seekers. It was interesting to see the Autobots react to the Decepticons’ worldview and how they were so different but each pure to its own belief.

Keeping a single artist on this issue helps a lot. Previous ones had a mix of artists whose style was not always suitable for the Transformers, thereby weakening the better drawn pages. Here Guido, although not my favourite has the same vibe as classic Transformers’ artist, Andrew Wildman. His robots have human facial characteristics while being mechanized creatures.

Rating: 9.5/10

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