Saturday, 27 June 2009

And so it ends - Transformers: All Hail Megatron #12 review

This series has received the widest spectrum of reviews from Tformers fans. The writer - Aussie Shane McCarthy - said himself, "I knew from day one this was going to piss some people off." This is the last one in the series until AHM Coda, the fill-in to patch up te glaringly broken continuity, comes in. It's certainly been a bumpy ride. This issue is probably the most shocking yet. Secrets are revealed, alleigances are tested and stereotypes broken. The Autobots and the Decepticons battle it out head to head in the ruins of New York.
the art for this is probably the best yet. Guido Guidi's rough yet clear lines combine with Josh Burcham's and James Brown's great colours to form a beautiful 22 pages that's great to look at.
As for plot; well, I'm in two minds about the penmanship of Shane McCarthy. On one hand, I'm gripped by the storyline and eager to see what happens next. The characterisation is something that Shane has really worked on - the dark reasons for Megatron's evil, the unususal show of loyalty to Megs from Starscream - whoah, it is all so cool. Good work on that front, Shane. But, on the other hand, Shane has dug himself several deep holes with this series. There's loads of little subplots frm previous arcs that are left unexplained, and the reasoning behind some of the decisions made by the Autobots and Decepticons is ambiguous to say the least. We can only hope that these holes are patched up soon.

Overall, All Hail Megatron #12 comes in at 9/10. There'sa few nitpicky little things I'm pissed off about, but all in all the guys at IDW have done an awesome job.

Posted by Fantom at 3:31 pm, SUNDAY 28 June

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