Sunday, 23 August 2009

Review - Transformers: All Hail Megatron #14

I've been waiting for All Hail Megatron #14 all month - I build up a lot of anticipation for these comics. Finally got it, and love it. Am getting Trev Hutchison's awesome RI covers for the whole series - totally worth the extra money. So on to the review, where I'll see if IDW's latest offering is up to scratch. Here we goes.

The Good: This issue is very well done. I'm very satisfied with it. First off, the cover alone makes it worth the purchase - when is IDW going to make these as pin-ups? Trev does an excellent job of portraying Sunstreaker. The two stories inside ("Replay" and "Rebirth") are very well constructed, perfectly suited to their oneshot format. Rebirth was the best of the two, actually setting up future plot points as opposed to Replay, which was just, well, a replay of past events. The ending of it was very effective though. and the art for these was absolutely top-notch. The lines of Emiliano Santalucia and Andrew Griffith combined with colorist legend Josh Burcham (who according to himself hurriedly finished Rebirth in less than a week) to form a beautiful 22 pages to look at. I love it. Good job all youse who did work on this issue.

The Bad: OK, so there ain't a whole lot bad about this one. They did an amazing job. But there's a few things. The RI cover has a lot less color brightness than previously advertised. It is a dirty greenish-yellow when we originally saw it as a bright yellow panel. A bit off-putting. And ... well, that's all.

The Ugly: Only a couple screw-ups here this time. Firstly, in Rebirth "Ark" is misspelled "Arc". Secondly, Galvatron remarks that Cyclonus was able to survive longest outside of the Dead Universe while in Spotlight Cyclonus it was Galvatron who survived the longest. Lastly, there is a female Autobot in Sunstreaker's flashback. Whatever happened to Arcee being the only fembot in the IDWverse, how Jhiaxus altered her CNA and all that? This completely contradicts previous canon - if IDW continues on this path, they'll end up as canonically screwed up as DC. Very sad.

Verdict: Beautiful. Just fricking beautiful. Expertly crafted, well-set out. I'm very satisfied. Keep up the good work and no more continuity errors IDW! Rated 9.5 out of 10.

Posted by Fanbot at 6:45 pm, SUNDAY 23 August


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