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Thursday, 11 April 2013
Transformers: All Hail Megatron (Comicbook Review)
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All Hail Megatron
is a rather divisive event amongst the
comics fandom. With Simon Furman having been effectively kicked off writing storylines by IDW due to failing sales a new writer was put in charge with an entirely new direction. Effectively revamping the 1980’s G1 cartoon in a darker style.
The absolute worst has come to pass. The Autobots have effectively lost the Great War. In a widespread strike against multiple instillations the Decepticons have crippled their opponents and left countless dead in their path. Unopposed Megatron has opted to drop any effort at disguising his invasion of Earth and launches an all-out assault. Crippling the planet in days and leaving no human military force capable of fighting back. Trapped on Cybertron with the last of his soldiers, Optimus Prime lies close to death…
Let two things be clear before going into this: First, you might want to have a basic understanding of the setting before trying to read this. Nothing of the background or war is really explained and likely assumes anyone reading will at least be aware of the basics.
Second, despite keeping most of the transformers’ original looks, this comic is bloody. It is extremely dark with a lot of people dying. While no direct blood or guts are usually shown, it often presents events in such a way to be chilling. Usually either via description or just outright suggestion leaving the readers to imagine the rest. That being said the robots themselves are often beaten to a pulp, with some surprisingly graphic wounds. Even moments of torture or subjects such as suicide brought up.
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