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THE TRANSFORMERS: COMICS, BOOKS AND MANGA

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CURRENT TRANSFORMERS COMICS FROM IDW PUBLISHING

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #8
Reviewed by Inflatable Dalek

Issue Review

Perhaps it’s time you and I had a talk…

Stuck between a rock and a hard place, this issue tries desperately to respond to reader complaints about the poor continuity, but too late in the day for most of them to care and most of the hypothetical new readers supposedly brought in by the titles fresh start will be completely baffled by what’s going on here, especially the cliff-hanger.

It’s tempting to wonder how much McCarthy’s plan has changed since he wrote issue one. Was the closing stages of the arc really supposed to be given over to continuity exposition? The way the human sub plots have been poorly handled and there being no foreshadowing of Sunstreaker being a traitor (or even a speaking part) until last issue, suggest things have chopped and changed. Though it’s equally possible he really is that useless.

Outside of the continuity, the plot still continues to not move at all. In fact, the story thus far can be summed up as: six issues of sitting about on Cybertron not doing much, followed by two issues of running about on Cybertron not doing much before arriving somewhere new to sit about on Cybertron. I can’t recall ever reading such an inept comic, and I’ve read Thundercats Future Torture Porn (or whatever it was called). I currently suffer from a so far inexplicable medical problem where my right hand is completely numb. I am beginning to suspect McCarthy is suffering from a similar complaint with his brain and should get himself to a doctor post haste before inflicting anymore of this torrid nonsense upon an unsuspecting world.

Notes

Though we’ve started seeing more continuity links in the series as its gone on, this is the first issue to really depend on prior knowledge of the wider IDW Universe. The reason for Sunstreaker’s betrayal and the reason Hunter is useful to the Decepticons to help them break the Autobots codes are both directly tied to the Simon Furman material.

At issues start, Ratchet proclaims Hunter will never be fully human again. Presumably this is how Bombshell is able to plug into his brain and extract the codes. When we see him he’s still in his full Headmaster outfit, but it’s not yet clear if this is part of not being fully human or if Bombshell has put him through the process again.

Kup also mentions his experiences in his Spotlight; thought what led to his complete recovery isn’t touched upon.

Despite all this, the promised explanation as to why the Seekers have changed their alt modes for more primitive ones still hasn’t appeared.

Ironhide claims that Kup’s “cigar” is something that hasn’t been made in centuries. Exactly what happened to Mirage isn’t clear, though Kup does say that Ironhide’s attack “lost me a soldier”.

The Reflector units, like Soundwave, now talk like they do on TV. Spotlight: Wheelie, set after this, has them talk like regular folks but that’s after one of them has died traumatically.

When Starscream is trying to get Bombshell onside, he mentions the altercation between the Insecticons and Seekers back in issue 6. Starscream has enough allies amongst the Decepticons to tell his mysterious friend to fetch “the others”.

Hound is back with the Autobots, though where he’s been for the last 7 issues isn’t covered.

Rather nicely, McCarthy remembers Springer can fly and offers an explanation as to why he doesn’t just shoot down the bridge in helicopter mode (he hasn’t been able to fly since the crash).

Despite all the talk of massacres and large scale death, Sunstreaker becomes the first Transformers fatality seen in the title.

All right, Sunstreaker suddenly turning into a genocide-fuelled maniac just about makes sense if you assume what he’s been through has sent him completely insane. But how did no one else notice this? Didn’t Ratchet give him a full psychological evaluation before citing him fit for duty?

Goofs

When Perceptor gets shot down, Kup claims they need him, or at least his gun to detonate the bombs. Why not just get someone else to use the gun?

Drift claims that Sunstreaker couldn’t have given the Decepticons the Autobot codes. But all of Hunter’s Transformer knowledge comes straight from Sunstreaker’s head; he shouldn’t know anything Sunstreaker doesn’t. It’s always possible someone else gave them the codes, in which case the cliffhanger is very badly structured.

Quote, Unquote:

Ironhide: So I just sit here then? Watching you chew on that thing? Considering they haven’t made those for hundreds of years that’s got to be pretty-
Kup: That’s what you think this is? That’s where we are? Jokes? Pallin’ around?

Sunstreaker: [On trying to kill all Humans dead] I just wanted them to suffer for what they did to me.

Quote/Unquote

Ironhide: So I just sit here then? Watching you chew on that thing? Considering they haven’t made those for hundreds of years that’s got to be pretty-
Kup: That’s what you think this is? That’s where we are? Jokes? Pallin’ around?

Sunstreaker: [On trying to kill all Humans dead] I just wanted them to suffer for what they did to me.

 
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