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Transformers: All Hail Megatron Volume 2 Paperback – Oct 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600105246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600105241
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 16.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Another excellent graphic novel in the All Hail Megatron Series. Again the artwork is excellent and more characters make an appearance. The story gets even better and you really see the action and tension building between both factions internally. The ONLY major flaw I found was that the editors duplicated some of the conversation bubbles which was odd. All and all, another good buy
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6842eac) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0xa6583444) out of 5 stars Not sure what the others are on about... this is good! Oct. 17 2009
By Alexa - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't usually write reviews, but I noticed that the two reviews for this were bad. I'm not sure why. It told a Decepticon centered story well without, as it might have, rendering the Autobots unlikable or uninteresting to keep the reader's focus on/sympathy with the Decepticons. In making both factions' stories interesting and engaging rather than making the Autobots annoying, irrelevant, or worst of all villainous themselves, it improved on what for me was the major weakness of Megatron: Origin (which I also really liked.) Before I saw those two bad reviews, I would've thought that anyone who, like me, likes the Decepticons and wants to read about more than the 'Cons getting their afts kicked over and over, would like this. As in Megatron: Origin, we see the motivations and desires of various characters in more -- and more convincing -- detail than just "oh, he's conniving/sly/mean/clever/brutish/etc. because he's a bad guy."

I also felt that it did a good job of handling the problem with pacing that the first volume had. Volume 1, as one of the reviewers mentioned, was quite slow, spending a lot of time depicting the destruction and mayhem wreaked by the 'Cons, but very little time on plot. That's fun for Decepticon fans who've been waiting to see them get their chance to trash the place in true Decepticon style (yes, I'm grinning as I type this), but it does get repetitive quickly. This volume picks up the pace considerably.

I think what may be bothering some of the other reviewers is that this story takes place after some other IDW comics. This means that if you read All Hail Megatron by itself, some of the plot twists lose their force because you don't know what happened before. I haven't read those particular comics, so I did feel slightly let down by plot twists that were introduced in a previous series. However, I still thought they were reasonably well done and found myself caring about the characters anyway. Some people might not like AHM because of this (Megatron: Origin does a better job of working standalone), but I don't think it's a dealbreaker.

As another reviewer mentioned, another strike against it is that the art style switches drastically in the middle, from a gritty, detailed style to a cartoonish one. I'm not a fan of the cartoony style, and would have loved to see those scenes done by the other artist instead. Still, the story is the driving force for me, and the story behind those panels worked for me.

I'd recommend this to other fans of the 'Cons especially, but I actually think there's a lot here for anyone to enjoy. As I said before, the Autobots are well-done as well, and suitably impressive when they inevitably show up to save the day (*grumble*)...
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In part 2 of the All Hail Megatron series, things are really heating up. The Decepticons are decimating human resistance on Earth while the Autobots have problems of their own. Still trapped on the dead husk of Cybertron, the infighting escalates. As if things weren't bad enough, the swarm shows up (the thousands of failed attempts to create the Insecticons). Fortunately, fortune finally smiles upon the broken good guys.

Meanwhile, the Decepticons have issues of their own. The European Union is planning on dropping a nuke on New York city to wipe them out. Infighting begins amongst their ranks also as the traditionalists believe that Megatron has lost his way.

I have really enjoyed the All Hail Megatron series thus far. The in-depth development of individual characters is great. I like seeing the original G1 incarnations cast in this whole new light. Job well done. Remember, this is not a continuation of the original series, it is a different continuity.
By Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this - and the first volume. This story would have made a much better set of movies than what actually wound up being released. My only complaint was (spoiler alert...ish) there being no concrete resolution to Optimus getting back his matrix, from what I can remember. I might need to re read it though.
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HASH(0xa5db9a44) out of 5 stars If you bought the first one, why not? Sept. 23 2009
By D.D - Published on Amazon.com
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All Hail Megatron seemed like a brillant idea. The Decepticons finally win and imprison the Autobots. Now the concept is quite brilliant, the actual follow through was a bore.

The problem with All Hail Megatron is that there doesn't seem to be an active coherent theme throughout. The story seems rush, and it is horrible to be treated to multiple artists throughout the stories. One artists would have kept the story more consistent. The art in this volume starts off well with detailed serious looking art, and then gets into something very cartoony and lazily colored and then goes back to detailed looking art. What gets me sometimes is the exaggeration of the scales the robots are to each other. Devastator is so big he is the size of the Empire State building. They are drawn way out of proportions at times even for Transformers.

The volume isn't all bad. (SPOILERS) We learn the twist here is that Sunstreaker is the traitor and Mirage had nothing to do with it. Omega Supreme returns to save the day and Thundercracker who upholds some noble warrior code saves the East Coast from pure annihilation by stopping a nuclear bomb from dropping and destroying the Autobots and the humans. Thundercracker wants them defeated, but through "honorable" ways. The best part in this series is when Megatron is being overthrown by Starscream, he tells Starscream about how he will one day rule the Decepticons and that command must be taken and not given. Such mutual respect even when they are trying to kill each other.

The book is worth reading, and if you own Volume 1, you might as well finish the story ark. There are better TF graphic novels out there like "War Within",
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7863410) out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air Jan. 11 2010
By D. Good - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to disagree with some of the reviewers on here - I loved this arc. Furman lost his way with the original IDW series - too many characters, too many weird introductions to the mythos that go unexplained (negative universe? Some silver pool on Nebulos? The reavers and Banzaitron? Doubledealer hanging out in a prison for years waiting for Hot Rod to rescue him?). Furman was just trying to do too much, spinning too many strands for me to care about any single one.

All Hail Megatron is a refreshing return to what we all want to see: Earth, Cybertron, and a reasonably large but manageable cast. One single plot, digging into how several personalities deal with the new status quo, with a few subplots that reinforce the main plot - that's good stuff, and that's what I want to see. And a reasonable inclusion of the humans that doesn't feel like a distraction or cheesy. Not many writers have been able to accomplish that with the Transformers.

The one flaw in the series is that it's inconsistent with its ties to the previous series - it continues some elements and abandons others, so you sometimes aren't sure what the rules are. I think that's just a tricky situation for any writer who takes over the reins with what seems to be instructions to take the series in a new direction but somehow respect what came before.

Regardless, All Hail Megatron, for me, has been a far more enjoyable read than much of the Furman arc - and I say this having read every single US-released and most of the UK-released Furman work - Furman has typically been solid, he just tried to do too much with the Negaverse stuff. McCarthy's doing a great job.