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Transformers: All Hail Megatron Volume 2 [Paperback]

Shane McCarthy , Guido Guidi , E. J. Su
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Sept. 29 2009 Transformers (Idw)
As the Autobots continue their hunt for the traitor in their midst while stranded on their homeworld of Cybertron, tempers flare, and the secrets of the Autobots' defeat are revealed. Meanwhile, on Earth, the human uprising begins as Megatron attempts to fend off a coup by a fellow Decepticon. In this all-out war for Earth not everyone will survive, and the showdown you've been waiting for has a battle so fierce, you'll be shocked at who makes it out alive! This book collects issues #7-12 of the breakout hit series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Aug. 19 2010
By Sitruk
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the others are on about... this is good! Oct. 17 2009
By Alexa - Published on
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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*)...
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2.0 out of 5 stars To quote Galvatron, "This is bad comedy!" Sept. 21 2009
By GroundChuck - Published on
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All Hail Megatron Volume 1 was mediocre. Not bad, but it was insanely slow, with very little happening in a story that was far too decompressed. I've enjoyed all of IDW's Transformers output up through All Hail Megatron, and wanted to give Volume 2 a chance before deciding whether to continue reading the series.

Bad mistake. Volume 2 actually moves too quickly, and jumps from scene to scene, even time to time, with no transition--sometimes even in a single page. It's tough to follow, puts too much emphasis on human characters who are even more two dimensional than those in the Transformers film, and presents well-known Transformers characters as almost interchangeable giant robots. It reads like a bad fan fiction story, and is almost as dull and uninteresting as the first Dreamwave miniseries several years ago.

I don't dislike All Hail Megatron because it scraps the intricately-woven previous continuity in favor of a one-note story that, at times, seems like it's trying desperately to be something more than it is, though it is somewhat annoying that the "powers that be" clearly have no respect for the writers and readers of that previous continuity in simply tossing it for a new storyline that's no substance and very little flash. No, I dislike All Hail Megatron because it's not a good comic book by any stretch of the imagination. It's not quite the level of badness of, say, Youngblood in the early 1990s, but it's about as unreadable as much of the other (non-Shadowhawk, non-Dragon) Image tripe from that time. It does have a few moments (Starscream is handled particularly well, unlike any other character), but weak storytelling and a hopelessly dystopian direction undermine what little quality is present in this series.

I hope and pray that IDW will show more respect for the new GIJoe universe they've created, and don't simply dump Hama, Dixon, and Gage for some flash-in-the-pan writer who thinks explosions are better than character development.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep March 2 2013
By MikeH - Published on
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Like most comic books series though there are different versions and its hard to figure out where in the story you are.
5.0 out of 5 stars all hail megatron vol 2 Jan. 24 2012
By micharl - Published on
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The book was in perfect condition when I got it. The book comes with some very nice artwork done by IDW Abdul Guido Guiding. The story line was great and I would recommend this book to anyone that likes transformers!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dec 31 2010
By Darth Mortis - Published on
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.
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