Transformers: All Hail Megatron Volume 2 Paperback – Sep 29 2009
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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*)...
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.
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",