“Peace through tyranny.” Far more frightening than the thuggish “Everything is fodder,” Megatron’s original quote advocating order over freedom stands apart from the other mottos of the G1 pantheon, as distinct as Prime’s ubiquitous “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”
Why? These quotes define not only the characters themselves but the factions they lead, and by doing so, the conflict that the Transformers universe consists of.
Issue #11 of All Hail Megatron contains what may be the single greatest portrayal of a dynamic and realistically motivated Megatron in the history of the franchise. Devoid of shallow evil, the Megatron of AHM is a cold, calculating, self-righteous autocrat. He does not see himself as villain – he sees himself as a messiah against the injustice of freedom. There is despondency to his despotism.
To a believer in strength as the ultimate genesis of order and order as the only means to peace, Starscream’s treachery is forgiven, respected, and even endearing. Megatron’s response is rooted in the belief that the strong have the right to rule; he subscribes to a hierarchy in the name of power to the fittest.
I don’t think I’ve ever read or seen more compelling Decepticon dialogue than in this issue. This whole series is incredible.
In Issue #9 I was amazed by having my expectations of Optimus Prime met – and they are not low expectations. In this issue my character expectations of Megatron (as well as Starscream) were exceeded.
AHM #11 offers all of this, not to mention a FANTASTIC climactic battle that starts in this issue as the Autobots finally engage the Decepticons on Earth.
Superlative writing and some of the best Transformer art ever grace this issue. Somebody get Shane McCarthy and Guido Guidi their Eisners.
All Hail Megatron is amazing. I can’t wait to read the finale.
When we left last issue, Megatron had just received a reprieve from his one-on-one battle with Devastator as the remaining Earth military mounted a massive air attack on Decepticon-controlled New York City.
Issue 11 opens as Spike and his companions move out to attempt to use their “secret weapon,” a gun derived from Shockwave, to assassinate Megatron. They leave their hiding place as a battle between Devastator and the human air armada rages above them.
Megatron and the recently rebellious Starscream find time for a personal moment during the battle; however, it is cut short by the arrival of Omega Supreme, laden with the Autobots who have spent the series stranded on Cybertron.
Full-throttle battle ensues. Megatron and Starscream reconcile, and the Decepticon forces reunite. (Note to reader: The Megatron/Starscream moments are great in a way that synopses do not do justice.) Just then the Autobot line breaks to make room for the landing of Omega Supreme. Omega engages Devastator, and on Prime’s orders hauls the combiner outside the city.
Spike’s father, Col. Witwicky, sees the departure but is unmoved. He reminds his cohorts that a plane carrying nuclear weapons is descending on New York one way or the other.
Prime finds Megatron. They banter.
Back at the human military encampment, the army struggles with a mobile missile platform that won’t move. It transforms into a Decepticon and leaves. Col. Witwicky comments that they have no way of knowing how many of their vehicles could be Transformers.
Inside the cockpit of the nuclear armed plane there is a Decepticon insignia
|Date||May 22nd 2009|
|Score||(10 out of 10)|