Monday, December 8, 2008

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #5

Another strong issue! There is still too much human-junk in this series, but author Shane Mccarthy is finally dealing more with robots than people. The issue reunites two factions of Autobots, as grizzly leader Kup gets his crew back in touch with the original bots. Kup's team seems to be Perceptor, Blaster, Blurr, Hot Rod, Springer, and a huge bot who I don't recognize. Kup initially accuses Jazz's contingent of slacking off in these dark days, but Jazz puts that to rest by dropping Springer and Blurr in a few seconds and pulling his gun on Kup before he can move. It was a nice sequence where my favorite Transformer got some respect! I love the focus on the "core" bots in this series. While Simon Furman did a great job with the sprawling cast in his issues, I must admit I didn't know who a lot of characters were. In All Hail Megatron, the scope is still fairly limited. While we are getting the Movie Autobots and obscure cons like Ratbat, it seems like the cast is a near match to the Transformers appearing in the early 40s of the Marvel series.

Guido Guidi's art looks great. He's done some small tweaks to the designs of the Autobots. He's given Blurr massive jets on his back that bulk up the character, and Perceptor has a small targeting lens over one eye. Neat tweaks modernize the characters without ruining their classic looks. Too bad the movie wasn't more like this. I'll probably pick up the book in monthly format now, since I don't want to buy issues that feature too many humans, but if this keeps up featuring mostly Transformers, I'll keep picking it up.


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