The issue lots of people have with Autobot Megatron (in that we're supposed to have empathy for the guy that really did kill an awful lot of people) is the problem I have with Sunstreaker. Worse, in that Megatron's murder spree built up over millenia. By contrast, Sunstreaker was just "I didn't really like having a human as a copilot in my brain, and even though that's been fixed would you do me a favour and kill a few billion of them for me?"
Like, I get it was supposed to be hugely traumatic, but if someone in real life tried to commit genocide (and partially succeeded) and their reason was "I was assaulted coming back from the pub" I would probably also have empathy issues.
There's a throwaway line or two in some issues of (I think) MTMTE which alleges that a Decepticon's badge is formed from a chunk of their spark casing, specifically referencing Drift, which I always took as an explanation for why Decepticons and former Decepticons alike were affected by the D-Void - their sparks are left vulnerable by the damage done. Is it intentional? Who knows! Does it matter? No! But it does kind of line up so that Decepticonism isn't some kind of genetic disorder so I'll take it
Ironically enough I’m grabbing a spare minute to write this comment whilst waiting to see the doctor about my own, non-functional legs. No sports cars in wheelchairs in the waiting room at the moment, and I can mostly make out what’s going on, so I think i be okay…
But yeah, this is certainly a weird issue, to be kind. Back in the day, when I wasn’t quite as online or as connected with what was going on behind the scenes I was certainly baffled by the brief moments of improved writing and dialogue which peppered this comic. Which doesn’t make it bad, necessarily, but does make it disjointed.
There are moments of interest in this issue, though. The idea that Galvatron may actually be acting in the best interests of Cybertron, albeit in his own special way, is certainly an interesting one, if not necessarily articulated particularly well here. And could also be compared with Megatron’s own actions on the surface… in the hands of a more skilled writer.
The combining Decepticons is, however, nonsense - although I like what skybyte points out, above. And the idea that the Cybertronians are just robots who will of course be reduced to speaking in binary is never one that sat well with me, especially given Pax’s speech to the senate just a handful of issues back bemoaning how other races saw them as exactly that.
I’ll agree also that the art is confusing, which is a shame. And someone really wasn’t thinking about trades with that double page spread. But I guess at this point everyone’s minds were on the future, which is probably why things are slipping by.
In all, I wouldn’t quite label this a disaster, and definitely not as bad as the Earth-side arc either - although that’s not really praise, either. But nor is this essential, either. I’m just holding on to the fact that the end - and a new beginning - is now in sight…
Hope your legs are, er, okay? Sorry, I'm not quite sure how to articulate that statement.
And yes, I too am looking forward to some proper comics. Drift: Empire Of Stone here we come!
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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