Book Title: Transformers: Shattered Glass #2
Book Description: I’m the first installment of Transformers: Shattered Glass we saw that the Autobots won the civil war against the Decepticons. In the aftermath the Autobots ended up being divided into three factions that are ruled by Optimus Prime, Prowl, and Goldbug. The few remaining Decepticons are constantly on the move to avoid being captured by bodyscrappers who are chasing them for bounties.
Megatron’s lieutenant, Starscream, had a very large bounty on him. Blurr tried to capture the seeker and paid for it with his spark. Starscream may have emerged victorious; but not without taking damage.
We start the second issue of Transformers: Shattered Glass with Starscream wandering through the Rust Sea in search of Megatron. When he finally finds the former Decepticon leader the damage from his fight with Blurr coupled with the corrosive gases in the Rust Sea have left him close to deactivation.
Megatron repairs him while they discuss moments from many cycles ago. Starscream recalls Megatron being a brave and noble leader that was trying to create a Cybertron that had equality for allowing. Megatron’s version of events is quite different.
Megatron recalls being too brash and reckless. Far too many Decepticons lost their spark because of his foolishness. He doesn’t want to start another war against the Autobots that can’t be won. Then Starscream shows him something that may change the tides.
Book Author: Danny Lore
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: IDW Publishing
Illustrator: Daniel Khanna
I am a connoisseur of all things Transformers and this is one of the best individual issues I’ve ever read. We had glimpses of Megatron wanting equality for all in All Hail Megatron. Seeing this desire coupled with his yearning to keep the peace is a fascinating take on him.
From a visual aspect the alternative universe Transformers: Shattered Glass takes place in takes some adjusting to. Optimus and Shockwave’s paint jobs truly stand out. The nuance of changing the colors on the Autobot and Decepticon emblems as well was fun. It makes the reader realize how everything purple has an evil connotation to it.
Before seeing this cover I never thought I’d see Megatron unarmed and kneeling before anyone or anything. Any Transformers fan seeing this has to be intrigued, especially after realizing it’s Optimus Prime that he’s kneeling before.
The interior artwork in this series continues to be rock solid. While I liked the detail on Starscream after being in the Rust Sea, my favorite panel was when Megatron shot Bumblebee. I may be in the minority; but I’ve never been much of a fan of Bumblebee. Seeing him get lit up gave me some satisfaction.
As a geek on a budget I firmly believe this is a must read series that is well worth the price of admission. It has action. It has drama. It’s written so well that it actually makes Starscream likable. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment!
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