On your knees, human scum, and bow before the great and glorious Megatron!
In New York City, a green construction vehicle nearly runs over some humans in Times Square. One of the men beats on his door, yelling that Long Haul is going to kill someone. He doesn't know how right he is. Much to the man's amazement, Long Haul transforms and joins the other Constructicons who have arrived. The crowd marvels at the giant robots, some thinking they are movie props. Scrapper makes a brief speech that they have come in peace, to Hook's confusion. Of course, this is all a joke and the Constructicons begin blasting into the crowd and street, blasting everything and everyone in sight. Mixmaster takes a moment to marvel at how fragile everything feels. Such a perfectionist...
The Seekers make their grand entrance soon after. Skywarp mocks the humans, telling Starscream that the humans will really be terrified when Megatron arrives. Starscream bristles, taking pot shots into the crowd and claiming how he is the master of terror. Unfortunately for him, Megatron ominously makes his appearance mid rant. Starscream instantly grovels, saying that their destruction of the city is going well. Megatron is far from impressed showing them the true meaning of destruction as he takes out a skyscraper with one blast of his Fusion Cannon. He then tells Starscream to try and keep up with him. Touché...
Fighter pilots are sent to intercept the Decepticons, but they think it's just a joke... Until they see the robots in person. Megatron stops an immediate retaliation by Starscream, wanting to let the humans get a few shots in first. Starscream is far from happy. Thanks to Soundwave, the missiles guidance systems are easily scrambled and miss their targets. The machine guns, surprisingly, have no effect on them. Satisfied with his demonstration of power, Megatron then orders his crew to attack, which they do with gusto. As the human jets are decimated, one of the pilots, a man named DJ, attempts to crash his fighter into Megatron, who just swats him away. Megatron walks through a blazing fire, laughing maniacally.
On Cybertron, the Autobots are in a sorry state. Prowl delivers a message on a device to Jazz, who angrily throws it away. In the next room, a badly-injured Optimus Prime lies on an operating table while Ratchet works in the background...
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- There is no such rank as "commander" in the United States Air Force. This is possibly due to the writer Shane McCarthy being Australian, whose national air force does have a "wing commander" rank. This is not the first time this has happened.
- DJ has a "soul patch" beard, which is not allowed for U.S. military pilots.
- In the flashback panel on page 1, Jazz is missing his car doors on his forearms. It doesn't appear to be battle damage, and he has them later on in the present.
- Remember those big public Transformers battles and that giant dinosaur robot stomping around in broad daylight? Well, the people of America don't. The Air Force squadron say they thought the Decepticons were a hoax, though whether they meant the Decepticons in general—whom the Air Force have seen and bombed—or this specific attack is unclear. Neither makes much sense. Next issue reveals that the Transformers were public knowledge, but everyone believes they were tools for a terrorist group, which means the Air Force thinking they were a hoax and the people of NYC not recognising them with fear makes even less sense.
Items of note
- Cameos: Flashback on Cybertron: Slingshot, Brainstorm, Headstrong; NYC citizens, fighter pilots, DJ's girlfriend/wife (in picture)
- This series will not be touching on Decepticon facsimiles or Ultra-Energon, the two plot points key to the Decepticon invasion of Earth. Uh oh...
- The first page's snapshot-to-snapshot, bare-bones retelling of the Transformers backstory mimics the first page of 2006's All Star Superman #1.
- Lots of characters show up with new bodies!
- Prowl, Sideswipe, and Sunstreaker are now in their Universe "Classic Series" toy bodies.
- Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp are now in their Masterpiece toy bodies.
- Shrapnel and Bombshell have different designs, taking more bug-like insect modes.
- Cliffjumper's Earth mode is seen, which is essentially Kiss Players Hot Rodimus (complete with the white racing stripes deco) with a Cliffjumper head.
- Megatron, Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Jazz, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Ironhide, and Optimus Prime manage to retain their unique-to-IDW bodies.
- The violence was toned down since the preview in "Focus on Decepticons"; the blood running down the sneaker and cell phone is missing from the bottom-left panel of page 6. This was at the request of Hasbro.
- Note Thundercracker in the background of pages 8 to 10, looking a bit unhappy about the rampage.
- When July sales data came in, it turned out All Hail Megatron #1, the heavily-promoted new-reader-friendly jump-on point to draw in New Readers... had sold one copy less than Devastation #1 in the North American direct market.
|Specifics: Cover RI-A|
- Cover A: Megatron with Prime's head on a pike; art and colors by Klaus Scherwinski
- Cover B: Communist propaganda style of Megatron silhouette with the Seekers overhead; art and colors by Trevor Hutchison
- Cover Retailer Incentive A: Megatron closeup; art and colors by Klaus Scherwinski
- Cover Retailer Incentive B: virgin version of cover A
- Retailer Exclusive Cover: Megatron taking a picture with Reflector, art by Casey Coller and Josh Burcham. The cover is an homage to the cover of Batman: The Killing Joke published by DC Comics in 1988.
- Transform and Roll Out DVD
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- Best of UK: Times Wars #1
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- The Dreamland Chronicles
- Spike: After the Fall
- Galaxy Quest
- www.collectiondrawer.com (back cover)
This is one of the first comics available for Sony's Digital Comic Service for the PlayStation Portable.