Transformers Infiltration 5
Megatron regards Verity with mild disinterest, before disregarding her as the whole bunker starts to collapse.
The bunker is turning in to a sinkhole, everybody manages to get out alive though Verity almost is swallowed by the collapsing dirt and debris.
As the Autobots turn tail and get out of there, Megatron smashes his way to the surface, to the dismay of both Decepticons and Autobots.
The Autobots however aren't even on Megatron's radar. He deals swiftly and harshly with the two Decepticons before continuing his way to Oregon, to put his house back in order.
Ratchet relays his theory as what has happened to Prowl.
Starscream's infiltration unit by accident discovered a rich new energon variant, they could use directly. Exhausting the seam they vacated the Nebraska bunker in favor of the Oregon bunker which has a much riche seam engaging siege mode to protect their latest find.
and the Autobots are stuck in the middle.
Credits :Writer : Simon Furman,
Artist: E J Su,
Colors by : John Rauch and Josh Burcham,
Letters by : Tom B Long and Robbie Robins.
Editor : Chris Ryall.
Ore 13 is finally mentioned by name and what it does exactly.
Yes, result !
In a slightly lopsided manner, but after the plot spinning it's wheels in 3 and 4 it's finally moving forward again.
However, let's get the bad out of the way first.
Issue 5 is still partially spinning it's wheels and at least half the issue is given over to the Nebraska bunker, turning in to a sinkhole and nearly burying Verity and Hunter.
It has to be dealt with, but feels rather perfunctory.
And it takes too long on the whole, but that's as far as the bad points go.
Issue 5 also gives us the conclusion to that cliffhanger of issue 4.
And while Verity can only stare, she and as such the whole of humanity simply don't rate for Megatron.
He glances at her, mentally dismisses her and then proceeds to ignore her.
She simply isn't worth the time and effort to threaten or kill. She simply doesn't matter.
And it's not hard to believe that Megatron considers the rest of humanity in a similar manner.
This is a huge paradigm shift for the character and the first time he has been depicted in this cold detached manner.
Turning him in to a more then credible threat. The previous Megatron's have been depicted in various states, but never quite as a credible threat save for Beast Machines Megatron and that's because he was turned in tot he Cybertronain equivalent of Hitler that came so close to winning it was scary. *
The Beast Wars Megatron on the other hand, was a shade too vaudevillian to be threatening and the cartoon G1 Megatron was simply a tit, that is in no way to be taken seriously.
Comic G1 Megatron veered wildly between a psychotic lunatic and a campy wannabe villain, which makes it harder to take him serious as well. Though the later reGeneration series rather amped up his psychotic tendencies to the nth degree.
What happened to Megatron later along the line in the IDW series, in More Then Meets The Eye and a character turn I certainly do not care for, nor support, nor believe in, ( but we will see that when, we get there along the line ) not withstanding. This is a paradigm shift for the character, showing him to be cold calculated and detached.
The issue further ramps up Megatron's threat level by having him take out Skywarp and Blitzwing in quick brutal succession, with nary a scratch nor flinching.
They, like Verity simply do not rate and he takes them out as easy as swatting a fly.
Megatron is able to decimate two Decepticons the Autobots had trouble handling,
the Autobots are out of their depth and they know it.
Which finally forces Prowl's hand to do something. Even if that something might not be much beyond trying to contain the conflagration at best, or becoming collateral damage at worst.
The whole reason for this series to be there, the mysterious power source finally gets it's name in ore 13.
Unfortunally, other then appearing in a few arcs. A mention in a spotlight or two and fuelling Stormbringer ore-13 is one of the balls that will be getting dropped until John Barber picks up the thread and runs with it at least 5 years later.
Infiltration 5 can't be faulted for that, but hindsight is always 20-20 and in the long run ore-13, like the facsimiles don't fulfil their promises.
We also finally get to hear what's going on. The infiltration unit broke protocol under the lead of Starscream, engaging in siege mode to protect the seam of ore 13.
Megatron himself has come down to earth to put his house on order.
Which is where the issue comes to an end.
I am running out of superlatives to describe EJ Su's art, so suffice to say that it's as great as ever. Even id the sinkhole section of the issue stretches out for far too long. The depiction of Megatron and the frightening ease with which he takes out two of his own Decepticons with no hassle or care is breathtakingly realised even a decade later.
Infiltration might have been spinning its wheels a bit and it could have been compressed a bit more without losing much, but it's still a well paced, well illustrated story. That is currently heading for it's conclusion.
Issue 5 is a return to form.
( *Hi Godwin)