As i wrote my response to this subject, i realized so much more, and that is why i love to have discussions with other fans:
”..Megs is teaching the crew. I have never seen Optimus do that.”
Please correct me if i’m wrong about this, but i believe this could be a clue to give that Megatron pacified, could indeed be the Ultimate Cybertronian, the real leader their race deserves. Matrix or no matrix, he could have perhaps even be the chosen one if he hasnt turned into a war mongering guerilla instead.
I have not seen Optimus teaching his Autobots. He gives good advice, but he never arranges little meetings to educate them.
- This could either be because he lacks the kind of personality given that he is a Military Leader, or
- Because he believes his crew is as ready as they can be, and
- The Decepticons under Megatron’s command perhaps lack the cultural knowledge given what casts they came from, thus he saw fit to further educate those under him.
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About OP vs Megs:
I think one of the key character trait/flaw of JRo’s OP is his heroism.
OP’s spark is in the right place, no one can deny that, but he tends to ignore the others as long as he is doing the “right” things.
For example, as a police captain, he didn’t think of the safety of his two subordinates when he went head on against the corrupted police.
He also said Megatron’s name out loud in front of the Senates, telling them Megatron is the one who gave him the “wrong idea”, leading to Megatron becoming one of the Senates’ “bad, need to be removed” list.
Not to mention that OP didn’t really show empathy to the empties: he simply removed them from the street (the irony is, that’s exactly how many of our government think: as long as we chase off the homeless from our sight, there is no poverty problem). Unless Ratchet, who was at least trying what he can to offer free medical treatment in Dead End. OP didn’t even carry a battered Drift to Ratch’s clinic, he called Roller to do the dirty job.
He didn’t really care about the social injustice. He was pissed because the Senates invaded his territory, killed his men, and that pissed him off. But even after all that, he still stayed in the system because in my opinion, I think OP always think the system was not wrong (maybe a bit flawed), only the Senates were wrong, so as long as he is the Prime and the Senates were no more, the system must be good.
I think OP is the type of person who has ideology but lack empathy to individual. He looks at the “bigger picture” but never the little, “irrelevant” episodes.
Thank Primus his ideology is good and he will make sure the others also follow his heroic code (that’s why he was so pissed off by Prowl in RID who solved their crisis but made the Prime look bad), thus the Autobot is generally on the “good side”.
Megatron, on the other hand, is much more sensitive to individual feelings and social issues. But I think his passion is a crucial reason why he turned extreme. The environment he was in made it impossible to make peaceful revolution. And his ability of noticing others’ thoughts and feelings became his weapon of manipulation.
For the Decepticons, Megs only needs to manipulate (and force) them into submission, I don’t think he paid much attention to their needs: In Devastation, Megs clearly used Sixshot’s social incapability and turned him into a mindless weapon. When Megs saw Sixshot confused by the Reapers’ proposal, he simply said “why he (Sixshot) hesitated? He doesn’t think, he only does what I say”.
Megs knows too well about what his subordinates think (shown in SP: Megatron), he just didn’t care about them. But after he changed and doesn’t do the manipulation things on Lost Light, he can actually use the same perception to help the crew (albeit heavy handed in Trailcutter’s example, pun not intended), even teach them (education is another important factor in social justice).
However, the damaged Megs did on both Decepticons and Autobots are not that easy, even impossible to undone. Even though Megs shows he can be the best leader, his evils will not simply disappear because of this (DJD, P6 bots, and the blood thirsty soldiers he said in AHM that he specifically created to win the war).
Well, since you’re asking about the comics in the IDW Collection, and not whether I’d recommend buying the IDW Collection itself, and since the Collection reprints all of IDW’s Transformers comics, I’m assuming that you’re asking about… all of IDW’s Transformers comics.
I am MORE THAN HAPPY to give you a rundown of which IDW comics I think are worth your while and which aren’t. I’ll try to keep each one pretty brief and non-spoiler-y, but feel free to ask more specifically about any series if you’d like (why I like it or don’t, what exactly is in it, etc. – and that goes for anybody, not just Bucket).
Just a couple of words about the IDW Collection itself, separate from whether the specific comics are worthwhile (in case you’re debating about whether to get the Collection or the individual issues/TPBs): The plus side of the Collection is that those volumes look great on the shelf. The downside is that they’re a pain to cart around if you want to read on public transport or in a café – the paper is high-quality and heavy. Also, the Collection is assembled (or, at least, used to be early in the series), not in order of publication, but in IDW’s “recommended reading order”. YMMV on this, but I found the recommended reading order a little odd. I would have gotten more out of it reading those issues in the order they were published.
So, that’s the Collection as a format. Now, what about those comics?
A good run-down of IDW Transformers comics!
(I got to do one of these for my friends who were wondering where to start and what to skip. Looks fairly similar.)