Come the summer, all your base are belong to Megatron. As well as the bases of everyone else on Earth, if writer Shane McCarthy is to be believed. The complete and utter domination of the planet by Optimus Prime's nemesis and his Decepticon clan is the main idea behind a new, year-long comic series, Transformers: All Hail Megatron, premiering July from publisher IDW.

The 12-part series is, according to McCarthy, the beginning of a new direction for the comic part of the multi-media franchise. While next year's movie will continue to offer the traditional clash between Autobots and Decepticons, the metallic good guys will be conspicuous by their absence in All Hail Megatron:

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Where are the Autobots and Prime? In no place or position to help us in any way, that's for sure. What we're looking at here is a civil war that has raged for millions of years finally coming to an end. It's over. The good guys lost. After millions of years of struggle, heartache and death it's all come down to this. We're the spoils of war.

Are the Autobots dead? Is Optimus Prime completely out of the picture? Will they never be in a position to come to our rescue? How did it all come to this? Well, that's what All Hail Megatron is all about...


Not that humanity is taking it lying down - Expect to see a human resistance movement against our new robot overlords as part of a series of lofty goals for the series:

The impact of all of this is a big feature in the book and starts with the inevitable downfall of the US. How will the rest of the world react to the fall of America? What does this mean for us as a species and what chance do we have of fighting back? ...Seriously, this is the kind of thing comics were made for. If you've ever been a fan of Transformers you'll want to pick this up.

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Shane McCarthy on All Hail Megatron [Newsarama]