I've wanted to write something on this for a long time now. And after LL6 came out, with what could possibly be a "solution" to his character arc, I think now it's the time to vent my thoughts. First let me say, it is utterly right and inspiring that his philosophy evolved from "Peace Through Tyranny" to "Peace Through Empathy." It is not only right in comics. It is right and what we need in real life. This statement is so very essential that I can not stress enough how significant it should be. But in Ll6 it was just tossed out here. Casually. When it deserves an entire issue focused on expanding and discussing it. Yes, this concept of empathy as a central role is built up by the humanitarian focus of the book, by the kind regard on meches like Whirl and Megatron, but such an important statement, the thesis of MTMTE even, is not to be just tossed out like this. It feels like it now stand alone out of the context of the all other happenings in the issue. LL6 doesn't seem to have a clear focus, and the problem is that it should be focusing much more on Megatron. Because let's face it, Megatron very well deserves his own book. JRo's efforts to not let him overshadow the others is bound to damage what he is trying to say through Megatron, inevitable. I understand people's concern that Megs is too big and pushing away other characters, but at the cost of distraction from such an important point? I'd have Megatron take over a whole arc than that. I loved JRo's Megatron. I loved every aspect of him from the innocence pre-war pacifist poet/activist to the hatred-driven, self-destructive interglacial warlord to his current, better version of self. I love that he now has a virtual black hole in his chest that can leak anti-matters, such a powerful metaphor. However, I've had some problems since the Froid/Sunder issue, that's MTMTE #49, from more than a year ago. Since then, Megatron has lost some of his layers, and became an almost 2-dim character that screams "REDEEMED VILLAIN!" Bear in mind, it is not the redemption that I'm against. I love that he finally let go of his traumas and became a better version of himself. It takes much more courage and perseverance to take on changes than stubbornly holding onto the old, wrong way. But the manner his characterization is carried out recently has been grating on my nerves. It appeared too clean. Does a person, especially one who had been engrossed in violence and hatred as his go-to method of dealing with the whole world for such a long time, get to suddenly make a U-turn and that's it? The courage to make the decision to change his whole way is tremendous, but that's far from the end of the process, just the beginning. As I just mentioned, it takes perseverance to change. Where are the toss-and-turns? Where's efforts to weed out involuntary violent thoughts, to push through the initial reactions? Where're those unavoidable self-doubts and small and large fell-backs in a messy path of progress? How is that he just lectured other people oh-so grandly of what is the right thing to do, with his chest puffed out like a fucking hero on a moral high-horse? Is it even convincing that he killed DJD and showed no remorse, if not emotional regrets, of his actions? To be fair, he did still involuntarily lash out even after he rennounced violence, but this level of depiction is too shallow. It's all glossed over, that even the lash-outs, the failures of mentaining his own resolution feel like purely cleansing and victorious? Like Megatron unleashing his inner beast and we can all just whistle? Progress should not be like that. It is a great loss on the story that we didn't get to see how exactly these actions damage Megatron himself, make him feel trapped or shoved down from the driver's seat in his own mind. Instead of going deep, it just sorta floats on the surface. Then there was LL6, where, apparently, Megs got stranded on functionist universe against his own will. I totally agree with the opinions that this can't be the solution. It solves maybe the Functionist problem, but it solves nothing with Megatron, or Rodimus, or his half of the coup. Does he really need to relive his live to get over his regrets? If so it'd be disappointing, totally anti-inspiring and ridiculous. Disappointing because he should be much stronger than needing that to get over his regrets. Uninspiring because no one irl get to pull that shit and they still has to break their shackles. Ridiculous because what does "doing it better this time" in functionist universe have anything to do with what he did in the main universe? Rescuing all those people is good, but it doesn't negate the lives he already took. If you killed a handred and than save a handred, that doesn't mean your guiltless is zero now. Luckily, it is not Megatron's choice to "relive his life." So he do not actually need that, he do not actually think like that. And I refuse to believe he will just go with the deception and stay there like Terminus wanted. I don't mind if he stays there for a short time, helps shaping a peaceful revolution, works with another Orion, having a blast. Everyone deserves a little vacation, but he got to get back. I said I wouldn't mind if he went on a journey or something after facing the trail (tho I don't want his absence), but this simply is no closure.