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New Interview with Erik Burnham, Beast Wars writer

Not all familiar faces

From the Dynamic Forces website comes a new intereview with Erik Burnham, writer on the upcoming IDW Beast Wars title, in which he discusses the 25th anniversary of Beast Wars, a look back at the television show, and a look forward at the new series. It will start at a familiar place, but expect changes going forward.

The Predacons steal an artifact called the Golden Disk, hop in a time travel-capable ship, and flee to work on their plans. They’re pursued by a Maximal ship, followed to another time, and after a little bit of a fight… crash on a primitive planet. This is how the show opens; this is also how the comic opens (more or less). We’re starting at a place familiar to the longtime fans, but every little change we make diverges from the original storyline.

Follow the link for the full interview. Beast Wars #1 is due in stores on February 3rd.

Posted in Comics and Books on January 11th, 2021 by andersonh1

Preview for Transformers #27

Tfw2005.com has posted the Itunes preview for the upcoming Transformers #27, which takes the story back to the Winged Moon, adrift in space. This book is due in stores on January 20th.

War World: Moon”. Cybertron’s winged moon, untethered from the planet and adrift in space, is in peril-from its slow descent towards the solar system’s star to new visitors who have their own plans for what to do with the moon. Can the remaining scientists and engineers hold their own until back-up arrives from Cybertron?

Creator credits: Brian Ruckley (Author), Anna Malkova (Artist), Livio Ramondelli (Cover Artist), Red Powell (Cover Artist), Nicole Goux (Cover Artist)

Posted in Comics and Books on January 10th, 2021 by andersonh1

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase Three, Vol. 1 due September 2021

Windblade gets the cover again

Questions about whether IDW would continue with Phase 2 branding or go on to Phase 3 in their comprehensive reprinting of all their various Transformers series have been answered. The shared universe material with G. I. Joe, Rom, and Hasbro’s other properties begins in this volume.

Presenting the final phase of IDW’s Transformers universe in recommended reading order, including one-shots, crossovers, and event series!

The Revolution begins here! Explosions rip across Earth–and all signs of blame point to OPTIMUS PRIME and the TRANSFORMERS! G.I. JOE refuses to go quietly however–and they assemble heroes big enough to stop the invaders! ACTION MAN and M.A.S.K. fight for humanity as well–but where do ROM and the MICRONAUTS stand?

Plus, a wave of undead TITANS threatens Cybertron! Starscream will need more than secret police to stop the oncoming horde, but the Fearless Leader finds himself short on friends and firepower. Who can be called upon–and why aren’t they stepping up to the plate?

Collects Revolution issues #0-5; the Transformers: Till All Are One, Transformers, Action Man, and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Revolution one-shots; Transformers: Till All Are One issues #5-8; and Revolutionaries issues #1-4.

The pre-order link can be found on Amazon here.

Posted in Comics and Books on December 23rd, 2020 by andersonh1

Transformers #26 Preview

Pyra Magna

A preview of Transformers #26 is now available, courtesy of Tformers.com.

https://tformers.com/transformers-26-comic-book-preview-world-war/39625/news.html

“War World” continues! As the two new leaders of Cybertron’s most dominant factions step into their new roles, one finds himself seeking council from one of the four Great Generals—for better or for worse. Meanwhile, the other is given council by his mentor, but it’s been a long time since Megatron and Termagax saw eye-to-eye.

AVAILABLE: December 2020
CREATORS: Brian Ruckley (Author) Anna Malkova (Artist) Freddie E. Williams II (Cover Artist)
IMPRINT: IDW
PAGE COUNT: 32
COLOR: FC

Posted in Comics and Books on December 17th, 2020 by andersonh1

Out this week: Transformers #25, “War World!”

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Angel Hernandez

“War World” begins here! It’s all led up to this. With Megatron making his play for Cybertron, Ironhide, Chromia, and Hound launch an operation to free those he has imprisoned. The future of Cybertron rests in uncertain hands in this double-sized, action-packed issue!

In Shops: Dec 09, 2020SRP: $7.99

https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/SEP200483

Posted in Comics and Books on December 5th, 2020 by andersonh1

Transformers: Escape mini-series begins December 30

Transformers Escape #1

Continuing their tradition of running multiple Transformers series simultaneously, once Transformers Galaxies ends, IDW will publish a mini-series focusing on Wheeljack and his crew as seen in issue 24 of the main Transformers series. The story will run for five issues.

Written by Brian Ruckley with art by Bethany McGuire-Smith

World War spills into this all-new limited series! As Cybertron descends into a state of war, countless civilians-unaligned with the Autobots, Decepticons, or any faction-are caught in the crossfire. Fortunately, a solution may be coming… Wheeljack, Hound, and some of Cybertron’s greatest (and most infamous) scientists seek to reactivate the Ark program and evacuate the planet with huge spaceships. On the verge of war, will their efforts be enough to escape?

In Shops: Dec 30, 2020

Posted in Comics and Books on November 29th, 2020 by andersonh1

Transformers: The Manga, vol. 1

Scheduled for a March 10 release date from Viz Media is “Transformers: The Manga”. These stories from the 1980s have been translated into English for the first time. Written by Masumi Kaneda, art by Ban Magami and English language lettering by Brandon Bovia.

In this collector’s volume, the Autobots and their young friend Kenji must stand tall against the Decepticons in an interplanetary conflict! These classic stories are from the dawn of the Transformers, and this volume contains thrilling tales such as “The Great Transformer War” and “Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers!”—plus an extensive art gallery!

Further details can be found on Viz Media’s website:

https://www.viz.com/read/manga/transformers-the-manga-volume-1/product/6181

Posted in Comics and Books, International on March 11th, 2020 by andersonh1

Transformers Galaxies #5 preview

A preview of Transformers Galaxies #5 is now available on Apple Books preview:

“Wannabee,” Part One! Years ago, a Probat scientist visiting Cybertron had his life saved by the one and only Bumblebee! Now the Probats are huge fans, and when Deathsaurus goes to negotiate a new energy deal, he wants their number one bot on his side. Unfortunately, Bee’s a little busy, so Deathsaurus turns to the next best option—the guy who looks like red Bumblebee, Cliffjumper!

The issue is scheduled to arrive on shelves March 4. You can find the preview pages at the following link:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/transformers-galaxies-5/id1499748560

Posted in Comics and Books, Entertainment on February 21st, 2020 by andersonh1

IDW’s new Transformers continuity debuts in March

It didn’t take long for details to emerge about the forthcoming new Transformers comic book series, once again published by IDW. It will go back to before the war ever began and explore the road to the conflict.

The war between Autobots and Decepticons will start all over again in 2019, but IDW Publishing’s ambitious Transformers comic book relaunch is, fittingly, more than meets the eye — expanding the franchise in new directions by revealing the origins of the conflict that traveled from Cybertron to Earth and beyond.

The new series, titled simply Transformers, will see writer Brian Ruckley and artists Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph tell the story of Cybertron before the war, and of the mysterious death that ended an age of peace on the planet. Bumblebee, soon to star in his own movie, will be one of the protagonists of the new title, which will publish twice a month.

“We are eager to begin this new chapter in Transformers storytelling,” Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s vp global publishing, said in a statement about the new series. “We are excited to begin a tale that will be accessible and appealing to readers unfamiliar with Transformers lore, while still providing the depth and drama that our longtime fans expect. It’s a big responsibility, but we’ve got the right team and the right characters to do it.”

The remainder of the article can be read at the Hollywood Reporter website.

Another article, along with larger images of the covers, can be found at CBR.com.

Posted in Comics and Books on December 18th, 2018 by andersonh1

Transformers Creators Discuss Comics, Unicron, and the End of a Universe?

Free Comic Book Day interviewed John Barber and Alex Milne about the upcoming Unicron comic from IDW.

John Barber: This is the end of the story we’ve been telling for over a decade. The IDW Transformers comics are the longest-lasting iteration Transformers characters ever—there’s more fiction in this universe than anywhere else in the history of the brand—and it all comes crashing down with Transformers: Unicron.

The question of what Unicron is—of what could be so big as to threaten all of reality—is central to the story. Everybody writing Transformers comics right now got together to figure out how to pull this off—me, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott, Nick Roche, plus the great editorial teams at IDW and Hasbro, and I think we’ve made something with depth, action, pathos, tragedy, and—maybe, if the Transformers are lucky—ultimately some triumph.

Alex Milne: I feel it’s the biggest story due to the stake being so high. It’s not just the Transformers and Cybertron that have to worry about Unicron, but the Earth and the other colony worlds as well. It really is something that affects this shared universe that IDW has created. Unicron is the destroyer of worlds, and not everyone will survive this encounter. Will out heroes even be able to stop him? I guess you’ll have to read to find out.

Read the entire interview here.

Posted in Comics and Books on March 20th, 2018 by andersonh1