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IDW Transformers Comics for May 2008

IDW Publishing have released a list of Transformers comics for May 2008. There is the second part of the The Reign of Starscream, the third issue in the Space Pirates reprints and Animated print material and trade paperbacks for Beast Wars The Ascending, Bets of Dinobots and the latest IDW G1 story arc, Devastation.

Transformers Movie Sequel: The Reign of Starscream #2
Chris Mowry, Chris Ryall (w); Alex Milne (a); Alex Milne, James Raiz (c)

The official continuation of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movie continues here!
In part two, “To Be King,” STARSCREAM’s machinations on Mars move forward… but they also catch the vigilant eyes of a team of AUTOBOTS, and the battle begins! The AUTOBOTS, however, will soon learn that STARSCREAM is not alone… co-writers Chris Ryall (Transformers Movie Prequel) and Chris Mowry, along with artist Alex Milne (Transformers Movie Adaptation) continue their tale that explains, expounds upon and expands the world of the TRANSFORMERS movie! Ask your retailer how to get a variant cover by James Raiz, too!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
*Retailers: See your order form for special incentives
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Best of the U.K.: Space Pirates #3
Simon Furman (w); Lee Sullivan (a); Dan Khanna (c)

Continuing the reprints of the best TRANSFORMERS epics from across the pond! In chapter three of Space Pirates, Rodimus Prime suddenly finds himself stripped of the power of the creation matrix. Now merely Hot Rod once more, how can he hope to stop the power of the Quintessons as they overrun Autobot City? Witness the coming of… Metroplex! Written by Simon Furman, with art by Lee Sullivan and a new cover recreating a classic scene by Dan Khanna.

*Retailers: See your order form for special incentives
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Transformers Animated Vol. 3

Continuing a series of books capturing the action of The TRANSFORMERS Animated Series! Share the adventures of AUTOBOT heroes like OPTIMUS PRIME, HOT ROD, and JAZZ as they battle MEGATRON and the dangerous DECEPTICONS. Using actual still frames from the series itself, The Transformers Animated series puts new TF action in your pocket.

TPB • FC • 5” x 7” • $7.99 • 96 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-215-8

The Transformers: Devastation TPB
Simon Furman (w); E. J. Su, Nick Roche, Robby Musso (a); Su (c)

In the aftermath of Escalation’s thundering showdown in Brasnya, factions on Earth stir into bold and demonstrative action. With both the Machination and Skywatch poised to strike, each possessing CYBERTRONIAN tech and inside knowledge of the alien enemy they face, the AUTOBOTS have no choice but to relocate. But the arrival on Earth of the DECEPTICONS’ living super-weapon, SIXSHOT, tells of more Devastation to come. What role do SOUNDWAVE, SCORPINOK, and the REAPERS play in the coming confrontation? Find out in this exciting tale from Simon Furman and E.J. Su.

TPB • FC • 152 pages • 6.625” x 10.187” • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-168-7

The Transformers: Best of the UK: Dinobots
Simon Furman (w); Barry Kitson, Will Simpson, Tim Perkins (a); Nick Roche (c)

A long lost mystery surfaces only to become the pawn of a man bent on revenge and a threat to the AUTOBOTS. The threat… SWOOP, now under the control of another and out of control. OPTIMUS PRIME has no choice but to gather the troops and order a hunt for the rest of the DINOBOTS! This special collection presents a beloved U.K. TRANSFORMERS tale from years past, written by mainstay Simon Furman, and featuring an art gallery of recreated images by artist Nick Roche.

TPB • FC • 144 pages • 6.625” x 10.187” • $19.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-169-4

Transformers: Beast Wars Sourcebook TPB
Simon Furman & Ben Yee (w); Matt Frank, Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Jake Isenberg, Dan Khanna, Robby Musso, Marcelo Matere, Frank Milkovich, Nick Roche, James Raiz, Rob Ruffolo, Jamie Snell, Simon Williams, (a); Don Figueroa (c)

Simon Furman (Transformers: Beast Wars: The Gathering) and Ben Yee (consultant on the Beast Wars TV series) team up to present an all-encompassing, unifying resource book highlighting the characters, worlds and technology from all generations and incarnations of BEAST WARS. From Air Hammer to Wolfgang and beyond, and featuring all-new art from a host of the industry’s top Transformers artists like Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi, Nick Roche, and more! This is the guidebook Transformers fans have been clamoring for!

TPB • FC • 200 pages • 6.625” x 10.187” • $24.99 • ISBN: 978-1-60010-159-5

New Avengers/Transformers TPB released Today

Written by Big Bot on January 30, 2008 | Comics,IDW Publishing,Marvel,News |

Marvel Comics have today released the 4 part series of New Avengers/Transformers in Trade Paperback form.

There are no Transformers release from IDW Publishing this week.

Simon Furman Interviewed

Written by Big Bot on January 29, 2008 | Comics,Dreamwave,IDW Publishing,Interviews,Marvel,News,Titan |

TFW2005 have sat down with comic writer Simon Furman and discussed his work on Transformers comics, but also his views on the Transformers movie, and how he feels it should have been done.

TFW2005: (Further along the expanded universe angle) Are there any possibilities to seeing any stories from Transformers past or Transformers future that would have all new characters we have never seen before (no Optimus, no Megatron, no G1 homages, etc)?

Simon Furman: There’s always that potential I suppose, and we are going right back in time for The Thirteen, which features a (largely) new cast of characters we’ll be building from the ground up. Not sure about the future. I don’t really want to do an animated TF movie thing and scrap everything in favour of a new cast. There’s so much potential in the present day cast still to explore in new and different ways. That’s where my creative energies are focused right now.

IDW Publishing Releases – 23/01/08

Written by Big Bot on January 23, 2008 | Comics,IDW Publishing,Marvel,News |

Here is a list of todays Transformers releases from IDW:

Transformers Spotlight: Blaster – $3.99
Number 11 in the Spotlight series, featuring everyone’s favourite music player.

Transformers Target 2006 TPB – $19.99
A collection of the Marvel UK stuff from the 1980s

Transformers Animated Volume 1 – $7.99
Using screencaps from the show, this presents the cartoon series special movie “Transform and Roll Out” in comic form.

IDW Publishing’s April Solicitations

IDW Publishing have put up their solicitations for April, with only 3 Transformers comics planned for the month.

The first and most exciting title is Transformers Movie Sequel: The Reign of Starscream #1, which picks up from where the Transformers movie left off.

The other 2 titles are Marvel UK reprints. The Transformers: Best of the UK: Dinobots #6 is the final issue in the series and features a bonus and Transformers: Best of the U.K.: Space Pirates #2 continues the Space Pirates story.

Full details can be found below with the covers, including an unseen one from The Reign of Starscream, on IDW’s site.

Transformers Movie Sequel: The Reign of Starscream #1

Chris Mowry, Chris Ryall (w); Alex Milne (a); Alex Milne, Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

The official continuation of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movie begins here! When MEGATRON falls in battle, STARSCREAM assumes the role of DECEPTICON leader on Earth. Mustering his surviving allies, he sets out to put his own plan in motion. But before he can do that, he’ll need to retrieve a fallen comrade, carry out a plan of revenge, and leave the Earth to meet up with a major player in the DECEPTICON army. Picking up where the film ended, “The Reign of Starscream” also reveals the fates of other surviving film characters, as co-writers Chris Ryall (Transformers Movie Prequel) and Chris Mowry present a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and dark ambition featuring both old and all-new TRANSFORMERS characters. Featuring art from fan-favorite illustrator Alex Milne (Transformers Movie Adaptation) and covers by Milne and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key). Ask your retailer how to get a variant cover by James Raiz, too!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

*Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive

FC • $3.99 • 32 pages

The Transformers: Best of the UK: Dinobots #6

Simon Furman, Bob Budiansky (w); Will Simpson, William Johnson, Kyle Baker (a); Josh Burcham, Retro Art (c)

This final issue featuring 32 full pages of story and art concludes the DINOBOTS tale spun by Simon Furman and Will Simpson, along with a bonus standalone Dinos tale—a repeat performance of “Repeat Performance,” a much-loved tale by Bob Budiansky, William Johnson, and Kyle Baker. This ad-free issue also features an all-new cover image by Josh Burcham.

*2 Regular covers will be shipped in a 1 (UrrU)-to-4(Harris) ratio.

*Retailers: See your order form for special incentives

FC • 32 ad-free pages • $3.99

Transformers: Best of the U.K.: Space Pirates #2

Simon Furman (w); Dan Reed (a); Dan Khanna (c)

Continuing the reprints of the best TRANSFORMERS epics from across the pond! In chapter two of Space Pirates, Autobot City: Earth has been seized by the cruel and fearsome race known as the QUINTESSONS! Can RODIMUS PRIME stop them before it’s too late? Written by Simon Furman, with art by Dan Reed, and a new cover recreating a classic scene by Dan Khanna.

*Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Simon Furman Q & A Volume 2

Written by Big Bot on December 12, 2007 | Comics,Generation One,IDW Publishing,Marvel,News |

The second set of 20 questions have been sent to Simon Furman, and he has answered them, providing some spoilers, but also some teasers for future comics. The first 15 have been placed on IDW’s forums, whilst the last 5 can be found on Simon’s own blog.

The Transformers UK Issue #201

Written by admin on October 11, 2007 | Comics,Marvel |

Megatron

Written by admin on | Characters,Comics,Marvel |

ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
FUNCTION: DECEPTICON LEADER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 1

“Everything is fodder.”

Profile: Love, compassion, mercy are words that have no meaning for Megatron. He has risen to the leadership of the Decepticons by a combination of brute strength, military cunning, ruthlessness, and terror. On Cybertron he was commanding general in charge of all military operations against the Autobots,
who referred to him as “The Slag-Maker.” It was a title of fear. A title of respect. A title Megatron relished. His banishment to Earth has only made him more bitter and more evil-minded, if that is possible. He aches to return to Cybertron and complete his mission of eradicating the Autobots. But while on Earth he is dedicated to eliminating those Autobots marooned here with him – and his plans go far beyond that. He realizes the Earth is one huge stockpile of metal and fuel resources and means to possess it all, with the aid of his fellow Decepticons. But his plans go even further, plans so grandiose even his fellow Decepticons are unaware: Megatron intends to enslave the entire human race. He allows no exceptions to his motto.

Abilities: Megatron is incredibly powerful and intelligent, the equal of Autobot Leader Optimus Prime. His fusion cannon can convert any small amount of matter into large quantities of explosive nuclear energy. The cannon can fire a blast up to 12 miles and release enough energy to flatten a small town. Megatron can use his internal circuitry to connect the cannon interdimensionally with a black hole, where it can draw on anti-matter as its power source. The blast from this is far greater, but it creates a tremendous strain on Megatron to do this for even one blast.

Weaknesses: Megatron has no known weaknesses.

Slag

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ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: DINOBOT

FUNCTION: FLAMETHROWER
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 4

“I have no need for friends, even less for enemies.”

Profile: Maybe Slag enjoys his job too much – after all, a more sensitive
Autobot might regret the waste involved in reducing an enemy to a smoldering
pool of liquid metal. Not Slag. If his metal hide could take the heat, Slag
would swim in the puddle to celebrate. Perhaps even more than his Dinobot brethren,
Slag resents the authority of Optimus Prime, and he’s not too keen on the other
Autobots either. He’s generally considered a disruptive force and has been known
to get into brawls and turn his fiery breath against his comrades. Nasty and
mean-spirited are perhaps the nicest things one can say about him.

Abilities: In Dinobot mode, Slag can spew from his mouth a bolt of 3,000
degrees Centigrade flame up to 80 feet. He possesses enormous strength and can
shatter a brick building with a single blow from his armored head. In Autobot
mode he carries a high-energy laser rifle.

Weaknesses: Slag is his own worst enemy. His misanthropic personality
often persuades some of the other Autobots not to help him when he’s in trouble.
He’s rash and not too bright, qualities which often put him in dangerous predicaments.

Mixmaster

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: CONSTRUCTICON
FUNCTION: MATERIALS FABRICATION

FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 10

“How strong the steel, how quick the contest.”

Profile: Nothing is safe from Mixmaster’s seething cauldron. He will
use any material necessary, whether unliving rock or living robot, in the making
of some new material. He’s been known to swallow up brand new limousines and
reduce them to steel girders. And he performs his often grisly tasks with an
evil, cackling glee that more befits a medieval witch than a Constructicon.
The manner in which he creates new materials resembles an arcane ritual. Sometimes
his fellow Decepticons wonder if perhaps Mixmaster hasn’t a few microchips loose
in his logic center, but they never question the results of his efforts.

Abilities: While having the appearance of a standard concrete mixer,
Mixmaster can, by using various acids and bonding agents, reduce and recombine
virtually any substances put inside his drum and use them to form new substances.
He is a chemistry lab on wheels. Atop the roof of his cab, he can mount a powerful
infrared cannon which emits bursts of 8000� C heat for an effective range
of .8 miles. In robot mode, he carries a laser pistol and a shoulder-mounted
optical distortion projector, which, by bending light waves, disorients the
vision of anyone caught in its field. When combined with his fellow Constructicons,
he serves as the left leg module in the giant robot known as Devastator.

Weaknesses: Mixmaster’s mixing drum can be rendered inoperative by the
addition of certain chemicals, particularly alkalides.

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