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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 #199

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

Nightbeat

Written by admin on | Characters,Comics,Marvel |

ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
SUB-GROUP: HEADMASTER

HUMAN COMPONENT: MUZZLE
FUNCTION: DETECTIVE
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 62

“Truth is revealed in the smallest detail.”

Profile: Nightbeat is a tough, no-nonsense type who is not afraid to
break the rules to get what he wants. And usually what he wants is the solution
to some complicated mystery… and he’ll go anywhere to get it. He feels as
comfortable driving down a dark alley as he does cruising along a six-lane super-highway.
He has an intuition for finding the truth that defies all known theories of
programming. In trying to account for Nightbeat’s remarkable talent, Optimus
Prime suspects that the circuitry in the digital detective’s logic center may
accidentally have been wired in a way contrary to accepted robotic engineering
procedures. But the Autobot Leader is still at a loss to explain why Nightbeat
thinks the way he does. Nightbeat prefers to work alone. Most partners don’t
understand his methods and his reasoning, and often wind up hindering his investigations
more than helping them. But being a good soldier, he doesn’t complain about
his fellow Autobots… instead he tries to compensate for their investigatory
deficiencies by working even harder.

He is binary-bonded to Muzzle, a human who worked as a detective on Nebulos
until he was framed in a scandal that put him out of business. When he found
out that an Autobot with training in detective work was looking for a Nebulan
partner, Muzzle immediately volunteered. He considered this an opportunity to
continue doing what he loved to do the most. After undergoing the bio-engineering
procedure that allows him to convert to an Autobot head module, Muzzle quickly
discovered that he and Nightbeat have one of the smoothest-working binary bonds
among all the Headmasters. Muzzle’s eye for detail makes Nightbeat an even better
detective than he was without him.

Abilities: Nightbeat carries two photon pistols and a high-powered plasma
blaster with infra-red sight. He also has enhanced audio and video sensors that
aid in his investigatory work. From five miles away, he can hear a screw fall
and count the threads on it. In car mode he can travel at speeds of up to 620
miles per hour and has a range of 1500 miles.

Weaknesses: Nightbeat’s overconfidence in his abilities typically persuades
him that he can handle almost any situation by himself. Given his preference
for working alone, he often suffers damage that a more team-oriented Autobot
might avoid.

Crankcase

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON

SUB-GROUP: TRIGGERCON
FUNCTION: DATA COLLECTOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 48

“Things are never as good as they seem.”

Profile: Crankcase is a wheezing, whining ingrate who is about as welcome
as a rash of rust-rot, even among his fellow Triggercons. His favorite pastime
is complaining about everything and everyone. Nothing is good enough for him.
He delights in the misfortunes of others. Apparently, their misery makes him
feel superior in some misguided, muddle-headed way. This juvenile “I’m-better-than-you-are”
need in him stems from his youth, before he became a Decepticon. At that time
he was little more than a gangly collection of circuits and servo-motors, performing
a menial janitorial function in the Fuel-Spill Section of the Ministry of Energy
and Nutrition on Cybertron. More robust fellow workers mocked his feeble physique
and bullied him. Feeling alienated from and hatred of established society, Crankcase
eagerly joined the Decepticons when they began their war against the Autobots.
Megatron himself rebuilt Crankcase to give him increased bulk and strength.
Crankcase’s first action in his new body was to attack the Ministry of Energy
and Nutrition. Millions of years later, the fuel spill he caused has yet to
be fully cleaned up.

Abilities: Crankcase has a vast data storage capacity. His memory can
contain 400 trillion trillion bits of information, which are encoded in patterns
of light within microscopic crystal matrices. His titanium-steel alloy armor
is resistant to all explosive shells having yields of ten megatons or less.
Twin infrared probes can penetrate and analyze most unshielded electrical circuitry.
He is armed with two high-impact laser blasters and a distortion modulator that
scrambles internal electrical signals within most targets that it hits. It can
effectively cause temporary paralysis or uncontrollable, spasmodic seizures
within a victim. He transforms into a ground vehicle with the same armor and
sensor properties. In this mode his maximum speed is 90 miles per hour and his
range is 480 miles.

Weaknesses: In vehicle mode, Crankcase is prone to frequent tire blowouts.
On rare occasions, a sharp blow to his head module causes small data dumps in
different areas of his memory – a form of amnesia similar to the type found
in some humans who have undergone similar trauma.

Scavenger

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: CONSTRUCTICON
FUNCTION: MINING & SALVAGE

FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 10

“Everything is worth something, even me.”

Profile: Scavenger is driven by a manic urge to find things of value
in a desperate attempt to prove his worth to his comrades, particularly his
fellow Constructicons. And it makes no difference to him whether he has to dig
up a hillside or someone’s backyard – he could care less about personal property
– in order to accomplish his goal. But more often than not, what he brings back
is useless junk, which only reinforces his own image of uselessness to the others.
Decepticon Leader Megatron has gravely noted that, “such behavior would
be charming in a puppyoid, but ill-becomes a Decepticon warrior.” It is
only because Scavenger’s unique abilities sometimes prove to be of vital importance
that Megatron tolerates his continuing existence.

Abilities: In vehicular mode Scavenger’s power shovel is equipped with
a variety of magnetic, ionic, electrical and gas sensors that allow him to detect
the presence of a variety of materials within a 500-yard radius. He can also
emit sonic charges into the ground. By analyzing the echoes that come back to
him and using his other sensors he can determine with 80% accuracy the composition
of the ground underneath him to a depth of 1.2 miles. His power shovel and detection
powers combine to give Scavenger the ability to locate and uncover any number
of materials, from trace metals to fuel sources, that might be useful to the
Decepticon cause. He carries a missile launcher in vehicular mode and a laser
pistol in robot mode. When combined with his fellow Constructicons, he serves
as the right arm module in the giant robot known as Devastator.

Weaknesses: Scavenger’s abilities are diluted by his poor judgment,
which causes him to squander vast amounts of his fuel supply. He is also prone
to overtaxing his power shovel, causing it to break down from metal fatigue.

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