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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 #185

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

Darkwing

Written by admin on | Characters,Comics,Marvel |

ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON
SUB-GROUP: POWERMASTER
HUMAN COMPONENT: THROTTLE

FUNCTION: AERIAL ASSAULT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 42

“Things are never as bad as they seem – usually they’re worse.”

Profile: If Dreadwind is the ultimate pessimist, Darkwing completes
the equation by being a manic-depressive. He believes that life is one long
ordeal of pain and suffering, and that it’s pointless struggling against it.
However, where his brother-in-arms just sits back and lets this bleak outlook
get him down, Darkwing is no passive bystander. If he’s destined to suffer,
then by Primus he’s going to make others share it… only more so! His avowed
purpose in life is to make the lives of others worse than he believes his to
be! To him, death is getting off lightly. Better to leave a foe still alive,
in terrible pain. He somehow feels better knowing that others are suffering
more than he is. But there is a side to Darkwing that’s every bit as gloomy
as Dreadwind. No matter how well things are going for him, he’s convinced that
it’s not going to last. To Darkwing, the next personal disaster is always just
around the corner. If nothing else, this attitude keeps him alert to impending
attack. He’s partnered to Throttle, a (self-admittedly) low-life thief. He revels
in his chosen profession and loves mixing with society’s dregs. Throttle sees
this as simple honesty and appreciates that in others. If he doesn’t like you,
he’ll tell you in no uncertain terms. With Throttle, what you see is what you
get. In a way, that’s why he gets on okay with Darkwing (though Darkwing might
have something to say about that), because at least Darkwing doesn’t pretend
to be anything he’s not. So he’s a pessimist – so what?

Abilities: Darkwing’s jet mode abilities mirror Dreadwind’s almost exactly.
Darkwing combines with Dreadwind to form the vehicle Dreadwing, so they are
not so much two jets as two halves of the same jet. Fast and deadly, Darkwing
is similarly laden with weaponry, the most deadly of which are his two laser-guided
electro-kinetic blasters, which turn an enemy’s power against its owner. The
more powerful the foe, the more Darkwing can hurt him. Unlike Dreadwind, he
is mobile and lethal in robot mode, specializing in hand-to-hand combat.

Weaknesses: If he weren’t teamed with such a reckless hothead, Darkwing
could probably claim to have no weaknesses. As it is, Throttle is so keen to
prove himself that he over-exerts himself in engine mode, desperately trying
to outdo Dreadwind, and overheats. When this happens in the heat of battle,
it can have disastrous consequences, leaving Darkwing high and dry and a sitting
duck. Darkwing hates combining to form Dreadwing, and is often distracted by
continually bickering with Dreadwind.

Hot Rod

Written by admin on | Characters,Comics,Marvel |

ALLEGIANCE: AUTOBOT
FUNCTION: CAVALIER

FIRST APPEARANCE: THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE # 1

“My actions speak louder than words.”

Profile: Hot Rod is the all-American-boy Autobot. Not too sweet, not
too sharp, not too snotty… not a goodie-goodie, but basically a typical adolescent
who has dreams of doing great stuff and being as heroic and important as Optimus
Prime and other famous and revered top Autobots. He tends to follow rules until
they bug him – and he sometimes learns, to his regret, that disobeying wasn’t
exactly smart. And he often acts without thinking in an effort to do the right
thing – and this gets him and sometimes his friends in trouble. But he’s not
afraid when trouble does arrive and is a brave and honorable fighter and friend.
He is especially close to Kup, the grizzled old mentor of an Autobot, although
he sometimes resents hearing “wisdom.” And he likes Daniel, the Earth
kid, a lot. (In a way, Hot Rod is big brother to Daniel – a role model – and
Hot Rod knows it and takes the responsibility seriously.) In robot or automotive
mode, Hot Rod is sometimes hot-headed, but always a well-meaning, admirable
“lad” and popular with all who know him.

Abilities: He carries two photon lasers that temporarily electromagnetize
an enemy robot’s microcircuits. Speed: 120 mph. Range: 4 miles.

Weaknesses: Hot Rod’s impulsive actions often get him into trouble.

Headstrong

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ALLEGIANCE: DECEPTICON

SUB-GROUP: PREDACON
FUNCTION: GROUND ASSAULT
FIRST APPEARANCE: TRANSFORMERS # 25

“The best advice is not to listen to advice.”

Profile: Headstrong doesn’t listen to anybody, particularly his friends.
He’s so certain of himself that he doesn’t acknowledge others’ opinions. He’s
smug and arrogant, and believes that everyone would be better off if everyone
minded his own business. Nothing can dissuade him once he’s decided upon a course
of action, no matter how foolish that course appears to be. And once he begins
something his commitment is total and unwavering. Knowing that he is not as
strong, intelligent or fearless as some of the other Predacons, Headstrong puts
up his stubborn front as a shield to hide his deep-rooted insecurity. Still,
he makes a formidable foe. The best way to attack him is not with weapons, but
with psychology. Question his resolve and his abilities and he’s more likely
to collapse from the weight of his own nagging doubts than from a direct hit
by a laser cannon.

Abilities: In rhinoceros mode, Headstrong can achieve speeds of 60 miles
per hour for short periods. At full speed, his horn can puncture a three-foot
thick steel slab. It can also release a highly corrosive acid on contact, greatly
enhancing its destructive capability. In robot mode, he uses a plasma sphere
shooter, which emits a stream of glowing balls of energy that explode on contact.
He also carries a diffraction sword, which bends nearby light so that an opponent
can’t properly see where Headstrong actually is as the two battle. Headstrong
combines with his fellow Predacons to form Predaking.

Weaknesses: In addition to his knack for talking himself into foolish,
dangerous predicaments, Headstrong often suffers from impaired mobility due
to bearing problems within his joints. He also has very poor eyesight.

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