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Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:10 pm

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Thanks once again to Comic Book Resources, we get a taste of what's to come in the IDW comics world, and this time, it's time for ReGeneration One. Read the whole interview with writer Simon Furman here, with some snippets reported below!

This March, writer Simon Furman closes out his legendary "Transformers" run for a second time with "Transformers: Regeneration One" #100 from IDW Publishing featuring art by Guido Guidi. "Regeneration One," based on the classic Hasbro toys, is the continuation of Marvel Comics' original "Transformers" series which Furman concluded for the first time with issue #80 -- all the way back in 1991. IDW resurrected that series and its continuity with "Regeneration One" #81 in 2012, recruiting Furman to properly close out his "Transformers" saga with a final 20-issue maxi-series.

Furman recently discussed ending his legendary run with CBR News, revealing how #100 caps off the run that began in the '80s, why he turned Rodimus Prime into the "guts n' grit" Prime he always wanted, which infamous inside joke is making it to the final cover and much more.

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So what exactly is going down in "Regeneration One" #100?

Perhaps not what people are thinking. We've been building to this big confrontation with Jhiaxus (a former Cybertronian senator from before the Great War who stole a bunch of secrets and deleted himself from Cybertronian history), but that is not the end. There's this other 'big bad' that's been staring us in the face and is a lot closer to home (in Cybertronian terms). It's one of those classic, 'even if they win... they lose' scenarios, as what they're fighting is essentially one of their own (in the most fundamental way possible) and the stakes are so much higher, the picture so much bigger than anyone (characters or readers) could have imagined.

Can we expect any familiar faces to reappear during the finale?

One or two, yeah, but largely we're not pulling any 'out of left field' stuff in terms of the characters featured. But there's a few surprises and one or two (haven't seen 'em for a while) cameos. Andrew [Wildman]'s cover to #100 kind of blows one of our big 'this series is a 100-issues old' twists, but there's yet more twists and turns.

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Could we see spinoffs or miniseries set in this continuity down the line or are you putting a definitive end to all of it?

It's a definitive end. Sort of. Y'know, it's splitting hairs but how definitive does it have to be to be classed as definitive? This is "Transformers." Which never ends. But it is an end. Until anyone with the power to make it happen says different.


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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:27 pm

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I freaking love that art. The gritty, dirty look that was in the last 5 issues of the original is my favorite to look at. Does this mean Cybertron is getting destroyed? Again?

As for the cameos and not-definitive definitive ending...meh. Like he said, this is Transformers. I never thought I'd see Regeneration. So who knows.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Bounti76 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:20 pm

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Well, those pictures just spoiled the next two issues and the end of the series. Jhiaxus is defeated and killed, the Autobots win, but Primus is either possessed by Unicron, or tainted by the Matrix Creature and destroys Cybertron. No need to buy the next few issues, folks! :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:25 pm

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Bounti76 wrote:Well, those pictures just spoiled the next two issues and the end of the series. Jhiaxus is defeated and killed, the Autobots win, but Primus is either possessed by Unicron, or tainted by the Matrix Creature and destroys Cybertron. No need to buy the next few issues, folks! :BANG_HEAD:


I wasn't gonna post anything, but...yeah. :( And from Furman's words, I'm kinda half-expecting yet another final panel with the Liege Maximo just sitting there, prophesizing about the future. :?
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:27 pm

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Rodimus Prime wrote:
Bounti76 wrote:Well, those pictures just spoiled the next two issues and the end of the series. Jhiaxus is defeated and killed, the Autobots win, but Primus is either possessed by Unicron, or tainted by the Matrix Creature and destroys Cybertron. No need to buy the next few issues, folks! :BANG_HEAD:


I wasn't gonna post anything, but...yeah. :( And from Furman's words, I'm kinda half-expecting yet another final panel with the Liege Maximo just sitting there, prophesizing about the future. :?


I know, but I wasn't sure how to handle those images in terms of news post. :(

Sorry guys. It spoiled it quite a bit for me too.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Bounti76 » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:33 pm

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Bounti76 wrote:Well, those pictures just spoiled the next two issues and the end of the series. Jhiaxus is defeated and killed, the Autobots win, but Primus is either possessed by Unicron, or tainted by the Matrix Creature and destroys Cybertron. No need to buy the next few issues, folks! :BANG_HEAD:


I wasn't gonna post anything, but...yeah. :( And from Furman's words, I'm kinda half-expecting yet another final panel with the Liege Maximo just sitting there, prophesizing about the future. :?


UGH. I SO wanted a better end to this series!! Enough with the doom and gloom, I want a happy-ish ending for the 'Bots! Not a one-issue rehash of the G2 comic.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:04 pm

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Va'al wrote:I know, but I wasn't sure how to handle those images in terms of news post. :(

Sorry guys. It spoiled it quite a bit for me too.


Not your fault, you didn't really have a choice. It's the editor's fault for putting that panel on the 1st page. I just wonder if it's Starscream or Rodimus who does Jhiaxus in. All previous issues indicate it would be the Underbase-tainted Starscream, but I maintain my position that Rodimus's surrender wasn't out of total defeat, it was more a ploy to get close to Jhiaxus personally. Their 1st encounter ended with Rodimus getting smacked around, but he was caught off guard. Unlike his cartoon counterpart, this Rodimus can actually kick some serious ass, so I think he could take on Jhiaxus in a fair fight. This series has been back-and-forth for me, with some nostalgic moments and some serious let-downs, but if there was 1 thing that Furman did right was how he is presenting Rodimus. His transformation from Hot Rod was perhaps a tad bit rushed and convoluted (issue#0) but the end result is still pleasing, especially to me. So I'm eager to see how this series ends, even with the inevitable disappointments.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby MegaDump » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:31 am

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Will we see Cybertron/Primus actually transform? That's one thing I could almost see happening at some stage... Admittedly I haven't been reading lately.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Henry921 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:20 am

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It's Unicron. It will always be Unicron.

Otherwise Furman wasted a lot of time foreshadowing something that isn't going to happen.

Still, man this arc has been rushed.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby firebat99 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:07 pm

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Was this originally intended to be a 20 issue maxi-series? My thought is that low sales couldn't justify pushing the series past issue 100. Sad, since it's one of the two modern comics I still buy.
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Va'al » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:52 am

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Yes, it was always meant to be 20 issues (and they had 22, really). :D
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Re: Simon Furman Interview - The End of ReGeneration One

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:19 am

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firebat99 wrote:Was this originally intended to be a 20 issue maxi-series? My thought is that low sales couldn't justify pushing the series past issue 100. Sad, since it's one of the two modern comics I still buy.


Did it have low sales?
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