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Postby El Duque » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:50 pm

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Our friends at IDW Publishing have provided a preview of this week's Transformers comic offering, Transformers: Regeneration One #85. Pick up your copy this Wednesday, November 7th. For now enjoy the preview below.

Transformers: Regeneration One #85
Simon Furman (w) • Andrew Wildman (a) • Wildman, Guido Guidi (c)
ONE WILL FALL! As the first Regeneration One arc concludes, two Transformers legends clash—for the last time! This one’s so packed with triumph, tragedy and
everything in between, we can’t say much more. If you’re a fan of titanic, all-out action, this is the one for you. If you're of a sensitive disposition—look away now!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Variant Covers:
Geoff Senior variant cover!

Bullet points:
• Legends Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman rock you like no one else can!
• A story so powerful, it should come with a warning!


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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:08 am

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Can't wait. I'm gonna get covers A and B, but that Magnus cover looks hideous. Ugly art.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Marcdachamp » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:20 pm

Rodimus Prime wrote:Can't wait. I'm gonna get covers A and B, but that Magnus cover looks hideous. Ugly art.


Disagree. Senior's stuff was always a lot of fun in the old UK comics, so I like that cover! :APPLAUSE:
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Banjo-Tron » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:45 pm

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That cover of Prime holding Megatron is quite touching, for some reason.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Va'al » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:20 pm

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Looking forward to this.
Both Simon and Andrew have done a good job of hyping it up!

I really like cover A, but wouldn't mind B either.
I agree, Banjo-Tron, it is quite touching.
The tension and chemistry between Megatron and Optimus has definitely been cranked up in recent years (apart from the dip in Animated, where they really did not know each other), so I guess an end-all battle will leave either survivor with a sense of something missing.

Also, pretty colours.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:09 pm

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So is "Auntie" an UK thing? Because in the original US comics there was no mention of this program. The Ark was referred to as just that, The Ark.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Neurie » Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:11 pm

Already read the issue, its quiet good.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Super Megatron » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:15 pm

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Looks pretty good. Too bad the idea of Optimus Prime beating, much less killing, Megatron is a bit of a stretch...
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:27 am

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Super Megatron wrote:Looks pretty good. Too bad the idea of Optimus Prime beating, much less killing, Megatron is a bit of a stretch...


Why? It's not like it's never happened before. I'm not even talking about DotM, even in '86, if Hot Rod hadn't jumped in, Prime would have killed Megatron.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Banjo-Tron » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:57 am

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Rodimus Prime wrote:So is "Auntie" an UK thing? Because in the original US comics there was no mention of this program. The Ark was referred to as just that, The Ark.

Aunty was name-checked in the very first US issue, not sure if it was used in the US after that, though.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby El Duque » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:04 pm

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The official Transformers facebook page has posted the Creator Commentary for today's release, Transformers: Regeneration One #85. Artist Andrew Wildman gives shares some of his thoughts on this issue in the session mirrored below for those without facebook access.

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PAGE 4: We’re starting a little late in the issue with this commentary, so as not to spoil a shocker earlier on… we get to Optimus Prime and Megatron fighting it out, just as they’ve always done. Did you find it hard to get back into drawing the classic characters like them again? Did you have to re-teach yourself how to do it?

ANDREW WILDMAN: No. I have been drawing these two guys a lot over the years in the form of sketches at conventions so they still feel very familiar. Cool bit about this scene is that I had the opportunity to start knocking chunks off of them :-)

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PAGE 5: How much free reign are you given to draw a particular panel? Do you always follow what is specified in the script or break away from that if you feel it would look better?

ANDREW WILDMAN Simon and myself have had a long creative relationship and we understand each other’s way of working. It is always clear to me that Simon has this all very well worked out in his head. It is rare that anything is not clear in the script. That said, occasionally I feel that something needs to be staged slightly differently. We discuss it and just work out what is the best solution. Our experience in TV is showing up a lot as well. Simon’s scripts often read more like a TV script and my art is looking more and more like a series of storyboards. But I like all that. I think it is giving it a more cinematic feel.

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PAGE 6: With Kup struggling as the battle continues—how long would this page have taken you to draw? And did you go through many revisions on it before you came to how it looks now?

ANDREW WILDMAN: Very few revisions. Don’t have time for that. As soon as I read it I get an image in my mind as to what the page will look like. I then do a quick thumbnail on the script itself and then just draw it up full size. The majority of these pages take the same amount of time i.e. two pages a day. I often find that if you ponder a page for too long it loses life. trust your instincts and get it down quick. That way it retains more life and vibrancy

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PAGE 5: Prime and Megatron continue their battle while Auntie poses a bigger threat... Did you go back and look at all of their previous fights to get an idea of how to approach this one?

ANDREW WILDMAN: Nope. Just piled in.

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PAGE 6: At this stage, can you see yourself penciling every issue in Regeneration One or having some other input if another artist should come in?

ANDREW WILDMAN: I have been asked that a lot. Will have to see. Couldn’t possibly say ;-)
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:06 pm

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So I just finished reading the issue, and I'm somewhat disappointed. It was definitely a clever way to kill Megatron, and save Optimus's honor and life at the same time. But the fight itself was just average. I was expecting a lot more ass-kicking on both sides. Oh well. 1 thing did make me happy, though: Springer got offed by Megatron. I never liked him. Good riddance. Can't wait until Grimlock's story starts up. Should be more exciting than this 1st arc was, not that this was bad. Just average. At least Galvatron is back. Now, hopefully it will be explained what happened to Shockwave.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Cyber Bishop » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:37 pm

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Rodimus Prime wrote:So I just finished reading the issue, and I'm somewhat disappointed. It was definitely a clever way to kill Megatron, and save Optimus's honor and life at the same time. But the fight itself was just average. I was expecting a lot more ass-kicking on both sides. Oh well. 1 thing did make me happy, though: Springer got offed by Megatron. I never liked him. Good riddance. Can't wait until Grimlock's story starts up. Should be more exciting than this 1st arc was, not that this was bad. Just average. At least Galvatron is back. Now, hopefully it will be explained what happened to Shockwave.

Yeah I just read it and actually enjoyed it. I was not keen on Springer biting it though.

I kind of had a feeling that was why Megs was Keeping Ratchet around and also was the reason he was able to access the Ark and have the knowledge to lobotomize the Decepticons like he did. I was wondering when Galvatron would be coming back and now that question is answered.. I am VERY curious as to how Scorponok is back though unless it had something to do with the Last Autobot causing the rebirth of Cybertron (as was explained) back in issue 80.

Maybe this can also usher back in Fort Max in some shape or form??
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:28 pm

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Cyber Bishop wrote:I kind of had a feeling that was why Megs was Keeping Ratchet around and also was the reason he was able to access the Ark and have the knowledge to lobotomize the Decepticons like he did. I was wondering when Galvatron would be coming back and now that question is answered.. I am VERY curious as to how Scorponok is back though unless it had something to do with the Last Autobot causing the rebirth of Cybertron (as was explained) back in issue 80.?


The real Scorponok never died. Lord Zarak did. The real Scorponok's head was stored away on nebulos, along with Max and the others who went there, and all had to be done was getting a new body built for himself. Just like he built Grimlock his original transforming body to lure him into the deal. Hopefully this will be told in a flashback or something in the next few issues.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby KNM2012 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:30 pm

Rodimus Prime wrote:So I just finished reading the issue, and I'm somewhat disappointed. It was definitely a clever way to kill Megatron, and save Optimus's honor and life at the same time. But the fight itself was just average. I was expecting a lot more ass-kicking on both sides. Oh well. 1 thing did make me happy, though: Springer got offed by Megatron. I never liked him. Good riddance. Can't wait until Grimlock's story starts up. Should be more exciting than this 1st arc was, not that this was bad. Just average. At least Galvatron is back. Now, hopefully it will be explained what happened to Shockwave.


I have to agree with you. I picked up the issue only because I was expecting more from Furman. But instead, I felt it was mediocre to the point it has put the upcoming story arc at risk for me - Especially since I do not want to pay $4 for something that does not even give me the same excitement that I get from Transformers: All Spark. :BOOM:

But I must confess... I liked how Scorpinok was drawn in the end. So we will see. :-?
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Cyber Bishop » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:52 pm

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Rodimus Prime wrote:The real Scorponok never died. Lord Zarak did. The real Scorponok's head was stored away on nebulos, along with Max and the others who went there, and all had to be done was getting a new body built for himself.


Oh yeah.. Duh...
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby norwichchris » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:26 pm

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I bought this wednesday and felt it was good end to the story and was very glad to see Galvatron return at the end.

The part with Ratchet was also very well done, glad they did something with that where as in Generation two they totally ignored it completely.

The real question is will the zombie decepticons come back to life as Galvatrons new army? I really do hope that he does have a fight with Optimus Prime in the end he should do.

Scorponok I was kinda hoping he wouldn't come back again as his time has passed for good and did have a really good death scene with Unicron burning him alive whilst defending Cybertron.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby KNM2012 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:02 pm

norwichchris wrote:The real question is will the zombie decepticons come back to life as Galvatrons new army? I really do hope that he does have a fight with Optimus Prime in the end he should do.


The answer is no. If you recall Megatron retained the knowledge he shared with Ratchet, when it came to both reanimating and controlling the Cybertronian zombies. So when Ratchet was killed by Kup, it is assumed that the general knowledge and control was lost. Meaning that unless Galvatron wanted to control them, he needs to undo Ratchet's death. :-B
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:57 pm

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norwichchris wrote: Scorponok I was kinda hoping he wouldn't come back again as his time has passed for good and did have a really good death scene with Unicron burning him alive whilst defending Cybertron.


Once again, the real Scorponok never died. Lord Zarak did. The real Scorponok's head was stored away on nebulos, along with Max and the others who went there, and all had to be done was getting a new body built for himself.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Banjo-Tron » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:37 pm

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I thought the issue was pretty good. I was sad to see 3 characters bite the big one, and I can't quite accept that the remaining 15 issues will not feature Megatron in some shape or form. But why did Prime kill Megatron when he didn't know that Auntie was beaten? He could have easily subdued him, seeing as he kept ripping bits of him off. He took a punt that Megatron was bluffing, or he just didn't care about obliterating the earth and all his comrades? Is he that jaded?

Also, I get the feeling that Starscream may still be alive, seeing as he had some concept of what was going on. Otherwise, that whole sub-plot was a red herring. Hopefully we will see more of him. I'm irritated that Spike survived as well, and was hoping that he would have died destroying Auntie. Circuit Smasher sucks.

I think it's amazing that in 5 issues not a great deal has happened, IMO. I guess that is modern comic techniques for you; lots of decompression everywhere. Still, it was a decent story arc and I can't wait for the next. The trade paperback is now up for pre-order as well.
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Postby F Prime » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:09 pm

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Banjo-Tron wrote:I thought the issue was pretty good. I was sad to see 3 characters bite the big one, and I can't quite accept that the remaining 15 issues will not feature Megatron in some shape or form. But why did Prime kill Megatron when he didn't know that Auntie was beaten? He could have easily subdued him, seeing as he kept ripping bits of him off. He took a punt that Megatron was bluffing, or he just didn't care about obliterating the earth and all his comrades? Is he that jaded?

Also, I get the feeling that Starscream may still be alive, seeing as he had some concept of what was going on. Otherwise, that whole sub-plot was a red herring. Hopefully we will see more of him. I'm irritated that Spike survived as well, and was hoping that he would have died destroying Auntie. Circuit Smasher sucks.

I think it's amazing that in 5 issues not a great deal has happened, IMO. I guess that is modern comic techniques for you; lots of decompression everywhere. Still, it was a decent story arc and I can't wait for the next. The trade paperback is now up for pre-order as well.


I am guessing that the missiles would have flown had Megatron been subdued. Maybe that would have been part of the "stalemate option" Megatron mentioned? I interpreted that to mean that if no one killed the other *and* it didn't look like that was going to happen then launch away.
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Postby burning_sirius » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:47 am

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norwichchris wrote:I bought this wednesday and felt it was good end to the story and was very glad to see Galvatron return at the end.

The part with Ratchet was also very well done, glad they did something with that where as in Generation two they totally ignored it completely.

The real question is will the zombie decepticons come back to life as Galvatrons new army? I really do hope that he does have a fight with Optimus Prime in the end he should do.

Scorponok I was kinda hoping he wouldn't come back again as his time has passed for good and did have a really good death scene with Unicron burning him alive whilst defending Cybertron.


From the solicitations, 'the dark reign of Scorponok' will be brutal. I mean Rodimus and crew will be forced underground as a resistance and Autobot dominance will end. I got in a debate where people said 'This will be Maximum Dinobots all over again'. Guess they were wrong given what we know.

That said, I view that as Zarak's arc rather than Scroponok's proper arc. We will find out what happens to the original Scroponok and see if or any influence Zarak had on him still lingers. Scroponok is like the inverse of Optimus Prime. Hi-Q definitely had an impact on him as he was reborn from him.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:11 am

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burning_sirius wrote:...see if any influence Zarak had on him still lingers.


There's no influence from Zarak on Scorponok. They were never connected. Zarak just basically hijacked Scorponok's body, and now he has a new one. The Prime/Hi-Q comparison doesn't really apply. Headmasters and Powermasters are completely different in the way they combine and what the purpose of that combination is.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby burning_sirius » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:06 am

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Rodimus Prime wrote:
There's no influence from Zarak on Scorponok. They were never connected. Zarak just basically hijacked Scorponok's body, and now he has a new one. The Prime/Hi-Q comparison doesn't really apply. Headmasters and Powermasters are completely different in the way they combine and what the purpose of that combination is.


Both use binary bonding.
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Re: Transformers: Regeneration One #85 Preview

Postby Rodimus Prime » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:53 am

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burning_sirius wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:
There's no influence from Zarak on Scorponok. They were never connected. Zarak just basically hijacked Scorponok's body, and now he has a new one. The Prime/Hi-Q comparison doesn't really apply. Headmasters and Powermasters are completely different in the way they combine and what the purpose of that combination is.


Both use binary bonding.


OK, I'll give you that 1. After further thought, I also wonder how Zarak's and Spike's bonding were different. They were both Headmasters, but while Spike and Max struggled to coexist, Zarak was in complete control of Scorponok's body. Did the entirety of Scorponok's consciousness remain on Nebulos, unlike Maximus? Is that why he had no trouble re-emerging so easily? Hopefully this will be explained in the upcoming issues.
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