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IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More!

Transformers News: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More!

Sunday, January 20th, 2008 9:52AM CST

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As previously reported here, IDW will be releasing an official comic-book continuation of the Transformers Movie, under the name "The Reign of Starscream".

See a brief summary of this new comic series, as well as two covers (one paying homage to the classic Marvel Transformers #5), on the IDW Solicitations page by clicking here.

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!



Also available in April 2008 are

Best of the UK: Dinobots issue #6
Best of the UK: Space Pirates issue #2
Credit(s): IDWpublishing.com, JazZeke
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Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609228)
Posted by Keeperofthespark on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:05am CST
April 2008? I can't wait!
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609237)
Posted by Pyrostrata on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:14am CST
Sounds tasty! :grin:
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609238)
Posted by Fananga on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:15am CST
So will this be like the first prequel comic. Ie the events leading upto the film with the comic just filling the gap between the two?

So it sounds like basically any story as to how they all got back together (including Barricade being found etc) is gonna be skipped over in the movie who will go right back into Screamer arriving with his new Army.
At least its kinda giving some idea of how the movie will run. If Screamer is in charge then that pretty much ends any speculation about an immediate Megs return (unless he only reigns in the comic) however it does lead to a nice 'Rise of Galvatron' moment and perhaps an homage to the original movie as screamer gets vapourised.

Of course this then will spiral out of control and people will start beleiving Unicron will show up, otherwise how would Megs be reborn etc....
...ok rant over.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609281)
Posted by Pyrostrata on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:49am CST
Oh gods no! Let's not bring in Unicron or Galvatron! That would ruin everything! Unicron is a dead horse beaten into oblivion.......and Galvatron....yuck!
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609285)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:56am CST
wow, can't wait for my comic shop ignoring the fact I want these and have ordered them.
Ah ebay should help me there.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609333)
Posted by Autobot Snake Eyes on January 20th, 2008 @ 12:27pm CST
Sweet! It wont be long.....
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609348)
Posted by Skowl on January 20th, 2008 @ 12:45pm CST
I think fans don't understand how potential BIG this information could be.

It's an official continuation, which means the designs they use would probably reflect the real thing, and any new characters unveiled may very well be characters we could see in the sequel! So...

and leave the Earth to meet up with a major player in the DECEPTICON army


Our first look at Shockwave? Soundwave?

featuring both old and all-new TRANSFORMERS characters


Could this actually be our first look at new characters who may actually show up in the sequel?
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609413)
Posted by Wheelimus Prime on January 20th, 2008 @ 1:37pm CST
woot :D
hope its good ( already no it is)
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609476)
Posted by Decepticon Spike on January 20th, 2008 @ 2:55pm CST
Sounds cool!
Thing is, though, is will TF2 wipe this story out?
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609482)
Posted by Jaw Crusher on January 20th, 2008 @ 3:08pm CST
Skowl wrote:I think fans don't understand how potential BIG this information could be.

It's an official continuation, which means the designs they use would probably reflect the real thing, and any new characters unveiled may very well be characters we could see in the sequel!


I wouldn't get too excited about that possibility. Generally the studios don't pay that much attention to how comic book or cartoon people adapt their films or TV series; like Lucasfilm, they have people delegated to do that, because George Lucas is highly unlikely to sit down and read EVERY SINGLE SW comic or novel himself to give it his stamp of approval. Same for Star Trek - I don't think J.J. Abrams went back through every classic-era Trek story that's ever been published himself, and I'm not so sure he would have sat through the old Filmation cartoon. :grin: It'd be nice if a TF that appears in this comic DOES show up in the sequel, but I have a funny feeling most of the "New" characters in THIS follow-up to the movie will be ones Hasbro squeezed into either the game or the toy line, and any really new characters I wouldn't feel safe gambling on them actually showing up in TF2.

So...

and leave the Earth to meet up with a major player in the DECEPTICON army


Our first look at Shockwave? Soundwave?


I haven't played the game, but it's my understanding that Shockwave's in it, so that's a possibility I can see.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609487)
Posted by Decepticon Spike on January 20th, 2008 @ 3:14pm CST
Jaw Crusher wrote:
Skowl wrote:I think fans don't understand how potential BIG this information could be.

It's an official continuation, which means the designs they use would probably reflect the real thing, and any new characters unveiled may very well be characters we could see in the sequel!


I wouldn't get too excited about that possibility. Generally the studios don't pay that much attention to how comic book or cartoon people adapt their films or TV series; like Lucasfilm, they have people delegated to do that, because George Lucas is highly unlikely to sit down and read EVERY SINGLE SW comic or novel himself to give it his stamp of approval. Same for Star Trek - I don't think J.J. Abrams went back through every classic-era Trek story that's ever been published himself, and I'm not so sure he would have sat through the old Filmation cartoon. :grin: It'd be nice if a TF that appears in this comic DOES show up in the sequel, but I have a funny feeling most of the "New" characters in THIS follow-up to the movie will be ones Hasbro squeezed into either the game or the toy line, and any really new characters I wouldn't feel safe gambling on them actually showing up in TF2.

So...

and leave the Earth to meet up with a major player in the DECEPTICON army


Our first look at Shockwave? Soundwave?


I haven't played the game, but it's my understanding that Shockwave's in it, so that's a possibility I can see.


Yea, Shockwave's in the game.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609522)
Posted by i_amtrunks on January 20th, 2008 @ 4:01pm CST
Looks like a month I can skip visiting the comic shop.

More than likely the second movie will greatly contradict anything that happens in this (or any other ) movie related comic. If I hear good things about I'll get the trade.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609565)
Posted by Skowl on January 20th, 2008 @ 4:46pm CST
Jaw Crusher wrote:I wouldn't get too excited about that possibility. Generally the studios don't pay that much attention to how comic book or cartoon people adapt their films or TV series; like Lucasfilm, they have people delegated to do that, because George Lucas is highly unlikely to sit down and read EVERY SINGLE SW comic or novel himself to give it his stamp of approval. Same for Star Trek - I don't think J.J. Abrams went back through every classic-era Trek story that's ever been published himself, and I'm not so sure he would have sat through the old Filmation cartoon. :grin: It'd be nice if a TF that appears in this comic DOES show up in the sequel, but I have a funny feeling most of the "New" characters in THIS follow-up to the movie will be ones Hasbro squeezed into either the game or the toy line, and any really new characters I wouldn't feel safe gambling on them actually showing up in TF2.


True, but you're assuming the "comic book" people are the ones who are actually responsable for the character designs. Think back to last year, the first time we saw Movie Jazz's bot mode was from a sketch by Don Figueroa - destined for movie comic books. Which means that the artists were given a look at the designs before we were, and based their comics on those. The prequel comics came out in, what, March/April of 07, before the film was even out. Which would have meant that they would have been working on them the months before, which means they would have been given the designs even before that.

We already know Bay and the team have finalised the movie designs for the bots in the sequel. Nothing is stopping the artists from at least hinting at a few characters by means of the comics - remember, if it hadn't have been for the leaks the first time around, the IDW prequel series would have been our first real look at the movie TFs.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609689)
Posted by Calvatron on January 20th, 2008 @ 6:50pm CST
Pyrostrata wrote:Oh gods no! Let's not bring in Unicron or Galvatron! That would ruin everything! Unicron is a dead horse beaten into oblivion.......and Galvatron....yuck!


Have you seen IDW's take on Galvatron yet? Not that i want a galvatron type thing in the movies, but IDW could make it work. In fact the quality of IDW's prequal really made me dissapointed with the movie. But let's not even have any such nonsense as Unicron. The idiots in hollywood might overhear us and come up with a few 'good' ideas... :P
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609736)
Posted by JazZeke on January 20th, 2008 @ 7:28pm CST
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609833)
Posted by Skowl on January 20th, 2008 @ 9:13pm CST


Sorry about that, but because of the new forum setup, we still can't post news stories from existing threads. Every new story needs a new thread. It's inconvenient, I know, but it's being worked on. I still credit you as a source though.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609855)
Posted by JazZeke on January 20th, 2008 @ 9:39pm CST
Skowl wrote:


Sorry about that, but because of the new forum setup, we still can't post news stories from existing threads. Every new story needs a new thread. It's inconvenient, I know, but it's being worked on. I still credit you as a source though.

Ahh. Didn't see that, thanks.
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (609938)
Posted by Sunstar on January 20th, 2008 @ 11:16pm CST
I will be all ove rhtis like hot melt glue
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (610028)
Posted by steve2275 on January 21st, 2008 @ 1:46am CST
just space donobots thanks
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (611103)
Posted by Waylander III on January 22nd, 2008 @ 5:48am CST
will it be out in the uk in april also??
Re: IDW April Solicitations: Official TF Movie Sequel Comic and More! (611468)
Posted by Mechabreaker on January 22nd, 2008 @ 2:37pm CST
This indeed does sound very jusicy, I will be subscribing to this series no doubt!
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