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IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby ZeroWolf » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:14 pm

Motto: "My past no longer binds my future..."
Weapon: Battle Blades
Greetings Seibertronians! Following on from his reveal, comic Publisher IDW have sent us more information about Gigawatt's comic debut, alongside Doc and Marty this October when the first of four issues in the miniseries hit the comic book stores!

Check out the press release below!

IDW wrote:Transformers / Back to the Future Comic Book Crossover Debuts from IDW Publishing


Join Marty McFly and the Autobots for the First-Ever Storyline
Featuring Hasbro and NBCUniversal’s Newest Creation, Gigawatt!



SAN DIEGO, CA (July 22, 2020) – Two of the greatest science fiction franchises of the 1980s will collide this fall in an all-new comic book crossover event, Transformers / Back to the Future! Written by Cavan Scott (bestselling author and writer of IDW’s Star Wars Adventures) and illustrated by Juan Samu (Marvel Action: Black Panther), the four-issue miniseries will debut in October from IDW Publishing!
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In the debut issue, Marty McFly returns from the adventure of a lifetime to a new, better Hill Valley… that is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown's time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons. With one small mistake, Marty finds himself once again thrust into action to unravel a Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future... now with the help of a new converting time machine, the Autobot called Gigawatt!
 
“When I was asked to write the official crossover comic, I could only shout ‘Great Scott’ and dive in,” says writer Cavan Scott. “It’s the perfect fit. Both Transformers and Back to the Future are packed with adventure, humor, and (most importantly) heart. Plus, it gave me a chance to play with multiple Transformers timelines, harkening back to some of my favorite Transformers storylines of the ‘80s, while also bringing in elements of all three Back to the Future movies. Look out for classic characters, both human and Cybertronian, and a few surprises along the way!”
 
Artist Juan Samu says, “All my life I have waited for this moment! This amazing project, apart from being an authentic journey through time for me, has brought out my inner child in every scene. The Autobots, Decepticons, Marty, and Doc are so iconic that I feel super-excited to be able to draw them! Thanks to IDW, NBC Universal, and Hasbro for giving us this opportunity!”
 
Transformers and Back to the Future have quite a bit in common,” says John Barber, Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing. “They’ve both inspired multiple generations of fans, they are both — at their heart — about characters and change, and they both have at least one really cool car. We’re extremely excited at IDW to get to bring these two worlds together!”
 
Transformers / Back to the Future #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Juan Samu, Cover B by Phil Murphy (Star Trek vs. Transformers), and two Retailer Incentive editions -- one illustrated by Dan Schoening (Transformers / Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron) with the second featuring a photo of the hotly anticipated AUTOBOT GIGAWATT toy.
 
Timed perfectly with the announcement of the Transformers / Back to the Future miniseries, IDW Publishing is partnering with the Fleet Science Center of San Diego for “The Science of Back to the Future,” a discussion of science and science fiction hosted by Comic-Con International as part of their “Comic-Con@Home” programming schedule. Posting online on Thursday, 07/23/20, at 3:00pm, the panel will showcase Cavan Scott and Juan Samu as guests to discuss their work on the upcoming crossover, alongside panelists John Barber; Saura Naderi, Outreach Director at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego; Dr. Lisa Will, Fleet Science Center Resident Astronomer; and moderator Andrea Decker.
 
For information on how to acquire copies of the Transformers / Back to the Future comic books, please contact your local comic shop or visit www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.


Don't forget you can also find other Transformers crossover comics in Seibertron's own store! Like the recent Transformers x Terminator (still ongoing) and last years well received Ghostbusters x Transformers!

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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby Brokebot » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:04 pm

Motto: "I've waited 30 years for a Dinobot combiner, and this is what I get?"
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Already sold out and on eBay at 1000% markup. ;)
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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby LordBludgeon » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:14 pm

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Correct me if I am wrong... but wasn't this already announced? On the same day 'Gigawatt' was revealed and available to pre-order?
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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby ZeroWolf » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:18 pm

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We knew it was coming but we didn't know who was writing or drawing it
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IDW Transformers / Back to the Future #1 Review

Postby ScottyP » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:18 am

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A Review of Transformers / Back to the Future #1

Spoiler Free-ish
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RIP EVH

The first page of the first issue of Transformers / Back to the Future contains a letter from Doc Brown telling you, in so many words, to not take it too seriously. This is wisdom to take to heart, as this is another G1 crossover with a pop-culture franchise that's a quick read meant just for fun. Will you have fun reading it? Read on in this review to see if you, from the future, will tell you.

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Beelieve? Anyone?

As mentioned, and as most readers probably expected after similar crossover books like Star Trek vs Transformers, Transformers Ghostbusters and Transformers vs Terminator, a Transformers cast very close to their G1 cartoon incarnations is back for more adventure. If you enjoyed those books you're almost certain to enjoy this as well, because the overall tone delivered by writer Cavan Scott is basically identical. The plot beats a drum somewhere between the aforementioned Ghostbusters and Terminator books so far, mingling lighthearted buddy comedy with Doc Brown and Marty with jumps around in spacetime to possible apocalyptic futures.

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This is how long it takes lady robot characters to get toys

The focus feels like it skews heavier to the Back to the Future cast, but this is likely due to a somewhat limited Autobot presence throughout this initial issue. Whether or not the BttF cast is portrayed effectively or faithfully is outside of this reviewer's expertise, but I can say that what I remember of Marty, Biff and the others comes across here as expected. There does seem to be some expectation of reader familiarity with those characters moreso than with the Transformers, which is probably fair but readers of this site are in the one audience where that's not really a positive.

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These are a page apart

Juan Samu returns to drawing the occasional Transformer here, as the other three of you that read IDW's M.A.S.K. series may recall. The linework is good overall though inconsistent, with one example being the two Soundwaves encountered one right after the other. Samu shows definite talent in depicting the transformation sequences in particular, so I'll be watching to see if he can nail down consistency in character proportions and tone down some of the overly exuberant facial expressions. David Garcia Cruz provides the colors with lighting and effects jumping out as a fantastic addition to the visual presentation of some scenes. Neil Uyetake's letter work never stood in the way and was easy to follow, though some of Gigawatt's narration was a bit confusing - there were times I thought it was Marty. The editorial duo of David Mariotte and Chase Marotz kept this initial issue's scope in appropriate check, as it features just enough progression to set up the rest of the mini-series while providing a hook for readers to return next month.

Samu and Garcia Cruz provide the art for the "A" cover which is featured in this review's news story thumbnail. Past crossover artists Philip Murphy and Dan Schoening deliver the "B" cover and 10 copy retail incentive cover, respectively, while a nameless Hasbro photographer's promo shot of the Gigawatt toy graces the 25 copy incentive. As always, you can find all the cover images, full credits for the issue and a list of all the characters that appear in the book through our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers / Back to the Future #1.

Verdict
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This isn't space!

Whether or not you'll enjoy this probably comes down to your attitude towards crossovers, affinity for the franchises aside. If you enjoy them and enjoyed books like the Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Terminator crossovers, you'll enjoy this. If you don't, or are starting to get fatigued by the constant appearance of only the G1 cartoon cast in these types of books, you may want to steer clear as I don't suspect this is going to do anything for you which earlier crossovers didn't. For this reason, two scores are presented below:

Final Score - "I think crossovers are just for, and really are, fun" Version
. :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:
out of
:CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:


Final Score - "I don't like and/or am sick of crossovers" Version
. :CON: :CON:
out of
:CON: :CON: :CON: :CON: :CON:


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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby LordBludgeon » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:47 pm

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Marty saying Van Halen. :(

R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.
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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby Razorbeast88 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:26 pm

Motto: ""Here's a hint!""
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Soundwave design in comic looked pretty similar to music label soundwave
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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby Ultra Markus » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:31 pm

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LordBludgeon wrote:Marty saying Van Halen. :(

R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.

how cool would it be to have a tribute to EVH
as a robot that could turn into his guitar ;)
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Re: IDW Announce Back to the Future x Transformers Crossover Miniseries

Postby Big Grim » Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:50 am

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Bought it. Seems like harmless fun, same as other IDW crossovers. Hope it's a little more satisfying than Terminator.

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