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New IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Sneak Peek: Egon Meets Starscream's Ghost

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:33 pm

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Tom Waltz continues to be a valuable source for all of our latest IDW Transformers news, and today, he brings to us a new panel from the upcoming 5-part Transformers x Ghostbusters series! This new panel shows us the first meeting of the Ghostbusters and Starscream's ghost, who has appeared in a lot of the advertising media for the mini series. What the results of this meeting will be we can only guess, but it is exciting to see Starscream's ghost meeting up with the Ghostbusters. The artwork for the panel was done by series artist Dan Schoening.

Check out the panel below, and stay tuned as we edge closer and closer to the premier of this new crossover series!

Ever get that feeling a psychotic ghost robot from another planet is lurking just behind you? #EgonSpengler will in June when #Transformers/#Ghostbusters #GhostsOfCybertron hits stores! @erikburnham @dannyschoening #LuisAntonioDelgado @IDWPublishing @Ghostbusters @hasbro


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New Interview with IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Writer Erik Burnham

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:49 pm

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Thanks to the fine folks over at Comicbook.com, we have a new interview with IDW's Transformers x Ghostbusters writer Erik Burnham! Burnham sat down with comicbook.com and chatted about the new series, and brought up some new information that fans may be excited to hear about.

For one thing, we get a little bit more information and description on Ectotron. Not a lot, but we do get some more. By the sounds of it, he and Ray are going to get along really well. It's also interesting to hear that Ectotron is a bit of a writing challenge seeing as how he doesn't really have a "voice" yet to really go by, unlike pretty much the rest of the cast.

Another cool hint was that, despite the small cast, there are 2 characters that Burnham favors over others: Grimlock and Starscream. While it appears as though Grimlock will not appear much, Burnham felt he really needed to get him into the crossover. And as for Starscream? Well, he's Burnham's favorite to write!

Check out some parts of the interview below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

"Part of the reason I think they've lasted so long is the foundation: Ghosts are cool. Robots are cool. It's obviously more than that," Burnham said. "Ghostbusters explores dealing with the unknown with humor and curiosity. Transformers is (depending on where you look) anything from a straight-up fight of good against evil, to a more nuanced look at disagreements between two groups that come to war (which, no, not the same thing.)"

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As for the team-up, the Autobots and Decepticons will all benefit from the humor the Ghostbusters are known for. "I think the Ghostbusters bring the humor out of the robots that they meet, and I know those Cybertronians crank up the stakes of the action. It's a good mix for the party," Burnham said.

Burnham is well acquainted with the Ghostbusters and Transformers, so writing those adored characters didn't present much of an issue. Ectotron though was another story.

"To be honest, the biggest challenge is Ectotron," Burnham said. "He's a new character, so he doesn't yet have an established voice that I can clearly hear. You give me Starscream, I will hear the inflections of Chris Latta. Megatron? Frank Welker. Optimus Prime? Peter Cullen. And, of course, the Ghostbusters have been in my head for YEARS. Those voices are all very clear and etched into my brain – but not Ectotron. Not yet. I know he'll gel before the end of the book, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing what his voice ultimately becomes!"

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"Ectotron is a nerd in the same way that Ray Stantz is a nerd," Burnham said. "He's a little defensive about his title, and he doesn't get sent out on missions much – which is why Optimus Prime sending him out to investigate a signal he discovered means so much to him. He's going to grow through his adventure, as we all do, and putting him through those paces is going to be a lot of fun."

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"I'm only a couple of issues into the story right now, but so far? Hands down, Starscream is just chewing all the scenery (which is what he does)! Even above Peter Venkman, so far," Burnham said. "But I'm just getting started, and there are others who have yet to get their time to shine... That may seem like a vague answer, but it's my way of not saying "wait'll you see" and then spoiling something! We can't have that, now can we?"

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Another Transformers favorite has always been Grimlock, so we had to ask if the beloved Dinobot would find his way into the story. It turns out he just might make an appearance.

"I'll tell you this now," Burnham said. "I wrote an outline, and it kept the cast pretty small, comparatively to the size of the available cast. And then Dan and Luis turned in a connecting cover with virtually EVERYONE. (Not quite everyone, but man, there's a dense lineup on those covers!)"

"...And I saw a couple that just BEGGED to be brought in, even though they weren't in the outline. "How can I not find room for so-and-so?" I said. And Grimlock, he is definitely a guy I need to add. Even if it's just for a PANEL. He's too awesome to be denied!"


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Preview of Cybertron From IDWs Transformers x Ghostbusters Crossover Comic Ghosts Of Cybertron

Postby ZeroWolf » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:11 pm

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As we inch closer to the release of IDWs crossover comic, between Transformers and Ghostbusters, "Ghosts of Cybertron" (that debuts June 19th). Artist Dan Schoening has tweeted recently, sharing the excitement and showing off three snippets of pages set on Cybertron! You can find them mirrored below and the tweet that Dan sent out.

Dan Schoening wrote:Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed.” This June #Transformers #Ghostbusters @IDWPublishing @Hasbro Colors by: @luis_the_colorist


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In these images, you can make out several characters, including several in their Cybertron alt mode from the very first episode of the G1 cartoon "More than meets the eyes"

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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby What's Crackin'? » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:38 am

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The title of the first episode in the G1 cartoon is " More than Meets the Eye: Part 1" not " More Than Meets the Eyes "

Also holy crap is that Sunstorm!?
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby ZeroWolf » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:41 am

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Sorry that's my auto correct and late night work playing up :lol:
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby What's Crackin'? » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:43 am

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ZeroWolf wrote:Sorry that's my auto correct and late night work playing up :lol:


Nah, it's cool. Thanks for posting great news to this site!
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Ghosts of Cybertron Unused Cover Art from John Gallagher

Postby Stargrave » Wed May 22, 2019 10:57 pm

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Great Starscream’s ghost have we got a necro-comic-con treat for your eyes! Just in from illustrator John Gallagher’s Instagram page is some unused cover art showing the iconic cast of the original Ghostbusters backed up by Slimer and the bot who gets ‘em caught, Ectotron! Take a peruse and share your views!

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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Brokebot » Fri May 24, 2019 3:20 pm

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Whoa, that is awesome :x

Pretty sure I'd buy that as a full sized poster.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

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Why is this unused? This the best we've seen so far!
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby First-Aid » Mon May 27, 2019 6:22 pm

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Brokebot wrote:Whoa, that is awesome :x

Pretty sure I'd buy that as a full sized poster.


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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Stargrave » Fri May 31, 2019 1:20 pm

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Greetings Seibertronians! Previewsworld brings us some additional comic news today this time in the form of Transformers Ghostbusters #1 preview and some new Covers! The new covers include the 10 copy Alex Milne incentive cover, 25 copy Paulina Ganecheau cover, and 50 copy cover which is a variant of the 10 copy one.

Issue #1 is due in comic book shops by June 29th and is listed for a SRP of USD $3.99. Check out the preview and let us know if you’ll be grabbing this issue when it manifests later next month!

After years of civil war, the Autobots fled Cyberton, leaving their home planet in the evil clutches of Megatron and his Decepticons. Years later and millions of miles away, the Autobots pick up a Cybertronian distress signal from a mysterious planet called Earth. The ghostly signal shouldn't exist, and it'll bring Optimus Prime and his team-including brand-new Autobot ECTOTRON-face-to-face with... the GHOSTBUSTERS! Crossing the streams after 35 years! Written and illustrated by the long-time fan-favorite Ghostbusters creative team of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Luis Antonio Delgado! Five action-packed interconnecting covers from series artist Dan Schoening! The series will also include covers from superstar artists like Nick Roche, Alex Milne, Paulina Ganecheau, Priscilla Tramontano, and more!


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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Fri May 31, 2019 5:25 pm

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That was pretty neat! Nice usage of the effect from the '86 movie opening credits behind the ghost robot lady.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby -Crossfire- » Fri May 31, 2019 7:11 pm

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Interesting use of the Quintesson carvings on the last page. Wonder if they'll have any bearing on the story? Also, I really really really hope we get an appearance from Horri-Bull, considering he basically turns into a Terror Dog.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Randomhero » Fri May 31, 2019 8:18 pm

-Crossfire- wrote:Interesting use of the Quintesson carvings on the last page. Wonder if they'll have any bearing on the story? Also, I really really really hope we get an appearance from Horri-Bull, considering he basically turns into a Terror Dog.


Doubt it. The creative team behind this is lousy with Easter eggs and stuff like that. To obnoxious levels. Their ghostbusters series was a huge turn off because the backgrounds were just riddled with Easter eggs and homages. I wouldn’t not take anything face value when it comes to sets and backgrounds with this team. Just focus on the story and try not to start making theories about this being there or that being there.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Wireless_Phantom » Fri May 31, 2019 8:57 pm

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So that's where Horribull got his alt-mode!
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Wireless_Phantom » Fri May 31, 2019 8:59 pm

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Is it just me, or does the last panel remind anyone else of the "Ah ****, here we go again" meme?
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Ig89ninja » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:07 am

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Wireless_Phantom wrote:Is it just me, or does the last panel remind anyone else of the "Ah ****, here we go again" meme?

Great, now I can’t unsee it.
Not that I’m complaining though, in fact it kinda fits the situation. ;)^
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Transformers Ectotron Shirt Spotted at US Retail

Postby Stargrave » Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:48 pm

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This just in from Twitter member Diem @DiemTF is an image of the Hasbro/IDW Transformers: Ghosts of Cybertron cross-media promotional star Ectotron on is very own shirt! The shirt features an image of the four original Ghostbusters wheeling down some specters in the Ecto-1 in the foreground with a nice image of the paranormal pursuing powerhouse behind them. The art on the shirt appears to be by series artist Dan Shoening.
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Diem spotted this at their local Game Stop but mentions he believes this to also now be available on their on-line store. Upon a quick check it appears pre-orders for the shirt are up with an expected release date of June 20th.

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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Nathaniel Prime » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:03 pm

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The Ectotron in the shirt is noticeably different from the toy. Is that the same with the comic?
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Stargrave » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:55 pm

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Here's a couple more images for comparison - honestly I think he looks a tad different each time...
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Nose, no nose, what's your preference? :lol:
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Nathaniel Prime » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:34 am

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My preference is with a nose. Without one, he looks unnatural with the faceplate mouth, a d he doesn't make it look nearly as good as Optimus Primal did. Between the two pictures you presented, the most noticeable difference seems to be the detailing on the legs. I wonder if that has any relevance to the story, or if they just wanted to emulate G1's animation error style.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:15 pm

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I wish they would stick to the open mouthplate design, that's been my favorite
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby Tigertrack » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:18 am

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Ghosts of Cybertron - Part 1 Review


“There’s somethin’ strange in the neighborhood.
Who you gonna’ call?…

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More than meets the eye..."


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SOME HISTORY:
If you would allow me a moment.

Transformers comics history is rife with crossover partners. Some seemed sensical (if not forced) and established a shared universe with similar franchises that seemed to make sense, starting with GI JOE. Then, there are those that made less sense like Visionaries, Micronauts and Rom (remember this is just writer’s opinion) -but again, shared universe pushing. And finally, there are just pairings that seem to be thrown together for pure F-U-N like Star Trek —- which sadly did not include tribble-cons —- or for the ultimate ‘what the’ or ‘what if’ factor in the much criticized Transformers and Avengers crossover. Sadly missing from the crossovers to date are some that make a little more sense like Robotech, Power Rangers, Godzilla, or Gobots, all of which have enjoyed recent revival in comics format, if not other formats, as well.

This brings us to now.

A new crossover with another revitalized and popular sci-fi franchise. One that you might not pair with Transformers immediately like a GI JOE, but one that may prove as fun as the Star Trek series was, or possibly as painful as the Avengers series. This partnership has a lot riding behind it, more than a comic crossover (which is more than what most of the crossovers can claim), but a dedicated brand-new toy of a brand new character being introduced in the mini-series -retroactively, first introduced in a comedy TV series about childhood in the 80's-, as well as, an exclusive comic con toy, and apparel. A bit more due given here than we are used to. Will it pay off?

Hopefully, we’ll find that the combining of these two popular IDW comic franchises is a fun, adventure that leaves us wanting more. Hey, with Slimer AND the ghost of Starscream, what could possibly go wrong?

YOUR REVIEWERS:
Because this is a crossover being reviewed, I will be reviewing this in conjunction with D-MAXIMAL_PRIMAL (D MAX). Don’t look for a good cop, bad cop thing here, each of us will tell it like it is to us, try to avoid any major spoilers, and enjoy the fact that we have a very different Transformers experience ahead of us!

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OVER-RE-VIEW:

This issue opens on a familiar scene. War on Cybertron between Autobots and Decepticons.

Our introduction to the characters is very familiar generation one cartoon and comic personalities and designs in battle. Okay, looks familiar. The Autobots are taking off in their shuttle, and the Decepticons are getting ready to pursue in the ever familiar ‘More than Meets the Eye’ way. But that’s where the familiarity grinds to a halt…(record scratch)

D MAX: I wasn't expecting the comic creators to take it in that direction, and that's awesome that they did. It leveled the playing field and set things in motion in ways I hadn't imagined but it makes sense the way that they did it. And I like the fact that they took it in that different direction.

TIGERTRACK: Yeah, the coming of the traveler from Ghostbusters -the pivotal scene in the finale of the original movie- it was cool, but then to manipulate it to become Transformers related, coming to Cybertron and the form of the traveler being what one wouldn’t first predict, and that it was picking on the cons… it truly was a nightmare! :) Starscream you imbecile!!!! Kudos to writer Eric Burnham.

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Are you wondering if the rest of the issue and series will be as impressively and thoughtfully planned? Me too.

Act 2 Takes us aboard the ark….which the Decepticons are a little too busy to intercept currently. Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Jazz, Eck (Ectronymous Diamatron), and Optimus Prime are discussing Ectronymous’ findings.

D MAX: I am OK with Ectotron being a standard Autobot on the Ark, his science background and also the pain he feels from bots not calling him by his real name is relatable. I feel OK with his personality so far, but I feel like it will shine a lot more in the presence of the Ghostbusters.

ImageEctotron...does not like Shakespeare.

TIGERTRACK: Spoiler alert!!!! Seriously though, it does feel like the absent Wheeljack might have fit that role just fine. I thought the name thing was somewhat fun banter to get us to understand how the other bots view Ectronymous. Sorry that I didn't know that about your name...

D-MAXIMAL_PRIMAL: Ectotron felt like from his intro on: a Ghostbuster in the Autobot ranks. He stands out amongst the bots because he really is a personality from one book displaced into another. And that is OK by me with what he is about to work with.

TIGERTRACK: I suppose he has to show up in it, or else they wouldn’t sell any toys or t-shirts. I have a feeling Wheeljack will get to help invent some ‘do-hickey’ down the line anyway. Making Ectotron a part of the original ark crew in this universe IS a cool way to do it. That way he isn’t just the Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1 given life by the allspark, or a ghostbuster's soul transferred to Ecto-1 by the same autotech that created Autobot Spike, or (choose your macguffin).

I think we possibly spoiled something there.

Act 3 took us to Earth. Much time has passed.

We’re on a mission with the four original Ghostbusters in Brooklyn. Ray, Igon, Peter, and Ernie Hudson (I’m so not good with his character’s name, but I do love Ernie Hudson! -Winston, right, his character’s name is Winston) are pursuing what looks to be a pretty seriously powerful apparition. Ecto-1 is ‘stuck’. In the shadows, a familiar face looks to acclimate himself to Earth and needs a disguise…(explore, explore…)

D-MAXIMAL_PRIMAL: As a Ghostbusters fan, I am glad to see the gang doing what they do and talkin' the talky-talk. Everything felt good and made sense, and it is awesome to read a comic with the Ghostbusters in it like this. Everything is awesome there.

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TIGERTRACK: I enjoyed this part as well. I’m not a BIG Ghostbusters fan, more a casual consumer (ie - I watch the movies when they are on). The characters felt familiar. The personalities displayed through the banter and interactions seemed spot on.

Why do the Ghostbusters in Brooklyn end up crossing paths with Ectotron and another Cybertronian? That would be telling, but ghosts and cybertronians…. hmmm….you can guess.

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ART:
This issue was Illustrated by regular Ghostbusters comic artist, Dan Shoening and colored by Luis Antonio Delgado. The Letters were by… you guessed it! The famous and talented, Tom B. Long.

TIGERTRACK: Reminding people about my low level of consumerism for Ghostbusters, I did think the art was an interesting mix of the cartoon-y style of vintage ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon, but with less artistic license taken with the characters - more movie accurate coloring, costume and settings. The Transformers were deftly handled and accurately designed by an artist that probably doesn’t draw them often; although once pointed out, I couldn’t ignore the difficulty that sometimes occurred with the robots proportionality, but really, overall was excellent portrayal (especially compared with some previous crossover artists). But just look at the detail in the image below. So much in the traveler's gate to look at. The colors were done well in supporting the designs and layouts of the illustrator, and as always, Tom B. Long does excellent work in supporting the drawings and colors with unobtrusive words and sound effects that help to illustrate what is happening in the story.

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D-MAXIMAL_PRIMAL: So, the art felt a bit lacking in detail for me, and some of the proportions appeared to be off. The bots feel more bland than they should, especially Ectotron compared to his toy, and the humans were the ones who really felt like they had small heads. But it wasn't bad, it wasn't overly distracting, and it still gave us a good look at what we expect the Ghostbusters and Cartoon-based Transformers to look like.

ImageGhosts don't cast shadows, do they?

The colors were pretty swell, and I felt that they paid proper homage to the classic cartoon style and also the Ghostbusters and what kind of wacky animated world they could live in as well.


In case, you were wondering, there is a plethora of covers to choose from to most likely hit your cover collecting fancy, or if you are a completist, to spend lots of extra money.

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CONCLUSION:

D-MAXIMAL_PRIMAL: I think this was a great kickoff issue. It was a really fun journey, and it just about ticked all the boxes I could have asked for to be ticked in an opening issue crossing over 2 of my favorite Science Fiction universes. This opener gave me hope for a great and enjoyable series, and I could not be happier to be along for the journey.

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TIGERTRACK: I think that IDW has another winner on their hands here in the ‘FUN WAYS TO CROSS TRANSFORMERS OVER WITH OTHER SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISES THAT SEEM TO BE IN NO WAY RELATED’ genre of crossover that doesn’t mess with their current Transformers series. Much like ‘Transformers - Star Trek’, I feel like this is meant to be a silly, what if, style series, with some avenues of popular Transformers lore being interestingly transformed to fit into another SCI FI world… when cartoons collide!

Can Transformers Ghostbusters pay off with something as fan-servicingly awesome as a freaking Fortress Maximus Enterprise piloted by Captain Kirk? Or was the ‘traveler has come’ part already been that pay off? I’m not sure, but I’m very excited to continue reading to see what else this crossover has in store! Thanks D Max for the banter. Maybe we can continue this on the next issue?

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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

Postby ScottyP » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:36 pm

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I like the first handful of pages a lot. Then it becomes another rote exercise in franchise crossover blah, just going through its motions. Ectotron is annoying and I'm tired of the "caustic and pedantic smart person" thing.

But it was fun enough to meet my very low expectations and maybe exceed them a bit. As someone with only a tiny interest in Ghostbusters this one isn't for me but that's ok :)

Oh and tiny heads everywhere. Can't un-see.
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Re: IDW Transformers x Ghostbusters Comic Discussion

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I really enjoyed the issue and I'm grateful for the opportunity to review it. This is a fun crossover that I was really looking forward to and it did not disappoint. I love it.
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