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New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Sabrblade » Fri May 29, 2020 10:44 am

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In this video, "IDW 2020 The Future of Comics… Today!" for Wondercon@Home 2020, Chris Ryall and John Barber discuss the future of IDW.



At the 45:30 mark, the pair have this little announcement:
Ryall: Yeah, I mean, I don't know if there's other Transformers plans you want to discuss here or not... But maybe uh... Beast Wars has an anniversary coming up, if I'm not mistaken.

Barber: It does, yes. And that is something that we... wanna maybe sorta talk about is... I think this is, I don't think we've talked about this anywhere. There'll be a new Beast Wars series coming very soon. I know more details about it. *laughs* I know a little more about it than that. But we're not ready to tell anything. But, yeah, it's gonna be the anniversary of Beast Wars. I think that's a... It's such a huge thing, worldwide. "Beast Mode", everybody knows what that means and... Yeah, it'll be exciting to come back into that world. You know, over the years, we've had a lot of the characters show up. I, personally, have given short shrift to a lot of those Beast Wars characters in stories I've written. Sorry. This won't be that. This will be genuine genuine Beast Wars that I think a lot of people grew up with and a lot of people love.

Ryall: I mean, that's kinda the cool thing about Transformers as a whole, you know, there's the Beast Wars fans that are rabid for more Beast Wars, and the UK fans grew up loving that [as in, the Marvel UK G1 comics], and the fans of the, you know, the main book we've been doing, or all the other iterations, and so... It's great that there's not only audiences for all of this kind of content but also that there's the passion from the fans that wanna keep seeing more of all of it, so...

Barber: I mean, for a lot of our Transformers creators, Beast Wars, I mean, for years, Beast Wars has been the stuff people grew up with. Like, that was what introduced them to this world.

So, yeah, make of that what you will.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri May 29, 2020 11:50 pm

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I am not aware of a continuing Beast Wars prequel story (as in not a miniseries or one-shot) so I would really like to see that. Start at the beginning of when Maximals and Predacons first show up and go from there. No need to lead up the tv series anytime soon.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Sabrblade » Sat May 30, 2020 8:01 am

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Rodimus Prime wrote:I am not aware of a continuing Beast Wars prequel story (as in not a miniseries or one-shot) so I would really like to see that. Start at the beginning of when Maximals and Predacons first show up and go from there. No need to lead up the tv series anytime soon.
Would that be "Beast Wars", though? If they're still on Cybertron turning into vehicles during the war-less peacetime of the Pax Cybertronia?
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Rodimus Prime » Sun May 31, 2020 3:03 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:I am not aware of a continuing Beast Wars prequel story (as in not a miniseries or one-shot) so I would really like to see that. Start at the beginning of when Maximals and Predacons first show up and go from there. No need to lead up the tv series anytime soon.
Would that be "Beast Wars", though? If they're still on Cybertron turning into vehicles during the war-less peacetime of the Pax Cybertronia?
I guess not, technically. But wouldn't you want to know the complete story of the characters? How Megatron became a fugitive, how the Axalon crew came together, stuff like that? I mean I know there are some details out there (unless I missed a complete prequel story already published), but I would like to see perhaps a story arc in the first 4 or 6 issues setting up their departure from Cybertron. Maybe even some issues that take place exclusively on each of their ships. They might be considered filler, but it would go toward character development, as often filler does.

Whatever the reason, I just want Beast Wars in comic form. I just hope Barber & Co. can live up to the original BW show writers in terms of creativity.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby TulioDude » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:39 am

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I hope they can make the version of Beast Wars that isn't limited by the show's restraints,so we can get more time with the toy-only characters.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:42 am

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TulioDude wrote:I hope they can make the version of Beast Wars that isn't limited by the show's restraints,so we can get more time with the toy-only characters.
Like they did last time?
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby TulioDude » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:21 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:
TulioDude wrote:I hope they can make the version of Beast Wars that isn't limited by the show's restraints,so we can get more time with the toy-only characters.
Like they did last time?


Do you mean The Gathering?I have not read it personally,but from what I see from TFwiki,it's a story that runs alongside the show,having many explanations why the characthers don't cross their paths,for the most part.
I want to see something like the the stories hinted at toys bios and the such.The Beast Wars that only exists in our heads,trying justify all these charactes that only had toys and how they would interact with the show characters and main plotline.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby AllNewSuperRobot » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:02 pm

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The Gathering/Ascending was a demonstration in wasted potential. It more or less completely fixated on the Japanese BW characters, in terms of characterisation. Every other non-show appearance was at most a visual cameo.

As for the main Beast Wars series, prequels are redundant. As it largely irrelevant to the main crux of the series itself. I am less than thrilled IDW are aiming their sights at BW, in light of their previous (insulting) attempts to tap the fanbase with IDWverse.

But, I would be curious if they kept going forward with the Beast Era. Not Transtech, as doesn't mean anything to BW either. But continue the Beast Era, post-Beast Machines. Do something new, while incorporating the non-show character designs. Doing something New is what made Beast Wars the success it was, after all.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby ZeroWolf » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:24 pm

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Plus we've already had another prequel in terms of the botcon set which offered a potential look at what the character's pre beast forms were.

Though can you do post beast machines since Trans Tech was the result of Primals last act? We've already seen two alternative takes on beast wars, with shattered glass beast wars and Beast Wars: Uprising.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby AllNewSuperRobot » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:30 pm

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Transtech has never been canonical to a mainline series. So just as Takara did long ago with The Rebirth, it can be ignored or overwritten by something more Official.
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Re: New IDW Beast Wars comic series

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:21 pm

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Responding to multiple people:

AllNewSuperRobot wrote:I am less than thrilled IDW are aiming their sights at BW, in light of their previous (insulting) attempts to tap the fanbase with IDWverse.
Granted, it is a completely different creative team this time made up of different people than before.


ZeroWolf wrote:Though can you do post beast machines since Trans Tech was the result of Primals last act? We've already seen two alternative takes on beast wars, with shattered glass beast wars and Beast Wars: Uprising.
Universe 2003 was a post-Beast Machines series, and the BotCon comics that 3H put out for that line at the time were initiated from on high by Hasbro themselves.

Plus, Takara did their own post-Beast Machines 4-part storyline called Beast Wars Reborn (which also seemed to serve as a sort of Galaxy Force prequel since it had the post-BM Primal and Megatron brought into the Unicron Trilogy cartoon universe's distant past).
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