3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1

3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:21pm CST

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Greetings Seibertronians! Thanks to Josh Burcham (artist working on the forthcoming IDW Transformers Beast Wars comic) we've got our first preview of issue 1!

Check it out below!

IDW wrote:Celebrating 25 years of Beast Wars! In the future, the planet Cybertron belongs to the scientific-minded Maximals and the action-oriented Predacons! When a crew of Predacons, led by the successor to the Megatron name, steal a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, it’s up to Optimus Primal and his Maximal crew—Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and new character Nyx—to catch them! A brand-new Beast era begins in an oversized first issue by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Transformers/Ghostbusters) and Josh Burcham (Transformers, Transformers Galaxies), yesssss!


Transformers News: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1

Transformers News: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1

Transformers News: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1

This series is not a simple retelling of the Beast Wars story that we all know and love. Instead, they promise a few surprises in store, and have already bolstered the roster of not Maximals and Predacons with a new character each.

Will you be getting this series? Looking forward to what changes they may make? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!

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Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093385)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 22nd, 2021 @ 12:28pm CST
Still sitting on the fence with this. If you wanted to make this "new" and "different", switch up the roster. There are plenty that went unsung.

If the one in red for example, is supposed to be Terrorsaur, that doesn't sound like him at all. Whereas this dialogue could easily apply to blank slates, such as Lazerbeak, Terranotron or Fractyl.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093388)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 22nd, 2021 @ 12:40pm CST
I like what I see so far, looks and sounds good!

Burcham did confirm on Twitter that:

a) All the maximals guards are based on the Unit-3 toy from botcon 2016 and include Under-3 himself

b) he based Terrorsaur's color placement on his US OG toy, hence why it might look strange to some

c) Much like Beast Wars uprising, he designed a lot of the cybertronian modes to be easy customs of other toys (much like he already said with Nyx and Skold)

d) Scorponok also took design cues from his Club/Cotbon toy

e) they purposely left the "red vs red lighting" debate ambiguous again for the fun of it

f) yes, those are Wheeljack statues

Lots of good stuff here, I am excited!
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093390)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 22nd, 2021 @ 12:51pm CST
So this isn't a book to celebrate the anniversary of the show after all? Just nods to irrelevant Convention stuff.
Tom Scioli did an incredible job of paying homage to the source material, in his 2018 Go-Bots book. Sounds like a better choice in light of this.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093391)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 22nd, 2021 @ 12:52pm CST
So, in this version, it seems that Megatron's Golden Disk theft was more of a coordinated effort supported by a complicit Tripredacus Council, rather than a completely rogue operation.

Also, the pics are kinda blurry. Here's some clearer ones:

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Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093393)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 22nd, 2021 @ 1:00pm CST
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:So this isn't a book to celebrate the anniversary of the show after all? Just nods to irrelevant Convention stuff.
Tom Scioli did an incredible job of paying homage to the source material, in his 2018 Go-Bots book. Sounds like a better choice in light of this.

I don't think you could have misread my comments any more than you did.

It is incorporating things used for Botcon/the club, which made some very good BWU content, as someone who did read them. And by incorporating, it's using design cues for cybertronian forms. Literally nothing wrong with that nor is it copying any club story.

Tom Scioli did a great job yes, but he had his TF vs GI Joe stuff, I am excited to see what Burnham and Burcham have up their sleeves. New team, new ongoing. Same basic premise so far, but new takes, new designs, new content, new story
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093395)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on January 22nd, 2021 @ 1:14pm CST
Interesting.

The art here imho screams of Transformers Animated. While I am a big fan of Animated, I am not sure how I feel about it in my Beast Wars. Neat to see them pay homage to the Botcon stuffs. Also neat to give Megs a "pre-Megatron" name. Unless that was something that was already established before and I just missed it. More-over, I dig the name Galavar sounding a bit like Galvatron. Something poetic about a "Gal" getting an upgrade and changing his name to Megatron and not the reverse.

All that aside, not enough here to really make a judgement call imho. will have to wait and see.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093396)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 22nd, 2021 @ 1:15pm CST
I didn't misread it, I just didn't see any of that celebrating the anniversary of the show. If they wanted to celebrate the Beast Era, there are plenty of context specific Tech Specs, Bios and Concept art to utilize. Not just fringe prose. Which there isn't anything wrong with using. It isn't their value that is the question. The merit to using them is.
The series proper largely left Maximal and Predacon Cybertronian forms ambiguous, much like Megatron's "original name". Why? Because they were details that don't really matter.

Scioli's TF vs. GI Joe is another great example of his work. Everyone was painted in a different light which made it interesting. King Rodimus, The Astrotrain etc, etc
That is how you homage the familiar, while making it new and your own.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093406)
Posted by bluecatcinema on January 22nd, 2021 @ 2:14pm CST
I kind of like the sound of "Galavar".
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093435)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 22nd, 2021 @ 5:31pm CST
Immortal Starscream wrote:Also neat to give Megs a "pre-Megatron" name. Unless that was something that was already established before and I just missed it.
Once, yes, but it was in Uprising, so not exactly the Megatron who would take the name from the Covenant of Primus and start the Beast Wars.

In that version, he went by the name "Gnashteeth" (or just "Gnash", for short) before taking the name "Megatron". But when he first said that name, he subtly implied that it wasn't actually his real real name, merely just what he wanted people to call him, as though he wanted to maintain some degree of anonymity for some ulterior motive before he adopted the "Megatron" name and went public with it.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093470)
Posted by TOO MUCH ENERGON! on January 23rd, 2021 @ 11:47am CST
I reeeeeeeaaallllllly dislike the art style, and don’t really feel like it fits with Beast Wars. But whatever. I’ll get used to it.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093471)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 23rd, 2021 @ 11:48am CST
Indeed. Preds and Maxis ain't blocky.. But we'll see how it pans out.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093475)
Posted by bluecatcinema on January 23rd, 2021 @ 1:18pm CST
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Indeed. Preds and Maxis ain't blocky.. But we'll see how it pans out.


As I recall, they actually did look that way before scanning their beast modes.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093477)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 23rd, 2021 @ 1:51pm CST
bluecatcinema wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Indeed. Preds and Maxis ain't blocky.. But we'll see how it pans out.


As I recall, they actually did look that way before scanning their beast modes.



No, none of them did. The more rounded design was the whole point of them being descendants.

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Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093479)
Posted by TOO MUCH ENERGON! on January 23rd, 2021 @ 2:17pm CST
Ah, good ole ReBoot Megazord Megatron.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093480)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 23rd, 2021 @ 2:21pm CST
TOO MUCH ENERGON! wrote:Ah, good ole ReBoot Megazord Megatron.


:lol: True!

One of the reasons I always thought Megatron didn't have a good design until his Season two Transmetal.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093538)
Posted by ZeroWolf on January 24th, 2021 @ 4:36pm CST
Greetings Seibertronians! Following the posting of April 2021 IDW comic solicitations here, freelance artist Josh Perez took to his Twitter Account to give fans an extra treat! The artist posted a clean look at his cover for issue #3 of IDW’S Transformers: Beast Wars ongoing! The cover is the Retailer Incentive, meaning that it is included for every ten copies a comic book store orders in.

The art work shows off all the major characters in the comic so far.

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This is what Josh wrote in the tweet accompanying the image:

Josh Perez wrote:My cover for #IDW's #BeastWars issue 3 was shown off in solicitations: https://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/idw-transformers-comics-april-2021-solicitations/45615/
I figured I'd post the cover sans logos and stuff! Was a lot of fun and I really appreciate getting to do another cover for Transformers! (I wanted to wait a little but I got excited)


What do you think of the cover? Are you going to be trying out this series? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093539)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 24th, 2021 @ 4:38pm CST
What is it about the proportions of Primal that look so.. off, with this picture? :-?
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093543)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 24th, 2021 @ 4:58pm CST
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:What is it about the proportions of Primal that look so.. off, with this picture? :-?
He's certainly a wide load.
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093563)
Posted by TK415 on January 24th, 2021 @ 7:46pm CST
Anyone know or have a guess as to what kind of animal the new predacon is?
Re: 3 Page Preview of IDW Transformers Beast Wars #1 (2093564)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 24th, 2021 @ 8:05pm CST
TK415 wrote:Anyone know or have a guess as to what kind of animal the new predacon is?
You mean Skold? She's a turtle. A virtual redeco of Snapper.

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