First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series

First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series

Friday, October 9th, 2020 2:20pm CDT

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Greetings Seibertronians! Fans of Beast Wars need to take note of this, as IDW have given us our first look at their forthcoming Transformers Beast Wars comic! Special thanks to fellow Seibertron user, Sabrblade, for spreading the news in the forums.

The series will be written by Erik Burnham (of Transformers/Ghostbusters and IDWs own Ghostbusters series) with Josh Burcham (IDW Transformers ongoing, Galaxies and the three Wreckers books, and a lot more) on art duties. The series is set to arrive in February 2021 with issue #1. From the looks of it the core Maximal team is set to include Optimus Primal, Rhinox, Cheetor, Rattrap and a new character that looks to have a bat alt mode called Nyx. While on the Predacon side we only see Megatron so far.

There will be four variant covers at launch, three of which you can see below:

Transformers News: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series

Transformers News: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series

Transformers News: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series

Here is the press release in full:
IDW wrote:IDW Celebrates 25th Anniversary of
Transformers: Beast Wars with
New Comic Book Series

Oversized First Issue Debuts in February 2021, with Story and Art by
Transformers Comic Alums Erik Burnham and Josh Burcham

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 9, 2020) – For an entire generation of Transformers fans, their first experience with “Robots in Disguise” was through the Transformers: Beast Wars television show, debuting in 1996 as the cutting edge of computer generated children’s entertainment. In 2021, IDW will honor the 25th anniversary of this monumental moment in Hasbro’s storied Transformers franchise with the launch of an all-new Transformers: Beast Wars comic book series!

Written by Erik Burnham (Transformers/Ghostbusters) with art by longtime Transformers artist Josh Burcham (whose credits include IDW’s ongoing series, Galaxies, the Wreckers saga, and much, much more), the new series will launch in February with a #1 issue containing 30 pages of story and bonus content.

The Transformers: Beast Wars comic series will welcome fans to a future Cybertron populated by scientific-minded Maximals and action-oriented Predacons. When the successor to the Megatron name steals a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, only Optimus Primal and a team of Maximals — Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and a new character Nyx — can stop them.

“Beast Wars was a wonderful and weird pivot from the Transformers setup to which I was first introduced. Big personalities, unexpected twists, and actual stakes all popped up regularly on the show, and those are tools that I enjoy using to build new stories,” says Burnham. “Best of all, the enthusiasm from everyone involved in this project has been so high that I'm feeling constantly inspired!”

“I'm so thrilled to be a part of this team,” says Burcham. “I was a ‘90s kid and even though I knew about Generation 1, Beast Wars was really my G1. It's still my favorite iteration, and I consider it such a privilege to be able to bring the characters to life in this brand new series. Let the Beast Wars rage on!"

“Beast Wars is a beloved part of the Transformers legacy,” says editor David Mariotte. “That’s why we couldn’t pass up launching a new series in tandem with the 25th anniversary! Erik and Josh are going to take everything that’s beloved about Beast Wars — the characterization, the drama, the jokes — and start fresh with a series that will feel at home for fans of 25 years and first-timers alike.”

Transformers: Beast Wars #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Josh Burcham, Cover B by Fico Ossio (Optimus Prime), and two Retailer Incentive editions featuring art by Dan Schoening (Transformers/Ghostbusters) and Nick Brokenshire (Star Wars Adventures), respectively.

For information on how to acquire copies of Transformers comic books, please contact your local comic shop or visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

About IDW Publishing
IDW Publishing (IDWP), a subsidiary of IDW Media Holdings Inc. (OTC PINK: IDWM), is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, art books, trade paperbacks, and tabletop games. IDWP is one of the top four publishers of comic books and graphic novels in the U.S. with a library of world-renowned licensed content and original series. IDWP’s critically-acclaimed imprints include Top Shelf Productions, Artist’s Editions, EuroComics, The Library of American Comics, Sunday Press, and Yoe Books.

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play and Entertainment Experiences. From toys, games and consumer products to television, movies, digital gaming, live action, music, and virtual reality experiences, Hasbro connects to global audiences by bringing to life great innovations, stories and brands across established and inventive platforms. Hasbro’s iconic brands include NERF, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE, POWER RANGERS, PEPPA PIG and PJ MASKS, as well as premier partner brands. Through its global entertainment studio, eOne, Hasbro is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for all children and all families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked among the 2020 100 Best Corporate Citizens by 3BL Media and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past nine years. We routinely share important business and brand updates on our Investor Relations website, Newsroom and social channels (@Hasbro on Twitter and Instagram.)


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Credit(s): IDW


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Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083290)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 9th, 2020 @ 2:24pm CDT
25th anniversary? Has it really been that long since Hasbro actually did something brand new with Transformers??? (of course UT was more recent. But it did go back to vehicles and humans)

Pretty sure from the Maximal interactions in the pilot, the flight of the Axalon was more or less their first time meeting?

As clearly we can't do anything with Beast Wars that isn't a prequel or "new spin"/retcon/cashing in on brand recognition... :(
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083292)
Posted by Razorbeast88 on October 9th, 2020 @ 2:31pm CDT
So exciting! I'm wondering/hoping if this new series will include characters from the Beast Wars: The Gathering storyline
I hope hasbro doesn't stop with kingdom and brings in a 2nd beast era
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083294)
Posted by WiseMan on October 9th, 2020 @ 2:50pm CDT
As long as it's not tied in any way to the current ongoing G1 series, I'm in!
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Posted by Sabrblade on October 9th, 2020 @ 2:55pm CDT
This fan art Josh Burcham posted to his Twitter months ago should give us an idea of what to expect, visually, from this series:

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Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083298)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 9th, 2020 @ 3:08pm CDT
Great... Beast Wars GO! >:oP
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Posted by ZeroWolf on October 9th, 2020 @ 3:52pm CDT
I am on board with this
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Posted by william-james88 on October 9th, 2020 @ 5:02pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:25th anniversary? Has it really been that long since Hasbro actually did something brand new with Transformers???


Rescue bots is not that old and it's still going.

Also I am sure many would argue that the movies are their own thing too (I sure think that way).
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083314)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 9th, 2020 @ 5:28pm CDT
More from Erik Burnham:
We're doing something a little bit like what was done way back when with Ultimate Comics; starting from a familiar place with some beats that longtime fans will recognize, but from there we can go almost anywhere.

Can't wait to show you some of the craziness we have planned.
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083320)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on October 9th, 2020 @ 7:13pm CDT
I wasn't expecting the 'if Geoff Senior drew Animated' aesthetic, but that brings up fond memories of both TFA and that final Reaching the Omega Point comic from BotCon 2000, so I couldn't be more pleased.

I've fallen waaaaaaay behind on every stretch of IDW, but I'll definitely pick up every issue of this on sight!
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Posted by o.supreme on October 9th, 2020 @ 7:44pm CDT
As much as I disliked IDW overall, with few exceptions, I actually liked the BW Gathering/Ascending series. It showed you could do something new with those characters, and not worry about having to "mess up" the original series. I'm hoping all that we've seen so far is just specialized cover art, because it all looks horrible IMHO. Hopefully they can tell an interesting story.

Still I'd much rather get a new series based on Car Robots/RiD. I know probably nobody is asking for it, but it is the one continuity we've had the least of. I'd like to see more of it.
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Posted by TulioDude on October 9th, 2020 @ 8:34pm CDT
I predict that Dinobot won't be a Maximal for a long time.
The art style is exaggerated,but doesn't have that consistency that Animated has.I will give it a chance when we have the comics to check.
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Posted by ScottyP on October 9th, 2020 @ 9:19pm CDT
So very pleased to see Josh Burcham finally get a gig as the main artist on a book. Fully deserved! Really excited for this comic, the Nightscream-looking character already seems fun.
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083337)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 9th, 2020 @ 10:15pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:the Nightscream-looking character already seems fun.
Yeah, her name's Nyx. She's based on the old Bat Optimus Primal figure with her name also evoking that figure's redeco Onyx Primal (in addition to its obvious Greek Mythology origin).
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083351)
Posted by Ultra Markus on October 10th, 2020 @ 12:28am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Great... Beast Wars GO! >:oP

im thinking more like Beastwars Animated ;)
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on October 10th, 2020 @ 2:10am CDT
Well the art is underwhelming for sure. I never cared for Senior's style so I hope this is the length of his involvement. If Burcham draws in similar style, I'll be hard pressed to get into this. If the story is really good, I could get past it. But as it is, I gotta Randy Jackson this one.
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Posted by Rodimus Knight on October 10th, 2020 @ 2:27am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Well the art is underwhelming for sure. I never cared for Senior's style so I hope this is the length of his involvement. If Burcham draws in similar style, I'll be hard pressed to get into this. If the story is really good, I could get past it. But as it is, I gotta Randy Jackson this one.


I'm not a fan of that style of art. I don't think I'll pick it up if that's the interior art.
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Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 10th, 2020 @ 2:48am CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Great... Beast Wars GO! >:oP

im thinking more like Beastwars Animated ;)



I wish I could be that optimistic.

Literally most of the buzzwords used have irked me, in fact. My immediate thought was Teen Titans GO!, Thundercats ROAR! etc Completely tone deaf bastardisations. Nothing more than milking license recognition.
A more apt TF comparison that came to mind was the Japanese dub on the Mainframe Beast Wars.
That is not a positive comparison to have, either.

Already "adding" a Bat Fembot needlessly brings to make all those "new" identical generic token characters, that flooded the tail end of IDWverse. Beast Wars has several Fembots, ready to go. Scores of unused characters too. But of course this is just about capitalising on the anniversary.
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Posted by Sabrblade on October 10th, 2020 @ 9:11am CDT
Rodimus Prime wrote:Well the art is underwhelming for sure. I never cared for Senior's style so I hope this is the length of his involvement.
Senior? Geoff Senior has nothing to do with this series.
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083379)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 10th, 2020 @ 9:14am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rodimus Prime wrote:Well the art is underwhelming for sure. I never cared for Senior's style so I hope this is the length of his involvement.
Senior? Geoff Senior has nothing to do with this series.



The art bares a strong influence.
Re: First Look At IDW’S Brand New Beast Wars Comic Series (2083390)
Posted by bluecatcinema on October 10th, 2020 @ 1:34pm CDT
Now this is interesting. Funny how they introduced a new character who turns into a bat, when they already had Nightscream in the canon.

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