Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 2:36pm CDT

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You'll be singing "Hakuna Matata" on your way to the comic shop tomorrow, as the release of Transformers: Beast Wars #9 is upon us and, based one of the variant covers, it's time for Razorbeast to make his mark in the story. The five page preview below won't get around to that part, but hey, IDW Publishing shares these to help sell the books after all.

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
"Thicker Skin". The Predacons begin their hunt for other fallen protoform pods, containing potential reinforcements in their quest to crush the Maximals. But Skold, the Predacon powerhouse, is left behind because she'll slow the mission down, at least according to Terrorsaur. When Skold encounters a pod on her own, it'll be up to her to bring it to the Predacon's side... or put it down for good.

Check out the preview below and be sure to pick this issue up tomorrow at your local comic shop, through a licensed digital comics retailer, or via the Seibertron.com eBay store.

Transformers News: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Transformers News: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Transformers News: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Transformers News: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

Transformers News: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9

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Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119620)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 2:44pm CDT
That dialogue almost seems to be mocking the plot of The Agenda. It isn't really a good idea to poke fun at something of higher quality.

Speaking of which, after last issue, I really need to stop reading the letters page. Someone comparing the dialogue of Dinobot in this to Code of Hero. Which there isn't even a subjective comparison to be made. It just reads as "tell us you're a shill, without telling us you're a shill".
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119621)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 2:51pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:That dialogue almost seems to be mocking the plot of The Agenda. It isn't really a good idea to poke fun at something of higher quality.
To be fair, the characters in the show called Megatron's plan "madness" too.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119622)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 2:55pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:That dialogue almost seems to be mocking the plot of The Agenda. It isn't really a good idea to poke fun at something of higher quality.
To be fair, the characters in the show called Megatron's plan "madness" too.


True. But Megs himself rationalised it as: 'The ultimate risk... for the ultimate prize!' He knew what was at stake. But the benefits outweighed the potential drawbacks.

Always lamented the backtrack on that cliffhanger. Season 3 could have been so much more interesting. Set within a dystopian, alternate future >:oP
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119624)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:07pm CDT
Would have been hard to sell the toys that were already in production at that point though :lol:

I don't mind them poking fun at it. Might mean they're making more changes then we think.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119625)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:08pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:That dialogue almost seems to be mocking the plot of The Agenda. It isn't really a good idea to poke fun at something of higher quality.
To be fair, the characters in the show called Megatron's plan "madness" too.


True. But Megs himself rationalised it as: 'The ultimate risk... for the ultimate prize!' He knew what was at stake. But the benefits outweighed the potential drawbacks.
Yet, he admitted to himself the enormity of what it entailed and, in his hesitance, held off going through with it until all of his other options were exhausted.

AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Always lamented the backtrack on that cliffhanger. Season 3 could have been so much more interesting. Set within a dystopian, alternate future >:oP
We got that dystopian future. It was called Beast Machines. :-D
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119626)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:14pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Yet, he admitted to himself the enormity of what it entailed and, in his hesitance, held off going through with it until all of his other options were exhausted.


If not for Blackarachnia, it might have paid off too.

Sabrblade wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Always lamented the backtrack on that cliffhanger. Season 3 could have been so much more interesting. Set within a dystopian, alternate future >:oP
We got that dystopian future. It was called Beast Machines. :-D


Image

Touché :APPLAUSE:


ZeroWolf wrote:Would have been hard to sell the toys that were already in production at that point though :lol:


To be fair, looking at how different the TM 2 line was. It wouldn't have been too far a leap to assume that was the "alternate" cast of Season 3. There was no Primal in that line, after all.

ZeroWolf wrote:I don't mind them poking fun at it. Might mean they're making more changes then we think.


Cynically, I'd say that is a nod to the fans. With a realisation this series won't last long enough to reach that point.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119628)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:23pm CDT
Only IDW would know that, unless they make their sales figures public.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119631)
Posted by primalxconvoy on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:36pm CDT
Oh dear, we're back to "this" type of aesthetics now, are we? Perhaps this is the "dystopian" future mentioned in a post or two above?
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119632)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:39pm CDT
Indeed. I just sighed when I saw the preview. The idea I opted for a while back IE a different artist per arc, could have been a much better way to go. Unfortunately, instead, we are back to Beast Wars Roar
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119633)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:44pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Yet, he admitted to himself the enormity of what it entailed and, in his hesitance, held off going through with it until all of his other options were exhausted.


If not for Blackarachnia, it might have paid off too.
He would have been better off not going through with it. The future without the timestorm ever happening at all would have yielded him a better conquest of Cybertron, this time with Predacons instead of Vehicons, and which would have lasted for years with Predacons hunting down and executing hapless Maximals before they'd finally give a more concerted fightback years after Megatron took over. Megatron's timestorm in the past changed all that and resulted in the Vehicon-takeover and Spark War instead.

AllNewSuperRobot wrote:To be fair, looking at how different the TM 2 line was. It wouldn't have been too far a leap to assume that was the "alternate" cast of Season 3. There was no Primal in that line, after all.
There is no way Mainframe would have taken the existing cast they spent two seasons developing and discarded them for all-new people. Especially since that would have required creating completely brand new CG models for everyone when they were trying to save every buck they could when making the ones they already had (Tigatron and Blackarachnia being modified from Cheetor and Tarantulas, Ravage being modified from TM Cheetor w/ Tigatron's head, etc.).

AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Cynically, I'd say that is a nod to the fans. With a realisation this series won't last long enough to reach that point.
In that interview I mentioned Burnham saying that Razorbeast was originally gonna be someone else that Hasbro vetoed, Burnham also revealed that the Ark and its occupants are currently "not on the table" for this series.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119635)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:52pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote: Megatron's timestorm in the past changed all that and resulted in the Vehicon-takeover and Spark War instead.

Which he would have won, if had just killed Primal & co outright. When he first took control of Cybertron.

Sabrblade wrote:There is no way Mainframe would have taken the existing cast they spent two seasons developing and discarded them for all-new people. Especially since that would have required creating completely brand new CG models for everyone when they were trying to save every buck they could when making the ones they already had (Tigatron and Blackarachnia being modified from Cheetor and Tarantulas, Ravage being modified from TM Cheetor w/ Tigatron's head, etc.).


The eternal noose around the show's neck - the budget. Hence no Coneheads for the Nemesis finale.

Sabrblade wrote:Burnham also revealed that the Ark and its occupants are currently "not on the table" for this series.


That would lead me to believe this series has a predefined length of time attached to it, assigned by Hasbro. Given the Beast Wars show narrative pivoted entirely in that direction for Season Two.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119636)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 3:57pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:That would lead me to believe this series has a predefined length of time attached to it, assigned by Hasbro. Given the Beast Wars show narrative pivoted entirely in that direction for Season Two.
Twelve issues is the current plan, with more to come should the series do well enough.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119637)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:00pm CDT
Oh I see, one more arc I imagine? If only 12 ends up being the case, a third artist would have been a really good idea.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119638)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:14pm CDT
Was there any clues to who the vetoed character was?
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119639)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:18pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Was there any clues to who the vetoed character was?
No clue. Burnham wasn't allowed to say who it was nor what their beast mode was since that would have given away its identity.

The only BW character that comes to mind that I could see Hasbro putting their foot down on is BW Grimlock, but it's fun to wonder if it could have been someone without any ties to G1.

I guess we'll have to see what kind of role Razorbeast plays. If he emerges from his pod a newly born Maximal, that'll make it harder to figure out who he replaced. But if he emerges as a preexisting person from Cybertron who was put into stasis, that might make it easier.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119640)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:29pm CDT
I see, thanks Sabrblade. In some cases, if the comic survives past 12, it'd be good to see more toy only characters. There shouldn't be that many that hasbro say no to, other then the magnaboss combiner of course, if the bw grimlock theory holds true.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119641)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:39pm CDT
We did get Magnaboss Ironhide in the first issue.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119642)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 26th, 2021 @ 4:42pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:We did get Magnaboss Ironhide in the first issue.

I did mean more of the ongoing cast.
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119648)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on October 26th, 2021 @ 6:47pm CDT
Glad to see Burcham back, love his art.

I'm hoping the 1st TPB comes out soon. I am eager to actually read the whole first arc proper
Re: Five Page Preview of IDW Beast Wars #9 (2119658)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 26th, 2021 @ 7:11pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Always lamented the backtrack on that cliffhanger. Season 3 could have been so much more interesting. Set within a dystopian, alternate future >:oP
We got that dystopian future. It was called Beast Machines. :-D


pic

Touché :APPLAUSE:
In fact, now that I think about it, if one were to jump immediately from watching "The Agenda (Part III)" to "The Reformatting" and "Master of the House", that would kinda feel like history was rewritten, with only Blackarachnia being chummy with the Maximals and Megatron's dragon mode unexplained but which be written off as part of the history rewrite.

Of course, later episodes directly calling back to BW season 3 ruin this, but still. ;)

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