IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez

IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez

Friday, June 9th, 2017 7:00am CDT

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From Vince Brusio of Previews World, we have some more information about the upcoming IDW Publishing Hasbro Universe event First Strike - which will apparently change the concept of shared universe even further - courtesy of an interview with the two writers Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez! The full piece can be read here, but some relevant snippets (such as who is directly involved, and what is the role played by Joe Colton in it all) are copied below - check them out, and beware that some spoilers for current stories are present!

Vince Brusio: What core idea helped to first strike sparks for this story? How did the concept of this Hasbro crossover first begin, and then grow to the point where it took two writers to make it all fit?

Mairghread Scott: The core concept is two-fold: IDW and Hasbro very much wanted G.I. Joe on Cybertron – a fight so big it dragged all the other Hasbro brands into it, and that idea is super-fun! The two franchises have a long history together and it’s definitely something I was interested in exploring. But I wanted to bring a second, more personal, layer to the story and so we hit on our central theme. Scarlett, the head of G.I. Joe is now being pitted against her own mentor, Joe Colton, who seems to be hell-bent on dragging Earth into an interplanetary war!

So it’s not just a question of saving the Transformers, or saving all of Earth, it’s also a question of saving one man in the midst of this who means the world to you. Is it really Colton doing this? Could he be brainwashed or coerced? If not, can he be redeemed? That balance is one we’re really striving for in this book. Big action, but with a big heart behind it.

David Rodriguez: It gives the entire story a great, emotional core. We’re all for piles of ninjas (so many ninjas) and explosions, but having this conflict that the series pivots on grounds it in stakes that are relatable on a human level. And to make matters more interesting, Colton is not a supervillain with a grandiose or cartoonish plan. He is thoughtful, tactical and incredibly dangerous. He’s spent years planning and assembling the execution of this mission. And Scarlett knows that Colton would not have pulled the trigger unless he knew he had a reasonable shot at pulling this off. So even though the Transformers think the humans pose little to no threat to Cybertron, the reality is that the entire planet is in very real and immediate danger.

[...]

Mairghread Scott: Well, fighting global genocide should never take away from petty squabbling. Naturally our primary heroes (Scarlett and her team from G.I. Joe, Matt and Gloria from MASK, Soundwave and Optimus from Transformers) get along fairly well, they’re not without conflict. Lady Jaye throws a lot of shade at people and Soundwave is not a fan of humans, but his character is weirdly adorable. (He’s really trying to be respectful of these vastly inferior, squishable things but…ugh.)

On the bad guys’ side, keeping competing minds like Storm Shadow from GI Joe and Shazraella from Micronauts (who gets a big upgrade in our story) together is a tall order. Miles Mayhem totally lives up to his name and it’s a joy to write whenever he gets cut down a peg. But they’re not the only people causing trouble. Elita One ends up throwing a wrench in everyone’s works when she steamrolls in with her own agenda. Let’s just say she makes Starscream seem like an upright citizen.

David Rodriguez: The twins (Skyburst and Stormclash) might be my new favorites. I wasn't really familiar with them before the series, but after researching them and seeing them in action in the story I am totally smitten. They have so much energy in their designs and personality that its hard not to enjoy every panel that they're on. But what is great about the human characters is that they hold their own in every scene. Any normal person would be dwarfed (in every sense) by the Transformers, but there really isn't anything “normal” about Scarlett and her team. They rise to the occasion and stand shoulder to shoulder with their robot allies. (Well, metaphorically. In the literal sense they sometimes stand on their shoulders. But that's purely tactical). The other duo that caught me by surprise are Stormshadow and Shaz. They need to have their own, buddy-villain, spin-off after this is said and done. Luckily vans and talking animals are easy to come by.


Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez

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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888210)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 9th, 2017 @ 7:06am CDT
Might wanna put that in spoiler tags, Va'al, considering it spoils the identity of Baron Ironblood.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888212)
Posted by Va'al on June 9th, 2017 @ 7:13am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Might wanna put that in spoiler tags, Va'al, considering it spoils the identity of Baron Ironblood.


Was already spoiled in previous news, and the tags don't show up on the front page due to formatting! It's.. frustrating, but I did warn against them in the write-up. :(
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888219)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on June 9th, 2017 @ 7:46am CDT
ugggghhhh, another crossover "mega-event" that de-rails the books i actually care about for 3-6 months and forces in characters that I just can't bring myself to care about.

IDW, please stop trying to be Marvel.

at least they're leaving Lost Light alone. RIP TAAO
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888220)
Posted by Kurona on June 9th, 2017 @ 7:49am CDT
Friggin' sweet, more of Elita One! She quickly became one of my faves in TAAO.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888918)
Posted by Va'al on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:33pm CDT
Courtesy of Newsarama, we have some more covers for the First Strike comics event happening with IDW Publishing as of this August/September, featuring a number of Hasbro Universe franchises - namely, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and M.A.S.K.. Check out the covers for issues #3 and #4 below!

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First Strike #3—Cover A: Freddie E. Williams II—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Secrets revealed! G.I. Joe, the Autobots and M.A.S.K. make their way to Cybertron to stop the siege and encounter the COBRA leader, but all is not as it seems! Will their arrival help—or just bring more disaster?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


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First Strike #3—Cover B: Max Dunbar
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


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First Strike #3—Cover C: Alex Ronald
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


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First Strike #3—Cover D: Rob Duenas


Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Rob Duenas (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/13/17


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*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free “Cartoon Noir” variant cover by Jay Fosgitt!
Order 25 copies, get on free variant cover by Davide Fabbri!
Order 50 copies, get one free variant cover by Leonardo Manco!
Order 50 copies of both issues #3 and #4 and get one free variant cover of issue #3 by Whilce Portacio!

Bullet points:
· The Hasbro comic book event of 2017 continues!
· G.I. Joe strikes back! So, I guess you could call this issue “SECOND STRIKE!”


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First Strike #4—Cover A: Freddie E. Williams II—SPOTLIGHT
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)
Captured by Transformers! Even with the Autobots on their side, G.I. Joe is in trouble! Starscream doesn’t trust anyone, much less armed humans who show up during Cybertron’s darkest hour and he’ll do anything he can to keep G.I. Joe under control—including let COBRA get even closer to their goal!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17


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First Strike #4—Cover B: Max Dunbar
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

First Strike #4—Cover C: Alex Ronald
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Alex Ronald (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

First Strike #4—Cover D: Rob Duenas
Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (w) • Max Dunbar (a) • Rob Duenas (c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 9/27/17

*Retailer incentives:
Order 10 copies, get one free “Cartoon Noir” variant cover by Jay Fosgitt!
Order 25 copies, get on free variant cover by Davide Fabbri!
Order 50 copies, get one free variant cover by Leonardo Manco!
Order 50 copies of both issues #3 and #4 and get one free variant cover of issue #3 by Whilce Portacio!

Bullet points:
· The Hasbro comic book crossover event of 2017 is here!
· Time is running out! It’s G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. vs. the Transformers vs. the other Transformers vs. COBRA!
· We’re in the home-stretch! It wouldn’t be hard to envision what is coming down the line! No tricks, no illusions, no holograms! So pony up because it is about to get wild! Okay, maybe not everything is part of the shared line, but some exciting stuff is! It’ll be a whole new status quo with all-new books!
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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888920)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:49pm CDT
...Huh. Maybe we were wrong about Baron Ironblood's identity.

BUT HEY LOOK GUYS, THE SOLSTAR ORDER! Nikomi, Q'b, and Blob Guy are here to help save Cybertron!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888921)
Posted by SG Roadbuster on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:56pm CDT
the max Dunbar cover......is that Antagony?
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888922)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:57pm CDT
Pretty sure that's the "upgraded" Shazraella.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888927)
Posted by Kurona on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:13pm CDT
Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888929)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:16pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888933)
Posted by Va'al on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:20pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888934)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 12th, 2017 @ 4:23pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.

Oh shoot, you're right! I'll be honest, I thought you guys were looking at the MASK characters for a second. In my defense, one of them was hidden in the corner of the art.

Well that's egg on my face.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1888993)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 12th, 2017 @ 7:24pm CDT
TAAO dies in 2 issues, LL has let me down tremendously, and then there is this scrap. in my opinion, ROM has done nothing for the story so far for me. He has made things annoying and not fun. His upcoming crossover with transformers, away from the main story, looks good, but otherwise he has been scrap.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889066)
Posted by Va'al on June 13th, 2017 @ 2:20am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:
Kurona wrote:Fat Tankor seems to be featuring heavily in these covers. I really hope he doesn't die.

...There aren't any Tankors on these covers.


I count two! One in #3 one in #4.

Oh shoot, you're right! I'll be honest, I thought you guys were looking at the MASK characters for a second. In my defense, one of them was hidden in the corner of the art.

Well that's egg on my face.


Naah, don't worry. *hands over napkin*
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889093)
Posted by Big Grim on June 13th, 2017 @ 5:51am CDT
Destro Vs Fat Tankor? Hah. Pound him into a silverstreaked puddle FT!
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889114)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on June 13th, 2017 @ 9:08am CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:TAAO dies in 2 issues, LL has let me down tremendously, and then there is this scrap. in my opinion, ROM has done nothing for the story so far for me. He has made things annoying and not fun. His upcoming crossover with transformers, away from the main story, looks good, but otherwise he has been scrap.

Rom is the greatest hero of our time and I WILL NOT STAND FOR SUCH SLANDER!

Also, I found this checklist for the First Strike event, as well as the upcoming titles. https://twitter.com/HasbroUPodcast/stat ... 9988284417

Nothing all that new apart from a mysterious "Classified" title that will be launching in December. Hopefully it's a revamped Revolutionaries, because that book is currently my favorite and I'm sad its ending.

EDIT: That checklist came from this preview for First Strike #0 (coming out tomorrow) on Bleeding Cool. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/13 ... -december/ Don't click on it if you don't want spoilers though.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889123)
Posted by Kurona on June 13th, 2017 @ 10:49am CDT
Well if we're talking purely about ROM's appearances in Transformers stories, aside from what amounted to a cameo in Revolutionaries his only appearance has been in Revolution so far, and... and yeah. No-one was portrayed well in that awful thing, and ROM's no exception.
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889124)
Posted by Va'al on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:07am CDT
Because some websites are more equal than others, Bleeding Cool have a full preview available for IDW Publishing's First Strike #0 comic, which is out this Wednesda for free and which kickstarts the whole event that will affect the Hasbro Universe in the comics - in spite of the regular IDW schedule and storylines, and straight up spoiling Revolutionaries. Also included in the preview is a checklist for all the comics taking part in the crossover, including a 'classified' title launching in December.

Fellow Seibertronian Daniel Adkins, also part of the Hasbro Universe Action and Adventure Podcast, has done some digging and figured out who the missing series might be about: the long-rumoured Visionaries. Check out the checklist and preview below!


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Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889126)
Posted by Kurona on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:27am CDT
"So that's what happened to Blitzwing"
Re: IDW Hasbro Universe First Strike - Interview with Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez (1889128)
Posted by leokearon on June 13th, 2017 @ 11:32am CDT
Still waiting for Zoids to come back

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