IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

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The second massive, in both significance and size, Transformers comics from IDW Publishing this week is the conclusion to the series that started it all, 30 years ago. Take a look at the full preview for Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review!

Transformers Regeneration One #100—GEM OF THE MONTH
Simon Furman (w) • Andrew Wildman & Guido Guidi (a) • Andrew Wildman, Guidi (c)
THE GREATEST ENEMY... the greatest challenge... shall come from within. And there will be an ending. This is it, the battle the TRANSFORMERS must win, and yet dare not. The original and founding TRANSFORMERS comic comes to an epic and giant-sized conclusion, with all-out battle on CYBERTRON. Or should that be “Cybertrons”? Shocks, surprises, guest stars and more. It may be a cliché, but this one really does have it all.
FC • 48 pages • $5.99

Bullet points:
- The soul-shattering conclusion to the 100-issue original TRANSFORMERS EPIC!
- Variant Cover by Herb Trimpe!
- Variant Cover by Geoff Senior!


Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

Transformers News: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview

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Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558432)
Posted by skyshadowprimus on March 18th, 2014 @ 4:06am CDT
I've seen a lot of chatter on other message boards and other sources about one theory that I never considered but now with this preview it seems much more likely.

The "Primus" that appeared to Hot Rod and gave him the information and supposedly helped him become Prime now appears to have been the Dark Matrix entity itself.

This certainly throws a whole new slant on things as if it wasn't Primus trying to help then perhaps the threat of doom isn't exactly as it was foretold (don't get me wrong I still feel that some apocalypse is coming)

Only reason I can think for this creature telling all this to Hot Rod is that it needed Galvatron and it needed Spike so telling the bots about them did his bidding and got them on the hunt for them.

As for turning Hot Rod into Prime, might have had something to do with Cybertron under threat and needing the planet in one piece, as well as Thunderwing still being a vessel of Matrix energy that might have affected its ability to possess the Primus chamber.

To what end for all these things I do not know beyond that it wants to enter the multiverse but I'm more curious than ever to see how this whole thing pans out.

One more sleep to go....
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558440)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 18th, 2014 @ 5:48am CDT
I really hope this story gets wrapped up as best as it can be in 32 pages. Otherwise it would have been a waste of time and characters we (or I, at least) held dear for 25 years, as they were what introduced me to Transformers.

I am also curious to see where this leads, what happened to Cybertron while the Autobots were gone. Also, that variant cover with Optimus and Rodimus facing off? Definitely can't wait for that.

So hopefully this won't be a massive disappointment after nearly 2 years of hype and publishing 22 issues. It certainly has been on the downward spiral since almost the get-go. But maybe that's jut because my expectations were a bit high. Obviously, Furman isn't as good as he used to be.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558495)
Posted by Va'al on March 18th, 2014 @ 10:49am CDT
We posted the preview to the final issue of ReGeneration One earlier today. Now take a look below to see what some of its creators have to say about tomorrow's #100, including Simon Furman and Stephen Baskerville, and more to come from Wildman, Bove and maybe others!

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Simon Furman wrote:It’s the end of an era. After 30 years and 100 (or so) somewhat interrupted issues, the founding/grounding Transformers saga reaches its epic conclusion. RG1 #100 (#100 in a four-issue limited series!) hits the stands this Wednesday (March 19th), and one way or another it is, definitively, the end. Storylines years in the making are wrapped up as the full extent of the threat to Cybertron (or is that Cybertrons?) is revealed. Of course, I’m not going to spoil anything here. Just to say that this is a conclusion not just to Regeneration One, but to the whole 100 (or so) issue saga. Seeds of this were sown waaay back, and while the substance of the overall threat has become more all-encompassing in the intervening years (between when the original series finished back in 1991 and RG1 starting up), the basic premise is what I was always pushing towards. Hopefully, it all ties together pretty nicely. But I’ll leave that for you, the reader, to judge. What I can reveal is that as well as three titanic Transformers artists (Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior and Guido Guidi) combining their talents for #100, there’s a host of bonus material, including afterwords, bonus art, and a special prose story that deals with another layer of the conclusion we simply didn’t have room for in the main story (and come with a nifty illustration by JP). It’s a no ads, cover to cover, giant-sized fest of RG1 goodness. Don’t miss it. BTW, if you’re in or around London on March 29th, come to Orbital Comics and get your copy signed by (virtually) the whole team — myself, Andrew, Geoff, JP, Stephen and Jason.


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Stephen Baskerville wrote:TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #100 OUT THIS WEEK!
And now the end is here, and so we face the final hurtin’.
Yup. It had to be. The final ever TRANSFORMERS G1 story is here, as a saga that took over 25 years to tell concludes this issue.
We’ve all had such a great time reviving the classic Marvel title for IDW, and I think the hardcore fans will not be disappointed with the climax to this series. We have the TF dream team all in one comic -- SIMON FURMAN, ANDREW WILDMAN, GUIDO GUIDO, GEOFF SENIOR, JOHN-PAUL BOVE, CHRIS MOWRY, JOHN BARBER, CHRIS RYALL, JASON CARDY, JOSH BURCHAM... oh, and that no-goof fink STEPHEN BASKERVILLE! An extended-length story is rounded out with lots of fun extras you won’t want to miss. We’ve really pulled out all the stops to make this a special one, as a big thank-you to the many thousands of fans whose online campaign made this revival happen. And this one final time, instead of my usual sneak peek at some of the interior art, I’m posting this black and white version of my contribution to the added extras.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558503)
Posted by skyshadowprimus on March 18th, 2014 @ 11:49am CDT
Hurry up and be 8am tomorrow already so I can download this on comixology and get my fix
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558625)
Posted by Seibertron on March 18th, 2014 @ 9:19pm CDT
Can't wait to pick this up tomorrow after I drop my daughter off at school. :D
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558665)
Posted by Va'al on March 19th, 2014 @ 2:28am CDT
Insert Furmanism Here
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
THE GREATEST ENEMY... the greatest challenge... shall come from within. And there will be an ending. This is it, the battle the TRANSFORMERS must win, and yet dare not. The original and founding TRANSFORMERS comic comes to an epic and giant-sized conclusion, with all-out battle on CYBERTRON. Or should that be “Cybertrons”? Shocks, surprises, guest stars and more. It may be a cliché, but this one really does have it all.

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Here we go..


Story

30 years in the making, the final, 100th (sort of) instalment in what was supposed to be a 4 issue limited series is here. This week, today, it actually, well and truly, ends. Over, finished. Even the best ones do not want to live forever. How many more furmanisms can I slide into this review, you ask? Well, you'll have to read on to find out!

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I suppose we do, don't we?


So it's a bumper issue, and it follows Rodimus Prime as he travels, more or less figuratively, across Cybertron and the universe to figure out what exactly is going on with all the recent Jhiaxus/Matrix/Underbase/Primordials/Primus/Unicron?/42 business. And we finally see all the major players that have shown up in the last couple of years meet again, too.

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Spike included


But something's a little off, here. I can't exactly place my finger on it, but discussing it with other reviewers we all share the same sense of ..something not quite right. Simon Furman's writing has nothing to do with it, the dialogue flows nicely, the captions work, the exposition works. But I was not a fan of the story.

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A Prime number of Primes!


There are redeeming qualities, definitely, with the multiverse concept showing up again, some good character moments with favourites, some nice dialogue between key players and loose ends, mostly, tied up. And yet..

Art

What do we have in terms of art for this special issue? Three artists: the one who started it when it ended, Andrew Wildman; the one who did things in betweem, Geoff Senior; the one who did the end when it bagan, Guido Guidi. And while the latter and first do an amazing, as expected job, I had some minor gripes with Senior's take on some characters. I like his art, but for some reason it did not work over an extended sequence in here. It fit some of the parts, but not others - the Dark Matrix creature in his touch was great though!

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Creepy? Creepy


And you know the ridiculous part? John-Paul Bove is colouring all three of them, again. Yes, Stephen Baskerville does the inks for Wildman and Guidi, and does them well, but still, three different styles, same magistry of colour magic - just as he's been doing for the entire run. It's seriously impressive, even with the help of unsung heroes like Ed Pirrie, who had a hand in some of the issues.

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Yep, still the skies


Chris Mowry is on letters one last time, too, and there's definitely a lot to work with, between explosions, lasers and punches - he does it well. The usual suspects make up the cover roster, with Wildman and Jason Cardy on A, Guidi on B, Senior and Josh Burcham on RI (thumbnail), Robert Atkins, Juan Castro and Romulo Fajardo Jr on the Subscription variant and a special edition with Wildman, Baskerville and Bove. Take your pick, they're all pretty good!

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

And so we're left here, with the final issue of a 100 (and a little more) strong run of Marvel then IDW comics, starting all the way back in the 80s, ending on the 30th anniversary of the franchise - and I feel sad. Sad because it lacked the bite of some of the later issues in the ReGeneration run. Sad because it probably could've done more. Sad because, good or bad, it's over.

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Yup


It's a conflicted book, and I'm conflicted in my opinion. In fact, so conflicted that I won't give this a grading at all. In the overall run, I don't think it was the best ending possible. But it was a decent ending in terms of closing down and burning all bridges (except one, at the very very end..), and it touched upon a lot of themes that are being discussed with other IDW titles, as its legacy. It addressed some of them, glossed over others, but it tried dealing with it.

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Curtain call


What was really nice to see and read were the single extras by most of the creative team, from Simon Furman's Foreword to the afterwords by Furman, Bove, Wildman, and the art by Bove, Cardy and Baskerville. The dedication that the team, including editors John Barber and Chris Ryall, has put into this has been impressive to behold, and touching, from beginning to end. And it's worth remembering that. You wouldn't believe the things they did, but they did them. Round of applause.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558700)
Posted by ScottyP on March 19th, 2014 @ 8:59am CDT
I'll give it a score: Negative Two Waspinators out of a possible 5 Autobot Symbols.

It's only that high because of the (mostly) good art and competent writing. Plot is that lacking. Just, ugh. So bad. If anyone out there enjoys the book, hey, cool, but I did not.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558703)
Posted by Va'al on March 19th, 2014 @ 9:08am CDT
We posted words by Simon Furman and Stephen Baskerville yesterday, commenting on the arrival of the final issue of ReGeneration One (for which you can find a review here). Artist Andrew Wildman hasalso taken some time to jot down comments on Facebook, and even uploaded a video of himself drawing pages from the issue! Check it all out below.



RIP G1.
It finally ends. 30 years in the making. The conclusion to one of the greatest epics in popular culture reaches its end with The Transformers ReGeneration One issue 100 (in a four issue limited series)
I would have loved to have drawn the whole series but had to step away for a while. Great to have Guido Guidi step up to the plate for the rest of the series and great to have Guido, Geoff Senior and myself team up to pencil the final issue. Many thanks for Simon Furman's words, Stephen Baskerville's inks, John-Paul Bove's colours, Jason Cardy's cover colours, John Barber's patience and to all the fans for making this project happen in the first place and for coming along for this amazing journey.
And as a little treat, here is me pencilling my final page. Yes, I really am that fast.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558723)
Posted by DaRonin on March 19th, 2014 @ 10:40am CDT
But something's a little off, here. I can't exactly place my finger on it, but discussing it with other reviewers we all share the same sense of ..something not quite right.


Yah, its missing something. The or two or three additional issues that really should have been used to tell this final story! Seriously, This series was the most horribly planned series ever. We got the first ten issues that felt like they could have been five, a following well done six issues, a following three that felt cramped and slightly rushed, and an expanded finale that really feels like its trying to cram four or five issues into one plus sized comic. I am going to say that I know dreamwave still gets kicked around for how poorly it planned its finances and management of its business, but that was a master class compared to how this series has been run.

Im really not sure who is too blame for this debale. Furman says he planned this all out and is satisfied with the finale. Then frankly, I'm glad hes been relegated to tertiary projects cuz his planning skills are degrading. I'm not even sure how the furmanites can defend this.

Im sounding harsher then I need to be. There is some decent stuff in this book, but its executed horribly, much of the plot is so poorly communicated it took a couple of read throughs before I got some of the key points. The final pages are sentimental enough and manage to pull a few heart strings. But the journey to get there, despite a few high points, is a jumbled, cramped, and cliche ridden (couldn't let it end without a "THIS ENDS NOW!" or "It never ends" could you Furman) mess. Id give it a two out of five, and say its time for Furman to walk away from transformers forever.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558778)
Posted by hinomars19 on March 19th, 2014 @ 3:43pm CDT
DaRonin wrote:Im really not sure who is too blame for this debale. Furman says he planned this all out and is satisfied with the finale. Then frankly, I'm glad hes been relegated to tertiary projects cuz his planning skills are degrading. I'm not even sure how the furmanites can defend this.


I haven't read a lot of his stuff in a long time, but if nobody minds I'd like to put across an (educated) theory; It seems to me Mr. Furman is perhaps a concepts man. The man has them in spades, but that does not technically make him a writer in terms of comic books. Writers are people who tell a story, not think them up. I say this because I worked (rather irritatingly) with a guy who had good ideas, and pulled concepts from out of nowhere that should have worked, but in his own hands they simply didn't. He had no idea of pacing or storytelling. I worked with him on creating the story boards, then tweaked them myself after. It was never going to be great, and I'm certainly not putting myself forward as the best man for this job,but I had to improve it somewhat to get it to a more acceptable and coherent level within the workings of comics. sadly he had too big an ego. I cannot compare this man to Mr. Furman. But, maybe there is a chance that that is what is happening here. Furman is double dipping on what maybe needed a 2 man job.

I could of course be talking out of my own backside, and I do not mean to profess this as fact (my own experience is all I can talk from) But I was a fan of many of Mr. Furman's concepts even as a child, however, how it is put across can sometimes feel tedious (?) I have seen a lot of people's thoughts on his latest comics, and this is the impression I get from them.

I mean no disrespect to the man here. He has done a lot for TF comics, and I really want to read re-gen. In fact I want to re-visit all 80 original issues, since my childhood was a mishap of U.S/ UK stories spread over what issues my newsagent actually cared to carry.

Like I say, just a theory.

(also, please do not be alarmed I speak so freely of a project I worked on. It was a small company that ultimately never reached the bookshelves that circulated very limitedly via conventions. It is also long dead. The man in question is also now a good friend :) and was the first person I expressed this opinion to ;) )
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558788)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 19th, 2014 @ 4:31pm CDT
Wow. Talk about lacking. This ending was thoroughly disappointing. All I can think of, it tried to do too much in too little time and comic book space. it would have been much better if Furman kept the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons, and not dragged all kinds of mystical crap into it. The Dark Matrix creature felt too much like a rip-off from the Swarm in G2. I can't help but think this was Furman's 2nd attempt at a G2-ish story, considering Jhiaxus's presence as well. I am grateful I finally got to see Rodimus Prime on the comic book pages (never read UK) but even that felt like it was somewhat fake and hollow. Basically he was tricked by the dark creature into becoming a Prime. Also, as with pretty much all other conflicts in Regeneration, the fights were very anticlimactic. This was a story that should have been more fleshed out and given more comic book space. I like both Scorponok and Grimlock, but their story arc was practically unnecessary. Those were 5 issues that could have been spent on this main story. I really had high hopes for this, and was so disappointed by this ending. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I believe, and Furman dropped the ball, big time. He's nowhere near what he used to be. Maybe it's time to put away the typewriter, Simon? Or, better yet, dust it off. Because, it seems, back in the day when you had to use a typewriter, you had much better and more coherent material. At least half of this series made no sense. I was stoked to see a continuation of my favorite continuity, but I am thoroughly disheartened to see it run into the ground so badly.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558791)
Posted by Bounti76 on March 19th, 2014 @ 4:37pm CDT
Okay....I read it as soon as it came out, and here are my thoughts..

1. The finale seemed rushed. This last story arc should have ended with Jhiaxus' defeat and then a new, maybe smaller arc should have begun to tell this story and give our 'Bots the send off they deserved. Just because 100 is a good round number, it doesn't mean that it needed to stop right at 100.

2. I'm disappointed that beyond Iguanus, we don't find out (in the main story) who was turned into shadow-leeches on Cybertron, and also, who survived all the battles and made the final exodus from Cybertron in the end.

3. I'm disappointed that Fort Max gets a one panel appearance and is brought down by a few shots from Kup. I wanted a better ending for him. And since when is he un-saveable? I can understand that the shadow-leeches mayhave been reconfigured or transformed beyond saving, but Fort max was merely possessed by the Dark Matrix Creature, who was, in the end, defeated and sealed in Zero Space.

4. While I LOVED the artwork and the scenes of an ancient Rodimus Prime on Cybertron, I wish there had been more finality than just "we spread peace to the stars and then died out." I understand that, in this story, this reality had to be cut off from the multiverse in order for the rest of the multiverse to survive and thrive without the taint of the Dark Matrix Creature, but how does that prevent new Transformer life from happening? As Rodimus Prime finally dies and the Matrix energy his body possessed washed over the planet, it opened the pods the Demons sealed themselves in and a new form of Transformer life was born.
I mean... Rodimus Prime DID still have a Matrix, right? So couldn't new Transformers have been built and given life via that Matrix? Why did the whole race of them have to die off?

5. The after-story with Ravage was VERY cool. I wish little prose stories like that would pop up for all the Transformers, detailing what happened with those left on Cybertron before the Dark-Matrix Creature took over. It only briefly mentions Soundwave and ALL his cassettes and partners (Wingthing), and says they were all turned into shadow-leeches.

6. Interesting to note that among the 'bots killed in this issue are Slingshot, Streetwise and Scattershot...so no more Autobot combiners, as one from each of the G1 combiners was killed (though Lightspeed and Nosecone may have been killed by Demons earlier).

So....a rather depressing ending for a series I've loved since childhood. Some really well done stuff (art, final scenes with Rodimus Prime and on Earth and Nebulos), and some okay stuff, but mostly, it felt rushed and not a real "happy" ending to it all. It seemed more crafted as a story in general rather than a love story/swan song to the longest running series in Transformerdom

:BOT: :BOT: 1/2 out of :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: :BOT:
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558844)
Posted by DaRonin on March 19th, 2014 @ 9:09pm CDT
hinomars19 wrote:
DaRonin wrote:Im really not sure who is too blame for this debale. Furman says he planned this all out and is satisfied with the finale. Then frankly, I'm glad hes been relegated to tertiary projects cuz his planning skills are degrading. I'm not even sure how the furmanites can defend this.


I haven't read a lot of his stuff in a long time, but if nobody minds I'd like to put across an (educated) theory; It seems to me Mr. Furman is perhaps a concepts man. The man has them in spades, but that does not technically make him a writer in terms of comic books. Writers are people who tell a story, not think them up. I say this because I worked (rather irritatingly) with a guy who had good ideas, and pulled concepts from out of nowhere that should have worked, but in his own hands they simply didn't. He had no idea of pacing or storytelling. I worked with him on creating the story boards, then tweaked them myself after. It was never going to be great, and I'm certainly not putting myself forward as the best man for this job,but I had to improve it somewhat to get it to a more acceptable and coherent level within the workings of comics. sadly he had too big an ego. I cannot compare this man to Mr. Furman. But, maybe there is a chance that that is what is happening here. Furman is double dipping on what maybe needed a 2 man job.


I think you've hit the nail on the head. I think back in the G1 era when furman was working closely with Wildman and Senior, his stuff was more solid and well thought out since he had two of his mates to bounce ideas off of. Ditto for G2. His Dreamwave stuff is Generally solid since he was working with what the company was mandating, But then we get to his IDW stuff where he is usually working on his own, and thats where he seems to stumble. His "Ation" story arc was slow, muddled, bland, and cliche ridden. I like many of the ideas, but the execution was horrible. The majority of his Spotlights were plodding and overwritten. Its amazing how much of a walking cliche his SixShot is, yet when the character showed up in the Metroplex spotlight he was so much more likeable and amusing.

Then we have ReGen One. Am I the only one who caught some of the continuity errors from the first arc? Zombiecon Pretenters that were in the ark Due to damage from underbase powered Starscream? Seriously? And I dont mind Furman retconning things, like by making Grimlock out to be something of a Jerk in picking who did and didn't get a nucleon shot, but if Grimlock was being picky... explain Megatron being revived to me than. If you're gonna retcon, don't go halfway. And one more thing, if Circut Smasher has enough power to make Optimus Prime scream like he's being prison raped, how is it that in twenty years, he was never sent on an assassination mission to take out megatron personally? Seriously, why is this not addressed?

And I've said it before, I'll say it again. Regen 1 has been the lowest point of Optimus Primes tenure as a mechanical Superhero. Yes, Im taking into account Afterdeath, the Armada series, the G1 Cartoon, and the Bayverse.

And then there is the last what, eight pages being taken up by contributors waxing all sentimental and a cover gallery? Look, I like fuzzy feely nostalgia as much as the next guy, and Im all for additional commentary, but this story is half baked already. Those pages could have been better used with further prose stories that fleshed out the story better.

In the end, Furmans passion for the story cant be disputed, but his objectivity and editing skills can. The guy seems to need people around him to keep him on point and call him on his BS in order to end up with a great story. The guy's put out good stuff before, most of G2, War Within and Worlds Collide being good examples. But this, was a big fumble on his part. hopefully next transformers story he writes, he gets stuck with an editor that can keep him in line.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1558859)
Posted by hinomars19 on March 19th, 2014 @ 10:22pm CDT
DaRonin wrote:In the end, Furmans passion for the story cant be disputed, but his objectivity and editing skills can. The guy seems to need people around him to keep him on point and call him on his BS in order to end up with a great story. The guy's put out good stuff before, most of G2, War Within and Worlds Collide being good examples. But this, was a big fumble on his part. hopefully next transformers story he writes, he gets stuck with an editor that can keep him in line.


I think this is pretty true of most writers/ creatives. We get stuck on our own ideas too often, you get blinkered. Things like this don't always come from lack of skill. Quite the opposite really.
A problem can also arise when a creative, hard nosed person like Furman is put into a pre-existing box. From a Marvel point of view, I think Mr.Furman truly does feel that Transformers is, for the most part his own-and that has lead to a lot of positives. He doesn't see them as robots to be marketed to children in a toy aisle. They have lives and characters-BUT TF as a whole is a franchise that exists outside of him. Furman was put into a pre-existing box, even if he is responsible for shaping a lot of the contents, he was working with materials not his own. That can restrict a man that has ideas, and sometimes it is possible to over saturate something with stuff that has no business being in the greater whole. Beast Machines is a good example of that. Beast Wars re-invented and added a new grain of substance to the franchise. Fresh minds and ideas saved Transformers, but the creative streak in the BM people took it too outside of things.
It sounds bad to say, but sometimes a creative person can have too many ideas. Maybe the restrictive number of issues given to re-gen was a factor. Perhaps Simon Furman isn't a man who can write small. Maybe he simply got sidelined by too many things and isn't one to mercilessly leave things on the cutting room floor. It is possible to love your creation a little too much. Stepping back can be tricky. Maybe that adds to the pacing issues?

I really hope to get my hands on all 80 issues, plus Re-gen, because regardless of any negatives it has garnered, it sounds interesting, it no doubt carries good ingredients perhaps best tasted alone even though the whole pie leaves a bad taste (Beast Machines again) and let's face it, it's history! :D
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Posted by Quint on March 19th, 2014 @ 11:57pm CDT
So much exposition. And possibly a bit of the ol' Deus Ex Machina to boot. Maybe. Too harsh?

the magic sword, the Hot Rod army, the immune Grimlock none of it felt earned.

Maybe it'll sit better on another read, another time. Not sure I'll go to the Furman issue 100 signing in London now, my 'tutting' and disappointed head-shaking may make it awkward whilst he's doing my inscription. Lulz.
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Posted by Henry921 on March 20th, 2014 @ 5:43am CDT
Spectacular. But exposition happy. Too exposition happy. So much so we had to rush to the epilogue and shoe-horn in Ravage out of nowhere, seemingly for no other reason than nostalgia for old comics (and comic covers!).

But mostly high points for me. I liked the epilogue a lot more than I anticipated. I liked the revelation about the Dark Matrix and the final result of cutting off from the multiverse. About as much finality as you can get in TF fiction these days.

But then... it never ends.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1561809)
Posted by Va'al on April 1st, 2014 @ 10:54am CDT
We have seen a couple of words by various comics creators once IDW Publishing's Transformers: ReGeneration One #100 hit a couple of weeks ago - but here is another, by artist Andrew Wildman on his personal blog. Read on below!

So there we are. The end. The End? They always said ‘It Never Ends’ and for Transformers that seems to be true. But for the Original Transformers storyline/continuity it very definitely has. Issue 100 of that seminal book final hit the stands on Wednesday 19th March. A very significant day for all those legions of people who, over the last thirty years, have enjoyed the ups and downs of the world of Autobots and Decepticons. After the hiatus of some twenty years it was a privilege to be involved in the continuation of The Transformers (not sure when the The was dropped) With the IDW book, Transformers Regeneration One. When it all finally ended I thought it would be great to write a piece about what it has been like for me to be involved in the book. After all, for many it is who I am. But rather than write one final farewell – which I did for issue 100 – I thought I would get some thoughts down as and when they occur. This is the first of those;

For me it started out as just another comics gig. A book that I knew nothing about and that only felt like a stepping stone onto other books. I wanted to draw Superheroes. This is something that I have mentioned in many interviews and Q&As. I was happy to be working for Marvel Comics but I didn’t want to do toy books. I wanted to draw Spider-Man and all the other characters that I had grown up with. At that time I guess I had been reading comics for, say, 20 years. When I consider that that was about 26 years ago it really does create context. Transformers have been a part of my life for longer than Marvel had at that point. Transformers has been there for all but a couple of years of my professional life as a comic artist. Its fair to say that without Transformers I would probably be yet another casualty of the big comics crash in the mid nineties. Many of us working in the comics industry back then were hanging on by our fingernails as we saw title after title get cancelled. Same happened to me. My final book for Marvel was the final issue of Force Works. I felt like it was unfinished business at Marvel but it was time to get out as the empire crumbled around us all. That is when I moved – sideways I guess – into Computer Game design and TV concept work and storyboarding. Things have been great for me in those areas but it is as a result of working on Transformers for Marvel and more recently for IDW that has enabled me to have a presence at some amazing conventions and that is great. So Transformers, it was very definitely time to move on. Time to draw a line under that work. But I salute you. Without you I wonder what life would look like now.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1561852)
Posted by Amelie on April 1st, 2014 @ 2:36pm CDT
Those who know me will be very aware I'm an extreme G1 (80s) enthusiast, but I will say this about RegenerationOne.

I'm very glad its put an "end" to G1 and really do think its time for Transformers to move on from that. There's more to Transformers than Optimus Prime, Megatron, Grimlock and Starscream ECT. I really hope that in the future, we will see Hasbro create a new series of Transformers, filled with new characters for a generation of kids to fall in love with and expand our [the fans] eyes.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1561867)
Posted by jamarmiller on April 1st, 2014 @ 3:26pm CDT
I dont know, My boy who is 5 loves g1, its all new to him. I dont see a problem with keeping g1 alive at all.

My boy has all the characters from the g1 show ( season 1 and 2 and will be getting the rest as we progress ) with the help of encore, CHUG, MIMB from my collection ect.

Its not like they change batman, superman, ect, they keep them basically the same but keep telling more stories with them.

Dont get me wrong, I like a new character and concepts being introduced but theres no reason to shelve G1. It still resonates with kids now, or at least it does my son.
Re: IDW Transformers: Regeneration One #100 Preview (1561907)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on April 1st, 2014 @ 7:22pm CDT
Looks like they kind of "Ultimate Marveled" the G1 comic book universe.

Why is this considered "The End of Generation 1" anyway? G1 was more than just the Marvel comic series, which has always been its own beast apart from the original cartoon and animated Movie, Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and any of the additions and extensions made through Japanese media to the franchise. Plus, the ongoing IDW series are all considered G1 (though a reboot). Is this "The End" because Furman thinks he's the only Transformers writer who counts? I agree, the man has had some very interesting and bold ideas, but he's not a master of the written word. His cliché-ridden dialogue was so pervasive, a new English word (Furmanism) had to be created. Furman is starting to come off just a bit conceited to me.

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