IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap

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IDW Transformers writer Simon Furman has updated his blog with another Script (W)Rap, and it's for ReGeneration One #99 (out next week)! Whet your appetite on the Furminator's words about what's about to go down, and come back a week from now for a preview - or check out the iTunes sneak peek here.

UPDATE – Hi all, I’ve been advised that this ship date (which I’m pretty sure I saw reported as the 19th earlier) has slipped to the 26th of Feb. So you got your Script (W)rap a week early!

“And so, the end is near.” Uh-huh… the honest-to-gosh, accept no substitutes penultimate issue of Transformers: Regeneration One is upon us. This week (Wednesday 19th February) sees the release of Transformers: Regeneration One #99, and what is truly the beginning of the end. We’re almost at the last hurdle, the reveal of the true force behind… well, a ton of stuff, both in Regeneration One and a clutch of the 80 issues that preceded it. But first, there’s a pretty monumental obstacle to overcome in the shape of Senator Jhiaxus and his new Cybertronian Empire. At this point, if you want to avoid even the very vanilla spoilers herein, cease and desist reading immediately. Otherwise, prepare for a truly desperate last tilt against impossible odds, as Rodimus Prime (surrender or no surrender) looks to scupper Jhiaxus’s plans for universal conformity and order. Elements in the mix that could just give him the means and opportunity for such a counter-offensive (elements Rodimus is not even aware of himself as we join the action) are a somewhat clandestine rearguard action set in motion by Kup (last issue) and the enduring/looming presence of Underbase, the collective pool of Cybertronian knowledge and experience that appears to have transcended its apparent destruction/death (in issue #50). What (or who) exactly lives on in the very heart of Starscream? And what can even it do against a foe that is legion? Also, because even all that is never enough, we learn more about the fate of Spike Witwicky (and the phenomena known as Zero Space), the Primordials reach an… evolution(?)… and the surviving humans bring out the big guns. And the true enemy is revealed. PHEW! And just for good measure, CRIKEY! Even I can’t bear to watch… (Look out for a full preview of the issue soon… I’ll update as and when that’s live and viewable).
Credit(s): Simon Furman
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Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553187)
Posted by skyshadowprimus on February 24th, 2014 @ 7:47am CST
It's monday so anytime soon we should have the full preview to keep us going until Wednesday (even though some lucky folks got this last week thanks to Amazon)

Not me I'm still waiting :(
Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553230)
Posted by Va'al on February 24th, 2014 @ 12:03pm CST
Preview will go up on Tuesday morning (UK time)/late night Monday (US time)! :D
Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553391)
Posted by Va'al on February 25th, 2014 @ 1:52am CST
This week with IDW Publishing brings us closer to the end of a long-spanning story, started all the way back in the Marvel days of Transformers - ReGeneration One #99 hits comic book stores and digital platforms this Wednesday (mostly). Check out a full preview below, and head back here tomorrow for the review! For more on the issue, take a look at Simon Furman's Script (W)Rap too, here.

[quote]Transformers Regeneration One #99
Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Andrew Wildman, Guidi (c)
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS! Can the Autobots prevail against JHIAXUS’ New Cybertronian Empire? The disastrous invasion ends in dramatic and shocking fashion with twists, shocks and surprises galore, and STARSCREAM right in the thick of things. Dark forces are stirring for the final chapter of the original TRANSFORMERS epic!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
- The COUNTDOWN to the concluding #100 continues—only 1 issue remains!
- Variant Cover by Geoff Senior![/quote]

Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553394)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on February 25th, 2014 @ 2:02am CST
Looks good. Can't wait to have it in my hands, I've been waiting for things to get ramped up a bit. Hopefully we see Shockwave kick some ass. And give the Dinobots something to do. Also, LOVE the Galvatron cover.
Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553624)
Posted by Va'al on February 26th, 2014 @ 1:42am CST

Closing In
(Spoiler free-ish)

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS! Can the Autobots prevail against JHIAXUS’ New Cybertronian Empire? The disastrous invasion ends in dramatic and shocking fashion with twists, shocks and surprises galore, and STARSCREAM right in the thick of things. Dark forces are stirring for the final chapter of the original TRANSFORMERS epic!

Meanwhile, at Hasbro HQ


We are really really almost there this time, with only one issue left after this. And with everything converging and clashing into a massive multidimensional mayhem muddle, readers are left to unravel the threads by themselves. Stream crossing allowed, but not recommended. Let's try making some sense of it.

Example 1: Mayhem

For those keeping count, we have the Dark Matrix Creature, Starscream/Underbase, Jhiaxus, Galvatron and Primus (or is it?), in terms of main plotlines, with most characters involved with Jhiaxus in the Hub Network, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus and Wreckers included. In fact, Starscream and Shockwave might be involved, too.


And if that aspect takes the main stage, it is also resolved way too quickly, with the secondary stories explored not as much in detail - though we do get to see a lot more of Spike, trapped in Zero and dealing with his own issues, and the Dinobots, still on Cybertron, still dealing with the Primordials, still not doing much, really.

Pffft. Was it inside him..?

While Simon Furman is clearly trying to make sure all ends meet, there is not enough space in these final issues to squeeze all the plots and characters and stories that have been, admittedly, slowly building up since #80.5. It's fun, it has action, but it falls short in terms of the longer run, unfortunately.


If there is one thing I really don't have anything bad to say, though, it's the artwork. Guido Guidi does some amazing pencilwork, and Stephen Baskerville's inks feel once more like the perfect complement to the whole show. The Galvatron panel, shown in the B cover too, is exceptional, and some of the wider shots are truly spectacular.

Thinking out of the box?

It's all obviously enhanced, especially by adding an organic and sidereal sense where needed, respectively, appropriately, amazingly by John-Paul Bove's colours. We've come to see the astounding developments in the style, and the multifaceted skills this man has, and he does not leave us disappointed. Nossir.

..the colours, they're too good.. the artwork.. it's..

Add to that Chris Mowry's lettering, in an action packed issue such as this one, and you have one explosive combination. As far as covers go, Andrew Wildman and Jason Cardy bring a powerful Starscream to life on A, Guidi's Galvatron graces B, and Geoff Senior and Josh Burcham go all out for the RI version, attached to this review!

Spoilerish ahead

Was it bad? No. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Did it do a lot of things right? Absolutely. Did it feel rushed? Definitely. This has been a fear for a while, escalating the action and plotlines towards the end of the run, with a conclusive deadline set really not that far away at all. A shame, because these final arcs really came up again.

Oh and this guy's still pretty much dead

As I said though, it's a thoroughly enjoyable issue, with a lot of things done well, excellent artwork, colours and covers galore, including some amazing Shockwave, Galvatron and Starscream (ish) moments. Are we ready for next month's final-definite-forrealsies conclusion?

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Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1553627)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on February 26th, 2014 @ 2:30am CST
As much as Furman himself admits to Grimlock being his favorite, he sure is mistreating the self-proclaimed "badass." Absolutely nothing to do in the last 10 issues. Lame. :?

I'm looking forward to this and the final issue, and I can't help feeling that it will kind of be like shooting a sick horse. I feel bad about that, because I was really looking forward to the entire series. Maybe it was overhyped and I believed it? Maybe I was trying to compare it to Furman's work on the original Marvel issues? In any case, I will pick this up today and hopefully the pieces will start falling into place.

Oh look. Optimus is almost dead. Again.


I just finished the issue, and I must say that [spoiler]just like with the rest of the series, I am underwhelmed. Maybe it's just me, I put too much hope into it to be like it was back in the day. Nonetheless, I think Jhiaxus didn't get the death he deserved by any means. Felt like I was watching Megatron and Shockwave die in DoTM. Totally anticlimactic. I understand that the Wreckers were a big deal in the UK, but in the US version they never appeared, and there's no need for them here. Anything they have done the Dinobots could have done, and maybe that way they wouldn't have been misused so badly. And Shockwave experiencing "emotion" by saving Starscream even if it goes against all his logic circuits? Talk about flushing a character down the shitter. :? The only saving grace this series has is if the ending is a 50-page all-out brawl with a lot of killing, including some major characters on both sides.[/spoiler]
Re: IDW Transformers: ReGeneration One #99 Script (W)Rap (1556558)
Posted by DaRonin on March 10th, 2014 @ 6:39pm CDT
I feel like this is issue 79 all over again. One more issue to go, to close out multiple storylines. I just dont get how furman ended up here. He says he had this story arc planned from the beginning, but is not how it feels to me. seems like the fist ten issues were so much filler, with the important stuff being sandwhiched in. And now we are wrapping up big threads in a pedal to the metal pace.

I've enjoyed the past ten issues, much more than the first. But it still feels sloppy. Like something went horribly wrong behind the scenes. I know furman isn't the best writer out there, but he's better at planning than this.

Oh, and I should also add this series has not been kind to Optimus Prime at all. In fact i think he's hit some all time lows. I've never really liked Furmans style of writing Prime. But this series really took the idiocy and weakness in entirely new extremes.

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