Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More

Transformers News: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 12:45PM CDT

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Warning - The entirety of this story contains spoilers for First Strike.

This month saw the end of the Hasbro and IDW Publishing controlled crossover event First Strike, which pitted against each other every franchise part of the current Hasbro Universe - GI Joe, Transformers, Rom, Micronauts, MASK - and revealed in-story two new directions for the IDWverse hereafter: Unicron and Visionaries. We knew they were both coming, of course, given previous material about them both (see here and here), but now IGN also brings us an interview with editor David Hedgecock on the new status quo and the series springing from First Strike's aftermath: Transformers vs Visionaries, Scarlett's Strike Force, Rom & The Micronauts.

Noteworthy: some of the material covered in the interview, which you can read in full here, was already hinted at and talked around with the Twincast podcast episode 170, which you can find here. Go back and listen, then find some relevant snippets below!

IGN: Unicron is a character who’s been off the table for a pretty long time now, much to the chagrin of his fans. What made now the right time to finally put Unicron back into play? Did Unicron’s “appearance” in Transformers: The Last Knight play a role in that decision?

Hedgecock: We’ve talked about Unicron for a few years now. Its taken that long to get all the players and storylines onto the table in a way that made sense to use him. We’re (almost) there now, and I’m freaking out!

Unicron’s appearance in the movie is entirely unrelated. We knew he was coming in the comics long before we knew anything about the movie. However, there is always synergy with Hasbro’s strategic vision for the Transformers brand.

[...]

IGN: Unicron’s arrival obviously wasn't the only big development in First Strike #6. How will the fallout of this crossover impact the line going forward? What can readers expect from the new wave of Hasbro shared universe comic books?

Hedgecock: FIRST STRIKE was our chance to really explore what it meant for all these different properties to inhabit the same universe. Coming out of the event, the titles are all going to focus on their own stories for a while. The TRANSFORMERS titles in particular are going to focus on just TRANSFORMERS characters for a good, long time.

While we’ve created some interesting mash-ups for the new season of stories, those mash-ups in and of themselves are enough. In 2018, each book will be separate and distinct, and we won’t see much crossover.


Transformers News: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More
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Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919173)
Posted by o.supreme on October 31st, 2017 @ 1:27pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Thank god.


I agree with this. However it's kind of ironic that Unicron is a big enough threat for the entire Hasbroverse, yet they wont be involved :lol: . Honestly that's fine though. I have not read all of First Strike yet (I have to get #5 and #6 and a few of the crossovers). I hope that Unicron is his own planet, and not Earth.....
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919178)
Posted by Randomhero on October 31st, 2017 @ 2:19pm CDT
He’s not Earth
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919275)
Posted by Insurgent on November 1st, 2017 @ 5:23am CDT
Anyone else think unicron has been hiding out as Antilla? He clearly had an ecosystem before he woke up and shattered his outer shell as you can se trees. And as he's hungry, first port of call i to eat lv117 with a time displaced optinus on it.
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919323)
Posted by ScottyP on November 1st, 2017 @ 1:16pm CDT
Insurgent wrote:Anyone else think unicron has been hiding out as Antilla? He clearly had an ecosystem before he woke up and shattered his outer shell as you can se trees. And as he's hungry, first port of call i to eat lv117 with a time displaced optinus on it.
This isn't IDW continuity based, at least not purely, but the SDCC Titan Force box insert might support this very subtly. Look where Unicron's facing:
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919719)
Posted by Va'al on November 3rd, 2017 @ 2:58pm CDT
The final preview of the final coda, which is really a tie-in, and second part of a larger tie-in story started in the Optimus Prime tie-in, for First Strike is up in full preview courtesy of IDW Publishing and comics entertainment website Adventures in Poor Taste. Transformers: First Strike #1, a one shot despite the numbering, will be released next week, and you can view the opening pages below - make sure to head back here once it's out to read our review and join the conversation!

[quote]Continued from Optimus Prime: First Strike! When a bounty hunter drags one of their own into the wilds of Cybertron, the Revolutionaries join forces with Arcee and pursue! But in the midst of war, can humans and Cybertronians put aside their differences, or has the invasion of Cybertron doomed any chance at peace?

Bullet points:

· Tying into the events of First Strike–A Hasbro Comic Book Event!

· The second part of the Optimus Prime and the Revolutionaries story–continued from last month’s Optimus Prime: First Strike #1!

· Variant cover by Humberto Ramos!

Transformers: First Strike #1
Writer: John Barber
Artist: Priscilla Tramontano
Cover: Sara Pitre-Durocher
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Release Date: November 8, 2017[/quote]













Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919729)
Posted by o.supreme on November 3rd, 2017 @ 3:32pm CDT
Insurgent wrote:Anyone else think unicron has been hiding out as Antilla? He clearly had an ecosystem before he woke up and shattered his outer shell as you can se trees. And as he's hungry, first port of call i to eat lv117 with a time displaced optinus on it.


ok so I finally got all caught up except for the last crossover (Transfornmer First Strike) which comes out next week.)

I could be completely off because I don't really get some of these stories, but it seemed to me that Unicron was actually Prysmos...??
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919733)
Posted by Insurgent on November 3rd, 2017 @ 3:43pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:
Insurgent wrote:Anyone else think unicron has been hiding out as Antilla? He clearly had an ecosystem before he woke up and shattered his outer shell as you can se trees. And as he's hungry, first port of call i to eat lv117 with a time displaced optinus on it.


ok so I finally got all caught up except for the last crossover (Transfornmer First Strike) which comes out next week.)

I could be completely off because I don't really get some of these stories, but it seemed to me that Unicron was actually Prysmos...??



Unicron is near a Black Hole. You can see it in the panel where the message reaches him (fair enough you haven't read First Strike yet). Antilla is floating around a Black Hole in IDW. If anything, I would say Unicron was the cause of Prysmos destruction before he went to slumber.
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1919746)
Posted by Randomhero on November 3rd, 2017 @ 4:55pm CDT
Insurgent wrote:
o.supreme wrote:
Insurgent wrote:Anyone else think unicron has been hiding out as Antilla? He clearly had an ecosystem before he woke up and shattered his outer shell as you can se trees. And as he's hungry, first port of call i to eat lv117 with a time displaced optinus on it.


ok so I finally got all caught up except for the last crossover (Transfornmer First Strike) which comes out next week.)

I could be completely off because I don't really get some of these stories, but it seemed to me that Unicron was actually Prysmos...??



Unicron is near a Black Hole. You can see it in the panel where the message reaches him (fair enough you haven't read First Strike yet). Antilla is floating around a Black Hole in IDW. If anything, I would say Unicron was the cause of Prysmos destruction before he went to slumber.



I just wanna see an issue of Unicron eating LV-117 and a time hoping Optimus. He was jumping around in RID #10 and went to a future where the planet was being sucked up and Jhiaxus saying you don’t know true chaos. That story never plot never really came back and what happened to LV-117 wasn’t relevant to dark Cybertron. That’s gotta come back.
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1920214)
Posted by ScottyP on November 6th, 2017 @ 12:20pm CST
^Absolutely agreed with the above. I'm sure if time/page space allows, it will be visited.

I came in here to throw out a little PSA. If you haven't read First Strike 6 yet, I strongly recommend waiting until Wednesday for Transformers First Strike. It helps a little with this one part. A little, but the part I'm referring to needs all the help it can get.
Re: Interview with IDW Editor David Hedgecock on First Strike, Transformers, Unicron, and More (1921767)
Posted by Va'al on November 14th, 2017 @ 11:00pm CST

aka Revolutionaries: First Strike
(Spoiler free-ish)




Synopses

With Cybertron under siege by Baron Ironblood's forces, Optimus Prime and Arcee defend their homeland! Caught in the middle is the human/Transformer team known as the Revolutionaries—and one of them has a secret that puts everyone at risk!

and

When a bounty hunter drags one of their own into the wilds of Cybertron, the Revolutionaries join forces with Arcee and pursue! But in the midst of war, can humans and Cybertronians put aside their differences, or has the invasion of Cybertron doomed any chance at peace?


WE MISTRUST YOUR PLATELESS FACE DUDE



Story

This review is not late, this is just ..strategy, in keeping with IDW's approach to releases. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Also, this is the first fully double review for two comics that form a single story that I've done in a while, and for good reason: Optimus Prime and Transformers, the one-shots that mark the Cybertronian tie-ins to the First Strike event, are better seen as a coherent story (with some downsides), and is essentially the coda to the end of Revolutionaries.


You gotta specify a little



There are really two macro-story-threads running through the books, in the shadow (or light) of the events taking place on Cybertron during Ironblood/Colton's attack, and they both coalesce in the character of Centurion/Mike Power - perhaps one of the best 'retcons' we've seen in the TFverse at the hands of John Continuity Barber - and his sibling from another spark if you will, GB Blackrock/Sovereign.


Plus Action Man and ...Optimus?



If on one side they allow for a better exploration of the idea of hybrids, something that keeps coming up in this IDWverse of recent, and the identity of Centurion (complete with some time-hopping and merged memories), and the setting up of Kreiger's real identity and/or motives, on the other it lets down on the specific plot at hand that holds up the story proper.


Subtle



There are more thoughts on these two issues in the latest episode of the Twincast Podcast, but one more point I wanted to make refers to the developing interest between Arcee and one young Ian Noble (definitely not the boyfriend of Doctor X) - which not only does not feel forced, it segues nicely from later developments of Arcee's character in both OP ongoing series and Sins of the Wreckers, of all things.


Art

Working on the first part are Transformers veterans Guido Guidi and John Wycough, and I have to unfortunately admit, that the inks of the latter on the pencils of the former do not complement the visuals well, at all - as I had also noted in a previous issue on the same lines. Which is a shame, as there is some nice panelwork, and Thomas Teyowisonte Deer's colours are very well placed in providing a continuity with the Revolutionaries aesthetic.


Best Bot Buds!



Taken by itself, Priscilla Tramontano and Joana Lafuente's art for the second issue is better overall, and it does fit the way in which the script sets up the characters, but there are inconsistencies throughout the book and the two styles (Guidi and Tramontano) don't really pair up well for the story as a whole. Still, the colours are nicely in sync, even taken side by side.


Just.. gorgeous



The lettering continuity is no issue at all, as not only it's the same letterer on both, but we're talking once more about Tom B. Long, and I've spent many a word praising his work on the IDW books. I do not need to add much, just enjoy it, will you? All the cover variants can be seen, with credit, in our Comics Database here and here, plus you can enjoy the one by Guido Guidi as thumbnail for this review, too.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

These two books, and their story were inevitably hindered again by the issues in IDW's release and scheduling, meaning that the two books would've prepared more for the ending of First Strike (Kreiger in particular, a big name in both Revolutionaries and Centurion's personal story here), set a parallel stage, and been made less redundant (OP in particular) if they had come out when they were supposed to rather than when they did. I cannot ignore that, I'm afraid; though it doesn't reflect on the creative teams, it does impact the enjoyment of the story.


..aaand there's robomance



When I started this, I pointed out that the tie-in is essentially a Revolutionaries story - and I stand by that, with the disclaimer that they are probably the best executed actually tying-in of all the books of this ilk, and not just the final issues of the previous series, or the prologues to the next one (looking at all of you, GI Joe, MASK, Rom, Micronauts). It uses the characters well, and setting the action as parallel to the main First Strike story allows to fill in some blanks left by that story, too, along with having some truly excellent interactions that fit well every single character in the book, Arcee above all.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

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