The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman

The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 10:14am CST

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Following in the string of interviews with comics creators we've been seeing recently, comics and entertainment news website Bleeding Cool were able to have a chat with Simon Furman, writer of part of the original Marvel G1 comics and currently ready to end that story with ReGeneration One #100. Read some extracts below, and the whole interview here!

Simon Furman is, to quote the man himself, “like unto a living god,” at least for Transformers fans. He started out writing for Marvel UK in the 80′s, and saw the Transformers comic through a legendary period, penning the most memorable TF comics in the franchise’s history.

Recently IDW gave Furman a chance to pick up his twenty-year-old story lines in an epic what-if series called ReGeneration One (think X-Men Forever, with giant robots). The series picked up in 2012 at issue #81, following the final issue, #80 released in 1991, and will conclude with issue #100 in March.

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SE: How do you feel about ending it after all this time?

SF: Mixed emotions. Both Andrew (Wildman) and I were only interested in doing this if it was to bring it to conclusion. So it feels like job done. Finally. But it’s quite sad too, because you get invested in it and the characters all over again. You start seeing new angles and new story possibilities and you have to resist, because everything is supposed to be building to a wrap-up. You can’t risk opening any new doors. But mostly I feel satisfied that we’ve done the book proud and can be proud ourselves of what (even as purely Regeneration One) has become a substantial body of work. We originally envisioned a 5 or 6-issue limited series. So to get 20, plus an 80.5, an issue #0 and a giant-sized final issue is just incredible. We really can’t complain.

SE: Tell us a little of what we can expect in issue #100.

SF: A lot of connectivity. Issue #100 will – l hope – feel like the capstone to a 100-issue series, rather than just Regeneration One. The thing that’s been building, that comes to a head this issue, has its roots in the original series as much Regeneration One. So I hope readers feel the full impact of the ‘bigger picture’, the thing that’s been tick-ticking away in the background like a timebomb and now explodes. Certainly, as we join the story, the situation is already beyond dire. As one character puts it, “maybe we already lost this one.” And honestly, maybe they have. But there’s a still bigger picture that needs saving, even if it means a truly terrifying scale of sacrifice. Certainly there’s no halfhearted cop-outs here, no magical quick fixes. But there’s still a heck of a lot to strive for and some massive obstacles to overcome before they get there. It’s backs to the wall time, against an enemy that in many ways is homegrown, a part of themselves.

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SE: You’ve also been involved in numerous other iterations of the Transformers, particularly the “ultimate TFs” IDW continuity. How have you liked the work James Roberts and John Barber are doing these days?

SF: James and John are doing great work. I feel, finally, that the IDW-verse is in safe hands.

Credit(s): Bleeding Cool


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Re: The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman (1554932)
Posted by DeadCaL on March 4th, 2014 @ 12:50pm CST
Someone care to jog my memory on what "“ultimate TFs” IDW continuity" refers to?
Re: The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman (1554935)
Posted by Va'al on March 4th, 2014 @ 12:58pm CST
DeadCaL wrote:Some care to job my memory on what "“ultimate TFs” IDW continuity" refers to?


My guess is that it's just what the writer of the article calls the IDW verse, currently in Robots in Disguise and More than Meets the Eye, started all the way back with Infiltration. :-?
Re: The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman (1554943)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on March 4th, 2014 @ 1:49pm CST
Unfortunately, compared to his work on the original, Regeneration ended up being mediocre, IMO. Maybe he just lost a step or 2. But he could have done better with the material. Hopefully #100 will make up for some of it. Guido Guidi, however, is still top notch. Awesome art.
Re: The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman (1555056)
Posted by SideswipeSkywarp on March 4th, 2014 @ 8:01pm CST
In #81 they were trying to repair Brainstorm. He was eaten in the Marvel comics by Unicron. I didn't get 80.5, I'm not disappointed that I missed it. I bought 81-85 and I should have stopped after 81. The only thing I liked was seeing the group of Autobots that went to Earth with Kup. How could the Autobots avoid contact with Earth for 20 years? The writing is crap. Simon Furman on Marvel Generation 1 comics wasn't anything special. I like the ARTWORK in the comics. There were SOME good stories in the Marvel comics. I don't know how fans can like the writing in these new comic books. Just terrible. :BOT: :CON: :BANG_HEAD: :HEADHURTS: :BOOM:
Re: The End of ReGeneration One - Interview with Simon Furman (1555271)
Posted by DeadCaL on March 5th, 2014 @ 12:07pm CST
Va'al wrote:
DeadCaL wrote:Some care to job my memory on what "“ultimate TFs” IDW continuity" refers to?


My guess is that it's just what the writer of the article calls the IDW verse, currently in Robots in Disguise and More than Meets the Eye, started all the way back with Infiltration. :-?


I'm gonna go back and edit my sentence into English ;-)

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