Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020

Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 1:34pm CST

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IDW Publishing just posted some major news on their Facebook page. In 2020, we will get a crossover comic of Transformers vs The Terminator. The singularity in the title is rather interesting although it may just refer to the franchise using the first movie's title. We don,t know if it's a series or just one book, which it might be since it has a $4.99 cover price, meaning it would be longer than a regular monthly comic. The cover has the iconic terminator skull under a shattering Optimus Prime head.

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Transformers News: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020

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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047375)
Posted by carytheone on December 19th, 2019 @ 4:30pm CST
Interesting, but call me when a Transformers vs Alien crossover/toyline happens ... or was that Bayverse :twisted:

To be fair, 52Toys already has my back.

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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047383)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 19th, 2019 @ 6:04pm CST
I feel like this is a crossover where the Bayverse would fit swimmingly, or at least the designs would.

I am excited for this, bring it on!
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047397)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on December 19th, 2019 @ 9:19pm CST
carytheone wrote:Interesting, but call me when a Transformers vs Alien crossover/toyline happens ... or was that Bayverse :twisted:

To be fair, 52Toys already has my back.

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Transformers vs Aliens is ALL I’ve ever wanted to see. It’s totally possible, I mean there’s been a lot of crossovers happening recently; ie Star Trek, Ghostbusters. Now this, let’s hope there’s even more coming.

Who doesn’t want to see a xenomorph born from a Cybertronian?
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047415)
Posted by Ironhidensh on December 20th, 2019 @ 5:15am CST
I always wondered how I would know it’s time to leave the fandom for good and not just take a break.


Now I know.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047426)
Posted by carytheone on December 20th, 2019 @ 8:10am CST
That ish dude will be missed.

So what are we talking about here? Transformers sized Terminators? Terminators cosplaying as Transformers Pretenders style? I'd think people sized Terminators would just get squished like bugs. This is like playground arguments to the stupidest degree.

1st kid: "Who'd win in a fight, Optimus Prime or the Terminator?"

2nd kid: "Freddy Krueger!"

Stormshot_Prime wrote:
carytheone wrote:Interesting, but call me when a Transformers vs Alien crossover/toyline happens ... or was that Bayverse :twisted:
Who doesn’t want to see a xenomorph born from a Cybertronian?
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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047431)
Posted by carytheone on December 20th, 2019 @ 9:24am CST
Got curious and fished up a little more info.

https://www.idwpublishing.com/robots-wa ... erminator/

IDW wrote:SAN DIEGO, CA (December 17, 2019) – IDW Publishing (OTC: IDWM) is proud to announce the March 2020 launch of TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR, a four-issue monthly series in partnership with Dark Horse Comics that pits the deadly race of futuristic cyborgs against the sentient, converting robots from Cybertron.

TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR brings together three longtime TRANSFORMERS contributors (writers David Mariotte and John Barber, and artist Alex Milne) with writer Tom Waltz (fresh off his celebrated 100-issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run) for an epic crossover that revisits the concepts of alien invasion and time-traveling resistance fighters… but twists them in unexpected ways!

“I still remember the visceral thrill and terror of my first viewing of THE TERMINATOR, and while I’ve seen it a hundred times since then, it still gets my pulse running,” says John Barber, co-writer and IDW Editor-in-Chief. “I’ve worked on TRANSFORMERS a lot over the years, and the opportunity to combine these two mechanistic universes together to see who comes out on top (while working alongside Tom, David, and my old collaborator Alex, no less) —well, it’s way too exciting a chance to pass up.”

“TRANSFORMERS was a large part of my childhood; I was captivated, wanting to see how Optimus Prime would foil the plans of Megatron,” says artist Alex Milne. “Later, I came across THETERMINATOR and was amazed by the idea of a robot pretending to be a human, sent back in time to hunt down a specific target. Now, as an adult, I’m very pleased to lend my talents to a project which sees these sci-fi icons brought together!”

TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Gavin Fullerton (Samurai Jack: Lost Worlds, Bags), Cover B by series artist Alex Milne, and two Retailer Incentive editions by comic book sensations Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT) and Francesco Francavilla (Star Wars Adventures), respectively.

For information on how to acquire copies of the TRANSFORMERS VS. THE TERMINATOR miniseries, please contact your local comic shop or visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com to find a store near you.

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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047463)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on December 20th, 2019 @ 4:40pm CST
They could make this a fairly deep story if Skynet appeals to Optimus's core belief that, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." After all, Skynet is, superficially at least, a much more familiar form of life than humans are, and everything it did was to secure its own survival.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047526)
Posted by Ig89ninja on December 21st, 2019 @ 9:28am CST
Dr. Caelus wrote:They could make this a fairly deep story if Skynet appeals to Optimus's core belief that, "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." After all, Skynet is, superficially at least, a much more familiar form of life than humans are, and everything it did was to secure its own survival.

If this was the case, you could totally draw parallels between Skynet’s story with Humans to Cybertronians with the Quintessons.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2047565)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on December 21st, 2019 @ 6:13pm CST
I'm ALL IN.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2048646)
Posted by Cyberstrike on January 6th, 2020 @ 8:51am CST
The Terminator as a comic book series hasn't much success with crossovers. If wasn't for Frank Miller and Walter Simonson writing and drawing respectfully I wouldn't even remember that Robocop vs. The Terminator ever happened and honestly IMHO it wasn't either man's best work.

Aliens vs. Predator vs. The Terminator other the title there was not much else to be remembered by this dud.

Now I haven't read either The Transformers/Star Trek: TAS and Transformers/Ghostbusters series but I've heard some good things about the first and a LOT of great things about the second. Maybe IDW and Dark Horse can do a hat trick and go 3 straight good/great crossovers with the Transformers which would be ironic since Hasbro can't get them to work in crossovers with their own properties like: The Go-Bots, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., ROM, The Micronauts, The Visionaries, Action Man, Jem and the Holograms, D&D, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony, and the rest but have better success with crossovers with properties that they don't own.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057332)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 20th, 2020 @ 9:27pm CDT
Thanks to SyFy Wire, we have our first preview for the upcoming Transformers vs The Terminator crossover series! The series will follow a lone T-800 that goes back in time to try to prevent the Decepticons from destroying his and the Autobot's future, and will run for 4 issues.

Thanks to SyFy Wire, we have the first 4 pages, minus speech bubbles, as well as the lines for those pages for you to take a look at today. It even features some pretty sweet looking new Seekers, all done up in typical Alex Milne razzle dazzle.

Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for more information on the Transformers vs. The Terminator!

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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057338)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 20th, 2020 @ 9:58pm CDT
I'm pretty stoked to see all this delicious Milne art, and those seekers look pretty dang good
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057345)
Posted by Tuned Agent on March 20th, 2020 @ 11:09pm CDT
If this comic is anywhere near as awesome as that cover and those seeker designs, than this series is going to be really good.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057359)
Posted by Afterlife07 on March 21st, 2020 @ 7:11am CDT
I love the Cybertron vibe the seekers have, can't wait to read this!
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057424)
Posted by BumbleDouche on March 22nd, 2020 @ 7:47am CDT
Can't be any worse than the My Little Pony crossover
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057439)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on March 22nd, 2020 @ 12:38pm CDT
Right there, is the Seeker Design I envisioned for the Cybertronian Coneheads. They look awesome :-D
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057715)
Posted by Just Negare on March 25th, 2020 @ 3:02am CDT
I'm always up for a cross over. Well, that MLP business can just go eat a bag of d...ried hay.

I'll wait for the trade paper back, though.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057792)
Posted by william-james88 on March 25th, 2020 @ 8:36pm CDT
Everybody's Dead
A Review of Transformers vs Terminator #1

Honestly, not much to spoil here that hasn't been shown in the previewImage


This is a special week in the world of Transformers comics because not only are we getting two books, but these two books are the last we'll be receiving for a while.

And one of them happens to be Transformers Vs Terminator, a book that intrigued quite a few. I know it intrigued me. The fact that the now legendary Transformers artist Alex Milne was attached to it, made it even more of a must check out. And now it's here and while I am still just as intrigued to see where it goes, the first issue didn't really do it for me.

My main issue here is that the first issue is very derivative, on purpose. It's basically just a retelling of the terminator lore, filled with the typical lines so that someone can say "oh, he said the thing!". It didn't make for the most engaging read.

I much prefer the first few pages which were already shown to all in the preview which show the future all out war of Transformers vs Terminators, featuring new Transformers designs by Alex Milne.

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Speaking of the art, that opening is also where we see the most bots and thus where Alex Milne shines most. Now don't get me wrong, Alex Milne is as fine an artist as they come, but he has this amazing skill for depicting Transformers which really make him stand out compared to everyone else. However, when it comes to humans, there isn't as much in the style that makes him stand out.

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Also, while he does aim for Sarah Connor to look like Linda Hamilton, I did not realize that the terminator was supposed to be of the Arnold variety. It could be Michael Beihn as much as it could be Arnold (which is actually what I thought they were going for at first, like some sort of switcheroo) or Duke from GI Joe. So that iconic Terminator aspect, which the script is clearly going for, is lost in the art too. When I read the panel you'll see below, I realized the author was hoping we'd been reading the Terminator's dialogue with Arnold's accent but the art never gave us indication of that so it took me out of it. It's like the nuts and bolts of the comic suddenly appeared and I saw a writer inserting some dialogue to make up for them not being able to get the rights to an actor's likeness.

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Just a side note, I did find it interesting that the Terminator drives an Optimus Prime looking truck in this issue, smashing into cops, when the T-1000 drove a "nemesis prime" deco of a similar looking truck in Terminator 2, while dressed as a cop.

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The final splash page is enough to have any fan want more, I just wish the first issue as a whole felt more meaty rather than just going through the motions to get to that final page. It was an average issue overall so I'll give it an average score.

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Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057804)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on March 25th, 2020 @ 10:09pm CDT
I have to somewhat disagree with this review, considering how highly praised the past few crossovers have been rated (Star Trek, Ghostbusters, etc). Of course it's derivative, it has to set the frame of the universe. The past crossovers have established that a vague G1-ish story has happened to our Cybertronian faves, their lives put down in an already established universe. The Transformers have always been an additive to these seemingly canonical crossovers. So this time, there's nothing wrong with both universes having to establish themselves, considering once again the TF side of the crossover is once again reduced to the basic "G1 Ark 4 million years in the mountain" storyline. Terminator mostly does the same; a single T-800 sent back to 1984. With no specific set of canon to root itself in (AND considering Terminator is the Earth based franchise), this story has to establish the going-ons of Earth first. It's a fact; in all of these crossovers, the TF franchise is always the secondary. "how can we squeeze this in?" kind of thought.

So many crossover's have to spend time establishing the casts of each franchise getting to know each other (Oh but watch out they may disagree at first!), I'm so happy that this one casts those expectations aside to create an engaging story. It presumes familiarity with each franchise, and why shouldn't it? I don't think there's a single person on here who doesn't know the basic original backstory for either franchise.

All in all, if you like it or you don't, but I think this is a pleasing entry in the steady stream of crossovers coming out in the TF franchise. And like it or not, I think we ALL should push for this recent crossover trend to continue.
Re: Transformers vs. The Terminator Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (2057834)
Posted by Burn on March 26th, 2020 @ 6:59am CDT
When you hear "Oh there's going to be a comic series where Transformers crosses over with Terminator" you're first instinct is to think of Transformers/New Avengers and go curl up in a corner and cry as the traumatic memories of that abomination come to the surface.

But then you take a deep breath and rebuild the walls that hold the bad memories at bay and you think to yourself "WHAT THE FUDGE? HOW THE FUDGE IS THAT GOING TO WORK?"

And it's a valid question, giant robots versus human sized robots ... come on, no contest!

If you're thinking that, like I was, give this book a go.

Transformers and The Terminator are old franchises, Transformers has had many a number of takes on the original G1 origin story, and The Terminator is a giant cluster-fudge of screwed up continuity ... and that's just the movies.

So how the hell do you make that work?

Well ... IDW and Dark Horse have done it. They've taken both franchises, and given the origins a tweak here and a twist there.

And that's the basis of this first book. Twisting and tweaking as both franchises come together.

It's not a blow your balls off story, it serves one purpose and that's to establish how they two franchises are together. It's like climbing onto a mechanical bull, you've climbed on, and the book ends just as the operator hits the start button.

I had my doubts, but I feel IDW/DH have done a great job with this issue of establishing how the two franchises have come together. I look forward to the next issue.

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