Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Monday, June 26th, 2017 6:40pm CDT

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Courtesy of Syfy.com, we have some more detailed information about the upcoming First Strike comics event from IDW Publishing and featuring pretty much the entirety of the current Hasbro Universe - plus the tease for Visionaries once the event comes to a close. The article brings us an interview with the two writers on the series, Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez, artist Max Dunbar, and editor David Hedgecock, plus an unlettered preview of the first issue, and some covers (some we've seen, some we've not, like the thumbnailed First Strike #2 by Leonardo Manco). Check out some relevant snippets below, and head here for more!

Since First Strike is the second story in a trilogy with the Hasbro universe, is it packaged in a way that will allow newcomers to come in fresh, not having read Revolution? Folks still have time to catch up, but what’s the important stuff to know going in?

DR: I think the series works as a jumping on point without needing much catch up. The events that the reader really needs to know is that at some point in the past, Optimus Prime annexed Earth and begged forgiveness (not really) rather than asked permission. This rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way. But now Earth is getting a seat at the big kids' table on Cybertron and joining the council of worlds. But Colton, and some other upstanding citizens of the planet, decide that the risk is too great. The Cybertronians are an immediate threat and need to be dealt with. And even if you don’t know that, we set this up in the early pages of the series.

MS: The Davids and I have done everything possible to make this event very new-reader friendly. We add little things like captions to introduce a character the first time they show up and David Rodriguez and I have made sure the dialogue gives you a great sense of who these people are and what they want right off the bat. That said, if you like earning extra credit, you should check out Revolution from last year, the current G.I. Joe comics, Revolutionaries, Optimus Prime, and Till All Are One. I am 100% biased, but definitely read all of Till All Are One just because we’ve had a grand old time doing robot politics.

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Will Cybertron give the Transformer characters an upper hand going in? Quoting a line in your zero issue, are the characters from G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. for example, going to be out of their weight class?

MS: I think the Transformers are at a huge disadvantage. Joe Colton has been studying how to defeat them for years; he is a master strategist and has planned a decisive first strike (Get it?) to knock them completely off balance. They also have to try to fight off the villains while protecting their home and civilians. Transformers may be in a whole other weight class, but they have never dealt with a foe quite like Joe Colton, which is why Scarlett becomes so important, because no one knows Joe quite like her.

DR: I think it hinders the Cybertronians at first because it is SO outside of their personal reality. A human invasion of Cybertron isn’t really something they’ve ever considered, and even while it’s happening, they are still sort of like “well damn, we’ve got termites, we ought to do something about that.” And that’s the teeny tiny advantage Colton exploits to get the jump on them. But that only lasts so long before the Transformers remind everyone just how deadly 30-foot war machines can be.

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Can we expect more titles besides the announced one-shots bridging this to the third act, presumably next year? After all, Revolution was just short of 30 comics after all of the one-shots and tie-ins were tallied.

DR: I’m sure one of our lovely editors would LOVE to answer this question.

MS: Hedgecock?

David Hedgecock: Everything you need to enjoy FIRST STRIKE is contained within the mini-series and the one-shots. Coming out of the event, we have all-new, exciting storylines that will be new-reader-friendly!


Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

Transformers News: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers

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Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1892599)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on June 26th, 2017 @ 10:51pm CDT
I'm so pumped for this series!
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1892679)
Posted by ScottyP on June 27th, 2017 @ 12:34pm CDT
A Waspinator sighting? Nothing good comes of this. The universe hates Waspinator :'(
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1892746)
Posted by partholon on June 27th, 2017 @ 4:22pm CDT
i gotta confess.

ive given up.

i couldnt collect the "lost light" cause no store in my country got a copy of that till issue three and ive decided to drop OP with issue 6.

its just fecking overkill.

i was initially pumped for a shared hasbro universe. but the whole things become Faaaaar too intrusive for my liking . christ its taking me back to the worst excess's of the X-book in the mid 90s

and i loath the art.

sorry but IDW had a hard time getting a decent team on two TF books. it simply IMO doesnt have the artists to do justice to the sudden explosion of titles.

looking at the previews/covers for "first strike" is like being caught in the rob liefeld "extreme studios" days again . and THEY werent fecking good !

ok youve got the odd lad that looks like he worked at homage studios but in the main its nowhere NEAR the quailty we were getting with milne and co.

so im out.

i'll pick up OP and LL in trade form as its much cheaper and i can deal with the substandard art at that price point. but right now the only books im looking at is stuff like "salvation" and the TF/ROM crossover which seems Faaar more organic an idea than this thing.

its a pity as ive been with IDW since the infiltration 0 and credit them with some of the BEST work on the characters thats ever been done.

but what looks like the dictate of hasbro has led to the plot being lost IMO. I dont WANT this universe to crash and burn, but after what i saw happen at marvel in the 90s it doesnt bode well for where things are going as things feel EXACTLY like that.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1892970)
Posted by Va'al on June 28th, 2017 @ 6:53pm CDT
Though not entirely new images - as we've seen the same art in the unlettered preview here - IGN has posted a quick motion comic teaser for the upcoming IDW Publishing crossover event First Strike, taking on all of the Hasbro Universe casts so far. You can check out MASK, GI Joe, Micronauts, Rom, and of course Transformers, in the brief clip below!

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Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1894718)
Posted by o.supreme on July 6th, 2017 @ 9:21am CDT
Sorry Im way late to the party on this, was on vacation last week and spent yesterday trying to play catch up, including getting my monthly comics and looking at solicitations for future ones.

So I have a question....With last years Revolution event, we got a *Revolution* comic in lieu of a regular series entry in a single month (i.e. we got TAAO #4, then the next month TAAO Rev #1, then the next month TAAO #5). With First Strike however it appears we will be getting an Optimus Prime First Strike #1, and Optimus Prime #11 in the same month (September supposedly...) do I have that correct?
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1894731)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on July 6th, 2017 @ 9:44am CDT
o.supreme wrote:Sorry Im way late to the party on this, was on vacation last week and spent yesterday trying to play catch up, including getting my monthly comics and looking at solicitations for future ones.

So I have a question....With last years Revolution event, we got a *Revolution* comic in lieu of a regular series entry in a single month (i.e. we got TAAO #4, then the next month TAAO Rev #1, then the next month TAAO #5). With First Strike however it appears we will be getting an Optimus Prime First Strike #1, and Optimus Prime #11 in the same month (September supposedly...) do I have that correct?


Yup, OP #11 deals with the team that was left on earth.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1894851)
Posted by Va'al on July 6th, 2017 @ 7:17pm CDT
We have some more news on IDW Publishing's Hasbro Universe comics crossover event First Strike, starting this September, via the website Dynamic Forces, who were able to have a chat with current editor David Hedgecock! The full interview can be found here, but we've highlighted some snippets below too, covering the main plot of the event, the factions, the motives, and more! Check it out.

DF: It is so hard to have peace in any comic book universe, but the IDW/Hasbro Earth was on the verge of joining the Cybertronian Council of Worlds … not unlike the Earth of the Star Trek universe when it was initiated into the United Federation of Planets, to my mind. What goes wrong here?

David Hedgecock: The Transformers are members of a massively powerful ancient alien race that have been warring amongst themselves for millions of years. As the Transformers have spread out across the stars, that war has spread with them. No matter where the Transformers go, they bring death and destruction. The “peace” that the Transformers currently enjoy is but a breath in the grand scheme.

There are people on Earth who understand this. People who feel that Optimus Prime, by initiating Earth into the Council, has done nothing but paint a big red target on the planet and that our destruction is a foregone conclusion if something isn’t done. First Strike is about one man's mission to save his planet from what he feels is the greatest threat to humanity in its entire history, and his solution to save all of humankind... is to destroy all Transformers.

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DF: David, there certainly seems enough action for two or three “events” in First Strike, but what can you tell us about the personal side of all of this? Who are the real POV characters here and what is/will become their motivations? What will give First Strike its heart?

David Hedgecock: Scarlett is really going to be the “heart” of this story. In the midst of all the chaos and destruction that will ensue, it’s Scarlett’s personal battle that may determine the true outcome and fate of two planets. I’m so amazed by what Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez have been able to accomplish in this regard. These two writers have put together an event book worthy of the name, with all the explosions, destruction, and cyborg ninjas one would expect while still delivering a really compelling, heartfelt character piece with resonance and meaning. I’m in awe of both of them, truly!

DF: As August and this epic crossover approaches, is it possible to give readers new and established a road map of sorts as to where it starts and where it will go, title-wise?

David Hedgecock: August will see the “Season Finale” of several of our titles— G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts: Wrath of Karza, and Rom. These books are all coming to their natural conclusions and making way for the big First Strike event. We had several reasons for this but chief among them were two things— 1. All the stories were coming to their natural end for the “Season” and we needed to clear the decks for brand new material coming out of the event. 2. We didn’t want to ask our fans to buy more than what they were already comfortable with buying. With the event and its surrounding one-shots, we felt we had enough books in the market and didn’t want to ask our fans to buy MORE than what they might normally buy to be able to enjoy the “big” story we’ve created.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1900561)
Posted by Va'al on July 29th, 2017 @ 11:13am CDT
Via iTunes, we have the first short preview for the next big thing over at IDW Publishing and the Hasbro Universe: three pages for the upcoming First Strike event, featuring Transformers, GI Joe, MASK, Micronauts, Revolutionaries and more! The images have been enlarged and mirrored below, and we will expect a more substantial preview in the next week or so too - so stay tuned for more!

A Hasbro comic book event! A new era of peace is dawning as Earth formally joins the Cybertronian Council of Worlds. That is… until Baron Ironblood joins Destro, Storm Shadow and other nefarious villains in a terrorist attack on Iacon! As chaos takes hold on Cybertron, it will be left to Scarlett and the rest of G.I. Joe on Earth to discover the true purpose behind the attack before both worlds descend into all-out-war!


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Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1900621)
Posted by Randomhero on July 29th, 2017 @ 2:26pm CDT
This looks great
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901615)
Posted by ScottyP on August 3rd, 2017 @ 8:56am CDT
First Strike 1 comes out next week, and when it hits the following things intended to lead up to it will still not have been released:

  • Optimus Prime 10
  • Micronauts: Wrath of Karza 4 and 5
  • Rom 12, 13, and 14
  • Revolutionaries 7 and 8
  • GI Joe 8 and 9
  • M.A.S.K. 9 and 10

240 pages of lead-in material. 240.

:APPLAUSE:
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901625)
Posted by o.supreme on August 3rd, 2017 @ 9:30am CDT
^I've been concerned about this for some time. I was wondering why Revolutionaries was like 3 months behind, and now TAAO is a month behind, but with both of those ending, I guess it doesn't matter. I keep hearing this is Diamond Distributing's fault and not IDW...but now I'm not convinced.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901626)
Posted by Kurona on August 3rd, 2017 @ 9:30am CDT
It's the most frustrating thing. Crossovers and scheduling; the two things IDW can't do.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901654)
Posted by Big Grim on August 3rd, 2017 @ 11:58am CDT
ScottyP wrote:First Strike 1 comes out next week, and when it hits the following things intended to lead up to it will still not have been released:

  • Optimus Prime 10
  • Micronauts: Wrath of Karza 4 and 5
  • Rom 12, 13, and 14
  • Revolutionaries 7 and 8
  • GI Joe 8 and 9
  • M.A.S.K. 9 and 10

240 pages of lead-in material. 240.

:APPLAUSE:

That's impressive! And horrifying!

Have IDW always been this bad at their scheduling. I know they have with their crossovers.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901661)
Posted by Kurona on August 3rd, 2017 @ 12:18pm CDT
I think so, but it only became particularly noticeable with such a huge influx of books taking place in the same universe. Before Revolution, they only really had two constant ongoings to keep a track of -- MTMTE and ex-RiD.

Beyond that you had that one Drift mini - which is very fluid in where it takes place; you can read it anytime between Ratchet's departure from the Lost Light and Dying of the Light - ; some books like Primacy which don't have any immediate connection to the cocurrent stories; the Dinobot stories which are their own self-contained thing so it doesn't matter all too much when they come out; and the Windblade books, which aside from actual crossover stuff, are also fairly fluid in where they take place and where you read them.

But now we've got all these books converging into a single point and which are supposed to have shared world events happening at the same time for them -- take for instance how much more involved the Council of Worlds have been with what Optimus is doing. We saw them in OP with references to Windblade being in some sense inactive and hence the Mistress of Flame having to take over for her; leaving a fair few of us who had been keeping up with both OP and TAAO very confused as to what was going on. The move from fluid continuity to solid continuity has done a fine job of exposing just how bad IDW is on the business side of things.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1901743)
Posted by ScottyP on August 3rd, 2017 @ 5:49pm CDT
Fact: They don't have enough editors. This is the only actual reason they are behind like they are. Even then, most books are only a month behind, part of my earlier post embellishes a little - the original intention probably was that some of the finale books like Rev'aries 8, Rom 14, GI Joe 9, and MASK 10 were going to come out concurrently or just after First Strike started.

Another fact: These delays really started in earnest in December '16/January '17, and they never have gotten that month back. Some things have just slipped yet further.

My own speculation (not even a rumor, just me talking): I'm not sure they have a consistently available printer. But you know, a service company that prints comics, not literally an office printer. Just looking at some recent stuff I have Revolutionaries 6 and issue 2 of the Sourcebook that were printed in Korea, with Lost Light 8 having been printed in the US. I wouldn't have to go too deep into the pile of older stuff to find something printed in Canada.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1902253)
Posted by Va'al on August 5th, 2017 @ 10:53am CDT
Still operating on the lack of an embargo, we have a repeat of the full preview for IDW Publishing's Hasbro Universe First Strike comics crossover event - which we have seen before. What is new is the interview with writers Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez, a brief one mind you, in the backmatter of the first issue of the Transformers meets GI Joe meets MASK meets Micronauts meets Rom the Spaceknight. Check it out below!

Can you give us a hint of any major surprises or revelations that readers can expect from First Strike?

MS: Well, Scarlett’s gonna throw down with the last person on Earth she wants to fight. Anyone who thinks Shazraella’s gonna spend this book clinging to some-one’s shoulder is sorely mistaken. Optimus is in for a rude awakening and Elita One is going to prove once again that there’s a reason she’s the same color as Cybertronian blood. Oh, and that’ll take us to the end of Issue 2.

DR: I’m not sure what we’re clear to say this early on. But I can say that this isn’t just an “event” series—the universe is going to be permanently changed in a meaningful way by the end of First Strike. Hopefully we can get some jaws and f-bombs to drop. When working with characters with such a long history, how do you raise the bar and bring readers something they haven’t seen before?

MS: The most challenging part was more tonal than anything else. Till All Are One is a very political book. G.I. Joe is very balls-to-the-wall crazy action. Micronauts is fast-paced with a lot of wry humor. M.A.S.K. and Rom take on a darker tone. We wanted to feel like all these books could live together and still give fans each book’s unique aspect.

DR: I think the best thing we can do for the readers, and luckily Mairghread and David Hedgecock have been a big advocate for this as well, is to make sure that we are engaging all the characters in this story with emotional stakes that resonate with our readers. Sure, we can put Cybertron at risk with a huge, summer blockbuster style event and visuals, but without that relatable, human backbone to the story, it feels hollow. We are going to do our best to deliver that experience to fans.

Are there any characters you’re going to work with in First Strike that you haven’t had the chance to write before? Any characters you’ve been away from for a while that you’re excited to write again?

MS: This is my first time writing Scarlett and I am psyched. I’ve been wanting to write her for years. And it’s always a thrill to write Optimus. It’s been surprising how fun all the Joes are to write, but the real stand-out right now is Shazraella. She’s such a stuck-up, overconfident, condescending...well, every line of dialogue she has is a joy.

DR: Scarlett has always been a favorite. I was glad that I got to use her in the M.A.S.K. Annual and she has a large part in First Strike. She is just a fantastic character to write. But part of the fun of First Strike is the opportunity to discover and expand on characters I wasn’t as familiar with growing up and exploring how they interact with each other. But don’t be surprised if you see Sunstreaker. He is, after all, the prettiest damn Transformer that ever rolled out.

And finally, if you could be a Transformer,who or what would you want the ability to transform into?

MS: JET! JET! JET! Wait—! Robot dragon! No, 1950s UFO! ...Did anyone call shark/bird yet?

This may take a while.

DR: Oh, I would totally want to be Shockwave. Not only is his design incredible, but he might be the most stone-cold, ghost-faced, unflappable character in the entire universe. I don’t know if you remember, but Megatron called him from Earth after 4 million years and Shockwave picked up on the FIRST RING. No hemming and hawing, or “Where the hell you been?!” He was just “Yes, Lord Megatron.” 4 million years and he didn’t blink. That’s just badass.



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Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1902300)
Posted by Prowl4 on August 5th, 2017 @ 3:01pm CDT
Baffling how mairghread scott continues to get work. Awful writer.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1902303)
Posted by Va'al on August 5th, 2017 @ 3:27pm CDT
Prowl4 wrote:Baffling how mairghread scott continues to get work. Awful writer.


Sorry, Broseph. Must hurt, my proud-standing sugarloaf, to see her name remind you that you, my pal, are baffled to the point that you - o dudemeister - feel the need to comment everytime. Such a toll it must take, my dude.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1902305)
Posted by Prowl4 on August 5th, 2017 @ 3:29pm CDT
Va'al wrote:
Prowl4 wrote:Baffling how mairghread scott continues to get work. Awful writer.


Sorry, Broseph. Must hurt, my proud-standing sugarloaf, to see her name remind you that you, my pal, are baffled to the point that you - o dudemeister - feel the need to comment everytime. Such a toll it must take, my dude.


Cool story needs more dragonstorms and gick.
Re: Unlettered Preview for IDW First Strike #1, Plus Writer Interview and More Covers (1902306)
Posted by Va'al on August 5th, 2017 @ 3:33pm CDT
Prowl4 wrote:
Va'al wrote:
Prowl4 wrote:Baffling how mairghread scott continues to get work. Awful writer.


Sorry, Broseph. Must hurt, my proud-standing sugarloaf, to see her name remind you that you, my pal, are baffled to the point that you - o dudemeister - feel the need to comment everytime. Such a toll it must take, my dude.


Cool story needs more dragonstorms and gick.


My pal! Using some Irish on the boards, stud? Yay for linguistic diversity, dudeicus!
Thank you once again, tiger, for some excellent contributions to the discussion.

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