Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike

Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 6:17pm CDT

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Courtesy of website Pixelated Geek, we have an interview with co-authors of IDW Publishing's Hasbro crossover event First Strike Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez! The interview actually is really short, and dates back to San Diego Comic Con, but you can still take a look at it embedded below, as we find out more about the end of Transformers: Till All Are One and the current/future of GI Joe.

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con we got to talk for a few minutes with IDW's David Rodriguez and Mairghread Scott, writers for IDW's Transformers. We discussed the end of Mairghread's "Till All Are One" series (and why she wrote Starscream the way she did) and about IDW's new "First Strike" arc and what that means for the Transformers and G.I. Joe. Artwork in the video by Sara Pitre-Durocher, Priscilla Tramontano, and Max Dunbar.


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Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909009)
Posted by Bounti76 on September 7th, 2017 @ 3:16am CDT
Also coming to us via notice from Seibertronian Soundwave902 is the preview for G.I. Joe's First Strike one-shot. Available on September 30th, please find the images mirrored below, and let us know if you'll be picking up this issue!

As Scarlett heads off to Cybertron to confront the events of First Strike, her G.I. Joe team on Earth faces an unusual enemy… V.E.N.O.M.! With the help of a former M.A.S.K. member, G.I. Joe looks to put an end to Miles Mayhem’s sinister group once and for all, in the Greatest Crossover One-Shot Of All Time


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Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909031)
Posted by Big Grim on September 7th, 2017 @ 7:05am CDT
Has it been adequately explained why the hell Venom has the Rhino Rig? That's a MASK vehicle, operated by Bruce Sato. I assume the goon with the cyborg head is Cliff Dagger, who ought to be operating the Jack Hammer.

Confusion.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909082)
Posted by ScottyP on September 7th, 2017 @ 12:05pm CDT
Big Grim wrote:Has it been adequately explained why the hell Venom has the Rhino Rig? That's a MASK vehicle, operated by Bruce Sato. I assume the goon with the cyborg head is Cliff Dagger, who ought to be operating the Jack Hammer.

Confusion.
In this continuity, Miles Mayhem had all of the vehicles built based on Cybertronian tech derived from Blitzwing. The Rhino was given to Bruno Sheppard, who has the half metal face in the pages above. Sheppard has beef with Matt Trakker because Trakker focused on a mission instead of saving him from the fire that messed up his face.

Cliff Dagger was introduced in the MASK Annual and does have the Jackhammer, but he hasn't been used in several months.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909111)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 7th, 2017 @ 3:09pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Has it been adequately explained why the hell Venom has the Rhino Rig? That's a MASK vehicle, operated by Bruce Sato. I assume the goon with the cyborg head is Cliff Dagger, who ought to be operating the Jack Hammer.

Confusion.
In this continuity, Miles Mayhem had all of the vehicles built based on Cybertronian tech derived from Blitzwing. The Rhino was given to Bruno Sheppard, who has the half metal face in the pages above. Sheppard has beef with Matt Trakker because Trakker focused on a mission instead of saving him from the fire that messed up his face.

Cliff Dagger was introduced in the MASK Annual and does have the Jackhammer, but he hasn't been used in several months.

The Jackhammer is actually Julio Lopez's vehicle in this continuity. Dagger hasn't been shown to have a personal vehicle yet.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909116)
Posted by Va'al on September 7th, 2017 @ 3:38pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Big Grim wrote:Has it been adequately explained why the hell Venom has the Rhino Rig? That's a MASK vehicle, operated by Bruce Sato. I assume the goon with the cyborg head is Cliff Dagger, who ought to be operating the Jack Hammer.

Confusion.
In this continuity, Miles Mayhem had all of the vehicles built based on Cybertronian tech derived from Blitzwing. The Rhino was given to Bruno Sheppard, who has the half metal face in the pages above. Sheppard has beef with Matt Trakker because Trakker focused on a mission instead of saving him from the fire that messed up his face.

Cliff Dagger was introduced in the MASK Annual and does have the Jackhammer, but he hasn't been used in several months.

The Jackhammer is actually Julio Lopez's vehicle in this continuity. Dagger hasn't been shown to have a personal vehicle yet.


Adkins with the rescue.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909122)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 7th, 2017 @ 4:19pm CDT
Oh! And another thing.

ScottyP wrote:Sheppard has beef with Matt Trakker because Trakker focused on a mission instead of saving him from the fire that messed up his face.

The actual reasoning is even stupider than that. Bruno took the Rhino for a test drive, even though Matt told him not to push it too hard, resulting in the Rhino exploding. But when Matt tried to save him, the radiation in his Spectrum Mask reacted violently to the Rhino's power source (I think, honestly its kinda vague), so all Matt could do was stand there before Mayhem teleported Bruno, Sly, and Vanessa away in the explosion.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909135)
Posted by ScottyP on September 7th, 2017 @ 5:40pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:The actual reasoning is even stupider than that.
I had blocked that out of memory. The MASK book is so bad. I wish it weren't :/
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909138)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 7th, 2017 @ 5:50pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Daniel Adkins wrote:The actual reasoning is even stupider than that.
I had blocked that out of memory. The MASK book is so bad. I wish it weren't :/

MASK is a classic example of "incredibly awesome idea" that has consistently been executed poorly. The cartoon is terrible (though can edge into "so bad its funny" territory at times), the DC Comics were okay at best, and the IDW comic is pure dreck. MASK is honestly at their best in crossovers.

VENOM at least are more interesting than their heroic counterparts and I've loved Aubrey Sitterson's work on the Joe title, so I look forward to seeing what he does with the MASK characters in the First Strike tie-ins and G.I. Joe Unmasked. Maybe he'll be the one to finally make Matt Trakker an interesting character.

Also, the fact that the Baroness has evidently taken over as Cobra Commander is such a genius idea, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909140)
Posted by Kurona on September 7th, 2017 @ 5:58pm CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:Also, the fact that the Baroness has evidently taken over as Cobra Commander is such a genius idea, I'm surprised it hasn't happened before.

Well, this company DID come close...

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Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909143)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 7th, 2017 @ 6:09pm CDT
I still need to read TFvsJoe.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909230)
Posted by Va'al on September 8th, 2017 @ 6:53am CDT
Daniel Adkins wrote:I still need to read TFvsJoe.



You do. You really do.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909466)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 8th, 2017 @ 5:24pm CDT
Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909474)
Posted by Kurona on September 8th, 2017 @ 5:50pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something

I think the heavy implication in the First Strike prelude was that he's now dead.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909475)
Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 8th, 2017 @ 5:51pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something

Blitzwing showed up in First Strike #0, which was set before Revolution. We still don't know what happened with him after that. Astrotrain's body was the MacGuffin in the MASK Annual, which has only been briefly addressed in First Strike #2. As of yet, we still don't know if there's any relevance to the event.
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Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on September 8th, 2017 @ 6:00pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something

I think the heavy implication in the First Strike prelude was that he's now dead.

Which one? Astrotrain was all but confirmed dead when Arcee sliced and diced him
Daniel Adkins wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something

Blitzwing showed up in First Strike #0, which was set before Revolution. We still don't know what happened with him after that. Astrotrain's body was the MacGuffin in the MASK Annual, which has only been briefly addressed in First Strike #2. As of yet, we still don't know if there's any relevance to the event.

Huh. I was hoping maybe at least they had done something with Blitzwing rambling on while a captive, or that Skywarp was somehow involved, like being close to finding either of the triple changers whether alive or dead
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909483)
Posted by Kurona on September 8th, 2017 @ 6:07pm CDT
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:
Kurona wrote:
D-Maximus_Prime wrote:Have they shown any more of Blitzwing? What happened with Astrotrain's head since I saw that in one preview of something

I think the heavy implication in the First Strike prelude was that he's now dead.

Which one? Astrotrain was all but confirmed dead when Arcee sliced and diced him

Blitzwing. They used the talisman for... something on him, then the screen went black. He's either dead or he's returning at the end of issue #4 changed in some way for a surprise twist.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1909524)
Posted by o.supreme on September 8th, 2017 @ 9:43pm CDT
So...What happened to Action Man? Sorry I didn't read the self titled series, so I have no idea why he's not in First Strike, I just hope when its all sais and done, TF goes back to the normal 2 books per month
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Posted by Daniel Adkins on September 8th, 2017 @ 10:13pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:So...What happened to Action Man? Sorry I didn't read the self titled series, so I have no idea why he's not in First Strike, I just hope when its all sais and done, TF goes back to the normal 2 books per month

Action Man has been hanging out with Kup, Ayana Jones, and Garrison Blackrock in Revolutionaries, which is the best IDW book on the shelves right now and if you're not reading it you are missing out on some awesome stuff.
Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1910051)
Posted by Va'al on September 11th, 2017 @ 3:54am CDT
Coming up this week from IDW Publishing is the next chapter in the First Strike mini-series which will change - allegedly - the face of the IDWverse from now on - First Strike #3! Check out below a full preview of the issue courtesy of Comics Crusaders, and make sure to head back to Seibertron.com for a review after its release.

G.I. Joe, the Autobots and M.A.S.K. make their way to Cybertron to stop the siege and encounter the COBRA leader, but all is not as it seems! Will their arrival help or just bring more disaster?


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Re: Video Interview with IDW First Strike Writers Mairghread Scott & David Rodriguez #HasbroFirstStrike (1910080)
Posted by Randomhero on September 11th, 2017 @ 7:37am CDT
We really need a scene of Optimus apologizing to soundwave for blackmailing him. I know they're friends now and soundwave is pretty much his second in command but we need it

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