Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Friday, February 27th, 2015 11:56am CST

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Courtesy of entertainment website ComicBookResources.com, we have another interview with some of the creators behind the upcoming IDW Publishing Transformers: Combiner Wars event, crossing over current ongoing The Transformers and returning series Windblade. Read some snippets from the full piece - found here - below, in which John Barber and Mairghread Scott touch upon some of what is to come in terms of stories and themes, including some preview art for from Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli!

CBR News: This is the first big "Transformers" crossover since last year's "Dark Cybertron" epic. While we understand the basic gist of the crossover, what more can you tell us about "Combiner Wars?" Who, exactly is combining? Who is warring?

Mairghread Scott: "Combiner Wars" starts when Starscream (a rather evil guy and ruler of Cybertron) gains the ability to make a Combiner (a super-powerful giant) and seems poised to build a new Cybertronian empire.

Let that sink in.

Because when we talk about empire in "Transformers," we're not talking a few countries in Europe. We're speaking of whole planets who might be about to bow to the power of one man. Combiners are the ultimate weapons of Transformers, and Starscream can now make as many as he wants.

So you have two very different wars happening at the same time. Windblade and Optimus Prime are fighting a war for influence (Can they get people to see the danger Starscream poses?), while others take a much more literal war with every weapon they have.

John Barber: Meanwhile, on Earth, Prowl is sitting at the head of the up-to-now only really properly-functioning Combiner -- the other attempts have basically failed outright or driven the component people mad -- and he's not keen on Optimus Prime's leadership of the Autobots, or Starscream's ruling of Cybertron.

To put it in a real world setting: It's six issues (one "Opening Salvo" and five actual parts, just like most of the Combiners have) that starts in "Transformers" #39, goes to the new "Transformers: Windblade" #1, back to "Transformers" #40 and alternated until it's done. Mairghread and I are writing it, and the art is by the amazing Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli, alternating issues

[...]

Diversity is a big issue in comics -- and everywhere, really -- and something that I know is important to both of you, but how exactly do you promote diversity through stories about giant sexless, raceless robots?

Scott: The term "sexless" is debatable in my view. I want to be clear: There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female. That doesn't mean the same thing as it does in humans, but Transformers that call themselves "she" aren't doing it because they like the 'sh' sound. They are female, and we're going to meet a lot more of them.

The term "raceless" is also misleading. Transformers have a long history of racial tension against cassettes, animalistic transformers, headmasters, etc. They are just as noble as humans and we're pushing the envelope to make them at least as diverse as we are. So what can you expect in terms of Transformers in the future? More! More body types, more races, more LGBTQ, more religions and creeds and classes. More conflict about all of the above. Working with robots doesn't stop us from exploring diversity. It offers us the chance to push the boundaries of diversity in a lot of interesting, allegorical ways.

Barber: Yeah, what Mairghread said there. One of the things that non-"Transformers" fans might not realize is how wide-ranging and inclusive the "Transformers" fanbase is. I mean, it's self-evident if you're part of the "Transformers" world, but "Transformers" readers, "Transformers" fans encompass the entire spectrum of people. And it's important to have the characters in the comic be reflective of that.

It's sometimes a complex line to walk, between the out-and-out science-fiction-ness of the "Transformers" universe and its relationship with the real world, but it's important.


Transformers News: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Transformers News: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Transformers News: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

Transformers News: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art

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Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656796)
Posted by MrBlack on February 27th, 2015 @ 12:22pm CST
So who can identify those Camiens? Looks like Hot Shot, a female bot I don't recognize, and...I don't know, Afterburner?
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656813)
Posted by MisterNewUzer on February 27th, 2015 @ 12:47pm CST
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Posted by Peridot on February 27th, 2015 @ 12:53pm CST
Hot Shot is a Camien! More diversity! HOLY SLAG LGBTQ TRANSFORMERS! This is excellent, IDW! Keep it up!
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656818)
Posted by Evil Eye on February 27th, 2015 @ 12:55pm CST
Uhh, Camiens aren't all female. (As far as I know, I've only read The Death of Optimus Prime thus far.)
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656821)
Posted by griftimus prime on February 27th, 2015 @ 12:58pm CST
great hotshot design
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656823)
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2015 @ 1:01pm CST
Delta Magnus wrote:Uhh, Camiens aren't all female. (As far as I know, I've only read The Death of Optimus Prime thus far.)


If you're referring to Metro Prime's post, I think they were listing a number of excited points. :D
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656827)
Posted by Nisus on February 27th, 2015 @ 1:04pm CST
Ok, so am I safe to assume that MTMTE isn't involved in this?


*Nevermind. Just saw the list of issues that are going to be dealing with CW.
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656832)
Posted by Va'al on February 27th, 2015 @ 1:18pm CST
The second piece of news from Rachel Stevens of Women Write About Comics has some of a crossover with the CBR article we posted earlier, but offers some interesting additions and further developments to that interview, as Mairghread Scott and John Barber answer even more questions about the upcoming Combiner Wars event with IDW Publishing and where the two series - Windblade and The Transformers - will be going from there. Read more here, and some selected quotes below!


If you were to pitch the story to a new reader that hasn’t had the fortune of reading prior IDW Transformers comics, what is Combiner Wars and why should you be reading the current Transformers stories?

Mairghread Scott: Combiner Wars is about a world on the verge of imperial takeover. Cybertron has recently discovered one of a series of long lost colony worlds (this is where Windblade comes from), and they’re reaching out to them once more. But with the rise of the combiners, Cybertron (and more accurately Starscream) has military power no one’s ever seen before. He could easily turn these colonies into conquered worlds, creating a vast empire even Megatron never imagined.

John Barber: If you’ve never read Transformers, you probably wouldn’t guess what the IDW Transformers books are like. I mean, there’s a lot of action, yeah—and Combiner Wars definitely has some serious fighting—but a lot more personal interactions and political machinations go on than somebody might expect. I think word of mouth has spread about what we’re doing in these books, and hopefully something like Combiner Wars will give new readers a good place to take a look at this universe.

[...]

What do you want to do after Combiner Wars? Windblade Returns has been confirmed to not just be a miniseries, but little more besides that has been stated.

MS: That’s by design. Actually, the comic is named Transformers: Windblade; “Windblade Returns” was just a title card put up to announce our comeback. And we haven’t said much about it because Combiner Wars is so linked in with Windblade’s story that saying too much could spoil this event. I will tell you one thing. There’s this old saying I keep thinking of as I write it: “God never gives you more than you can handle.” Windblade is a lot stronger than she was when we first introduced her, but that just means her problems have grown that much bigger with her. I want to believe that Windblade really can build a better future for Cybertron and Caminus. But, as a writer, it’s my job to push her as hard as possible and see if she actually does.

JB: The next set of issues of Transformers deals with the ramifications of what happens in Combiner Wars back on Earth, and the rest of our solar system. With the changes in CW, we’ll see Arcee taking on a new role, and get some good Cosmos stuff, finally. And see what happened to Kup when he was in the Dead Universe. Plus, somebody will return. I won’t say who.
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656846)
Posted by shockblast2 on February 27th, 2015 @ 2:20pm CST
"There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female"


One of the most MORONIC statements I have ever heard from the lips of a human being in general. Robots do not have penises or vaginas, nor do they breed. This ideology just totally baffles me. Nothing more than an excuse to a) add tits to a robots to draw in teenage hormone machines and b) to try to insultingly draw in female Transformer fans for more revenue. Like they never liked the Transformers before Windblade was defecated out of the minds of "transformers fans".
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656853)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 27th, 2015 @ 2:49pm CST
shockblast2 wrote:"There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female"


One of the most MORONIC statements I have ever heard from the lips of a human being in general. Robots do not have penises or vaginas, nor do they breed. This ideology just totally baffles me. Nothing more than an excuse to a) add tits to a robots to draw in teenage hormone machines and b) to try to insultingly draw in female Transformer fans for more revenue. Like they never liked the Transformers before Windblade was defecated out of the minds of "transformers fans".


Yeah, and why does Jazz sound black? Just hasblow appealing to the PC agenda; trying to force African Americans into the lime light; and exploit them when all he is; is a minstral show [-( (all of that is sarcasm BTWs)
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656858)
Posted by snavej on February 27th, 2015 @ 2:54pm CST
The most inherent thing about Transformers is their ability to change their body shape, hence the name! It would be more natural for them to change their shape regularly so that they could appear male, female or something else altogether. Different shapes are useful for different activities. They might be seen as true 'gender benders'! It might seem weird to humans etc. but perfectly normal to Transformers. [Lou Reed's 'Transformer' album, anyone?!]
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Posted by shockblast2 on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:13pm CST
SW's SilverHammer wrote:
shockblast2 wrote:"There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female"


One of the most MORONIC statements I have ever heard from the lips of a human being in general. Robots do not have penises or vaginas, nor do they breed. This ideology just totally baffles me. Nothing more than an excuse to a) add tits to a robots to draw in teenage hormone machines and b) to try to insultingly draw in female Transformer fans for more revenue. Like they never liked the Transformers before Windblade was defecated out of the minds of "transformers fans".


Yeah, and why does Jazz sound black? Just hasblow appealing to the PC agenda; trying to force African Americans into the lime light; and exploit them when all he is; is a minstral show [-( (all of that is sarcasm BTWs)




Sound "black"?

WOW.
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656864)
Posted by Evil Eye on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:15pm CST
You do know that Jazz was voiced by the very black Scatman Crothers, right?
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Posted by shockblast2 on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:15pm CST
snavej wrote:The most inherent thing about Transformers is their ability to change their body shape, hence the name! It would be more natural for them to change their shape regularly so that they could appear male, female or something else altogether. Different shapes are useful for different activities. They might be seen as true 'gender benders'! It might seem weird to humans etc. but perfectly normal to Transformers. [Lou Reed's 'Transformer' album, anyone?!]



Transformers are combat robots. They would have no reason to appear to be male or female. So, it is more "natural" to try to be a certain gender to make yourself "blend in" even tough youa re a 15ft walking and talking robot??? :shock:
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Posted by shockblast2 on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:18pm CST
Delta Magnus wrote:You do know that Jazz was voiced by the very black Scatman Crothers, right?



They didn't pick him because he was black or because they thought he liked hip hop or something.........what in the hell???? "Very black"? WTF does that mean???

Some of you have some seriously effed up ideologies that are really based in racism. They chose Scatman because of his musical background and his voice. Nothing more.
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656868)
Posted by Evil Eye on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:20pm CST
Literally what?
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Posted by snavej on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:24pm CST
There are times when Transformers are not fighting. They do perform other tasks. In IDW, the main war is over but some battles continue.

Some Transformers can do 'mass shifting'. Nearly all Transformers are able to attach/detach parts and thus change size in a more conventional way.

With regard to gender, it has been shown that there are many gendered races in the same galaxy as the Transformers. Appearing male, female or other genders is possibly an attempt to curry favour with those races.
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656873)
Posted by CrankyOldTruck on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:31pm CST
Delta Magnus wrote:You do know that Jazz was voiced by the very black Scatman Crothers, right?


And you did read the fine print at the bottom of his post saying that it was sarcasm, right?
He knows full well what he was getting at and who voiced Jazz?

shockblast2 wrote:"There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female"


One of the most MORONIC statements I have ever heard from the lips of a human being in general. Robots do not have penises or vaginas, nor do they breed. This ideology just totally baffles me. Nothing more than an excuse to a) add tits to a robots to draw in teenage hormone machines and b) to try to insultingly draw in female Transformer fans for more revenue. Like they never liked the Transformers before Windblade was defecated out of the minds of "transformers fans".


I can't wait to watch you get thrown into a pit with 50 trans-genders and get your ass kicked.
You so totally missed the point of what they were trying to say that it goes beyond pathetic.
It's obvious that the only thing you are capable of comprehending is the pictures of Giant F'ing Robots blowing sh** up and that anything on a half-way adult level is incomprehensible
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656875)
Posted by shockblast2 on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:39pm CST
CrankyOldTruck wrote:
Delta Magnus wrote:You do know that Jazz was voiced by the very black Scatman Crothers, right?


And you did read the fine print at the bottom of his post saying that it was sarcasm, right?
He knows full well what he was getting at and who voiced Jazz?

shockblast2 wrote:"There are Transformers who are inherently male and inherently female"


One of the most MORONIC statements I have ever heard from the lips of a human being in general. Robots do not have penises or vaginas, nor do they breed. This ideology just totally baffles me. Nothing more than an excuse to a) add tits to a robots to draw in teenage hormone machines and b) to try to insultingly draw in female Transformer fans for more revenue. Like they never liked the Transformers before Windblade was defecated out of the minds of "transformers fans".


I can't wait to watch you get thrown into a pit with 50 trans-genders and get your ass kicked.
You so totally missed the point of what they were trying to say that it goes beyond pathetic.
It's obvious that the only thing you are capable of comprehending is the pictures of Giant F'ing Robots blowing sh** up and that anything on a half-way adult level is incomprehensible



Yeah, like I would take anything you have to say with any sort of respect. The only time you show up here is to troll this site with your irrelevant rants about how much you hate current transformers. What sort of "point" is made by calling someone "very black" or saying they "sound black". That is racist. Period. There is no sort of glossing over or ridiculous point to be made by saying something like that.

You pop in on this site from time to time to rant like some teenage fan boy, being in your forties, and you call me pathetic? :lol:

Worry about yourself buddy. You obviously have serious issues. besides the fact you have some sort of sick obsession with trans genders, since I never mentioned anything about that. :-?
Re: Writers Talk "Combiner Wars" Event, Transformers Gender Identity & More, Plus Preview Art (1656877)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 27th, 2015 @ 3:42pm CST
Another super racist shocker, Optimus Prime he sounds like a white guy from canada; i think that might be because, last time I checked; Peter Cullen is a white dude from Quebec :-$

Also trans gender people, or any person of the like, they people too.

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