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TRANSFORMERS COMICS by IDW - INFILTRATION (G1)

Transformers Infiltration: #0 Cover A by EJ Su
#0 A EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #0 Cover B by EJ Su
#0 B EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #0 Cover C by Milx
#0 C by Milx
Transformers Infiltration: #0 Cover D by James Raiz
#0 D James Raiz
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #0
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by EJ Su, Milx, James Raiz, Ed McGuinness

The new era for Transformers begins now! After too-long an absence, the Robots in Disguise are back in comics form! This is the beginning of an all-new storyline and continuity that relaunches the Transformers from the ground up. If you've always been curious about these giant, transforming robots, this is the perfect jumping-on point! In this specially priced introductory issue, legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman is joined by artist EJ Su in presenting "Transformers: Prelude to Infiltration," the opening salvo in an upcoming six-part saga that returns the Transformers to glory. In this 16-page tale, runaway Verity Carlo absconds with a mini-computer that just might hold bigger secrets than she's prepared to handle. And when she's made aware of a larger conspiracy that involves gigantic alien robots, well, the skeptic in her refuses to believe what she's been told. Until she has no choice but to believe if she wants to survive at all! Also contained in this 0 issue are interviews with the Transformers comics creators and a hint of what's to come in our new, ongoing Transformers series in January '06. Plus, more variant covers than you can shake a Decepticon at. Covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
24 pages, 99 cents

Transformers G1: Infiltration #0
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: #0 BotCon Exclusive Cover Issue
#0 BotCon 2005 Exclusive Cover
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #0 BOTCON EXCLUSIVE
This issue was Exclusive to attendies of the Transformers Collectors Convention - BotCon 2005. Featuring Scetches and art by Transformers designer Aaron Archer. This issue is very limited and highly collectible.
Transformers G1: Infiltration #0
by IDW
BotCon Exclusive Cover
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Transformers Infiltration: #0 Retailer Incentive Cover by Ed McGuinness
#0 Ed McGuinness Gatefold Incentive Cover
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #0 INCENTIVE
This Retailer Incentive issue is offered in limited quantities to retailers based on total regular issues ordered (1/100). Incentives are very limited and highly collectible, especially featuring SHOCKWAVE on the cover!
Transformers G1: Infiltration #0
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: #0 Boston Retailer Summit Exclusive Cover A
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Transformers Infiltration: #0 Fort Wayne Retailer Summit Exclusive Cover B
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TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #0 Retailer Summit Exclusives
Only available to Retailers who showcased at the summits in Boston - Optimus Prime - and Fort Wayne - Megatron - in 2005. Very limited and hard to find exclusives.

Transformers G1: Infiltration #0
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: #1 Cover A by A EJ Su
#1 A EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #1 Cover B by Andrew Wildman
#1 B Andrew Wildman
Transformers Infiltration: #1 Cover C by Raiz
#1 C James Raiz
Transformers Infiltration: #1 Cover D by Guido Guidi
#1 D Guido Guidi
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #1
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by EJ Su, Guido Guidi, James Raiz, Andrew Wildman

Earth: 2006, and the fate of the planet is already sealed, its destiny decided… by the marauding mechanical beings known as Decepticons. In their way stand an embattled crew of seven hardy Autobot warriors, sworn to prevent the impending Armageddon at any cost, and an unlikely trio of human misfits, pulled kicking and screaming into a hitherto hidden world of pain and hurt. The can of worms is open, the genie out of bottle… and nothing will ever be the same again! It begins again - here, now — the saga of the war-torn robots in disguise, the Transformers! Legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman and artist EJ Su pick up where they left off in “Transformers: Prelude to Infiltration” with the first official issue of Transformers: Infiltration. Covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
32 pg, 2.99 ea
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers Infiltration: #1 NDC Exclusive Cover Issue by DON Figueroa
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TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #1 NDC COMICS EXCLUSIVE
This Variant issue was Exclusively produced by New Dimension Comics and is limited to just 1,000 copies! Art by fan-favorite Don Figueroa. The front features a tribute to the classic Fantastic Four #1. The back has a large area for convention sketches. Quantities are limited.
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers Infiltration: #1 GCC Graham Crackers Comics Exclusive Cover Issue
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TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #1 GRAHAM CRACKERS COMICS EXCLUSIVE
Featuring a brand new cover by Nick Roche, created exclusively for Graham Crackers Comics! This brand new IDW Transformers #1 exclusive cover (featuring series favorite Starscream) is limited to a print run of only 1,000 copies. Each of these special edition books will come pre-bagged and boarded to insure their protection.
Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Celebrating the re-launch of Transformers, RuppsWorld.com has cover to have! Decepticon’s Starscream pile-driving the Autobot’s Ratchet! Limited to 1,000 copies with RuppsWorld Certificate of Authenticity.
Transformers G1: Infiltration #1
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Transformers Infiltration: #2 Cover A by EJ Su
#2 A EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #2 Cover B by Guido Guidi
#2 B Guido Guidi
Transformers Infiltration: #2 Cover C by Andrew Wildman
#2 C Andrew Wildman
Transformers Infiltration: #2 Cover D by James Raiz
#2 D by James Raiz
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #2
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by EJ Su, Guido Guidi, James Raiz, Andrew Wildman

IDW's Transformers revival continues here! Something is very wrong! For over two years, the Decepticon infiltration unit has been patiently building and fortifying its power base on Earth, maintaining an entirely covert presence. But now­open warfare rages on the roads and in the skies, and exposure seems a certainty. It's all falling apart, and Autobot medic Ratchet wants to know why. It seems Verity Carlo's stolen computer is the key, but the real trick is staying alive long enough to unlock its secrets. 22 pages of pounding pursuit and automotive action ­it doesn't get much better than this. Artist EJ Su provides a cover connected to his issue #1 cover image, and variant covers are once again offered up by Guido Guidi, James Raiz, and Andrew Wildman.   32 pg, 2.99 ea
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #2
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: #2 Starscream Incentive Cover by Guido Guidi
Transformers G1: Infiltration #2
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Transformers Infiltration: #2 Wraparound Incentive Cover by EJ Su
Transformers G1: Infiltration #2
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #2
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Transformers Infiltration: #3 Cover A by EJ Su
#3 A EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #3 Cover B by Guido Guidi
#3 B Guido
Transformers Infiltration: #3 Cover C by Andy Wildman
#3 C Wildman
Transformers Infiltration: #3 Cover D by James Raiz
#3 D by Raiz
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #3
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by Nick Roche, EJ Su, James Raiz, Andrew Wildman

The assembled Autobots take center stage as the mystery surrounding the Decepticons’ sudden–and demonstrative–change of modus operandi deepens. Can Ratchet convince Prowl that drastic action needs to taken now, not later, action that involves a certain Optimus Prime? If not, well, it may be that Ratchet has to take some (more!) drastic action of his own. As for the Decepticons, they’re already braced for a response, Autobot or otherwise, and the first order of business… is to wipe out all remaining evidence! By Simon Furman and E.J. Su.   32 pg, 2.99 ea
Transformers G1: Infiltration #3
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #3
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #3
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #3
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: #4 A Cover Art by EJ Su
#4 A by EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #4 B Cover Art by Guido Guidi
#4 B by Guido
Transformers Infiltration: #4 C Cover Art by Andrew Wildman
#4 C by Wildman
Transformers Infiltration: #4 D Cover Art by James Raiz
#4 D by Raiz
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #4
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by Guido Guidi, James Raiz, Andrew Wildman, EJ Su

Ratchet needs answers, before the crisis on Earth escalates, and that means sending a crack team deep—literally—into enemy territory. Too bad then, given Ratchet’s oath to protect human life, that his available resources amount to Verity, Hunter and Jimmy. Too bad also that Decepticon unit commander Starscream is intent on removing all evidence of his indiscretions, and that includes the particular bit of ‘enemy territory’ in question. Enter: Blitzwing and Skywarp! By Simon Furman and E.J. Su.
32 pg, 2.99 ea

Transformers G1: Infiltration #4
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #4
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #4
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #4
by IDW
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Transformers Infiltration: Free Comic Book Day 2006 / Beast Wars Flip Book
Saturday May 6 marks the 4th annual day of celebration when comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. IDW, creators of the popular Transformers comics present the FCBD Transformers Infiltration / Beast Wars comic. Also previews the upcoming Transformers Stormbringer, and TF Evolutions Hearts of Steel. Free with any purchase! (* $0.01 charged in shopping cart)
Transformers Infiltration / Beast Wars Free Comic Book Day Flip Book

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Transformers Infiltration: #5 A Cover Art by EJ Su
#5 A by EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #5 B Cover Art by Guido Guidi
#5 B by Guido
Transformers Infiltration: #5 C Cover Art by Andrew Wildman
#5 C by Wildman
Transformers Infiltration: #5 D Cover Art by Nick Roche
#5 D by Roche
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #5
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by EJ Su, Guido Guidi, Nick Roche, Andrew Wildman

This is it–the one you’ve been waiting for! Megatron arrives on Earth, and he’s not in the best of moods. His local Decepticon infiltration unit has broken protocol and gone rogue, and he’s not about to take it lying down. Once he’s got the whys and wherefores, there’ll be due punishment meted out, starting with Skywarp and Blitzwing. What about the Autobots and their human allies? Well, they’re all (wisely) staying well out of harm’s way. All, that is, except for Verity Carlo, who’s set for her own, personal face-to-face with Megatron!
32 pg, 2.99 ea

Transformers G1: Infiltration #5
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #5
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #5
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Transformers Infiltration: #6 Cover Art by EJ Su
#6 by EJ Su
Transformers Infiltration: #6 Cover Art by Guido Guidi
#6 by Guido
Transformers Infiltration: #6 Cover Art by Andrew Wildman
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Transformers Infiltration: #6 Cover Art by Klaus
#6 by Klaus
TRANSFORMERS: INFILTRATION #6
Written by Simon Furman, art by EJ Su, covers by EJ Su, Guidi, Roche, Scherwinski

The first titanic arc—Infiltration—wraps up in spectacular, no-holds-barred style, as Megatron sets about—demonstrably—putting his house (on Earth) in order. But, mighty as he is, has even Megatron got what it takes to curtail the activities of the all-new, hyper-powered Starscream? Whichever way it goes, the outlook looks distinctly bleak for the beleaguered earthbound Autobots. Could be that it’s time for Prowl and Co. to roll out the big guns?
Look for Transformers Escalation, the 2nd main story arc to follow Infiltration.
32 pg, 2.99 ea

Transformers G1: Infiltration #6
by IDW
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #6
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #6
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Transformers G1: Infiltration #6
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HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP AND IDW PUBLISHING TO RE-LAUNCH TRANSFORMERS COMIC BOOKS

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (May 19, 2005) – The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), intends to license its popular TRANSFORMERS brand to IDW Publishing for the introduction of a new line of TRANSFORMERS comic books. Adding to the successful TRANSFORMERS comic book library that currently includes more than 30 titles, IDW would re-launch a much-anticipated new line of TRANSFORMERS comics. The first comic, a special introductory “0” issue, would debut in October 2005. The next comic in the series would debut in January 2006. The comic books are expected to include the classic Generation One (G1) storyline, as well as new plotlines and new series, and would be distributed to a wider audience through comic book outlets, trade bookstores and mass retailers.

“This year, the TRANSFORMERS property will gain greater exposure among both core supporters and new fans of the brand, as the comics are distributed at mass market for the first time,” said Tom Klusaritz, vice-president of global publishing for the Hasbro Properties Group.  “We’re excited that IDW plans to publish the TRANSFORMERS comics, as well as expand upon the storyline by utilizing the best TRANSFORMERS writers and illustrators globally.”

IDW Publishing, the publishing arm of Idea and Design Works, LLC, is the comic book licensee of several popular shows, such as CSI (CBS), 24 (FOX), and ANGEL (Fox). IDW is also home to successful adaptations of comics based on the Konami videogames Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania, and movie adaptations from Dawn of the Dead to Shaun of the Dead. In both 2004 and 2005, they were awarded Diamond Comics’ Gem Award for “Publisher of the Year.” For the TRANSFORMERS series, IDW plans on using a mix of well-known and up-and-coming illustrators, inkers and writers to bring the property to new heights.

“The TRANSFORMERS brand is a great addition to IDW’s line of licensed comic books, and we look forward to expanding on an extremely successful property and returning TRANSFORMERS comics to a still-anxious marketplace,” said Ted Adams, President/Publisher of IDW Publishing.
 
The first TRANSFORMERS comic books were introduced to fans of the toy line more than two decades ago. In 2002, HPG re-launched the TRANSFORMERS comic book series.

MORE ABOUT TRANSFORMERS LICENSES IN 2005
TRANSFORMERS, a favorite among kids and collectors alike, has much to celebrate in 2005, starting with the brand’s leap to the big screen for its first, worldwide live-action film, slated for release in fall 2006. DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures will develop the movie, with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The film will bridge all aspects of the TRANSFORMERS brand, from toys to licensed merchandise.

In addition to the pending IDW arrangement, TRANSFORMERS will be available in Readers Digest hard books and chapter books, as well as a series of Dorling Kindersley children’s books available in the United States. Fans in Europe can enjoy TRANSFORMERS books from Egmont, Red Bird, Titan, Edigamma and Panini.

The TRANSFORMERS brand will continue to expand in 2005 as Paramount Home Entertainment releases three DVDs. The first two, released in February, are “Transformers: Omega Supreme” and “Transformers: Shockblast Unleashed!.” The third DVD, yet untitled, will be released in September.

ABOUT IDW PUBLISHING
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Konami’s Metal Gear Solid; and GrimJack: Killer Instinct. IDW has films in development at Sony Pictures, Dimension Films, and Paramount Pictures.

ABOUT THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE:HAS), translates one of the industry’s richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally.  Through a host of publishing, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro’s core brands, such as G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, DUEL MASTERS, MONOPOLY and CANDY LAND, beyond the toy and game aisle, creating rich lifestyle experiences.

Press Release   | © 2005 Hasbro.


IDW Talks Transformers Comic Book Line

Transformers by IDW in October- Click for a larger versionWhen Hasbro announced on Thursday that it has awarded the next North America license to publish Transformers comic books to IDW Publishing, a not uncommon reaction among the hardcore Transformers fan community was "Who??" Which may well be part of the appeal of the license for the small, but retailer-favorite publisher.

Their profile already raised just 24 hours after the license was announced, Newsarama spent a few moments Thursday evening taking to IDW about their early plans. In their first Transformers interview, IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall spoke about why they pursued the license and what it means for them as a publisher, and reveals details about their first ongoing project, including its title and creative team. And they also provided us a slew of preview art from the penciler of that first title….

Newsarama: Chris, obviously an announcement like this raises questions about what it means for IDW and what it means for Transformers fans. Let's start with the former, business side of the equation.

On the outside looking in Transformers was very successful in terms of the volume of books its last license holder - Dreamwave - was able to sell. But as most fans know Dreamwave wasn't able to survive long-term despite this success. This suggests that maybe the license could be expensive to obtain…

Chris Ryall: I like when you lead off with a statement - less for me to answer.

E.J. Su Transformers image - click to open a larger versionAbout this, I'll just say that we weren't the highest bidder to pursue the property. Hasbro made it very clear to us that our approach to business, production values and proposal for the Transformers line outweighed simple bottom-line figures.

NRAMA: Fair enough, but to complete the question, does IDW see this license simply as an opportunity to publish and sell a lot of books with a built-in fan-base? Or is it seen as a larger an investment in the company itself?

Ryall: Well, at least we're getting the cynical question out of the way first, Matt! The appeal of the license was actually a chance to not only expand our current fan-base by offering more all-ages material, but primarily to take one of the top intellectual properties in all of comics and give it our own spin. Imagine that - as a fan, you long for a chance to tackle properties like Spider-Man, Superman or Transformers. And while the first two will never be available to other publishers, when we had a chance to bid on the Transformers property, we jumped at it. We have, on a grand scale, the chance to back up the fan talk of "Well, if we did Transformers, we'd do this way!" And our way is coming.

NRAMA: How much is the appeal of the license a means to raise the profile of the company overall?

Ryall: I definitely think having the license to one of the most iconic brands out there, as well as the fan base that comes with it, will certainly raise our profile in some people's eyes. It already seems to have raised some eyebrows, anyway, and that's a good start. E.J. Su Transformers image - click to open a larger version

NRAMA: Along those lines, Dreamwave was seemingly never able to capitalize on the profile the Transformers license brought to the company and translate that to their original, in-house titles.

How does IDW plan to capitalize on this opportunity to get your other titles more exposure?

Ryall: We don't plan to do anything differently as far as the way we market our other books. They will mostly appeal to a different audience than our Transformers titles. But hopefully people who've never checked out an IDW title before and see our Transformers comics will be interested enough to check out some of our other titles, be they other licensed books like Metal Gear Solid, Shaun of the Dead, or anything else we do.

More important than this is the chance to offer age-appropriate material on a grander scale than before. Past all-ages books like Olympus Heights, while really solid reads, maybe didn't reach the audience they could have because comics fans expect more mature material from us. Now, we truly have a nice assortment of creative content for fans of all ages and interests.

NRAMA: Can you talk about what you learned about the eventual demise of Dreamwave and how they handled the property that you can apply to your approach?

Ryall: We've learned that Transformers fans really love this property when it's done right and have been very patient in waiting to see Transformers comics return to the racks. And now their wait is almost over…

NRAMA: What did Dreamwave do right that you'll be looking to continue to improve upon?

Ryall: We're looking to offer the IDW take on Transformers, actually. We've all read the Dreamwave books, and I think they had a great group of creators working on those books - they really did an impressive job and helped build the brand into its status as one of the more iconic licenses in comics, but at the outset, we don't plan to follow any path that's come before. Instead, we've worked hard on a sound publishing plan that will not only relaunch the property but also carry it into the future in interesting and creative ways.

NRAMA: So just to complete the circle of this line of questions, what'd they do wrong that you're looking to do much better with?

Ryall: Same answer really. More important than what any company did in the past, we've actually been lurking at the various Transformers message boards for months now, taking into consideration what the fans have liked, what they haven't, and what they might like to see in a new title. We've then summarily dismissed all their concerns and gone in a totally different direction and… no, no, I kid. E.J. Su Transformers image - click to open a larger version

The fan reaction, especially since they haven't known where this property was going to wind up, has all been incredibly honest and helpful and enlightening, and I think people are going to be very happy with where we take the property from here.

In fact, it's those fans' passion and interest in Transformers that made us really want to take on this property and set things off in an exciting, new direction.

We plan to interact more closely with some of these fan sites on some projects over the next few months, too… unbeknownst to them until they read this, anyway. And we'll be attending Bot-Con in Dallas this September, so it'll be nice to meet some of the loyal fans face-to-face. In fact, you Bot-Con attendees are in for a nice surprise this year, too… more on that later.

NRAMA: One of the few bugaboos fans have with IDW is the cover price of your current books, with is typically $3.99. You kind of addressed this earlier today on our message board, hinting at a lower price. Can you expand on that?

Ryall: Let's just say that fans will need to find some other bugaboo in this case.

Okay, let's say a bit more. Our "0" issue in October will carry a price of $0.99, and will be a 24-page comic, offering a 16-page story that sets up the entire first storyline, some interviews and editorial pages that speak to our future plans, and additional pieces of artwork from other folks, too, all carrying IDW's usual high production values.

And just what is that first storyline we're introducing in October? I'm glad I asked me that question.

Transformers: Infiltration will be a 6-part story (6 & ½, actually) that reintroduces the Transformers mythos from the ground up. It will be written by Simon Furman and feature art by E.J. Su, who we'll talk about more in a moment.

The relaunched Transformers title will carry a $2.99 cover price. Take that, bugaboo-happy fans!

In all seriousness, we do think it's important to make these comics as accessible as we can to a large number of people, so we've been determined from the start to have these books carry a $3 price tag. E.J. Su Transformers image - click to open a larger version

NRAMA: Okay, since you skillfully redirected this interview into more creative issues, we'll be happy to follow your lead.

Can we assume your stories will begin anew with a clean slate? They won't continue stories Marvel or Dreamwave began before you?

Ryall: You can. Our plan is to really return a sense of wonder to these characters, and to tell stories that appeal to people who have been there from the start as well as people who might never have picked up a TF comic before.

I don't want to use the word "Ultimization" of the Transformers line, mostly because I don't think "Ultimization" is a real word [editors note: he's right, it isn't, we checked], but our initial Transformers book will be a stripped-down, rebuilt, rebooted title that explores the world of the Transformers and just what they've been doing here on our planet. They are Robots in Disguise, after all, and we're going to return them to deep cover. At first…

NRAMA: You also have several different "continuities" to deal with, based on the various toy lines and animated programs. What will be IDW's approach to this issue? Will you concentrate on one distinct continuity, or tackle multi ones in separate projects?

Ryall: Our initial title, which starts in October's "0" issue and continues in the 6-part Transformers: Infiltration that debuts in January, will be its own continuity. We all realize and are sensitive to the fact that there are other continuities out there, as well as some unfinished stories, and will work to resolve those to fans' satisfaction as well. Which is why we'll logically then lead right into our Crisis on Infinite Cybertrons maxi-series by Wolfman and Perez...*

[*Note: not really].

NRAMA: Hasbro referred to it as a "line" in their announcement. How big do you envision the line becoming? Will you publish multiple projects concurrently, or concentrate on one or two at a time?

Ryall: We'll talk more about our publishing plans as we get closer to the relaunch, but the initial salvo will be this ongoing Transformers comic. I'd love to say more about it right now, since I love what we have planned for it, but I won't.

Yet.

NRAMA: So just to be sure we're clear, the series that begins with October's #0 issue and then continues with issue #1 in January is an ongoing series, with Infiltration being just the first, six-issue (and ½) story arc? Will the series be monthly beginning in January?

Ryall: Yes and yes. And after that book launches, and soon after that, we'll introduce some of the other Transformers books we have planned. There will also be collections of out-of-print material, collections of past issues that have never made it to trade paperback form, and some other cool things, too. But for our opening act, Transformers: Infiltration will stand alone.

Of course, 2006 is the 10th anniversary of Beast Wars, as well as the year the movie is released, so you can expect some special one-shots and other things, too. I checked the Japanese calendar, and next year is coincidentally the "Year of the Transformer", which is fortuitous timing for us.

NRAMA: Indeed. Speaking of the live-action movie coming to a theater near you, creatively, how much influence - if any - will the film have on your approach to the property?

Ryall: The movie will be its own entity, much in the same way that, say, Spider-Man the movie is separate from Spider-Man comics. We'll definitely be involved with presenting our take on the movie when that time comes, and the Transformers in both will be essentially the same, personality-wise, but our initial Transformers comic will stand apart from anything else.

NRAMA: Can you talk about the creators you've talked to at this point?

Ryall: I've talked to many, past and some who will be future Transformers creators, but the biggest name I've spoken to as I've mentioned is Simon Furman.

I've actually been talking to Simon for months, and he's an integral part of our relaunch plans. I don't think you could point me to another person who's more well versed in Transformers lore than Simon. It's for that reason that he's going to be our writer on the ongoing Transformers book, as well as some other projects down the line. E.J. Su Transformers image - click to open a larger version

In order to properly relaunch this property, I wanted someone who knew things back to front, and who could really use what's worked in the past as a foundation to build on what is to come. Simon's initial arc and reintroduction of these characters, and the new supporting cast, is fantastic, something I think people will really respond to. And with E.J. Su on art, well, we're about as close to a Transformers "dream team" as I could have imagined.

The only other thing I'll say right now is that fans of Transformers and comic books alike can expect to see some really unique takes on these characters next year, in addition to the plans we've already announced.

NRAMA: Let's talk about E.J. Su for a moment. Being as "techy" as it is, Dreamwave focused on Pat Lee's strength and introduced a very manga-ish flavor to their books. Su's work on Devil's Due's Voltron, Image's Tech Jacket and a little project called G.I. Joe vs. Transformers Vol. 2 implies that you plan to continue in that general direction?

Ryall: Well, anyone who knows artist E.J. Su's work from books like Tech Jacket knows that he can do "tech" and "manga-ish flavor" as well as anyone out there, so I suppose in that regard, the books will have a little bit of that flair. That said, as much as I liked the work that past creators have done on Transformers comics, this is going to be a new take that doesn't follow what's come before, but instead hopefully sets the standard that future Transformers books will want to follow.

NRAMA: Okay, wrapping things up, the generation that grew up with Transformers are now adults. But Transformers is of course based on a very much still viable line of toys. Can you speak to what your target audience will be?

Ryall: All of them. And more.

In looking back at the Transformers license, like any decades-old property, there was a considerable amount of back story built up, so much so that new fans might have found the idea of a Transformers comic to be intimidating and mostly impenetrable. But it shouldn't be that way - at its core, Transformers is a great concept with interesting characters and personalities. I mean, they're giant, transforming robots! This new title has a chance to capture the imagination of new generations of comic book fans, but will also be true to what's come before and will be of appeal to long-time fans, too. So adult, kid… we want 'em all to find something they can enjoy through these comics.

NRAMA: Will you be creating more mature stories perhaps designed to appeal to the long-time, adult fans, or a more all-ages approach, taking kids now discovering Transformers today into consideration?

Ryall: Yes…

What I mean is, this first book will appeal to teenagers and beyond. When I was a kid, I never felt like comics were tailored to me - they told fun, appealing and high-adventure stories that I liked then and that I like now. Transformers are the perfect property to offer something for everyone. If kids like the idea of giant, transforming robots, they'll get that, but if you like stories with some nuance and texture to them, you'll get that out of this title, too. I think of properties like The Incredibles, or Ultimate Spider-Man, and in those, you have elements that work for multiple audiences and ages. That's what you'll get here.

We also have other plans that will be even more appealing to longtime comics fans, but for now, I've said enough…


Interview   | © 2005 Newsarama.



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