Just a quick note that due largely to logistical issues, I won’t be appearing that the East Midlands Comic Convention (on March 16th) as previously trailered. Apologies for anyone who was hoping to to catch up with me there. So next up will be the previously reported Orbital signing on the 29th, and keep watching for further ‘con announcements. Several biggies TBA.
Yep, as the milestone that is Transformers: Regeneration One #100 nears, so the interviews keep flying in. This latest one can be found over on Bleeding Cool – here.
I’ll be back shortly with full details of my next actual convention (at the East Midlands Comic-con) appearance shortly, but just wanted to give everyone plenty of time to plan for what will be a completely epic — and likely not to be repeated — event. On Saturday March 29th, the entire Regeneration One team, minus Guido (it’s just a mite more difficult to him to pop over to London), will be appearing at London’s Orbital Comics to sign copies of Transformers: Regeneration One #100, the totally awesome final issue of the Transformers series that started it all. Myself, Wildman, Senior, Baskerville, Bove, Cardy… we’ll all be there, signing our socks off. It’s a nice bookend too, as over 2 years ago we all gathered at Orbital to sign the just-released RG1 #80.5.
UPDATE – Hi all, I’ve been advised that this ship date (which I’m pretty sure I saw reported as the 19th earlier) has slipped to the 26th of Feb. So you got your Script (W)rap a week early!
“And so, the end is near.” Uh-huh… the honest-to-gosh, accept no substitutes penultimate issue of Transformers: Regeneration One is upon us. This week (Wednesday 19th February) sees the release of Transformers: Regeneration One #99, and what is truly the beginning of the end. We’re almost at the last hurdle, the reveal of the true force behind… well, a ton of stuff, both in Regeneration One and a clutch of the 80 issues that preceded it. But first, there’s a pretty monumental obstacle to overcome in the shape of Senator Jhiaxus and his new Cybertronian Empire. At this point, if you want to avoid even the very vanilla spoilers herein, cease and desist reading immediately. Otherwise, prepare for a truly desperate last tilt against impossible odds, as Rodimus Prime (surrender or no surrender) looks to scupper Jhiaxus’s plans for universal conformity and order. Elements in the mix that could just give him the means and opportunity for such a counter-offensive (elements Rodimus is not even aware of himself as we join the action) are a somewhat clandestine rearguard action set in motion by Kup (last issue) and the enduring/looming presence of Underbase, the collective pool of Cybertronian knowledge and experience that appears to have transcended its apparent destruction/death (in issue #50). What (or who) exactly lives on in the very heart of Starscream? And what can even it do against a foe that is legion? Also, because even all that is never enough, we learn more about the fate of Spike Witwicky (and the phenomena known as Zero Space), the Primordials reach an… evolution(?)… and the surviving humans bring out the big guns. And the true enemy is revealed. PHEW! And just for good measure, CRIKEY! Even I can’t bear to watch… (Look out for a full preview of the issue soon… I’ll update as and when that’s live and viewable).
Check out my interview (largely about Regeneration One #100) over at Comic Book Resources. The interview contains mild spoilers and a first look at some of the art. It can be found here.
Now my convention-worn feet have had a chance to shrug off their corns, I’m on the road again for the 2014 circuit of conventions, personal appearances and signings. And of course, this being the 30th anniversary of Transformers, that puts an extra spin on this year’s cons for me, especially Auto Assembly in August. But, not to get ahead of myself, my first stop this year is in Maidstone in Kent, at Demoncon 7 (Sunday February 16th). I’ll be there, and so will Geoff Senior and Nick Roche, so there’s a nice old/new TF creators vibe to the event. This is a smallish event, but one that’s been running and gathering momentum for a while, and these often afford more time to actually spend chatting to people rather than just cranking out the signatures. Will I spill the beans about what’s coming up in Regeneration One #100? Well, I may drop some BIG hints. Plus, I’ll have my usual pile of signed script+comic packs, original [facsimile] scripts and comics (Transformers Death’s Head, Dragon’s Claws, etc) with me, so if you get a chance pop along and say hi. Details can be found here, or in the image below.
Here we are, at whatever the one before the penultimate issue is called, the last but two chapter of the original and founding Transformers saga. In other, less convoluted, words, here’s Transformers: Regeneration One #98 (of 100), which hits comic stores this coming Wednesday (January 29th). And boy, does this one kick some serious assets. We’ve been kind of teasing the threat posed by/true power of (former Cybertronian senator) Jhiaxus for a while now, but this issue should leave no one in any doubt about his lofty niche in the pantheon of Transformers villainy. But, before you read on, be warned, my authorly digressions do have a hint of spoiler about them, so if you’d rather have your issue served up unsullied by loose-lipped internet blather, cease reading now. Okay, so, where’d we leave things. Oh yeah, Rodimus Prime just got smacked around by Jhiaxus and he’s not taking it lying down. In fact, he’s mobilizing the whole dad-blasted Cybertronian fleet and going in all guns blazing. Not your average, agonize-about-it-for-a-decade Prime this one. Oh no. If this were toy branding, it’d be Affirmative Action Rodimus Prime emblazoned on the packaging. But is such all-guns-blazing action against a largely unquantified foe a wise move? Maybe not. Anyway, once the action kicks off it never stops, with the kind of full on epic battle the like of which this comic has never seen. “Could there possibly be room for anything else,” I hear you wonder. Well of course. There’s also the return to, um, unrestrained action for not one but TWO uber-fan favourites. Both of which you’ve been crying out for. But one of these is kind of good news, and one is very bad. Especially for poor Optimus Prime. Plus (oh yeah, it keeps on coming), the mystery of Galvatron and those Acolytes of Unicron takes another unexpected twist. Alrightyyy! No full IDW preview yet, but as soon as one surfaces I’ll update and link to it here. NOW UPDATED with link to preview.