Right, back to the ‘ongoing,’ with a round-up of stuff I can reveal (which ain’t anything major, don’t worry) about Transformers Devastation #5. As with my last Script (W)rap, for Beast Wars The Ascending #4, as we get further into a series (one where people are still to read issue #1, which comes out next week by the way), it’s tougher to tease and easier to inadvertantly give away stuff you later wish you hadn’t. There’s just so much BIG stuff happening in Devastation I’m particularly wary of anything approaching a true spolier. I don’t want to lose that big ‘wow’ factor when you finally see all this on the page. So, in very general terms, for the Autobots this is very much an aftermath issue (after #4’s simply colossal dust-up with Decepticon living weapon Sixshot). But boy, what an aftermath! The life and death stuff that wasn’t resolved last issue is resolved here (E.R. eat your heart out). And Optimus Prime makes a decision that will stun you. Seriously. As for the Decepticons, they’ve got Reaper trouble. If you thought the Reapers just amounted to the six you saw in Spotlight Sixshot, think again! And it’s not just external forces plaguing Megatron. Trouble comes to a head within as well, in the shape of… well, that would give the game away, though once you see EJ’s fabulous cover you’ll know. And (’cause this one’s packed to the rafters) there’s more on Hunter, more on the Headmasters, more on Hot Rod and Wheeljack and even a tease of a certain upcoming Spotlight featuring, well, the one I said I’d sideline for as long as possible, but then I started getting withdrawal symptoms and, anyway, you’ll see! This one doesn’t hit stores until January 08! But it’ll be worth the wait, I promise! For more details on all IDW Transformers titles, visit the IDW website here.


16 Responses to SCRIPT (W)RAP

  1. Dawfydd says:

    Spotlight Grimlock?
    No wait!
    Spotlight Death’s Head.
    (Please note that reality and Mr. Kelly very rarely intersect. Doctors theorize that if the two were t oever meet for prolonged periods, the universe would implode.)

  2. Luke says:

    man, January! at least #1 is next week…

  3. Heh.

    Simon, have you ever considered seeing a therapist over Grimlock withdrawal? πŸ™‚

    Still, nothing wrong with everyone’s favorite Dinobot showing up, especially with you writing him. Just so long as he doesn’t end up becoming your Mary-Sue character or something.

    And keep up the use of underused characters, as well! Doubledealer, Sixshot, and Hardhead thank you for that – though we all love the guys you made classic, keep the once-obscure now-classic TF factory open!

  4. Luke says:

    Simon, quick question, did you take the change of artists on issues 3 and 4 while EJ is off on new baby duties into account for your writing? did any new collab happen to make this change smooth and consistent.

  5. simon furman says:

    The scripts for issues #3 & 4 were written before we knew Nick and Robby were going to be standing in as ‘stunt’ EJs. So no, no difference in approach. Even if I’d known, I’d have written them exactly the same way, except that I might have been even more specific about what bit (in cross-reference terms) comes from where and when. EJ just knows.

  6. Ali Choudhury says:

    I’m a bit disappointed you’re not doing Megatron: Origin, Holmes’ take isn’t very special at all.

    Also I know legal issues prevent you from releasing the final scripts for War Within 3, but would it be possible to give a brief summary of how it would have been wrapped up?

    Loved the Prime spotlight. Sometimes I think you make Optimus a little too angst-ridden and not the positive, arse-kicking badass of the cartoons I love and remember, but this nailed the character perfectly.

  7. simon furman says:

    I’m really enjoying Eric’s Megatron. My only minor quibble would be with the panel count per page, it just seems to make the art a little impenetrable in places.

  8. simon furman says:

    As for WW3, if I can square things with Hasbro first (and I haven’t even started the ball rolling here, so don’t hold your breath) re the legality of doing what I’d like to do, which is publish a serialised prose version of the wrap-up to Age of Wrath on my blog, then I will.

  9. Dawfydd says:

    Finish WW3! Resurect Grimlock!
    Personally though Simon, I consider Grimlock to have been used suprisingly sparingly since IDW started publishing Transformers.
    Lets see, last two issues of BW: Ascending, and Spotlight: Shockwave by my count. Have I missed one?
    And more to the point, are you feeling alright? Not starting to speak in stunted, 3rd person sentences?

  10. BB Shockwave says:

    Nice teasers!

    Can’t wait to see a certain Decepticon to rear his HEAD in Devastation… or what else’s left of him anyway…

    More Reapers? Yay! I always thought the TFs needed more interaction with other alien species, something the Marvel G1 comic lacked (but you did some great scenes of TF/alien interaction in G2). There is a big universe out there and there could be alien empires that’d make Megatron look like he rules over only a street…

    I’d be very happy if you could get the rights to TWW3… I often re-read the first 3 issues, so many great stories left untold, so much plot left unfolded… Especially about the Turbomasters, Flash in particular.

    I have a question… while you were working at Dreamwave you once said you’d like to use the Obliterators, Clench/Colossus and Pyro/Spark, as some sort of precursors to the current faction leaders. Since then Clench had a (sadly brief) appearance in Holmes’ Megatron Origin as the team leader Megs deposed… Was he written into the story with your knowledge, does this mean we might see him again, maybe in a flashback story? (although I wouldn’t mind a spotlight either… πŸ™‚ )

    Keep up the good work, I can hardly wait to read Devastation #1 now…

  11. Mike says:

    Hey Simon. Just wanted to comment on the Optimus Prime spotlight that you did. You and Don make an unbeatable combination when it comes to Transformers.

    I was wondering if you are ever going to do a story on the Japanese version characters (ie. Star Saber from Victory) and at the same time add your own twist. Also, a story on the first 13 Transformers would be really interesting in my honest opinion.

  12. James says:

    Hi Simon,

    Will Lio Convoy and Big Convoy keep their ‘Convoy’ surname in the new Beast Wars comics?

    Take care!

  13. simon furman says:

    Re: the Obliterators. I’m sure these characters will feature again, at some time, but I can’t be any more specific than that. I didn’t know Eric had featured Clench, but neither do I mind. I’m sure there’ll be many story threads from Origin that can be picked up again in the ongoing.

  14. simon furman says:

    Re: the 13. Anything’s possible. As for Japanese characters making an appearance it’s not likely but neither am I ruling it out. They’d have to be IDW-Universe makeovers though, essentially new characters (a bit like Galavtron). We’ll see.

  15. simon furman says:

    Re: Lio/Big Convoy. Yeah, we’ve kept the names as are. It was a case of, if we change those, where do we stop?

  16. bassbot says:

    Well, on #3 and 4, i’m sure Nick and Robby will have no problems tackling their issues!!!

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