The news is out, the next Transformers Spotlight (the first in what is effectively vol 3) is to feature… Blaster. Now already there’s been speculation (on various website forums) as to exactly which Blaster this will be. The rock ‘n’ roll fixated, amped-up version from the cartoon series or the harder edged but compassionate warrior from Bob Budiansky’s Marvel Comics run. The answer is neither, or maybe an amalgam of the two with a new twist, however you want to look at it. The whole point with these character Spotlights (and the IDW TF-verse in general) is that you don’t ever get quite what you were expecting. If it’s been done before, the rule of thumb is, don’t do it again (or don’t do it the same way). So in Spotlight Blaster we meet not one but two new versions of Blaster, a before and after. Before/after what, you might ask. Well, let’s just say there’s an element of murder/mystery (without the murder per se) about this particular Spotlight, as a killer (and perhaps even a traitor) stalks the Autobot Command Hub, out finish something they started a while ago. But what about Blaster himself? Well, he’s certainly loud and bombastic, and his ‘voice’ is pretty much what defines him and his role in the larger scheme of things. But, as the story opens, circumstances have left him a shellshocked shadow of his former self, initiating an exploration of who, once you strip away the larger-than-life bluff and bluster, the real Blaster is. Expect a host of cool cameos, a link to one of the other existing Spotlights and a dramatic new direction for the focal character that will (eventually) affect the ‘ongoing.’ For those of you who felt Galvatron and Optimus Prime maybe weren’t self-contained enough for the Spotlight format, hopefully Blaster will fulfil all the criteria. Transformers Spotlight Blaster ships in January 08, and you can check out some advance art (cover and interior pages) in this thread on the IDW forums.

8 Responses to SCRIPT (W)RAP

  1. Hey, we can leave comments here, can’t we? Gosh, I’m quick.

    Anyway, it sounds good to me, as I’ve always dug both Blasters, and I’m curious to see what will happen here. Moreso, I’m hoping that the Autobot Cassettes will be involved at least a little (as per one of the covers), Steeljaw especially.

    I don’t think that these Spotlights should always have to be self-contained; it’s a nice touch when and if they are, but since they seem to link back to the main series anyway, it seems like a good outlet to tackle certain things that arise within the main series quickly, without taking away time in the main series for that specific purpose.

    What amazes me most is that Ramjet of all characters somehow wound up with his own Spotlight. I’m curious to see why that is. Heck, I thought you favored Dirge among the “Coneheads.”

  2. Freccia says:

    Ah, it looks like the story is fascinating…Can’t wait to see it.

  3. bassbot says:

    sounds awesome. I really like the comic Blaster from the titan reprints i’ve read, but from the sounds of it this new Furman-IDW take sounds awesome and fresh. Again, something i’m loving about the new IDW-verse.

  4. BB Shockwave says:

    Great news! This story sounds intriguing… a killer on Autobot HQ? Hmm, maybe we’ll see (Double)Dealer again…

    I really liked the way you tried to “amalgamize” comic and cartoon Blaster in The Ages of Wrath, too bad we never got to see when Blaster took on the big Megs by himself.

  5. CommCpl says:

    All of the “Spotlight” issues have been really interesting and I am really intrigued by what was said above here. To breathe new life into a character, and a popular one at that, is risky but so far Mr. Furman has not made a mistake. So I am eagerly awaiting this issue at my local comic book store as I have fallen in love with Transformers all over again!!!!

  6. simon furman says:

    Re: Ramjet. Not my Spotlight. That one’s by Stuart Moore, he of the New Avengers/TF crossover, and Ramjet, I believe, spins out of that. As for commenting here, yes! Spread the word. Time permitting, I’ll answer.

  7. simon furman says:

    Re: (Double)Dealer. Actually, there’s no DD in Blaster. But he does make a (cameo) appearance in the following Spotlight!!

  8. simon furman says:

    And finally, for now, hope your faith in me not ‘jumping the shark’ anytime soon continues to be justified. I like to think the TF classic characters are in ‘safe’ hands.

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