It’s the turn of the upcoming Transformers Spotlight Grimlock to get the post-script treatment. As always, what follows is more teaser than spoiler, but if you want to avoid any potential insights into what the issue holds, look away now. Right, here goes: this one’s been a long time coming, inasmuch as I pointedly didn’t want to lean too heavily, too early in the evolution of the IDW/TF-verse, on what’s become almost my signature character across the various eras of Transformers in comic form. But, having trailered Grimlock (and his Dynobots) in Spotlight Shockwave, it was only a matter of time before the linguistically-strangled one (and don’t go reading into that that I’m necessarily going to play IDW/TF-verse Grimlock like previous incarnations!) got a Spotlight of his own. That begged the question, who was IDW/TF-verse Grimlock? How was he different? What drives him? What makes him who he is? I wanted to make sure that this Grimlock was presented as completely as possible as quickly as possible, and that we got well and truly inside his head. Anyway, the actual events in Spotlight Grimlock (as well referencing Spotlight Shockwave, naturally) spiral out of the catastrophic conclusion to Devastation #6, in more ways than one. On the one hand, Skywatch, the alien-aware, off-the-radar government organization responsible for the salvage/reactivation/reorientation of Ravage and Laserbeak (in Spotlight Soundwave, etc), attempt to bolster their ‘pet’ anti-robot robot strike team with a Dynobot (or so). Things, naturally, don’t go to plan (for reasons which will surprise you, I think), and this in turn sets in motion a blazing confrontation with another of the previously-introduced cast (and no, I’m not saying who), who gets some decent page time in Devastation #6. Though self-contained, Spotlight Grimlock is most definitely a sequel to Spotlight Shockwave, inasmuch as it deals with the consequences (to Grimlock himself and the other Dynobots) of Grimlock’s actions therein. Spotlight Grimlock is also a key part of what’s coming next. Its crunching head-to-head opens the door for one of 08’s (several) big ‘events.’ Can’t say more, as I’m sworn to secrecy right now, but it’s a crowd-pleaser! Spotlight Grimlock is drawn by Marcelo Matere and hits in March 08. Don’t miss it, really, DON’T MISS IT.

20 Responses to ME, SCRIPT (W)RAP

  1. Best First says:

    This post is making me realise how much i miss letters pages written by a grown man pretending to be a giant robot t-rex.

    And on that note i am most excited by the sound of Stubbie Furman’s latest offering.

  2. Christian B says:

    The IDW TF storyline just keeps getting better and better. Simon you are DA MAN!!!

  3. matthewhessey says:

    Can’t wait for this one to come out πŸ˜€ By the way Simon, I would like to become a comic writer once I am older and I was wondering if you could have a look at a script I have written for a fan comic I’m making with friends and if you could tell me what you think about it? As your input as the TF comic supremo on my TF script would be invaluable. (woah, quite a few big words there for me…)

  4. Dawfydd says:

    Cool!!! March can’tcome soon enough…
    Would it be right though to say that due to the events of Spotlight: Shockers, Grim & Co. missed old Thunderwing’s rampage across Cybertron? (just want to get the chronology straight in my head…)

  5. Yeah, that would be correct.

    Since Shockwave apparently put his plan into motion before the Energon shortage was an issue. And considering his base was ON Cybertron.

  6. You’re not the only one Besters. March though, seems like ages to wait, though it will no doubt come around fast

  7. partholon says:

    im really looking forward to this one as ive missed the dyno’s and im intrigued to how they’ll react to the humans messing about with their heads. can see one or two taking umbridge with that πŸ™‚

    personally i wouldnt mind the big grim getting a better lexicon as the “me grimlock” things harken too close to the cartoon for me and i always preferred him being smart. still some inflections wouldnt be all bad. what id really like to know is if we’ll get a chance to see more of the other dinos down the road. always seems like snarl got a bit left out to me

  8. bassbot says:

    i loved the brief look at the dino’s and grimlock especially in the shockers spotlight. it showed him thinking ahead and leading the charge, whilst emotionally and chaotic, still fairly effectively. somewhat.

    anyhow, can’t wait for march!

  9. arariel says:

    Oh man… I can’t wait for anything you describe as a “crowd pleaser” because that’s basically all the IDW TF storyline has been! I can not get enough of this stuff! Mr. Furman, you have a fan for life!

  10. Coptur says:

    Well, as long as Slag gets some action i’m happy (pun partially intended lol)

  11. Dan Coyle says:


  12. Chris N says:

    Would I be right in guessing, from the cover, that the issue ties in to certain Machination events?

    Or would answering such break the code of secrecy? Or perhaps give away The Big Mystery of who’s behind the M?

  13. simon furman says:

    Chris, I couldn’t possibly answer your question without giving away one of the most guessed reveals of modern comics. Damn that cover for making it even MORE blatantly obvious!

  14. simon furman says:

    And yes, Dawfyyd, the Dybobots and Shockwave leave Cybertron before Thunderwing goes ga-ga.

  15. simon furman says:

    Hey Matt, right this moment I just can’t spare the time to give your script the attention it no doubt deserves. I’m being pulled every which way at the moment. Ask me again in the New Year.

  16. matthewhessey says:

    Cool, I’ll make sure to hold you to that one Simon! πŸ™‚ Hope things calm down for you soon. Also, which badly kept secret is this regarding the machination? Is it the secret that stopped being a secret almost as soon as it started being a secret? Hopefully the ‘secret’ gets revealed soon so people can stop calling it a secret!

  17. Chris N says:

    Drat. I will have to soldier on completely dumbfounded as to who the head of the Machination could possible be, with no clue whatsoever as to whether Spotlight Grimlock will feature the character.

    Damn your vague and elusive non-answers! 😦

  18. Dawfydd says:

    Cheers for clearing that up for me Simon, I figured that was the case, I just wasn’t sure.
    For some reason though that preveiw cover gets me more exited for the sight of Grim with his traditional weapons loadout, Energo Sword + Twin Rocket Launcher-thing, than the shadow reveal. Go figure….

  19. Thunderwing says:

    Simon, do the other Dynobots feature in this Spotlight at all?

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