SCRIPT (W)RAP — UK

Right, here we go with Transformers UK #13, the final part of Twilight’s Last Gleaming, our epic five-part movie-verse tale, which spins out from an alternate (less than happy) ending in which Megatron and the Decepticons, far from defeated, emerge triumphant and very much in the driving seat. Minor spoilers, major teases! So far, we’ve seen a spirited and determined, but realistically doomed fightback from the Autobots and humans, one which has been manipulated to an extent by Starscream, who has his own unique designs on planet Earth (that don’t involve Megatron!). But now, at last, the tide begins to turn, as the recently thawed Optimus Prime faces Megatron anew, for perhaps the last time! Big, crowd-pleasing battle action guaranteed! But that’s not the only major-league throwdown in progress. At the All Spark power distribution hub, Ironhide and Ratchet are up against their own ‘big bad,’ not to mention a whole battalion of Decepticon drones! It ain’t looking good… on either front. Things do come to a suitably fiery conclusion in the eleven (yes, eleven!) story pages, but this is NOT the end. The big news is, Transformers UK is staying firmly in its alternate movie-verse, and issue #14 will feature the first part of the portentously titled ‘Aftermath,’ which deals with the fallout (in some cases literally) from Twilight’s Last Gleaming. From there, the sky really is the limit, as we explode into far-flung realms of the movie-verse, bringing in a threat so monumental that ‘epic’ plainly doesn’t cover it, plus new characters, a return or two and some big, big changes for planet Earth. The fun’s just starting… don’t dare miss a single panel!

6 Responses to SCRIPT (W)RAP — UK

  1. Paul Ridgon says:

    Can’t wait to see where you take us with this Simon! Maybe you could tell me a little more at Bristol..?

  2. Best First says:

    So… is that a permenant switch to an elternate reality? Or a ‘for the time being’ change? Quite keen on the idea personally but sounds like it could limit the market appeal of the title a bit.

  3. Simon Hall says:

    Hey Simon, its been a while since I’ve had my tuppence ha’penny worth on your blog. So here goes! I am enjoying the new UK strip and it would seem you are too, as this alternate movie-verse has given the strip a bit more of an identity. Its been good to see a rotating roster of talent on the title,too! Best First seems concerned that the alternate reality may limit the appeal, but I think its doing the trick – I’m sure some of the readership will be familiar with alernate universe stuff anyway. Or at least they will be if they’ve been watching Doctor Who on a Saturday! Just to play devils avocado, does the UK strip get much mention from the younger readers of the comic? I have noticed that the letters page is full of enthusiasm for favourite characters and so forth, but not much mention of the content (!).

  4. simon furman says:

    Best First — I wouldn’t go as far as to call it permanent, but certainly we’ll be staying in the Twilight’s Last Gleaming continuity at least until issue #26, which as far as I’ve got stories mapped out. That should bring us up to the release of the new movie in Summer 09, then we’ll see.

    Simon — thanks for the vote of confidece in the alternate universe storyline. I think you’ll see it’ll give us the freedom to go where ‘official’ movie-verse stuff just can’t, and really build something cohesive in terms of story arc and character development. As far as I know, and based on the mag’s steady and decently rounded readership tally, we must be doing something right story-wise, for all ages!

  5. Simon Hall says:

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. There’s only so much you can do with two hours worth of live action film to chew on! And wow, sales must be holding up if you’ve planned that far ahead, which is also cheering. I’ll be sticking around come what may, anyhow! I am cheered that younger readers have latched onto TFs in the way they have. I have myself often pondered whether the Power-Rangers style direction of the toyline has erroded the longevity of TFs amongst kids today. I know the world’s moved on, but the original line lasted 7yrs in the US and 8 over here, Beast Wars did 3 (and probably could have done more),but these days it does seem a bit like reinvention for reinventions sake of late, with all these endless rebootings (RID/Armada/Energon/Cybertron/Alternators/Classics/Masterpiece/Movie/Animated…).Sigh.I must be getting old…I just think it’d be nice to have something that sticks around longer than five minutes that you can get into and appreciate a bit more.

  6. Warewullf says:

    This is really great news. I’ve been loving the current alternate universe storyline and i agree that there is a much wider scope for stories. I look forward to see what’s coming up.

    And hey, you even managed to make Mikela seem interesting! Not an easy thing to do if you have to stick to movie continiuity…

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