It’s the turn (and not before time, as I’m three scripts on from this one already!) of the lead story in Transformers (UK) #16 for the post-script discourse. This one’s more of a standalone tale, though it plays in to what’s come before and the BIG story to come immediately after. It’s called ‘Dark Spark’ (I know, I know!) and it centers around the return of a character many might have thought gone for good (but as this is our ‘alternate’ movie-verse, we can pretty much do what we will!), and whose return is good news for absolutely no one. With ‘Aftermath’ done, we’re now moving on in a big way from the whole ‘Twilight’s Last Gleaming’ arc, and this more self-contained story was very much designed to bridge the gap between that and the next arc, one that will come to define this second batch of 13 UK issues. It’s also more character led than other recent issues, which I do like to do from time to time, to bring the focus back from the epic to a level that anyone, even a casual reader, can jump in on. If you’ve read issue #14 (‘Aftermath pt1’), you’ll have some idea already where the ‘spark’ of ‘Dark Spark’ comes from, but who gets it and what it does to them may surprise you. And it’s all connected to what’s happening (and trust me, it’s all bad) to Earth. The story sees the debut of one Decepticon and paves the way for that of four Autobots. And that’s all I’m gonna tell you, except that issue #16 hits UK stores on September 11th and the art is by Jeremy Tiongson.


11 Responses to SCRIPT (W)RAP — UK

  1. Sounds interesting, are there any plans to bring copies of issue 15 to Auto Assembly next week or is it too early?

  2. knightneuralcentre says:


    Have to say the art looks a lot better than last issue, where the same poses (promotional movie ones might I add) where used about three times. Bit lazy I thought, and the non-movie Trnasformers looked a bit too “chunky” for the movie universe.

    However, as always, the script was the star, and I’m hooked!

    Have to say Megatron Original looks great but is a bit of a strange choice, I was expecting the IDW movie sequel… and any word if TFUK will shift to every three weeks instead of four? I’ve noticed other Titan titles going that way.

    By the way, I’ve finally been able (at much expense, not to mention eye-rolling form my girlfriend) to complete my Marvel TFUK collection from the 80’s and early 90’s and am so far on issue 30, enjoying “The Wrath Of Guardian” – remember that one? No graphic novels for me, this is the way to do it, with the actual comics 😀 and Simon, your scriptwriting talents for the Transformers is, if you don’t mind me saying, absolutely fantastic!! The emotional connection you can make between the reader and these “toys” (you know what I mean) really is stunning! I don’t know how you manage it. I thought these early stories might only show signs of the writing to come out of the series’ 300+ issues, I did NOT expect them to be this good from the word “go”! So congrats Mr Furman, I really can not wait to see how these develop!!

  3. knightneuralcentre says:

    Shoulda signed that, oops…


  4. Justin says:

    Jeremy Tiongson is an artist I’ve been seeing a bit of on Deviantart and one i hoped IDW would take notice of! Great news I just hope we see his work here on the west side of the pond! At first it seemed too ‘chubby’ but i couldn’t stop looking and i saw the detail he put into the characters and how really his characters are well proportioned!

  5. simon furman says:

    Probably too early on the issue #15 front.

  6. JT says:

    Thank you for the comments Justin & Knight. I’ll work even harder next time…

    Awesome script Simon, the best one I’ve ever worked on.


  7. eman says:

    good day sir.i would like to ask permission from you if could use this page of yours for me to practice on my colors.i’ve already submitted color sequentials to Mr.David Ravenscroft; and said that he might try me for the first 4 issue of Cougar.

    also if it’s okay if can post this to my DA account and ofcourse all the credits are to you.thank you so much!!


  8. simon furman says:

    Hi eman, it’s not really MY page to let you use. That’s down to Jeremy. Or Titan.

  9. Mark says:

    Hi Simon,
    I provide art consulting services and I have a client (field office) who’s engineers, have named all of their internal conference rooms after the Transformer Characters–requesting me to place a frame picture inside of the titled conference room. Is there away for me to gain permission to display the images with the appropriate visual acknowledgment / credit?

    FYI..there are 17 conference rooms for this project.

    Thank you in advance, for you comments.


  10. simon furman says:

    Hi Mark, Transformers copyright/image rights is with Hasbro. You’d need to contact them for any approvals/clearances. If you’re UK-based there’s Hasbro UK in London. It might just be a matter of attached a copyright Hasbro line to each image, but best to check.

  11. Mark says:

    Thanks Simon, for your prompt response and help!


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