Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Transformers: Regeneration One #81 Preview

Wednesday is the kick off of a new Transformers series from IDW. Transformers: Regeneration was teased with a Free Comic Book day release back in May to catch people up on the events of the Marvel series when it ended over 20 years age with a reformatted Cybertron and end of the war. Transformers: Regeneration #81 starts the Marvel U version of Transformers once again with a 21 year leap forward as it explorers the problems Transformers still face in a time of peace. This is almost an alternate universe take on G1 characters as the cartoons and movies were used as guide posts but not as established continuity when telling those stories back in the 80s.

This might seem familiar as IDW's TF: Robots in Disguise also explores this theme but there are at least a few surface differences. In most cases, The main one is this is the more pure G1 take on the characters with 81 issues of back story to cull from. Also where RID explores the beginning of a new government on a planet that has to be essentially rebuilt from scratch, this one has it starting up after most of those birthing pains are done. Not yet sure if worth adding but since decades long Transformers writer Simon Furman is at the helm, the result should be an entertaining read. A preview of the first 8 pages of the issue can be found here.

Transformers: Regeneration One #81
Simon Furman (w) • Andrew Wildman & Stephen askerville (a) • Wildman, Guido Guidi (c)
The TRANSFORMERS comic that began it all—is back. With a vengeance! 21 years have passed since CYBERTRON was restored to its former glory, and finally there is peace. But, after millions of years of bitter civil war, can all ever truly be one? In a conflict this primal, this epic and far-reaching… There are always “Loose Ends”!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99


  1. The cartoon wasn't used as a guide post; the comic actually launched before the cartoon. Both used the same premise as the starting point, but went off in different directions straight away. Plus, the comic outlasted the cartoon by a number of years. This is the G1 I grew up with, and as much as I like the cartoon, that was always an 'alternate take' on the characters for me.

  2. The cartoon and G1 film took more from the comics (including stealing the idea of the Creation Matrix and perverting it into the "matrix of leadership") than vice versa.


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