For an entire generation of Transformers fans, their first experience with “Robots in Disguise” was through the Transformers: Beast Wars television show, debuting in 1996 as the cutting edge of computer-generated children’s entertainment. In 2021, IDWPublishing will honor the 25th anniversary of this monumental moment in Hasbro’s storied Transformers franchise with the launch of an all-new Transformers: Beast Wars comic book series!
Written by Erik Burnham with art by longtime Transformers artist Josh Burcham, the new series will launch in February with a #1 issue containing 30 pages of story and bonus content.
The Transformers: Beast Wars comic series will welcome fans to a future Cybertron populated by scientific-minded Maximals and action-oriented Predacons. When the successor to the Megatron name steals a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, only Optimus Primal and a team of Maximals — Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and a new character Nyx — can stop them.
Transformers: Beast Wars #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Josh Burcham, Cover B by Fico Ossio, and two Retailer Incentive editions featuring art by Dan Schoening and Nick Brokenshire.
Middle-grade readers will get tangled up in these all-new adventures of Spider-Man and his amazing friends! Peter, Miles, and Gwen have completed their internships at the Daily Bugle and now they’re all shook up over their newest foe-the Shocker! A Marvelous new era continues!
(W) Brandon Easton (A/CA) Fico Ossio In Shops: Mar 18, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Middle grade readers can get tangled up in these all-new adventures of Spider-Man and his amazing friends! Peter, Miles, and Gwen have completed their internships at the Daily Bugle-now they’re all shook up over their newest foe-the Shocker! A Marvelous new era continues!
(W) Delilah Dawson (A/CA) Fico Ossio In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $9.99
Peter, Gwen, and Miles have learned to work together, but a sinister new enemy is about to tear them apart!
After a devastating encounter with the Black Cat and her bad luck powers, the Spidey team is down on their luck and at each other’s throats. Will Peter, Miles, and Gwen learn to overcome their bad luck and work together again, or is this the end of the line for the Marvelous Spider-Trio? Collects issues #7-9 of the Marvel Action: Spider-Man series.
(W) Brandon Easton (A/CA) Fico Ossio In Shops: Feb 12, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Readers ages 8-12 can get tangled up in these all-new adventures of Spider-Man and his amazing friends! Peter, Miles, and Gwen have completed their internships at the Daily Bugle-now they’re all shook up over their latest foe! A Marvelous new era continues!
While I’ve had a digital review copy for a bit, No One Left to Fight #1 felt like a comic I needed to experience in my hands physically. Created by Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio, the series is an homage and love letter to anime and manga. The series focuses on Vâle, a hero who saved the world and is now retired with no one left to fight. It’s an interesting beginning setting up what’s to come but really diving in to the tropes that make anime and manga fun and accessible.
It feels like Sitterson at times is going down a list as to what makes anime and manga successful and popular. We have the hero fighter. There’s the jealous rival. There’s two young kids full of energy. There’s the odd anthropomorphic friend. And there’s the token woman who’s capable and also an object of jealousy. This isn’t a bad thing at all as it feels like it comes from a place of love as opposed to a send up of it all.
There’s also something really smart and interesting about its use. It’s familiar which makes the entry into the comic, and it’s world, that much easier. We’re familiar with the tropes and personalities. With that there’s a certain expectation but also allows us to focus elsewhere. We can look at the art details a little more and examine the words said a bit differently.
And that art detail is key. Ossio’s designs are amazing with so much detail and colors that make it all pop. There’s not an attempt to copy manga style too. Instead, Ossio uses his own. Due to that, we can further enjoy the series as more of a love letter as opposed to a riff. With the detailed and colorful nature of Ossio’s art, that over the top nature might not have worked as well. It might have been too distracting in some ways as the art styles might have clashed. Like the characters and story, there’s absolute influence and it’s used subtlety.
Taylor Esposito‘s lettering is key as well. Much like manga, the lettering really is used to help deliver the emotion of a scene. It plays off of the art so you can “hear” the screams. Esposito’s lettering emphasizes what’s going on and pairs with Ossio’s art perfectly.
The first issue is entertaining and delivers an interesting debut that’s one anime and manga fans will want to check out.
Readers of all ages can get tangled up in
these all-new adventures of Spider-Man and his astonishing friends! Peter
Parker has thrown down with deadly villains and legendary heroes, but high
school life might be his greatest challenge yet. Luckily, he has a shot at
making the grade with a little help from his new friends… Miles Morales and
TPB • FC • $9.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-514-2