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Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #10

Transformers: Beast Wars #10

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Josh Burcham (CA) Anna Malkova
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Maximals Strike Back,” Part One! The Maximals have been on the defensive since the crash, but no more! Optimus Primal’s got a plan to take the fight to the Predacons in a way they would never expect! With their ranks bolstered with a new member of the crew, the Maximals launch a plan that could bring their war to a close… as long as nothing goes wrong.

Transformers: Beast Wars #10

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #10

Transformers: Beast Wars #10

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Josh Burcham (CA) Anna Malkova
In Shops: Nov 24, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Maximals Strike Back,” Part One! The Maximals have been on the defensive since the crash, but no more! Optimus Primal’s got a plan to take the fight to the Predacons in a way they would never expect! With their ranks bolstered with a new member of the crew, the Maximals launch a plan that could bring their war to a close… as long as nothing goes wrong.

Transformers: Beast Wars #10

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #9

Transformers: Beast Wars #9

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Thicker Skin”. The Predacons begin their hunt for other fallen protoform pods, containing potential reinforcements in their quest to crush the Maximals. But Skold, the Predacon powerhouse, is left behind because she’ll slow the mission down, at least according to Terrorsaur. When Skold encounters a pod on her own, it’ll be up to her to bring it to the Predacon’s side… or put it down for good.

Transformers: Beast Wars #9

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #6

Transformers: Beast Wars #6

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Savage Landing”, Part 6! It’s a siege on the Axalon as the Predacons attempt to end the Beast Wars before they even begin by bringing down the Maximals and their base! As Megatron and his loyal (?) troops launch their assault, one bot on Optimus Primal’s ship decides to put it all on the line to help the others turn the tide.

Transformers: Beast Wars #6

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #5

Transformers: Beast Wars #5

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $3.99

“Savage Landing”, Part 5! It’s the opening salvo of the Beast Wars as Megatron’s Predacons launch their assault on the Axalon, Optimus Primal’s Maximal base! Outnumbered, outgunned, and still healing from their wounds, how will the Maximals be able to keep from being overwhelmed? And whose side does Dinobot fight for?

Transformers: Beast Wars #5

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #4

Transformers: Beast Wars #4

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Beast Wars rage on! When a seriously injured Maximal and a trecherous Predacon run afowl of an incredibly dangerous native beast, they’ll have to team-up to make it out alive. Even then, Megatron leads the Predacons on a hunting expedition for their traitor and their escaped captive, and they aren’t taking prisoners!

Transformers: Beast Wars #4

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #3

Transformers: Beast Wars #3

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Unbeknownst to the Maximals, the Predacons have taken their first prisoner! As Megatron and Tarantulas run their interrogation, dissent stirs in the Predacon ranks. Who’ll give first-the dissatisfied Dinobot or the captured Maximal? The Beast Wars rage on!

Transformers: Beast Wars #3

Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #2

Transformers: Beast Wars #2

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Celebrating 25 years of Beast Wars! The Maximals, led by Optimus Primal, and the Predacons, led by Megatron, have crashed on a strange new world and they are not alone. To survive the planet, much less each other, they’ll have to explore their surroundings and their new bestial alt-modes in search of an advantage. The Beast Wars begin here!

Transformers: Beast Wars #2

Review: Transformers: Beast Wars #1

Transformers: Beast Wars #1

For as much as a fan as I am of Transformers, I must confess I never watched Transformers: Beast Wars or got into the toys. The show released at a time when I had moved on from regular enjoyment of the property. The CGI and twist on the Transformers concept didn’t appeal much as well. It felt like a bit like a knock-off product. 25 years later, I get my actual first real experience in Transformers: Beast Wars #1, and now I feel like I’ve missed out.

Transformers: Beast Wars #1 is a new start to the property, treating it as an “ultimate” version of the property. There’s many familiar concepts for fans of the animated show but things are slightly different and as it progresses will vary more. The comic serves as a solid introduction to the property. Galwar has stolen a secret document that leads to a lot of power as well as a ship to travel in time. On the other side, Primal is tasked to pursue Galwar, who is no going by the name Megatron. From there, a familiar comic is born as the two sides battle in space, eventually crashing on an unknown world.

The opening of the comic, beyond the theft, is similar to the classic original series as well as the eventual Transformers: Beast Wars. While I can’t say how close this comic is to its animated inspiration but writer Erik Burnham has described it as the “ultimate” version of the property. It’s similar to the original but as it progresses the comic will differ more and more from the animated series. We see that already with the introduction of two new characters.

The art by Josh Burcham and lettering by Jake M. Wood is solid stuff. It has its own style that’s familiar but different from the other IDW Transfomers comic. It also draws inspiration from but doesn’t attempt to copy the CGI series. The designs for the characters, and their eventual transformation, is really good. The result is a look that’s somewhere between IDW’s traditional Transformers and superhero comics. The characters look like their animated selves and things look solid without going over the top with the action.

Transformers: Beast Wars #1 is a good introduction to the property. It has me excited to see what’s next and has me wanting to go back and watch the animated series. It’s fun in many ways. Its focus on the personality of the characters, as opposed to the action, gives it a different voice from other Transformers comics too. It’s a celebration of 25 years and has me excited for the next 25.

Story: Erik Burnham Art: Josh Burcham Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Transformers: Beast Wars #1

Transformers: Beast Wars #1

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Josh Burcham
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $5.99

Celebrating 25 years of Beast Wars! In the future, the planet Cybertron belongs to the scientific-minded Maximals and the action-oriented Predacons! When a crew of Predacons, led by the successor to the Megatron name, steal a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, it’s up to Optimus Primal and his Maximal crew – Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and new character Nyx – to catch them! A brand-new Beast era begins in an oversized first issue by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Transformers/Ghostbusters) and Josh Burcham (Transformers, Transformers Galaxies), yesssss!

Transformers: Beast Wars #1
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