(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Juan Samu In Shops: Mar 03, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Where-and when–are Marty McFly and his pal, the Autobot Gigawatt? That’s what Biff Tannen wants to know because if he can find them, he can help his bosses-the Decepticons-find what’s left of the Resistance and pound ’em into next week. And if Biff can’t find them… well… he’d better prepare to be on the receiving end of a Decepticon whupping!
(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Juan Samu In Shops: Dec 23, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Great Scott! Marty McFly’s woken up to a present where Hill Valley has been enslaved by the Decepticons! And not only that, but when a time machine arrives from the future to help, Marty finds out that Doc Brown isn’t the only one with a flux capacitor… Gigawatt, an Autobot, has one built-in! To discover the secrets of his present, Marty will have to trust this mysterious stranger on a trip… to the future!
IDW Publishing has been having fun lately bringing together properties you’d never expect. Much has revolved around the Transformers who have had recent comic miniseries featuring My Little Pony and Ghostbusters. And, both of those have been great with a fun spin on the properties and a crossover that works. The latest adventure for the Transformers takes them through time as Marty McFly and Back to the Future takes center stage. Transformers/Back to the Future #1 kicks things off with a story that works, makes sense, and uses the strength of both properties.
Written by Cavan Scott, Transformers/Back to the Future #1 is the setup to the familiar ending where Marty is told he needs to go and fix the timestream to save everything. The debut issue is full of the familiar in both winks and nods and it’s storytelling. There are scenes directly lifted from the original Back to the Future but done in a way that it sets up what happens and helps introduce that classic film to new readers.
What’s interesting is that Scott just blends the two worlds. This isn’t a story where they’re part of a multiverse or some weird portal like the My Little Pony crossover. Instead, it’s 1984 and the Decepticons and Autobots are on Earth like the classic television series and comics. It just so happens Marty and Doc Brown also live on the world as well and doing their thing. It’s just a simple solution to bring the two properties together and avoids a messy explanation. It also plays a bit with what feels like the original crossover with the Transformers and G.I. Joe. They just so happen to be on the same planet.
Scott delivers a straightforward concept for those that enjoy Back to the Future and the direction from the first issue is simple. And keeping it simple is a good thing. With time travel it can get complicated and here it’s not with motivations that make sense for all. We’re left with similar questions from other films, what needs to be done to fix the timestream and how did it get messed up in the first place? That’s all part of the fun to come.
The art for Transformers/Back to the Future #1 is interesting. The style takes its queues from IDW’s Back to the Future comics with a more comedy/comic style to it. Juan Samu delivers exaggerated characters in the humans which creates a cartoon-like quality about it all. David Garcia‘s colors add to that with an end result that feels a lot like the Back to the Future cartoon. That works for the most part but with the more “serious” aspect of the Transformers, it’s at times a weird mix that leads to some tonal issues for the comic. There’s some comedy but then there’s enslavement? It’s a weird mix and clashes in some ways.
I generally enjoyed Transformers/Back to the Future #1. There’s a fun aspect to it all where it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It also knows its material and feels like it revels in switching up some of the roles and aspects in Back to the Future to fit the Transformers in. It’s what comics should be, fun. For fans of both properties, it’ll get you to want to buckle up and go back in time.
Story: Cavan Scott Art: Juan Samu Color: David Garcia Cruz Letterer: Neil Uyetake Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Juan Samu In Shops: Oct 07, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Great Scott! Marty McFly has just returned from the adventure of a lifetime to a new, better Hill Valley-everything’s looking up for him! That is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown’s time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons! With one small mistake, Marty finds himself once again thrust into adventure to stop the Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future… all with the help of a new time machine… the Autobot, Gigawatt!
Two of the greatest science fiction franchises of the 1980s will collide this fall in an all-new comic book crossover event, Transformers / Back to the Future! Written by Cavan Scott and illustrated by Juan Samu, the four-issue miniseries will debut in October from IDW Publishing!
In the debut issue, Marty McFly returns from the adventure of a lifetime to a new, better Hill Valley… that is, until Marty and his friend Doc Brown’s time machine attracts the attention of the Decepticons. With one small mistake, Marty finds himself once again thrust into action to unravel a Decepticon plot in the past, present, and future… now with the help of a new converting time machine, the Autobot called Gigawatt!
Transformers / Back to the Future #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by series artist Juan Samu, Cover B by Phil Murphy, and two Retailer Incentive editions — one illustrated by Dan Schoening with the second featuring a photo of the hotly anticipated Autobot Gigawatt toy.
Marvel Action: Black Panther Book 1 Stormy Weather
(W) Kyle Baker (A) Juan Samu (CA) Paulina Ganucheau In Shops: Jan 15, 2020 SRP: $9.99
A marvelous new era begins here! Readers of all ages can get lost in the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Follow the all-new adventures of its monarch, the Black Panther! King T’Challa is responsible for defending his people-and the world-from any threats and he gets plenty of help, and sass, from his genius sister Shuri. Collects issues #1-3. From the mind of multiple Eisner Award and Harvey Award winner Kyle Baker!
Black Panther and Shuri faced a deadly swarm of mosquitos in the
depths of the Wakandan jungle. Now they must race home to defend their country
from the mastermind behind the recent unnatural natural disasters.
With Wakanda plagued by deadly weather, Black Panther must
discover what—or who—is behind the events before more of his people suffer.
Luckily, he has his sister, Shuri, and mother, Ramonda, by his side ready to
help. All-new action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand: Riding V.E.N.O.M.’s Trail
Brandon Easton (w) • Tony Vargas, Juan Samu, Drew Moss, Andrew Griffith (a) • Artyom Trakhanov (c)
M.A.S.K.: the special ops team that streaks into the dangerous landscape of dark wars, high intrigue, and non-stop action to stop the impossible threat of Miles Mayhem and his black ops squadron, V.E.N.O.M.
An untested Matt Trakker must lead M.A.S.K. through a complex new world order where nothing is as it seems! Plus, the origin of V.E.N.O.M.! Trakker goes on a solo mission to identify new recruits and, along the way, he crosses paths with Dr. Mindbender, who instructs him on the art of leadership and manipulation. Collects the M.A.S.K. Revolution one-shot, all 10 issues of the series, and the 2017 Annual.
Christos Gage (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Juan Samu (c)
Trapped in Microspace! Everyone’s favorite Spaceknight becomes a “Microspace knight” as Rom and the Micronauts find equal footing. It’s up to the heroes of two universes to unravel the machinations of Baron Karza and the Dire Wraiths!