|In 1984, Transformers was a massive hit right from the get-go. Kids everywhere wanted these fascinating toys and because of that, a comic and cartoon were quickly initiated to help keep the momentum and sales strong among the fickle audience they were aimed at. By 1988, a glut of toys, an aging demographic and the end of the popular cartoon series saw the beginning of the end of Generation One. The toy line limped through 1989 with more Pretenders and a major gamble on the micro-sized Micromasters concept. By 1990, Micromasters were the primary TF toy concept alongside Action Masters--smaller, G.I.JOE-like figures that were articulate but unable to transform into anything. Some fans loved the Action Masters idea but not enough. Many would point that having a toy called Transformers, where the characters no longer transformed was illogical.|
| Since G2,
we've gone through the Dreamwave comics era (one I was
mostly underwhelmed by) and even had Simon Furman return to
start a neo-G1 universe at IDW. After several Furman penned
mini-series, other writers took over and the result has been
a mixed bag at best.
In 2011, a fan petition got started online and on Facebook. It got enough signatures to get noticed and even tacit approval by Furman and G1 artist Andrew Wildman. IDW green-lit the series and starting in May 2012, fans will get a continuation of the original comic that ended in 1991.
| It would
be nice to see a definite resolution to Megatron, Ratchet,
Shockwave, Galvatron and Starscream's fates aboard the Ark. Are they all dead?
Are some of them dead? G2 asserted that only Megatron and
Starscream survived but that no longer has to be the case.
Galvatron ended up at the bottom of a lake in issue #79--but
why should a little cold water stop him for long?
What about Spike and Fortress Maximus? They were blown to bits in G2 #2--but not anymore. Did he and Fort Max become one entity somehow? What about the other binary bonded characters, for that matter? Hi-Q asserted they would each merge into one composite being one day. Did that come to pass? And, if so, what does it mean in practical terms?
Will Bludgeon remain the leader of the Decepticons? And, if not, will he at least get a better death then in G2 #5 (which I always found a tad lackluster myself).
One of the more obvious questions--what will become of the whole Action Masters storyline? Grimlock could no longer transform at story's end. The letter column of the time said not all the TFs would be affected the same way and lose their transformation powers? Will this still come to pass or will Furman quickly tie it up and move on to new things? Although I would prefer the latter in some way, I do think a true continuation should go with what was left and wrap it off properly rather then just quickly getting it out of the way. I guess time will tell...
article with Furman has him refer to new
elements such as "Ultra Magnus" (a familiar character but
previously not in the old U.S. comic); the aforementioned
"Circuit Smasher"; whatever "Zero Space" and "Nova Point"
are; and "War-Worlds" (G2 redux?) Will "Zero Space" be
something similar to the "Dead Universe" Furman created
for IDW or something else all together? (Perhaps he will
do something like whatever he planned for the future in
IDW before things were changed by later writers).
Whatever the end result, expectations for Furman's return to the G1 era that made him famous are high. Hopefully not impossibly high (let us not forget The Phantom Menace. Or perhaps we should?) At the end of the day my only real expectation when it comes to a comic (or really, any form of entertainment) is that it does its job. That is, succeeds in entertaining me. Marvel's G1 comic did that well for me when I was a teenager. If Regeneration One can do the same then I'm all for it.
|Regeneration One art courtesy Andrew
Wildman's website ( http://wildwords.wordpress.com