Back in April, we wrote about a online petition driven by fans who wanted to see IDW pick up the old Marvel Transformers comic book where it left off with issue #80 in 1991, in the same fashion as the publisher’s current GI Joe: A Real American Hero series. At that point, it was a possibility, but as of last week’s “IDW and Hasbro: 2012 Transformations” panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego, it’s official.
They’re actually starting with an issue #80.5, designed to catch up new readers or old-school fans who may have forgotten a few details in the interim two decades. In 2012 (undetermined as to exactly when, but said to likely be first half), will be #81, which will run until the story wraps in #100. The creative team will be writer Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman, the same crew on the book at the end of the Marvel series. The petition currently has 2,779 signatures, more than twice the number it was at in April.
“This has felt like unfinished business since 1991, when Marvel canceled their Transformers series with issue #80,” Furman told Newsarama. “In the aftermath of the cataclysmic battle against Unicron in issue #75, we (myself, Andrew Wildman and the editor at the time, Rob Tokar) seeded numerous storylines that would — optimistically as it turned out — play out over the next ten or more issues. Then, suddenly, it was like you have two issues to wrap everything up into a neat bow. Wasn’t going to happen. Sure, we gave the Autobots their ‘happy ending,’ but there was just so much left dangling, so much we wanted to explore in terms of story and character. Even that last issue hinted that the story wasn’t over, and that the Decepticon threat was far from over. And now, finally, thanks to IDW, we get to tell those stories — and then some!”
Furman said that though the book will “maintain the spirit of that bygone era,” it’ll be aimed at both new and old Transformers fans. We’ll have more information on the series as it becomes available.