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New Transformers miniseries from IDW serves as prequel to movie

By T.J. Dietsch

Posted February 4, 2007  10:40 AM

Get ready for more to meet your eye as IDW launches Transformers: The Movie Prequel, the first comic mini-series to tie into the world of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” movie. The first issue hits stands in mid February, about five months before the July 4th release of the film.

Paramount Pictures gave co-writer Chris Ryall an exclusive look at the film’s script. From there, he and co-writer Simon Furman crafted a story spotlighting Bumblebee and Megatron that focuses on events only alluded to in the film, like how the great Autobot-Decepticon feud started.

“Basically, the way the movie opens is they’re on Earth [already] and I wanted to get them [here],” Ryall explained. “The [film doesn’t] do anything on Cybertron, so we did all the backstory up to the beginning [of the movie].”

Kicking off with a bang, the first issue features Bumblebee on Cybertron fighting off Decepticons. He and his Autobot crew, including Arcee, a female bot, are all that stands in the way between Decepticon leader Megatron and total victory. The battle leaves Bumblebee scarred and Megatron furious.

Though Bumblebee and the other Transformers, drawn intricately by Don Figueroa, will look like their film counterparts, don’t expect to see any likenesses of stars like Jon Voight and Bernie Mac. There will be a glimpse of Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky character, however. Sort of. “We’re not really showing any actors in this book,” Ryall revealed. “We do show Sam as 12 years old, though.”

Similar to franchises like Star Trek, with strong continuity ties between films, comics and books, this mini looks to be the first of many possible series to continue telling tales in the film continuity. “Between the prequel and the movie itself, it’s become this whole world that could lead to some really cool stuff,” said Ryall. Let the TransFan clamoring begin!
 
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