Sold. This is exactly what IDW need to do to get me interested in the ongoing comic again - have someone else write it. I've liked pretty much every Transformers thing that James Roberts has written so I will definitely be giving these a go.
This last weekend was Wondercon where I have been vocal that we'd be getting some IDW details about what is going on in the comic front from IDW. I wasn't off by too far...
A few days before the convention, Andy Schmidt, head editor at IDW on the Transformers title, revealed that James Roberts (Last Stand of the Wreckers, Eugenesis) would be writing two issues of the Transformers Ongoing comics issues 22 and 23. Wondercon revealed much more…
James will be co-writing with Mike Costa for the rest of 2011 on the Ongoing title and it will be running bi-weekly starting in July and running to December where issue 31 ends Chaos. Earlier today on the IDW Forum, Schmidt revealed the schedule to spell it out more simply and to reveal all the artists and writers associated with the issues:
JULY 2011 Transformers # 21: Prelude to Chaos Written by Mike Costa, art by Guido Guidi and Brendan Cahill.
Transformers # 22: Chaos Theory Part 1 Written by James Roberts, art by Alex Milne.
AUGUST 2011 Transformers # 23: Chaos Theory Part 2 Written by James Roberts, art by Alex Milne.
Transformers # 24: Chaos Part 1 Story by Mike Costa and James Roberts, art by Livio Ramondelli.
SEPTEMBER 2011 Transformers # 25: The Last Earth Story Part 1 Written by Mike Costa, art by Brendan Cahill.
Transformers # 26: Chaos Part 2 Story by Mike Costa and James Roberts, art by Livio Ramondelli.
OCTOBER 2011 Transformers # 27: The Last Earth Story Part 2 Written by Mike Costa, art by Brendan Cahill.
Transformers # 28: Chaos Part 3 Story by Mike Costa and James Roberts, art by Livio Ramondelli.
NOVEMBER 2011 Transformers # 29: The Last Earth Story Part 3 Written by Mike Costa, art by Brendan Cahill.
Transformers # 30: Chaos Part 4 Story by Mike Costa and James Roberts, art by Livio Ramondelli.
DECEMBER 2011 Transformers # 31: Chaos Epilogue Written by Mike Costa, art by Casey Coller.
Transformers # 125: ENCRYPTED Written by ENCRYPTED, art by ENCRYPTED.
But this is not all! Andy Schmidt further revealed what will be going on with the Spotlights and the Legacy of Rust Miniseries announced last year at SDCC:
SPOTLIGHTS There were four more talked about. One or two creators on those are focusing on other projects at the moment and the rest are more folding that material into CHAOS. So, no, those Spotlights--as Spotlights--aren't happening, but you're still going to get the story from most of them.
LEGACY OF RUST Mr. Schmidt on the IDW Forums: All four issues are written. Because of a shifting market place, I've decided to hold off on the release for this. It was going to seed some things about two years down the line, but since we're focusing on CHAOS right now, this series is on hold for a little while. Basically, I was afraid it would get lost in all the hoopla around the ongoing series going bi-weekly and all of that. In addition to the above information you can check out the following LINK to another blog site which features an AUDIO WAV of the panel reveals where all this information was announced and photos of the power point presentation slides for both the GI Joe and Transformers Titles. (Transformers is at the very bottom.) Which also reveal some nice goodies for those who have the time to glean through. We work really hard to be the best resource for all your Transformers news and reviews every day. Keep your browser dialed to Tformers.com for updates as they happen.
Hmm. One writer whose work I rate and one that I don't. That'll make for an interesting combination. I pretty much have to read those issues now just to see how that equation resolves. But I don't buy anything Mike Costa has written solo so I can safely skip some of those issues.
I suppose the best thing I can do is buy the digital copies of the bits Roberts is involved with hope that enough others do the same and create a sales spikes that make it clear what's liked and not liked. I'll grab the trades later on so the whole story makes sense.
I do think the issue 125 does work out. 95 issues not counting ongoing plus 32 issues of ongoing, so no that doesn't work. Maybe infestation isn't being included, its the only 2 issue series.
I'm still buying the ongoing and actually kind of enjoyed issues #14 - #17, until the very last page of #17. I can't help but feel that Costa is trying too hard to throw curveballs at the reader that really just don't work in this universe. I remember when I first heard that he was taking over the ongoing I was very optimistic as he did such a sterling job on GI Joe: Cobra along with Christos N. Gage. Maybe a co-writer is something Costa needs to steer his vision and James Roberts is just the man for the job.
If all goes well, hopefully JR will get an extended crack at the ongoing somewhere down the line.
"Understanding is a three edged sword: your side, their side and the truth"
Kosh Naranek - Babylon 5
=125. Evidently, the Avengers and Infestation crossovers don't count.
That's silly, seeing as Infestation is basically Prologue: Hearts of Darkness (which was the one thing I didn't like about it, seeing as it was supposed to be able to be read as a standalone); weren't the events of Avengers vaguely referenced later? I seem to recall the country it was based in being mentioned in passing.