IDW has announced a new Transformers: Beast Wars comic book. The book will be released in honor of the 25th anniversary of the spin-off series. The new book will be written by Erik Burnham (Transformers/Ghostbusters) with art from longtime Transformers artist Josh Burcham.
The new series will launch in early 2021. The first issue will contain 30 pages of story and bonus content. Some initial artwork has been released as well, which previews the return of the Maximals and the Predacons. Have a look.
A brief description of Transformers: Beast Wars was provided. It reads as follows.
“The Transformers: Beast Wars comic series will welcome fans to a future Cybertron populated by scientific-minded Maximals and action-oriented Predacons. When the successor to the Megatron name steals a golden disk and a ship capable of traveling through time, only Optimus Primal and a team of Maximals — Rattrap, Rhinox, Cheetor, and a new character Nyx — can stop them.”
“Beast Wars was a wonderful and weird pivot from the Transformers setup to which I was first introduced. Big personalities, unexpected twists, and actual stakes all popped up regularly on the show, and those are tools that I enjoy using to build new stories,” Burnham said. “Best of all, the enthusiasm from everyone involved in this project has been so high that I’m feeling constantly inspired!”
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team,” Burcham said. “I was a ‘90s kid and even though I knew about Generation 1, Beast Wars was really my G1. It’s still my favorite iteration, and I consider it such a privilege to be able to bring the characters to life in this brand new series. Let the Beast Wars rage on!”
“Beast Wars is a beloved part of the Transformers legacy,” says editor David Mariotte. “That’s why we couldn’t pass up launching a new series in tandem with the 25th anniversary! Erik and Josh are going to take everything that’s beloved about Beast Wars — the characterization, the drama, the jokes — and start fresh with a series that will feel at home for fans of 25 years and first-timers alike.”
Beast Wars started life as an animated series that aired from 1996 to 1999. Paramount Pictures is currently developing a movie based on this iteration of the franchise. Netflix will also include the characters in the third chapter of its Transformers: War for Cybertron trilogy.
Transformers: Beast Wars arrives in February 2021.