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Monday, March 26, 2018 

IDW's ending their Transformers comics, hinting at what could come of their own business

Fascinating news has just turned up, suggesting further that IDW's fortunes are...transforming:
The fate of all worlds are at stake, as the world-eating menace Unicron has set his sights on Cybertron, home of the TRANSFORMERS robots, and next in line… EARTH! A bi-weekly six issue event titled TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON arrives this July and will bring about the end of the TRANSFORMERS universe as we know it. As Optimus Prime gathers his defense against this monstrous threat, it might be too little too late.

Veteran TRANSFORMERS creators John Barber (Optimus Prime) and Alex Milne (More Than Meets The Eye) are joined by colorist Sebastian Cheng (Revolution) to tell the epic conclusion to the current TRANSFORMERS comic book universe.

[...] “TRANSFORMERS: UNICRON is a grand finale to the past 12 years of TRANSFORMERS comics at IDW and to really celebrate that and to celebrate the people who have made it such an amazing ride, we’re getting some amazing, beloved artists to contribute to what I'm sure will be our biggest—literally—TRANSFORMERS story ever,” said David Mariotte, Associate Editor. “This is an event years in the making and one that only works because of the years fans and creators have invested in the comic.”
But no longer, judging from recent sales and their own fortunes dwindling. If the TF-based comics are riding their last mileage, and Hasbro's not renewing their license, they may not renew it for the other comic adaptations either, based on GI Joe or even the Dungeons & Dragons comics (Wizards of the Coast is a subsidiary of theirs today). Mariotte himself made the situation worse with his virtue-signal attacks on the fanbases, so he'll certainly be out of a job in editing, deservedly so. Their fortunes do look like they could be transforming down to the size of a Renault Twizy, which is pretty tiny for an electric car.

It's very sad this all had to happen, of course, and it turned out Chris Ryall and Mariotte, if anybody, were such embarrassments, because some of the earlier content they put out looked pretty good, and then they had to ruin everything by taking a swerve to social justice, possibly in revenge for Trump's election. And now, we have to hope the industry will learn a lesson, take a good look at the mistakes IDW made and refrain from doing the same. If IDW does survive this mess, they'd do well to take the time concentrating on producing decent entertainment and not obsessing over politics, period. The industry can't afford it any longer.

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