|Art by Pat Lee|
At the time, Marvel's star was beginning to fall for me, thanks to the recently installed editorial regime of Joe Quesada and his overlord, Bill Jemas. I found myself, for practically the first time ever, branching out to other publishers for comics. And as a lifelong fan of the original Generation One Transformers, some of my attention went to Dreamwave. I recall being distinctly unimpressed with their first limited series, but when they changed writers for their second, and kept that team when they launched an ongoing series, TRANSFORMERS: GENERATION ONE, in 2004, I was won over. The ongoing quickly became the number one series, from any publisher, that I looked forward to every month. The characters as scripted by James McDonough and Adam Patyk were just the Transformers I wanted to read about, being heavily influenced by the eighties cartoon series -- and the artwork by Don Figueroa was just about perfect.
And then it all came crashing apart. The ongoing series ended with issue 10, after 11 was solicited and delayed for months. Dreamwave went out of business due to questionable financial practices (to say the least), which left many of their creators unpaid (to this day!) for completed and published work.
So here's the thing: Since I really, really liked Dreamwave's GENERATION ONE comics, I want to write about them here. But, for the most part, my mission statement over the past two years has been to cover things in collected edition format or occasionally digital comics. But due to the legal quagmire surrounding Dreamwave's Transformers material, the ongoing cannot currently be reprinted by anyone. IDW has published the first two limited series in trade paperbacks, but nothing from the ongoing run.
This is my blog, though, and I get to bend the rules if I want! So, for basically the first time ever (barring the STREET FIGHTER "Free Comic Book Day" installment from a few weeks back), I'm about to review some physical single issue comics. This coming Friday I'll look at the original Dreamwave TRANSFORMERS limited series in one fell swoop. Following that, we'll cover one issue a week of the second mini, WAR AND PEACE, and then the subsequent ongoing, which will fill my Fridays into the beginning of next year.
|Art by Don Figueroa|
So -- another September, another Transformers marathon. Let's find out if my ten year-plus memories are accurate, or if these things are as bad as everyone thinks.