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Simon Furman breaks down 'bot battles in IDW's new Transformers '84: Secrets & Lies #1

By Jeff Spry
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Powering up for late July is a fresh tale of Autobots vs Decepticons as IDW Publishing primes itself to release Transformers '84: Secrets & Lies #1 — and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive sneak peek inside all the machine-driven mayhem.

Written by legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman and paired with arresting artwork courtesy of Guido Guidi (Transformers) and John-Paul Bove (Judge Dredd), this four-issue miniseries charges back to unleash a new chapter set within the original Transformers comic book universe. 

Following the raging success of last year's Transformers ’84 #0 one-shot, the plotline picks up as the Cybertronian Civil War churns on. Decepticon scientist Shockwave has encountered an insurmountable obstacle to the Decepticon’s hard-won victory and subjugation of the planet: an imposing menace named Megatron!


Join Furman in our four-page unlettered preview of the premiere issue of Transformers '84: Secrets & Lies #1 below, as he dissects the panels with his deep knowledge of the new project and the entire Transformers saga.



"As with Transformers ’84 #0, Punch (or, rather, Counterpunch here) takes on the role of omniscient narrator for Secrets & Lies, from some unspecified point in the future – while also featuring in the main action, playing for both sides as it were. His cross-factional nature allows him a unique take on events. We’re back on Cybertron here, at the height of the civil war that gripped the planet (before the Ark was launched and subsequently crash-landed on Earth), and much more of this mini-series is set on the Transformers’ homeworld – exploring aspects of the conflict (and characters) never seen before."



"One of the missing bits of Cybertronian story I really wanted to get into was something alluded to by Megatron in Marvel’s Transformers #1 (story page 4, panel 3), namely the notion of rebuilding Cybertron as a (mobile) cosmic dreadnought. It’s never really followed up on in the Marvel series, but we really get into it here (and, in fact, forms the backbone of Secrets & Lies). And yes, here’s Skyfire – the name given to Jetfire in the animated TV series. I know what you’re thinking, Jetfire was created on Earth, in Transformers (US) #11… or was he? Maybe… he pre-existed on Cybertron, as in the cartoon series (where, as here, he functioned as a scientist), and was re-created."



"Also in the animated TV series, Starscream and Skyfire were established as fellow scientists (and friends, or colleagues) – a link I’ve appropriated here. Of course, Counterpunch is deeply involved in everything, and what we’re building up to is something the Marvel comics showcased quite a bit, the rivalry (or maybe difference of opinion/tactics) between Megatron and Shockwave."



"The attack on Stanix is also referenced by Optimus Prime in Transformers ’84 #0, dovetailing the narratives somewhat. Ratbat made his U.S. comic book debut in TF US #27, which established his role (on Cybertron) as the Decepticons’ fuel auditor, and here he plays a bigger role in the unfolding events. By the way, Shockwave’s solution (on the following pages) provides another key twist to established/formative events in Transformers (Marvel) #1."


IDW's Transformers '84: Secrets & Lies #1 lands in comic shops on July 29.

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