M.A.S.K. gets a new comic reboot ahead of the Hasbro Cinematic Universe movie

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May 2, 2016, 5:27 PM EDT

While Paramount’s ambitious Hasbro Cinematic Universe is firmly taking shape with an awesome writers' room and movie plans for G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (meaning Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM: Space Knight, it looks like one of these properties will get a brand new comic ahead of its movie debut -- just like Micronauts!

A report over at USA Today reveals that 1980s cartoon series M.A.S.K. will get a comic revival (and ongoing series) over at IDW that’ll put a modern spin on the story, And we'll get it way before the movie hits the big screen (there's still no release date slated for the film). Originally launched by Kenner in 1985, M.A.S.K. spawned action figures, an animated television series (which I loved to watch as a young Padawan), video games and a short-lived DC Comics series. 

Writer Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Transformers: Deviations) and artist Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin, TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board Game) have been tasked with reviving the franchise with a new M.A.S.K. comic book that will debut in the fall.  

“This is a M.A.S.K. for the 21st century with a diverse team of specialists who are chosen for a top-secret program with a painful learning curve,” the writer says. “Ultimately, each participant will have to choose a side — and no matter which side they choose, the consequences will be great.”

Not only will there be callbacks to the old animated series (for example, the original logo) and new modernized takes on classic M.A.S.K. vehicles, but there will be new spins on the characters, such as Matt Trakker, who’ll be a cross between Elon Musk and Idris Elba (see? Idris Elba for everything).

Easton calls him “an engineering genius and intellectual bad boy who has been in search of stability since the loss of his father at an early age.” Having had a troubled adolescence, as an adult “he's given one last chance at redemption: going through the M.A.S.K. boot camp.”


As for the villain, Miles “Mayhem” Manheim will no longer be a bumbling Big Bad but a master manipulator and brilliant strategist, as well as a control freak; and V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) “will be a true force. They don't lose often, nor do they accept defeat with grace,” with Easton promising that both Manheim and his group will be much deadlier.

Manheim will also be Trakker’s role model before our hero discovers his mentor wants to rule the world and all that. “It provides the catalyst for Matt to stop searching for a ‘role model’ and figure out what it means to follow his own heart and soul.” Yeah, that can definitely put a huge spanner in any sort of father-son type of relationship.

Here's what IDW said in a new press release:

“We are so proud to be able to continue growing the impressive relationship between IDW Publishing and Hasbro with this new M.A.S.K. comic series,” said IDW Managing Editor David Hedgecock. “We can’t wait to bring the high-octane, unique, brand of storytelling to this book that we know fans of M.A.S.K. will expect!”

With Head of Global Publishing at Hasbro, Michael Kelly, adding:

“We’ve had tremendous success with IDW over the years in re-launching classic brands for a contemporary audience, while still paying appropriate homage to their origins. We are thrilled to welcome a new team to this library of heroes, as M.A.S.K. joins the ranks of JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS, MICRONAUTS, and THE TRANSFORMERS.”

Do you plan on picking up IDW’s new M.A.S.K. comic book series when this one hits store shelves this November?


(via USA Today)