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Animated Star Trek And Transformers Crossover!

There is certainly a lot to love about both the 1973 animated Star Trek as well as 1984’s The Transformers. The fact that now IDW is giving us a Star Trek and Transformers crossover set in those universes. Well, that is indeed an amazing bit of news and has to be shared. I also want to add that we need to thank io9 for the news about this upcoming Star Trek and Transformers crossover event.

When I was growing up I was lucky enough to catch the Star Trek animated series on local television. Every Sunday after Church, I was able to plop down on my Grandparent’s living room floor and watch it. I had of course already been introduced to the original television series. While I was thrilled to see the animated versions of Kirk, Spock, and Scotty. It was absolutely the addition though of crew members Arex and M’Ress I loved most.

[Via] CBS

I have spoken quite a bit before on my love of The Transformers. There are many times after closing the arcade down for the night. I will just pull up a chair at the snack bar and pop in one of the 1984 to 1987 series. Although I will certainly admit that nothing beats that very first afternoon when I was introduced to The Transformers.

[Via] Hasbro

Now officially the name of the upcoming comic book series is Star Trek Vs. Transformers. Also of note is of course this isn’t the first time the crew of a Star Trek series has participated in a comic book crossover. X-Men, Planet of the Apes, Green Lantern and more.
Star Trek And Transformers Crossover - Legion of Super Heroes

Having said that though, an Star Trek and Transformers crossover by way of the animated series is incredibly exciting.
Star Trek And Transformers Crossover - IDW - Enterprise

The series which debuts in September, is written by Mike Johnson as well as John Barber. With art being handled by Philip Murphy and colorist Leonardo Ito. Thanks to that exclusive to io9 a couple of days ago. We also have this press release:

“This is a crossover several decades in the making, and we could not be more thrilled to bring it to fans,” Johnson said in a press release provided to io9. “John and I are having a blast writing the first meeting of Starfleet and Cybertronians, and Phil is the perfect artist to bring these two franchises together on the page.”

It is only a couple of months away until the release of the miniseries. Just enough time to decide on whether they will include the obvious catch phrase.
Star Trek and Transformers Crossover - Beam Me Up
“Beam me up and roll out!

I feel with sharing this news about the animated Star Trek and Transformers crossover. We also have to share Doug Simpson’s excellent article concerning Transformers: The Movie!

Optimus Prime - Transformers the Movie

The Truth Is Out There With X-Files: Origins!

The X-Files was a pretty huge thing for me when it first debuted on FOX back in 1993…oh wow…twenty-three years ago. I don’t know why but it doesn’t seem that long ago. Now granted I only originally watched The X-Files because it came on right after the Bruce Campbell’s woefully underappreciated – at least back then – The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
The easiest way I can describe to you about how I felt about the show is how my Father used to talk about the classic Kolchak: The Night Stalker television series. He was so faithful to the Darren McGavin series that he wouldn’t go hang out with friends, etc. when he knew a new episode was going to be on, you couldn’t have made him miss it. I too was that way with The X-Files, something about David Duchovny’s character of Fox Mulder struck true to my own personal feelings of being an outsider. Of course I also found myself enjoying the character of Dana Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, as while like Mulder’s poster in his that office declares “I Want To Believe”…I am also naturally skeptical.
The X Files - Fox Mulder - Dana Scully
Now of course The X-Files also won me over with its generally awesome stories that successfully entertained across various genres whether that be Thriller, Sci-Fi, or just straight up Horror…I’m talking about the episode “Home” from the fourth season in particular…where we meet the Peacock Family. I love that episode so much but it ALWAYS creeps me out.
The X Files - The Peacock Family
If you recall, we here at The Retroist were pretty excited about the return of The X-Files back in January of this year albeit only for six episodes and while things had certainly changed from when last we had visited Scully and Mulder it felt very good to have them back. Which brings me to the whole point of this article – IDW has released The X-Files: Origins a new comic series that is a “digital first” book – meaning online only at first…that will switch between following the early years of Mulder and Scully, alternating characters each week for 11 weeks straight.

When I say that The X-Files: Origins is focusing on the early years I do mean the early years as this comic series seems directed towards a younger reader audience – check out the Press Release for the first issue:
“Before the FBI, before the X-Files, they were just two teenagers in search of the truth. On Martha’s Vineyard, a young Fox Mulder investigates something strange happening on the island, while in San Diego, 13-year-old Dana Scully looks into the shocking murder of her teacher. Two kids, two mysteries, one conspiracy that threatens the future of humanity.”

All images courtesy of IDW.

All images courtesy of IDW.

Now if you hop on over to IDW or even Comixology you can get that first issue featuring Fox Mulder absolutely free – so if you are ready to learn a bit more about the early history of two of televisions favorite FBI agents or have some younger comic book readers that you feel need to get bit by the The X-Files bug you can hook them up right this second…because as you already know…the truth is out there.

[Via] Piotrek Bienkowski

A Q&A with the Miami Vice Remixers

A couple of months ago I was able to review the first issue of a new Miami Vice comic series from Lion Forge Comics & IDW. At the time of the review I sent some questions over to the comic creators Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood, and both have been gracious enough to provide answers about the creation and future of the remixed detectives.

Q: Miami Vice is no stranger to the ‘reboot’ phenomenon. How does your ‘remix’ differ to previous attempts to resurrect the brand?

Joe Casey: I didn’t know there were previous attempts. Is nothing sacred anymore?!

Jim Mahfood: This version exists in the Jim Mahfood/Joe Casey Universe so it has a look and feel completely unto itself. There’s nothing else like it. We don’t even say if it’s the 1980’s or not. It’s up to reader to figure it out.

Q: When we recently reviewed the first issue, it took me a while to get Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas out of my mind. How did you tackle your interpretations of the characters? Do you see your Crocket and Tubbs as completely fresh takes on the characters or as the 80’s TV show icons transplanted into modern-day Miami?

Joe Casey: As much as I’m a fan of both of those actors and their respective body of work, we took this on to get under the skin of the characters, Crockett and Tubbs. From knowing the show, I’d like to think we captured their essence without being slaves to the live action interpretations.

Jim Mahfood: I didn’t even think of the actors from the TV show when I did this. The look of my Crockett & Tubbs is completely original and it’s a representation of my Visual Funk drawing style. The style exists in its own realm.

Q: As a retro-themed website, we’re obviously big fans of the TV show. How does the remixed format cater for the old-school fans like us?

Joe Casey: I think our Miami Vice gives you everything you might’ve loved about the show without making you feel dirty for wallowing too deeply in nostalgia laced with questionable fashion tastes.

Jim Mahfood: Crockett & Tubbs are still total badasses. They drive the classic black Ferrari. Castillo is still their boss. Elvis the alligator is still there. So, we’re paying homage to the vibe and the tone of the show without doing exactly the show. That would be boring. This is comics. It’s the Mahfood/Casey Universe and it’s going to be unique, insane, funny, psychedelic, and edgy.

Q: You’ve turned everything up to eleven with your first issue. Is that the plan for the entire series?

Joe Casey: Absolutely. You have no idea just how high we can crank this.

Jim Mahfood: Yea, we don’t pull any punches. Readers will be taken on a thrilling ride, that’s for sure. Ha ha.

Q: Do you have a hit list of things you want to accomplish? Are we going to see anything crazy like Crocket riding Elvis towards a Miami sunset? :)

Joe Casey: Excuse me for a second… I need to go do a quick rewrite…

Jim Mahfood: I don’t want to give away too many secrets, but like I said, Elvis is most definitely there.

Q: And finally, are there any other 80’s properties you’d like to tackle in the future? I’d love to read ALF: Remix if you’re scouting for ideas!

Joe Casey: Alf will have his day back in the pop cultural courtroom, I’m sure. And he’d be just as guilty now as he was back then.

Jim Mahfood: ALF would be rad! Let’s do it!

Miami Vice Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood

So, there you have it, I think we can expect great things from this new 5-issue mini-series. I’d like to thank Joe and Jim for taking the time to answer our questions and to the kind folks at Wonacott Communications who handled PR duties.

You can pick up issue 1 on March 25 and issue 2 follows on April 22.

IDW Releases New Popeye Comic Book This Week!

Exciting news for us fans of E.C. Segar’s famous sailor man as IDW Publishing is releasing a new Popeye comic book series to shelves this week. Popeye is written by the talented Roger Langridge (Judge Dredd, The Muppet Show, The Mighty Thor) and illustrated by Bruce Ozella. Which from the cover you see below by Ozella it not only appears that his style matches that of Segar’s but it reminds one of a certain other comic book hero’s first appearance.

[Via] IDW Publishing

From the press release on the IDW site back in January: “Ever since I was a kid, the two cartoonists who have had the biggest influence on me have been Carl Barks and E.C. Segar, so getting a chance to write Popeye is quite a thrill,” said Langridge. “I’m especially pleased that IDW have decided to go with a Segar-flavored interpretation. As much as I like some of the later versions of the character, for me, it’s those early strips where the magic really happened. Just as well Segar drew everybody with big feet, because Bruce and I have some enormous shoes to fill!”

For a look at how different Popeye was in the comic strip series in the day, make sure to take a moment and check out Drahken’s ‘Popeye is Morbid’ post on the forums.