Series author Erik Burnham returns with more insights about Transformers Beast Wars, including a cast list and an explanation of the timeline at play in this series.
So where in the timeline does this take place? Are we still about 500 years before Generation One?
That’s the fun thing. It could be. It doesn’t have to be. We haven’t made plain the whens or the wheres of it all yet because the big twist that the show used (this all happening on a prehistoric Earth) may or may not be something we ultimately follow. Hasbro has been open to making changes — in fact that was a key thing they wanted — so long as they liked the new ideas as much as the old.
Will this series have any connection to the original Beast Wars comic from 2006?
It will not! The idea here was, at first, to just do exactly what the show did — but pad it out more, give more of a look into things. That was where we started. And then Hasbro & IDW decided, instead, to go for something different. The word thrown out was ‘Ultimate,’ like Marvel’s old Ultimate line. We start in a familiar place, with tiny changes. But a tiny change can change the path of a story—leading to other changes and a wholly different path.
Review our coverage of issue #1’s 5-page preview, then sound off on the 2005 boards!
The cast list:
- Optimus Primal – Captain of the Axalon. One of the Maximal warrior class.
- Nyx – Ace pilot. Loves flying more than anything.
- Rattrap – Data Analyst/Scrounger. Thinks he should be in charge. Of what, well, he’s not picky.
- Cheetor – A former athlete that wanted to see what was in the wider universe and joined the Axalon’s crew.
- Rhinox – Lead Scientist. As smart as he is tough (and he’s very, very tough.)
- Megatron – Commander. Wants to overthrow the Maximals and Predacons governing Cybertron. Can be impulsive.
- Tarantulas – Mad scientist. Lover of chaos. Possibly a cannibal.
- Scorponok – True-Blue Predacon believer. He is all-in for the glory of the cause of Predacon supremacy.
- Waspinator – Good pilot, but also kind of unlucky.
- Terrorsaur – A bully, and possibly even more cruel than Megatron himself. No one really likes him, but he’s handy in a fight.
- Skold – A tank of a fighter, Skold is looking for acceptance and thinks the separatists will provide it. She’s loyal to Megatron.
- Dinobot – A pure warrior that has been convinced that the Maximal/Predacon dynamic needs to be shaken up. In the show, folks know he starts as a Predacon before switching sides.