During the Marvel UK run of the Transformers comics in the 1980s, readers were treated to an original character created by Simon Furman. In the classic story “Wanted: Galvatron – Dead or Alive!” Death’s Head was introduced as a freelance peacekeeping agent (definitely not a bounty hunter – as Scourge found out the hard way) aiming to collect on a bounty placed on the head of Galvatron by Rodimus Prime.
From this early appearance Death’s Head would go on to make a handful of appearances in the Marvel UK Transformers stories and then was brought across into the main Marvel universe. Now, after a couple of attempted revivals, Death’s Head is set to return again. Marvel Comics today announced at C2E2 that an all-new Death’s Head series will bring the character back to the Marvel universe, where he’ll cross paths with Young Avengers characters Wiccan and Hulkling. Best of all – this Death’s Head seems to hew much closer to the original character, complete with his original vocal tic coming through.
Although as a character, Death’s Head has long since parted ways with Transformers, he’s still very much a part of the family – and this new series will see some Transformers comics alumni working on reviving Death’s Head. Long time Transformers artist and writer Nick Roche will be providing some of the covers for the series – and the lineart is set to be provided by Kei Zama, fresh off her run on IDW’s Optimus Prime. Kei’s 2000AD inspired artwork seems like an extremely good fit for Death’s Head and we’re certain she’ll do the character proud. Rounding out the creative team is Tini Howard who will be the writer on this new series.
Buzz from the team working on the series is very positive – and according to Kei Zama, Death’s Head will return in July.
Thanks go to @XavierFiles on Twitter who was the source for this story. Be sure to also check out this tweet from Nick Roche showing his lineart to the issue #1 cover – check out the sly reference to the less well-remembered Death’s Head II on the hands of one of the guys in the crowd!
Now, who do we have to petition for a Freelance Peacekeeping Agent vs. Merc with the Mouth showdown?