Transformers Beast Wars Ascending 4 NM Roche Variant Cover IDW Rise of Movie Un


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Transformers Beast Wars The Ascending (2007) #4C Uncolored version of cover A

Published Nov 2007 by IDW Publishing
Limited Edition Variant Cover by Nick Roche
Simon Furman (w)
Don Figueroa, Guido Guidi (a)
Nick Roche (c)

The staggering conclusion! A last, desperate gambit, devised by MAGMATRON and enacted by The Pack and RAVAGE, is played out on CYBERTRON, but can anything now stop the ascension of the NEMESIS and the terrifying, apocalyptic repercussions thereof? And on Earth, RAZORBEAST’s fate is sealed, and his destiny will forever shape the course of the Beast Wars! By the Transformers: Stormbringer team of Simon Furman and Don Figueroa.

Transformers: Beast Wars: The Ascending is a a sequel to Transformers, Beast Wars: The Gathering.

Magmatron’s plot to raise a Predacon army has been foiled. But trouble brews anew, both on prehistoric Earth and present-day Cybertron. On Earth, the Predacons, now led by Ravage, are desperate to get off-planet before Optimus Primal’s crew leaves forever, and assault the Maximal forces with increasing ferocity. On Cybertron, Shokaract’s impending ascendancy to godhood threatens the entire planet. Both conflicts intertwine when the Pack travels back in time to retrieve the stragglers on Earth, only to be met by Shokaract’s minions. Both Maximals and Predacons join forces to tackle the threat of apocalyptic proportions and are ultimately victorious, though not without casualties on both sides. Ultimately, Shokaract is defeated, but Cybertron is left vulnerable in the battle’s wake.

The Ascending, like its predecessor, was penned by Simon Furman, pencils & inks by Don Figueroa and colours by Josh Burcham. However, due to Figueroa’s hiatus from the Transformers franchise, Guido Guidi filled in on penciling duties for the final issue.

Featured characters
Sharp Edge
Big Convoy
Drill Nuts
Lio Convoy
Optimus Minor
Claw Jaw
Air Hammer
Mach Kick
Polar Claw
Drill Bit
Manta Ray

“If you’re planning any monuments, I can think of no more deserving case than Razorbeast.” —Magmatron

Under Shokaract’s instruction, his Heralds distribute Angolmois capsules to the crazed masses of Cybertron, with the intention of using the chaos and negative feelings to power the Anti-Matrix in Shokaract’s chest. Observing the chaos is Big Convoy, who meets Bump, a “specialist” sent by Lio Convoy. Soon afterward, Big Convoy and his soldiers meet the Pack, along with immigrants from Earth, including Ravage. Ravage chronally displaces himself to consult the time-lost Magmatron. Meanwhile, Lio Convoy requests that Bump study the Angolmois and create a retrovirus to counteract it—enough of it for all of Cybertron. In the netherspace, Magmatron proposes to Ravage a plan: Bring Shokaract to him so that he may be shown the true purpose of his “Ascending”. He suggests getting a Maximal to do the suicide mission of placing the chronal phase facilitator on Shokaract himself.

On Earth, the Angolmois-drunk Razorbeast continues to battle the Blendtrons. Refusing to let the Blendtrons destroy them all, the left-behind Predacon and Maximal forces unite to take down the gigantic and powerful attackers. Optimus Minor checks on Razorbeast; he is still rational, but the Angolmois threatens his sanity. He tells Optimus Minor that he knows what to do then.

On Cybertron, Ravage has filled in the others about Magmatron’s plan. Prowl and Snarl are tasked with attaching the facilitator onto Shokaract, while others attack him to distract him. In the following battle, many die by Shokaract’s hand. Back on Earth, Elephorca is destroyed by Razorbeast and Drancron is kicked into Rartorata’s stinger, annihilating the both of them. The only challenge left is Razorbeast, who has now lost his inhibitions. Optimus Minor pleads with Razorbeast to not force his hand.

The battle against Shokaract goes as planned; Snarl and Prowl approach Shokaract while invisible, allowing Snarl to use the facilitator to transport Shokaract into Magmatron’s netherspace. Shokaract’s Heralds, baffled by his disappearance, are distracted long enough for Ravage to throw a grenade their way, scattering them. Magmatron shows Shokaract his true purpose: to be a vessel of Unicron. Aghast at this revelation, Shokaract rips the Anti-Matrix from his chest, committing “spectacular suicide”. This causes a “timelash” that sets Magmatron back into normal space on Cybertron. He delivers the sad news—Razorbeast was euthanized.

Bump delivers the first batch of the anti-Angolmois retrovirus, but he needs a proper lab to mass-produce it. Observing the sorry state of Cybertron, Lio Convoy and Big Convoy hope that no threat comes up while they’re focused on rebuilding.

Unfortunately, Megatron has arrived.

In March 2013, during the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, producer di Bonaventura announced the studio’s plans to develop a G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover. On July 26, 2013, G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu stated that he is also interested in directing a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover film. Despite di Bonaventura stating that a crossover was not in the immediate plans for the franchises, he acknowledged that it is something they intend to do. In July 2021, producer Di Bonaventura and actor Henry Golding expressed interest in the possibility of doing the crossover film.

In March 2015, Paramount hired Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee and compile a team of writers, to pitch ideas for future films with the intention of expanding the franchise into a cinematic universe. Twelve individual stories were written and pitched for the cinematic universe. Goldsman was tasked with developing a multi-part sequel storyline, along with prequels and spin-off films. A “brain-trust” was commissioned to guide the productions of these stories, including Goldsman, Michael Bay, and producers Steven Speilberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The team of writers who were hired included: Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and Steven DeKnight. Goldsman described the writer’s room collaboration process, as a way to map out stories that can be further developed by the projects that are green-lit by the brain trust; stating: “…if one of the writers discovers an affinity for a particular story, they can drive forward on treatments that will have been fleshed out by the whole room.” In August 2017, following the poor reception of The Last Knight which Goldsman co-wrote, the filmmaker officially left the franchise.

In December 2018, di Bonaventura stated that there will be further films in the series, while also acknowledging that the franchise will make some changes in tone and style due to the success of Bumblebee.

In March 2019, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura announced ongoing developments for a follow-up movie to Bumblebee. By January 2020, it was officially announced that a sequel to Bumblebee was in development with a script written by Joby Harold, alongside an adaptation of Transformers: Beast Wars with a script written by James Vanderbilt. The film was then scheduled for release on June 24, 2022 that May, while in November, Steven Caple Jr. was hired to serve as director on the project, which serves as both a Bumblebee sequel and Beast Wars adaptation. In April 2021, Anthony Ramos was cast in one of the lead roles for the film, with Dominique Fishback in final talks to play the lead role. The project will be a joint-venture production between Hasbro, eOne, and Paramount Pictures.

Principal photography began in June 2021, with the official title announced as Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, confirmed to be set between the events of Bumblebee and Transformers (2007). Rise of the Beasts was scheduled to be release on June 24, 2022, but was delayed to June 9, 2023.

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