Transforming makes me feel good! The oddest and yet coolest comic book team-up since Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to release this June in the form of a Transformers x Ghostbusters miniseries. Soon-to-be-published by IDW Publishing, the miniseries will be written and illustrated by the fan-favorite Ghostbusters creative team of Dan Schoening, Luis Antonio Delgado, and Erik Burnham. The series was shortly announced after the reveal that a Transformers-Ghostbusters™ Collaborative figure, titled the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, was being released for purchase.
The “Ghost of Cybertron” series will cover five chapters of crossover fun, with the first one showing how the Autobots trace a faint Cybertronian signal to Earth and accidentally come face-to-face with everyone’s favorite ghostbusting group. The team-up will bring these two franchises together on their 35-year anniversaries, and not only will it tie into the new toy release of the new character Ectotron, but the writers apparently have yet-to-be-revealed plans that they hope will surprise and hype up fans of both series. As IDW Editor-in-Chief John Barber put it, “1984 was a seismic shift for entertainment, the year that launched both Transformers and Ghostbusters,” and it’s incredibly exciting now “…to see the two worlds collide.”
Crossovers can be difficult things to create because you’re taking two different franchises that people love for different reasons and trying to combine them into something that’s greater than the sum of its parts. It doesn’t always work, but this team-up actually seems to have potential. It feels like the creators have a lot of love for these franchises, and that helps when you’re crafting an original tale that’s meant to please fans from such storied series. And the obvious toys that could be made from such a crossover are a no brainer, leaving room for creative people to have a lot of fun in such a large sandbox of imagination.
But what do you think? Does this seem like a desperate cash-grab by a company wanting to milk these franchises before they’re obsolete? Or do you think there’s a fun story that could be told here? Let us know what you think in the comments below. To stay tuned for updates on further developments Subscribe by Email.
Source: IDW Publishing
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