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Hi there, Infi-nites! Welcome to our first editions of Transitions!, where we will take an anime and transform it into a comic, much like how M.A.S.K. is now going to be a comic for IDW … or Transformers or G.I. Joe or Jem … you know what I mean. Right now, I am picking 5 series or OVAs within the Gundam franchise to be used as a new comic. Sure. There’s manga for these series, but it would be interesting to see American comic versions of these books because a. These are a genre not particularly filled in American comics and b) this will provide interesting challenges in the market of comics today. So, I’m going to be a bit imaginative with these, not only saying which Gundam franchise … but also who will be the writer & artists on the book. With that all said, if you don’t have an idea of what these shows are about, not to worry … I got you covered with a small synopsis. And with that … let’s jam!
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- Mobile Fighter G Gundam:
Writer: Fred Van Lente Art: Edwin Huang
About G Gundam: Years ago, humans made giant colonies to escape the Earth’s limited resources and settled out in space. To keep the whole Earth sphere in line and not to have a huge war, they would hold a tournament called the “Gundam Fight” where the country sends a representative Gundam to fight for supremacy of the world for 4 years. Yet, the perfect war has damaged the Earth and the King of Hearts, Domon Kashu leds the Shuffle Alliance against an evil trying to rid or control the Earth.
How THIS book would go: This gives A LOT for Van Lente to play with. A large diverse cast. A history of previous fights. He doesn’t even have to the fight with Domon Kashu and his Shuffle Alliance, but can create a whole new Gundam Fight with new characters from either a previous or future Gundam Fight. With a new Gundam Fight with the characters from the original show, Lente has a lot to play with. Even if the Gundams might be somewhat … insulting. Lente’s work in ‘Archer & Armstrong’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ proves that Lente can deal with all kinds of characters in all kinds of ways.
Huang gets to really got the extra mile, having characters battle in or outside of the mechs. The great thing about G Gundam is that the fighters had their abilities outside of their Gundams as well as in the mecha. So, this can give Huang an artistic playground like no other … let his Street Fighter influence show alongside as creating wonderful Gundams to due battle with. I would certainly be interested in a Van Lente G Gundam Earth. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_line color=”#dd3333″ alt_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygg9_LF33RA”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
- Mobile Suit Turn A Gundam:
Writer: David Walker Art: Don Figueroa
About Turn A Gundam: When Loran Cehack comes to Earth as a recon mission from his people known as the Moonrace, we finds Earth is ready for his people to return and repopulate. Yet, that changes as the Moonrace wants to forcibly take Earth via Mobile Suits. Now, Loran, alongside the Moonrace queen struggles for piece while people on both sides of the conflict want to make sure that a war between Earthrace and Moonrace goes full swing and gain supremacy.
How THIS book would go: Walker is a wonderful writer and Loran has his share of characterization, but it needs fleshing out. A retelling of this tale could very well suit Walker well, allowing him to do some more world building, as the Gundam aka The White Doll, does not fight as much until later in the story. These two can truly build a fantastic world around them featuring Loran and his friends, touching on race, war and tolerance in a way that will give the book a LOT of weight.
Figueroa has been a fan favorite Transformers artist. Yet, his humans have a good style that are compatible with the original animation to transfer into the comic book page. The series over all balance of beauty and brutal reality make an exceptional fit for Figueroa. Both Walker and Figeroua can dazzle us with a gritty, but thought-provoking series that both takes the spirit of Turn A Gundam and create their own unique vision for it. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_line color=”#dd3333″ alt_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7susm8bbDk”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
- Mobile Suit Report Gundam Wing:
Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Clayton Henry
About Gundam Wing: The now cult classic was America’s first real taste of anime and it did well. 5 different pilots from 5 space colonies were sent down to infiltrate Earth with 5 machines call Gundams. The 5 pilots: Heero, Duo, Quatre, Trowa and Wu Fei face their enemies in order to bring peace.The themes of War and Peace are constantly tested as friends become enemies and enemies become friends as the 5 pilots fight the organization of OZ … then Romerfeller … then the White Fang.
How THIS book would go: Giving Simone 5 young teenage boys that are trained to be pilots might be giving her the keys to a hell of a castle. Giving her this universe to play with can only make it better. Now … I would suggest Simone get to reboot the franchise and keep the spirit of the show but let her do her own thing. While the story for Gundam Wing was good, it wasn’t the best. And Simone can give deeper characterizations for the main 5 boys. She can also do us a few big favors … make the changing of the main antagonists make more sense, allow us time with the supporting characters … make Treize and Miliardo that much more awesome … and FIX RELENA FUCKING PEACECRAFT. Oh my god! Yes. Please. Not to mention, there would be no shying away from violence in this book and that would just make the book that much more special. Henry’s style seems more traditional comic book, but it would fit, allowing him to give us spectacles of the stars while also doing what he does best … drawing good teenagers that look like teenagers. He’s not bad with mecha either if his 4001 A.D. X-O Manowar one shot proved anything. This book can let both creators fly and do some very daring … and awesome things. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_line color=”#dd3333″ alt_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCQB4RoD59w”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]2. After War Gundam X:
Writer: Brandon Easton Artist: Guido Guidi
About Gundam X: The 7th Space War lead to the massive catastrophes on Earth that claimed the majority of humanity. 15 years have past and humanity has been recovering. Newtypes, humans with seemingly psychic abilities, will rise. Now, a young man named Garrod meets a young Newtype running from some men named Tiffa. Their lives change forever as a group of Vultures lead by old Gundam pilot named Jamil now fight their way to survive with their Gundams …while the mischievous Frost Brothers make their plans for humans to suffer.
How THIS book would go: Honestly … Easton should be allowed to do whatever he wants in this book. If he wants to retell the story of this world, deepen the characterizations … let him do it. If he wants to add to the series, which was cut off before it’s time … even though it has one of the best stories in Gundam’s history … let me do that. Easton will give a gravatas to the characters and story that make it his own while truly celebrating the series. Garrod and Tiffa’s deep characterizations would get richer and more complex. Jamil’s character would be more fleshed out. Witz, Roybea, Sala and more would get more characterization and shine.
Guidi would have a field day doing the art for this book, Between his human characters to the Gundams and all sorts of other mobile suits, Guidi would excel at giving this book its own style and flare. Together, these two could set this Gundam Alternate Universe on fire … plus, it is very universal century-like without being U.C. while have its own flare. This is prime real estate for Easton and Guidi to get very creative and leave their mark while enhancing the original material.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_line color=”#dd3333″ alt_color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3hjU2k5qbk”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]1: Mobile Suit Gundam Seed/Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny/Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Astray/Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Stargazer
Writer: Cullen Bunn Art: Steven Mack
About Gundam Seed: Oh my god! This … thing. Geez. Ok. It is a conflict much like the original Gundam … the Naturals, normal humans having a conflict with genetically-altered humans called Coordinators. That conflict is spurred on further with a massacre that forces space colonies which hold the Coordinators battle against the Earth, particularly the racist group of Blue Cosmos. And then it goes nuts because manipulations, back stabbing, Kira Yamato’s whiny behind … then he becomes as dubbed by fans “Jesus Yamato” and then Seed Destiny happens where he’s not the main character at the start of it … then 2/3s in he takes over the show …but then there’s the cool stuff from Astray & Stargazer that have crap to do with Yamato…
Bunn can use ALL of that and turn it into something more captivating, less ego rubbing to Kira and even more epic that what it was. There’s a lot of things that Bunn’s masterful pen can fix. The array of characters will definitely let Bunn do almost anything in this series and make it feel authentic. And he can certainly fix the mess that Gundam Seed Destiny has been considered by much of the fandom. Meanwhile, Steven Mack proves a great artistic touch to not only make characters look and feel dynamic, but also make the mecha look absolutely amazing. There’s such a crispness in his detail that it would definitely reflect on the page. Of course, this is also a dry run for them tackle Ultraman … but that’s for another list. Still, I think these two would work extremely well together and force one inspired run in the Seed Universe. This, more than any other AU, need this treatment to really bring out the best of Seed and cut out the worst. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][rd_line color=”#dd3333″ alt_color=”#ffffff”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And that’s my list. I think it is pretty awesome with diverse set of artists and writers … even though I steal some artists who did Transformers work. Still, you look at the list and there are some great combinations of writers and artists together with 5 Gundam series that would make amazing American style comics. Will IDW or Boom! Or some other company should seriously do this. Till next time Infi-nites, this is Seraph … Signing out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]