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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

M.A.S.K. Takes Flight in the New IDW Series!

05.03.2016 – Every kid in the 1980s would probably own any action figure based from the popular show M.A.S.K. produced by the former Kenner toy company. The same toy company that manufactured the original Star Wars toys from the mid-1970s.

The series may not be as iconic as Star Wars, but it had a cult following of its own since it highly promoted a toy line and now IDW is reviving it in a new comicbook!

M.A.S.K. captured a lot of kid’s imagination about ordinary vehicles that turned into either a weapon of destruction or to save lives. Every episode during its first season was a gem for those who where amazed about the toys.

Of course the abbreviated meaning of M.A.S.K. is Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, which battles its nemesis in V.E.N.O.M. that also mean Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem. The toy line lasted from 1985 to 1988 producing a slew of toys based on vehicles and playsets. But the animated series lasted for two season, where it start to wane where they introduced the race-related theme abandoning the original concept of fighting crime to racing.

DC Comics originally published the classic series that lasted nine issues after the successful 4-issue limited series. The revival of M.A.S.K. however is rather different and introducing it to the new generation. You won’t see a kid with his bumbling robot that transforms into a scooter being the problem with the team.

Expect the series to look different in the reboot by IDW publication that has a ‘Fast and the Furious’ vibe to it at the same time introducing Matt Trakker an inspiration from Elon Musk and Idris Elba “an engineering genius and intellectual bad boy who has been in search of stability since the loss of his father at an early age.” A description by writer Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Transformers: Deviations) and joining him in this project is artist Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin, TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board Game) to bring this new series to the 201st century.

“The new series will be high-octane, unique, brand of storytelling to this book that we know fans of M.A.S.K. will expect!” said by IDW Managing Editor David Hedgecock.

But still be mindful and respectful of the source material that made the series popular and will definitely preserve the old school qualities fan appreciate seeing growing up at the same time infusing it with slightly modern sensibilities.

M.A.S.K. launches this November as an ongoing series featuring cover art by the multi-talented Tommy Lee Edwards. To hold you over until then, this new era of Hasbro titles has already begun with Micronauts #1 on sale now and ROM #0 kicking off on Free Comic Book Day on May 7.

[Source: IDW | USA Today ]

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