“Hasbro’s cult-favorite toy line M.A.S.K. is returning in an all-new ongoing series from IDW Publishing, and is doing it as part of a over-arching crossover called IDW Revolution which brings G.I. Joe, Transformers and more all into one cohesive universe.
Former Agent Carter writer Brandon Easton and artist Tony Vargas are collaborating together on this reinvention of the 1980s toy/animated franchise, honoring “the spirit” of the original while being unafraid to modernize it and improve on the formula.
Newsarama talked with both Easton and Vargas about the modern-day M.A.S.K. series, reinventing the villain Miles Mayhem, and how the franchise fits within IDW’s newly-minted Hasbro universe.
Newsarama: Brandon, how would you describe your take on M.A.S.K.?
Brandon Easton: This version of Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is contemporary with a slight touch of nostalgia to satisfy the original fans of the 1980s series. I’d describe it as a vehicle-based action adventure sci-fi thriller comic book with updated versions of the classic characters. Unlike your average comic book that has a singular emphasis, M.A.S.K. is unique in the sense that it combines military action, vehicle combat, changeable weapons and helmets that grant superpowers. If the balance isn’t right, it falls apart so I’ve been working hard to incorporate all those elements in a logical, but extremely exciting storyline.
Tony Vargas: If you can imagine taking an old computer and a brand new tablet PC equipped with AR capabilities, smashing them together to make a nice M.A.S.K. jelly.
You’ll look at the characters and vehicles and know right away its M.A.S.K. That’s really the goal of revitalizing any existing property – to maintain what made it great and really looking for opportunities to make it even better…”