IDW Publishing has officially announced a revamp of Hasbro's M.A.S.K. as a new comic book title via USA Today. First reported on back in March, IDW's M.A.S.K. series will put "a Fast and Furious spin" on the 1980s toy franchise, according to the national newspaper.
“This is a M.A.S.K. for the 21st century with a diverse team of specialists who are chosen for a top-secret program with a painful learning curve,” said writer Brandon Easton. “Ultimately, each participant will have to choose a side — and no matter which side they choose, the consequences will be great.”
Series artist Tony Vargas said that he's redesigning the characters and vehicles from the original toyline, but that he will bee keeping the "color combinations and vital identifiable components."
According to USA Today, lead character Matt Trakker is now a cross between Elon Musk and Idris Elba.
"[He's] an engineering genius and intellectual bad boy who has been in search of stability since the loss of his father at an early age," said Easton. "He's given one last chance at redemption: going through the M.A.S.K. boot camp.”
Meanwhile, the arch-villains of M.A.S.K., V.E.N.O.M., will be a more realistic threat than in the previous toy line and animated series.
“V.E.N.O.M. will be a true force. They don't lose often nor do they accept defeat with grace,” says the writer.
Easton said that the 2016 version of M.A.S.K. touches on the technological innovations of today, along with the original themes of the toy line.
“Imagine if your car, motorcycle, SUV or yacht could change into a more powerful vehicle complete with state-of-the-art weapons systems and other cutting-edge technology,” said Easton. “The possibilities are as fun as they are disastrous.”
The spin on the successful Fast & Furious film franchise makes sense given Hasbro's plans to incorporate M.A.S.K. into a shared cinematic universe with the G.I. Joe movie franchise at Paramount.
No debut date was listed for IDW's M.A.S.K. series.