The eighties were a fun time to be a kid growing up. Saturday morning TV shows featured a number of clever cartoons like Transformers, Centurions, and Visionaries that cheerfully filled up your time and entertained you for hours.

One show M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) focused on a team of specially trained crime fighters, led by Matt Trakker, that utilised standard vehicles that transformed into into various alternative armed transports against terrorist organisation V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem), led by the plump and moustachioed Miles Mayhem. It lasted two seasons and was created to help with their toy merchandising, much the same for Transformers and G.I. Joe.

The toys and series also branched out into other media such as video games but also a 3-part comic published by DC.

Very little news has been mentioned of the show since but from time-to-time you can find various websites from devout fans and people selling the merchandise at conventions and expo’s.

Last year DC Entertainment announced that they were going to reintroduce a number of older titles and revamp them for their new comics universe, and this week IDW confirmed it. Writer Brandon Easton and artist Tony Vargas will be creating a Fast and Furious-style storyline backed by a similar premise to the original ‘toon but give the characters more defined edges.

Easton has said of arch-villain Miles Mayhem: “instead of being a bumbling villain, Miles “Mayhem” Manheim is a master manipulator, brilliant military strategist and control freak whose plans to rule the world are extremely close to fruition“.

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He continues: “V.E.N.O.M. will be a true force. They don’t lose often nor do they accept defeat with grace,” says Easton, promising that the group and its leader will be deadlier than portrayed in the past“.

Additionally, the heroes will no longer be cookie-cutter creations. Trakker will be reminiscent of Elon Musk – a genius inventor and realist. Two female heroines, Vanessa Warfield and Gloria Baker, will also be made more prominent figures, unlike their cartoon counterparts.

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The comic is set to be released this autumn and you can be sure we;ll be there to review it.

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