Call me biased, but THIS is news about an ’80s property that isn’t out to bastardize or rebootmakeimagine the original, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Comic company IDW has announced that, later this year, they will be releasing a Back to the Future comic book series that will focus on the “origin story” of the meeting of the series’ two most major characters, teen-everyman Marty McFly and eccentric inventor Emmett “Doc” Brown.
The story comes to us courtesy of Comic Book Resources, and it’s likely no coincidence that the news broke on the eve of Comic Con getting into full swing. For those of you concerned that this may be just another attempt to cash in on a classic, well-known series – a legitimate concern, to be sure – we’ve got some original BTTF talent on-board to help keep things as faithful to canon as possible. Bob Gale himself is on board to provide his wisdom, oversight, and general badassery; since he is the creator, producer, and screenwriter of the franchise, fans have got to feel more comfortable already. Working with Gale on the comic series will be writers John Barber (Transformers) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters), as well as Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) and Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters again) handling artistry and penciling duties, respectively.
Here’s what Gale had to say about the creating of the comic series:
They came back to me with some story pitches, but they were overly focused on time travel and didn’t feel like they were really “BTTF.” So that got me thinking about what we could do in a comic series that would fit squarely in the “BTTF Universe” but not feel like an attempt to do “BTTF Part 4″ or “imitation BTTF” or “BTTF: The Clone Saga.” The answer was based in the movies, particularly “Part II,” in which we see two sequences that happen “in between” the existing 1955 scenes from “Part 1″: The bit in which Biff gets his cleaned-up car back and then harasses Lorraine as she picks up her dress for the dance; and the conceit that there were two Martys doing different things during the dance. … Much the way “Part II” showed different, unseen aspects of the original movie, the comic will do the same. And then there were the fan questions. Bob Zemeckis and I had been asked many times, “How did Marty and Doc meet?” and “How did Doc’s house actually burn down?” So I thought that a series focused on tales in these areas, dealing with the characters as we know them from the movies, answering some of these questions, would be worthwhile. Maybe these stories could enhance or fill in things from the trilogy.
No specific word on whether this is designed to be a mini-series or an ongoing title, but Gale did divulge that the comics will feature “someone you may not have expected to see, and that there should be Easter Eggs a-go-go for the hardcore fans. In classically awesome Back to the Future fashion, the series will debut in October 2015, near the “future date” or the recorded time in the original movie trilogy that the characters visited “the future.” Heavy!