IDW Publishing is launching its most ambitious comic book venture involving its Hasbro properties.
The “Revolution” will compromise not only Transformers and G.I. JOE but also new properties Micronauts, Rom, and Action Man as well as the launch of the M.A.S.K. Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.
IDW hopes to build on what has come before from these series and bring all the element of the series together for an epic event that will result in an all-new status quo for all involved. IDW is promising the ramification of the “Revolution” will be felt well beyond the actual event as the iconic characters will all exist in the same universe, altering the scope of the IDW editorial in all the Hasbro series moving forward.
IDW wants to reinforce that everything leading up to this event remains intact as part of the ongoing continuity.
Revolution will be a bi-weekly five-issue event series written by Cullen Bunn and John Barber with art by Fico Ossio. The event begins with a world shaking threat that will bring all opposing factions together in a storyline that just might see the destruction of the universe before it can truly begin!
Each of the individual titles will tie-in to the event. Those titles include:
Co-written by Chris Ryall (Onyx), Christos Gage (Marvel’s Daredevil)
Art by David Messina (Star Trek)
Written by Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter X G.I. JOE)
Art by Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet)
Transformers: Till All Are One
Written by Mairghread Scott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Naoto Tsushima (TRANSFORMERS)
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye
Written by James Roberts (TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Alex Milne (TRANSFORMERS)
Written by John Barber (Back to the Future)
Art by Andrew Griffith (TRANSFORMERS)
Written by Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, TRANSFORMERS: Deviations)
Art by Tony Vargas (Rot & Ruin)
Written by John Barber (TRANSFORMERS)
Art by Paolo Villanelli (G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES)
Written by Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men)
Art by Chris Panda
“The Revolution series builds out of a detail that was introduced in IDW’s first-ever issue of TRANSFORMERS in 2005,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer, Chris Ryall. “So to finally be able to build upon the various story elements we’ve seeded over the years, and which come into play in a big way starting with July’s ROM #1 even before the launch of Revolution, is a blast. We’ve been working toward a full-fledged universe for some time and it’s great fun to be able to finally bring it to vivid life, especially since it allows us to give the world new titles like the very-requested M.A.S.K., as well as some exciting new books still to be announced.”
“We’ve done plenty of crossovers in the past,” said Michael Kelly, Head of Global Publishing at Hasbro, “but nothing near this scope or scale. Our heroes, whether they are from Earth or from distant reaches of the galaxy, all have one thing in common: their powers and abilities are based primarily on technology. We have been able to use this fact to build a natural and believable link between all of these disparate characters. The result is a complex and dynamic world where all manner of conflicts and team-ups can and will exist. If you are a fan of Hasbro’s brands, your time is now.”
Each of the individual titles will receive its own Revolution one-shot that ties in to the main event.
Revolution begins this September with issues one and two as well as one-shot tie-ins from G.I. JOE, Micronauts, and ROM.
The main Revolution title will feature variant covers from Brandon Peterson, Tradd Moore, John Byrne, James Biggie, Adam Riches, Guido Guidi, Ken Christensen, Art Baltazar, and more.