IDW Publishing announced a brand-new Transformers series in the vein of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin titled Transformers: Last Bot Standing.
The four-issue miniseries, described as a “spectacle of speculative fiction” will be written by writer Nick Roche, who previously worked on Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers, with artwork by E.J. Su.
The official synopsis reads, “While the war for Cybertron may be long over, the war from Cybertron never ends! On the edge of the universe, at the end of time, hangs the planet Donnokt…a world on the precipice of an industrial revolution, taking its first steps into the realms of the mechanical.”
It concludes, “But when a visitor—a shape-shifting robot from a long-dead civilization—falls from the sky, nothing will ever be the same!”
Roche provided some more details stating, “The last remaining Cybertronian, stalked by the sins of their entire race, must save the world one final time.”
He added, ““In a way, Last Bot Standing is a proper farewell, as our creative team bows out of IDW’s Transformers universe in the most explosive and apocalyptic way imaginable. To have E.J. Su, the visual architect of IDW’s definitive Transformers run, be the one to depict ‘The End of All Things’ (with colors from the astounding Rebecca Nalty) is the most perfect and bittersweet piece of artistic casting I could think of.”
If this sounds like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Last Ronin, it does. IDW editor David Mariotte makes it crystal clear, “Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, Last Bot Standing is one of those great stories where defining creators come together to tell one incredible version of an ending, a hypothetical last story for our beloved heroes and villain.”
He adds, “We’re so excited to have two of the first IDW Transformers creators return to tell a story unlike literally any Transformers story you’ve ever seen or we’ve ever done.”
Roche would add on Twitter, “Some kids are good at tidying up the toys nicely at the end of the day. Other kids want to break everything so there’s nothing left to play with.”
“E.J. Su, Rebecca Nalty, and me are the second kind. LAST BOT STANDING. And it looks like we might have made it.”
Su also notes, “The Transformers franchise has come a long way since we laid our eyes on the first episode of the cartoon, and it’s amazing how many writers can put so many different spins on the core characters.”
Speaking to the story he adds, “Nick has masterfully crafted some of the most memorable Transformers comic stories, and this one will be no exception as the readers weave their way through the mystery and find out how our beloved characters came to this situation. We hope that they enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed making it.”
The first issue of the series will feature two variant covers. The primary cover will be done by Nick Roche with a Retailer Incentive variant by Su.
The series is expected to arrive on comic shelves in May.
Do you plan on checking out this new series?